Thursday, March 28, 2013

Lovely Luna and CANDi

I have been thinking a lot about this post over the last week.  I wanted to do it justice and include all that should be included.  There were so many things I wanted to say and so many different emotions I was having.  PLEASE take the time to read it all the way through.  It's a very uplifting and inspiring story. I promise it will bring you to "happy" tears.

It was last Monday, March 18 that I first learned about Lovely Luna.  I was intrigued when a local pet store posted on Facebook that a dog named Luna was to arrive in Saratoga Springs, NY that night to settle in with her new family.  Where was she coming from?  What was her story?  I had to find out.  There was a link, and with this one click, I was swept up into Luna's journey, life today and the wonderful work of an organization called CANDi (Cats and Dogs International).

Tracey Buyce is a very talented professional photographer in Saratoga Springs. While she and her husband were vacationing in Mexico in 2011, Tracey witnessed, first hand, the countless animals that roam the streets in need of nutrition, medical care and love.  She had to help, and returned a few months later to volunteer at one of CANDi's (explained below)  spay/ neuter clinics.  Soon after, she signed on to become their official photographer.  This is how she found Luna.  In January of this year, Luna was starving, emaciated and roaming the streets in Mexico.  She was in desperate need of a veterinarian and someone to care for her.  Tracey convinced Luna's owners to surrender her, and Tracey found her the care she so deserved with a local veterinarian and CANDi.

I had never heard of CANDi until last week, and since then I have been brought to tears with the generous, caring and much needed work this organization does.  I have traveled myself to these destinations and seen the loads of dogs and cats that wander around, seemingly homeless and hungry.  It broke my heart.  I never knew a group was organized and doing something to help.  CANDi does just that.  They are on a mission to save the animals of Mexico and the Caribbean through controlling animal population, adoption and education.  They hold spay and neuter clinics.  They find loving and caring homes for animals in need, and the help educate people of this growing problem. CANDi is able to do this life saving work with donations from the public.  As little as $25.00 can save a dog's life, but any amount helps.  If donating money can't be done, spreading the word about CANDi's work would be much appreciated as well.  If you're like me, you may not have ever heard about them.  Let's change that!

Lovely Luna
Luna arrived at Albany International Airport  Monday, March 18 around 5:30.  Her foster dad from Mexico accompanied her on her trip to her new, excited family.  Along with her new family was Tracey Buyce, media and "Luna Lovers" that gathered to welcome Luna home. People had apparently known about Luna and fallen in love with her long before I was aware.  I followed Facebook closely that night.  I wanted to be up to speed with all of Luna's happenings.  It was a beautiful reunion between Tracey and Luna (Video clip HERE).  Tracey was the first to greet her.  Her new family was next and now consisted of a new mom and dad, 3 human siblings and a canine brother.  Luna had a lot to adjust to!  Well, I have followed her daily over the past week.  She has her own Facebook page so it makes my "Luna stalking" easier ;)!  If you're hooked, please follow along too!  This is where she has been dubbed "Lovely Luna".  I have to say, she is loved beyond belief!  Tracey is her Godmommy and dotes on her every chance she gets.  She took Luna for ice cream the other day!  Luna's mom updated her blog a few days ago and detailed just how Luna had been adjusting to the snow, the kids and her new life. ( Here is her post from January when she decided Luna was meant to be her next furbaby). Luna is doing exceptionally well.  To think where this little beauty was just 2 months ago.  It just proves what can be done when good, caring people join together with a common purpose.
Luna's foster dad saying goodbye in Albany (Courtesy of Lovely Luna's Facebook Page)

Luna's new mom, Tracey and Luna's foster dad in Albany (Courtesy of Lovely Luna's Facebook Page)

Luna today

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Wet Noses

I am not doing a paid review, just honestly recommending a brand that is fairly new to me.  In last month's BarkBox we received treats by the company "Wet Noses". ** (You don't need the BarkBox to order a sample of these treats.)**  We got a box flavored "agave and pear" and another box flavored "cheddar".  My boys love them both!  They love most treats but there is and extra excitement that is very obvious over these snacks.  I love them because they are natural and wheat free (many are also dairy and egg free).  They are made right here in the US and certified organic.  I really like feeding foods and treats with antioxidants and the agave and pear are perfect for that!  Pears are a full of antioxidants.  If you visit their site you will see you can order all varieties of sizes, from sample tasting sizes, to bulk!  They even have an adorable array of bakery items for your special doggie occasions :)  Please check them out here!  I am their newest fan!

Friday, March 15, 2013


Not too far from where I live, tragedy struck Wednesday morning. Six people were shot while out doing everyday errands at a car wash and barbershop, by a man who went on a shooting spree in Herkimer, NY.  Four were pronounced dead.  As Wednesday evening settled in, the shooter had hidden himself inside a vacant building and the FBI had him surrounded.  Early on Thursday morning, news came that the shooter (I prefer not to call him by name) had been killed, but not before something else tragic happened.  Ape, the K9 there on duty that morning, serving his people and doing exactly what he had been trained to do, was fatally shot and killed by the shooter when he was sent inside the building.  Ape had only been on active duty since the end of February and was two years old.  Of course I have questions...Was he wearing a vest?  Why couldn't gas have been thrown in instead of this precious dog?  Right now I am trying to keep the "what ifs" at bay, and just focus on how grateful I am for dogs like Ape.  RIP, Ape.  You make us proud.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Look Into My Eyes

I could not be more thrilled with this painting.  Sheila Wedegis is the very talented artist who painted Murray's eyes.  She is dedicating all of March to painting dogs' eyes, or as she puts it, "the soul of the dog".  She is so right!  I can completely see "my" Murray in this painting and am so happy that I will have him like this forever !  Thank YOU, Sheila!  I can't wait to hang this beauty on my wall :)

She Deserves Better