Thursday, September 29, 2011

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

I've been WOWed!

We are in the midst of another fabulous TDIPT Autumn swap! Our ebay group has these fun events a few times a year, and I'm telling you, the girls really know how to spoil one another!
We always post a questionnaire after names are drawn, so that we have a better idea of what our partners prefs are.

I was so very lucky this time around to have Starla (Briar Rabbit Prims) as my partner, and she knows that I love simple things. Pumpkins and crows are my favorite thing to decorate with for Autumn, and boy did she deliver!

Just look at the gigantic pumpkin, and the SWEET crow to go with! I am so happy!

She sent along a wonderful candle, and some tarts, and licorice candy, a towel, and a few other goodies, and of course some treats for my Nelly and Itty Bitty!

Thank you Starla.....I could not be happier!

Sunday, September 11, 2011


I don't think there is a single soul who doesn't remember where they were that fateful day 10 years ago.
I will never forget, and today like most everyone, I am thinking of those and their families left behind, who lost their life, or the many heroes who gave their life to help to save others.

God bless them all.

After seeing an interview earlier this morning with the last person to be pulled out of the rubble alive.....I feel compelled to pay tribute to the 4 legged heroes, as it was one such hero who led the rescuers to this woman, and many others owe gratitude to the 4-legged. If not for them, they would never have been found.

The twelve 9/11 search dogs that are still alive.

Their eyes say everything you need to know about them. Just amazing creatures.
Heroes of 9/11 still with us today......

Moxie, 13, from Winthrop , Massachusetts , arrived with her handler, Mark Aliberti, at the World Trade Center on the evening of September 11 and searched the site for eight days

Tara, 16, from Ipswich , Massachusetts , arrived at the World Trade Center on the night of the 11th . The dog and her handler Lee Prentiss were there for eight days

Kaiser, 12, pictured at home in Indianapolis , Indiana , was deployed to the World Trade Center on September 11 and searched tirelessly for people in the rubble

Bretagne and his owner Denise Corliss from Cypress , Texas , arrived at the site in New York on September 17, remaining there for ten days

Guinness, 15, from Highland , California , started work at the site with Sheila McKee on the morning of September 13 and was deployed at the site for 11 days

Merlyn and his handler Matt Claussen were deployed to Ground Zero on September 24, working the night shift for five days

Red, 11, from Annapolis , Maryland , went with Heather Roche to the Pentagon from September 16 until the 27 as part of the Bay Area Recovery Canines

Abigail, above, was deployed on the evening of September 17, searching for 10 days while Tuff arrived in New York at 11:00 pm on the day of attack to start working early the next day

Handler Julie Noyes and Hoke were deployed to the World Trade Center from their home in Denver on September 24 and searched for five days

Scout and another unknown dog lie among the rubble at Ground Zero, just two of nearly 100 search and rescue animals who helped to search for survivors
During the chaos of the 9/11 attacks, where almost 3,000 people died, nearly 100 loyal search and rescue dogs and their brave owners scoured Ground Zero for survivors .
Now, ten years on, just 12 of these heroic canines survive, and they have been commemorated in a touching series of portraits entitled 'Retrieved' .
The dogs worked tirelessly to search for anyone trapped alive in the rubble, along with countless emergency service workers and members of the public .
Traveling across nine states in the U . S . from Texas to Maryland , Dutch photographer Charlotte Dumas, 34, captured the remaining dogs in their twilight years in their homes where they still live with their handlers, a full decade on from 9/11 .
Their stories have now been compiled in a book, called "Retrieved"
Noted for her touching portraits of animals, especially dogs, Charlotte wanted 'Retrieved' to mark not only the anniversary of the September 2001 attacks, but also as recognition for some of the first responders and their dogs .
'I felt this was a turning point, especially for the dogs, who although are not forgotten, are not as prominent as the human stories involved,' explained Charlotte, who splits her time between New York and Amsterdam .

'They speak to us as a different species and animals are greatly important for our sense of empathy and to put things into perspective . '

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

A fantastic giveaway.....

from Patti of Winding Vine Wanderings!

Patti is hosting a giveaway on her blog to celebrate the new TDIPT Team on Etsy (which, btw is super fantastic!!! And also.....a big thank you to Lana of Honeysuckle Lane for organizing the etsy team for us!!)
The lucky winner will have the opportunity to pick an item from Patti's etsy shop as their prize, and believe me......she has some "to die for" creations!

Click here to go to Patti's blog to enter the giveaway, and for links to the TDIPT team on Etsy!

Thanks again Patti!