The BrightSide of human emotions from a high save dog shelter

Hello and welcome to the first posting of the BrightSide Blog.  This blog is a day-to-day emotional cleansing through the lives of dogs at a local shelter.  This blog is not about dogs nor abuse or for the most part anything negative.  It IS about the human spirit and how we can see the best in humankind through the dogs at local shelter....more

Four Walls

If you’re a fan of Dave Ramsey, or have taken his Financial Peace course, you may be familiar with what he describes at the “four walls”: food, utilities, shelter, and transportation....more

Christmas at the shelter

It was raining. I mean raining. The “it’s a rainy night in Georgia and I feel like it is raining all over the world” type of raining. They waited under a porch roof; some could not escape the rain and so were soaked in part or the whole. The cool breeze was welcome. Over 60 stood in line, quietly and patiently to be served delicious food supplied by The Olive Garden and served by gracious young people who donated their time. They said they felt privileged to do so....more

Everyone wants the "survivor puppy"

By now you've probably seen the story about the dog that survived an attempt to euthanize him. This kind of thing is not completely unheard of -- a similar story made the rounds in 2006....more

An Ode To Wilbur

As important of a role as Wilbur plays in our family, I realized I do not mention him nearly as much as I should on our family's site, Simple Living Famiy (  Right after our first son was born we decided we wanted a dog....more

Is Adopting A Dog From A Shelter Risky? What you need to know.

I poke fun at my mother in my blog post from yesterday. If you haven't read it, you should check it out. My mother's adopted dog Buddy, has some really crazy antics (we love him but he’s CRAZY)....more

Use Your Umbrella

Imagine a sudden, dark, drenching rainstorm.  Think of downpour.  It is raining big drops fast, a drastic change from when you left the house this morning.  Now is a good time for your umbrella, so you put it up quickly and efficiently.  And it makes things much better. This is what a centering thought does.  It helps you filter out excess and calm yourself when you are flooded by stimuli.  The stimuli can be physical (such as pain), biochemical (such as food, drink, or substances), energetic (such as aggression, pressure, lethargy) or emotional (such as thinki ...more

Thistle Farms gives women survivors hope and independence

This is Women's History Month and the history of women has always included violence against women and the destruction it brings. Women have had to learn to suvive, and learn, we have. There is an organization that has my deepest respect for the work they do in creating a climate of survival, independence, hope and respect for women. ...more

Today's Home Decor Hint - Go Vintage

Consumers all over the nation are missing out on amazing deals on unique, quality items for the home - and all because they haven't thought of buying vintage.  ...more

Tips for Adopting a Pet from a Shelter

We adopted a kitty! With the help of Petfinder and Maine Coon Adoptions (a division of the nonprofit, SAFE), we finally found our perfect pet pal (above). She was a stray that was picked up by the City of Oakdale. ...more