Barnacles

“God be thanked that there are some in the world to whose hearts the barnacles will not cling.” — J.G. Holland “Bad memories can attach themselves like barnacles to the hulls of our lives. And, like barnacles, they have a disproportionately large amount of drag.” — Richard Paul Evans *   *   * Beak of male … More Barnacles

In the Spotlight

“Stay true in the dark, and humble in the spotlight.” —Harold B. Lee “The majority of people perform well in a crisis and when the spotlight is on them; it’s on the Sunday afternoons of this life, when nobody is looking, that the spirit falters.” — Alan Bennett *   *   * Ibis, Center Stage ~ … More In the Spotlight

Conversations

“Love without conversation is impossible.” — Mortimer Adler “I have the deepest affection for intellectual conversations. The ability to just sit and talk. About love, about life, about anything, about everything.” — Anonymous *   *   * Rescued from a horse barn in Pennsylvania, Squeaky overcame her shyness to become one of the most vocal members … More Conversations

Be Happy

“The dog lives for the day, the hour, even the moment.” — Robert Falcon Scott “Dance. Smile. Giggle. Marvel. Trust. Hope. Love. Wish. Believe. Most of all, enjoy every moment of the journey, and appreciate where you are at this moment instead of always focusing on how far you have to go.” ― Mandy Hale … More Be Happy

Rescue Dog

“A mutt is couture— it’s the only one like it in the world, made especially for you.” — Isaac Mizrahi “It’s an interesting inversion of status, the reigning breed in the dog park these days is the really-oddball-unidentifiable-mixed-breed-mutt-found-wandering-the-street or its equivalent. The stranger the mutt the better; the more peculiar the circumstance of it coming … More Rescue Dog

Trapped

“Are you trapped in a situation, or are you trapped in how you are thinking about the situation?” — Akiroq Brost *   *   * Cormorant hooked on derelict fishing line.* — Photo by Mary O’Connor © 2018  *Fishing piers are often places where miscast fishing lures and lines become wrapped around pilings, entangling birds … More Trapped

Soulful

“When I look into the eyes of an animal, I do not see an animal. I see a living being. I see a friend. I feel a soul.” — A. D. Williams *   *   * Nala — Terry’s soulmate. Watercolor painting by Mary O’Connor © 2018. Visit Mary’s painting gallery here to see more of … More Soulful

Special

“Anyone can catch your eye, but it takes someone special to catch your heart.” — Anonymous This delightful West Highland/Carin Terrier rescue came with the name of Dutch. It didn’t take him long, however, to capture the hearts and days of Donna and Michael, going everywhere with them. He is now known simply as Party … More Special

Meet Casey

“I just finished hanging Casey’s portrait and the more I look at it, the more real he looks! It seems as if he is actually going to jump right out into the living room!” — Carol Giuliano Meet Casey, retired Greyhound athlete.  Now eight years old, Casey came to Connecticut from a Florida racetrack following … More Meet Casey