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Oh lordy…

Dad here; one of my favorite stories is actually told by an older friend of mine, I’ll just call him “Jim”, as that’s actually his name. To describe Jim as eclectic would be a massive understatement, in addition to being a master craftsman, he’s also an aspiring herpetolgist; his wife Barbara is, shall we say, considerably less enthusiastic with Jim’s reptilian interests.

They live out in the country, and somehow a harmless king snake got into the house; Barb was sitting on the couch doing some knitting when the Mr. No-Legs poked his head up between the couch cushions. Jim was next door when he hears a piercing shriek, and runs into the room to see Barb standing on the back of the couch babbling incoherently:


Jim’s immediate thought? “Oh lordy, she’s done went and got the Holy Ghost; I don’t need that!”

Now how is this relevant to a blog about the Casa? The phrase “oh lordy, I don’t need that!” I was on the way home from work this afternoon, in the same general area where I found Charlie and Stevie when I saw a state trooper and a deputy sheriff’s vehicle on the side of the road. On the other side was two threadbare dogs, so I naturally assumed that the officers were trying to assist the dogs, so I whipped a U turn and headed back. What I didn’t know was that they were doing a prisoner transfer, and my swift approach was unappreciated.

When I explained what I was doing, they went on their business and I went about mine, catching those dogs. The female appeared to be spotted, the male a fawn color, and it wasn’t until I got a bit closer that I realized that those weren’t spots but round sores. After much mud, sweat, and tears (to my pants), I got the dogs loaded and headed for the Casa.

Mom’s out of town, but never fear, the Kat is here; she jumped into action, getting the pair situated in a pen that we purchased with CB donations for this very instance. After scores of ticks were served eviction papers and forcibly removed from the premises, Kat started lobbying to have the dogs brought inside, forgoing any quarantine period.

When I questioned her sanity at this idea, she immediately blamed it on her upbringing; how does one argue with that logic? So out she goes in the pouring rain, only to find the pair curled up in Charlie’s dog house, perfectly content and unwilling to be disturbed.

So now we have two more emaciated dogs with some obvious health problems; “oh lordy, I don’t need this” indeed, but whatcha gonna do? You can’t save them all, but you can save some, we just need to figure out where to draw the line.

It’s always a party at the Casa; stay tuned for the video…

Join the discussion

  1. Julianne Ture

    One of my FB friends called her garden snake (uninvited tenant!) “Slide-Boy.”

  2. Debra Nyman Hirsch

    Oh lordy – is mom’s gonna have a cow? You guys have the biggest hearts ever!

  3. Diane Brannon-Keech

    Your fate has been drawn in the sand with a clear line

  4. Liz Bell Dotterer

    Just watched the video…they are cuties. Hope they heal up well and quickly.

  5. Diane Ragusett

    Thank God for people like you!!

  6. Jennifer Kotnik Hopper

    Poor babies…so glad you found them!

  7. Robin D Mahan

    Two at a time. Be glad it wasn’t a mama with a load of pups, or dead ones, I guess. That’s heartbreaking and one of those finds that really stirs you up. 🙂 These two appear to be happy, at least 🙂

  8. Tania Curtis

    Sending patience and prayers ❤️

  9. Michelle Dumas

    Oh dad! We are lucky up here in the northeast that dog dumping isn’t as big an issue but if it was i’d be right there with you! Thanks for giving these babies a chance! ❤️

  10. Claudia Burris

    Lucky for them you came along. I watched the video. They are so cute. Poor little female with all those sores. She sure was giving Kat lots of love. Thanks for caring ❤️❤️

  11. Marlene Petsche

    You can never, ever turn your back on any abandoned dog, God has made this your calling. When Dan and I get a house with some property we will be more than happy to help you out my friend. 🙂

  12. Sandy Lane

    You have a knack for being at the right place./Right time! Sad that people continue to dump pups like this instead of doing the right thing, but oh so glad you are there to help. There will be special place in heaven Or at the Rainbow Bridge for you to romp with all your fur buddies !❤

  13. Gloria Filippi

    Just want to say THANK YOU! <3 <3 <3

  14. Ethel Sleith

    As long as there are dogs in need there’ll never be a line. Not for you, anyway.

  15. Sandy Runyon Lough

    So this is the story you came up with in order to postpone your modeling gig? I’M JOKING, of course. Think I’m going to take my St. Francis garden statue out and have a Dad statue sculpted to replace it. You are some kind of Saint, for sure, for sure. This crazy old world is blessed to have you.

  16. Heather Shaw

    We’re given what we can handle…and you’re obviously supposed to be doing rescue. Thank you for stepping up, and taking what was a chance encounter and turning it into a mission of love.

  17. Lisa Taylor

    Glad you got those cute babies I know they’re safe now

  18. Annie Parisella

    Line? What is that? Just tell us where to send the dough again. WWCD?

  19. Carrie Reid

    Bless you for blessing them with your love

  20. Maria Dawybida Minerley

    You and all those at the Casa are THE most compassionate and big hearted folks! Thank you for saving these pups! And all the others and all the good work…

  21. Shirl Mitchell

    If everyone who comments here gives $5 on Charlie’s donation page, then we can help out these new pups! For some reason Bret is too shy to point these things out but, even though we Canadians are typically pretty quiet, I just feel the need to share! 🙂

  22. Susan Stroda

    You and your family have hearts of gold! Sons and daughters of the Good Shepherd!

  23. Leigh Pevreal

    Draw the line??!! Pfft as if!!

  24. Amy Gebert Johnson

    You are an amazing family!!!! Doggie Angels know to put these pups in your path! Well Done!!!!!

  25. Karen Hudson Brooks

    Shirl Mitchell, I love your idea! That’s the least we could do. It was also good to hear that these pups were in a pen that has been purchased with CB donations! How awesome is that. Love everyone at the Casa!

  26. Karen Hudson Brooks

    Please everyone, donate. I just did!! Thanks again for all you do! I love the story & the work that you & your family do Bret Winingar!!

  27. Marie A Mise

    Wow! Lucky dogs. How did you get them to not run away from you? Dogs always run from me, what am doing wrong? I try to be slow and gentle.

  28. Christa Harrell

    You gotta do what you gotta do~~~~~~It is what it is~~~~~

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