A few of my favorite things are rescuing and fostering animals, holistic health, animal welfare, going green, and the beach. The main event here are dogs, but I love all animals! All articles are written by me, Paula Perry, unless stated otherwise. Please note Copyright at bottom right of page.
This blog is dedicated to my Lexi who left this earth on 9/6/2013.
Please don’t mourn for me
I’m still here, though you don’t see.
I’m right by your side each night and day.
Within your heart I long to stay.
I strongly support animal adoption and spay/neuter programs because they greatly help with overpopulation. However, in the end it is the human’s decision. I am a huge fan of ‘bully’ breeds. I believe in using Positive reinforcement for all animals, which is what I use for my pets, guests and foster dogs. I disagree with over vaccinating, prong or choker collars, selling pets in pet stores, and toxic flea control.
The name, Touch of Home, came from my pet sitting business, Touch of Home Pet Sitting, a home away from home,
operated by my daughter, Samantha, and myself. We care for pets mind, body, and spirit.
The [Native American] elders say that plants, swimmers, crawlers, four-leggeds, and those who fly are also “people,” with God-given rights to the food, shelter, and happiness that nature provides.
My dream is to live in a world where there are no more homeless, hungry or abused animals or people!
Our love of animals inspired us to care for other pets. In July 2009, my daughter rescued Heidi, a Shih Tzu. Heidi was abandoned at Greywood Kennels by her owners. Samantha worked there at the time. In October 2009, I took Lexis in when her owner could no longer care for her.
Duke is my first foster dog, adopted into a loving family home long ago and I really enjoyed my time with him but miss him, even though it was best for him. Baby Rey is actually yawning in the picture, she is not hissing. 🙂
We rescued Rey, a feral kitten at 8 weeks of age, now 2. She thinks she is a dog and sits with the dogs for treats. My friend, Aida Reyes, was using the ‘trap-neuter-release‘ program for feral cats. Aida became very ill with cancer before she could catch Rey’s mother and Aida passed away when Rey was about 7 weeks old. Rey has 4 siblings and all were placed in good homes. Rey’s full name is Aida Reyes. Rei (ray) in Japanese means spiritual.
Jasmine is my 16 year old Siamese. She is the only pet that is not a rescue. I got her when she was a kitten and I was not allowed to have dogs. She has been through many pets with us. Update: Jasmine crossed over June 2014, she lived a long happy life. Gone, but not forgotten. Love you Jazz
Milo was born here when his parents were clients. He has 3 siblings and was born May 24, 2013. He is part Mancoon and Bengal.
Zeus, a male Shih Tzu, was rescued by Holly’s Garden from the shelter. His owners did not get medical attention for his eyes and dumped him at the shelter. He was labeled aggressive and going to be euthanized. Holly’s Garden Rescue saved him on his last day. He had one eye removed and has 10% vision in his other eye. Samantha fostered and adopted him in January 2013. He is a happy well-adjusted doggy now. Update: Zeus crossed over June 2014. It was very sad after all the time we spent loving Zeus and teaching him to love. It was a real lesson for me about aggressive dogs. Love you, Zeus. I pray your next life will be much happier!
Another passion of mine is spreading the truth about pit bulls and ending their bad rap. Pit Bulls are used as service dogs, therapy dogs and even detection dogs for the Milwaukee PD. They used to be America’s sweetheart, remember Petey on Little Rascals? I have owned several and they make great family pets! Much depends on the way a dog is raised and some depends on genetics. Actually, pit bull is not a breed , but dogs that are lumped together with the same characteristics and traits. Responsible owners strongly suggested for pit bull dogs! They are powerful, eager to please owner, and can be dog aggressive, most are not. Play FIND THE PIT BULL for fun.
I am a Reiki (RAY-key), practitioner. Rei means spiritual, ki means energy, spiritual energy, or some call it life force energy. Reiki is a Japanese system used to promote healing and relieving stress for people, animals, and more…trees, plants, food. I practice on animals, they are very receptive to Reiki energy. Reiki comes from the Divine Source. Reiki is not a religion and goes where it is needed most for physical and emotional healing. It cannot harm pets and is non-intrusive, using hands on or near pets or can be done from a distance.