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A Special Surprise!

I have exciting news today. I’ve joined a group of like-minded writers this past week. They’re all very nice and encouraging, we’re hoping to help each other get writing done and, ultimately, get published! More about that later.

Right now, I’d like you to welcome our group Admin, Ted Roach. He’s nicely agreed to be my first guest blogger. Be sure to check out his site and give him some feedback! Enjoy:



Animal Lovers have a BIGGER heart!

When Robin reluctantly agreed to let me provide a guest post to her blog, the same topic kept coming to mind. The influence that our four legged children have on our lives impacts the way we handle many situations. Those who do not have animals in their lives have a difficult time understanding why we care so deeply. I believe it is because their hearts have not been made bigger by the blessing of having these animals in their lives.



Let me tell you about my best friend and son, Max. Max was a Labrador/Pit-bull mix. I picked him up outside of a major pet supply store from a rescue shelter. He was the runt of the litter and I just had to take him home. After the first five days he was having problem eating and drinking water. I immediately took him to the vet and they informed me he had Parvo. Parvo is a deadly virus for animals, especially when they are young. I refused to give up on this little pup and paid to fly a specialist half-way across the country to treat him. Keep in mind that I only had the puppy for 5 days, I was in college, working a part-time retail job, and had very little money.



In the end, it cost me a small fortune and Max survived. He was with me for the next 12.5 years. We lived in six different states and spent three years in Europe together. He had been to the tallest mountain in Germany, the beaches of France, seen the tulips in Holland, and everything between. Max had a good life, but it was I who was truly blessed. Faithful companions that will always love you, travel with you, and be there regardless how bad things get is priceless.



My wife said something the other day that really hit me hard. She asked, “Why do you think God lets most creatures on earth live longer than dogs?” We both thought about it for a while, and then she said, “Probably because we love them more than humans.” I tend to agree with her to a point. Our love and affection for our animals is deep and unconditional. We need to learn from this and try to apply it to our wife, husband, children, and fellow humans. Kindness and compassion is something that we cannot lose. I have learned a lot from my best friend and son. He has made me a better man, a better father, a better husband, and my heart is bigger for it.


Thank you to Robin for allowing me to post. I appreciate the opportunity to reach out with my own experiences. If you would like to know more about me, my website is



Thank you, Ted. We hope you can join us again soon!







  1. Angie Mroczka
    Jul 25, 2015

    I totally agree with your observation.

    I had a Daschund / Chihuahua mix named Evy. She too was the runt of the litter and no one wanted her. My Mom brought her home to me and she was one of my best friends for almost 17 years.

    We lost her in April, just before me moved from Ohio to Texas. She is missed.
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    • Robin
      Aug 5, 2015

      Hi Angie, thanks for stopping by. So sorry to hear about your furry friend!