Pledge For Pets Fundraiser Results


The 9th annual Pledge For Pets Fundraiser was held this past Friday & Saturday at the APL and it was all about the animals!  The grand total that the APL raised for their event was $84,518.33, and Nikitaland’s total fundraising amount was $1,175 !  Thank you again for those of you who helped us raise this much needed money to help those animals in need and we hope that they all can find their “forever homes”.


When we first arrived at the APL, I needed to turn in all the checks and cash that I raised offline, so Nikita and I headed into the Cash Room. From the second we entered, Nikita got tons of hugs from the volunteers at the APL, and lots of belly rubs too! As you can see, Nikita is not shy from asking for belly rubs!


Glenn Anderson from Q104 just loves our dogs and he always makes sure that he poses for a photo with us!


Bella was a little shy at first, because there were just so many people at the APL, but she quickly warmed up to everyone and won their hearts over.  I can’t tell you how many people approached us and asked if our dogs were up for adoption! What?!  It did not surprise me that they asked this, because the APL had lots of other dogs walking around that were up for adoption and I guess Nikita and Bella just blended in. No way would we ever give up our beautiful girls to anyone!


Bella took a pee break outside and strikes a pose!


Nikita met another new friend named Katie.

Our local radio station, Q104, was at the APL hosting the event and as always, they did a super job in broadcasting the event and getting the word out about the importance of how your donation impacts an animals life. Alan Fee, Glenn Anderson, and a newbie intern always make this event so enjoyable.  They even got the intern to sit inside a dog cage to help collect “cage sponsors” and I even walked over and gave the intern a doggie treat while she was in the cage.


After we spent a few hours watching the live radio show, it was time to head home. We knew the dogs had enough and were tired, so we packed up our things and journeyed home.  We knew the dogs would pass out when they got home.  When we got into the car, Bella decided that she wanted to drive home.  Nikita took a nap in the back seat.


We are so proud to be a part of this event every year, as it means so much to us, and we are so thankful for everyone who helped us raise the much needed donations to help the animals find love, happiness, wellness, and a forever home.


We hope to see your continued support next year! Hugs from all of us at Nikitaland!


Say “Cheese!”

P.S. – FYI, Saturday, May 3rd was also our five year anniversary too!


PLEDGE FOR PETS: There’s only a few days left to donate!

Main-Radiothon-Page-1024x614Five, four, three, two, one…are the days left for the Pledge For Pets Fundraiser as it is in its final days. If you truly care what happens to abused and abandoned animals that are left out on the streets to fend for theirself, then this fundraiser is for you. Friday May 2nd and Saturday May 3rd are the dates for the live radiothon fundraiser, so you don’t have much time left!

The Animal Protective League takes in anywhere from 14,000 to 17,000 animals in a years time through their doors, and they help each and every one of them. No animal is turned away, and they stay at the APL until they find their “forever home”.  The APL has been helping animals for more than 100 years, and we know firsthand the good works they do!

Please consider making a donation today and giving yourself the best gift of all – – – the satisfaction of knowing you helped save an animals life!

Thank You!

Here is the online donation link:


Pledge For Pets Fundraiser – 10 Days Left to Donate


Fundraising for a good cause is never easy, but it is worth it. You spend lots of time telling your story over and over again to everyone you meet. You tell them that all donations, no matter the dollar amount, DOES make a difference. It makes all the difference in the world to help save an animal who is suffering. No animal should ever have to endure abuse, neglect, and sorrow by any means. For some of the animals who arrive at the APL, it is the only human kindness that they have ever known.

The Pledge For Pets Fundraiser has approximately 10 days left to collect online donations. We are so proud that this is our fourth year participating in this fundraising event for the APL, as we truly know that all of our efforts do make a huge difference for the animals welfare and helping them find their “forever homes”.

We also want to thank those of you who have already made a donation and wanted to help change an animals life and give them a chance for a happy future. Your generosity is much appreciated! Listed below are our supporters:

  • Deodand
  • Michael, Karen, Christopher, & Harmony Kieszek
  • Nikita
  • Bella
  • Paul Brehun
  • Dan Suyetov
  • Deborah & James Kennedy
  • Tillie McMullen
  • Blanche B.
  • Uncle Eddy
  • Paul @ PNC
  • Im Feelin Crafty Blog
  • Gardening Nirvana Blog
  • Ken (our UPS guy)
  • Murphy the rescue dog
  • Timm & Becky Kalep
  • Auntie Rene
  • Dennis (our postal carrier)
  • Tim from FedEx
  • Simpson Huston
  • Annette Yarris & David Gonzalez
  • Karen & Ross Revay
  • Jim Hollerbach
  • Sherry K. Spickler
  • Loretta Sabula
  • Maggie Layne
  • The Renegade Seamstress Blog
  • Allison Collins – Diamond Dance Center
  • Debbie Kean
  • Dave S.
  • Ruby, ZuZu, Chubbs & Roma
  • Scott Labuda
  • Julie & Shawn Miele
  • Farmer Steve, Nurse Allison, Mollie & Kai
  • Olive the People Blog
  • Dave Reeves
  • Grandma & Grandpa
  • Roy & Valerie

If you would like to help make a change in an animals life, you still have time to do so! Any donation amount will help, as it all adds up! Head on over to our donation page! Your generosity is much appreciated! Tell your friends, your family, your neighbors, your co-workers too, post our link on your social media sites and help spread the word that we have ten days left to collect donations for this worthy cause to help those animals who need our kindness, and end their suffering.

It Was All About The Animals!


It was a cold day in May when we headed down to the Cleveland APL on Saturday.  The 8th annual Pledge For Pets Radiothon was in its second & final day of the live show, and we were excited to once again be a part of this event.


Nikita and Bella accompanied us, of course, and when Nikita made her entrance into the room where the live show was, she ran immediately over to the volunteers taking phone donations.  Everybody loved her and knows her at the APL.  “Oh, she is so soft” was the most used phrase we heard as Nikita passed out kissies to everyone she met.  She also passed out her blog cards too, so we hope that everyone stops by and says hello!


Our local radio station, Q104, hosted this event, as they do every year.  They volunteer their time for such a worthy cause!  The radio personalities are so nice, warm, and loving and we always can’t wait to see them again.  Nikita especially loves Glen Anderson, as he always makes time to give Nikita a big hug!  Katherine Boyd and Allan Fee are always a pleasure to see and we love their great big hearts!


The Radiothon Room was filled with excitement, from people clapping to lots of “yahoo’s” when a donation came through the phone lines.  It is something to cheer about as the money goes towards such a great cause. Helping animals.


There were 31 Cash Captains, us included, who helped raise money for the APL.  Overall, the Cash Captains raised a total of $9,910 with online donations, cash & checks that they collected.  Nikitaland, raised a total of $705 and we are so pleased to be a part of this worthwhile & worthy cause.  The grand total that the APL raised with this event was $123,610.  And, if you were not aware of this, it costs the APL approximately $10,000/day to run its non-profit organization!  That is why we encouraged everyone to take part of this event, as it helps saves lives.  If you still wanted to donate, there is still time to do so.  Click HERE to make a donation as our donation page is still active & accepting donations!


All of us at Nikitaland want to thank everyone who participated with us in this event as we appreciate all of your donations.  Also, if you had uploaded one of our yellow pledge buttons on your blog, you can remove it today.  See you next year!




LIVE Pledge For Pets Radiothon

Well, today is the second & final day for the 8th annual Pledge For Pets Fundraiser which a lot of you helped us raise donations for.  We will be heading down to the APL today to watch it live as it is so amazing to get caught up in all the hoopla of this wonderful event.

If anyone is interested in WATCHING this event LIVE, click the link below and you can view the webcam setup at the APL.


You can also LISTEN along as well!


It is heartbreaking to see a hurt animal, and your donations will go towards their care and recovery.  Click HERE to read about some of the featured animal stories.  (some of them are graphic)

There is still time for you to make a donation today!  If you would like to make a donation, click HERE.  Any dollar amount helps, as it all adds up for a good cause!  This is your LAST CHANCE to make a donation!  You don’t have to live in Ohio to make a donation either, but if you love animals, your donation matters, no matter where you live! 

We will be posting photographs of the live event upon our return, so stay tuned.  Thank you so much from all of us at Nikitaland for your generosity!


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)

UPDATE On Pledge For Pets Fundraiser


We are so pleased on our progress for collecting donations for the 8th annual Pledge For Pets Fundraiser for the APL.  This is our third year participating in this event and are so happy to help the APL and give back to the community for such a great worthy cause.

To date, we have raised a total of $1,315 for the APL in three years.  Our first year we did not know much about fundraising, but now that we are seasoned Q-Cash Captains, and we know that collecting donations is not an easy task.  We get strange looks from people when we approach them, as they are probably wondering “who are you?”, but we explain the reason why we are helping the APL collect donations.

  • We have seen firsthand the good works from the APL
  • We have rescued two beautiful dogs from the APL
  • We gave those two dogs a beautiful & loving forever home
  • Without the APL’s help in the community, there would be neglected and abused animals all over the city
  • Once the APL rescues an animal, it stays with them until they get adopted
  • The APL staff are wonderful people who care about the health and welfare of animals
  • People ask us if their donation even makes a difference & the answer is a definite “YES”

In 2011, we collected $170, 2012 we collected $570, and currently in 2013 we have collected $575.  Our goal this year is to reach $1,000 in donations, but we cannot reach our goal without YOUR HELP.  We urge you to consider making a donation today, which is tax deductible, and help us reach our goal this year.  We get nothing from our efforts, except the satisfaction of knowing that we did our part and helped some animals along the way to find their forever home.

YOUR donation does make a difference, no matter how much you can afford to donate, as it all adds up.  Click HERE to make a donation today to the APL.  Not only do we appreciate your help, but the animals who need our help are the ones who benefit from your generosity.

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Faces of the Abandoned


Every day we watch the news.  Some days I sit there watching in shock.  I really can’t remember a news post any more lately that does not put that look of shock and awe on my face.  Murders, stabbings, abductions of kids, and the horrible abuse and neglect of animals.  

I know that I can’t change the world and make it all better, as we live a nice quiet simple life.  But, we do our part, every year and join in to raise donations for the APL who help more than 17,000 animals a year.  No matter what condition the animal is in when it is brought in, the APL does not turn them away.  Some times I wonder how hard it is for the employees at the APL to see this kind of neglect, day in and day out, it has to be hard.  Some days they arrive to work only to find a box taped shut with kittens or puppies in the box.  No food.  No water.  Just a box sitting there, waiting for someone to find it.  I give them credit.  A whole lot of it.

We wish we could do more for all of these animals, but as everyone is probably in the same boat, living a simple quiet life, we know it is hard to give to all the charities in the world.  But, if everyone who is reading this today, we encourage you to make a donation, even if it is a small one for the APL, because if everyone who loves what we are trying to do, your donations will all add up into something wonderful for these animals.  They will receive the care that they need, they will have food to eat, electricity to keep them warm, all in the hopes that one day, they find their forever home.

We know what Nikita and Bella went through before we rescued them, and it was not a pretty sight.  So if you can find it in your heart to help us raise donations for the APL, not only will we be super happy, but we all will be happy that we helped an animal in need.  We get them one step closer to happiness, because they all deserve to be in a happy home.  They deserve to be with people who will love them, play with them, and when they close their eyes at night, know that they will never have to go through those perils ever again.  Nikita and Bella are pure examples of happy dogs who got their chance from the help at the APL.

Think about making a donation today, as your donation DOES make a huge difference in an animals life!  CLICK HERE TO DONATE!

Welcome Our New Addition to Nikitaland: Introducing Bella

We are proud to announce that on Friday night, we added a new addition to Nikitaland as we adopted a new little bundle of energy & joy from the APL at the Adopt Around the Clock 24-Hour Pet Marathon.  There were 400 dogs & cats that needed to find their forever homes, so it was no surprise to us when we arrived and PetSmart’s parking lot was jammed packed with cars & people all over the place.   Cages were all over the place under tents in the parking lot filled with adoptable dogs and puppies and inside PetSmart it was filled with all the kitties and cats.  It was like a Furry-Palooza going on and we were so glad to see the great turnout that this event had.   We heard that the adoption goal was 300 pets, and we think that the total adopted was 237, so a lot of animals got to go home and start their new lives in their forever homes and that is awesome!  This is one great photo of how happy one certain puppy was to be adopted by a nice couple!  (Thanks Annette for adopting me!)

We spent a lot of time walking around meeting & greeting all of the dogs & puppies and when we saw a new batch of animals arriving, we knew that we had found our new puppy.  Bella, is what we named our new puppy, but it took us until Saturday morning to figure out what to name her.  She arrived in one of the vehicles from the APL and we saw her on the lap of one of the employees, and when she was brought into the tent area, we followed her.  We could not take our eyes off of her.  We ran into Uncle Dave from the APL who helped us with our adoption of Nikita two years ago and he took Bella out of her cage so we could hold her.  It was love at first sight!  We did a lot of thinking while we were there and wanted to make sure we were doing the right thing, as we had Nikita on our mind and wanted to make sure that she would be ok with a new puppy in the house, but after deliberating a bit, we decided to adopt Bella.

We had to head into PetSmart to grab a bag of puppy food since we did not have any at home, and PetSmart had given us a lot of coupons with our adoption, so our first bag of food was on them!  Thanks PetSmart!  Bella was already drawing attention from everyone who walked by us as they all had to pet her.  It seemed like deja vu all over again, as this is what happened when we walked through the store with Nikita just two years earlier.  We were finally on our way home with our new puppy, and we found out that not long after we left a huge thunder storm hit and a lot of the tents were blown down and they had to move all of the animals inside PetSmart, but all the dogs were safe which was good to hear.

As for me, I have not been able to sleep much since Friday night, since I have nominated myself to take Bella out every time she woke up to cut down on the accidents in the house.  I nominated myself so Daddy could get a good nights sleep as he has a very important job and we don’t want him heading into work with little sleep.  We love Daddy so much & want to thank him for everything! We were lucky when we adopted Nikita, as she did not whine or whimper not even once from the first day we brought her home, but Bella is a completely different story.  Friday night was hell from all the crying, but with each day that has passed, she has gotten a lot better at night and sleeps quite a few hours before she wakes up and needs to head outside.  Phew, I knew this was not going to be easy, but we did a good thing and gave another little puppy it’s forever home.

Nikita took to Bella quite well, and was wagging her tail when we brought her into the house for the first time.  It will take a little time for her to get used to having another dog in the house, but we feel that she will be ok.  We had noticed that Nikita was a little anxious or stressed a little because she was drooling all over the place like a Saint Bernard.  When we took Bella to the vets on Saturday for her first check up and she weighed in at 8.6 pounds, and Nikita got her nails clipped while we were there, we had asked the vet what the drooling was all about and he confirmed that she was a little stressed with the new puppy, but it will pass.  As of today, Nikita has not drooled, and that is a good thing!  The one thing though that Bella is doing to Nikita is running behind her and biting Nikita’s fluffy tail and Nikita hates this & runs like mad to get away from her.  Hopefully in time, Bella will be cured of this so she does not stress out Nikita.

On Sunday, Nikita took a little break from Bella and sat down on the couch to watch the Browns Game.  The Browns were playing the Philadelphia Eagles and unfortunately, they lost by ONE POINT!  Ouch, that hurts.

We have a lot to celebrate this week as Nikitaland is turning two years old on the 14th, and what better way to celebrate our two years than with two beautiful dogs, Nikita and Bella.  Nikitaland is now Nikitaland & Co., because we have made room for one more fluffy pup in our life, with lots of love to share.  Not only do we have two reasons to celebrate, but I have a third reason.  It’s because I get to spend every day with the love of my life to which I owe everything to.  (thanks for everything my Sweets!)

One of the neat things about Bella is that she is portraying some of the same traits that Nikita did when she was a puppy, as climbing into the fridge as Bella did this and went straight for Daddy’s wine bottle and started licking it (just leave some for Daddy when he gets home).

So, stay tuned as we will have many more stories to tell with the addition to our happy home!  Enjoy our small sampling of photographs of Bella, as we are sure that there will be many many more to come!  Enjoy & welcome Bella to her forever home!

Watch LIVE – Pledge For Pets Radiothon

The seventh annual Pledge For Pets Radiothon is going on now through Saturday!  Watch it live here: 

Here are some of the sad stories you will hear about:

Raisin came into us a year-old puppy.  Her owners’ idea of housetraining her was to leave her on a balcony all night.  One night they awoke and Raisin was not on the balcony but rather on the ground below unable to move.  They brought her to the APL.  Both Raisin’s front legs were broken.  An APL vet tech offered to foster Raisin while she recovered.  Unfortunately, the break in one of Raisin’s leg was so severe it became infected and the decision was made to amputate the leg.  She was up and walking that same day.  After some more TLC and time to heal in her foster home, she came back to the APL and went up for adoption.  She is now Zoe and lives with her loving mom and dad and canine sister, Maggi, who she adores!

Simon was brought in to the APL by a Good Samaritan after she noticed he seemed to be in pain and wasn’t walking well.  He was a stray cat and likely hit by a car, although the cause of injury is unknown. He came to us with a fractured pelvis and left femur and a dislocated hip. Simon required multiple procedures—he had a pin placed in his leg and had another very complicated orthopedic procedure done.  Simon was with us for 7 months while recovering from his injuries (much of that time was spent in a loving foster home). Despite all of his injuries, he was a very charming cat and he quickly became a favorite of staff and volunteers.

YOU CAN STILL DONATE!  Call 216-566-7387 and tell them you want to make a donation under NIKITALAND, and add it to what we have already collected for the APL.

It’s Been a Busy Spring

The week is almost over, the weather has turned slightly cold (again), but the Spring projects continue.  We have been diligently working on beautifying the yard, getting the grass thicker and greener (fixing all the pee spots LOL), building lots of garden walls, and trying to rip apart some pallets to make a potting bench. 

Our garden project is coming along nicely, although we ran into a little snag along the way.  We originally envisioned just erecting one garden wall to keep the deer out of our raised garden, but it appears that all the grass in our backyard is not ours.  It appears that our neighbor had a little problem with the wall that we started to put up because it was on his property by three feet, so we had to move the garden wall.  Who knew that all of the grass in our backyard was not ours, but it appears that on the left side of his garage, he has three feet of the grass in our backyard.  We never knew that.  He got a little miffed at us for not “asking” him if we could erect the wall there, but if we assumed that all the grass in our small backyard was ours, how would we ever think about asking permission to put up a wall?  We wouldn’t, but to keep everyone happy, we moved the garden wall to right around our new raised garden.  We want everyone to be happy, as we are very quiet neighbors, don’t have any loud parties, we keep to ourselves, keep our yard well maintained & beautiful and just want everyone to get along. 

So, with all of that done, we can move onto getting our plants into the garden.  The garden gate is hung and it works nicely.  Some of our plants took a turn for the worse, as we think that we started them too soon indoors, so next year, we will start a good portion of the seeds a lot later since they sprouted way too fast.   Since this is our first time doing a garden, we learn from our mistakes, but it was a great experience. 

Since our brick border for our strawberry & zucchini patch turned out so nice, we decided to build another wall around our flower bed behind the house.  This brick border also turned out great and really enhances the backyard and our garden lights in the flower bed light up the brick line around the bed nicely.   We are going gung-ho with bricks, so we decided to add some bricks to the front of the house too, which we are still working on. 


This Friday and Saturday is the Pledge For Pets Radiothon at the APL.  We will be going to the Radiothon to make an appearance and say hi to all of the people we love at the APL, get some good photographs, and we will share them with you this weekend.   We hope we get to run into Uncle Dave while at the APL, as Uncle Dave is the wonderful person who took care of my adoption and helped me find my forever home with my Daddy & Mommy.  (I can’t wait to see him!)  Thanks again to all of you that made a donation through our link for the APL, we appreciate it! 

As for me, I have been busy playing, napping, and enjoying the somewhat nice weather we have had outside in the yard.  I have this HUGE obsession with boxes lately, as every time I hear Mommy opening a box, I WANT IT!  So, she gives me the box to play with until I start ripping it apart and eating it, then it gets taken away from me.  Rats!   I got a bath the other day, and I am not a big fan of those, but I was smelling like a dog and Mommy said that I needed a bath.  (smelling like a dog?  Isn’t that what I am?)  Anyhow, I guess we all need to get spruced up once in a while, so it’s not so bad, but when I get out of the tub, I run around the house like a crazy dog shaking all over!  Hee hee hee  I love that part!

Don’t forget that Mother’s Day is this weekend, and we hope that you have downloaded your Mother’s Day card and tags from our earlier post!