Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Lowe's Foods - help your local shelters!

News story - For the month of May, Paws brand pet food will help give back to the animals that need the most attention. One percent of all Paws brand products that are sold in Lowes Foods stores will be donated to local Humane Societies. In addition, Lowes Foods will donate additional funds based on a Facebook promotion encouraging fans to participate.

Paws is a quality brand pet food that is sold in Lowes Foods stores. They are equivalent to a national brand at lower prices with over 35 varieties of dry and wet food, treats, toys and accessories. Paws premium formulas provide pets with a healthy diet and well-balanced nutrition.

One percent of all Paws pet foods, toys and accessories purchased in the month of May will be donated to humane societies in the area, including Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Raleigh and Wilmington. In addition, for each new fan Lowes Foods acquires on Facebook between now and June 7, 2010 Lowes Foods will donate $2.00 to these organizations.

credit to Lowe's Foods Facebook page for this story -

Go to the Lowe's Foods website for more information and "like" them on Facebook

National Adoption Weekend May 22-23, 2010!!

PETCO has found homes for over 2.5 million homeless pets. On May 22 and 23, we're partnering with local adoption groups to host a weekend of adoptions to help find loving homes for even more pets nationwide! Visit your local PETCO to meet adoptable pets in your area. Visit for more information!!

Thank you to the ever resourceful for this info!!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Sponsorship Programs

Even if you are not in the position to adopt an animal, you can still help others find loving homes!! Many rescue organizations offer sponsorship programs that allow you to donate money (as low as $30) to rescue a shelter dog, save a life and help someone find their furever friend!

Many of these groups are only as strong as their volunteers, so if you cannot donate money, donating your time can be just as valuable!

A list of various organizations are included below - please keep mind that there may be other organizations and please contact me if I have missed one!

PawPrints Magazine

Adopt-An-Angel - nonprofit that helps rescued shelter dogs and cats find loving homes

Donate a bed for a shelter dog or cat to sleep in comfort

Make a donation to help one of the animals at the Columbus County Humane Society

New Hanover Humane Society Animal Shelter that provides temporary shelter for animals - Hours are 10 AM to 2 PM, Monday through Saturday.

Normal P. Wiggle Home for Wayward Dogs wants to eventually put an end to the euthanasia of healthy animals in animal shelters. The Home is operated through a network of foster homes.

PAW'S Place is a nonprofit animal rescue that needs your help!

Pender Animal Rescue provides foster care and adoption for animals rescued from Pender County Animal Control

Pender County Animal Control- rescue friendly shelter that houses many animals needing permanent homes

Pender County Humane Society helping unwanted animals find furever homes; accepts donations

Sunburst Foundation of Wilmington Canine Rescue is a nonprofit committed to helping dogs finding furever homes!

Southport/Oak Island Animal Rescue has plenty of animals needing good homes!

Tails U Win Dog Rescue has rescued over 1200 dogs since it's inception in 2002 - you can help them today!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

We're humans not just names on a list

This is a rant blog entry - yes, I am thankful to live in this country and have access to adequate medical care. However, in my opinion, some of these "medical assistants" leave much to be desired in the realm of sensitivity...let me back up a bit.

When I was 12, my mother noticed a mole on my back that slowly began to change. Our family doctor said it was 'nothing.' Skip forward to age 16 when I go to a free skin screening by a dermatologist who removes said mole. It contains "atypical" or pre-cancerous if it hadn't been removed, it would have turned into malignant melanoma...pretty scary stuff, especially for a teenager to hear. They removed surrounding tissue, no atypical cells had spread beyond the mole, so all was clear and I was fine (thank goodness). Since then, I have been going for yearly skin screenings at a dermatologist.

This particular year, on a Wednesday, my dermatologist sites one mole to remove and I point out another that I had been watching. He doesn't think it's anything but says he'll remove it so it won't bother me anymore. He ends up removing a total of three moles. I'm left with a sheet on cleaning instructions and a number to call for the biopsy results.

Skip to Monday 5:15pm -I had missed a call (something I greatly regret now!)check my cell phone and have a message from the medical assistant at the dermatologist. Generally, they won't call you unless there's something abnormal/wrong/ I was a bit taken back. I listen to the non-chalant message "Good afternoon, this is ** at ^^ Dermatology, we're closed now but you can call us in the morning." they wait to call until after hours when you cannot call them back and they have at the very least semi-important information for you. That doesn't sit well with my personality type...I still try to relax and wait it out, thinking I can at least call in the morning. I call as soon as they open and get the message that all medical assistants are busy with patients and usually make their calls at lunch or after hours... ARGHHH!!

I understand that there are patients, schedules and paperwork...but I just wish they could find another way to practice that gentle art of think about how a patient may feel waiting to hear back about test results. Sadly, it appears that in the medical field, we're all just names on a list to examine, diagnose and treat...then on to the next with little thought to how someone may feel having to wait on important health information.

Thursday, September 17, 2009


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They're like our children...

For years now, people have found one reason or another to make fun of Jessica Simpson. Whether she was talking about "Chicken of the Sea," getting a divorce, gaining weight or supposedly 'ruining' Tony Romo's career, people have always been quick to jump on the bandwagon to tease, ridicule and jest at her expense.

I have never been what one would consider a particular "fan" of her's...I think she is very talented, but I don't own her CD's.

Apparently, the latest fodder for those who like to "tease," is for Jessica holding out hope that her Maltipoo "Daisy" is still alive after being taken by a coyote. Okay...maybe it's not completely realistic but who can blame her? When you're in the situation, you may not want to face facts -- I'm an animal lover (particular dogs) so I can see where she's coming from...she simply commented, "Still holding out hope despite the a--holes that say is it a dumb thing to do. Daisy is my baby ... why would I stop searching? I'm a mom." My sentiments exactly.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Always Remember

Today marks the eighth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. This is such a humbling time that reminds all of us what this nation stands for and how we must stick together.

My thoughts and prayers go to the families of the victims as well as the families of the troops who have been fighting in Iraq.

May God Bless You all --

Always remember 9/11 and how it forever changed our country.