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“Happy Tails” – Peanut & Champagne

Our “Happy Tails” story started on March 1st, when we adopted sisters Champagne and Peanut. Our Happy Tails should be called a “Fairy Tail”, because we couldn’t be happier with our new kitties.

We previously owned cats but when our last one passed away, we just couldn’t bear to expose our hearts again to such loss. We have talked about adopting but always found an excuse.

We have enjoyed visiting Living Free over the years and it has remained a favorite place to bring friends and family. We are so proud of the work that they do. We’ve always said the animals that live there are so well cared for and loved. That would help to ease our guilt each time we left without bringing home a new friend.

Then we had an epiphany…

While attending a Living Free-sponsored event in Palm Desert, we heard that one of the dogs, Coffee, had found a new home. Later that day, we went up to Living Free. While checking in at the office we told one of the volunteers of Coffee’s good fortune. The enthusiastic response and joy that the volunteer expressed was so genuine. It made us realize that the adoption is really what it’s all about. Placing these loving animals in a home, not just caring for them in a continuous state of waiting.

We looked at each other and at that moment decided it was time to open our home and our hearts. We went over to the Cattery and was immediately greeted by Champagne and Peanut. Beautiful, affectionate cats. We had remembered seeing them over the years, their coloring is striking and the personalities are unforgettable. After our visit, all we could do is talk about these two and imagine them in our lives. Well, two days later we went back and made it official.

Our house is now a home. Our only regret is that we waited as long as we did. We could have enjoyed these wonderful cats years ago. We would like to encourage anyone considering adoption to act on it. Animals add so much to our lives and we can add so much to theirs. Our cats are older, but we are getting older too. We will just enjoy any time we have together. We all deserve to receive love and with our girls, we are definitely the benefactors.

Thank you to Living Free, the staff and volunteers for the wonderful work they do. They are changing the lives of the animals and the people that are fortunate enough to experience the love of Living Free. You can say our “Happy Tails” has ended with happily ever after.

Dennis & Wendy

Howl & Yowl Events


This Saturday, our live events and animal demonstrations include Urban Mushing, Treibball, Hollywood Hounds, Canine Etiquette, Agility Training, Avian Antics and Bloodhounds West! Come! We guarantee it’ll be a lot of fun.

Howl & Yowl Announcement

Our first ever BLUEGRASS HOWL & YOWL Benefit takes place at Living Free on Saturday, Oct. 25th.  We’ll have lots of updates over the next 2 weeks.  Some of the events we’ll be featuring:

URBAN MUSHING – Also known as Dry Land Mushing, this is a mini-Iditarod without the inconvenience of snow, subzero temperatures and a 1000-mile course.

NOSE WORK – Jamie Bozzi, A Certied Canine Behavior Consultant will show you how to channel your dog’s instincts to become a shaggy Sherlock Holmes. Developing these skills is a great form of physical and mental exercise for your dog.

TREIBBALL – A herding game that’s a lot of fun and helps strengthen the bond at both ends of the leash.

HOLLYWOOD HOUNDS – In entertainment, the conventional wisdom is “Never work with animals or kids.” We’ll show you why that’s a thing of the past, and how dogs are trained to perform in the exacting environment of film and TV production.

CANINE ETIQUITTE 101 (A Crash Course for Humans) – Ever wonder why dogs do the crazy things they do? Our own Edgar Santiago and Trainer Glen Massie will show you how your behavior affects theirs. You owe it to yourself (and your shoe collection) to watch this impressive demonstration.

AGILITY – Wendy Jeries of “Saved for Service – Rescue & Training for Dogs and Birds” will demonstrate agility… and then have our dogs give it a try. She’ll also demonstrate how service dogs are trained for Search & Rescue.

AVIAN ANTICS – Wendy also rescues exotic birds, and has introduced them to popular culture. As a result, these birds now play basketball, ride bikes, sing, dance and chat like they’re on Ellen. Or Charlie Rose. Depending upon the bird.

Many thanks.

Thanks to your support, Living Free is saving more animals than at any time in our 35 year history. Every life saved honors the vision of our Founder, Emily Jo Beard, as well as those who followed and overcame enormous challenges to keep her dream alive. Due to their efforts, we have a strong foundation upon which to build. Now it’s up to us to do even more.

Our current team of Volunteers and Staff is working hard to improve and expand our animal care facilities, our education and outreach programs, and our public awareness and legislative initiatives. We’ve launched our new website, social media sites and branding initiatives which will serve to strengthen our alliances throughout the rescue community.

We believe that by working together, we can become a no-kill nation. Our addition to this groundswell movement is the “Almost Home 2020” initiative.

On behalf of everyone at the Sanctuary, thank you again for helping to make a profound difference in the lives of these animals.  They are our responsibility – and our greatest reward.
Randall Harris