Author Miriam Newman and her Rescue Dogs! #FurbabyFriday

I’m very glad to have Miriam Newman here to share her wonderful dogs, the rescue organization she supports, and her book, Recused, the story of Dancer, the pit bull.

Miriam: Thanks to Beth for inviting me today to her lovely blog. I am always delighted to write anything about my furry friends. My advent into animal rescue came in the early 2000’s, when I was living alone for the first time in many years. When my bull terrier died from heart failure, off I went to the local SPCA to adopt a nice, small, furry pet to grace my couch and snuggle with me.
I came home with a pit bull.

Full details of the ensuing hilarity are chronicled in my book Rescued, which you will see below. After intense joy and heartbreak, my beloved pit bull Dancer succumbed to kidney failure, but she had given me an appetite for taking the dogs no one else wants.

Several years later, I saw Dancer’s doppelganger on a page for a rescue in northern New Jersey. It wasn’t even remotely near me, but that was my dog. Luckily, I found a kindred spirit in Jennifer McFadden, who heads the rescue. She and her then-little daughter brought that barfing dog all the way from near New York City to my remote farm tucked far away in Pennsylvania. Oh, the poor brave souls, but their faith was rewarded as Tia—pictured here—went a long way towards filling the gaping hole in my heart.

(Tia the Guardian)

And I was hooked. When Jennifer asked me to foster dogs for her rescue, I plunged in headlong. To date, I have fostered roughly two dozen dogs for several rescues. Four of them remain with me for various reasons—either I couldn’t let go or they couldn’t. (One bites everybody but me!).
Delilah was one of my first rescues. She is now our wise old lady dog. Then there is Kipsy, who thinks she is Tia’s puppy—on what grounds, I don’t know, but there you have it.
And Mushie, everybody’s favorite little mushpot that I can’t live without. How I love that dog.


And finally we have Hank, otherwise known as Jaws. Like the Lord of the Rings, Hank does not share power, so I think my dog rescues are at an end. Still, everything finds me, from a dumped-off pregnant kitty to a riderless horse to a two hundred pound pig on the porch. Anyone who thinks life in the country is boring just doesn’t know.

The dogs are my writing companions in a collection of books on my website. Mainly these are historical and/or fantasy romance, with one exception. I have written the true story of Dancer the pit bull, with Tia posing as cover model. All proceeds from sales of the book go to Home Free Animal Rescue in Red Bank, NJ. I would be thrilled to have you share our story.

Blurb for RESCUED:

What do you do when you are alone in the world? If you’re a nice middle-aged lady with a social conscience, you go to your local shelter and adopt a rescue dog. Of course, sometimes it isn’t only the dog who needs to be rescued. That’s when life might send you a Dancer-Dog.


Fantasy poetry driven by myths and legends has been my passion for as long as I can remember. I was published in poetry before catching the romance writing bug. I bring that background to my writing along with a lifelong addiction to horses, an 18 year career in various areas of psychiatric social services and many trips to Ireland, where I nurture my muse. My published works range from contemporary fantasy romance to fantasy historical, futuristic, science fiction and historical romance. Currently I live in rural Pennsylvania with a “motley crew” of rescue animals. You can see my books at

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Thanks for stopping by! Please leave Miriam a comment.


13 responses to “Author Miriam Newman and her Rescue Dogs! #FurbabyFriday

  1. What a wonderful story, Miriam! Bless your heart, it takes a special person to do rescue! I’ve read several of your books, and enjoyed each one immensely! Of course, I LOVE all the photos of the critters 🙂 Please give them all hugs for me, and of course, a wee treat. I was delighted to see your lovely post this morning, and thanks for sharing your wonderful pets and rescues with us. ((hugs))

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  2. Thanks, Patty! Yes, my dog pack is very special to me and they’ll take all the treats they can get, LOL.

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  3. Animals do give us unconditional love. I can’t imagine being without a dog. Bless you for all your rescues, Miriam.

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  4. Wow! What a wonderful post, Miriam. I’m smiling at all your furbabies–past and present. In my humble opinion, dogs choose the people they want to live with. They know the “heart” of the person. Wishing you all the best!


  5. Thanks, Gerri and Mary. I wish you could see all my babies. The last one, Dudley, came to me as a starved feral dog that weighed 28 pounds. He is now 45 pounds, happily adopted and very loved. It’s hard taking the abused and broken, but so worth it.

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  6. It’s so nice to learn more about your “Rescue Operation” and your dedication to your canine friends, Miriam. You are one special lady, and those pups are lucky dogs indeed. I love how you all look after each other. Best of the best.

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  7. Very cool Blog. Loved the tales of your rescued pets. Thanks for sharing. The photos were great as well.

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  8. Thank you, Pat and CB. My dog pack takes very good care of me.

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  9. Miriam, you are one of the very best people I know–an angel to so many of those dogs that need you. You are truly an inspiration! So glad to call you my friend.

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  10. Patricia Barraclough

    We have done fostering. We did many litters of puppies and some older dogs. We have kept some we rescued and have adopted other rescues. Somehow, they seem to show up at our housed ask to stay. We currently have three dogs. Our almost 17 year old lady is from the last litter we fostered. One is from a breeder who had an unexpected litter and gave them to friends rather than have unvetted buyers take them. The other was found as a puppy, badly beaten and dumped in a ditch. I go to the pound every so often, but I find a dog that I need to take home. Can’t do it. The pack dynamics with these three won’t work for adding another one. Last trip, there was an older dog whose owner had died and the family hadn’t wanted her. She broke my heart. I haven’t wanted one so badly in a long time.

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  11. Enjoyed your blog, and loved your dog pictures. Had to buy your book.


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