“My Favorite Breed is Mutts in Need” For as long as I can remember, I have had a dog in my life. Like so many in the rescue world, I have loved animals my entire life, but dogs are by far my favorite! I can remember them following me home from school (albeit with a little coaxing on my part), chasing me around the yard, snuggling me to sleep, and comforting me when I cried. There is no better feeling in the world than to have the unconditional love and adoration of a furry friend.

I have lived in Akron, OH my entire life and raised one son. He is his mothers’ son through and through….someone his friends can always rely on to be there to cry with them when they lose a beloved furbaby.

I have always had rescue dogs in my home, with four at this time, 3 seniors. I only adopt seniors into the pack because they are so overlooked. All of my pups that have crossed are cremated and honored on the display shelf with each other.

My current pack

Hollie – found at the garbage dump by my ex husband at the innocent age of 8 weeks. Covered in fleas and ticks, she stole my heart immediately. She is a mishmash of doxie, beagle and corgi. She is now 14 years old and is the fat and sassy leader of the group. She’s had a battle with bladder stones and cancer, and she is now have issues of weakness in her rear. We get her from downstairs to upstairs via the driveway. Still going strong!


Buster – was adopted from the Angel’s Among Us Senior Sanctuary. He is a boxer mix that was saved from a shelter in NC via Hartman’s Haven. He is 4 years old (originally thought to be a senior) and, in spite of being a youngster, fit in so well, that we decided instead of fostering, he was all ours! He bonded with Josh and they are two peas in a pod.




Sadie – was adopted from the Animal Shelter Society in Zanesville, Ohio. At 8 weeks she was “advertised” as a basset mix, which is a breed I have
always wanted, so she came to live with us. She is now 11 years old, fully grown into her springer spaniel/pointer self (yeah, no basset here!) and is the “Ferdinand the Bull” of the pack. Chases butterflies, bites bees, and follows ants all over the place. She has had a battle with cancer and is clear at this point.


Ellie – was found running the streets and in heat. Two weeks in a row of my ex husband seeing her on his route and he brought her home. She is a terrier/lab mix and loves the water. She is now 11 years old and getting so grey in the face! She is the “Einstein” of the pack and I can take her anywhere off leash and she listens to my every word. Needless to say, the others are quite jealous of her yet fail to pick up on why she actually gets all the perks she does! She has her competition in Buster, who listens to my son just as well.

Waiting at the bridge

Scooter – was adopted from the Humane Society of Greater Akron. He is a beagle that was found abandoned in the back of a truck with another beagle. He was adopted and returned twice. He had an enlarged heart from the day I adopted him (age 8), and was attacked by cancer in early 2016. After surgical intervention, it grew back within weeks. He deserved to not have to suffer. He was 12 years old when I had to help him cross.


Eddie – was a hospice foster for Open Arms Pound Rescue. He was 16 when he came to me, as well as deaf and almost blind. He also had an enlarged heart. He was with us for 2 years before I had to help him cross the Bridge.

Rico – came from a shelter in southern Ohio. He had a severe growth on his scrotum. Once removed he was a new man! He was with us several years before old age got the best of him and we had to help him cross. He was 14 years old.


Blue – was adopted from the Humane Society of Greater Akron after his owners lost their jobs and home. He was 1 year old when they adopted him from the HS, and 12 when they returned him. Sadly, we had him only 3.5 months. I was feeding the crew one evening after work. I turned around, and he had gone from greeting and playing, to deceased. It gave real meaning to going out on a high note.