my hero of the year
Bernie Berlin is a very close friend of mine and I want to help her help the animals.

Animal Planet is having a Hero of the Year contest, the winner will receive $10k which could go a long way to helping Bernie's animal rescue. So I thought if we could get as many people as possible to nominate her, she might have a chance!

So will you help me, help her?


Here is the link to the contest entry form.

There's a few steps to entering, you'll need:

Her birthday: 9 -17-65
her phone number: 414-732-3211

her email:

and her address:
Bernie Berlin

"A Place To Bark"
375 N. Jones Road
Portland, TN 37148

You'll also need a 250 word or under write up about Bernie, I am including mine below so that way if you would like to simply copy and paste it you can. Feel free to write your own though!


Bernie Berlin is a hero to all the unwanted and uncared for animals in this world. She works tirelessly out of her own pocket to save every creature she can while educating the public about animal care, spaying, and the plight of rescue animals through her blog:

Bernie has been running her non-profit grass roots animal rescue, called A Place to Bark for the last 6 years and has found "forever homes" for over 300 dogs and cats and even a couple chickens and one peacock! She has been profiled twice by WITI FOX News in Milwaukee.

About once a month, she makes a 16 hour one way drive from her home in Tennessee with a van full of death-row puppies to Humane Societies in Wisconsin and Chicago, where the puppies will quickly find homes in the more urban areas.

She works closely with Tennessee and Kentucky animal control volunteers to help them learn proper health care to avoid diseases like Parvo, Mange and parasite infestations etc.

If Bernie were to win Hero of the Year, it would be a tremendous help to her rescue and in turn she would be better able to save countless cats and dogs from a needless death.


thank you for your help!!

PS. Our podcast has been delayed with the craziness this week. We'll be airing it this weekend! thanks for your patience!

P.P.S. Here's the photo I promised of Toby wearing his sock!

It sounds like your friend is very worthy of the honor! I'll send my best wishes and fill out the nomination form for her.. I just found your podcasts and they are lots of fun to listen too.
:) Abbie can't copy and paste from the site so it had to be typed in. Bernie definitely deserves this. Was great seeing her when she lived in WI.

Done this is fabulous - I will post it with my next post as well. Crossing my fingers for sweet Bernie!

thanks for letting me know about the copying and pasting.

I disabled the copyright java script for now so that way you can copy and paste.

sorry about that!
Thanks for putting that up Claudine!

I'm packing to vend at fiberfest tomorrow night but will be SURE to do this tonight! Thanks for providing the info cause I couldn't remember if her birthday was the 17 or 18!

P.S. [ = The form needed her email as well.

thanks! I'll add that to my blog post!
That's great what your friend is doing. I'm always up for supporting fellow animal advocates!

Aw, poor Toby. When Booger was alive, we had to have a lump removed from his hind leg just like Toby..turns out it was just a lump of fatty tissue, thank goodness. That bandage they put on his leg made his paw swell up, so he had a REALLY fat foot. heehee Hope he's doing ok

LOL @ him growling at his tail. ;)
Thank you for the post on Bernie. I nominated her too, rephrased your write up a little. Bernie deserves this and more!

Glad Toby came through surgery okay. He has such a sweet face even though he is not happy about the sock.

fabulous! i have such admiration for bernie. i've been reading her blog since you posted about it a while back. i would love to see her win this $ for her efforts!!!
thanks for the info claudine-just sent off a vote for her!
I'm a lurker on your Blog. I just wanted to let you know, Bernie got my Nomination. Hope all the lurkers will do the same. Thank you for all that you share here.
I wrote a nomination too.

I hope she wins.

Awwwwww Claudine! I haven't been on the pc much and now I read lil' Toby has been to the Vets again! Poor lil guy but he is getting very good care!!! He looks frustrated with the sock but he is soooo cute and I looked at your other sweeties too! Fat Mabel and Maggie look soooo content and all 3 gave me a chuckle or two, they are sooooo CUTE and CUDDly looking! xoxoxoxoxo's to all 3 and tell your hubby to give you a big BEAR HUG and you do the same for him!!!
Oh! I forgot to Thank YOU! Claudine for this nomination post for Bernie! I will do it too! I didn't know anything about it! Let's hope and pray she gets it!!! xo
I nominated Bernie for the award. I think she is a very special person and we certainly need more Bernies in this world.
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