Pets for Vets & Book Sweeps Giveaway!

Pets for Vets was created to improve the lives of both Veterans and animals by bringing them together in a thoughtful, caring way. Our goal is to give back to the brave servicemen and women who have given everything to our country, while finding homes for deserving shelter pets. By matching the right pet with the right Veteran, everyone wins! Shelter animals receive a second chance at life and Veterans receive a second chance at health and happiness.”—Pets for Vets

As most of you know, I love animals. I have had dogs and cats, and my house doesn’t seem like home without a few animals running around. When I heard about Pets for Vets, I thought it was a wonderful idea. They interview vets, find out their needs and lifestyles. Then, they find the right rescue pet for them. For Veterans, the knowledge that their animal companion is always there for them can help reduce hypervigilance, depression, anxiety and nightmares. Not only do Pets for Vets animal companions improve mental well-being, they can actually boost overall health.

My friend and fellow author, Pamela Fagan Hutchins, wanted to spotlight this cause by talking about her rescue dog, Georgia. And I wanted to share the story of my rescued junkyard dog, Lady.

Pamela Fagan Hutchins‘ Georgia

The Pets for Vets cause is near and dear to my heart. My dogs are rescues and my brother’s a Marine. My “personal” dog, Georgia—who I got for protection—is a Belgian Malinois who’s a washout from police/military service 😉 She’s emotionally sensitive, has a soft mouth, and she’s scared of guns. LOL. Well, she has a big heart, and she doesn’t let anyone near me, so I think she’s fabulous. Her heart is happiest in the mountains. Here she is hugging me on Dome Mountain in the Bighorns of Wyoming.

To help support Pets For Vets, Pamela, along with 20 other best-selling authors all got together and wrote Love Under Fire, where every sale helps this cause. Love Under Fire releases on November 13th and it’s only 99 cents!



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Lady, My Junkyard Dog

A few years ago, my hubby and son went to a junkyard in search of a Falcon Ranchero. Hubby’s health was poor, he needed a transplant and we were waiting for the miracle.  He called me on his way home to tell me he bought the truck. I wasn’t thrilled, but I said I was happy for him (you know how that goes).  He also said he was bringing home a dog—from the junkyard. He said the owner of the junkyard had made a statement, “I’m gonna have to get rid of that pest.” I get why hubby wanted to bring her home, but . . .   he thought it was it was a good idea to bring home an actual junkyard dog.

“She’s not your normal junkyard dog,” he promised.  He was right.  On one hand she moved around like an old dog, but she didn’t look that old.  She was super skittish but not even a little bit aggressive.

After a bath, we took her to the vet. An hour later, we had good news and bad news. She was twenty-four pounds, dubbed part border collie part springer spaniel, was only seven to eight months old and didn’t have heart worms. Yup, that was the only thing she didn’t have.  On the other hand, she was severely anemic, severely malnourished, had all sorts of worms, had scars running up and down her body, had hot spots/blisters, mange and kennel cough.

And oh yeah, she was no lady. I don’t mean she was a boy. I mean, she’d been playing with the boys. Yup, she was pregnant. However, the vet said she was so unhealthy, she’d die if we let her carry the babies. And the puppies would have mange and numerous disabilities because of Lady’s health.  Unfortunately, they couldn’t even operate to take the puppies due to Lady’s health. We had to wait until blood count came up.  As a matter of fact, the vet said she didn’t think Lady would’ve survived another three days. So after another two weeks and several swipes of our American Express, we had ourselves a free, $2000, spayed junkyard dog, who we learned had such severe allergies due to more hot spots and can only eat the really expensive dog food.

Oh, but she ate.  She gained eleven pounds the first week.  She adapted to living in our house, and even learned to tolerate the cats. For the next nine months she hung out at her rescuer’s side, keeping him company as he tinkered on his car, and as he got sicker waiting for a transplant.  She even hung out with him as he recovered from the transplant that by some miracle he finally got.  Lady was and is his best friend.  Thought I have to admit, she loves me, too.  I also have to admit, she’s the best two thousand dollars my hubby has ever spent. She needed us; but in truth, we needed her, too. My hubby really needed those soulful dark puppy eyes looking up at him reminding him that no matter sick you get, you can get better.

Do you have a story of a pet that you rescued?

Book Sweeps Giveaway!!!

Are you a fan of romantic suspense? Have I got a contest for you! Book Sweeps is giving away 40+ romantic suspense novels by best-selling authors (including my book, Don’t Close Your Eyes). Plus, they’re giving away an Ereader and free reads to all. Be sure to enter. This contest ends Oct. 31st. Good luck!




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