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I want Friday’s to bring awareness to other organizations that are doing wonderful things for animals. If you have information you want to share, send me a paragraph on the topic with a link to the website, by 11am on Thursday.  I will do this each Friday.  Please pass this link on to bring awareness to these wonderful organizations, thanks!

Enjoy the 6 posts below:

Bidr 11.  A Love Story: A) Here, his wife is injured and the condition is fatal.  She was hit by a car as she swooped low across the road.

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B) Here he brought her food and attended to her with love and compassion.

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C) He brought her food again but was shocked to find her dead. He tried to move her….a rarely-seen effort for swallows!

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D) Aware that his sweetheart is dead and will never come back to him again,he cries with adoring love.

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E) He stands beside her, saddened by her death.

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F) Finally aware that she would never return to him, he stays beside her body with sadness and sorrow.

Millions of people cried after seeing this picture story in America and Europe and even in India .  It is said that the photographer sold these pictures for a nominal fee to the most famous newspaper in France .  All copies of that newspaper were sold out on the day these pictures were published. And many people think birds and animals don’t have a brain or feelings!!


  1. 2.  On December 15th, 2009 the SPCA of Texas took custody of 26,000 exotic animals from US Global Exotics in the largest animal seizure in US history. USGE was a major distributor of exotic animals from wallabies to hamsters; warehousing them in horrific conditions until they could be brokered to stores, breeders and retailers. Thousands of reptiles, amphibians, small mammals, arachnids, and many other animals were cruelly confined in filthy conditions, literally crammed into cattle-feeding troughs, boxes, bags, and even pop bottles. They did not have food, water, or veterinary care. According to reports 500 animals a day were dying at USGE, ending up tossed in their dumpster.

Thanks to an undercover PETA investigation the animals were permanently awarded to the SPCA of Texas on Feb 1, 2010. Love or hate PETA you have to give them credit for this one.  Critter Camp Exotic Pet Sanctuary was proud and honored to be selected as one of 30 rescues in the nation to receive some of the rescued animals from the US Global Exotics animal cruelty and neglect
case. Located in Northern Illinois Critter Camp board member Shary Stelter made the trip to Nashville, TN to meet up with the SPCA of TX transport on Superbowl Sunday where she was interviewed by Nashville Television station WSMV.  See the 75 critters from USGE now calling Critter Camp Exotic Pet Sanctuary their home, including adorable Texas Spotted Ground Squirrels, short-tailed opossum , Roborovski hamsters and little white mice; and find links to more information on our Global Exotics Rescue Page:
Click Here For More Information.

Critter Camp is the only exotic pet sanctuary of its kind in the U.S. giving a safe, healthy happy home to the elderly, sick, disabled and aggressive un-adoptable exotic pets that have nowhere else to go, currently caring for over 300 animals of 36 different species!  Click Here to go to Their Website

pepsi 3. Pepsi is funding grants in various categories until 2/28. Many Houston dogs are euthanized due to heartworms in a good economy, it is at a horrendous pace currently.

The drug to treat this is very expensive and each bottle only treats 22 lbs. This group is desperate to move up into the funded top ten. More information and pictures of saved dogs are on the site.  This could help dogs at many rescue groups and shelter.  People can vote every day, until the 28th. PLEASE, CLICK HERE to go to this site to vote today, and everyday until the 28th.


4. TAKE ACTION TODAY!!! 36,000 elephants were killed last year for their ivory. In 16 DAYS 111 tonnes of ivory will be traded at the CITIES* conference if certain countries have their way.

This will pretty much kick-start the ivory trade in a massive way meaning the end for tens or even hundreds of thousands of elephants.

If this bothers you too, please try and stop this happening by signing this petition, CLICK HERE (you’ll need to confirm your signature).

5.   A documentary was just completed.  It’s about No Kill Pet Rescues and Shelters as well as the challenges they face. In November of 2008 a family adopted a new family member from the Animal Welfare Society and learned about the lack of awareness of the No Kill shelters.  They took it upon themselves to finance and create a program about these shelters.   They have pledged 60% of all profits to go to the AWS and if they can get great distribution, will split some for other local shelters in the Detroit area.


6.   Dachshund Rescue of Bucks County & NJ  have on-line workshops. They are hosted by dachshund experts and are designed to help you have a long and happy relationship with your doxie of any size.  There is a small donation fee charged for attendance with all proceeds donated to DRBC for the high medical fees incurred in the rescue and rehabilitation of our beloved breed.

This Month’s First Topic: Dental Disease and Your Dog
Those amazing toofers. How to keep them clean, bright and where they belong.  Are doxies more prone to dental disease?   How often should I clean my dogs teeth. How often should my vet clean my dogs teeth?   Dental and cardiac disease,yes, they are related.  Did you know there is anew vaccine to eliminate 4 out of 5 of the causes of tartar?   You can find out all about it at this session.

Click Here To Register

I want Friday’s to bring awareness to other organizations that are doing wonderful things for animals. If you have information you want to share, send me a paragraph on the topic with a link to the website, by 11am on Thursday.  I will do this each Friday.  Please pass this link on to bring awareness to these wonderful organizations, thanks!



Urgent: Jake needs a new home today, Friday! This dog is at Suncoast Humane Society in Englewood Florida. Jake is cage stressed and is going to be euthanized on Friday. He is a great dog and loves people and toys. He just doesn’t like being confined in a run and has damaged his tail. A great dog. We can help with transport from englewood to anyone that will take him. He is fully vetted.
If you can help email Michele at

senior and dog1.  A documentary on the pairing of seniors with seniors was recently completed.  The purpose is to raise awareness, and secure more homes, for older shelter pets as well as bring companionship to the elderly.  It’s called:  Old Friends… Timeless Love.  Perfect Pairings.

“Old Friends…Timeless Love” came about when Maureen Kelly realized the beautiful energy of pairing seniors with seniors: bringing companionship to the elderly, saving older pets from shelters, and honoring the magic that animals bring into our lives.

Working with a variety of organizations across the United States, she has had the great joy of meeting not only hard-working, loving people, but remarkable dogs, cats and horses.

This is a film in their honor.  Hopefully, it will ignite a spark that will inspire many more such pairings.

View the heartwarming video here.

Pattie and Horse

2. Pattie Roberts has a ranch called Dudette Ranch. Pattie spent years promoting good causes with local radio station KFROG and then with her own agency, Through the years she has served on various Board of Directors. She has worked tirelessly to promote organizations such as Exceed, work programs for Adults with Disabilities, Animal Friends of the Valley, the Memory Walk for Alzheimer’s awareness, she supports four school districts Student of the Month programs and many others good causes.

Last year she relocated her horse ranch to Murrieta and retired from advertising to pursue her lifelong passion of horses. She started the Dudette Ranch.  The concept is a local take off of the vacation destination Dude Ranch. “Although we aren’t wrangling cattle or sleeping under the stars, this is a working horse ranch and the monthly membership allows members daily access to hang out at the barn and work with the horses as we care for, train and ride.

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Here is one great story: Dakota is a tall rangy bay Quarter horse gelding, he was a competitive working cow horse in his younger day.  A knee injury took him out of the show ring years ago. Dakota has been totally healed from his injury for years, but he still favored it not out of pain but out of fear.  This beautiful horse, with plenty of life left in him, was just standing in a stall.  This summer he became the best friend of a troubled teen.  She worked with him daily, riding him slow and easy until he got stronger and realized his knee didn’t hurt any more.  He thrived on the attention and got strong and muscled up again.  Unfortunately, the teenager went back to her old ways and left Dakota alone.  Lucky gelding though because he now has a brand new best friend!  A really nice lady named Micheal.  She has fallen in love with him and signed up to sponsor him.  She already takes lessons here and after riding him last Saturday well….no other horse would do she just had to have him!

Individual Sponsorship programs are one way you can have a horse without really owning one, there are horses available for Adoption and Lease and a Sponsorship Program Geared to the whole family!  To learn more click here.

Enzo & Eva3. Small Angels Rescue, a non-profit based in Frederick, MD, finds homes for rescued chinchillas, degus, gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice and rats.

They do not have a shelter and use a network of foster homes for these rescued animals until they are permanently adopted.  They have very dedicated foster parents involved with this organization.  One guinea pig foster mother-in-charge has a wonderful web page (click here) where you can scroll through, looking at pictures and reading very engagingly written bios of rescued guinea pigs awaiting adoption.

Enzo and Eva, a bonded pair of guinea pigs, were adopted. I’ve been told the Small Angels vetting process is very meticulous.  The owners of Enzo and Eva had a process to go through before adopting.  They were invited to the foster mother-in-charge’s home to meet her and the guinea pigs. This kept Enzo and Eva from being subjected to undue stress by taking them from place to place to show to prospective adopters. Then they had to fill out a detailed, five-page questionnaire containing questions that would really screen the potential owners to be sure they’re responsible. It takes about a week for the application to be approved.  The new owners said, “Adopting from Small Angels Rescue has been one of the most satisfying things we’ve have ever done”.

To learn more about Small Angels Rescue, click here.

Raw Frozen Diets Family - web4.  Nature’s Variety Issues Nationwide Voluntary Recall

Nature’s Variety has initiated a voluntary recall of their Chicken Formula Raw Frozen Diet for dogs and cats with a “Best If Used By” date of 11/10/10 because these products may be contaminated with Salmonella.

Click here to learn more.

I want Friday’s to bring awareness to other organizations that are doing wonderful things for animals. If you have information you want to share, send me a paragraph on the topic with a link to the website, by 11am on Thursday.  I will do this each Friday.

fox in cage1. I did not realize that fox hunting was still alive and well in other parts of the world. I was sent some information about a campaign going on in the UK to repeal the hunting act.  Hunting of foxes, deer, hare and mink by using hounds, has been illegal over there sine 2004.  Now, a guy by the name of David Cameron, who is running in an election, wants to repeal the act.

I wanted to learn more about this type of hunting, since I don’t know much about it.  What I read disturbed me.  A fox will be trapped.  Then, rather than kill it right away, it is let lose so that it can be caught by the hounds and killed later.  This is a sport for the people involved.  The hounds, horses, men and children will chase the fox through the countryside with blasting horns.  The fox is gripped with fear and stressed beyond capacity until finally, with the internal organs failing and exhausted, the fox will be unable to continue.  To read more about this please click here to visit the site where you can learn more, and help.

Fox That Was Caught

Fox That Was Caught

There is a man by the name of Clifford Pellow.  For more than 2 decades he was a professional Huntsman with several packs of Fox hounds in England and Whales.  Because he is a stickler for rules, he became more and more outraged at the abuse the foxes were enduring because the Hunt Master continued to break the hunting code of ethics.    Eventually he could no longer stomach it, he protested and lost his job as a Huntsman.  To read more about Clifford, the cruelty in fox hunting and what Clifford is doing, check out his story here.

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2. Did you know there is an organization that helps rescued Labradors in need of medical attention? I had no idea until they contacted me.  The organization, Labmed, was founded in 1996 and has funded a total of 1,132 dogs.  These dogs would most likely not be alive if it had not been for this organization.

Here is a photo of one of their newest applicants, Lucy, who needs emergency surgery for internal bleeding in order to save her life.  If you would like to help other dogs and learn more about this organization, click here.

Dr. Greg Martinez

Dr. Greg Martinez

3. After almost 30 years as a veterinarian Dr. Greg Martinez has spent 10 of those years treating his patients, and his own pets, with a combination of medical and nutritional science. He believes that pet owners have it within their power to cure many of their animals’ most common ailments.  He says that healthful eating is critical to human’s well-being and that pet junk food, empty calories and food allergies are making our dogs and cats similarly sick.  He has published a book called, Dr. Greg’s Dog Dish Diet.

He has lots of positive feedback from clients and readers.  He says it amazing that there could be any doubt that food allergies have such a great role in skin, ear, stomach, bowel, anal gland, obesity, and seizure problems. Veterinarians are still taught that the incidence of food allergies are low, even though thirty percent of his patients respond to elimination of allergens and addition of healthy food ingredients.

If people start to pay attention to what they are feeding their animals, maybe they will do the same for their families. He wants to spread the word that successful nutritional management of the above chronic diseases will get educators and researchers to take another look at canine nutrition, and help avoid needless misery, medications, and money for millions of dogs. When you buy the book, Dr. Greg’s Dog Dish Diet, you are helping spread the message.

Landers animalsJudy Landers, who is on my board of advisers, her two daughters (Lindsey and Kristy), as well as Judy’s husband, Tom Niedenfuer (retired, American Major League Baseball Pitcher) are all animal lovers.  Judy’s sister, Audrey Landers, and her mom, Ruth Landers, also love animals.  All of them have saved many animals over the years.  This is what they had to say when I asked them about their animals…..

They have one dog named Champ.  He is an 8 year old Collie who has been a loving Landers-Niederfuer family member for 71/2 years.  The most amazing thing about Champ is his sweet, gentle personality and sense of humor (along with his amazing looks).

Teddy is a 3 year old mixed breed who was adopted from the Sarasota Humane Society.  When they first saw him, he was so shy and stressed, he wouldn’t even come out to socialize.  If you raised your hand to pet him lovingly, he would cower to the ground in tear.  It was very clear that he had been as abused dog, but they knew that with all the love they could give him, they would turn his life around.  Now, Teddy has become the most loving, loyal dog they could ever imagine, and lives to snuggle and get hugs.

Sage is a baby Cockatoo (one of five birds that they have) who travels with them wherever they go.  At only 6 months, Sage is a seasoned traveler, having been to Hollywood over 10 times and New York City as well.

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All the animals in the Lander-Niederfuer family are fed holistic pet food along with an organic, healthful, vegetarian concoction (that Judy prepares herself) of brown rice, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, peas, garlic, olive oil and parmesan cheese.

Incidentally, other pets they have are: Princess Iggy, a 16 year old, 5 foot long Iguana.  Birds: Zorro, Mary-Kate and Ashley and Baby Spice.

They like the message of this show, helping animals all over the world, and are very supportive, in many ways.

adpoted puppy How many people have gotten a puppy, kitten or rabbit as a gift?  Animals, especially babies, are cute and cuddly.  Most people love the feeling they get when they give an animal as a present.  They feel really good inside.  That feeling only lasts a short time, and then reality sets in.

The person realizes the new owner now has a responsibility, lasting long after the holiday, or special occasion, is over.  There are issues that have be dealt with as well.  Does the person know how to care for the animal properly?   Many pet owners are not aware of the kind of food their animal should eat.  I see countless ferret owners feeding their ferret cat food.  That is very unhealthy for ferrets.  Ferrets are carnivores.  Their food should have at least 3 out of the first 5 ingredients be meat products.  Not soy, grain or oats.  Same goes for other animals.  You should do research to be sure your animal is eating the proper diet.

There are also illnesses and disease that different animals have.  Do you know what to look for?  Do you have a veterinarian who has had extensive training for your type of pet?   Many veterinarians say they treat your type of animal, until a major illness arises.  Then you find out they don’t have the proper experience or training.  By then your animal could be seriously ill.


If you do decide to give an animal as a gift, where do you get it?  There are millions of animals that are in need of a home.  You can find these animals at rescues and shelters.  25% of these animals are pure bred.  If the organization near you doesn’t have the kind of animal you are looking for ask them to refer you to an organization that does have that kind of animal.  There are small, home based rescues all over the country.  I’m sure there is one near you.

Another thing that should be taken into consideration is personality, size and color.  You find an animal you think is sweet, beautiful color and small (at least right now).  You give it as a present and find that the animal cowers with its new owner.  Maybe the new pet was abused by someone that resembles that person.  Animals have personalities just like we do.  They don’t forget the bad times.  BUT, with time, patience and love they can learn to trust again.  Is the new owner willing to do what it takes to transition the pet into the new surroundings?  The puppy you got is a large breed dog.  It was really small at 8 weeks old, so you were not thinking how big it would get.  At 4 months it’s getting to be very large.  What if the new owner is not allowed to have an animal over 35 pounds in their home?  Will the animal be given up again?


If the animal develops an illness, does the new owner have the financial ability to pay for the bills and make sure the animal has a good, long life?

Are there other animals in the home already?  Many animals don’t get along.  The best thing to do, before bringing an animal home, is introduce them to each other.  You don’t want to get them home then there is the danger of one getting hurt because they don’t like each other.  If you have a hunting breed of dog, don’t get the family a new ferret or rabbit.   Do you have a small child?  Consider the size, strength and personality of the animal.

Another important issue is spay and neuter.   Is the animal fixed so there aren’t any other “surprises” that might come along?  Even if you have a fenced yard your animal could get out.  Look what happened during Hurricane Katrina.  A lot of animals that were in secure homes, and yards, got out.  They multiplied in a very short period of time.

There are a lot of considerations when giving a pet as a present.  If you have your heart set on giving one, think about a gift card.  In the card say “your present is the pet of their choice”.  Let them pick it out to be sure it’s one they really want.  I also recommend you get your pet from a rescue or shelter.

I look forward to any feedback, comments or recommendations you have.

hospiceFlorence Thuot, the 81-year-old director of Journeys End Animal Sanctuary. made a silent promise to the 300 handicapped and unwanted animals that found their way to her sanctuary: they would have a home for life.

They’ve been through enough, she says: the dog left in the Ocala National Forest with glaucoma so far advanced his eyes had to be removed; the tabby cat with feline AIDS who plays like a dog; the horse rescued from slaughter. Those who aren’t blind or disabled bear emotional scars from being handed off from home to home or left on the side of a highway.

“When they have experiences like that, they need to be secure for the rest of their lives,” said Thuot.

But with rising costs and donations way down from last year, Thuot often lies awake at night wondering how she can keep her word to her animals. The organization depends solely on donations, which have dropped off about 25 percent year over year, while expenses have risen about 35 percent, according to Karen Galles, a volunteer who handles the books.

Thuot has mortgaged her property twice and frequently transfers part of her Social Security check to the nonprofit’s account. But the monthly contributions regularly fall short of the bills.

moneyTo read more about this organization click on this link.

She would love advise on how to raise money or get supplies.  If you can help, please, contact her.  Donations may also be sent to Journey’s End at P.O. Box 220163, Glenwood, FL 32722.  This is her website.

This story touched me because I hope to be alive at this age.  I can’t imagine doing what she is doing!!  This is a hard time for everyone but I know we will all get through it, if we help each other!

Today I got some emails I wanted to share with you.

vegan food guide1. Did you know that November is “Go Vegan” month?

I, honestly, was not exactly sure what vegan meant.  I hear “vegan”, “vegetarian”, raw diet”, etc.  Because of this information,  I learned a lot more about being vegan.  I was aware of Georges Laraque, the NHL player,  who went vegan this summer to bring awareness to animal rights and issues.  I also knew that Portia De Rossi and Ellen Degeneres also became vegan earlier this year.  Until now I never really investigated it.  If you would like to learn more here is one website you can check out.  Vegan month.

diabetes2. November is also, National Pet Diabetes Awareness Month.

Today 50 percent of our pets are overweight or obese, which certainly can predispose them to developing diabetes. Both dogs and cats develop the same two types of diabetes seen in humans. The greater majority of dogs develop Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus where the body simply does not produce any insulin.

Most cats, on the other hand, develop Non-Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus. In cats the disease is due either to not producing enough insulin or an inability to utilize the insulin that is produced in the body — the same as Type 2 diabetes in humans.

Treating and caring for a diabetic pet takes a huge commitment in both time and dollars.  Initial symptoms of diabetes are excessive thirst and urination, possible sudden weight loss and frequent urinary tract infections. Lack of energy and listlessness also are on the list.

Be sure you take your pet to the vet at least once a year for a full physical.  Make sure it is, and stays, healthy!

Proud mom and dad

3.  Here are some pictures a friend of mine took of some Javelina.. also known as Collared Peccary.   They are so cute I had to share them with you.  He had 14 of these critters come out from under his house a few weeks ago, with a couple of new born babies!!!
If you would like to learn more about these interesting animals just check out this link.


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4.  This came from Judy Landers, one of my board members:

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we are working urgently to help stop the intense suffering of turkeys. Their situation is grave. The abuse they endure on factory farms is difficult to even imagine. Farm Sanctuary’s public awareness campaign to expose the hidden horrors of commercial turkey production, combined with our efforts to rescue and provide refuge to the victims of this cruel industry, are having an impactopening hearts and minds and creating real change. But we need your help to expand our reach even further. Please help END the abuse.

pig5. ALSOThis Sunday night 60 Minutes will feature an unprecedented exposé on the factory farming of pigs in Australia which has been underpinned by an investigation conducted by Animals Australia.  You can learn more from this link.

dolphins6.Denmark is a big shame

The sea is stained in red and it’s not because of the climate effects of nature. It’s because of the cruelty that the human beings (civilised human) kill hundreds of the famous and intelligent Calderon dolphins. This happens every year in Faroe Island in Denmark. In this slaughter the main participants are young teens.
WHY?   To show that they are adults and mature….

In this big celebration, nothing is missing for the fun. Everyone is participating in one way or the other, killing or looking at the cruelty “supporting like a spectator”. Is it necessary to mention that the Calderon dolphin, like all the other species of dolphins, is near extinction and they get close to men to play and interact in a way of PURE friendship . They don’t die instantly; they are cut 1, 2 or 3 times with thick hooks. And at that time the dolphins produce a grim cry extremely compatible with the cry of a new born child. But he suffers and there’s no compassion till this sweet being slowly dies in its own blood.


dog and cat

I took my ferret in for surgery this morning.  I realized, very late last night, I was not sure if she could have food or water?  If so, when do I stop it, or do I?  I got up early and searched the web.  I guess my veterinarian felt I had so much knowledge about ferrets that he didn’t have to remind me about this issue.  He was incorrect.  I found articles telling me that ferrets should eat and drink prior to surgery so they won’t crash.  Ferrets digest food quickly, that is why they eat every 3-4 hours.  I noticed that for other animals the preparations were different.  It seems that for dogs and cats you are not suppose to feed them after 9PM the night before or give them water after midnight.

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Other things to consider:

1. Be sure your pet is cleaned because it might be awhile before you will be able to bathe it, clean ears, teeth, trim nails, etc.

2. Don’t let your animal do extensive exercise the day before.  You don’t want them to have sore muscles, they will already be sore from the surgery.

3. Clean the animal’s laundry so they come back to a nice, clean sleeping area.

4. Prepare an area for the animal to recuperate in a safe, quiet area.  They may not be able to climb into their normal area with stitches.

5. Be on time for the veterinarian.  You don’t want undue stress on them or yourself.  Also, don’t have emotional goodbyes.  Animals can pick up on your anxiety, if there is any.  You want them to stay as calm as possible.

dog with vet

I feel it is very important for people to talk with their veterinarians about the preparations that should be made prior to surgery, for their specific animal.  You want to be sure you have a successful surgery and easy recovery.  An example….my veterinarian gives his animals something called a “stress pack”.  It’s a powder and he likes the patient to take this at least 5 days prior to surgery and then after surgery.  He has found that animals using it are a lot stronger for the surgery and recover much faster afterwards.

Once your animal is home be sure to follow post-op instructions.  There may be medications that have to be taken at specific times, the veterinarian might want to see the patient in a certain number of days, etc.  If you have concerns about your animal once you get it home call your veterinarian!!!  They won’t mind and it’s better to be safe than sorry.  You are taking the time, and spending the money, to care for your animal.  Be sure you get the best outcome for them and yourself.

Please let us know your thoughts, comments, etc.

senior and dogI have always wanted to know what animals are thinking and how they feel.   Do you ever wonder about that as well?  I see shows about people talking to animals but I always thought it was a hoax to boost ratings.  Amy Phillips Penn contacted me and it got me thinking about this topic.

I will tell you a couple of personal stories then you can read about Amy Phillips Penn.  She’s a society/fashion columnist in Palm Beach, polo player and writes about polo.  Read more about her book, and communicating with her horse, below.

rabbit and pup

About 4 years ago I moved to Florida.  I had two ferrets at the time.  One of them became very ill and the veterinarian was not sure what was wrong.  He did say her fever was so high, that alone might kill her.  I called someone I knew who is an animal communicator.  I was desperate!  She told me that she would see what she could do and call me back.  Shortly after we hung up she called me back.  She told me that my ferrets stomach was hurting her really bad.  My ferret commented, she consumed something really bad.  I contacted the veterinarian to tell him what I was told.  (I did not tell him how I knew this).  He did another test and it seemed my ferret had consumed some pesticide.  He was not 100% positive, but he treated her for that.  Within a day she was back to normal.  It occurred to me she may have got pesticide on her nose when she walked on the grass.  The day before she got sick, the grass had been treated but there were not “pesticide” signs.

Another thing that caught my attention…..when the communicator was talking to my ferret she asked my ferret, “is there a funny story you can tell me to take your mind off of your pain”?  My ferret told her a real life story about her and her brother, then they laughed together.  The communicator told me the story and asked if it were true?  I told her the story actually happened the day before.  The only people, or animals, that would know that story were my two ferrets and me.  I WAS SOLD!

pup and kitty

One other story that I know of….A friend was going to put her dog down.  I told her to call the animal communicator to see if the dog had any last wishes.  The dog wanted mashed potatoes.  My friend said the dog never liked mashed potatoes so she was not impressed with the communicator.  A few weeks after the dog was put down my friend had a dinner party.  At that party was a man who had owned that dog the first 4 years of its life.  My friend adopted the dog from him.  I asked him if the dog had a favorite “people” food?   He said she loved mashed potatoes.  My friend was so shocked!!  She could not believe her dog had to die without getting her final request, mashed potatoes.

I’m sure there are a lot of wonderful communicators.   I contacted Lori Michel at



One Mare’s Odyssey on the Planet Earth

INDIO, Calif. – “We live in an age of communication and information, so why on earth is it so difficult for a person to understand what her horse is trying to tell her?” These are the words of polo pony Diosa in the new book, Diosa: One Mare’s Odyssey on the Planet Earth (published by AuthorHouse), the whimsical new full-color book by Amy Phillips Penn.

Ideal for young readers, listeners and horse lovers everywhere, Amy’s polo mare, Diosa – whose name means “goddess” in Spanish – shares her story of family, friends and overcoming obstacles. She begins in Wellington, Fla., where she lives with Amy, her “b.p.f.” or “best person forever”; her friend Max, a former polo pony turned show horse; and Holly, a golden retriever. After weathering two hurricanes in Florida, Diosa, Amy, Max and Holly pack up and set off for California in search of better weather and more polo playing opportunities.

The group arrives safely and Diosa explores the lemon groves of Santa Barbara, reveling in the ocean and mountains around her. She also grows closer to Amy with the help of a pet psychic, who teaches them how to better communicate with one another. After a time in Santa Barbara, Diosa and her friends endure more natural disasters as wildfires engulf the land around them:

As if struck by a lightning bolt, the horse next to me became unhinged. He leapt into midair, and twisted and turned, like he was trying to get a fly off of him. Only this was no normal fly attack. These were hot embers! We all knew that where there was smoke, there was usually … well, you know the rest. We couldn’t see the fires but we could sense them and smell them, so we were okay, for right now. Right now didn’t last long, as our barns and polo fields changed into a haven for other horses who were in much worse situations than we were. California is so hospitable to its pets, especially in emergencies.

After escaping the wildfires, Diosa is grateful to move to the safety of the desert. She stresses the importance of taking care of our planet. “Life is a love story if only you let it be one. Please take care of our planet and all of us so that we can take the best possible care of you,” she says.

Illustrated with photographs by renowned polo photographer David Lominska, Diosa: One Mare’s Odyssey on the Planet Earth is a true story about real animals, real events and real people with an important message: live life to its fullest, keep hope alive to overcome obstacles, and always remember to protect the environment.

About the Author: An enthusiastic polo player, Amy Phillips Penn has written for the New York Post, the Palm Beach Daily News, numerous polo publications, Town and Country magazine and Interview magazine. She is currently working on a novel/screenplay, Seduced by Polo, which chronicles the wild adventures of a New York society writer turned polo player.

boy and puppyDo some people have connections with animals that are stronger than the ones they have with other humans?

There was an interesting show on ABC’s 20/20 this past Friday.  It got me thinking about this issue.  I know of several people, personally, who feel they have a better connection, and get more love, from their animals than they do with other humans.  Is that because of their personality?  Is it because of the way they were raised?  Are the animals they have are more loyal and loving than people?  What is the answer?


In the world today we seem to be drifting farther and farther apart from the people in our lives, yet we need them more and more.  We have more natural disasters, higher unemployment, higher living expenses, etc.  Are we all becoming so stressed that the connection and unconditional love we get from animals, has become more soothing and needed than other people are?

I know when I am having a hard day, and feel overwhelmed, I put my head next to my sleeping ferret.  I seem to be able to breathe better, and deeper, when I listen to her breathe and heart beating.  It’s like a mini vacation for my inner self.  I can’t explain it other than two spirits connecting somehow.  It has become my stress reliever.  Whenever something happens to her I’m not sure what I will do.  It’s not like I can buy another Bessie (that’s her name).  It’s like being in that “special” relationship.  Physically you can be with someone, but do you really feel deep “love”…the same as when you are really “in love” with someone?    From the outside it looks the same but in your core you know the difference.

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Here are a few examples of the women on 20/20.

1. Margot.  She has 3 cats.  These cats are her entire world.  She does admit that she is very lonely and in need of friends.  The relationship with her animals might be to the detriment of finding people to share her life with.

Margot was an adopted child in an overachieving family.  She felt she could never keep up or be good enough.  She works as a receptionist but has longed for more.  She feels she has not achieved what she should have at this time in her life.  The cats love her for who she is and don’t judge her.  These cats are what keep her going, yet she admits, she craves human closeness.  She says people who know her have no idea how lonely she is.  Since the show her three cats died.  One died of feline leukemia.  Another one was killed by a dog that was visiting the apartment — a tragedy which Margot is still reeling from. The third one died of old age.   Now she has two new, energetic cats that she says she’s ecstatic about.

2. Jenny is 36 and a successful, fiercely independent sales agent.  She has her own home and shares it with her family of 16 cats.   She says she had a difficult childhood and it’s been a challenge to have a “normal” relationship so she turned to cats for the comfort and love she needed.  She says she has always wanted to get married and have children.  She still has hope but she is afraid she will end up with more cats and still nobody to share her life with.  She says the best place to meet someone is the dog park.  That won’t work for someone with cats.

3. Diane is 65 and spent most of her career as a high-powered banker. She was forced into an early retirement so she began spending more time on her passion, cats.  Believe it or not Diane has been sharing her home for the pas year with 123 cats.  She wants to save all of the cats that are on the street.  She feeds them, nurses them back to heath and continues to trap more feral cats.  She knows she is getting in over her head but can’t stop.  She knows it’s a risk legally and health wise because she now lives in squalid conditions.  She knows it’s taking a toll on her in many ways.  She wants to stop and go back to the way her life was before saving these cats.  She can’t even see her family that lives out of town because the cats need her.

How do you feel about the connection between humans and animals?  Is there a point when the good feelings from being with animals are a hazard to your life?  Do you think that certain people can live a life with only animals and others can’t?  What about Jane Goodall, she lived with the chimps for all those years.