My Project 365: A Dog A Day

Happy New Year, folks!

Party hats have been cast off. Noise makers have been quietly put away.

Love, The Girls

I am left with the thought:

“What will this year bring? What can I do differently? What can I do better?”

I have a lot of plans for this year. Plans to get myself unstuck. Plans that will be me, the woman I am today, directing the course of my life instead of meandering along the path selected by a woman I barely know anymore.

But this one… This one is not for me. This one is for them. This idea is not my own. It is borrowed from the Dog A Day Campaign that Shorty Rossi (from Pit Boss on Animal Planet) has committed to on Facebook. On my own page I am friends with numerous pit bull rescues and advocates. I see the sad faces of many dogs and I share and share again but I am certain that by now, none of my friends even look anymore…and still the sad, abandoned, mistreated faces appear in my feed.

My Project 365: A Dog A Day

I will select a dog a day to share here.

A dog that is sheltered or fostered in the continental US.

A dog that needs a loving home.

A dog that wants a second chance.



[shelter info at bottom of post]

Meet CAROLA!!! ID# 0920283


5 years old

About 35 lbs

Found tied to a fence

 A volunteer writes:  I had to meet Carola today as everyone was talking about her – staff and other volunteers.  In looking at her pictures, she looks so serious and aloof and that is so the opposite of how she really is.  She is all tail wagging wiggly butt, welcoming her human at her kennel door, tail wagging a mile a minute, big smile, saying ‘yippee, I’m going OUT!’.  Carola is a pocket pittie, and a throw away mom.  Her teats are still swollen from her recent litter, her pups not coming in with her.  Carola was found tied to a fence, so it would seem that she was bred for her pups and then abandoned.  She seems to be housetrained and is a super friendly girl.  Her tail never stops wagging, she never stops greeting people as we walked, and she seems to welcome the attention of other dogs.  We passed a stray cat in the park, and she just stopped and watched it, tail wagging appropriately, not pulling or lunging towards it.  Maybe she likes cats??  Carola jumped up on the bench to sit beside me, giving me little kisses, and leaning into me in appreciation of some serious petting.  She is an awesome little girl in need of a family to call her own.  Ask to meet this rock star little girl today.

This dog is located at the Manhattan AC&C (326 E 110th Street, NYC 10029). Please act quickly and GO DIRECTLY TO THE SHELTER to adopt (open 7 days per week from 8AM-7PM, adoptions opens at noon). If the dog is on the euthanasia list, you must CALL THE SHELTER to let them know that you are coming (212-722-4939 keep hitting 0 until someone picks up. Do not leave a message when the recording picks up — keep hitting 0 until your hear a voice!). If you absolutely cannot get to the shelter, please contact participating rescue groups to see if they can assist you:

On behalf of the dog before you, THANK YOU!

My7DayDiet: Day 4

Oh man!  Who thought planning a 7-day detox that would fall around the night of all nights (New Year’s Eve) was anywhere close to a good idea? That person should be taken out back and beaten over the head…with a banana.

Mama, You did say light exercise, right?

Fruit and vegetable day (day 3) was fiiiiine. I woke up to fruit salad and it was wonderful. Really, it was great. I think it was better than day 1. I took the girls to the dog park for a few hours and then headed to my New Year’s Eve (and weekend) destination. Bad move. Not because I don’t love being here at Jen and Wayne’s. But because Jen and Wayne like to eat…food. Like food food. Like all that food that goes right to my hips and my waist. Like that Twix I can practically taste it’s so vivid in my dreams now. Christmas chocolate, potato chips, and snack cakes. Oh my!

It’s not that I’m hungry exactly because I’ve found the food choices that really fill me up: melons, constant snacking, fiberlicious foods. It’s that my environment is not my own right now. I’m doing O.K, though. I snacked on frozen raspberries, carrots, and red peppers when I felt like I was about to fall face first into the cookie jar.

Stay strong, Megan.

Did I mention we ordered Chinese for dinner? I got the broccoli from the healthy servings selection so don’t judge me too harshly. The sauce was on the side and full of soy.

Stay strong, Megan. It’s just food.

There was an incident with a strawberry daiquiri. I know, I know…bad but a) it was fruit, b) I had just one, c) I wasn’t driving, d) it was NEW YEAR’S and e) I’m totally making it up with water, water, water…I SWEAR!!!

…and then a sip of bubbly at midnight but Wayne said it was made of elderflower? That’s totally plant-based.

No, Cara, I didn’t actually make it. I fell asleep early and they woke me up.  

Today is Day 4: Bananas and Milk

I’m nervous about today. Firstly, as much as I loooooove bananas…within reason. *Reason* being it’s not the only thing I’m eating for the day. Secondly, I’m trying hemp milk for the first time. Banana smoothies sound lovely!