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When determining how advanced a society is, we often think of things like technology and architecture.  Perhaps we should also measure cultures’ advancement by how we treat the least fortunate and most helpless among us.

Having encountered and even adopted several stray and abandoned pets over the years, I think it is reasonable to say that these are often among the saddest and most helpless of creatures.  But, given so much as half a chance, many of them thrive.

Like this one…

When this stray hound wandered through the yard late one New Year’s night, he was so thin it was heartbreaking.  I immediately gave him food, and realized not only was he nearly starved, he was also blind.  My own dog did not get along with other dogs, so I couldn’t keep the stray; fortunately, an aunt with a soft spot for animals adopted the blind hound, naming him “Magoo”. 

He was so weak, it was days before he made a sound, and we weren’t sure he would survive.  But within a few weeks, he was gaining weight, howling at visitors, and finding his way around the house and yard.  He even managed to swipe a loaf of bread off the kitchen counter once. 

By the time he passed away about a year ago, he was fat and happy, having lived his remaining few years in a home where he was loved.

Not all such stories have a happy ending.  Fortunately, there are groups and individuals working to change that. 

For the month of June, 10% of my eBay auctions will be donated to the Chesapeake Humane Society.  The Chesapeake Humane Society “works to promote the welfare of companion animals in the community through programs and strategies aimed at improving responsible pet ownership and reducing the pet population.”

And, they do everything they can to find good homes for stray and abandoned pets.  So buy cool stuff and support a worthy cause (or visit their site and adopt a pet!).

3-Lot Framed Four Leaf Clovers

3-Lot Framed Four Leaf Clovers


One of the reasons I enjoy selecting a new nonprofit each month is that I sometimes find people helping others in unusual ways.

This time, I had the pleasure of finding this gem.

CRTRC “is an equestrian center located in Chesapeake, Virginia. It is a non-profit organization offering equestrian activities for children and adults with, but not limited to, a variety of physical, mental, and behavioral challenges. These challenges include autism, cerebral palsy, sensory deficits, and seizure disorders.”

Ten percent of my May eBay auctions will be donated to this worthy cause. If you’d like to help them directly or would like to know more about CRTRC, please visit their website. To view all auctions supporting CRTRC, click here.

Framed 4 Leaf Clovers

Framed 4 Leaf Clovers

6-Lot Framed 4 Leaf Clovers

6-Lot Framed 4 Leaf Clovers

Originally, I thought there were even fewer, but then I found another box of the same kind of frames… and now those are almost gone.

I have been shopping for similar frames at a similar price, made in USA.  So, there will be more framed clovers; they just may be slightly different frames, at a slightly higher price.  And, I do not know when I will be able to offer so many of them in groups for a discount again.

So, if you like these frames, get them while you can. You can buy them in lots of 6 and 12 on eBay, or individually on

Real 4 leaf clovers are also currently available in necklace pendants. They’ve been so popular, more will eventually be made available.  But, for now, they are available in very limited quantities.

 And, for the month of April, 10% of all my eBay auctions will be donated to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

Real 4 Leaf Clover Pendant

Real 4 Leaf Clover Pendant

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is a little farther away than the nonprofits I usually select. But, the bay itself is nearby, and the health of the bay impacts so many.

So, Chesapeake Bay Foundation will receive 10% of auction proceeds this month, with much gratitude for the valuable services its members perform.

Current listings include framed four-leaf clovers in quantities of 6 and 12.   And, there is still a little time left to bid on the last of March’s listings, with 10% being donated to a local volunteer emergency rescue squad.

6-Lot Framed 4 Leaf Clovers

6-Lot Framed 4 Leaf Clovers

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