Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Delco SPCA 55th Annual Wags'n'Whiskers Luncheon

Tom & I were invited to attend the 55th annual Delaware County SPCA Wags'n'Whiskers Fashion Show & Luncheon. We had yet to attend a fashion show representing adoptable animals & humans. We have been to each individually- so it was rather refreshing. I heard luncheon and I put on my Chanel Pearls and pencil skirt- what can I say... I saw an opportunity and I took it. A light lunch, a chardonnay and an amazing community is what really  helped launch the 55th year in animal advocacy and education.

They had a silent auction and after a few glasses of wine, we bid on several items. We only won one though! We will be attending a Philadelphia Union Soccer game in the next few weeks. They also had nights out on the town, photo shoots, pet goodies etc... anything you could have wanted to bid on- was there!

The people of Delaware County shared stories of their rescued pets and sadly, those pets that crossed the rain bow bridge. Ginger, the rescued Pitbull, received an award as a canine good citizen, a rescued and rehabilitated dog and an amazing pibbly ambassador! Puppies, seniors, small dogs, large dogs and even cats were there rocking glamorous clothes! They all had one thing in common- they were looking for their forever homes. They were abandoned by their loved-but are not hopeless. They have a second chance because of the community.

Ginger (Pitbull Ambassador)

The staff, the board members, the volunteers and the supporters of the Delaware County SPCA all came together to show unity in this journey that is so near and dear to our hearts.

Here are some more pictures from the event:

(I am not drunk, I promise.)

Please consider volunteering or donation to the DELCO SPCA!

Sunday, March 20, 2011


Our amazing, fabulous, beautiful foster Saint, Addison, was recently adopted by AN amazing, commited family in NJ. She now has childen siblings along with chickens and kitties! She has settled perfectly and BEYOND happy!! We miss you and love you Addie and know that you were patient as you waited for the perfect home to come along!!

Addie (03/21/2011)

Beautiful, young, healthy Addie had found herself in rescue! Saintly Bernards Rescue is committed to finding Addie a committed home that will allow her to blossom and be the center of attention. Addie is ready for the spoiled life!

Addie is super social with all! She does great with people, with children, with large dogs, with small dogs and even with the cat! She is an athletic and strong female who needs a little leash work! With a committed leader- she is GREAT on the leash. Addie is extremely EAGER to please. She knows all basic commands and listens wonderfully!

Addie enjoys walks, romps and LOVES to play fetch with her squeaky toys!

Addie is READY to join her forever family!  If you think Addie is the perfect match for your family, please contact Jamie Byrnes at or 215-643-1447.
(McKenzie & Addie)

Saintly Bernards Rescue is the NE chapter of Saint Bernard Rescue which is a registered 501C3 non profit rescue. Each saint that comes into the program is fully vetted (including all necessary blood work, xrays, neuter/spay, medications, monthly preventatives), fully socialized (placed in foster care with dogs of all sizes, ages and sexes, dog park romps, pet store runs), fully groomed and thoroughly temperment tested. Each saint that enters the program is put on a high quality grain free diet with healthy extra yummies and any necessary supplements. Saintly Bernards Rescue is COMMITTED to matching each dog with the best family possible! Many of the times the cost of vetting, grooming, transporting and supplies strongly outweighs the adoption fee. Please consider making a donation to help support the Saint Bernards who enter the Saintly Bernards Rescue program.

To make a donation:
Via PayPal:

or directly to
Steinbach's Veterinary Clinic:
  120 Skippack Pike
    Blue Bell, PA 19422
    (215) 646-0462
Memo: Saintly Bernards Rescue

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

All you need is L.O.V.E

Being sleep deprived and mentally  and physically exhausted... ALL WORTH IT! Who would ever have thought that the cries of tears would soon become tears of happiness.

My strong willed and determined Dad successfully overcame triple by pass surgery at the age of 46. We, as a family, were lucky enough to catch the blockages by a ROUTINE stress test. Without that stress test my father, Richard, was on borrowed time. His father died of a massive heart attack in his early 60's. My Dad has smoked for years. He was a recipe for disaster. BUT, god has a way of giving people a second chance. A second chance at life through no smoking, healthy eating, exercise and lots of love and support. This second chance is not granted to everyone. Lucky is not the word that can even describe my Dad.

My Dad has a long road of recovery in front of him, and I will be by his side the entire way. I know that I have the MOST amazing family and friends who have shown me that everything and anything can be done with love.

My Dad kept saying that he wasn't ready to go yet because he hasn't had his dream car, a corvette. Well and of course because he has amazing children, grandchildren, furkids and furgrandkids. But- my Dad the man of stern and dry humor now has that opportunity to get that corvette he dreamed of.

I hope that everyone takes a second to look at your life, what makes you happy, and what  can make you happier. And then look at your health and see what you can to prolong your life. Maybe a puppy, maybe more walks, maybe skipping that cheese steak for a salad or maybe finding your passion. Live life from your heart- JUST MAKE SURE YOUR HEART IS HEALTHY!

In lieu of my current level of exstaticness (is that a word)- I have one of my all time favorite songs and lyrics for all to enjoy :)

Just remember... All you need is love :)

Beatles Live

Love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love.
There's nothing you can do that can't be done.
Nothing you can sing that can't be sung.
Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game
It's easy.
There's nothing you can make that can't be made.
No one you can save that can't be saved.
Nothing you can do but you can learn how to be you
in time - It's easy.

All you need is love, all you need is love,
All you need is love, love, love is all you need.
Love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love.
All you need is love, all you need is love,
All you need is love, love, love is all you need.
There's nothing you can know that isn't known.
Nothing you can see that isn't shown.
Nowhere you can be that isn't where you're meant to be.
It's easy.
All you need is love, all you need is love,
All you need is love, love, love is all you need.
All you need is love (all together now)
All you need is love (everybody)
All you need is love, love, love is all you need.

Saturday, March 12, 2011


I have had a goal in life to not be such an emotional basket case and a drama queen. At 27 years old- I have now declared myself who I am. Not changing. Why change? I feel as if I am genuine to myself, my family and my friends. I care with all my being. I have flaws and the ones who loves me accept those flaws. I am who I am. So now let me be dramatic and emotional :)

Family has always been at the top of my list of priorities. Health and Happiness for my loved ones is what I pray for daily. When someone I love is sad- I am sad. When someone I love is happy- I am happy.

When a family member falls ill- it shakes me to the core. I have had several dear friends lose parents in the last year and I am constantly at a loss for words for them. How can our parents get sick and leave us? They are the ones who care for us and stand by our side. They are the ones who judge us every second and in the same breath do not judge us for anything. They are the ones we trust with our souls. They are the ones who listen to our endless conversations about what makes us happy. They are the ones who sacrificed in their lives so we can have the lives that we have. Their voices are the voices that calm and comfort us. Their words are the ones who sooth our worries. Their touch is the touch that makes everything alright. Our parents are our fundamentals for who we are- how can they need us the way we need them?

The confusion, the fear, the uncertainty.... they are the ones who are supposed to tell us everything will be okay. Now having to stand by Dad and help be his words of inspiration, his positive light and his caretaker... I have grown up beyond my years in the past two days. I am now the one who will need to support my father, sooth his soul and comfort him in his worries. True love comes from within and never needs to be said because it is felt through our voices and through our touch.

I will always be my Dad's little pumpkin. But now he needs me and needs my strength to help get him through this hard time in his life.

I don't care how poor a man is; if he has family, he's rich. 
~M*A*S*H, Colonel Potter

And my dad's name is Rich- so very fitting quote!

Dad & I at his high school class reunion at Allaire Park
Dad & I in DC. The day he came with me to pick up Quincy and my support in case Quincy was the devil!

Dad & I at the 2010 Bark in the Park
Walking me down the aisle :) Best day of my life

                                                                 Battle Ship NJ
Sight seeing in Philly
Liberty Bell
Proud of his truck & his business
Dad & Jackson

Dad & Kyle
My dad's 3 babies!!!

Enjoy the pictures!

Contact Info:Kandiceavery@Gmail.Com

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

A day at the beauty parlor!

4 Senior Saints Ladies spent the day getting their "hair did", nails trimmed and looking fancy-huh? Grace Kelly (8 years young crew representative for Saintly Bernards Rescue), McKenzie (7 years young foster dog for Saintly Bernards Rescue looking for her forever home), Beatrice (8 years young Saintly Saints foster dog currently overcoming several medical conditions) and Betty Boop (Senior Saint foster dog looking for her forever home) got together to for a day of pampering.

Jamie Byrnes, founder of Saintly Bernards Rescue, helps maintain socialization, respect and a life of pampering by making sure all foster dogs are taken care of to the fullest extent. All saints who become a member of the Saintly Bernards Rescue program are fully vetted (spay/neuter, vaccines, blood work, x-rays, dentals and monthly preventative medicine (flea/heartworm)), fully groomed and fully socialized with people, dogs and children. All dogs who enter the program get to recover and prosper in a home environment while learning basic obedience and preparing them for their forever home. Top quality grain free kibble is introduced into their diet, along with extra yummies and necessary supplements. Each foster dog is giving the quality of care that they have lacked in their previous life.

Senior saints and senior dogs in general tend to get overlooked in shelters and rescues. Fear of death or health bills seem to be disconcerning to potential adopters. Senior dogs are the ones who are greatful for a nice retirement home and are wise beyond their years. Some things that potential adopters should consider with senior dogs is the calmer more trusting temperments, more stable and predicatable in dispositions and have learned the meaning of "no" or "leave it". Think you can't teach an old dog new tricks? WRONG!! They are eager to please and determined to do what is right. I was able to teach McKenzie to sit and to eat on the down. McKenzie now knows the meaning of leave it and even KISSES :) . McKenzie is a 7 year old Saint Bernard who didn't know what commands were- now... she is dying to please her owner! Seniors are great quiet and reserved companions who still have LOTS of love to give.

I can go on and on. As a youngster person- I was ignorant to the value and love a senior can bring to a household. Their dispositions help the rest of the pack become more calm in general. You can have multiple seniors in a home- and it is peace and quiet. Throw one puppy in the mix- and WOW do things spark up! Don't get me wrong- I enjoy the challenge of a youngster. But, I also now see the benefit I can be as a foster mom to a DESERVING and grateful senior saint bernard.

Enjoy the pictures of our day at the salon! Must love and admiration to Jamie & Her Saintly Saints for all that they do for this wonderful breed.

Here are the senior saints striking a pose "VOGUE"

Betty Boop, Beatrice & Grace Kelly striking a pose

McKenzie getting her air dry

The queen- Grace Kelly


Tired Beatrice Bear

LADIES MAN!!! Mr.Bozworth

"A dog has no use for fancy cars, big homes or designer clothes. A water log stick will do just fine. A dog doesn't care if your rich or poor, clever or dull, smart or dumb. Give him your heart and he'll give you his. How many people can you say that about? How many people can make you feel rare and pure and special? How many people can make you feel extraordinary?"
 - John Grogan from Marley & Me

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Betty Boop-Adopted

Betty Boop (Now Bella Boo) found her forever home and is doing wonderful!

Bella Boo settled in new home!

Having two senior saint fosters- is easy as can be! Who would have thought? Betty Boop found herself with nowhere to go after her owner passed away. She is sweet and social with all! Having a rescue step up for seniors is ADMIRABLE. And... Saintly Bernards Rescue has 3 senior ladies looking for forever homes! It is amazing to watch these ladies look at you with such deep appreciation. They are all so deserving of a second chance at life!

Betty Boop loves the company of people, children, canines (small and large) and felines. She is house trained, crate trained, up to date on shots, on monthly preventative medicine and spayed. Betty Boop is 100% trust worthy in the house! She will make a wonderful best friend for someone!

Do you think Betty Boop would be a perfect fit for you and your family? If so...please contact Jamie at Saintly Bernards Rescue to discuss her! ByrnesBernards@Yahoo.Com or •(215) 643-1447.

Betty Boops Petfinder Ad

Betty Boop knows her manners!

Miss McKenzie Showing Betty Boop the ropes

Betty Boop playing in the yard

Taking a much needed nap afte a romp!

Learning how to eat on the down

Quincy, Betty & McKenzie

Loving Life!

Interested in making a donation for the vetting of these wonderful senior saints? 

Via PayPal:

or directly to Steinbach's Veterinary Clinic:

Memo: Saintly Bernards Rescue

120 Skippack Pike
Blue Bell, PA 19422

(215) 646-0462

Remember- Saintly Bernards is 501C3 non profit rescue. Therefore, all donations can be deducated to the fillest extent of the law!