Ani’s Advent Calendar 2020! Paws for thought…

Dear Santa,

Do you know how many of the four-legs I have met since I’ve been blogging have come from rescues and shelters? You’ve got to admit, they are all intelligent and interesting creatures… Yes, even the cats. Noelle’s Garfield, for a start, though it pains me to say it, is gorgeous.


Some are more than gorgeous, they are making a difference in the world. Dogs like Ben, who started life as an orphan, is raising money by climbing the mountains of Scotland to help Search and Rescue and Canine Partners who train dogs to help people with disabilities.

Then there are all the dogs who work hard looking after their two-legses… the assistance dogs who are eyes, ears and support for their people. I was supposed to be an assistance dog when they rescued me as a pup, but we never got far with that. My role is fairly eclectic… food disposal and recyling unit, foot warmer, exercise machine, clown and comforter, all rolled into one.

But if there is one who deserves a special mention, it is a two legs… a writer who sells lots of books, but who gives the money away to help rescue dogs from kill-shelters. Her name is Paulette Mahurin, and her books are all exceptionally well written, deeply moving and definitely worth reading… and the profits are saving lives.

Paulette recently posted an update on her website, and if you read nothing else, look at the numbers: “I’m deeply grateful to everyone who has purchased, read, and taken the time to review one of my books…. So far in 2020 148 dogs have been rescued. In 2019 409 dogs have been rescued. In 2018 670 dogs have been rescued. In 2017 we’ve helped free 904 dogs. In 2016, 250 dogs were freed. In 2015, 149 dogs were freed.”

Paulette has just released a new book, Where Irisies Never Grow. Please visit Amazon to view this and all her books, and her website to read about the rescued dogs and see their pictures.

Where Irises Never Grow by [Paulette Mahurin]


Find Paulette’s books on Amazon UK and Amazon US

It is really easy to think you can’t make much of a difference, because, in the grand scheme of things, you are too small to be noticed. I mean, if we are talking ‘small’, well my own two-legs is sort of vertically challenged… but where was I? It doesn’t matter.

The little things add up. In the same way that one smile can change a two-legs’ day, or one furry head on your knee can bring tears and comfort… one tiny grain of sand, with a billion others, can make a beach and one drop of water, with others, can make a tidal wave.

At Christmas, when so many families are having fun… there are so many, both two-legged and four… who are without homes, shelter or hope.

You don’t have to do much, just do what you can.

Published by Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:

24 thoughts on “Ani’s Advent Calendar 2020! Paws for thought…

  1. Aww, Ani, you made my day. Bless you for this heartfelt, heartwarming post. And of all days, it’s my birthday! Your kindness is so encouraging. Very encouraging. I’m truly grateful for you kind sharing. Now, back to work. There are more dogs to save. And more books to write. Stay well. Stay safe. Love, Paulette

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  2. Happy birthday Paulette, and may I say what marvellous work you are doing, speaking as a rescue from Spain myself. Ani, I wish we lived closer, I’m sure we’d have a wonderful time discussing our two-legs and their needs. And balls, of course. Keep up the good work, Besty.

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  3. Happy Birthday, Paulette! And many thanks to you for rescuing dogs. I usually buy a trunk full of food for our local shelter, where Garfield came from, a couple of times a year. The supplies are always welcome.
    And Ani, Garfield says he is very proud that you recognized him. He DOES call himself Garfield the Magnificent. No hubris there.


  4. What a beautiful post, Ani, and I appreciate the introduction to Paulette and her books. I think she must be a very special and loving two-legs. She’s right that every little bit can make a giant difference when all added up. ❤ ❤


  5. Guinea Pigs need rescuing too; I’m Roscoe, and I was rescued by the North East Guinea Pig Rescue, in Newcastle upon Tyne. My Mam is Jemima, and she loves rescued guinea pigs like me. Most of hers have come from Norfolk, and the East Anglia GP Rescue, but she saw me on Facebook and fell in love with me (and Neville, my mate).

    So if you can’t rescue a dog, please rescue a guinea pig.


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