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My artwork above depicts a grieving scared dog who found him or herself alone with the only family they have left....a ragged teddy bear. A scenario all too real.....all too common.....all too avoidable.

Ignorance truly is bliss. Blissful ignorance protects our fragile spirits from hurtful situations or information.  That protection helps us get through each day thinking the world is spinning just fine.

But ignorance does not fight injustice.  Ignorance does not provide momentum for global change.  Ignorance does not launch crusades to right existing wrongs. In truth ignorance translates to simply being uninformed.

The masses being unformed allows cruelty and horrific dark secrets to flourish.  Once we become informed we simply cannot return to blissful ignorance.

I was for most of my life unaware of the overwhelming numbers of homeless pets.  Used to think (or should say hope) that every dog we would see just wandered away from home and belongs to some caring family.  Also believed that shelters were established by caring people who worked so very hard to find a great home for every dog or cat that for one reason or another could not be kept by their owners. Both of those dreams are light years away from the harsh truth.

I live in a very remote neighborhood of horse property surrounded by crop fields.  While I can't put a total number of dumped pets in our area alone, so far I have 2 more dogs than I planned and a neighbor ended up keeping 2 others.  2 beautiful, of course un-neutered, male boxers appeared across the street one day about 3-4 years ago. When they were in the same spot the next day I knew they had been dumped. I kept and fed them in the fenced 3.5 acre lot next door until I was able to find a rescue to take them and rehome them together. I am one of those people who just cannot turn their back on an animal in need.

Approximately 4 - 5 million companion dogs, puppies, cats and kittens....including pregnant and newborn, die in shelters every year....in the US alone.  That is about 10,000 a day who lose their lives just because they don't have a home.  This does not account in any way for those helpless furbabies who are dumped in the middle of nowhere by their heartless so called family so they can't find their way home.  They are alone, frightened and hungry.  Cats often can survive on their own, but unless they become bloodthirsty killers, dogs cannot.  They die alone or get hit by cars trying to get back to the only life they have known.  This is so wrong on so many levels.

Don't be a part of the problem by turning your head away from the immense suffering. Be a part of the solution by spaying / neutering your pets, and understanding from day one that a pet is a lifetime commitment.

What You Find in the Old West

My husband, daughter, son in law and I visited a very interesting place last weekend buried WAY up in the Arizona mountains with nothing anywhere nearby for MILES and MILES.  My husband has been dying to take me here because this itsy bitsy 1/4 mile long main street old western town was made for people [...]

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Dogs, Cats and Horses That Own Their Humans

If you are anything like me, your pets happiness comes before your own.  Our home consists of 6 dogs of varying personalities and a horse.  Making sure the dogs are all tucked into their blankets at night is an absolute priority before we even think of getting ready to retire for the night.  We even [...]

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Mind Readers We Are Not

We have been in the wedding business for over 30 years.  Over 20 of those years we professionally photographed and videotaped weddings in New England.  Weddings have been our lives since 1984.  In 1997 we opened Affectionately-Yours.com, and have served thousands and thousands of happy wedding couples providing cake toppers and accessories.  Our paramount priority [...]

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Was Grandma and Grandpa Mad At Each Other?

Just the other day I heard our local radio station DJ commented that why is it all old photographs show people who look absolutely miserable? He joked that those taken of people here in Arizona are understandable since they had to endure summers of about 110 degrees for months without air conditioning. While [...]

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I Do....and I Don't Regret It

I was always an incurable romantic. Movies had to end happy with the boy getting the girl or vice versa. Music had to be written with meaningful lyrics.....sad or uplifting. Either would move me. Holidays, especially Christmas, was anticipated and prepared for months in advance. Being one on one with a [...]

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And Then There Are Cat People

I am very active on facebook as an animal advocate.  I fight for every animal.....dogs, cats, horses, wild animals including endangered species and even those innocent victims raised for food. I probably don't have to mention I am vegan. There is no end to the cruelty inflicted on those who have no voice of their [...]

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Photo Memories Need Not Be Lost To Time

Just about all of us have a family, past and present.  Many of us have never met our earlier ancestors, and wonder who they were or what they were like.  If we are extremely lucky, somewhere in a shoebox in the closet, we come across at least a couple photos of grandparents or great grandparents.  [...]

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Cake Topper Parade Slide Show

Slide shows are always so much fun to watch, especially when the music is good!  Introducing our Parade of Cake Toppers Slide Show featuring many of our very popular styles.  We offer wedding and anniversary toppers with all kinds of pets and wild animals such horses, dogs and cats, ferrets, lions, panda bears, deer and moose [...]

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Our New Skeleton Bride and Groom!

For those couples who are planning a Halloween theme wedding, or just love giving their family and friends something to talk about, we have gathered a large selection of skeleton bride and groom figurines for our Skeleton Wedding or Anniversary Cake Toppers!  Our newest addition is a Gothic skull couple holding hands and facing each [...]

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