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It seems that we’re apologizing a lot for our lack of updates, so this time we won’t. Life has been full of changes in recent months. Losses, gains and adventures abound. With everything going on it has been difficult to keep up with things in real life, let alone catching up on internet things. But we’ll try to as we’re able. Thank you to those who have stuck around. Even in our absence we are still showing that plenty of readers are stopping by.

Not long after our previous post we lost Jack, Dani’s beloved old gentleman cat. His loss affected everyone in the house but none more so than his best friends Bailey, Dani and Dani’s husband as Jack was his first cat. He was an old, wise soul that will not be forgotten.

After that, there was the surprise loss of a family member. But best to not dwell on that at the moment or this entry won’t get finished.

Shortly, very shortly after their passing we had a new surprise family member added to the household. A new puppy.

There had been no plans of another addition of a dog to the household at least for another year, there is much to be done this year as it was. However, due to irresponsible owners and my own husbands big heart we ended up with a tiny brown and white bundle of sass.

Meet the tiny demon.

Meet the tiny demon.

She came home with us at a very early age, 6 weeks, because on top of already not spaying or neutering their current dogs, they deemed puppies too much hassle and were threatening to throw them out in the cold. Or send them to the shelter, whichever caught their fancy first. We had already agreed to take her at 8 weeks but at this point we just wanted her out of dangerous hands so I demanded that she be brought to me the very night that I was told of such threats. So she was and the rest was as they say, history.

Except that it wasn’t. I couldn’t get her other siblings out of my head. I very briefly considering bringing the last 2 unclaimed puppies home with me until I could find them good homes myself. However, after a few nights with one 6 week old puppy, I realized that I would lose my damn mind with three. This did not help stem my worry. I kept in constant contact with a girl that was also trying to help find them homes. Through networking with my friends who are also into rescue we were able to get the one remaining sibling to a rescue group.

When I picked up the sister to drive to another town to meet with the rescue people, she was much in the same condition as our puppy was when we first brought her home. Tear stains down her face and reeking of urine and feces. They were being kept in a bathroom that apparently, wasn’t being cleaned. I was also informed that when I picked her up, it was the first time she’d ever felt grass on her feet. Despite such rough beginnings, the puppies were healthy and their tear stains ceased in a few days of clean environment.

Dropping her sister off to the rescue group.

Dropping her sister off to the rescue group.

We named our new family member, Samus. I thought house breaking would be a breeze because it was with Ozzy however she ended up having a urinary tract infection due to her previous living conditions so it took quite a bit longer than expected. It took Ozzy about a week to warm up to her and now they’re practically inseparable. She is 3/4 Australian Shepherd and 1/4 Rottweiler and 100% energy. She can’t control her licker either. But she is damn cute and expect to see a lot more of her.




Looking for something to do this Saturday? Love Pugs? Love Boston Terriers? Well, Saturday, February 8th is the day for you! The Pug Rescue Network and the Midwest Boston Terrier Rescue are teaming up again for this year’s Valentine’s Day Party. People are invited to come join in on the fun and help raise funds that will help with vet/adoption expenses, food and other supplies for rescued pugs. Admission is free, and pets of all breeds are welcome to tag along with their owners and make some new friends.

Some of the fun activities to help raise funds are:

  • Raffles
  • Cake Walks
  • “Hug-a-Pug” and “Kiss-a-Boston”
  • Pugs vs. Bostons Races
  • Contests
  • Valentine’s Photos
  • Got spare change? Bring in your pennies for the Pennies for Pets jug to help make a difference!
  • There will also be merchandise for sale, and $5 lunches (hotdog, chips, and pop).

Pugs and Boston Terriers currently up for adoption will be available for people to meet, and if interested, people may begin the adoption process to give these cuties the forever homes they deserve. Vet care and training are provided to each of the dogs before adoption. For more information, you can call 248-432-0102 or email

Learn more about the Pug Rescue Network here:

And you can also learn about the Midwest Boston Terrier Rescue here:

Brutis and Bebe showing off their best pug mugs.

Brutis and Bebe showing off their best pug mugs.

Sorry for the gaps in posts, but both of us have been busy bees as of lately. We are about to attend our first adoption event this Thursday for our Spare Change Filling Furry Bellies Facebook page. So we’ve been working in our spare time to get everything ready for the event. We will be attending it with a rescue in the area who will have their adoptables there for people to meet. We plan on having some information packets available for people about easy ways to help rescues and tips for making adoption easier. Along with cartoon drawings of people’s dogs that come by for a donation. We will also have a can for spare change to go to our rescue of choice at the end of the month.

We’re both really excited and can’t wait to see how it goes. ^.^

For the month of May we were able to save $23.76 in change to donate to an animal rescue. The rescue that will be receiving the donation this month is Almost Home Animal Rescue League in West Bloomfield, MI. They are a great no-kill rescue that help a lot of animals every year. Some of you may remember the story we posted about Whiskey Joe, the basset hound that had been beat so badly he lost an eye. We are happy to report that Almost Home found him a loving forever home!

This is their website for anyone interested:


“One day I hope to walk into an animal shelter and all I will see are a few animals there, waiting for their owners to arrive because they were licensed and properly tagged.One day when I see a pregnant dog or cat I won’t cry, feel sad or be frightened. One day I hope there will be no use for organizations like mine.” -Gail Montgomery, co-founder of Almost Home.

Our first donation for Spare Change Filling Furry Bellies went to FIDO Dog Rescue in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

We received a thank you email from them yesterday and they let us know that the money will be put toward the surgery for a dog named Riley. She has a dislocated hip that has been that way for quite sometime. (They rescued her from a shelter in this condition.) They even sent us a little picture of her. 🙂


In one month’s time Spare Change Filling Furry Bellies is already making a difference! We can’t wait to see how much money we save this month!

Just recently, we learned the story of a basset hound in Michigan named Whiskey Joe. He has had a rough life, rougher than any animal should ever have to go through. His previous owner was abusive and denied Whiskey Joe food and water. He even had to have an eye removed thanks to his owner’s cruelty. Whiskey Joe ran away from home and was put into a shelter where he faced being put down. Fortunately for Whiskey Joe a kind volunteer saw to it that he didn’t have to go back to his owner and that he was able to get the help he needed through Almost Home.

Whiskey Joe has been through a lot, and thanks to the kindness of others has gotten the chance for a new life, but he still needs that special someone to give him a place he can call home. Despite the cruelty inflicted on him by his former owner, Whiskey Joe still has so much love to give. If you think you could be that person to give a dog in need their second chance, please contact Almost Home at You can also fill out an application online. If you’re interested in learning more about Whiskey Joe and Almost Home you can do both by checking out these pages.

Whiskey Joe’s Petfinder Profile:

Almost Home’s Website:

The things that have happened to Whiskey Joe are so heartbreaking that we both felt compelled to do what we could to spread the word about this amazing dog and his story. By sharing this brave dog’s story we hope to reach out to someone who is willing to give Whiskey Joe a home where he can get the love and kindness he deserves.

If you cannot adopt Whiskey Joe, but still wish to help, donations can be made to Whiskey Joe c/o Almost Home Animal Rescue League, P.O. Box 250602, West Bloomfield, MI 48325. You can also donate through paypal via the Almost Home website.

Even if you cannot give Whiskey Joe a home or make a donation, you can still help just by spreading the word. The more people who know about this courageous dog the more likely he is to find someone to adopt him.

Be a Billboard!

Spring cleaning is a popular event when winter finally melts away. One common area of the house you may hit…your closet! This has a benefit for both people and animals. Take the clothes that no longer fit or that you no longer like, and bag them up. Drop those clothes off at your local Good Will. People get new clothes and you have a reason to replenish your wardrobe.

Replenishing that wardrobe can help your favorite rescue. How? Many rescues have t-shirts (and other styles of clothing) made with their logos on the front. So for the same $15-$20 you would spend on a new shirt at any store, you could get a new shirt that helps take care of an animal. Plus, you will have a conversation piece. Let everyone know who your favorite rescue is and all the reasons they are awesome!