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Susie’s Hope

Susie's Hope

About the Movie

Based on the true story that successfully passed Susie’s Law in North Carolina, which seeks stricter punishment for animal abusers, Susie’s Hope brings to life the inspirational relationship between pit bull attack survivor Donna Lawrence and Susie, a pit bull-mix puppy found beaten, burned and left for dead. Recognizing reflect and abuse were to blame for the tragic attack that nearly claimed her life 10 months earlier, Donna resumes the battered animal and accepts her as family. Together, they learn to heal, love and forgive as thyey lead a historic effort to seek justice and protection, not only for Susie, but all animals. Starring Emmanuelle Vaguer (40 Days and 40 Nights), Burgess Jenkins (Remember The Titans) and Andrea Powell (Ender’s Game, The Twighlight: Breaking Dawn Saga: Part 2), Susie’s Hope is an incredible story of love, loss and redemption.

My Thoughts

So I will admit I bawled like a baby throughout pretty much this whole movie.  Although my hormones of my pregnancy or the fact that I’m unable to be near my own pups right now could quite easily be blamed!  Susie’s Hope is such a touching story.  I especially love the perspectives they used in filming some of the scenes!  While the movie description will give you plenty of the story, I just really hope you’ll consider taking the time to get the movie or even donate to the cause.  Honestly, any cause that helps animals with their care, legitimate ones.  I’m not always convinced that these big charities are actually doing what they are supposed to be doing (this is not at all referencing Susie’s Hope).  It’s our responsibility to ensure that we are donating to causes that are really helping.

Sadly, there are so many stories similar to this that don’t end so well.  I’m thankful for someone who had the opportunity and were willing to stand up to bring attention to abused animals.  They certainly need a voice.  It wasn’t long ago that I saw a picture on facebook going around trying to find some fool hurting animals so that they could put help put an end to it.  That’s a good start, but it really isn’t enough.  Would you be that person who didn’t say anything about something like this for fear of hurting a friendship?  Or would you be brave enough to put a stop to it and turn them in?  The right thing isn’t always easy, but it is always right.  I love the quote found at the end of the movie.  “It may be true that the law cannot change the heart, but it can restrain the heartless.”  -Martin Luther King, Jr.  Another quote I will add, which is heard often from my husband, is this:  “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” -Edmund Burke.  Don’t be one who helps evil to triumph, stand up and do something.

About SusieSusie

Susie was found nearly dead in Greenfield Park in Greensboro, North Carolina on August 20, 2009. Just a puppy, Susie had licked the face of her owner’s newborn baby. Her owner became violent—she was beaten so severely her jaw was broken. That wasn’t enough, though. She was then set on fire and left for dead. Incredibly and against all odds Susie survived. Donna Lawrence adopted her two months later. Susie is now a trained therapy dog and event won the American Humane Association’s American Hero Dog this year!

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Originally posted 2014-12-16 17:10:08.

NurishPet & Free Pet Resources You’ll Use for Years to Come!

NurishPet & Free Pet Resources You'll Use for Years to Come!

NurishPet has so many great products!  We’re loving the Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil that we’ve been trying out!  They’ve got a good bit of other great health for pets.  It seems having them has gotten so complicated.  I grew up on a farm and always had dogs, horses, calves, cats, and so many other types of animals.  Back then, we treated most things in our pets on our own.  We fed our dogs scraps and they lived long, full lives.  It’s great that we know so much more about how to help our furbabies be healthy these days, but it can be so overwhelming at times!

Giving my dogs fish oil isn’t a new thing, in the past I’ve done so from time to time, as there are many benefits.  I was super excited to try out NurishPet’s Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil as there are tons of great things out there about them.  Made in the USA, these soft chews are all natural, gluten and dairy free.  Both my Great Dane and Chihuahuas absolutely love them.  Providing fish oil can give your dog nutrients that they need and, as a bonus, they seem to think they are treats!  They support the immune system, heart health, anti-inflammatory properties, healthy skin and coat and cognitive function.  This particular product also has Vitamin E, Kelp and Vitamin C.

Be advised: I have read multiple resources that discourage from feeding fish oil daily, stating that it can cause their bodies to stop producing some things as they become dependent on using those that come from the supplement.  Instead, use them as a weekly treat, which will also ease the pain on your wallet!

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Dog Treats Recipe: Carrot and Cinnamon Cookies



• Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C)

• Nonstick baking sheets

• Food processor

• Rolling pin

• Pizza cutter

4 cups whole wheat flour 1 L

1⁄2 cup cornmeal 125 mL

1 tsp ground cinnamon 5 mL

1 cup chopped carrot 250 mL

1⁄2 cup water 125 mL

2 tbsp canola oil 25 mL

2 tbsp liquid honey 25 mL

1 large egg 1

1 tsp vanilla 5 mL


1.  In a large bowl, combine flour, cornmeal and cinnamon. In a food processor, combine carrot, water, oil, honey,

egg and vanilla. Puree until smooth. Pour over dry ingredients and stir until well incorporated.

2.  In the bowl and using hands, knead until dough holds together. Transfer to lightly floured surface. Using a rolling

pin, roll out dough to about 1⁄8-inch (3 mm) thickness.  With a fork, poke holes all over the surface of the dough. Using a pizza cutter or a sharp knife, cut dough into bitesize rectangles or squares.

3.  Place about 1⁄2 inch (1 cm) apart on baking sheets.

4.  Bake in preheated oven, in batches if necessary, for 20 minutes or until firm. Place pans on racks and let cool

completely. Reduce oven temperature to 300°F (150°C). Bake for 30 minutes longer or until hard. Transfer

cookies to a rack and let cool completely. Store in a tightly sealed container for up to 30 days.


Excerpted from Better Food for Dogs by David Bastin, Jennifer Ashton and Dr. Grant Nixon, D.V.M. © 2002 Robert Rose Inc. All rights reserved: May not be reprinted without publisher permission.

Originally posted 2013-07-19 08:01:00.

Beef Stew: Recipe for Your 4 Legged Babies!


1⁄2 tsp canola oil 2 mL

5 tbsp cubed (1⁄2 inch/1 cm) top sirloin steak 70 mL

1⁄2 cup cubed (1⁄2 inch/1 cm) peeled potatoes cubed 125 mL

1⁄2 cup water 125 mL

1⁄8 tsp minced garlic 0.5 mL

Pinch dried thyme leaves Pinch

Pinch iodized salt Pinch

2 tbsp green peas, thawed if frozen 25 mL

11⁄2 tbsp finely chopped carrot 22 mL

1 tbsp chopped celery 15 mL


Bonemeal and multivitamin-and-mineral supplements


1.  In a small saucepan, heat oil over medium heat.  Add steak and cook, stirring, until browned. Add potatoes, water, garlic, thyme and salt. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes or until potatoes are almost tender.

2.  Stir in peas, carrot and celery. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until vegetables are soft. Let cool until just warm to the touch.

3.  Stir in supplements.Transfer to a serving bowl. Serve immediately.


Nutritional Analysis (Per Serving)

180 kcal

19 g Carbohydrates

13.8 g Protein

5.2 g Fat


Excerpted from Better Food for Dogs by David Bastin, Jennifer Ashton and Dr. Grant Nixon, D.V.M. © 2002 Robert Rose Inc. All rights reserved: May not be reprinted without publisher permission.

Originally posted 2013-07-06 00:01:01.

Are You In the Know: Life With a Service Dog

Service dogs Are You In the KnowHaving a service dog is absolutely awesome for those who depend on them. Duke the service Dane, for example, helps me to be able to walk, catches me when I fall, and as quickly there when I need him. Although he can be a pain in the butt sometimes, I am so thankful that I have him. He is a bit spoiled and mischievous but he makes me smile and stays by my side.
The downside to having a service dog, is that everywhere you go people want to ask to pet the dog. Service dogs are not to be petted when they’re working boom from their person and their training. With my particular condition, at times, the constant asking actually makes things worse and to be honest, it gets old having to be the bad guy every time someone asks you the adorable dog. It’s not that we don’t want you to pet are dogs but they are working they need to focus and imagine if every time you try to go somewhere one asked you if they could feel your coat. How quickly that could be annoying?
Most people aren’t trying to be rude, many honestly don’t know the etiquette required around a service animal.

Get In the Know:

1. A Service Dog is not treated as a pet when they are working.
2. A Service Dog has been trained specifically for the needs of their person. (By law)
3. There is a difference between Service Animals, Therapy Animals and emotional support animals.  Both in training and what/where they are allowed to be.
4. The American Disabilities Act businesses to ask two questions of those with service animals.

  •  is the dog a service animal required because of a disability?
  • what work or task has the dog been trained to perform?

5. I want to explain our disabilities on most days therefore asking what are dog is trained for brings that up. We are not defined by our disability and many of us try very hard not to let it be the focus of our days.

These are just a few things my head that I thought I would share with you today. I’ve written in the past about my health issues and I’m obviously comfortable what discussing them on this forum. If you have any questions I would be happy to answer them and I hope that this I’ll help you a little bit and what service animals are coming from. I am fully aware that these days people have a tendency to put a vest on their dog take them everywhere claiming the necessity is there. While there may be some that do that, not all of us who take our dog places I taking them god of love to our fur babies. I myself have encountered because of those few people that do that. In the bigger picture is actually more harmful then helpful to the greater good of society as it makes those of us whose livelihood on our animal that much more difficult.

Just wanted to add a quick review, Tator got these toys for free in order for me to review them.  We love the ball especially because it seems to be a little tougher than tennis balls.  That’s important when the big dog steals your toys!  LOL.  You can get yours in the link so enjoy!