Ani’s Advent Calendar 2018! Paws for thought…

Do you know how many of the four-legs I have met since I’ve been blogging have come from rescues? You’ve got to admit, they are all intelligent and interesting creatures….even the cats. Noelle’s Garfield, for a start, though it pains me to say it, is gorgeous.

Then there is Pearl, who looks after Annabelle Franklin. She lost her best friend, Millie, recently but Pearl is busy drumming up support for other greyhounds who need help. Ben, who started life as an orphan, is raising money by climbing the mountains of Scotland to help Search and Rescue and Canine Partners who train dogs to help people with disabilities.

Then there are all the dogs who work hard looking after their two-legses… the assistance dogs who are eyes, ears and support for their people. I was supposed to be an assistance dog when they rescued me as a pup, but we never got far with that. My role is fairly eclectic… food disposal and recyling unit, foot warmer, exercise machine, clown and comforter, all rolled into one.

But if there is one who deserves a special mention, it is a two legs… a writer who sells lots of books, but who gives the money away to help rescue dogs from kill-shelters. Her name is Paulette Mahurin, and her books are all exceptionally well written, deeply moving and definitely worth reading… and the profits are saving lives.

Paulette recently posted an update on her website, and if you read nothing else, look at the numbers: “I’m deeply grateful to everyone who has purchased, read, and taken the time to review one of my books. All profits from my books go to help get dogs like Marcus, Boycie, Yoda, Barnaby, Amber, Morrisey, Yoda, Little Draco, Eloise, Fritz, Tito, Franky, Henry, Alexandra, Mandy, Neo, Abigail, bonded siblings Taylor & Kennedy, Rocky, Little puppy, Jacko, Roland, Minnie & Vincent (see photos below) out of kill shelters. So far in 2018, 615 dogs have been rescued. In 2017 we’ve helped free 904 dogs. In 2016, 250 dogs were freed. In 2015, 149 dogs were freed.”

Find Paulette’s books on Amazon UK and Amazon US

It is really easy to think you can’t make much of a difference, because, in the grand scheme of things, you are too small to be noticed. I mean, if we are talking ‘small’, well my own two-legs is sort of vertically challenged… but where was I? It doesn’t matter.

The little things add up. In the same way that one smile can change a two-legs’ day, or one furry head on your knee can bring tears and comfort… one tiny grain of sand, with a billion others, can make a beach and one drop of water, with others, can make a tidal wave.

At Christmas, when so many families are having fun… there are so many, both two-legged and four… who are without homes, shelter or hope.

You don’t have to do much, just do what you can.

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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34 Responses to Ani’s Advent Calendar 2018! Paws for thought…

  1. Auntysocial says:

    Hope you don’t mind me leaving this here Sue but I think it could use props and acknowledgement.

    Clip of young border collie owned and trained by a teenage college student using positive reinforcement only. This girl gets little support, acknowledgement or encouragement with her dog and has a tendency to talk herself down.

    As someone that helps a rescue I’ve seen countless – soul-destroying numbers of BC’s end up in rescue or put to sleep because of their useless, thoughtless and selfish idiotic owners that can’t be bothered to invest the least bit of time, effort or expense on dogs whose only crime was being unlucky when they drew names from a hat.


  2. That’s a very important thing to remind people of. Lots of licks, Lilie


  3. A lovely post, Ani, and a most worthy cause.


  4. We can do so many things can’t we Ani. What a brilliant advent calendar you have had and what a brilliant way to end. Have a wonderful Christmas and here’s to utilising our waste disposal function for the next few days. Lots of love, Ben 🎄❤🐾


  5. Thank you so much for the shout-out, Ani, and have a wonderful Christmas! Lots of love, Pearl xxx 🙂 ❤


  6. fransiweinstein says:

    You’re so right Ani, if everyone gave a little, there’d be a lot. I’ve loved your posts Ani. Merry Christmas to you and your two-legs. Have a happy, healthy, peaceful New Year!


  7. Patty says:

    Reblogged this on Campbells World.


  8. Adele Marie says:

    Merry Christmas Ani have a great one, much paw love from Dante Dawg. xxx


  9. Lovely post. Merry Christmas Ani, may tennis balls bounce forever your way.
    Love to Sue and the family too of course.
    xx Maggie


  10. And suddenly, it is snowing. Just a little dusting, so they promise. A little frosting on the cake!


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