Favorite Quotes

I just wanted to share a few of the quotes that keep me going:

"Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For indeed, that's all who ever have." ~ Margaret Mead

"The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world... are the ones who do." ~Apple Ad

"What matters more than the feeling is the action it stirs. Focus your sadness into something positive. Let it stir the best in you." ~Unknown

"Sometimes, change is too much to bear, but most of the time, change is the only thing saving your life." ~ Unknown

"I looked at all the caged animals in the shelter... the cast-offs of human society. I saw in their eyes love & hope, fear & dread, sadness & betrayal. And I was angry.'God!' I said, 'This is terrible! Why don't you do something?' God was silent for a moment & then He spoke softly, 'I have done something,' He replied, 'I created you.'" ~ Unknown

The Reason 
By: Kim Senke-Rocka

I would've died that day if not for you.
I would've given up on life if not for your kind eyes.
I would've used my teeth in fear if not for your gentle hands.
I would have left this life believing that all humans don't care
Believing there is no such thing as fur that isn't matted
skin that isn't flea bitten
good food and enough of it
beds to sleep on
someone to love me
to show me I deserve love just because I exist.
Your kind eyes, your loving smile, your gentle hands
Your big heart saved me...

You saved me from the terror of the pound,
Soothing away the memories of my old life.
You have taught me what it means to be loved.
I have seen you do the same for other dogs like me.
I have heard you ask yourself in times of despair
Why you do it
When there is no more money, no more room, no more homes
You open your heart a little bigger, stretch the money a little tighter
Make just a little more room...to save one more like me.
I tell you with the gratitude and love that shines in my eyes
In the best way I know how
Reminding you why you go on trying...

I am the reason
The dogs before me are the reason
As are the ones who come after.
Our lives would've been wasted, our love never given
We would die if not for you.


  1. These are some of my favorites, as well :) A few more:

    “All things splendid have been achieved by those who dared believe that something inside them was superior to circumstance.” - unknown

    Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls;
    the most massive characters are seared with scars.

    -Kahlil Gibran

  2. Great stuff as always, Ashley. If I may, I'd just like to add one of my all-time favs here -

    "Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring--it was peace."
    — Milan Kundera

  3. I'd like to add one too :)

    I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive. - Gilda Radner

  4. Ashley, the Margaret Mead quote is my motto and I quote it often.

    Here's a quote I recently found that I love:

    Adversity is the diamond dust Heaven polishes its jewels with.
    Thomas Carlyle

    And heaven knows that in dog rescue you face a lot of adversity - you are a shining example!

  5. I love that you dare to dream big dreams and live the life many wish they had the guts (chutzpah) to leap into the space that is not known, not comfortable, not predictable, to amaze yourself that you are the person you wish others would be.
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  6. A favorite:

    “It came to me that every time I lose a dog, they take a piece of my heart with them. And every new dog who comes into my life gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are.” (Cheryl Zuccaro)

  7. Love these, another one of my favorites is:
    We give dogs time we can spare, space we can spare and love we can spare. "And in return, dogs give us their all. It's the best deal man has ever made." - M. Acklam

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