About Me, Ada the Dog

Thanks for visiting, humans! The most recent blog posts are in the right-hand column!

I’m a three-legged rescue dog named Ada who’s living the country life here in northcentral PA. My name is short for Americans with Disabilities Act. I was adopted from the vet’s office after I was abandoned by some guy who works in the natural gas industry. So the story goes: I was brought to PA from TX and left here when he went back to TX. After I became a stray and was hit in the road, someone dropped me off at the vet.

The vet saved me by amputating one of my front legs. A month later, I was adopted by my new master and he gave me my name. He lets me blog, but moans about using too much bandwidth, whatever that is.

This is the blog of my life and the ongoings here in the country…

I used to blog only about unconventional shale gas development and hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), but now I also blog about what it means to be a critical citizen. I ask more questions than I give answers… and I bark a lot about power, literacy, and the environment. If you’re wondering what those things have to do with each other, then start reading!

Read answers to FAQs about me in my first post by clicking here! Also, at the right-hand side of each page, you’ll see links to some of my other posts in the archive.

26 Responses to About Me, Ada the Dog

  1. David says:


    You are a anomaly of a dog, an inspiration to us all! The word pedigree does not do you justice. I’m glad you were “saved”, but rather I’m inclined you di a lot more saving that was done unto you.
    Keep digging those ditches becasue you never know what you’ll find!

  2. Thanks, David!!! I do what I can!

  3. Tosca says:

    Dear ADA

    My name is Tosca I am a 10 year old German short hair pointer, brought up in the Karoo South Africa we have wonderful seasonal river streams and when the dry periods hit us, which can be for long periods, we rely on clean water-well water, all the other family members on our farm, some 2000 in total, also rely on this water. We hear that THEY want to drill for gas on our farm and we are all worried what that could mean to our place we love so dearly. I’ll wait to hear what else you may stumble across, please keep in touch so that we can learn from your experiences


  4. WolfWeb says:

    Hi from Australia Ada. We have the gas drillers exploring and setting up test wells near us too. We’re very worried about it.

    Wolf, Rocky and Cooper, Australian Kelpies

    • hey friends! i guess things are getting a bit crazy down under the Down Under? i am so happy we can know each other over the Internet. there is much to be worried of, you are right, and there is also much to fight for! (no biting, tho.)

  5. Gramma Windy says:

    Hi, Ada and friends, My name’s Frankie and I am a 13-year-old Border Collie mix, and I don’t see what you all are worried about. I’m told we live on top of Marcellus Shale here in WV, and I don’t see any problem. Oh, wait, how’d that man get in here? And what are those papers he’s handing to my human and saying “Sign here, this’ll make you rich…” Yikes. Talk to you later.

  6. Mulligan says:

    Hi ADA!
    My name is Mulligan and I’m a Shepherd/Rottie mix. I’ve happily lived my 9 years in the beautiful Catskills. My mom, dad and their friends are working hard to try and stop the greedy gas companies from ruining New York, but they won’t stop there. The work being done in NY is being done for every dog and their family who’s safety is threatened by the evil gas companies and their fracking ways. No one should have to live with flammable water, dying ecosystems, air pollution, noise pollution, water pollution and water shortages.

    Thank you so much for your blog. You are an inspiration to dogs everywhere! Keep truckin’ and keep bloggin’!

    Best Wishes!
    Mulligan Sue Van Slammer

  7. fiona says:

    Hi, know what you are going through, I gave birth to 7 stillborn puppies because of drilling nearby, i didn’t know the water was bad. It was a great heartache.
    Fiona the collie

    • Jazz says:

      I’m so sorry, Fiona. That’s terrible.
      You’re not alone. We’re sad with you.
      Please stay strong, but get rest if you need it.

      Jazz the golden retriever (and even Mimi the cat)

  8. Onyx says:

    Hi Ada, and others — My heart goes out to you! I’m glad I left this earthly life in 1993 (age 12 or 13). I’d hate to be around now to experience this terrible development threatening devastation to my fellow creatures, all dogs, my human and other companions, and this beautiful and up ’til now wonderfully livable area of our country and world in central upstate NY.. Everything is at your mercy. Can you PLEASE manage to (help us humans) stop this juggernaut?
    — Onyx, the beloved super-smart black Lab/collie mix — aka PigBearWolfDeerDog — who gave my companion person a lot of reflective wisdom on life, love, relationships, responsibilities, and human frailties.

  9. Yolandé Stander says:

    Hi there,

    Can you please contact me. I am a reporter for a regional paper (Weekend Post) in South Africa and have been covering many stories on plans to explore shale gas in our area through fracking. I’d love to get some input from you – having already experienced the tragedy firsthand.
    Yolandé Stander

  10. nice blog! thanks for the help.

  11. Senator Ball says:

    This Monday I am holding a news conference in Governor Cuomo’s back yard. I am demanding he immediately tour Pennsylvania to see firsthand the devastation hydraulic fracturing can have on communities. I need your help!


    • Bring him on down to see the home we will soon be leaving, Greg. It is a sad ending, but the truth is that we lost the battle a long time ago here in PA. I have hope in you, for NY state.

  12. Jean says:

    Why is Ada Mae so mysterious? I would like to know a tiny bit about the dog’s writer/computer typist except the location is Pennsylvania. There are lots of things happening Alberta since it is the location of the oil tar sands (in the north).

    However in the mean time, glad you enjoyed my Rocky Mountains photos in my blog.

    • Dog is as dog does, I guess, Jean.
      P.S. I do all my own stunts, typing included 😉
      Use the search bar and the term “master” and it should give you all the posts where I’ve ever talked about my personal human.

  13. Jean says:

    If you are familiar with our national newspaper, it has had key articles over last few months:

    http://thetyee.ca/ Lots here. An online newspaper based in British Columbia

  14. Bassas Blog says:

    I have awarded you the One Lovely Blog Award. This is the link to the post. Congratulations. http://bassasblog.wordpress.com/2012/02/16/one-thing-that-gives-me-huge-pleasure/

  15. Hi Ada, I love your blog. Look forward to seeing more. Thanks for following mine 🙂

  16. Becky Joy says:

    Ada! I have an Ada the Dog! She is not you though, she is a Weimaraner. She is not named after ADA, she’s named Ada because it means noble and happy, and that’s what she is. (I think that might be what you are too). Also, her middle name is “Ruff N Tuff” not Mae like you. I think that both Ada the Dogs are very lovely! Sometimes I write about Ada the Dog on my blog (like today).

  17. So glad I found your site. Glad you managed to get one of the very, very good humans to adopt you. That is what I’m all about – getting fantastic “forever” homes for others just like you.

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