Mary Comments on Anderson Cooper’s Web Site

I adopted my little dog from Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah.  Bella had been rescued by Best Friends from a puppy mill in Colorado where she was kept in cage in a laundry room with many other dogs.  She was only used for breeding, she lost her teeth due to neglect, was under weight, and in need of love and medical attention.  Best Friends made sure Bella received all she needed in order to survive. When I met Bella her name was Spicy. I had gone  to Best Friends to volunteer there for a week.  During that week dogs that had been rescued from this puppy mill arrive, and in comes Bella. She was so sweet and loving; I just had to adopt her. Bella is a little five pound Chihuahua. She was driven from Utah to Las Vegas, put on a plane to Newark, NJ, where I picked her up.  Anderson, when I arrived home and put her on the grass, she looked up at the clear blue sky as if to say, “Is all this freedom mine?”  I will never forget that look on her face.  She is our mascot and inspiration for my nonprofit  It is my belief that the nonprofit worlds must find that bridge to help each other in any way that we can. Our mission statements are really the same, “To help ease the pain of lost, abandon, and abused animals everywhere and to bring love into their hearts once again.” That is why today I salute “Hope for Paws” for their outstanding work, and love for animals everywhere.


Living For A Cause salutes for the wonderful work they are doing to save the lives of animals.  As a non profit ourselves we truly realize the value in saving these beautiful animals, giving them a new, fresh, loving start.  It is my belief that we must bridge the gap between the non profit world and create a new path for all of us to walk on in order to meet the overwhelming needs of these precious animals.  Let’s all reach out to each other and see how we can best help. Really, our mission statements are the same.  “Helping to ease the pain and bring love into the heart of an abandon, abused,or lost animal.”



The ­Artist’s Uggie, the scene-stealing canine star of the Best Picture winner, walked the red carpet in custom Chopard: an 18k ­yellow gold and black satin bow tie, with a bone-shape UGGIE-engraved pendant. Uggie even got a second Chopard collar, in leather and rose gold, for an Oscar pre-party. Talk about putting on the dog.

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