Two-Way Rescue


This is Leo. He needed a home — we needed his beautiful, soft, playful presence in our lives. Not sure who saved who.

Grief is a tricky thing – it makes you want to pull back from the world, but I’ve found it’s best to do the exact opposite and get out of your own head; reach out to help others. Since the death of my brother, this has been the most effective approach to healing for me. I feel better about humanity and myself when I know that I am putting out positive energy, changing someone’s day for the better, even just making someone smile — it all assists in the endorphin release.

Trying to keep a healthy and happy flow to our family life is my main goal — I’m trying my best (not always succeeding) to infuse our world with a bit of beauty, laughter, unexpected joy. We need it. That’s where our new guy, Leo, comes into the picture. This guy is THE ANTIDOTE TO SADNESS – it is impossible to feel bad when he is in your arms – IMPOSSIBLE. He’s our second rescue. A few years ago we adopted our Terrier mix, Luciana — she is a feisty, whip smart, loving energy in our home. I always suspected that we would make room for another pup in need and this was the right time.


Dog therapy – the fastest way to melt a heart, inspire spontaneous laughter and affection and pull you out of your blues.

We were very fortunate to work with the wonderful, incredibly helpful and supportive volunteers at Adopt-A-Pet in Illinois. These people are saints – tirelessly working to place homeless pets in good homes and it’s all done through volunteer work. Thank goodness for organizations like theirs – otherwise these animals would be euthanized.


Lu and Leo — extremely grateful to have these babies in our lives, very rewarding to know that we’ve done a little something good in the world.


Luciana (AKA: Little Sweetie).



  1. Mireille  February 26, 2015

    I’m so happy for you! Really! Take care

    • camilla  March 3, 2015

      Thank you!

  2. Jaimie  February 26, 2015

    What a cutie!! My husband and I adopted a puppy 5 months ago, and couldn’t be happier. It’s true that they really do rescue US as well!

    • camilla  March 3, 2015

      How wonderful! XO

  3. Bev P.  March 2, 2015

    Thank you, Camilla, for articulating so beautifully how a sweet dog (or 2 :) can impact your life. Reading your blog is gratifying to the volunteers that work to make this happen.

    • camilla  March 3, 2015

      Bev, Thanks again for placing Leo in our lives — he is pure love! XO, C

  4. Christopher Hall  March 2, 2015

    I’m Christopher, the manager of Wilmette Pet Center, where we fostered this little guy while he waited for you to find him. He was such a doll. And I know that your story is so true, and not just from the hundreds of families we see: I adopted a dog from Adopt-A-Pet. After working there for 6 1/2 years, after seeing all those wonderful dogs and see so many families becoming complete, I found the dog that just melted my heart. And while it took a few days to convince my partner to adopt, we have never, not for one moment, regretted it. By the second day, we looked at each other and could not believe that he had NOT been in our homes for years. He has brought a joy to our lives that we did not know was missing. It’s been a year and a half, and I don’t know what we did before he graced our lives.

    Congratulations, and so beautifully put.

    • camilla  March 3, 2015

      Christopher, Thank you! If we hadn’t walked into Wilmette Pet Center, we never would have met sweet Leo! You guys are the best! So grateful to have such a tremendous pet care resource in our community. We’re customers for life now! XO, Camilla

  5. Aunt Joan  March 5, 2015

    Love you all, and love your pups! Indigo can’t wait to visit! Rescue Dogs Rock!
    Hugs and kisses. AJ

  6. Zahava Katz-Perlish  March 6, 2015

    Such an expressive and heartfelt blog post. Thank you Camilla for adopting Leo; he’s very fortunate to have you guys as his family! I appreciate you writing about your positive experience with Adopt-A-Pet, and I’m really glad our paths crossed!