10 Year old German shepherd
Steph was rescued from a situation where she was neglected, but this has not stopped her from wishing for a loving home in which to spend her golden years. 

Steph is a calm dog who loves to be around people. Her handlers recently took her to a Pet Assisted Therapy Visit and described her as phenomenal. She let everyone pet her and gave out kisses. Steph already knows how to sit, and lie down. She loves to play ball and will bring it back as many times as you will throw it. Steph walks great on a leash and seems to get along well with other docile dogs.

If you are a loving family or person who could provide Steph with a loving peaceful adult home where she could spend her golden years, she would be extremely grateful to you. The experience of providing a neglected pooch with the loving family she never had, is unlike anything else you will experience in life. Steph would repay your kindness with unconditional love and friendship. She will even throw in a few of her great kisses if you will let her. If you think you are the family for Steph, she is anxiously awaiting to come home with you. Meet her today at Animal Friends!

Cycle Source names Athena “Chickie” Ransom 2010’s Motorcycling Women of the Year

We here at Garage-Girls couldn’t be happier with this years announcement for Cycle Source’s Women of the Year, our good friend Athena “Chickie” Ransom is one hell of an ambassador for women in motorcycling
Kids, Dogs and the elderly is what she says is important to her. You might think that being an attractive girl that builds choppers is enough reason to be cool but the story on Athena is much deeper than that. Athena worked her way up on the hard road as a woman in a mans game and has achieved great things as a builder, but it’s her untiring outreach through charity work that makes her such a special lady. On top of running a full time shop, traveling to appearances as a builder, attending member events as a motor maid, she always leaves room to work with Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs, Veterans and Elderly organizations and animal protection agencies. She has gone to the end to promote women in motorcycling including riding along on the motorcycle cannonball this year as a team mechanic for Cris Sommer Simmons. She is the first of the group to stand up when people call for volunteers and generally the last to leave when there is work to be done. It is for all these reasons Cycle Source is proud to announce her as 2010’s Cycle SOurce readers Women of the year.  Way to Go Chickie!!!!

Christmas Wish List, Biker Chicz of North America

Add this read to your Christmas wish list, you probably even know some of these stellar ladies and we here at Garage-Girls are proud to call most of them friends and fellow Garage-Girls.
In Biker Chicz of North America, Edward Winterhalder and Wil De Clercq have compiled in-depth profiles of twenty-two fascinating women who ride Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Each chapter features an individual whose life story is compelling, intriguing, fascinating, and inspirational.
Global studies indicate that 12 to 18 percent of motorcycling enthusiasts are women. The number of women motorcycle riders in North America has increased exponentially since the early 1990s, and that exciting trend continues. American Motorcycle Industry Council statistics indicate that over one million new motorcycles were sold in the United States in 2008. Of that impressive number more than 100,000 were sold to women.
While each woman featured in this book is unique and extraordinary in her own right, there are, not surprisingly, certain attributes they all have in common. In addition to being avowed motorcycle riders—they live to ride and ride to live—they are successful, intelligent, freethinking, adventurous, creative, inspiring, and tenacious. They are women who have followed their dreams and dared to live life on their own terms. All are survivors who boldly took on challenges that many of us—men or women—would find daunting. Some of them came by their success easily, others by triumphing over adversity.
Despite their common traits, most are as different as night and day. Some are introverted, others extroverted; some are family oriented, others are loners. They’ll be the first to admit, however, that without their Harleys, they would not be who they are today. Their beloved motorcycles are what defines them and what sets them apart from their nonriding sisters.
The Chicz are: Cris Sommer-Simmons, Mandy Rossmeyer Campbell, Lucky Belcamino, Gevin Fax, Becky Brown, Betsy Huelskamp, Gina Woods, Laura Klock, Deborah DiMiceli, Vicki Roberts Sanfelipo, Pepper Massey, Sasha Mullins, Lorrie Penteluke, JoAnn Begey Bortles, Freedom Conklin, Meg Mc Donough, Marilyn Elmore Bragg, Katmandu Palmer, Gloria Tramontin Struck, Banshee LaDucati, Andrea Perrino and Danni Stockley.
About the authors:
Edward Winterhalder lives in Oklahoma and is one of the world’s leading authorities on motorcycle clubs and the Harley- Davidson biker lifestyle; his books are published in multiple languages and sold all over the world. He was a member, and/or an associate, of outlaw motorcycle clubs for almost thirty years.
The creator and executive producer of the “Biker Chicz” and “Living on the Edge” docu-reality television series, Winterhalder has appeared worldwide on television networks such as Bravo, Prime, CBC, Fox, National Geographic, History Channel, Global and History Television. In addition to his literary endeavors, he is a consultant to the entertainment industry for TV, feature film and DVD projects that focus on the Harley-Davidson biker lifestyle.
Wil De Clercq has worked as a freelance writer and editor, visual artist, and in such diverse fields as demolition, the merchant marines, faux finish painting, advertising copywriting, and film and television production; he has been a dynamic force in the world of motorcycle journalism for more than twenty-five years and lives in Ontario, Canada.