For All The Moms

Mothers’ Day is a time to reflect on and appreciate the selfless sacrifice that the female role models in our lives have made. They protect us, guide us, give selflessly and willingly, and love us, as my mom always says, “more than the air (they) breathe.” Mothers are proud of their children, encourage them, love them for who they are, and provide for their children’s physical and emotional needs. Mothers are loyal. Friends come and go, but a mom is always there for her child. Mothers will do anything to keep their children happy, healthy, and safe.

The same is true of canine moms. Many times homeless stray dogs give birth to large litters and struggle to keep them safe from predators, traffic, and other dangers. Mothers work hard to feed and provide shelter for their pups. If the family is a lucky family that is rescued by one of the amazing shelters or rescue groups, chances are Mama Pup will say goodbye to her puppies one by one. They will have happy furever homes, but Mama Pup won’t understand. After all that she did to protect, provide for, care for, and love those pups, she is left alone in a kennel or homeless as she moves from foster home to foster home. She awaits her own adoption which could take weeks, months, or years- assuming that the shelter still has room for her. She is probably only 2-3 years old- nearly a puppy herself. She is scared. She deserves better.

This Mothers’ Day, if you are considering adopting a puppy, please consider adopting a young mama pup instead. Mama pups have tremendous love to give and deserve a loving home as much as her pups do.

If you are not ready to adopt a furbaby, please consider making a donation or volunteering to help with HarnessLife’s spay and neuter efforts. Do this in honor of your mom. She will be proud of you.

Happy Mothers’ Day to all the beautiful females out there- both human and furry. Happy life to you all!


Here are some of our local rescue groups that have wonderful adult dogs for adoption:

Good Karma Dog Rescue

Outcast Rescue

Second Chance Pet Adoption League

S&L Animal Rescue

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Gwen Kusznier is mom to a 12-year old competitive gymnast, a 10-year old AAA hockey player, an adorable 8-year old furball with an adorable underbite (rescued through S&L and fostered by Dee and Paul), and a baby parakeet. She is also the wife to a beer league hockey player. She loves them all fiercely.

Gwen teaches eighth grade English- Language Arts at Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School. She believes that everyone can make a difference and should pursue their passions to make the world a better place. Her students amaze her with their clever Humanity Service Learning Projects in which they educate others about and volunteer for charities such as HarnessLife.

Gwen has been involved in numerous book clubs and writing groups. As she begins her volunteering with HL, Gwen is excited to harness her creativity energies with this new chapter in her life.

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