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Friday, August 28, 2015

Have you read my interview by ? Here it is!

The Story Behind The Story ‘Gummy And The Ferret’
One woman’s lifelong love for animals leads her to publish a book about two pets abandoned at an animal shelter who form an unlikely friendship.
Although it seems that the trend to adopt pets has been growing, it doesn’t seem to be growing fast enough — despite pleas from celebrities, animal activists and shelters themselves. Too many unwanted pets sit behind bars or, worse, are euthanized. New author Barbara Morgan of Allentown, Pennsylvania, is trying a different approach to help solve the problem by reaching out to small children through her wonderful new book, "Gummy And The Ferret.”
Meet The Author
Morgan is a retired corrections officer. After being a caretaker of people for 20 years, she saw the opportunity to go back to her first love in life — being a caretaker of animals. And so for the last two years she has been working for her local animal shelter as an on-call emergency driver. While others comfortably slumber in bed, she answers calls to pick up stray animals after shelter hours. During the day, she helps the shelter with other tasks, such as transporting animals back and forth to the veterinarian. She is also on-call to assist the police when dealing with stray animals. They often call upon her expertise when faced with more aggressive pets.

She is a self-described "fixer” of things and enjoys working on her house as well as tweaking an occasional phone or TV for neighbors and friends. It seems that the drive to fix things has extended through to her passion for animals. However, she knows that no matter how handy she is with a hammer, there is no easy fix for the serious problem with animal abuse and neglect in our society. Yet she still works to help as many needy animals as she can get her hands on, in any way she can. With her new book, she is able to reach the masses and bring the problem to light. Best of all, her message reaches the most impressionable of minds — children.
Morgan lives with her partner, Jocelynn Cordes, and three beloved dogs: Jack, a Jack Russell Terrier; Libby, a mutt; and Tesla, a Labrabor/Pit Bull mix. She states that her favorite small pet is the mischievous ferret. When not tinkering with gadgets, carrying a hammer or caring for human and non-human souls, she is an avid reader. 
Bitten By The Writing Bug
Morgan’s journey into writing began one day when she was called upon to transport a couple of pets from the shelter to the veterinarian. When she arrived and asked who was going with her, she was told Gummy and the ferret. That’s when it struck her. What a great concept for a children’s book, she thought. 
"So I used those two as an example of what life in the shelter would be like,” Morgan said. 
Cordes, an author herself, encouraged Morgan to pursue the project and realize her dream of becoming a writer. She explains the brilliance behind the concept of the book.
"By presenting animals with personalities and quirks of their own, maybe it will help people to be more conscious of their dogs as ‘furry people,’” Cordes said, "and in turn, that will help dogs be treated with more care.”
Targeting children will make more of an impact in that it may help them to develop a different attitude about animal shelters by the time they grow into adulthood.
Morgan always dotes over the animals she helps rescue and makes sure they know they are appreciated as an individual. She rarely has an empty seat beside her in her special truck. 
"I let animals sit up front with me all the time! They love it!” she said. "I am always so happy to pick the animals up from the vet, as they seem to really know who I am and that I am there for them… they are not abandoned.”
The day she drove the dog Gummy and the ferret to the vet, Gummy rode shotgun and the little ferret was close by. All the while the brainstorm swirled in Morgan’s mind and her creative juices brewed more and more on the way to the vet. 
About 'Gummy And The Ferret'
Although the book’s message is a heart-tugging one, the story is inspirational and educational. It is told by Gummy and her ferret friend in an uplifting and entertaining way. Gummy is a small, white and gray Pit Bull with sweet, friendly eyes. Her shelter mate is a ferret filled with curiosity who has a cute, little face. Fate brought the two together, and they made quick friends in the unlikeliest of places, the animal shelter. Just as all animals in a shelter, one pet’s detailed history is known, and the others remain a mystery. They shared their daily routines, feelings and dreams together and quickly became BFFs — Best Friends Forever! The book takes you through their emotional journey during their time at the animal shelter from start to finish.
Morgan not only wrote the book, but did all of the cute illustrations in it and self-published it using Amazon’s CreateSpace. 
"It was tricky, but I managed to do it all myself,” Morgan said. "I have it for sale on Amazon as a paperback and Kindle version. The CreateSpace team also has it for sale on numerous other sites like Barnes and Noble. I am also able to sell it through my Facebook page and my new website has links to purchase it.”
You may also find the book at the animal shelter she helps and any book signings she attends.
"My wish is for the children to understand the importance of pet adoption,” Morgan said. "There are so many animals looking for their forever homes.”
Morgan is planning to write other children’s books. At least one will be based on another true story about animals in a shelter. She is also looking to expand her writing to unrelated animal stories for children and even a possible autobiography.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

My Tesla, before and after.

Tesla is a Lab Pit mix. She was found tied to a pole at an elementary school with a electrical cord (hence the name Tesla). She had previously chewed out of a harness that had grown into her skin leaving her marked everywhere that the harness was. You could even tell where the buckle was. It was so sad. She was only 4 months old. She was unapproachable at first when I was called to take her to the vet. With a lot of love and care that day she soon warmed up to me. I adopted her immediately! She is now my best friend ever. She loves hugs, car rides, long walks, having her teeth brushed, her new brother & sister and camping! I couldn't ask for a better companion. :-)

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I was called to the local Walmart store by the Police Department because there was a dog locked in a van for over an hour.  When I got there the people had since came out of the store and were giving the dog water.  I read them the riot act and asked them to sit in their car for ten minutes like they left the dog and see if they could handle it.  She said that she takes her dog everywhere with her.  Not a good idea when it's 90 degrees outside.  She also stated that she wants to breed her.  Fabulous, we will get the puppies at the shelter no doubt.  I said she was lucky that the police didn't bust her windows in her car.  Idiot.  The police cited her.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Gummy and The Ferret received a seal for a 5 star review! 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The Reason (to you from all your rescue dogs)

I would've died that day if not for you.
I would've given up on life if not for your kind eyes.
I would've used my teeth in fear if not for your gentle hands.
I would have left this life believing that all humans don't care
Believing there is no such thing as fur that isn't matted
skin that isn't flea bitten
good food and enough of it
beds to sleep on
someone to love me
to show me I deserve love just because I exist.
Your kind eyes, your loving smile, your gentle hands
Your big heart saved me...

You saved me from the terror of the pound,
Soothing away the memories of my old life.
You have taught me what it means to be loved.
I have seen you do the same for other dogs like me.
I have heard you ask yourself in times of despair
Why you do it
When there is no more money, no more room, no more homes
You open your heart a little bigger, stretch the money a little tighter
Make just a little more save one more like me.
I tell you with the gratitude and love that shines in my eyes
In the best way I know how
Reminding you why you go on trying.

I am the reason
The dogs before me are the reason
As are the ones who come after.
Our lives would've been wasted, our love never given
We would die if not for you 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Please consider buying my first children's book.  Gummy and the Ferret is about two shelter pets who are searching for their forever homes.  Its for early readers age 3-6.  You will fall in love with Gummy!  It teaches children at a young age, the importance of animal adoption.  Available at

purchase here

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

A Go Fund Me campaign has been set up to

 help save Bella! 

 Please donate! No amount is too small!

Monday, August 3, 2015

And...if my dog doesn't like you the visit is over!

So I take this dog with me sometimes when I do my vet runs.  He is a handsome old man.  I'm not sure how he came to be at the shelter but I think it was an owner surrender.  So sad.  He was so fat at first.  All he could do was roll over and eat!  The vet put him on thyroid medicine and he was put on a diet.  He lost almost 30 pounds!  Now when he hears or sees me, he comes running to greet me because he wants to ride in the truck.  I love this guy.  Today he took over the driver's seat when I was pumping gas.  :)  I hope he gets adopted soon and believe me, I will be checking out the applicant with a fine tooth comb!  <3