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Honey is waiting for you

In this special holiday issue, Honey (pictured above) brings you an article about pet safety on July 4th AND an opportunity for your pet to be featured in Silver Rescue's December, 2011 "Wall of Honor" issue. But first, a little about Honey.  She is ready to be adopted and is waiting for you!

Honey is an American Staffordshire Terrier/Pit Bull Terrier Mix.  Blue with white accents, she weights 45 pounds and has a sweet, playful personality.  She also has good manners and, in the right household, will make her professional obedience trainer proud.   


If you are ready to fall in love with this little lady, read more details and see more photos of Honey, and then check out her special picks for this issue:

Happy Independence Day, America!  We hope all our readers have a wonderful and safe celebration today.  What are you planning?  Parades, picnics, fireworks?  Hot dogs, barbecue, watermelon?  Before the festivities begin, take an extra minute to review our pointers for pet safety on the holiday...and then have fun knowing that ALL of your dearest ones are cared for.
Tip # 1
It's fun to gather friends and family, so include the best interest of your pets in the planning.  Now is not the time to sneak "people food" to Fido or introduce the new puppy to all of the other dogs owned by everyone else.  Think of your day from your pet's point of view.  Decide what you will and won't do...and then stick to your plans.  You'll be glad you did.  Don't forget ID tags, too, if you're out and about with your pet.  If you get separated, your chances of recovering your buddy will be better if a contact number is dangling from that collar.   
Tip # 2
Unfamiliar sights and sounds can send your favorite buddy into a tailspin, literally, but this doesn't mean you can't take your pet with you to outdoor festivities today.  Check regulations, and if dogs on leashes are permitted at an event, decide where your pet will feel safest.  A low-key picnic at the park, hiking on a beach or woodland trail, or a spot along a parade route might be fine, depending on the temperament and experience level of your pooch, but noisy crowds and an exploding fireworks display could spoil his fun and yours. Why put your animal through that?  Oh, and never leave your pet unattended in an automobile, no matter how short the time frame.  Time you spend planning, with your pet's needs and tolerance level in mind, will be rewarded with an enjoyable holiday experience for all.    
Tip # 3
Remember the last sudden, loud burst of thunder that sent shivers up your spine?  Fireworks can be even more frightening for animals because they do not understand what is going on.  Even at home, noise from the neighborhood can make your animal tense.  Consider spending some quiet time soothing your pet when it gets dark, or leave soothing music or the television on to help mask outside sounds of celebration.  Other hazards of the day could linger in trash cans, balloons, glow-sticks or discarded party favors, and - of course - fireworks.
Tip # 4
Water.  Keep your pet's food, snacks, and water available.  Sticking to your regular routine will keep unnecessary stress out of a busy holiday.  That includes exercise, too.  With summer heat, water is a must for both you and your pet. 
Tip # 5
Have fun!  Enjoy this time together, and take time to remember what this holiday is all about.


Show off your pet in Silver Rescue's December Holiday Edition!  From now through November 15, we are accepting special ads.  Our "Wall of Honor" issue - to be published on December 1 - is your chance to show other readers your special guy or gal.  Honor the animals who make your day every day, or purchase an ad in memory of a pet who meant a great deal to your family.  Each ad can include a photo (the cuter, the better) and up to 100 words of dedication, plus a link to more on your own web site.  Use your space to describe a heroic deed, to tell how your pet brightens your day, or to share what he or she really means to you.

We will run your ad in exchange for a $10 donation to Silver Rescue.  To make sure you have a spot, email Silver Rescue for details.  Need help?  Tell us about your pet, and we will compose your ad for you.

Thanks, Honey!  Now, let's find your very own forever home! Contact us for details on how Honey can be adopted right now.  If you are Honey's forever family, you will also receive a free ad in our December "Wall of Honor" issue.  We can't wait to see what you will have to say about Honey!

If you are able to adopt a cat and/or dog, there are many, many animals that are waiting to find someone to love and care for them. We would be glad to help you find the perfect fit!

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The author of the poem, "Baggage," graciously gave Silver Rescue permission to reprint her wonderful rescue poem, one she finds also appropriate in her work with victims of domestic abuse as well as rescue animals.  We want to share it with you, but we also want to share her story.  

Evelyn Colbath suffered what many authors go through, unfortunately, infringement of her copyright. Not only did others steal her work and leave her name off of the poem she had written but they also changed the very words as it flew around the Internet and appeared in unauthorized versions. 

Since she wrote "Baggage," she has become a proponent of authors' rights.  She also changed her name.  Today, she is legally known as Phoebe Lane Scott.  Read about her work, and enjoy the original version of "Baggage" below.  It will touch your heart. Her websites are and

Please remember, you can become a proponent of authors' rights, too.  By respecting the creations of others, you make the world a better place.  Read more about how to do this on Phoebe Lane Scott's web sites at the above links.

" Baggage" ©  

The poem "Baggage" was published in the book - 
"Pyrenean Pyraphernalia"
  by the The Pyrenean Mountain Dog Club of Great Britian 2003.

It did NOT write itself.

By Evelyn Colbath(c)1995 Baggage All rights reserved

Now that I'm home, bathed, settled and fed,
All nicely tucked in my warm new bed.
I'd like to open my baggage lest I forget 
There is so much to carry - So much to regret.

Hmm . . . Yes there it is, right on the top.
Let's unpack Loneliness, Heartache and Loss;
And there by my leash hides Fear and Shame.
As I look on these things I tried so hard to leave –

I still have to unpack my baggage called Pain.

I loved them, the others, the ones who left me,
But I wasn't good enough - for they didn't want me.
Will you add to my baggage?

Will you help me unpack?

Or will you just look at my things -
And take me right back?

Do you have the time to help me unpack?
To put away my baggage, to never repack?
I pray that you do - I'm so tired you see,
But I do come with baggage –

Will YOU still want ME?

To our readers:  Won't you consider adopting one of our animals?  They need forever homes and someone to love them.  In return, they will love you and bring much happiness into your life.  To adopt, contact us.  If you cannot adopt, please think about what you can do.  We need you.

IRA CHARITABLE ROLLOVER! If you are over 70 and a half, you can make a gift directly from your IRA custodian - up to $100,000 this year - to Silver Rescue without having to count the transfer as income for federal tax purposes.

It's a great time to give a major gift.  Since you will not be paying federal income taxes on the withdrawal, you cannot claim an income tax charitable deduction, but your gift does count toward your required minimum distribution.  To get the complete details, contact your tax professional or email Silver Rescue!  

It's also a great time to give any amount, no matter your age.  Your donations make the work at Silver Rescue possible.  We hope you enjoy our newsletter. It is a labor of love.  Each person who contributes does so as a way of freely sharing his or her time, talent, and concern for the animals we help.  In case you have not yet seen our new columnist, Mikko McPeppers, please read "Simpatico" below.  Mikko, and his Person, B. Lynn Goodwin, make a good team.   Thank you, Lynn and Mikko!  And welcome to Silver Rescue!


By Mikko McPuppers

Here is Mikko 2

Last night, I went into Person’s office to invite her on a walk. She said, “I love you, Mikko,” without even looking up from the titanium box where she taps keys. I hate that box. I don’t know how to compete.
I rolled on the rug. Nothing. I sat in my cute pose. Nothing. So, I put my head between my paws and waited.
An hour later, she jumped up and said, “I’m late. I love you, Mikko. We’ll walk when I get back.”
Well I love her, too, but a dog has needs. So I sent her a mental telepathy message: “Walk, WALK, WALK!”  
Before I knew it, she was back. What a wise woman. She remembered. I wanted to honor her.
For six weeks she’s been icing her right foot, walking slowly, and limping, so I favored my right paw too. She noticed immediately and checked it. “You have a callus,” she said.
“I’m walking like you,” I told her with my eyes. “We are simpatico.”
Then she asked, “Are you imitating me?” I sent another message: “Yes, YES, YES!” She said, “I love you, too, Hundle Bundle.”
She talked. I listened, sniffed the ivy, and ignored all big dogs. The titanium box was nowhere near us, and without it we were a perfect pair.

Mikko McPuppers likes snoozing, sniffing, and eating his person’s veggies.  

Lynn's book for caregiversHis person, B. Lynn Goodwin, is the owner and editor of Writer Advice, and the author of You Want Me to Do WHAT? Journaling for Caregivers. She writes for and when she’s not walking, feeding, or petting Mikko.


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