All of my life my family and I have had animals. From my sweet cocker, Candy and her baby girl, Sheena, to my beloved and missed cocker, Scuba. 

I have loved and adored animals my whole life. I have always been around them and feel a deep compassion and love for all of them. If I find out someone abuses animals that person ceases to exist to me. They may as well be dead. 

I now have two dogs: Lexi Lulu (a yorkie) and Gatsby (a morkie - maltese/yorkie). They bring me so much joy. I know that if I didn't have them my life would be darker and with a lot less laughter. With them I feel this unconditional love and devotion that people are never capable of, including myself. 

Tonight I was on the internet reading from one of my favorite news sites when I came across a story of an abused and abandoned dog. Unfortunately that isn't uncommon (and may whoever hurt this animal - and any animal - burn in hell with the hottest of fire), I see it far more than you would think is possible. The difference here was that this dog was saved by the love and compassion of two people who run a website called Hope for Paws. I read some of their stories, watched some heartwrenching videos and then I donated to their amazing cause.

I don't normally do this on my blog, that isn't what I started it for, but this time I'll make an exception. If you would please donate to this organization ( I would be eternally grateful to you. I will also give you $25 off a visit with me (and most likely more for your generosity) and I will thank you in untold ways.

I think that innocent, harmless, defenseless animals deserve our love and attention and our care and support. They can't help themselves so I try to do as much as I possibly can.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart, you are fabulous.

Me and Scuba (RIP May 25, 2010)

Nikki Irish