One Year Ago Today We Changed a Dog’s Life


Val Uncle Dave Bella and Roy

One year ago today we made a life-changing difference in a dog’s life. We gave Bella her new “Forever Home”.


Bella was found wandering the streets of Cleveland as a very young puppy. Someone disposed of her. Who knows if Bella had other siblings.

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We made a difference in a dog’s life by rescuing Bella from all the perils she endured while on the streets, and gave her a warm happy home. She has a place where she can lay her weary head to rest. She has all the food she wants, a snuggly place to nap, a loving sister in Nikita, toys galore, and all the treats she could ever dream of. Not all dogs are this lucky.


We were also lucky the day we met Bella. We went to check out an event that the APL was holding in the hopes that we could find a little playmate for Nikita. We were not particular in any certain breed, but wanted to give yet another dog a good forever home with us. The second we saw Bella drive up in a car arriving at this event on the lap of an APL employee, we knew that she was the one. We basically watched where they were taking her so we could snag her immediately and that is exactly what we did. She was so small and we fell in love with her immediately. She was brindle in color, and at the time, I did not know what brindle meant, so I looked it up when I got home. Brindle refers to her tiger striping & coloring. We are still unsure as to what breed of dog she is, although on her paperwork it stated part collie. I find that hard to believe as Bella has not one characteristic of a collie. No matter what she is, we love her from the top of her soft as silk ears right down to her curled warbly tail.


Bella has so much energy & spunk and that’s what makes Bella, well, Bella!  She has the best personality and definitely knows more of the English language than most high school graduates, and we find ourselves having to spell in the front of the dogs now.  Geez, is this what the world is coming to?  LOL

Bella is a good listener.  She walks on a leash very well, greets other dogs with a good butt sniff or two, and definitely alerts us to any critters who get anywhere near the house.  But, at the end of the night, when we all retire to lay down our weary heads, she always comes over and gives us both a good night kiss, and then snuggles with Mommy for a few minutes, then heads off to la-la land on her own fluffy bed.  What a sweet girl!

Bella and Nikita Snuggling 12-11-12

Bella is the perfect match for being Nikita’s sidekick. They are always by each others side and are always playing with each other.  (we have probably more than 50 toys in their toy box, but they always have to play with the “same one”.  When one picks up a toy, the other one wants THAT toy)


I definitely think that both Nikita and Bella can be partners in crime too because they like dressing up.  Perhaps these are their super hero outfits.

Bella Footwear Fashionista


Bella Im So Cool

All that we know, is that we have two of the best dogs around and we are so happy to give them both a “Forever Home” with us and make sure that they will never have to worry where their next meal is coming from.

We love you Nikita and Bella!


All Pets Must Be On A Leash

Earlier this week was the last day of dog sitting our neighbors dog Topsie.  She has been such a good little girl while her Mommy has been away.  I woke up early and took her out between 6:30a – 7:00a every morning and we do a lap around the park which is part of her daily ritual.


While we were entering the park, three barking and growling dogs ran quickly upon us and I went quickly into “protection mode” with little Topsie.  Last thing I wanted while watching her, was for her to get hurt.  I saw the dogs owner come walking after them with his morning coffee in hand and when he got closer to me, I yelled at him “ya know, THIS would not happen if YOU had your dogs on a leash!”.   He replied: “yeah, I know but I thought that no one would be in the park at this time.”  Then I replied back stating “well, I have had others tell me that you do this all the time & they have been chased by your dogs too” and “I also just witnessed your dogs chasing another dog just the other day too”.  I continued my rant to this guy and said, “I bet you don’t clean up your dogs poop either”!  Oh man, this is where this guy lost it….he said “Yes, I pick up my dogs poop and the poop left by other dogs!”  Somehow I don’t find that ever happening, and I replied back to him “well then, SHOW ME your poop bag”.  “Show me proof right now that you have a bag on you to pick up your dogs poop if they go….I can prove to you that I have bags in my pocket”.  (still no answer from him)  I rest my case.  My final parting words to this guy was, “yeah, just as I thought – – you’re all talk and no action buddy.”

He started to get pissy.  Why was he getting pissy?  Was it because I was stating the truth to him and he did not like it?  Or is it because truth hurts, buddy!  The park clearly has signs all over stating:  All Pets Must Be On A Leash

I am so sick of people who think that these rules don’t apply to them.  I am glad that I spoke up to him, but I am sure that this will have no change in how he walks his dogs.  I know that he speeds down our road too, as I have witnessed him being pulled over, so apparently, he does not adhere to speed limits on a city street either.

Do you ever encounter people walking their dogs off leash?  Do you say something to them, or do you just keep walking?  Have you had an encounter where a dog (not on a leash) ran after you?

PLEDGE FOR PETS – Now is the time to donate

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It has been three months now that we have been collecting donations for the 8th annual Pledge For Pets Fundraiser for the APL and the LIVE radiothon starts tomorrow!

Roy and I are so pleased to be a part of this worthy cause and enjoy giving back to the community and helping animals who need our assistance.  To date, we have collected $705 from 25 people who love animals & wanted to help the APL continue on with their good works.  Even our substitute mailman the other day donated $10 in cash.  Imagine that…a postal carrier who loves dogs!  

If you are reading this post, this message is for YOU!  We need your help and we need it now, today!  Since the live radiothon is starting tomorrow (Friday & Saturday live at the APL) we need to gather more donations and this will be our last ditch effort to reach out to everyone.  A donation does not have to be large.  Even $5 helps the animals, not to mention, if you give $5, and someone else gives $5, it all ADDS UP.


Seriously, if you are reading this, please find it in your heart to make a donation today.  We know that we are sad when we see a stray running around the neighborhood who has no food or shelter.  They need your help. Too many times we watch the news and hear horrible stories of animals being tied up to fences to be left for dead, or abused dogs that have collars embedded into their skin because of neglect.  It makes you cringe.  It makes you want to help.  This is how you can help.  Your donations go towards their food, shelter, surgeries if needed, and much more.

Your donations do matter & they do make a difference!  Choose to donate today.  

After the live radiothon has concluded on Saturday, we will post photographs of the live event and we’ll be sending out a great big thank you to everyone who has helped us raise money for the APL and this worthy cause.  Thank you again, for choosing to help us as your generosity is much appreciated.

And, don’t forget, your donation is tax deductible too, so printout your receipt!  If you are making a donation today from your blog, make sure to include your blogs name when donating!

Thank you ever so much!
Roy, Valerie, Nikita & Bella (our awesome four-legged furry children)

Lucky Dog

Pledge For Pets Green Box

Lucky dog is right, but it is not ALL about the dogs!  It’s about the lucky puppies, cats, kitties, bunnies, birds, and hampsters too that get rescued by the Cleveland APL who need to find their forever homes.  The APL has been servicing our community for 100 years and take in about 17,000 animals a year into their shelter, which is solely funded by our donations.

We are proud to announce that we are assisting the APL in collecting donations for their 8th Annual Pledge For Pets – Doggy Dollars & Kitty Kash Fundraiser, and this is our 3rd year participating in this great event!  Our goal this year is to collect $1,000 in donations.  Pledge For Pets takes place on May 10th – 11th and when we get closer to the event, we will even post a link on our blog so you can watch the event live, or just listen to a live broadcast right at the Cleveland APL’s site. (You might even be able to see us there at the event, because we always make an appearance to say hello and to drop off any last minute donations that we collected)  Last year, they even told Nikita’s adoption story, live on the air!  To make a donation, click HERE.

There are ways that you can help us too:

If you have a blog:  1) We encourage you to add our yellow Pledge For Pets box on your blog.  2) We encourage you to write a quick blog post that Nikitaland is passionate about helping animals in need!  Here is the code so you can “add” a text box widget to your blog (if you need assistance in adding this to your blog, contact us & we’ll be more than happy to assist you – NOTE: This box can be removed from your blog after May 11th)

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Pass the word around:  1) Share our donation link via email to everyone you know who might be interested in helping out.  2) If you have a social media account, then send out some “tweets” about the Pledge For Pets!  (we don’t have any of these accounts, so we need your help in getting the word out)  3) Tell your friends, family, and even your co-workers that we need help in collecting donations!  Each and every donation matters, no matter what denomination you give, as it all goes towards the wealth and care of the animals who need our help!  Here is the secure donation link to share:

All donations are tax deductible, so keep your receipts!

We cannot thank all of you enough for your help in spreading the word, and for your donations!  We would love to reach the goal that we have set and help the animals who need us!

Cleveland Animal Protective League CUTOUT NIKITA SITTING