A personal style blog aimed to entertain and enrich the lives of readers by sharing meaningful and impactful life experiences. Here, readers can find a variety of blog post topics, in addition to a tail-wagging focus on dog blogs!
He’s got the face of resilience, having mastered the art of second chances alongside his friend, Colin! Everyone, meet Ray! He was rescued from the Oakville & Milton Humane Society in Canada and has a story that is sure to warm the heart.
Name: Ray Anatolian Chappell
How I Got My Name:
First Name: When I was picked up by our Humane Society, and as a result of having no identification, they decided on Ray. They were naming rescues at that time after musicians, and I was named after Ray Charles! Cool, eh!
Middle Name: My new Mom and Dad were trying to figure out my origin and, at one point, decided that Anatolian Shepherd could well be in my genes. That resulted in my second name, and also my dad expressing a hope that I would not grow as big as an Anatolian!
Last Name: My last name is simply my new family name.
Breed: After sending away some of my saliva (Humans are very strange), it was determined that my primary breed is German Shepherd, and Rottweiler my secondary breed. Apparently, no other breeds are represented.
Nicknames: I have a few of those. The main one is “Buddy.” My Dad uses it so often that I sometimes wonder who Ray is!!! Then there is the occasional “Ray Ray,” and “Dufus,” and I’ve even been called “Strange Dog” and “Great Lump of Fur!”
Age: I was estimated at 2 years old when rescued in November 2012. I will, therefore, be 11 this coming November.
Birthdate/Adoption Date: My birth date is not known and, therefore, determined to be November 20, being my rescued date. I was adopted on March 15, 2013.
Adoption Story: My (now) Dad had been bitten by a German Shepherd many years earlier, and I sensed his initial discomfort with me at the shelter where I lived at that time. I thought that we could make a great team, and so, given his reluctance to develop a relationship, I decided to take charge … and what a great job I did! It’s all in the book about me, “Who Said I was up for Adoption?”
I show them where my poop is in the Winter when it has been covered in snow!
I can get them to follow me if I want something!
I used to be great at meeting people, especially ladies, but then the world changed.
I sometimes do fist bumps, and I will bow if asked nicely.
Collar Color I Sport Best: Black. No brainer for a Shepherd, eh!
My Fur Family: I am the only one here, so I get really spoiled.
Favorite Fur Friends: I know Buddy, and Rocky (since passed away), and then there was Micky next door (recently passed away).
Favorite Activities: Sleeping and eating. Walks are also fun once I am out, but sometimes coaxing me out is a challenge!
Favorite Toys: I’m not really a toy-loving dog, but stuff anything with food and I am one big furry lump of excitement
Favorite Treats/Food: Everything and anything. I would live off pepperoni if I had the chance!
Favorite Memories of Ray:
When he touched his nose to mine while at the shelter.
When he tested clear of heart-worm.
When I dozed off on our sofa and woke up with him alongside me.
When he butted me with his nose just after 7:30am one morning because I should have been out of bed by then (and getting his breakfast ready for him!).
Life Lesson Learned from Ray: If you have food, a roof over your head, and somebody who cares about you … you should be very happy.
Want to read more about the adventures of Colin and Ray? Follow their blog site at: https://meandray.com/
He may be little, but he is fierce! Meet Leo the Lovely Lion. The fur sibling of Miss. Maggie Mae and Beretta (to be featured soon), he will steal your heart and snatch your spot on the couch in seconds!
How I Got My Name: I was previously named; however, I didn’t fully respond to it. I am tiny but fierce and have fur like a lion’s mane. My mom thought Leo was perfect for me. I perked up and responded to her right away and knew I had a new “furever” home.
Nicknames: Leo Magnitio (I’m like a magnet to my mom)
Age: 1 year young
Adoption Date: October 20, 2020
Adoption Story: I was in need of a new home as my previous owners recognized that they could not provide me with adequate care or safety. I was sent to my new family’s neighbor’s home for temporary placement, but upon my arrival there, my current mom couldn’t help but fall in love with my charm! She snuggled me close and carried me home to surprise my dad. He was very surprised and quite confused. He asked who I was and who I belonged to. What a silly question when I already knew I belonged with them and my new sister, Maggie Mae! I jumped on his lap as my mom explained, and he agreed that I would stay with them furever!
Best Tricks: I am really good at making goofy facial expressions and befriending every dog I meet!
Collar Color I Sport Best: Blue with green sea turtles!
My Fur Family: I live with my big sister, Maggie Mae, who is an Australian Shepherd and my little sister, Beretta, who is a Siberian Husky.
Favorite Fur Friends: My favorite fur friends include my siblings and, quite honestly, any dogs I meet!
Favorite Activities: I enjoy cuddling, running and playing in the yard, going for walks, and playing with all the squeaky toys!
Favorite Toys: I love my squeaky turtle and hedgehog toys!
Favorite Treats/Food: Apple Bacon flavored Fruitables Soft and Chewy dog treats are my favorite! Yum!
Favorite Memories with Leo: Bringing Leo home and being able to pick him up every evening to get ready for snuggles under the covers before bed are our most memorable experiences!
Life Lessons Learned from Leo:
All things are possible, no matter your size.
Play like a child, then sleep like a king.
Second chances are possible, and love finds you when you’re least expecting it!
“It’s hard not to immediately fall in love with a dog who has a good sense of humor!”
Meet Maggie Mae! She is a beautiful Australian Shepherd whose adoption story will really tug at your heartstrings! Maggie is a snuggle bug with a wiggle butt that will surely make you smile!
Name: Maggie Mae
How I Got My Name: My human’s mother decided I looked more like a Maggie Mae than a Luna Mae, like she considered naming me.
Breed: Australian Shepherd
Nickname: Maggie Moo, Magoo, Miss Mae, and Wiggle Butt
Age: Approximately 7
Adoption Date: October 2014
Adoption Story: I was running wild through the streets of Fishing Creek when a lady saw me and made efforts to bring me closer to her. She only had Chinese food and pizza for leftovers, which I sneakily made my very own. She gently welcomed me indoors and showered me with love and a warm bath. Upon my surprise, she had two furry friends in her tiny home, but there was no place for me to run and play. She posted flyers, knocked on doors, and made Facebook posts to find my previous owners or a new home. No one claimed me from the flyers, and others reported they had seen me running around for weeks. That’s when my now human momma asked to give me a home. She then took me to a vet to be checked for a microchip and to be well cared for. I had a long recovery from malnutrition, mange, and various allergic reactions, but my momma loved me more than ever, and I stayed by her side. At first, she let me live with her parents because she needed to return to school. She then found a home that suited both her and I! While living with my grandparents, I spent my time snuggling and playing, and soon my scars healed, my hair grew back, and I comforted my human companions with butt wiggles. I am now living with my human momma and am an only dog surrounded by lots of love!
Here I am on one of my very first days with my human momma!
Here I am on one of my very first days with my human momma!
Best Tricks: I do this pretty nifty trick where I randomly throw myself on the ground, roll over, and get endless belly rubs and treats. I also sit, stay, roll over, hug, jump, and bark on command!
Collar Color I Sport Best: Maroon! It brings out my beautiful fur features!
My Fur Family: Me…and only me!
Favorite Fur Friends: I most enjoy Dallas, a big, loving bulldog, who lives with my grandparents! I am also very fond of the twice daily company of a wiggle butt Corgi that always stops outside my home to say hi!
Favorite Activities: My all-time favorite things to do include sunbathing, taking long walks, snuggling my humans, playing tug, and begging for food and treats.
Favorite Toy: I love my moose stuffed animal, marrowbones stuffed with peanut butter, and a tattered rope tug toy. Nothing beats a good play session with my toys!
Favorite Treats/Food: I love, love, love my (Xylitol-free) peanut butter, cooked green beans, and peas. I have some allergies, however, that require me to eat gluten free food and treats!
Favorite Memories of Pet: I once taught myself to roll over, and my human momma tells me that this is her all-time favorite memory of me!
Life Lessons Learned From Maggie:
Always comfort a friend.
Long walks and sunsets can soothe and calm any bad day.
Meet Luca! Luca is a beautiful, two-and-a-half year old Pyrenees who teaches the value of calmness and patience. She’s a beautiful little lady who certainly knows how to steal the hearts of those she meets!
How I Got My Name: Out of nearly 4,000 names, Luca is the only one my owners could agree on! It might have helped sway them that my dad’s name was Luzenac!
Breed: Great Pyrenees
Age: 2.5 years young!
Birthdate: August 27, 2016
Adoption Story: My owners have always wanted to raise a Great Pyrenees from puppyhood, and so along came me into their lives!
Collar Color I Sport Best: Black and gold!
My Fur Family: I have two fur siblings, Rory and Mardi. Rory is a Yorkie, and Mardi is a mixed breed. Word on the street has it that they will also be featured on Pets on the Net! soon!
Favorite Fur Friends: Rory, Mardi, and Finn, of course!
Favorite Activities: I enjoy walking and playing ball, although I most enjoy ball-playing in the house! It is also a favorite pastime of mine to play with Mardi! Lucky for me, I also have two human playmates as well – my owners’ granddaughters!
Favorite Toys: I hope it’s not too cliché, but I really favor my tennis ball! Boy, I have tons of fun romping around with that in the house!
Favorite Treats/Food: Tail Banger Cookies – yum!!
Life Lesson Learned from Luca: The thing about Luca is that she’s known for being the calmest in the pack. She teaches her fur friends and human family the value of patience in this ever-busy, ever-demanding world we live in!
Meet Vincent! Vinny is described as a “lazy” little puggly-wuggly fur friend who teaches you how to love and be loved. He’s a remarkable little fella who knows how to steal hearts and take naps!
“I guess she’s all right.”
“My ride or die, Hannah!”
Name: Vincent Paterno Keiser
How I Got My Name: I am named after the greatest college football coach, Joe Paterno, PSU Football!
Nickname: Vinny, Vinny Bumper, Bumps, Chubbs, Baby boy
Age: 4 years young!
Birthdate: November 21, 2014
Adoption Story: My sister (Phoebe) and I thought we had our forever home all figured out. Unfortunately, plans had changed, and we quickly became foster kids. We kept our hopes high that we would be able to stay together; however, we knew that it might not be possible because we can be very hyper together. Luckily, we found a forever home with two other Pugs (Abby and Lucy and later on, Clarice) when an animal-loving family took both of us home!
Best Tricks: One thing I have mastered and a skill that can never be taken away from me is my ability to make food disappear!
Collar Color I Sport Best: I have always preferred the “birthday suit,” “nudity” kind of look, but when my human sister (Hannah) makes me exercise, I settle for wearing my blue harness!
My Fur Family: My fur sisters are Phoebe, Lucy, and Clarice who are also all pugs like me! I also have three cat siblings, Nelly, Mo, and Kobe!
Favorite Fur Friends: I like my sister, Phoebe, the best, but sometimes me and Lucy play together!
Favorite Activities: My all time favorite things to do include sleeping all the time and taking trips to the beach with my human family (If it ain’t a dog-friendly beach house, it ain’t for us!)!
Favorite Toy: I love squeaky and conveniently play with him before bed time.
Favorite Treats/Food: My daddy always gives me puppy food, but sometimes mommy spoils me and shares cheeseballs and powdered donuts with me. They are my favorite!
Life Lesson Learned From Vinny: “Accept yourself. As you can see by Vinny’s photos, he does not care about his figure. He is not too interested in exercising and accepts himself as he is. We all love him for that! He doesn’t compare himself to his sisters who are a lot smaller than he is. I think we can learn a lot from him by not wasting so much time changing or hating ourselves.”
Meet Brushel! Brushel is described as a “loyal” fur friend who can make you smile with his silly quirks and goofball attitude. He’s a lover, a snuggler, and a remarkable companion!
How I Got My Name: My dad was switching between TV channels when a commercial for a brush hog (whatever that is) came on. Just as he switched the channel, he heard the “ell” part of Russell Westbrook’s (a basketball player) name. In combining “brush” from the commercial and “ell” from the basketball player, he came up with Brushel, and the rest is history!
Breed: Labrador Retriever
Nicknames: Brush dog, brush head, brush, brushy
Age: 2 (soon to be 3…already)
Birthdate: January 14, 2016
Adoption Story: I was adopted on March 26, 2016 at ten weeks old. I kind of picked my owners, they didn’t pick me. While all of my brothers and sisters were busy playing with each other, I ran over to my now human parents and snuggled up against their legs. I’ve had them wrapped around my paw ever since!
Best Tricks: I can “sit” and “lay,” especially if food is involved, and I’m pretty good with “leave its” too! I’m also really good at catching food in the air when it’s thrown to me (and might have even passed this skill onto my fur friend, Pinella)! I’m not too good at paw shaking, however, because I hate my paws being touched.
Collar Color I Sport Best: I sport my green collar the best, and when I pair it with my red harness, I feel all decked out for Christmas!
My Fur Family: I have 3 other feline siblings – Joe, Nittany, and Sue. (Can you guess how they got their names?)
Favorite Fur Friends: I love my kitter siblings, Cousin Pinella, Molly (the neighbor dog), and Lulu and Pepper (the neighbor cats). I also really miss my fur friends, Chloie and Maggie, and try to make friends with NutNut and the squirrels, but they just run away from me!
Favorite Activities: In addition to playing fetch year-round, I love when summertime rolls around because mom and dad take me to the river to swim. I was once a scaredy-cat (or should I say scaredy-dog) to go swimming until one day I saw another dog doing it and decided to give it a try. Now, I love it. I guess it’s true what they say: Monkey see, monkey do!
Favorite Toys: My ball that squeaks when you roll it and my durable chew toys (nothing soft, please, I chew those to pieces!)
Favorite Treats/Food: I eat Purina Pro Plan and love peanut butter (without Xylitol!), apples, bananas, and Milk Bones. I really like having this new human sister though because she always drops food down for me. I’ll eat just about anything!
“When I was going for a walk with my human family and, silly me, wasn’t paying attention and tripped over a rock and it scared the poop out of me (literally all over the road)!”
“When I got to reveal the sex of my new human sibling!”
“Waiting at the window every day for my dad to get home from work”
Life Lesson Learned From Brushel: Dogs teach us how to be better humans. They teach us what it’s like to never hold a grudge and love unconditionally.
Meet Buster! Buster was a faithful, loyal, gentle companion and happens to have been my first childhood pet (well, the first I vividly remember anyway)! Although he lives now only in our memory, he was quirky, fun, and unforgettable! I invite you to read more about Buster and honor his memory with me below:
Buster sneaking in a quick nap!
Buster (top), Chloie (left), Mollie (right)
Buster (left), Chloie (top), Maggie (right)
Breed: Springer Spaniel mix
Age: 22 years young (No, that isn’t a typo…He lived a long, healthy life of 22 years!)
How Buster’s Pet Life Began: Buster was obtained from a family friend after being an outside dog. With us, he lived a long, fulfilling life as an indoor pet!
Best Tricks: Riding down the playground slide!
Collar Color Buster Sported Best: Blue
Favorite Things/Activities: Being a lap dog, belly rubs, napping, companionship, bones and treats!
Favorite Fur Friends: His ‘wife’, Chloie, and two daughters, Mollie and Maggie!
Favorite Toy: His rubber pork chop!
Family Favorite Memories:
“Watching Buster go down the slide”
“When he ran away, and we found him with a lady dog”
“How he fathered two great little pups”
“Watching him interact with his fur family complete with Chloie, Mollie, and Maggie”
“How he lived until age 22 on Kibbles and Bits (i.e. McDonald’s of the pet food industry)”
“His survival after being hit by a car”
“Seeing how happy he was when we first rescued him from the snow and freezing cold”
“When we came home from Florida and picked him up at Nan and Pops and saw how happy he was, butt-wiggling and all”
“How he was truly ‘man’s best friend'”
Life Lesson Learned From Buster: Dog’s can be a child’s first best friend. They can teach us how to love and be loved unconditionally. For that, we are ‘furever’ in debt to our four-legged companions!