September 30, 2011


This past weekend the Biscuit Reunion was held at Blue Collar Joe's, and it was awesome to see some of our old friends.

One of the best parts of the day was seeing little Frost, the beagle that started it all. Most of us know the story of the Biscuit Fund, but let's go for it and take a trip down memory lane...

Frost and her beloved sister Scout were found in a ditch, suffering from horrible mange. The skin infections were so bad, it actually made them look like burn victims. The infestation smelled like yeast, and they affectionately became known as "the biscuits".

With some medical care, time, and whole bunch of TLC, they recovered. The Biscuit Fund was started in honor of them, to help other pets suffering from neglect and cruelty have access to medical care and the opportunity to become rehabilitated and adopted into loving homes. 

Frost has blossomed into a wonderful little dog. She is very busy each and every day, roaming her yard, digging holes, gnawing on sticks, and diligently keeping up with the ever important task of looking for a weak link in the fence. Bushes serve as secret forts, and you'll often find various toys hidden there. 

She's a lover of pizza, and will try and sneak up on tables and counters. Whenever the opportunity arises, she will grab an inside toy and high ball it outside as fast as she can. If you try and get it back from her, the glint in her eye shines even brighter. There is no way you will catch her to retrieve it, but she is so dang cute you've got to give it a shot.


In the middle of her busy day, (beagles have a lot going on, you know), she'll stop to give you a sniff, a nod, a "Hey- what's up? You know I think you're the best, right?" and then she will get right back to the task at hand- usually with tail up and nose to the ground. 

Although she lives with several other dogs, she's got a BFF in a girl named Karma. They are pretty much attached at the hip, and seldom run out the door without a shared toy hanging out of their mouths. The forts belong to them. They romp and play all day, and Karma will throw a paw over Frost's back to solidify the deal that nothing will ever separate them.

When the day is done, Frost is done. The busy, busy girl suddenly turns into a snuggle bug and will curl up next to you and rest. Watching her sleep deeply after a hard day's work just kind of melts your heart with admiration for who she has become.

Frost, Frosty Paws, Beagle-ina, Biscuit, Counter Walker, Stealer of Toys and Pizza, whatever you'd like to call her, she will always be known as the inspiration for the Biscuit Fund. Hundreds of animals have been helped because of the generosity and outpouring of support for this fund.

To me, Frost is also an inspiration for everyday life. Keep busy and work hard. Have a little fun along the way. It's OK to joke and tease people, and always stop to give someone a "Hey- what's up? You know I think you're the best, right?" throughout the day.

Pizza is always good, as are secret forts; in the human world some might refer to them as caves. Keep your best friend close- throw a hand over that shoulder and let them know that nothing will ever separate you. And at the end of the day, sleep well, knowing you worked hard and were good to those around you.

Little did any of us know on the day that Frost was brought to Angels of Assisi that lives other than hers would be so changed. Carry on Frosty Paws, we know you've got a full day ahead of you, and we'll continue to be inspired by your example.

September 29, 2011

Sweet Pea

Sweet Pea was brought to the Roanoke pound several days ago. We were told that her toenails were so long she could not stand up, and that she had so much matted hair on her back end that she had a hard time going to the bathroom. She was brought in with 4 other dogs. The owner returned the next day and picked up the other 4 dogs, and left Sweet Pea behind.

So.... this little dog was in such bad shape that she could not stand up upon arrival to the pound. And the next day, 4 dogs were returned to the very same owner. This leads to a few questions- first of all, really?

Second of all, if the dogs were surrendered, ownership became transferred to the pound. When the former owner returned, were the dogs adopted back? If so, was it through the pound? We have been told all pound adoptions are funneled through the Roanoke Valley SPCA. Were the dogs merely returned to the owner, or adopted?

While we do not know the answers to the above questions, we do know few things. The staff at the Roanoke pound is working under the direction of the policies, procedures and leadership in place, and it's a hard job. They absolutely did ensure that Sweet Pea was cleaned up, and I am sure she appreciated it very much. She was transferred to Angels of Assisi today, and is settling in well. She is very scared, and seems to have some medical issues- we'll know more soon.

Meanwhile, there is a an entire community working hard to save little ones like Sweet pea, and ya'll are appreciated more than words can say. Thank you.

The important thing is to strive towards a goal which is not immediately visible.  That goal is not the concern of the mind, but of the spirit.  
~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Flight to Arras, 1942, translated from French by Lewis Galantière

September 28, 2011

Darling Darla

Sweet Darla was having herself a grand old time soaking up the rays in the window today, and let us snap some photos. The sky always makes the prettiest blue background, and Darla looks just as wonderful in person. She's available for adoption- come on down any day between 2 and 6 pm.

I believe cats to be spirits come to earth.  A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through.  
~Jules Verne

Clinic Cuties

These 2 siblings came to the Angels of Assisi wellness clinic for their shots afternoon. Talk about cute- wow! ♥

Baby Biscuit Update

Baby Biscuit, now named Hayden, continues to improve. Here he is supervising his new foster mama, Stacey.

Words Of Wisdom, In Honor Of The Original

Every day you either see a scar or courage. Where you dwell will define your struggle.  ~Dodinsky


Baby Biscuit Bouncing Back

Look who is up and at it this morning! Quite a difference from yesterday, when he was unable to stand. Thank you to Dr. Carter and Brittany for all your help!

September 27, 2011

A Baby Biscuit

This little guy was brought to Angels of Assisi this morning. He appears to have been on his own for some time, as he is very thin, has horrible ear infections, and bad teeth from poor nutrition. A good Samaritan found him on the side of the road in Salem last night after he was most likely hit by a car. His face is very swollen with a possible broken jaw. 

He was started on pain meds and IV fluids at Angels of Assisi, then transported to Dr. Carter in Botetourt where he is receiving x-rays and steroids to help reduce any brain swelling. A special thank you to Brittany who will be keeping a watchful eye on him throughout the day. He'll need every positive thought and prayer there is.... hang in there buddy.

Please consider donating to the Biscuit Fund to help this baby boy and other neglect and cruelty cases. Donations to this fund have been used to help hundreds of animals that may not have had a chance otherwise.

I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders.  
~Jewish Proverb

September 26, 2011

Monday Morning Couch Love

Tucker tuckered out from a big weekend of, ummm, relaxing. Note the ever classic sideways tongue hang.

Your hair may be brushed, but your mind's untidy.
You've had about seven hours of sleep since Friday.
No wonder you feel that lost sensation.
You're sunk from a riot of relaxation.
~Ogden Nash, about weekends


New Guy

Trevor will be arriving from the Roanoke pound today. We understand that he is an absolute gentleman and does well with other dogs and cats. A special thank you to Wendy for all she does, and also to Trish and Vickie at the pound for watching out for him.

September 21, 2011

To Do List


To make a long story short...

A sweet dog was seen on the Roanoke Pound's website.
Teresa made some calls.

Mastiffs to Mutts, a rescue group in Pennsylvania, said they could take her.

With the help of Jess, Franklin County Humane Society will do her medical check.

But... she needed a 2 week foster home to recover from a respiratory infection.

No worries, Wendy sweet-talked her dad into taking her (he can never resist that daughter of his!).

Wendy picked up the sweet dog from the pound. Her name is now Rosa. She will be transported by the wonderful Erin Silks in 2 weeks.

And so, another life saved. Thank you Teresa, Jess, Wendy, Wendy's most awesome dad, Erin, and the never say never folks at the Franklin County Humane Society. We call you heroes, but know that you are so much more than that to one sweet dog named Rosa. 

Those who are quite satisfied sit still and do nothing; those who are not quite satisfied are the sole benefactors of the world.  
~Walter Savage Landor

She's All That And More

Little baby Norma arrived at Harmony Farm Sanctuary last weekend. She is 6 weeks old, and tame enough to ride in the back seat of a truck. She was rescued shortly after birth suffering from dehydration and heat stroke. Since then she has been bottle fed and nursed back to health by a kind lady named Lynn.

Norma will spend the rest of her life safe and sound at Harmony Farm Sanctuary. It is not often that we see babies at the farm, and we can't wait to watch her grow up ♥

Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.  

If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man.  All things are connected.  Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth.  
~Chief Seattle of the Suquamish Tribe, letter to President Franklin Pierce


September 14, 2011


Pugsley arrived at Angels of Assisi last Thursday. He was originally adopted from the Roanoke Valley SPCA as a puppy, and returned on July 26th to the pound side of the building (the Regional Center for Animal Control and Protection). He had been adopted to someone who lived in an apartment, and the arrangement was not working.

Although spending almost 40 days in a kennel without access to outside play time, Pugsley is well mannered and a happy-go-lucky guy. He gets along well with other dogs, and is patiently waiting for a new home. And did we mention he has the most adorable face and ears?

He is ready for adoption and holding interviews everyday at Angels of Assisi between 2 and 6 pm ♥

A huge thank you to Trish, Vickie, and Candace at the Regional Center for Animal Protection and Control for helping out with Pugsley. We appreciate you.

"We need to restore the full meaning of that old word, duty.  It is the other side of rights"
 ~Pearl Buck

September 13, 2011

This handsome boy is ready for a home of his own. Buford is a senior kitty, and is under the Guardian Angel Program, meaning his yearly shots and Vet exam are free for his remaining years.

Another great photo by Vickie Holt, and he is every bit as soulful in real life. Please contact us if you can help.


Look Who Is Coming To Harmony!

It's little Norma, a rescued calf. She should be arriving this week, and we can't wait to meet her!


Cows And All That Jazz

Hmmm, feeling like we need to do this for the cows at Harmony! Any musicians out there?

What's In A Name


This photo is part of the owner surrender records on 2 adult dogs and 7 puppies brought to Angels of Assisi from Botetourt County Animal Control over the weekend. They were covered in fleas, smelly, scared, dirty..... and wonderful, all at the same time.

And here they are: meet Meemaw, grandmother to the puppies. She is scared but very sweet, and will let us pick her up although it seems like she has had few people show her any kindness. 

Maggie May is also very sweet, and when you pick her up she will rest her head on your shoulder.

Maggie May's puppies

And, finally, a random puppy from the same group, Marcy. Who is ridiculously cute.

Maggie May and her puppies will be heading to foster soon, and we are sure Marcy will be adopted quickly. The dog that really needs some extra TLC is MeeMaw- we don't think she has had much of anything in her life, and that needs to change. For starters, she now has a name, is free of fleas, and clean. But we can certainly do better than that.

"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around" 
~Leo Buscaglia

September 11, 2011

Rather than being about excitement and lust, a soul mate relationship is characterized by such things as a shared life path, a sense of comfort and ease, and a genuine liking of each other.
Katherine Woodward Thomas