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Why We Rescue: Maddie On Things Visits Maine

Earlier this year I got to meet photographer Theron Humphrey when he passed through Maine as part of his “Why We Rescue” book tour. He was in town to promote his book, Maddie on Things and, as he does on each of his stops, he visited with a local family who share their lives with rescued pets. We got picked to represent Maine. Woot!

If you haven’t met Theron and Maddie before, they’re the team behind all those amazing photos of the gorgeous Coonhound standing on everything from banisters to basketball hoops. You can see her in all her Zen-like glory here.

(Oh, and no, I didn’t meet Maddie. She was doing yoga or fly fishing or something while we did our photo shoot).


So the thing is: I’m a total hermit and, despite being a loudmouth, I’m actually kind of shy (giving a speech to a crowd is no problem, but one-on-one interviews make me want to pass out), so sharing these photos makes me feel kinda funny! But if you want to lurk into my life a little, here are few of the photos from our shoot:

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This is me looking cool. For once. Don’t worry, it won’t happen again any time soon.


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Birdie can stand on things too Maddie. Like this deck. Don’t be jealous.


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Boogie + Ball = a love affair for the ages



Brian (aka Mr. Dog Walker) just causally hanging out mid-stream. You know, it’s how we do.


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This is my wee cat Gizmo. She’s got a tiny butt.


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Remember I told you that I have a weird entrance to my house? Here it is. We put our remote doorbell on the sliding glass door (otherwise visitors have to enter the enclosed “porch” to ring the real bell).

You can see the rest here and listen to me give a nervous interview about my pets. Caution: If you are still (somehow) under the impression that I am not huge dork, this will blow your mind.

I highly recommend flipping through the other states and families. There are so many lovely photos and stories from kind-hearted, intelligent people who chose to open their homes to shelter and rescue pets. We’re all part of a growing club that knows how lucky we are to be sharing our lives with “recycled” pets.

If you’re one of the five people left on planet Earth that still thinks shelter and rescue pets are damaged goods and you have to be some kind of saint to give one of these broken animals a home, you are wrong. Really wrong and really missing out on the fun! They’re the ones doing us the favor when they let us adopt them, not the other way a round, ya dig?

Get in on the greatness and adopt. Then maybe you’ll have a famous photographer show up at your house and take dozens of beautiful photos of your life too.

OK, now go listen to me be a nerd.


  1. Awesome! You are proof that “coolness” and “nerdyness” are not mutually exclusive conditions, and that the best people possess both qualities:-) Love you, love your house, love your critters and your beautiful, awesome fenced yard. Great job!

    August 30, 2013
    • Aw man. Thanks! Sending you and Murphy a big old dorky hug : )

      August 30, 2013
  2. Birdie standing on that deck BLEW MY MIND! Oh, and nerds unite!

    August 30, 2013
    • I know RIGHT? Where’s my book deal for Birdie? She can stand on the floor and the grass too! *Nerd fist bump*

      August 30, 2013
  3. Marilyn Allen #

    Nerd? Dork? Ha! You are the ultimate rock star!

    Love your blogs ~ thanks for sharing and all you do for pets.

    Marilyn Allen Mare Cares Pet Services, LLC 305-481-5543

    Give me a yap to sit, stay, walk, and play with your pets while you’re away.

    Sent from my iPhone

    August 30, 2013
    • Oh no, I am a huge geek. And this geek really appreciates you Marilyn. Thanks for reading!

      August 30, 2013
  4. Daunais, Patricia A. #

    This was a great story. Definitely warmed my heart.


    August 30, 2013

    You do look cool! Making me look cool would require a magic camera. I just love dogs.

    August 30, 2013
  6. Birdie stands on the deck very well! Good job! 😀

    August 30, 2013
  7. I listened to the Why We Rescue interview; I got a Westie when I was 5, too! Her name was Minnie, and she also lived until I was about 20. We’re twins!

    September 4, 2013
    • We are!! I miss my little dude, as I’m sure you do too. I hope Minnie and Duncan are running around somewhere together!

      September 4, 2013

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