#RRBCSpotlightAuthor #RRBC Mary Adler (@MAAdlerwrites)

It is my pleasure to welcome Mary Adler to my blog. Check out Mary’s book Shadowed By Death.” Lets give her our full support by following her tour.


Follow your heart. See where it leads you. And start right there, wherever that may be. Set your compassion ablaze. Christi Camblor, DVM

I met Christi almost two years ago, when I accidentally adopted a puppy from Mexico through her rescue, Compassion without Borders. I didn’t want to raise a puppy and I really didn’t want a dog with issues, but life happened and our home that was filled with grief because of the loss of our AndyPandy suddenly knew moments of joy and laughter again.

I hoped that since Charlie was only weeks old when brought to the shelter, that she would have escaped the harshness of life on the streets in Mexico; that the warm supportive environment I would raise her in would result in an emotionally stable dog. I was wrong.

Charlie came out of the womb—literally out of the womb—terrified of the world. I learned from an animal behaviorist that a pregnant dog who lives in fear of human beings and other animals and has to scrounge for food and water and shelter will pass her stress on to her puppies in utero in varying degrees.

Compassion Without Borders brings dogs from poorer communities—Mexico and California’s central valley—to places where they have a better chance of being adopted.  They even ship small dogs east where they are desired and in short supply. In 2017, they rescued nearly 500 animals in the U.S. and provided access to veterinary care and spay/neuter to over 2,000 more.

Even so, the rescue has been criticized for going to Mexico to save dogs when there are so many dogs here that need help. Christi explains:

“The homeless dog here in the U.S. will, at the very least, have the chance of a humane death if there is no chance of rescue or adoption. In turn, the animal south of the border does not have that same guaranteed fate. He or she will either languish, starve, or suffer on the streets or, if they are rounded up and captured by animal control, they will be electrocuted—the most common method of killing unwanted animals in Mexico. The need is so great. The resources so few. The animals so precious. Why wouldn’t we help? The life of every dog is every bit as valuable as the life of any other. Plain and simple.”

And that brings me to the writing part. My stories are set against real issues of racial, ethnic, and gender inequality. I care about the stories of the people who lived during the war and suffered its social injustice. To care about what happens to others, one must first accept that, to paraphrase Christi, “The life of every human being is every bit as valuable as the life of any other. Plain and simple.”

Follow Mary online:

Twitter – https://twitter.com/MAAdlerWrites

Facebook – https://maryadlerwrites.com/

Author Bio:

Mary Adler was an attorney and dean at CWRU School of Medicine. She escaped the ivory tower for the much gentler world of World War II and the adventures of homicide detective Oliver Wright and his German shepherd, Harley. She lives with her family in Sebastopol, California, where she creates garden habitats for birds and bees and butterflies. She is active in dog rescue and does canine scent work with her brilliant dogs — the brains of the team — and loves all things Italian.

About Shirley Harris-Slaughter

I love old buildings and history. That's why I ended up writing about the history that surrounded me all of my life - "Our Lady of Victory, the Saga of an African-American Catholic Community." Plus our church had closed and the school is torn down, so I felt it was imperative that we preserve the history or it would be lost forever.
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31 Responses to #RRBCSpotlightAuthor #RRBC Mary Adler (@MAAdlerwrites)

  1. Thanks for shaaring this


  2. I’m glad Charlie now has a safe home with you. She looks adorable! Thank you for hosting, Shirley.

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  3. Oh my… look at her smile! Blessings to you, Mary, for giving Charlie such a loving home. Big hugs across the miles. Thank you for sharing this with us. 🙂
    Many thanks, Shirley, for hosting and for the warm welcome, as always.

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  4. Gwen Plano says:

    Such a poignant story. Thank you, Mary, for sharing so deeply and honestly. ♥

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  5. Soooz says:

    Thank you for sharing Mary’s great post, Shirley. We too have only had rescue pets for many many years now. I’ve witnessed first hand the love and comfort we share with our fur babies. Several friends of ours that are being treated for PTSD have been gifted rescue dogs and the change in their ability to connect with the people around them has been remarkable. We all need that empathy and a sense of belonging.

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    • Shirley Harris-Slaughter says:

      Sooz, I’ve seen shows about these wonderful pets who bring joy to people’s lives. They are miracles from God. I’m glad you stopped by and added to this worthwhile conversation.

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    • Mary Adler says:

      Thank you, Soooz. I read about dogs who are trained for people with PTSD. One of the things the dogs are taught to do is to face behind the person whenever he or she stops. It is to alleviate that fear that someone is threatening from behind. My daughter has a Lab who didn’t quite make it to service dog and he is a facility dog and works with the autistic children in her school. We think he was smart enough to be a service dog but doesn’t have much of a work ethic. He’d rather lie around being petted and adored. And what’s wrong with that?

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  6. You and Charlie touched my heart! So glad you’ve found one another. 🙂 Thanks for another great Spotlight, Mary and Shirley.

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  7. beemweeks says:

    You embarked on a stellar tour, Mary. Wishing you the very best going forward.

    Shirley, your support for authors is incredible. Thank you for hosting.

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  8. Mary Adler says:

    Thank you for hosting, Shirley. It is wonderful to be here.


  9. lauralibricz says:

    I really enjoyed this Spotlight Tour, Mary! Nice to see you, too, Shirley!

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  10. D.L Finn, Author says:

    What a wonderful story about how you ended up with Charlie:) Its great there is a group helping theses animals! Thanks for hosting Shirley.


  11. Rhani D'Chae says:

    Thanks for hosting, Shirley. It’s always such a pleasure to stop by your blog.


  12. Rhani D'Chae says:

    Hi, Mary. That is such a sweet post! What a warm and generous person you are to rescue a dog with issues instead of buying one who was emotionally stable at the nearest pet store. Bless you!

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    • Mary Adler says:

      Thank you, Rhani. We have had rescues for decades now. Recently in California they passed a law that pet stores can now longer sell dogs — mainly because many of them come from puppy mills — but can offer dogs from rescues for adoption. Who are your 10 furry little dictators?


    • Mary Adler says:

      Rhani, You are definitely outnumbered!!


  13. Rhani D'Chae says:

    Reblogged this on Rhani DChae and commented:
    I had to share this post. As willing staff to 10 furry little dictators, all rescues, I have to spread the word about any organization that is working to save God’s little lost ones.

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