Good morning!  Who’s ready to make Tuesday a great one?  Me, me, me!  As soon as I drink this coffee and fully come alive.  Hah.


In the oatmeal pot:


1/2 cup oats

1/2 banana

1/4 cup pumpkin puree

1/4 cup water

1/4 cup soy milk

Dashes of ginger, cloves, cinnamon

On top: brown sugar and pumpkin seeds.


‘Twas delicious.


Save a Shelter Pet, Week 5


Here’s Week 5’s little buddy!  Lovett is in Memphis, Tennessee and is a cocker spaniel.  He is cute, cuddly, and special needs. He just needs a little LOVE!

Lovett 2

HTP reader Katie, who volunteers at the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County, has taken a special liking to Lovett.  Here’s what she has to say about him…


“Lovett came to the Humane Society as a cruelty and neglect case. He was matted beyond all recognition and his health was poor due to neglect. From day one of his entrance into the building, even in all the pain he was in, he made a splash with his spunk and his enduring spirit. He had to have surgery to remove his eyes and is now totally blind. You’d think it might look a little jarring, but actually you barely notice since his face is all black. Lovett also had to have an ear oblation in one ear, meaning he can only hear in one ear.”


“I’m telling you though—you’d just never know that he was blind and a bit deaf. For an 11-year-old dog, he is very sprightly and spirited and confident and can find his own way with a little help and support from a person. I would have guessed he was 5 or 6. I love just sitting on the ground with him having him walk all over my lap rubbing his face on me, giving me kisses and hugs. He is wonderfully goofy and happy and assumes that everyone comes to the Humane Society just to see him.”

Lovett Love!

“Lovett’s got it pretty good at the Humane Society—he’s the front desk dog right now and laps up the attention from visitors—but I know we can do better than that. I want Lovett to have a real home and his own family for the holidays. He does well with other friendly dogs, including puppies. As far as kids, Lovett would probably enjoy the company of calm and respectful older children, but young, rowdy whipper snappers might be stressful for him.”


CaitlinHTP here again… Please think about letting Lovett into your forever home if you live in Tennessee!  I have a soft spot for Lovett because he reminds me a lot of my childhood dog, Bejui, a fuzzy black dog who was also blind in one eye. Just because dogs are special needs doesn’t mean they can’t have a special spot in your heart!


1993.  Best Year EVER.


If you think you may have a spot for Lovett in your forever home, shoot me an email at and I’ll get you in touch with Lovett’s friends.



  • julie (etsy stalkers) December 13, 2011, 9:49 am

    Awwwwww…I’ve always wanted a cocker. There’s just something so cute about those floppy ears. If we didn’t already have wayyy too many pets, I’d take it.

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats December 13, 2011, 9:57 am

    Aww what a beautiful dog! I love spaniels!

  • erin @ oliveourhouse December 13, 2011, 9:59 am

    i’ve got a blind and deaf dog and he is the BEST! he really isn’t that different from a seeing and hearing dog – most people don’t even realize he’s special needs.

    i usually don’t post links but here’s basil’s page, in case it helps someone make a decision : (sean is my husband but i swear that link works!)

    good luck lovett!

  • Chelsea December 13, 2011, 10:00 am

    Omg that dog is so adorable <3 Poor thing needs a home! Too bad where I live doesn't accept pets 🙁

  • SaraRM December 13, 2011, 10:03 am

    Awww what a cute lil guy!!! I hope he finds the perfect home!

  • Kris December 13, 2011, 10:30 am

    We had a black cocker/huxky mix and she was blind and partially deaf from about age 12 on. In that time we lived in four different homes (Navy moves) and she never had trouble getting around, even in a three story townhouse. I hope people won’t hesitate to consider adopting this sweetie; the special needs of this pup won’t bring anything but more love from him!

  • Fallon December 13, 2011, 10:31 am

    I wish I could help, but I live in the upper midwest and don’t know anyone in the south. I do have to say, though, that I agree with your assessment of 1993 – it’s the year I was born :). It weird for you that babies born in ’93 are now 18?!

  • Liz December 13, 2011, 10:31 am

    I have relatives in Memphis and have just contacted them to see if they know anyone who might be interested 🙂

  • Bethany @ More Fruit Please December 13, 2011, 10:35 am

    Lovett is adorable and I love that name!! I wish I could take him in! I grew up with cocker spaniels and am the owner of a shelter cocker spaniel now and they really are the sweetest dogs. They are the perfect size for anyone who’s not a fan of little dogs but doesn’t have the room for a large dog. I hope he gets a new home quickly!!!

  • Reenie December 13, 2011, 10:41 am

    OMG he’s adorable. I hope he finds a forever home soon.

  • Elisabeth December 13, 2011, 10:49 am

    I sure hope this one finds a home – he deserves it! By the way, adorable pic of you from 1993 🙂

  • Lee December 13, 2011, 10:50 am

    I like how your shirt matches your socks. A very 1993 fashion statement!

    Hope the pup finds a home.

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife December 13, 2011, 10:56 am

    Those pumpkin seeds in your bowl look delicious!! Yummy. Hope this cute dog finds a home!

  • Cat @Breakfast to Bed December 13, 2011, 11:04 am

    That dog looks so sweet. I have such a soft spot for senior dogs because my own dog is a senior citizen.

  • Laurie December 13, 2011, 11:10 am

    Caitlin! Shoot me in my heart! That dog is absolutely adorbs! And I live in Memphis, TN! Alas, my home is full with a pug. Ugh, I wish I could take him! He is precious! I will so post this on my facebook though!

  • Kaci December 13, 2011, 11:17 am

    Oh I wish I could take him 🙁

  • Kelly December 13, 2011, 11:31 am

    Bless his little heart! I have a Cockapoo, and love him to pieces. Lovett is a bigger version of him. We recently took in a one-eyed cat and while it’s been different for us, there is just something so wonderfully special about being around “special needs” animals. Their resilience is amazing. I wish I could take Lovett in!

  • amy December 13, 2011, 12:30 pm

    This breaks my heart.

  • Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn December 13, 2011, 12:48 pm

    What a cute little muffiny dog! I miss my pup. I love that you’re featuring shelter dogs. That is such an important cause!

    Also coffee = the “on” switch in the morning.

  • Amelia December 13, 2011, 12:50 pm

    Aww my little sister volunteers at that shelter in Memphis! Wonder if she knows this cutie. 🙂 Thanks for encouraging pet adoption!!

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  • HTPMom December 13, 2011, 1:24 pm

    You’re right Lovett reminds me of our Bejui. How sweet to see a picture of you and the Beez in your youth – and that headband!! OMG you wouldn’t go anywhere without a headband and “biker type” shorts.
    Lovett is a good name for that loving dog – someone is going to get a prize in their life when they take him home.

  • Prairie Simple December 13, 2011, 2:38 pm

    I currently volunteer at the Humane Society of Eastern Carolina and let me just say that even if you cannot have another pet please think about donating money and time. You have no idea how excited the animals get just for some one on one attention from volunteers. You think it will be hard to leave them there, and it totally is, but when you realize how much they get from you just taking them for a 20 minute walk you’re able to put aside the pain you feel when you have to leave them there. Without volunteers many of these establishments would NOT be open, and the holidays are especially rough.

  • BH December 13, 2011, 3:06 pm

    Hi caitlin,

    I was wondering if you could have a special update link for the animals you have previously mentioned? It would be nice to know if they/when they found a forever home.


    • CaitlinHTP December 14, 2011, 8:11 pm

      Hi there! So far, only one pup has been adopted, one of the dogs I featured on the Facebook page. However, one person went in to see Lula and ended up adopting another doggie at the shelter, and another person adopted a doggie in Canada because they were inspired by the posts. So it’s helping, just in a small way!

  • Krystina (Organically Me) December 13, 2011, 5:27 pm

    I started crying reading this post. He’s so precious and I want to give him so much love! I hope he finds a good home.

  • Debbie December 13, 2011, 5:31 pm

    I wish I was closer! This baby reminds me of my parent’s dog. I would snap him up in a minute!

  • Lauren December 14, 2011, 12:02 pm

    I just lost my cocker in September and miss him terribly. If I were in Memphis I’d take Lovett in a heartbeat! If there is anything I can do to help, please let me know.

  • Jenn December 14, 2011, 12:23 pm

    You mean best headband EVER!

  • Laura December 14, 2011, 6:29 pm

    What a sweet doggie! I loved watching him get snuggled…I hope he finds a wonderful home soon 🙂

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