Adrianna Pantano

Why do you write?: I write to express my creativity. I write so I can have a way to let my imagination run wild. When I write for fun, ideas start flowing and I never want to stop because I feel like I should add more and more.

Describe where you write.: Sometimes I write in my bed, otherwise just any other relaxing environment.

Who or what is your muse?: My sister, Nicole

Three wishes . . .: 1. To have a successful career where I am happy doing whatever I am doing. 2. Enough money to build a nice home theater when I am older because I am a movie addict. 3. Have a huge family where everyone is always together and visiting. (Lots of children and grandchildren)

Favorite childhood book, and why?: All the Junie B. Jones books. She was young like I was, and I enjoyed reading about all her different experiences

Explain when is your ideal time to write.: Late at night. Right before I go to bed, I sit and reflect a little about the day, so sometimes new ideas pop into my head.

Name a book you would reread again and again, and why.: The Great Gatsby!!!! I am a sucker for older books and love stories. Reading about all the things Gatsby did to be with Daisy was incredible and I loved it!!

E-book or print? Why?: Print. I feel more connected to the book if I can physically hold it in my hands. It just feels more natural since that is the traditional way. Also, E-books give me a headache because I am focusing so hard on the screen.

What would you like readers to take away from your writing?: Happiness. When I write for fun, it is usually something random but positive.

Daisies Donate to the Dogs (and Cats) of MEHS

As a requirement for earning the 3 Cheers for Animals Girl Scout journey patch, Daisy Troop #48 donated items to our local animal shelter.  With a trunk full of dog food, paper towels, and bleach, we headed to The Metro East Humane Society (MEHS) located in Edwardsville, IL.

Upon arrival, we were greeted by a friendly, informed young man who brought a cart to our trunk in order to ease the unloading.  Once inside, he suggested a picture be taken with our donations.  Three Daisies, Miss Ava, Miss Piper, and Miss Colette, and assorted siblings gladly smiled for this photo opportunity.  We were then granted full access to the kennels housing the dogs in need of adoption as well as the cats and kittens.

Not a dry eye was had by any one of the mommas on the tour.  The sight of animals desperate for loving homes definitely pulled at our heart strings.  Personally, I lingered in front of Chloe, a lab mix, far too long (according to the hub’s head shakes) to the point where I imagined she would make an ideal playmate for our Daisy. . .

Before exiting we asked the two workers specifics regarding the animals at this no-kill shelter.  Thrilled not only with the cleanliness of the facility, I was relieved to learn canines are walked and given time for play on a daily basis.

If pet adoption is on your mind, consider an animal rescue where furry friends need love.  If feeling the urge to volunteer, consider an animal rescue which is always in need of volunteer walkers.  If looking to donate, please consider an animal rescue.  You will be glad you did.

Daisy Meets the Dog Park

WP_20141021_001While on our morning walk, Daisy and I decided to explore the Bark Park at Miner Park.  Located behind the Glen Carbon Centennial Library among mature trees, a baseball diamond, and two playgrounds, we wound our way on the paved path to the entrance.  Relieved no other dogs were present as we are on a strict no-sniff policy, an aspect of dog training learned at Cindy’s Critters.

Inside the chain link fence, we discovered grass void of any “boom booms” as my girls label number two deposits.  Refreshing!  Rules are clearly stated on the entrance gate, and the Bark Park supplies bags for clean-up as well as a conveniently located trash receptacle.

WP_20141021_010Immediately Daisy “got her sniff on.”

WP_20141021_005 WP_20141021_006 WP_20141021_008 WP_20141021_009After a time, I put her back on the leash so that we could complete our fifteen minute daily training homework assigned by Master Dog Trainer/Behaviorist John Dahman of Animal Specialties.  We have almost mastered the sit and stay with only two classes under our belt.  Oh yeah!

WP_20141021_002So, if you are a dog lover looking to explore a dog-friendly park with your four-legged best friend, be sure and visit Bark Park at Miner Park, a definite two-paws-up park.

Five Minute Friday: Care

Care.  It had been eleven years since we had to put down our girl, Jelly, a Labrador Retriever mix.  As newlyweds, this was one of the first heart-wrenching acts my hub and I had to endure.  She had kidney failure, and there was nothing more we could do for her.  Leaving the veterinarian’s office, my hub carried a lifeless Jelly wrapped in her favorite blanket, and we drove her to my in-laws’ house seated on a few acres.  My father-in-law had her final resting place ready for Jelly, and there was where we said our final goodbyes.

Now with a six and eight-year-old, I felt it was time for them to experience the unconditional love of a dog.  My kiddos’ BFFs (they care) have a pig, two guinea pigs, chickens, goats, and now three dogs (I am sure I am forgetting some animals), and my girls would live there if they could.  We had tried fish, progressed to a hamster, and was now ready for that next step.

The Warren Billhartz Humane Society referred me to Cindy’s Critters, home of the non profit Metro East Lab Rescue, when I told them I was partial to Labrador mixes.  Talk about meant to be.  There is where I found Daisy, a “pocket” Labrador as Cindy, the owner of Cindy’s Critters, explained.  If you want to see a true animal lover in action, Cindy’s Critters is the place to be.  Instead of me doing the interviewing to find that right dog, Cindy spent close to twenty minutes interviewing me to ensure I was the right owner for one of her dogs, and I could not be more impressed.  A week later, I had an appointment to bring home our newest family member after a mandatory discussion by Cindy on the care of our girl Daisy.