TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Mother & Daughter Bond At Bret Michaels True Grit Concert

The last year has been one of the hardest that I have dealt with, which is saying a lot if you know what I have been through.

I am a single mother (more of less) to 5 beautiful children. When I was divorced in 2010 my ex-husband and father of my oldest 3 moved back to Texas from Illinois. He has since seen our children TWICE. My boyfriend and I have 2 children together as well. However, we do not live together due to behavior problems of my oldest children.

My mother is my salvation when it comes to my children. She is there whenever I need her, whether its to vent, cry to, or to watch my kids. She is only 54 and has had MAJOR health issues. In May of 2014 I almost lost her during what was supposed to be a “routine” angiogram. This was probably close to her tenth, and she already had received numerous stints. This angiogram did NOT go as planned. There was a rupture and she began bleeding out. The massive amount of blood then caused her heart to more of less collapse. I received the call at work for the hospital that there was a critical situation and I was needed at the hospital immediately. I was rushed into a room where a social worker began to ask me if I was aware of my mother’s final wishes. Once the doctor came in I was advised that they wanted to fly her out but that they needed her stabilized first. I was allowed to see her at that point. They took me into the surgical operating room where my mother was still lying on the table. She was on a ventilator and her chest was still open because they would need to remove more blood/fluid before they could fly her. They allowed me in to say my goodbyes.

She was finally flown out to a hospital that could provide her with the care that she needed. I spent my 29th birthday by her bed side trying to envision my life and my children’s life without her. She truly is the only person I can completely count on to be there. My father passed away in 1999. My mom is the only grandparent that my children have. She means everything to them.

Miraculously, my mother did pull through.

Being that I have 5 children, every dime I have goes to them and bills (which still isn’t enough). But when I discovered that Bret would be performing at the Wild Rose Casino in Clinton, Iowa, I knew that that I had to go. I was able to put together enough money to buy tickets to take my mom. Honestly, we never have the opportunity to do anything together. Money truly limits me and if I am able to do anything, which is rare, my mom is the babysitter.

When I told her that I had gotten us tickets and was able to line up a babysitter, the sound of her voice made everything worth it. I was finally able to do something for her. I know that one concert isn’t enough to show my gratitude, appreciation, and love I have for my mother but it was something.

We were right up front and had the night of our lives. When I held up my military picture Bret actually held my hand and pointed to me. My mom was so excited. And after the concert, I was able to get the shirt that he had worn and it was autographed.

I wanted to thank Bret from the bottom of my heart for giving my mother and I a night we will never forget.

I don’t know how much longer I’ll have my mother as her health continues to deteriorate, but that night is something I will always remember and cherish. Thank you!

– Jennifer

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TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Breast Cancer Can Stick It

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I met Bret Michaels in Texas and talk to him about Breast Cancer Can Stick It, an organization founded by April Samuels who is a breast cancer survior herself and professional drummer. I want to thank Bret for his love and support with wanting to help others. I am happy to bring knowledge of this organization to Bret’s attention in order to reach out and spread awareness to help people in the fight against breast cancer.

Thank you for your time and support in helping other Bret!

– Scott Shoemaker

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TeamBretMichaels.com Pet Rescue Story

I started rescue one day when I passed by a convenient store that was closed for the night and saw several litters of kittens searching for food. I spent the next month trying to catch these wild kittens, getting them healthy, socializing them and finally, finding them all new homes. Last check to make sure I didn’t miss a kitten, I found another litter….so I had to repeat the process. Then I noticed how quickly the feral cats kept reproducing. I have to thank PETSMART Charities for giving a grant to my local spay/neuter clinic to cover the cost of several of the spays and neuters. After that colony of cats was under control, I moved on to several other colonies and repeated my efforts several times, encountering many very sick or orphaned kittens…staying up day and night with many of them. Then family members started depending on me to help them, next my local vet clinics called on me for help also, not only with cats and kittens, but dogs and puppies too. My vet was very supportive in giving discounts for my rescue efforts. While at the vet one day, someone brought in two, 2 day old squirrels. The person was desperate to help them, but didn’t have the time to bottle feed every 2 hrs. My first attempt at small wildlife was successful! I then rescued rabbits, shrews, and chipmunks. After that, I began to do foster care for my local shelters. As of today, I have rescued about 280 cats and kittens, 65 dogs and puppies, 2 baby rabbits, 2 chipmunks, 3 shrews, and 6 baby squirrels. I’ve done rescue for 5 yrs. I’m now studying to do ultrasounds, but plan to be able to carry my knowledge to the animals, of course.

R. Jama’l Rawls

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TeamBretMichaels.com Pet Rescue Story: Last Hope Nurses Homer Back To Health

Being a volunteer at Last Hope I am proud to say we have rescued Homer!

Homer is estimated to have been born 4/30/14 and was found in July severely bruised all over his body from apparent abuse. He survived a horrible infection of Cellulitis from puncture wounds. Now he is recovering from a 2 hour long surgery he underwent 10/9/14. He was neutered and had one of his bad eyes removed that ruptured, but it was decided during surgery that “Homer” could keep the other eye, because even though he doesn’t have any vision in that eye, it doesn’t cause him any pain. He is now home with his foster mom and recovering very well in true Homie style. She reported that, “he ate, he pooped and he’s purring and playing like crazy!” He may have been found bruised and battered but you’d never know that now! From the minute he was found he purrs, he trusts and he loves.

Homer had under development of his eyes and he has zero vision. The surgery in essence was to close his eyes to prevent infection. Although Homer is blind he can find you, his litterbox, and his way around. Is there someone who will give this boy the happy ending he deserves???

To adopt Homer please contact our foster coordinator at foster@lasthopeanimalrescue.org or complete an adoption application at anyone of our PetSmart adoption centers.**

Laura

**If you would like to help find these animals a good home or adopt yourself, please visit: http://www.LastHopeAnimalRescue.org/ Anyone adopting an animal accepts his/her responsibility with respect to the animal. Bret Michaels does not accept the liability or financial responsibility adopting may create. All perspective new owners will be screened to find a mutually beneficial situation matching dogs to good owners.

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TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Jackie Rescues Max After House Fire

2 years ago I rescued I adopted a puppy from the humane society named Max. A few years later, long story short I got divorced and moved out of the home leaving max behind because I didn’t want to take him out of the only home he has ever known. Fast forward to last year, Max who is now 11 was the only one home when the house caught fire and his Dad was in hospital after falling off a roof and breaking his ankle. Max was trapped inside with no way out until firefighters opened back door . He came running out, he suffered burns from his head ot his tail, his paw pads burnt, and he didn’t open his eyes for 3 days due to smoke irritation. With smoke damage to his lungs and the burns, it was unclear if he was going to make it, especially at his age. The night of the fire, I ran to his rescue, brought him home with me and nursed him back to health. It was touch and go for about 2 weeks, but I smothered him with love and kisses. He made a full recovery and continues to live with me again to this day. He is now 12 years old and in great shape for his age!

Another story, 3 years ago, I went to the humane society once again and adopted a 1 year old dog who was found as a stray, his name is Buddy. He was at the shelter for a month, seen his friends come and go, but they all passed him up. I just had to have him! Now he is living comfortable with us and is spoiled rotten. You have shown his picture on your website, I sent you a photo with his Bret Michaels bandana on. How amazing is that, he went from being a stray living in a shelter for a month to being “famous” featured on your site. I have enclosed a photo of Max and buddy with their new Bret Michaels bandanas. Thanks Bret!

Jackie

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MEGI Team Member Patrick & Friends Give Children Bret’s Ugly Christmas Sweater Chance Plush Available At PetSmart

Happy Holidays Road Dog Nation!

As an employee of MEGI, I am reminded on a daily basis of just how fortunate and forever grateful I am to work for Bret Michaels. I’ve known Bret for a long time and over the years I’ve witnessed his undying passion to help those benefited by charitable organizations and real causes. Bret’s commitment to philanthropy, people, military, veterans, animals and more sets the standard to which all of us at MEGI are equally committed to helping those in need. It is the true goal of Bret’s Life Rocks Foundation and I’m confident that I have spoken to some of you reading this who have benefited from the Life Rocks Foundation.

This morning with the help of some great friends of mine I headed over to my local PetSmart store and loaded up a shopping cart with Bret Michaels’ “Ugly Christmas Sweater” Chance Plush available right now at a PetSmart store near you and online at PetSmart.com. Why you ask? The thought of a grown man with an overloaded shopping cart full of these plush friends was probably a sight to see I am sure, but it is for a great cause as the same group of close friends and I will be donating these plush friends to many children at a pair of local homeless shelters. That is what Chance is all about, putting smiles on children’s faces despite circumstances this holiday season coupled with the fact that a portion of the proceeds from the Ugly Christmas Sweater Chance Plush also benefits PetSmart Charities which helps our animal friends who have no human caregiver and are unable to care or provide for themselves.

We at MEGI encourage everyone to please consider, if you have the means this holiday season pay it forward or lend a hand to someone in need however you can. Get together with each other, or by yourself and put a smile on the faces of children across the USA and Canada by giving them the Bret Michaels’ “Ugly Christmas Sweater” Chance Plush this holiday season. It will mean so much for so little. Please note that Bret’s “Ugly Christmas Sweater” Chance Plush is available exclusively at PetSmart stores near you and at PetSmart.com. This is item is limited, charitable and highly collectable.

On behalf of of all of us at MEGI, I’d like to thank you in advance and wish you all a very happy holiday!

Patrick

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TeamBretMichaels.com Pet Rescue Story: Couple Rescues Sheba Who Helps To Cope With Loss

My fiance was in the middle of our street talking with neighbors when a tiny kitten of about 8 weeks walked up to them and started crying. They all bent down and petted her, but when it came time for the group to break up, she followed him home. When he let her in to show her to me we noticed she was blind in one eye and had worms very badly. The next day we took her to the vet. They were able to give us medication for her worms but nothing they could do for her eye. As we already had two cats in our small house we decided to take her to the office we ran in the mall to try to find her a good home. Many children wanted her but the parents shied away due to her blind eye. By the end of the day my fiancee had fallen so much in love with her we decided to keep her. Shortly afterwards our cats of 16 & 17 yrs old passed away. Sheba as we named her is the biggest love bug I have ever met and constantly wants to be held. She gives hugs and kisses like a human and everything loves her..human and animals alike…dogs, other cats. She even brought us home another stray whose owners abandoned her when they moved. Earlier this year our two daughters passed away. Without Shebas love and constant kisses, I am not sure we would have made it through that time of our lives. God definitely sent her to us for a reason.

– Jennifer

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TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Sigourney Gives Meaning Of Pet Parent

This year marks the 6th year we have had our furbaby Jasmine. I thank God for her everyday. In 2009, my husband and I were going through a rough time and weren’t really communicating much. It was our anniversary,and a friend who knew we wanted an animal found out through a mutual friend that someone had a dog they didn’t want anymore. Jasmine has helped us not only communicate better with each other, but she saved my life and my marriage. I was also very very depressed, and because of her I am here to tell this story today. After we moved into our house, we found out another fur baby who needed a good home. How could we say no?! So now, we have two fur babies, one of which saved us, the other who we saved from being euthanized. :) I feel that without them in our lives, we wouldn’t be where we are today. My dogs are my children. I wont ever be able to handle having and giving birth to a child, so this is my little bit of happiness. As a “parent”, I feel it is important to be the voice of these animals. They are so fragile, and yet, bounce back like a bouncy ball. I know our second baby was abused before we got him, as he still kind of flinches when we go to pet him. All in all, I feel like my two dogs have really helped me, and I hope they feel I have helped them. :)

Sigourney Davis

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Our Rescue Story…The Pinky Lee Nine. By Janna and Christine

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Jade, puppy number one of the Pinky Lee Nine, with the Bret Michaels Signature Ugly Sweater Chance Plush.

We’ve shared the posts and photos of Bret’s many rescue stories, but we have a few of our own.

Over the years we’ve rescued some cats and dogs, too. Stray dogs, and a few cats, are an issue in many parts of the country, but especially in the semi-rural area that we live in. We live on one of those roads that makes it easy to leave a dog and hope that someone takes it in.

It seems that we rescued a new animal every year that we’ve lived here, some we’ve taken in and added to our family, some we’ve taken to rescues. All kinds of dogs, from mixed breeds to bully breeds, we’ve made sure that no dog starves or gets left out in the cold. We’ve taken in abandoned kittens and even a cat with feline leukemia that got to enjoy his short time with a loving family.

This year we took in a beautiful girl named we named Pinky Lee. She had been hanging around for a while before we decided to give her a safe, warm place for the cold nights. Pinky didn’t come alone, a couple weeks later we had nine more little mouths to feed. Pinky had nine adorably cute puppies that are now almost seven weeks old.

Our rescue story happened because we care about the animals, not only in our own home, but in our neighborhood as well. It just so happened that this particular rescue story came with a big commitment to making sure that those nine little puppies and their mama not only survived, but found loving forever homes.

In just a few short weeks, our rescue story starts its next chapter as we carefully place each of the puppies and their mama with their new families. In the meantime, the Pinky Lee Nine are growing up in a loving environment and that is the best part of this rescue story.  You can follow their story on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/PinkyLeeNine) and Instagram (http://www.instagram.com/pinkylee9).

We want you to share your rescue stories, to share the joy of making a difference in an animal’s life during this season of giving. There is no greater reward that giving a loving home to a pet in need.

Visit the campaign page here: http://www.bretmichaels.com/RescueStory/bretsrescuestory.html

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TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Heidi Pet Rescues Skyla

Anyone who has ever loved and lost a pet knows how difficult it is to let go. Last August I lost my Siamese kitty Versace. It broke my heart when she suddenly passed away. It took a few months, but I decided it was time to get a new kitty this year. I was open to adopting an adult cat, or kitten. I kept my search open for a few weeks, checking the various websites daily.

Then in March, I came across a certain cat that caught my eye. She was a Siamese, approximately 3 years old. So I left work, and took an extended lunch break to go meet her. She was at the AZ Humane Society. When they brought her into the little room I knew she would be going home with me. She seemed super sweet, but I could tell something was wrong with her. She’d take a few steps, and tip over! It was like she was tipsy. I discussed this with the H.S. and they said it could be something neurological, or an ear infection, or something. I took my chances, and adopted her. The AZ Humane Society gives a $500.00 voucher of credit to use at a Vet.

When I took her in, she had 2 ear infections. Then in a few days, she came down with a respiratory infection. She was barely eating, or drinking on her own. I burned through the $500.00 credit in no time. I was syringe feeding her food and water. She was so sick; I truly believe she wouldn’t have made it without me. But today she is good, she is a super sweet cat, named Skyla.

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