Saturday, March 31, 2012


Vasili went in for castration yesterday but we wanted to have him checked again since we suspected pain. Our wonderful veterinarians Dr Carlo Damianiand Dr Fransesco did an amazing job; "In the beginning it was supposed to be a regular castration despite the big large scrotum. In the end, I had to perform a different procedure named TOTAL SCROTAL ABATION, because part of the intestine was locate inside the sac where the left testicle was located. We call this disease SCROTAL HERNIA. "


Tea's nine (9) puppies was sponsored by Animals WIthout Limits for their first vaccination shots.

If you want to help AWL's Stray vaccination project 2012, please ear mark your donation.

Together we can save life's, That's Amore.


IW BANK S.p.A.Via Cavriana, 2020134 Milan

OR PAYPAL (on the blog or /donations)

Tuesday, March 27, 2012


These females are in a Governmental/Private shelter. AWL sponsored with two sterilization's.
Help us continue this project by donating. Please earmark Spay and Neuter Project 2012.

AWL doesn't agree with shelters, but that doesn't help the animals that are already in there. We are helping with spay and neuter programs. One little help that can solve big problems. That's Amore.

Monday, March 26, 2012


Thank you for your donations. We can help puppies born on the streets with their vaccinations.


From my weekly column in Magazine NARA

Working with war/emergency situations can be frustrating but also very rewarding friendship. The pain brings us together, we encourage each other and understand when it feels heavy. And the group has a stronger togetherness that is warm and strong. If we had met in another place we would never be involved, but love of saving souls is strong.

When I see a very sick dog, I do not see a dying dog. I see the soul and not the shell. When it's a seriously ill animal in front of me, I read of the energies that can be kept alive. Kind of like a plastic surgeon told me: "I love to give children a new face, but I see their beauty and beautiful smile in spite of their hare."

The surgeon sees the children's shining soul through his eyes as he holds the mirror in front of their face. I see the animals' brilliant soul through their eyes when they stand up and tail wagging like a morse code "thump thump".

A female was found injured and dying in a water-filled ditch with debris floating spirit about her small skeleton-like body. Her name is Sunday Rose and I have written about her and this before, in the chronicle "A settertik found thrown in a ditch."

When visitors saw Sunday Rose exclaimed the horrified: "Yuck, kill her!"
But we and the veterinary team saw something else, a fighting spirit. Now, a few months later, Sunday Rose lives in Rome with a woman who adores her.

Another dog, Dusty, was run over by a car and left the street to die. She lay there for an hour and a half in 40 degree heat. An American lifted her up and came to me with her and told me to kill her. Animal ER x-rayed her and to everyone's surprise and joy, no broken bones, her paralysis could be due to shock. Today, several months later, she lives with a Swedish girl who is also an acupuncturist for animals. Sara has a wonderful courtyard with four other dogs and horses and sheep on the loose. Dusty could not have come at a better "paradise".

What we often see is not always the right thing compared to what the soul wants. Many times we are put to the test by the Universe if we are willing and able to fight for the soul. No decision is easy, but with teamwork, we can perform miracles on earth. A life is a miracle. A life is love.

That's Amore!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


Christina Platou

Valerie Funk

Malin Wahlin

Madeleine Lind

Tracy L Nettles

Romano Stefania

Rochas Alessandra




Elisabeth Kruse

Helen Dale

Tanya Kilborn

Craig Kleber

Molly Gibala

Mitra Talarman

Tracey Kleber

Patricia A Rodriguez

Vicki Cooper


Louis Kleber

Saturday, March 17, 2012


We got some new comers that are so wonderful in our Hospice Casa dell'Amore. Mister Vasili is one of them. German Shepard, probably 9 years old. He had an owner that tied him several years ago outside a Governmental shelter. Since then he has been inside a cage very sick and in pain.
He is a lovely male that follows and loves to play with balls. He will, when healthy become a great companion. He is on antibiotic since his whole body was full of wounds. Now he is being treated for Leischamania zyloric and Milteforan. Already we see a great improvement.
Sweet pie Ms Funny, also from the same shelter. Found behind a tombstone, and they say she was grieving her dead master. She is happy and today outside in the sun she was running around wagging her tail.
Ms Funny outside in the sun. No one of our dogs at the Hospice are in cages.
Our long term clients, Stella and Sassi. We would love to find a home for Sassi.
Ms Funny got her AWL tag with phone number in case she gets lost. Sponsored by the Kleber family in LA USA.
Ms Funny looks like an African bush dog.
Ariel, our wonderful old girl. You can see her right front-leg is bent like a Charley Chaplin leg. It was broken in four places and selfhealed. She has been in four different shelters. She is a cuddle bug.

Friday, March 16, 2012


This is Bonnie! She was found in Campania region by volunteers. She was brought into Dr Damiani clinic were Dr Fransesco could examine her.
She is scared, and a lot of work needs to be done, health wise and mentally, as long as she is not suffering.
Bonny is around one year old, is a good girl but very frightened, especially by children.
Bonnie is very anemic and has a heart murmur. Dr Francesco said that this heart murmur, is due to the fact that she did not eat for at least 15 days.
For the rest, seems healthy, She has been de- wormed, weighs 7 kg and 800 grams.

No we are in very big need of donations for Bonnie. Please donate (donations) or
Thank you Chiara and Martina, also Dr Damiani clinic!

Thursday, March 15, 2012


AWL's first bagging at the NEX (Navy Exchange store) in Naples. Thank you all for coming and helping out last Sunday. We are furever thankful to you giving us an helping hand on your day off.
Angela for taking charge and making the mission work. Gina and skater friend, Katie, and so many more.

Thank you, thank you!


Two wonderful volunteers, Ivan and Fede found mother with her two puppies. They are searching for good loving homes. AWL made sure they are de wormed and healthy, and vaccinated.
If you want to adopt please contact us

That's Amore help.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012


This little fellow was dumped with his sister into a homeless person's yard. Look at his tail! AWL made sure they got treatment and below you can see Willy a couple ff weeks later.

Now That's Amore.


Earlier we wrote about the the Caserta Canile that has big financial problems. Its a particularly big problem for the 387 dogs that are without food and medicine. Its not only a lack of donations --- the Government stopped paying to keep the "official" dogs there, but the dogs remain. There is an Italian help organization that welcomed us and showed us around. Of course we wanted to help all the dogs we saw and it is always heart-breaking to only chose two clients.

We saw Vasili, a nine year old male, that had been there for many years and not much money for his treatment. They had found him some years ago tied outside the shelter.
Can you imagine how heart breaking for the dog, being tied and left by your owner?
Funny is also around nine years old. She was found behind a tombstone in a graveyard. They say she was grieving her owner who had died. Funny is also very sick, but is now resting out at our hospice.
Vasili is actually housebroken, and he is very sweet, following everyone like a shadow. He is so eager to please. He is in a lot of pain and has skin problems, a lot of wounds. He has been to our Dr. Damiani for a blood test and we are waiting for the results. He is in need with a lot of treatments, and health care. But soon he will be a handsome guy.
Funny loves the hospice beds, she is a sweetheart. She has also gotten a blood test. She is having a small problem with her heart and a skin problem. Now she is now on antibiotic.

Vasili and Funny are in very big need of sponsors. They need a lot of medicine, please help them.

Donations can be made via PAYPAL or to our Italian bank account please see (donations) for details.

Sunday, March 11, 2012


Earlier we received a TV clip sent to us with the saddest news. A Town-hall shelter in Caserta with 387 dogs and 22 cats was not getting any money. The dogs were sick, they died and not even any money to dispose of them, they were put in empty dog food bags. AWL responded.
There were many who sent help to AWL via post packages and to our drop-off at the vet. clinic. Some arranged their own drop off zone at work. We also got money in our bank account for buying food. Thank you all wonderful sponsors.
We could all meet our new friends that are working hard in the shelter trying to keep it going.
The warm and lovely President Alessandra Prattico hugged Olivia
We got a guided tour around in the shelter. Many we wanted to take with us home and just show them the freedom and how it would feel to live with a human who's only thought would be "No one can love you as much as I can!"
This little fellow named Chimeteri (animal graveyard because he was found in one) will become AWL Hospice Casa dell'Amore's next client! So Sweet.
This one would love a home
Vacilius, German Shepard, with bad skin condition will soon be our hospice guest too.
All things considered, it was a good day....meeting new animalfriends and being able to help if so just for little...this time! Thank you all from us for helping making a difference.

That's Amore.

Friday, March 9, 2012



Expectations are something that one carries with him in this life. We may have expectations of people, jobs, hobbies, animals, books, on almost everything. Expectations may also be higher on a public figure. I remember when I started working as an animal communicator the expectations for myself grew larger, it was something you could not "prove" that worked.

After a consultation with a horse the owner exclaimed when I was done, "God, I did not think you could communicate with animals with those nails!" I looked at my long manicured nails, wondering to myself what my nails had to do with my work?

A few months later I was with a family in Småland, who had four horses. I sat in the stall with the door open and notepad in my lap, the horse stood in the box and munched on her sweet hay. The horse conveyed that he was delighted in his old master whom had "saved" him. Suddenly I noticed a shadow of a person passing in the doorway, the person stoped and ran back and shouted, "But you are young!"

Every day, I heard different comments. After a consultation, I was invited to the family for coffee, the older man sat at the table. It was the grandfather, the man who owned the horse in the stable. He looked at me a little embarrassed and said: "I thought you would be old and ugly." I choked on the coffee! "Yes, you know one of those witches who can communicate with animals," he continued.

The man's eyes filled with tears when he heard what his horse had told. He wiped his tears and told me that there was a woman who could not ride, and who blamed all the errors on the horse. He had heard one day how the horse whinnied a heart-rending cry. He ran there and saw how she whipped the horse so hard that they later could not get into the stable with something in their hand, without the horse rearing up out of fear. The man bought out the horse. But had hadn’t been able to understand that the horse knew it, and was thankful.

Animals understand the different emotions, they can feel pain, fear and have a strong emotional memory. Their expectations are not high for us and it shows that they are very large creatures. Likewise with the kids, we have very high expectations for them when the community also has it. But children and animals do not expect much of we adults, only security and love. That's Amore!

Mia Mattsson-Mercer


The rescuer at Rainbow Bridge

Unlike most days at the Rainbow Bridge, this day dawned cold and gray. All the recent arrivals at the Bridge did not know what to think, as they had never seen such a day. But the animals who had been waiting longer for their beloved people to accompany them across the Bridge knew what was happening, and they began to gather at the pathway leading to the Bridge.

Soon an elderly dog came into view, head hung low and tail dragging. He approached slowly, and though he showed no sign of injury or illness, he was in great emotional pain. Unlike the animals gathered along the pathway, he had not been restored to youth and vigor upon arriving at the Bridge. He felt out of place, and wanted only to cross over and find happiness.

But as he approached the Bridge, his way was barred by an angel, who apologized and explained that the tired and broken-spirited old dog could not cross over. Only those animals accompanied by their people were allowed to cross the Bridge. Having nobody, and with nowhere else to turn, the dog trudged into the field in front of the Bridge. There he found others like himself, elderly or infirm, sad and discouraged. Unlike the other animals waiting to cross the Bridge, these animals were not running or playing. They simply were lying in the grass, staring forlornly at the pathway across the Rainbow Bridge. The old dog took his place among them, watching the pathway and waiting, yet not knowing for what he was waiting.

One of the newer dogs at the Bridge asked a cat who had been there longer to explain what was happening. The cat replied, "Those poor animals were abandoned, turned away, or left at rescue places, but never found a home on earth. They all passed on with only the love of a rescuer to comfort them. Because they had no people to love them, they have nobody to escort them across the Rainbow Bridge.” The dog asked the cat, "So what will happen to those animals?” Before the cat could answer, the clouds began to part and the cold turned to bright sunshine. The cat replied, "Watch, and you will see.”

In the distance was a single person, and as he approached the Bridge the old, infirm, and sad animals in the field were bathed in a golden light. They were at once made young and healthy, and stood to see what their fate would be. The animals who had previously gathered at the pathway bowed their heads as the person approached. At each bowed head, the person offered a scratch or hug.

One by one, the now youthful and healthy animals from the field fell into line behind the person. Together, they walked across the Rainbow Bridge to a future of happiness and unquestioned love. The dog asked the cat, "What just happened?” The cat responded, "That was a rescuer. The animals gathered along the pathway bowing in respect were those who had found their forever homes because of rescuers. They will cross over when their people arrive at the Bridge. The arrival here of a rescuer is a great and solemn event, and as a tribute they are permitted to perform one final act of rescue. They are allowed to escort all those poor animals they couldn't place on earth across the Rainbow Bridge.”

The dog thought for a moment, then said, "I like rescuers.” The cat smiled and replied, "So does heaven, my friend. So does heaven."

Wednesday, March 7, 2012


Met Mya probably between 1-2 years old. She was spotted among garbage and hookers in Campania region. Brought to Lega Pro Animale where she had 13 puppies.
She is now sterilized, de wormed and frontline and resting in a warm loving foster-home until she can go to a forever home.
She is great with other dogs and children in different sizes. She is a wonderful and sweet girl.
Now That's Amore!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012


THE BIOPSY came back and it is a rare disease; Canine junctional epidermolysis bullosa (JEB) is an inherited autosomal recessive disease which is characterized by skin blisters in different body regions. The disease is clinically characterized by a bullous and ulcerative dermatitis. The disease causes a general fragility of the skin leading to the formation of the spontaneous or traumatically induced blisters and ulcers on footpads, ear surface, tail tips and pressure points on the distal limbs. The German Shorthaired Pointer (Kurzhaar) is predisposed. The authors describe an allele-specific polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for the molecular detection of the genetic mutation in the laminin 5 subunit gene (LAMA 3) which allows the identification of healthy carriers of JEB.

This is rare and neither Dr. Damiani (who was there last night) or Dr. Longo have ever seen this. I did some research last night and I contacted the Helen Woodward Animal Care and Education Society in Del Mar, California. They are a very well known organization for rescue, hospitalization, and research for all size animals. I am corresponding with a Dr. Carter about Sandy's disease and her chances for some kind of treatment. This disease was first discovered in France in the 1980's in this breed of dog. Now, they are seeing it in Italy as well (which makes sense). There is no cure for this disease since it is a genetic mutation and no treatment (that I have found) is recommended. Most puppies are euthanized immediately when they are discovered with this disease because the effects of it can be so severe. I think that Dr. L and Dr. D will first recommend some steroid treatment. We are hoping that she has a "mild" manifestation of the disease. They asked for a couple of days to do some research before they continue. We now know that everything we see in her is related to this disease. She did not have distemper. The pitting on her teeth is a side effect of the disease as well.

She will need to be on another round of antibiotics.

Now the good news...she is a loving, happy, grateful, sweet, beautiful little girl. We are so glad to have the opportunity to help her live!

Thank you wonderful "nurse mom" Joyce ZIck and thank you Dr Damiani and Dr Fransesco for never giving up, you are always searching for an answer. You are on the animals side and humans. You continue searching and wouldn't let an animal suffer, or put it to sleep only because it would be difficult. That is Amore.

Friday, March 2, 2012


You have been able to read about Sunday Rose from earlier blog entries. Rescued from a water field ditch, with borelia, leichaminiosis, and underweight.
She was close to death. when Dr April found her and took her in to her clinic. Treatment started and AWL answered on her request for help, our Hospice stepped in.

We loved her this little bird looking dog, we continued medication and gave her good nutrition food
To our great news she is now with a lovely lady who adopts dogs with disabilities. Rosie is now living in Northern Italy living her dream life. Rosie is blind but finds her way around the house brilliant. This is Amore!