Luna (AKA the Stray Akita) Has Her Forever Home!



We got our happy ending for the stray Akita we were calling Lady!!!!!

Here she is with her new Mom & Dad! Nancy & Larry adopted her and named her Luna. What a wonderful family. I couldn’t have asked for more in an adoptive family. They absolutely adore her and she will be spoiled for the rest of her life! Her new home even has a swimming pool! She gets to take walks every day in a quiet neighborhood with lots of trees for shade.

Luna, we miss you but couldn’t be happier for you, girl! Have a WONDERFUL life! We’ll NEVER forget you!

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Rest in Peace Kitty

On Friday, July 18, 2014 my worst fears came true. I had just pulled up to the house and got out of my car when I spotted Kitty. He had been gone for a week and I had been worried. There he was huddled under the red Jeep. I walked over. “OMG, sweety! Where have you been?” It was strange that he didn’t come right out to greet me. I crouched down and touched him. He was not moving and panic set in. I pulled him out and could see he had been injured by an animal or something. His poor jaw had been torn open and I could smell the wound. He was crying and I grabbed him and wrapped him in a blanket and got right in the car with him.

I called Mountain Top Animal Hospital letting them know I had an injured cat who was dying and asked if there was a vet on duty. The woman said yes and asked me to hold. We started driving and it felt like an eternity until she got back on the line. I was told they had too many animals having emergencies and that the vet had said they couldn’t see us. To say the least I was outraged. Now I had been going there for over 10 years with my own dogs as well as the rescue’s dogs. I could not believe they could be that in-compassionate and refuse to help. I was stunned. I was not believing what I was hearing. It was like the whole world fell away for a moment. I told the woman to give the vet a message from me and all the dogs in my rescue that he could go #$%^ himself and that they just lost my business. Now what.

There is another vet in Mountain Top. We rushed over there. They wouldn’t help me either and suggested I drive 45 minutes up to the emergency room. Kitty didn’t have that much time left. I walked out of there stunned as well. No one would help me. I was heart-broken. I put Kitty down on the hood of the Jeep still wrapped in the blanket and kissed him and stroked his soft fur for a minute. I then cradled him back in my arms and we got back in the car and drove back to the Sanctuary. Back to the one place he knew and loved and felt safe. He died in my arms and I cried like you do when no one is watching. My heart was broken. Just like that he was gone.

He was the neighbor’s cat. His “real name” was Stewie, but we always called him Kitty. A gift from his girlfriend I believe. One I don’t think he wanted or even cared about. I figured that when the girlfriend left, Kitty was pretty much on his own. He showed up here out of no where February 2009. It was late at night and it was snowing. He was all beat up and we brought him inside. He spent the rest of the winter in the Mureille’s Place office getting better. Those were the days of Mattie the Chocolate Lab and while he was here, she spent most of her time sniffing at him through the door and scratching the hell out of the door trying to dig her way in so she could get him. Even after I found out who is owner was and he went home, I left the marks on the door as a reminder….of him and sweet Mattie. They are still there today and I smile when I see them.

I like to think he crawled from wherever he had been hiding while trying to get better to get to me because he knew I loved him and that I would help him. Since that snowy night when he showed up I have been feeding him and caring for him and loving him. I patched him up on more than one occasion. He had his own couch outside to nap on and his food bowl was always full. He even had a heated cat condo for the winter. He would come up on the deck almost every night for a bowl of wet dog food and to sleep in a safe place when he wanted to. He was always around to greet anyone who stopped by. He would pop out of everywhere like he was our own personal watch cat. He escorted me down to the street on “garbage night” and kept my Nova free from mice when I was able to keep the windows open when we had the big tent up. He would sit and watch me shovel the driveway in the winter and pop into the Jeep when I had the doors open to unload groceries or anything. He would always come out and greet me when I came home from work.

He loved our volunteers but he especially loved Bill. He would always come running out when Bill came because Bill would bring him vanilla ice cream. Oh he loved that! Not a drop would be left in the bowl. LOL!

Kitty gave me and really everyone he met so much joy. I think we all have our favorite “Kitty story”. (Feel free to add yours in the comment section or email it to me) Kitty tried to befriend most of the dogs here but there were only a few that accepted his friendship. Bailey the Chihuahua/Doxi & Chaos the German Shepherd. Everyone else either barked at him or chased him off when he would sneak into the yard. Wes chased him every day until he could no longer see and even then he would smell him and perk up and try to figure out where he was. Kitty ran like the wind right past him and up the deck steps and into my arms. LOL! What a rebel. He would take the chance of meeting up with one of the dogs just to get up to see me.

On many a night you could find him curled up in my lap while I sat on the deck drinking coffee at the end of the day. He let me pull off the ticks and scratch him and love on him. He’d snuggle in and sleep in my lap until it was time for me to head to bed. I ended so many nights with Kitty that way.

I miss him so much. He was a fixture here. Always around. He was a “once in a lifetime” cat and he lived life on his own terms.  His paw print like so many others is embedded on my heart and I am a better person for having known him. Run free at the Bridge Kitty. I will see you there one day but in the meantime, keep Chaos company, ok? I will love you forever, Kitty.





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Ice Cream Party with Bill!!!

June 29, 2014. It was EXCRUCIATINGLY hot here in northeast PA and what better way to cool off than with icecream!!!!

We were joined for the afternoon by one of our most beloved volunteers, Bill, and everyone got a Paws Frozen treat. Waldo wins the prize for most enthusiastic. He was up on his back legs begging for his…ok, he was trying to take his before being given it, but doesn’t the pic look like he’s begging? Let’s go with that story. LOL! Aww, we love you Waldo!

Thank you Bill for the ice cream, your wonderful company and your never ending support for these senior dogs. We are so grateful to you and your generosity and are so blessed to have you as a friend. Thank you again! We ALL love you!!!!!

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Mureille is back from the grave… wait…who are you???? Stray Dog Comes To Mureille’s Place

A week ago today…. It was 11:00pm and dark and my nephew was helping me put the garbage out. I saw something move out of the corner of my eye. It was Mureille. OMG! Mureille….wait, how can that be? ……wait, whose dog are you? She was a GORGEOUS Akita. HUGE! 90 lbs we later found out. I took a closer look and approached her slowly. I was hoping she didn’t bite me as I was grabbing for her collar. Nope, no tags. She must be lost, I thought. Now I know every dog that lives on this road. It’s a LONG road. A few miles. This girl I had never seen. She was beautiful. Clean as a whistle so she must not have been out there very long. So we put her in the car and drove around. Surely SOMEONE must be out looking for this dog. Up and down the road we went. It was late and most houses had already turned their lights off for the night. Not a soul was stirring so we headed back to the sanctuary. We brought her into the house and settled her in for the night. I checked Craig’s List for a lost dog ad and found none so I posted her in the lost dog section. Tomorrow was going to be a busy day all of a sudden. We were on a mission to find her owner.

So morning comes and I do the dog routine as I call it and got everyone pottied, played with and settled in for nap time. I made some “Found Dog” signs and posted them. I called the SPCA and reported her and then we went up to the vet to get her scanned for a microchip. No chip. Oy! I was REALLY hoping she had a chip. We stopped at the other local vet’s office but no one there recognized her either. Hmmm. Could she have been dumped at the sanctuary after all?

I didn’t want to believe it. I STILL don’t want to believe it. I get calls all the time to take dogs. When I can, I do, and when I can’t, I do all I can to help someone find a place for their dog to go. I had no call on this girl beforehand. There was no good reason for someone to just drop her off without first asking if I could take her in. So weird to me. Heartbreaking. This girl is so sweet. How could someone do this? I know I know….it happens every day. Not here it doesn’t and it makes me so sad. I have no info on her. No idea if she had shots, needs shots, needs medicine on a daily basis, why her back end is weak, what kind of food she eats, if she has any food aggression or behavior issues…..NOTHING! She’s so confused as to why she’s here. I WISH I could explain it to her.

If this really was a drop off…boy, they didn’t set me up for success. I have my work cut out for me. Don’t get me wrong, she is a VERY well behaved dog and I know I will be able to find her a home, but the extra detective work to get an accurate idea of who she is and what she needs is going to delay getting her into a home. I have to know what kind of dog I am placing. I don’t like taking chances.

So we will take the next few weeks to get to know her and to keep our fingers crossed that her owner will turn up. Maybe she’s the victim of a foreclosure, or a divorce, or maybe her neighbors don’t like dogs and grabbed her. Who knows! Could be any or none of these. I will still keep my fingers crossed that we find her owner. I’d much rather she go home than to a new home. Well, that’s all for now. We’ll keep you posted!

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Updated the website!!!! is up and running!

FINALLY finished building the website and uploaded it. Still tweaking a few things but let me know what you think! I am loving the new slide shows with the dogs and the one with the volunteers and visitors. If anyone with experience at website creation reads this and would like to help refine it, please message me at or comment on this post. Thanks!!!

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Visit By the Luzerne County Chamber of Commerce & R.J. Financial Check Presentation


ImageToday we were visited by Chris Carey of the Luzerne County Chamber of Commerce and Ron Davis of R.J. Financial. They got to see firsthand how we operate and we did a meet and greet with most of the dogs residing here at the Sanctuary. We talked about the rescue and some of our programs. Chris had alot of great information and I look forward to exploring the many different ways the Chamber could help Mureille’s Place.

Mureille’s Place was one of three charities that were signed up with Ron Davis’ Community Involvement Program where for every new tax client a $10 donation was made to one of the three charities of their choosing. We were lucky to have been chosen by quite a few new clients and received a very generous donation check from Ron on behalf of his company. Thank you so much Ron! This donation will be used for food and vetting for the seniors.

What a wonderful visit we had! We feel blessed to have been included in Ron’s program. Thank you again, Ron, for making a difference in the lives of these senior dogs! They rely on the kindness and generosity of people like you and we are honored to call you our friend!

To visit Ron’s website and to see what services he has to offer visit

To visit the Chamber’s website or to become a member go to


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Website Re-do for Mureille’s Place – NEW SITE COMING SOON!!!!

Just a quick entry to say I am in the midst of updating the Mureille’s Place website. FINALLY!!!!! I love you GoDaddy! LOL! Keep your eyes open for the launch! I would LOVE feedback on the new site so don’t hold back! 

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Dealing With the Loss of a Dog

Being a senior dog sanctuary, I have to deal with the loss of a dog more frequently than most. Alot of people ask me how I do it. It’s not easy I must admit. Some days are harder than others, but it is part of what I do. It is the hardest part….but it is the time in each one of these dog’s life when they need me the most. It is the time in their life that I must be strong for them no matter how much it hurts. I don’t get to cry and be emotional. I have to wait until they have passed for that release. When the end is near I have to be strong and smile and be calm. It helps them to stay calm. It makes it easier for them. I am the person that strokes their head and holds their paw and looks deep into their eyes and tells them it’s going to be ok. I am there for them when their owner couldn’t be.

Some of the dogs were brought here because they outlived their owners and had nowhere to go. For those I tell them that it’s ok to let go and that their owner is waiting for them at Rainbow Bridge. For the others, whose owners chose not to honor their obligation of a life long commitment,  I tell them that I will meet them at the Rainbow Bridge and to wait there for me. I tell them to find Mureille and that she will show them the ropes and keep an eye out for them until I get there.

For each dog that passes, I hang a windchime with their name on it. When the wind blows and the chimes are ringing it makes me smile. I  think of them and all the funny things they did and their quirky ways and it helps. You know, sometimes those chimes ring and there is no wind at all! I like to think it’s them just saying hi.

Each one of these dogs has a piece of my heart. Each one I make a commitment to for life. It is a commitment that I take very seriously. I don’t do many adoptions. It is the rare person that is willing to adopt a senior.  Most of the guys I get will be here for whatever time they have left. Some are here for a few months and others for a few years. It is hard when they go but in my heart I know that I did all I could for them and that they wanted for nothing. In the short time that they were here, they were loved enough for a lifetime. It’s all I can do.

Please consider clicking the link below and making a donation so we can give the very best care to the senior dogs in our program. If you would like to donate a windchime, make a donation in the amount of $15 and make sure to note that it is for a windchime or email me at and let me know. Thank you for your support!

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Burt is back

ImageBurt is back at Mureille’s Place. He was just diagnosed with kidney disease and will spending the rest of whatever time he has left here with us.

Burt was adopted by a wonderful senior gentleman named Walter. After being here for about a year and a half, we were so happy to see Burt get a 2nd chance for a new life. Walter gave him a wonderful home for about 6 months before Burt got sick. He was so sad to see him go but was struggling with having to care for Burt now that he was sick so we welcomed Burt back with open arms. We are doing all we can to make Burt’s last days comfortable and have him on a special diet and fluids. He is spending most of the time sleeping. Please keep Burt in your prayers. We will keep you updated on his condition.

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