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My Rescued Life, All Things Kind, Fierce & Furry

We are finally back and excited to share our rebranded site, My Rescued Life. The site is about 70% complete and 30% a work in progress, which is kind of what I strive for in real life so we are good to go.

So what’s different? My Rescued Life is a lifestyle blog about the things that matter to me – second chances, rooting for the underdog, helping animals, and living a compassionate life. Just like on The Daily Pip, I will post inspiring rescue and adoption stories as well as resources, humor and cuteness for rescue families. I am also going to focus on dog friendly Chicago and supporting local rescue and adoption efforts – in hopes you will do the same in your community. This is the short answer – you can read a more in depth answer below.

My Rescued Life

I’m going to go out on a limb and share some things I haven’t shared publicly before, because they are part of my story and maybe they are part of yours as well. My Rescued Life is about being kind and rescuing animals, but it is also about rescuing myself.

I spent much of my early life battling depression, the most severe and life threatening in my teens and twenties. Some of it was related to life experience and some of it just bad luck genetics.

“Depression lies” is a popular catch phrase, but the reality is that depression does way more than lie. It’s kind of like comparing a broken back to a stubbed toe. Depression eats away at you from the inside out and then spits out the chewed up, gnawed on remains of your life and dreams as a reminder of all that you have lost. Once upon a time, I wanted to be writer. But that dream was one of many things that depression gutted and destroyed.

I was lucky – I finally got better in my early thirties. But the fear of depression returning is almost as bad as the real thing. It’s like when you are walking alone at night and feel like someone might be following you, waiting to take you down. My life after depression was about staying safe, not taking risks, not trying anything new, and forever selling myself short. I hid in plain sight, stayed quiet, settled for less, and was so weighed down with regrets I couldn’t breathe.

But then I woke up.

On October 19, 2013, when I was 45, my heart dog Pip passed away and left me shattered, almost broken. I had two choices: fall back into depression or back away from the ledge and start over. Somehow I found the strength to choose the latter – and I started writing again. Pip’s final gift was a second chance, bringing me full circle so I could begin again.

It’s never too late to find your way back – starting over is not about life being perfect, it’s about you (and all of us) being authentic and brave.

Live Kind, Be Fierce, Love Animals

Live Kind

Living kind means loving animals, trees, the natural world, and each other – and trying to live in a way that does as little harm as possible. It’s about recognizing the interconnectedness of all things and making compassionate choices that strengthen these connections not fracture them. Living kind is about supporting causes, brands, and businesses that are cruelty-free, earth friendly, and generous – those that give back to the community and support animals and people in need.

Living kind is also about treating ourselves kindly. Many of us in the animal welfare world and women in general are so busy saving others that we forget to save ourselves. Some of the kindest folks are also some of the harshest on themselves (and I’m guilty of this). Living kind is also about compassionate self-care.

Be Fierce

Being fierce is about making time and protecting what matters to you as if your life depends on it (and in many ways it does). It’s about making the most of second chances, not quitting, and getting back up when you fall – because you will fall. Being fierce is about taking yourself seriously but not so seriously that you lose your sense of humor. It’s about not waiting for the perfect time because there is no perfect time. Life will always get in the way. Stuff will always come up. Being fierce is about being afraid but doing it anyway (and laughing about it).

Love Animals

Loving animals is about sharing our lives with dogs, cats, rabbits, and all pets that make us laugh, feel less alone, keep us warm, and heal our broken parts. Loving animals is about gratitude that we get to share the world with such extraordinary creatures. Loving animals is about making compassionate choices that do as little harm as possible and recognizing that these choices are different for everyone.

Loving animals is like kindergarten when we learn that the world doesn’t revolve around us – we need to share, not break stuff that doesn’t belong to us, and play nicely with others. And the same goes for trees, water, mountains and your neighbors. Be kind, be grateful, and try not to mess the world up for others.

I hope My Rescued Life will make you laugh, think, dream, cry, smile, rescue, adopt, and feel inspired to live a more compassionate, brave and authentic life.




  1. July 20, 2018 / 5:50 am

    thanks for sharing this moments… It was like looking in a mirror… I saw me in december 2016… and your words give me hope to find finally back to life…

  2. Princess Leah
    July 20, 2018 / 7:29 am

    Loving animals can give you sooooooo much happiness
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  3. July 20, 2018 / 8:37 am

    Cool blog design, and you are right…it’s easier to be kind to others than to oneself.

  4. July 20, 2018 / 9:22 am

    What a wonderfully heartfelt and brilliant post! Thank you so much♥

  5. Dianne
    July 20, 2018 / 10:51 am

    Think of what we would have missed if you hadn’t backed away from the ledge! All the amazing stories about love and compassion – you have a gift, Kristin, and you are using it well!

  6. July 20, 2018 / 1:01 pm

    Your new site sure looks terrific as is all you do to help others, you are super special to all of us.

  7. July 20, 2018 / 1:10 pm

    Beautiful! The blog, your writing, your compassion, sharing your experiences – everything about you! I can’t wait to see where you go with My Rescued Life!

  8. The OP Pack
    July 20, 2018 / 2:05 pm

    We are very touched by your openness and honesty about your life. We applaud you for all you have done and do to battle the evils of depression. We also are positive that Pip came into your life for a reason and that his leaving you was the culmination of his successful task. He served you well. And we thank him for that because we probably would never have had the opportunity to become your friends if he had not become a part of yours.


    Woos – Lightning, Misty, and Timber and Mom

  9. L.M.G. Miller
    July 20, 2018 / 3:09 pm

    I, for one, am so glad that you found your way to a life of writing. You have such a beautiful way with words, as evidenced here in this very post. I have no doubt that My Rescued Life will have so much to offer all of its readers!

  10. July 20, 2018 / 4:18 pm

    Hari OM
    The OP pack said what I wanted – so I am just saying ‘hear! hear!’ and ‘hoorah’ to you. This an exciting new phase for you and am so glad to be an observer of it! ((((HUGS)))) YAM xx

  11. July 20, 2018 / 4:36 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing this K. What a beautiful way to embrace life!
    Love the new…everything!

  12. July 20, 2018 / 4:53 pm

    I LOVE the new look. I think most people have experience with depression – and many pet bloggers recognize the power of pets to help them with it. I wouldn’t be alive without Bear. That’s the beginning and the end of the story.

  13. July 20, 2018 / 6:33 pm

    You my friend are a kindred spirit (I hope you’ve read or seen Anne of Green Gables so that makes more sense). The closer we become the more I love your heart and your heart for the world. You are fierce. The new look, direction and your openness are so brave. Thank you for sharing yourself and for helping make the world a better place. I can’t wait to ride along for the journey.

  14. July 20, 2018 / 7:09 pm

    I love the new site design and the rebranding. Animals are great therapy and like you said they are extraordinary creatures.

  15. July 22, 2018 / 6:26 am

    The blog is looking beautiful! It’s tough to really put ourselves out there, but your story will help so many people! My Dad suffered from debilitating depression. I’ve struggled with it off and on myself, especially in my 20’s (which I tried to fix with a lot of alcohol – didn’t work!!). Meeting my hubby was what brought me out of all that, and it’s only been periodic since then. I think having pets in my life also helps a lot to keep it away, and now writing (that was always my dream as well).
    I look forward to what your re-branding brings!

  16. July 22, 2018 / 7:47 am

    Kristin…I’m applauding you and your fortitude and determination. Bless your heart for sharing and most of all for CARING so deeply. Pip was indeed special here and from heaven…his love and what he taught you while he was here was priceless. Keep up the excellent writing and sharing.
    Now I must ask…and this I hope will make you laugh…have you learned to drive yet or are you waiting to take Driver’s Ed with Sweet Miss M. Love and kitty kisses cecilia and madi

  17. July 22, 2018 / 12:17 pm

    Love your new look/mission, it is just superb!! I think we all pretty much are struggling with many unspoken things (be it weight, depression, alcohol, cigarettes, abuse, etc)……..but kudos to you for being a survivor! My oldest step daughter has spina bifida and has tried to commit suicide 3 times……..she suffers from extreme depression and is on meds. Depression is scary, heartbreaking for all. I am proud to say that for both of my blogs I have ALWAYS for the 9 years I have been blogging given huge support to my local rescues and they often appear on both blogs. Actually, my youngest stepdaughter manages a local rescue here in Michigan, “Almost Home”………..those involved with rescue are some of the hardest working and passionate people ever! Well done YOU!

  18. Linda McGuire
    July 22, 2018 / 1:06 pm

    You are awesome. You are my hero. You have come so far. You inspire me & make me smile.

  19. July 22, 2018 / 3:21 pm

    How well we remember sweet Pip and his Farewell Tour. Your courage for doing that at the time was an inspiration. So relieved you did not fall back into depression but have hiked forward. May all you seek to achieve be yours. Thank you for sharing.

  20. July 22, 2018 / 4:55 pm

    I wish I would’ve had the chance to know Pip, a once in a lifetime friend! Congratulations on this new direction, it works really great for you! I look forward to seeing where you go next, my friend and fellow pathfinder. 🙂

  21. July 22, 2018 / 5:03 pm

    Wish I could’ve met Pip, everything you’ve written or said about him indicates he was a once in a lifetime friend! Congratulations on this new direction, it works very well for you. I look forward to seeing where you go next, my friend and fellow pathfinder 🙂

  22. meowmeowmans
    July 22, 2018 / 9:15 pm

    Congratulations on the rebrand, our friend! We love how you are so focused on helping others. You rock, and we look forward to whatever comes next!

  23. July 22, 2018 / 9:52 pm

    Bravo for your genuineness and raw honesty. The true measure of a writer is how well you tell the story and how relate-able its “realness” is…you have found your stride.

  24. Fran Kras
    July 23, 2018 / 8:10 am

    Hooray for you and making your comeback story such a positive thing for others.

  25. July 23, 2018 / 9:15 am

    Love Love that you can be so forthright and open. I am looking forward to following. I have loved your writing and I am excited about the new focus!
    Love Barb (and Marv)

  26. Lee
    July 23, 2018 / 1:42 pm

    I was blessed today ~ you stopped by my blog Kristin. Birthdays seeing another year go by horrible things truly horrible always happen this time of year and I am in that deep place right now.

  27. Gina Israel
    July 23, 2018 / 9:06 pm

    Kristin:Your writing is so powerful. Thank you for sharing your story. So glad you are doing what you love. It becomes you!

  28. ChristaV
    July 24, 2018 / 10:05 am

    Your love and heart and fierceness empower us all. Thank you, friend. Onward!

  29. July 24, 2018 / 7:46 pm

    Kristin, this post is so beautiful, honest, and raw. Congratulations on taking this next step in your own personal revolution. You’re an amazing writer and a kind, fierce, glorious person! I’m proud to know you and so glad we have become friends! I know this next chapter will be a fabulous one for you.
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them XOXOXO

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