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Yup you read that right…  TODAY IS a BIG DAY FOR PRM! 11 dogs are officially loaded on the plane…just waiting for conifrmation that the plane has taken off…hoping and praying all goes well!

JDAM and AK are both so close to goal in less than 24 hours…you all are truly amazing!!

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AK ♥


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Military Monday!

My life took a turn for the better the moment I stumbled upon my beloved The Puppy Rescue Mission and I have only become more and more involved in military associated activities.

First it was donations to the current rescues then it was tweeting and blogging…  Then crying when they didn’t make it and so the story goes. 

From the Puppy Rescue Mission I learned that the Military Crowd are lovely people, I had never really thought about… 

So I did some research and discovered Soldiers Angels, it is believed that most soldiers (soldiers actually represent’s all branches of the Armed Forces) never have a correspondence from home let alone care packages.  So I signed up and was never so excited to be assigned my soldier.  A young guy who is in Afghanistan…  I write each week and at the end of each month I send a care package.  As a Canadian I chose to write to an American Soldier because most of the Canadian troops had come home by the time I signed up.  I had also spent some time looking for ways to so this and came across a civilian email for Fort Bragg Texas Air Base and then she sent me an email and asked if I wanted to write to an Airman…?  Hmmm!  OK why not!?

So I just kept going.  REading every book I could get my hands on…

Until Tuesday!  Sergeant Rex!  Saving Cinnamon!

This got me to wondering, can one adopt a Military Dog when they are retired?  WHY!  Yes you can…  Have a look here!

Then I found Gabe…  Who is trying to win a Hero Dog Award.  He has won my heart and so he is my choice for voting and sharing this year.  So go ahead and on April 1st cast your vote for him here!  He’s in the Military Dogs section!

I hope that you will check some of these wonderful organizations out and just give them and your heart a feel good moment. 


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Time to Catch-up!

So I bet you though I had dropped off the face of the Earth or that I had been hijacked by a UFO…  Nope.  Just really busy!  My Grandfather was admitted to the hospital just after the new year and is still in there. 

Between, doing my own job, covering for the new VP’s (un-hired assistant) spending most of my off time either at the hospital and/or making sure my Grandmother has what or is where she needs to be, completing two courses and having some semblance of a life my writing gave way… 

I am sorry!  I have not written here, at my business blog Connie McCools Operations and Administration or at my professional blog The Televixen since Christmas.

So now, that my Gramps is doing better and doesn’t need constant attention at the hospital and I finally got my Grandmother approved to ride on Wheel-Trans, OMG! what an ordeal, I have some time to do what I love…  Writing for you.

One of my courses is complete and the other has one more test and then my exam…  I have two more college level courses next semester and I have also enrolled in  Athabasca University  in the Bachelor, Health Administration program.  I am just waiting to see how many credits I can get for my previous diplomas.

Since it is spring.  I am feeling a lot more like being outside.  Brody and I have been spending more and more time out there, which means that my lovely yellow lab, looks like a chocolate lab most of the time, from rolling in the mud. 

While I have not been working at all outside of my day job and school, James has been working his butt off with his friend with the old truck and his cousin, finishing the basement.  We have not been on the lookout for houses lately because of all the other stuff going on…

We did go for a lovely dinner on Valentine’s Day at The Lakehouse Restaurant and then drove down to Niagara Falls (our fave place in the world.) 

Since then there has been a lot of quite nights in watching TV…

I am still Tweeting for The Puppy Rescue Mission I will always find time for that…  You should head over and check out some of the Current Rescues they are oh so cute and always need our help.

I have been writing to a soldier in Afghanistan through Soldiers Angels and am finding it very fulfilling!  It’s the least we can do to make sure no Soldier goes unloved.

Anyway.  That’s my story and now that I am back look for some exciting new things… 

Thanks for being patient and for coming back!

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New Year!

So we have done it again…  Another new year has started.  It’s a leap year.  What does that mean? 

A leap year (or intercalary or bissextile year) is a year containing one extra day (or, in the case of lunisolar calendars, a month) in order to keep the calendar year synchronized with the astronomical or seasonal year.[1] Because seasons and astronomical events do not repeat in a whole number of days, a calendar that had the same number of days in each year would, over time, drift with respect to the event it was supposed to track. By occasionally inserting (or intercalating) an additional day or month into the year, the drift can be corrected. A year that is not a leap year is called a common year.

For example, in the Gregorian calendar (a common solar calendar), February in a leap year has 29 days instead of the usual 28, so the year lasts 366 days instead of the usual 365. Similarly, in the Hebrew calendar (a lunisolar calendar), a 13th lunar month is added seven times every 19 years to the twelve lunar months in its common years to keep its calendar year from drifting through the seasons too rapidly.

It is also the year of the Dragon according to the Chinese calendar…  Which means?  Good fortune and sign of intense power!  Well lets hope so. 

James and I rang in our sixth New Year together by sitting around a fire with some friends.  It was nice, very low-key and I noticed that James hugged me extra hard when we embraced at the stroke of midnight.

Really nothing special about this year of 2012…  Everyone I know was waiting with bated breath for it to come because apparently 2011 was a horrible year.  Well for me it was same ol’ same ol’… 

2012 is the year I turn 40.  Woo Hoo!  So I really don’t know how to feel about that.  Since my age is really the only thing about me I cannot change I guess I have to graciously accept it.  I ain’t a youngster anymore.

I didn’t make any resolutions this year.  I didn’t see anything worth resolving.  Things are boring but good for me right now.

Maybe 2012 will hold in its clutches a house for us.  Who knows.  As long as we are together, have our dog and cats, our jobs, a bed to sleep in, food in our bellies, family and friends around us that is all that matters! 

2011 brought one change for us.  James moved from the Etobicoke to the Brampton Store and is really happy and raking in the sales. 

I have already signed up for four courses this year and of course you will be hearing about trials and tribulations of being a full-time working Health Care Manager, Girlfriend, Mother, Sister, Daughter, Granddaughter, Friend, Blogger, School goer, Animal Crusades, Puppy Rescue Mission twitterer, Business Owner, The Televixen writer…  But I love it all and I know I run myself ragged but…  I just want to experience everything I can…   ‘Cause…

After all is said and done…  I wish you all the best that 2012 can bring you.  Be Happy, live well, love lots! 



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Dog adopted by soldier in Afghanistan adjusting to new home in Downers Grove

Dog adopted by soldier in Afghanistan adjusting to new home in Downers Grove.

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It’s all Gone to the – dog Days – of Aug!

So I am going to spend some time promoting some animal related sites and or pages and blogs! 

Here is the first one.  Check out TheMrsCochran on YouTube.  More importantly check out this video on her channel.  This actually makes me Laugh out loud!  I mean really big raucous laughing with head tiled back and mouth wide open.

Yes this is the same Gus that dragged the puppy pool in through the sliding glass doors that you probably saw on the news…  This dog is one of the funniest I have seen in a while!

Now here is a Facebook page you should check out.  Spike Taylor he’s the cutest little thing that posts things like;

National Poop Bag Day
In honor of going above & beyond the call of duty, I hereby declare today to be National Poop Bag Day!! Let’s show the grovelment & stocking market our appreciation by sending Wild Street & Washington our Poop Bags. If you lost all your kibble in yesterday’s stocking market prolapse, please send yours full. If not, you may send yours empty.

This is what he looks like! 


So now moving on!  You should also check out Phoebe the Cyber Crime dog!  She and her Mom “sniff out cyberbullies”.  It’s a lovely place and this is what she has to say!

I’m Phoebe, the cyber crime dog – I sniff out cyberbullies! I help my mom out when she goes to schools and gives presentations on how to stay safer online. I love people and love going places so that I can say hello when I walk in the door! I used to be a sled dog in Canada. Our team was named after the “Friends” characters on TV, but I’m not as ditzy as Phoebe on the show, ha ha.

Here is the beauty herself!


There are many places now asking for donations to help either with their pets and or organizations.  There is a new thing call chip-ins.  Here are two such places that I support whole heartedly!

The Puppy Rescue Mission an organization that helps Military Personnel bring their “battle buddies” back from Afghanistan to live with them as pets in the USA, UK, Canada etc.  Their sister organization Sasha’s Legacy also helps to find homes for buddies that soldiers don’t want to leave behind but can’t adopt, to find home here in Canada and or the USA.

Have a gander at just one of their success stories. 

That is Isa and she is now happily living in San Diego!  You can read all of their success stories and more here…  The Puppy Rescue Mission

As well a fellow Canuck here is trying to raise money for animals in need, not just her own but others.  Help Save Zen check it out and either donate or buy one of her Fur Babies Bracelets.

Below is a pic of her three…  Freya, Zen and Coal!

Here is my new fave dog product!  Safestix — say NO to sticks and YES to Safestix! The bendy, twisty, fun to throw and fetch stick that will not hurt your dog like sharp, splintery wood sticks will.  Since I have a stick addict these are G-R-E-A-T!

Ok that’s it for now.  Gonna leave you with a dog TV show!  Who can resist this one!  Come on you know you wanna watch it!

Have a great week-end all! 

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Campaign To Bring Smiley Home Continues

Campaign To Bring Smiley Home Continues.

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