My Mom is Amazing

My mother is amazing! She took a turn for the worse a couple of weeks ago but is determined to still live her life with a smile. She is so determined that she wants to get up and do things. In fact, she is actually doing much better right now. This past weekend, she went to check out the neighborhood garage sales. She loves garage sales. My stepdad says she was wide awake at about 5:30 am Saturday morning ready to go! Thursday, hospice arranged to get her a ride into town. Mom really wanted to go to Walmart. Here are a few recent photos of my amazing mom.

Mom and silly mask

My mom loves to laugh. She got a kick out of this silly mask my stepdad got for her.

Mom at a Garage Sale 7-19-14

My mom loves garage sales. This was taken on July 19, 2014.


Mom Mandy Casper

My stepdad and the friend they are staying with, Bill, each bought my mom a stuffed animal, which my mom named Mandy and Casper.

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know I got my love for dogs from my mom. When I was a girl, my mom was the town’s unofficial dog rescuer. Wendy, in the photo below, was initially a stray. My mom got her exactly one year before I was born.

Spaniel Mix Wendy

There was a Collie my mom had before I was born. I think his name was Ranger. When he was was given up by his owners he was covered in mats. I have a photo of Ranger, but the scan didn’t come out well. In the photo, he has a luxurious coat, all thanks to my mom’s loving care. Squash was a Mastiff mixed abandoned by our neighbors. He was tied on a short thick chain in the back yard and left there. Squash became a loving family member who later returned the kindness by protecting my baby sister from a pack or a pair ( I can’t remember) of aggressive dogs.

Cassie was a Sheltie given up by her family. My mom took her in, but Cassie attached herself to me and became my dog.

Cassie - Shetland Sheepdog

Rocky is the dog that recently passed away just before my mom was diagnosed with brain cancer. He was posted on Craigslist as a dog “free to a good home”. Luckily, he found a great home with my mom.

Rocky Standing Over Mom

My mom recently lost her dog Rocky. This is him standing on the top of her chair. Rocky was a very lovable dog but he loved my mom more than anyone.

Solo was also a “free to good home” on rollanet in Rolla, MO. She came from a terrible dog breeding situation that got way out of hand. Before my mom saved her, Solo lived in a small cage full of dog crap with two other dogs. Solo came with a ton of issues including extreme shyness, fear aggression, and just plain aggression. Today, she is by my mom’s bedside and living the high life. Her shyness and aggression is mostly gone, although she still dislikes other dogs. She is a much different dog than she was when my mom first got her. Love can do that.

Solo the Border Collie Mix

My mom survived lung cancer a few years ago. This is her after recovery and with her dog Solo.

There were so many other dogs that my mom rescued. I remember Max, Lady, Lips, an Afghan Hound, and so many more that I don’t recall the names of. With her generous love, my mom has changed the lives of so many animals. And it is obvious animals have had a positive influence on her. She doesn’t let her illness get her down and the smallest things make her happy. She is truly amazing and I am so proud to have her as my mom.

Mom with First Daughter Dawn

This is me and my mom.


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14 Responses to “My Mom is Amazing”

  1. The Golden Life Says:

    LOVE the picture of you and your Mom!! So sweet! And I love the mini stories of all the dogs who your Mom rescued and saved with an abundance of love!! It’s obvious to me that your Mom is a wonderful person; I wish I could meet her in person!

  2. writetowag Says:

    This post is soooooo beautiful…Your mom truly is amazing…Please tell her she is an inspiration to me…God bless you and your momma…This post moved me to tears…Praise God for these precious moments!!!!

  3. 25castleson25clouds Says:

    Such a lovely photo of the two of you, she sounds like a pretty amazing women!!

  4. raisingdaisy Says:

    What a heartwarming and beautiful post. You brought tears to my eyes. The world needs a lot more people like your mom – it would be a much better place. God bless her – and all of you.

  5. Dakota/Caren/Cody Says:

    Just superb and so beautiful! Sending much love and many prayers to you both! Your Mom is my hero!

  6. rubytheairedale Says:

    Oh, that was an amazin’ postie! Ma’s eyes are all leakin’ cause your Moms is inspirational! You gives your Moms a big hug and lick…um, maybe just a kiss will do…hehehehe
    and tell her we are all smilin’ with her!
    Ruby ♥

  7. weliveinaflat Says:

    She is an amazing woman, Dawn. Always, positive thoughts of her 😉

  8. 2 Brown Dawgs Says:

    Your Mom really is amazing. I wish her many more garage sales and trips to Walmart. 🙂

    We had a Sheltie growing up. Great dog!

  9. Donna O. Says:

    So glad to hear your mom is doing well, and love to see her smile in all of those photos. 🙂

  10. dogleadermysteries Says:

    I so enjoyed all the family photos of your mom with her rescued and adopted dogs, all so handsome and healthy due to her care & love. I also like hearing you go got your love of dogs from her!

    I got my love of pets and all animals from my dad. His habit was to bring home and help us raise one dog at a time. Most were mixes or mutts, all of them loved dad like crazy. He would have hated puppy mills and the inhumane treatment of animals.

    Here’s barking at you!

  11. Lindsay Says:

    You and your mom are both such caring people. I enjoyed hearing about all the dogs she has rescued. Thinking of you both.

  12. Cello's Corner Says:

    So sweet. What an amazing woman!

  13. Jodi Says:

    Such an upbeat and uplifting post. Sending prayers for your mom.

  14. jansfunnyfarmj Says:

    Your mom sounds like a wonderful woman with a big, loving heart. You were fortunate to have her for a role model. Give the special woman a big hug from Jan and all of us.

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