Hoarders 8.15 – Sandi, Vivian

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It’s our season finale, and for me, it was a hell of a tear jerker.  (Look, I’m a mom and my son is a giant and grown up, and I get tender around little guys, okay? Ha ha ha.) Continue reading

Hoarders 8.14 – Maggie, Ann

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(Sorry for the delay. When you do this for free, you have to take the paying writing jobs first, unfortunately…)

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Hoarders 8.13 – Celia, Nathan

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WARNING: This week features Celia, an animal hoarder, but I promise it’s not the level of animal hoarding we’ve seen in the past. (And all of the animals have since had medical attention with the vast being adopted out, thanks to the local SPCA.) Continue reading

Hoarders 8.12 – Sandy, Len

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“This behavior is self-abuse.”  This week’s episode features two people who are lost in their loneliness, their hoards serving as their companions. Continue reading

Hoarders 8.11 – Sybil, Ron

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A reminder that this website is not affiliated with A&E, nor is it an “official” Hoarders board. I expect people to treat this site like they’re guests in my house (because that’s essentially what you are) and to be respectful. Thanks.

Two very different people with similar reasonings for hoarding: they’re both banking on having things other people could want. One wants them to donate, the other to sell. The big question is: is there any value in these beleaguered items?

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Hoarders 8.10 – Kathy, Elmira

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Two families with hurting children amongst the hoard, but the hurts are for vastly different reasons. It serves as a reminder that until those hurts are addressed, not even these massive hoards are enough to smother them for good. Continue reading

Hoarders 8.9 – Ellen, Gloria

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BEFORE WE BEGIN, ANOTHER REMINDER: I am not an employee of the show.  I am not involved with the actual production of the show. The purpose of this show appearing on this website is because I, an independent television viewer much like yourself, have a website and want to talk about this show in a compassion and academic way. If you find that you cannot talk about this show in a compassionate way, this is not the site for you. Go to A&E’s show boards and talk there.

I will not sign petitions. I will not share your petitions. I will not agree that these people are monsters, should be locked up, or any other hate-filled, uncompassionate ideology you wish to pin upon these people. As Dr. Zasio said in tonight’s episode, “I’M NOT HERE TO JUDGE.” I’m here to learn. It’s okay if you don’t want to, reader. You just can’t hang out with me.

Having said that, yes, tonight has an animal hoarder. While it’s never good, the animals were not in such bad straits as we’ve seen before, not by a long shot. She had outdoor kennels for them.  The Humane Society even believed she could have a few animals back, and they only do that when they’ve assessed her ability to care for them.  Continue reading

Hoarders 8.8 – Peggy, Connie and Ed

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Warning. One of our hoarders, Peggy, is an animal hoarder. There are no living animals in this hoard; you will not see any animals suffering. It’s awful. We all know it’s awful. This show helps identify these folks, get them on ASPCA watch lists (to protect future animals from being “rescued”) and the hardworking crew of Hoarders either gets the animals into healthy, safe environments or gently and responsibly euthanizes them. The crew usually suffers a lot of heartache on these episodes, but they’re doing real good. It’s hard to watch. I know. If you need to skip, please do.

Please do not insult the hoarder. We all know it’s not fair, right or just. Calling names and being outraged here in comments will not do anything constructive. Let’s get to the bottom of why this happens so we can hopefully stop future animal hoarders. Continue reading

Hoarders 8.7 – Dick, Karen

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Sometimes when someone won’t choose you, you have to choose yourself. Continue reading

Hoarders 8-6 – Dorothy and David, Doris

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You know, every week I wonder if there’s going to be something new to learn. Surely we’ll run out of reasons for the hoarding, ways that people convince themselves that the manner in which they’re living is fine, just fine, and then I remember that no two people are alike. It’s like Mr. Rogers said (and yes, I just invoked the power of Fred Rogers), “There is only one person like you in the whole world.”

I was not let down this week with regards to seeing something new (and more importantly, learning something new). Continue reading