Down Home with Davey

Howdy everyone…. From my family home in Youngstown, Ohio.  My story began as so many.  I was born and raised for the first six months of my life in a shelter.  Thankfully, I had the companionship of my siblings until my mom, Bonnie, came and found me.  I spent the next two years of my life in glory, lounging and sleeping my days away in mom’s apartment.  Since she was retired, I was never without attention.  Unfortunately, mom’s health began to decline and she could no longer live independently.  What was going to happen to me?

Thankfully, when mom first adopted me, she discussed and arranged that should anything ever happen to her, mom’s hooman son would become my legal guardian and I would live with him and his family.  Thankfully, my new hoomans have helped me adjust to my new environment, with a new cat perch, a bird feeder I am mesmerized with, and a warm comfortable bed to sleep in at night.  Thankfully, my new hoomans also remembered to bring my litter box and food bowls from home so I would have familiar items in my new environment.

I will always be grateful for my mom for first adopting me and when doing so being a responsible pet parent by making arrangements for my care should she ever become unable to keep me.  I know that the conversation was not easy but am eternally thankful she designated a caretaker that I was both familiar and comfortable with.  Rick and his family took great care and time to learn my routine and needs as I learned my new surroundings and family.

If you are contemplating adding a furry kid to your family, please consider creating pet guardians so your furry kids always have a loving home throughout their lives.

Mace’s Message

Hello everyone and welcome to our family.  I have so many stories and adventures to share but mom and dad thought I should start with “Proper Manners” .

Proper manners, a term mommy says I often lack, or at least that is what mom says when Uncle Pumpkin or Poppy (or as many say grandpa) come to visit.  I get so excited, I can’t handle myself and I jump and run, and bark… and Mom and Dad laugh and yell.  Mom even says “Thank God for no piddles.”

Especially over the past year of distancing, my social skills have gone a little lax.  With limited interactions other than delivery drivers, I have not had much practice to patience and concentration.  With bans lifted, warm weather on my fur, mom and dad say I need to brush up on my skills.

Now I know my sit, stay, and down, what mom and dad want me to improve on is relax and remain calm.  So out came the study manuals and mom remembered that all training begins with relaxation techniques.  With a great shout out to Karen Overall, mom and dad and I begin our Protocols for Relaxation. Relaxation you say… yes, I say, Relaxation.  The techniques Karen Overall strives to teach are about changing my behavior in a positive manner.  As I learn to remain calm and composed with various situations and stimulus I will be to maintain my composure and hopefully, paws crossed, no knock poppy or Uncle Pumpkin over next time they visit.

If you too are interested in learning and practicing Protocols for Relaxation, please visit Karen Overall’s website:

The Relaxation Protocol By Dr. Karen Overall (

I will keep everyone updated on my progress and please drop me a line to share yours!

Until next Time….  Mace Out!