Live Kind, Be Fierce, Love Animals
My Rescued Life (formerly The Daily Pip) is an award-winning pet blog providing resources, inspiration, and humor for animal lovers. Specifically, this site is all about second chances, rooting for the underdog, and choosing compassion and rescue as a lifestyle. I post an eclectic mix of inspiring rescue and adoption stories, personal (often funny) reflections on my life with animals and midlife comeback, and a whole bunch of random furry cuteness.
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.
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).
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 life.
A Little More About Me
My love of all things furry has been the one constant in my life, and I have been rescuing animals and other broken things, ever since I can remember.
But sometimes dreams get pushed to the back burner (because, life) and you wake up and realize you are kind of lost. For 46 years I played things safe. I hid in plain sight, stayed quiet, settled for less and was so weighed down with regrets I couldn’t breathe.
And then on October 19, 2013, my heart dog Pip passed away and left me completely shattered. I had two choices: fall off a cliff into depression or back away from the ledge and start over. I chose the latter.
Starting over meant making time every day (no excuses) to focus on what mattered to me – writing, helping animals, and making people laugh. I worked crazy hard for four years and in July 2017 I left my day job behind and now support myself (modestly) as a writer. Do I still struggle? Yes, all the time. Have things magically worked out with a nice happy ending – almost, but not yet.
My Rescued Life Co-Contributors
Ruby was removed from her former home because of hoarding and severe neglect. While at Chicago’s Animal Care and Control facility, she and several other dogs from the same location joined Safe Humane Chicago’s Court Case Dog Program. Once her case was settled, she was transferred to a foster home and we adopted her several months later.
Likes: Cats, cuddling, long walks, playing with her favorite purple stuffie, dancing for treats, sharing a sunny window with Rosie, grilled-cheese sandwich crusts, and hanging out with us on the couch. Dislikes: Being home alone, feeling left out, raised voices, dominant dogs, new situations, and walking in rain or snow.
Rosie wandered into our backyard in July 2009. Only nine or ten months old, she already had multiple battle scars from her brief life on the streets and frostbite on both ears. In spite of her rough start, Rosie was not shy or feral. Basically, we opened the back door and in she walked, quickly assuming her natural leadership position in the household.
Likes: Food, sunny windows, food, photo-bombing Ruby, food, being bossy, food, boxing for treats. Dislikes: Portion control, following instructions, having her nails trimmed, keeping her eyes open during photos.
Cookie & Blizzard Likes: sitting in food bowl, DIY nesting projects, and sleeping in toilet paper rolls. Dislikes: humans messing with their stuff