Counting Our Blessings


Good morning everyone!  What a beautiful Saturday!  My name is Blessing and I joined the LCAL Village all the way from the Philippines!  It is quite a story – but before I get to ME – I want to give a shout out to my friend Prince!


Prince is a big lover – totally goofy – and easily makes friends with dogs!  He LOVES butt scratches and bringing toys to his Humans.  He is a Big Boy weighing in at 115 pounds – but needs to lose about 15 of those.  Prince came to LCAL with a Boo Boo on his toe.  When it didn’t seem to be getting any better he went to the Vet and we found out it was Spindle Cell Carcinoma.  We were so worried!  Prince lost his toe.  BUT the good news is that the radio graphs came back clear and it looks like he is going to be just fine.  Prince doesn’t seem to be missing his toe – he has other toes after all.  And just this week he was out riding around with his foster mom, Alana and his furry foster brothers.  We are truly counting our blessings with Prince and know he will make a wonderful addition to a lucky Rescue Family.


Okay guys!  Back to My Story!  My best friends Nicci and Rebekah went to the Philippines to do some volunteer rescue work.  Rebekah had deployed to the Philippines several times in the Marine Corps and had met a bunch of Rescue Ladies there.  Here is a picture of the kennels.


I started my life as a stray on the streets and then was picked up by the City Pound.  These pounds don’t provide any resources for us – but it is better than the streets.  Eight years ago, the Rescue Ladies bribed a pound employee so they could go in and help take care of us.   They would come in on Saturdays and Sundays and for awhile that was the only time my friends and I were getting fed.  Man, those were hungry years!  Unfortunately, people in the Philippines don’t adopt dogs very often – so I spent 7 long years in this kennel.  Things are a little better now, but there is still no money for treats, beds, or toys.  None of us really know how to be dogs.  Here is a picture of me while I was living there!


If you think I look happy, you are right!  I was thankful for every new sun rise!  I have quite the resilient nature.  And then, one day EVERYTHING changed for me.  Originally, Nicci and Rebekah planned to raise money for a spay and neuter clinic but then they met ME and decided I needed to join the LCAL Village!  They started fundraising and Nicci donated money from her business  Nicci’s wonderful portraits help get us Rescues adopted!  In fact, here is a picture she took of me!  Isn’t she talented?


They worked hard and finally they came back for me!  I always knew they would!


The Ladies named me Blessing.  But really Nicci, Rebekah and the LCAL Village are the true Blessings.  They have brought such support, good will and protection to us Rescues!  And then there is my foster mom, Colleen!  She is a wonder!  She opens her home to us and provides a safe loving place for us Rescues to heal and learn to be dogs again.   Here is a picture of Mom with Princess Lucy at a Petco event!

Lucy and Colleen

Mom says I am full of joy and curiosity, easy to train, and walking better on a leash every day.  I love dogs, cats and even birds!  And I barked for the first time last week and I surprised Mom with a deep throaty “Good Morning Mom!  What’s for breakfast?!”


Amazingly,  I seemed to have sloughed off the memories and experiences of my early life quite easily and have quickly adapted to being a pet.  Mom says I am never less than gentle and love my toys and treats!  I have learned to sleep in a bed and play with my furry foster brothers.  I have decided that couches are an amazing invention!  And I even give kisses – but just to Mom.  So, on this beautiful Saturday morning I leave you all with this thought.  There is nothing better than giving and receiving love.  That is the Blessing for all of us.  Don’t you agree?  So, in a world where we can be anything, let’s all be loving and kind!


If you or someone you know might be interested in adopting Blessing or Prince contact Last Chance at Life Rescue.  Or consider making a donation or checking out so the LCAL Village can continue their important work.

Last Chance at Life
3308 Mission Avenue
Oceanside, CA 92058
Phone: (442) 615-7437


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