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Summer reading recommendation! A Violet Season by Kathy Leonard Czepiel is a fantastic read. Set in the Hudson River Valley in upstate New York in the late 1800s, A Violet Season chronicles one growing season on a family-owned violet farm. Brothers embroiled in a long-standing feud change the course of (at least) one woman’s life forever.
A story of mothers and daughters, husbands and sons, A Violet Season delivers the perfect mix of historical detail, carefully crafted characters, and rich narrative. Heart-pounding at times, heartbreaking at others, A Violet Season’s imagery and undercurrent of societal unrest does justice to an earlier time and sheds light on the challenges we face today.
Sadie, an 8-year-old border collie / blue heeler mix, died Friday, June 8, 2012, from injuries sustained during a home burglary. The intruder / would-be thief injured Sadie so badly that she had to be euthanized. Her family — Kori and Randy Clark of Billings, Montana — seek information about the crime. We offered by phone this morning to help them raise funds for the reward. Details below, including information way at the bottom about how to contact local officials to ask them to help the Clarks see this case through to its rightful conclusion.
Monster deadlines ate up last week, so I’m just now getting to a post for Monday (6/11) at around 3 pm mountain time. Sorry about that. Here are just a couple reminders and requests, if you’d like to actively support Champion of My Heart’s online presence.
While we are VERY tempted to adopt this border collie puppy who went missing in our canyon for 8 days this spring, there are many, MANY reasons that is probably NOT the best idea. And, yet, her face and her personality are so much like Lilly’s that I worry about her finding the “right” home. Today … just some pix of OREO. Many of which if you did NOT know better, I’m sure you’d assume were of Lilly.
This is Oreo — the border collie puppy who went missing for 8 days in our canyon recently. She is currently being fostered by one of our neighbors and is up for adoption from Charlie’s Place Shelter in Dumont, Colorado.
I got to meet her in person today (May 25, 2012), and she is awesome. Honestly, I’d adopt her in a second, if the timing were right or we didn’t already have 2 dogs (our limit).
Please help us create a social media blitz so that Oreo can find her forever home! Video with photos and a clip of her playing fetch below.
6 months old
female / spayed
smooth coat border collie / mix
A 5-month-old, female, border collie (mix) puppy jumped from a moving car Sunday, April 22, 2012, on Golden Gate Canyon Road (west of Golden, Colorado). Please use email and social media to alert anyone you know who lives in the area or who hikes, bikes, or rides horses in the area, including in Mount Galbraith Open Space Park, White Ranch Open Space Park, Centennial Cone Open Space Park, and Golden Gate Canyon State Park.[This is not our dog. We’re trying to help a neighbor.]
UPDATE: Monday night, April 30
I am THRILLED to report that this puppy was found last night by a family, living near Guy Hill, which is very close to where Oreo jumped from a moving car 8 days earlier. She is skinny and will go to the veterinarian today (Tuesday 5/1) for a check-up, but otherwise, she is safe and sound … back with her foster family.
I hope to get details on her recovery soon (including photos), but I do know that she was found Monday sometime and thanks to the wide-spread sharing of her lost report, the family knew who to call to report her being found.
BEST OF ALL … the family who found her might be interested in adopting Oreo!
Many thanks to everyone who helped!
UPDATE: Friday night, April 27
An animal communicator believes OREO is moving east (toward the town of Golden). She also believes that Oreo is staying to the south of Golden Gate Canyon Road off in areas where cattle graze. There is a good chance she is in the Mt Galbraith area. Keep looking!
The last real sighting was late Sunday (4/22) afternoon near Golden Gate Canyon Road and Horseradish Gulch Road (about 6 miles from her foster home).
Lost Border Collie Puppy – Golden Gate Canyon, Golden, Colorado – Please Help!
If found or seen, please call Leslie or Sean @:
To celebrate the 5th Anniversary of Champion of My Heart, we’re doing our biggest giveaway to date — a high-end air purifier from Oreck (retail value around $400).
To celebrate, we’re giving away ONE Oreck AirInstinct air purifier through a random drawing of qualifying entries.
Lilly and I could NOT be more pleased to take part in Pillars of Strength – A Special Day for K on this of all days. You see, K (who is both a real-life dog training and local dog blogging friend) is the QUEEN of all Heart Dogs. So, a tribute to her on Valentine’s Day seems fitting.
All the love in the world to you, beautiful K (and your family). May all the strength and blessings in the universe rain down upon you as you fight back against the darn cancer veterinarians found in your bones.
The folks behind Buy A Shirt Help a Dog donate one-third of every t-shirt purchased to another non-profit dog charity every 4 months. They’re taking nominations for dog charity groups through December 31, 2011. Pop on over and nominate your favorite! We’ve already nominated ours … Humane Society of Boulder Valley.