Monday, November 29, 2010

Mobile Mondays

This time of year is more irritating than ever for Astrea because I have a lot of studying to do in preparation for finals. I've found that if I study on the couch she's much happier because she can sleep next to me while I study. This was the view last night as I worked. Such a lady when she sleeps...

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Sanchooooooo...

This weekend I was lucky enough to have my dad and brother come put in new, amazing bamboo flooring in my house. Astrea was not too happy at the beginning of the renovation, but after two days at day care she's too tired to care. While they were laying the floor I had to try to stay out of the way best I could. In the process I found my old digital camera and discovered a memory card inside. I popped it in the computer on the off change that there was something on it. What I found were all the pictures of Sancho I thought I lost. Also - a video from when I first brought him home. Look at my skinny little boy play with his favorite cat. The two year anniversary of his adoption passed a couple weeks go, so this was a nice little surprise.

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Home for the Holidays



Are you in the Sacramento area? Do you know someone looking for a pet this Holiday season? Now through December 30 the Sacramento SPCA, City of Sacramento Animal Care Services, Sacramento County Animal Care and Regulation and Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary are holding a joint "Home for the Holidays" pet adoption special. In an effort to find homes for 1,000 animals by the end of 2010 all of these organizations will be reducing their adoption fees by HALF until December 30.

Please, if you or your loved ones are planning on adding a pet to your home this holiday season, adopt from a shelter! There are so many loving, amazing animals just waiting for a good home.

For more information or to view available pets please visit: www.sspca.org, www.happytails.org, www.cityofsacramento.org/generalservices/animal-care/ or www.saccountyshelter.net

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Help Tony be FREE!

So I'm going to go ahead and take this moment to admit that I hate zoos. I HATE them with the fire of a thousand hells. There is nothing I like about zoos. They give me a terrible feeling. To me being at a zoo is a lot like when I volunteer at the shelter and walk through the halls of the animals in their kennels or even when I was working at a prison and would walk past all the cells. There is just nothing about seeing a living being confined that excites me. Even as a kid I don't remember really liking zoos, I always remember liking the playgrounds and the yummy treats, but I don't remember getting excited about the animals. The last time I went to a zoo was about five years ago. While we were there I got a concussion. I took that as a sign from some higher being that I did not need to return to a zoo ever. So my hatred for zoos, makes me really, really hate that stuff like this goes on.

Meet Tony. Tony lives at a truck stop. Tony deserves better.



Free Tony the Tiger is the cause this week at Be the Change for Animals. Please take a few minutes of your time to help Tony. The Animal Legal Defense Fund has filed a petition with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, requesting that they revoke, and deny renewal of, the permit allowing Tony to be on display, but that's not enough! Every email and signature will help. So please sign the change.org petition to deny renewal of the permit and then use the simple Big Cat Action Alert to e-mail the officials in Louisiana and tell them how important it is that Tony be allowed to spend the rest of his years at a big cat sanctuary. He even already has a place lined up. A peaceful sanctuary has been offered where Tony can live his life - enjoying the grass, the ponds, chasing butterflies, relishing enrichment, the best that can be offered for a captive tiger. So please, please, please take a minute and help Tony and then encourage your friends to do so too.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Mobile Mondays

Astrea really does make the best pillow. First James, now my favorite little human Nugget. Life really doesn't get any better than this...

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Wag & Walk for Life!

First, I have to say, Greenies are a life saver. Sancho spent most of his short little life on multiple medications, Greenies Pill Pockets were the only way he would take his pills. He got so excited when he saw me pull that Greenies bag out and it made so me happy that I could get him to take his medication so easily.

Now to the more important part of this post - Wag and Walk for Life - this is an AMAZING campaign by Greenies. It's super easy and if you are walking with your dog anyway, why not click a couple links on facebook and help a vet get a service dog?



So how does it work? Go to the Wag & Walk for Life page and take the pledge to walk a certain number of miles in the next three months (they break it down for you in minutes so you can play for that time too, not just walk). When the total miles pledged reaches 25,000 miles — a walk around the world — Greenies will make a contribution to Freedom Service Dogs to train and place six dogs with disabled veterans. For each additional 25,000 miles pledged, Greenies will fund two more dogs and veterans — up to 12 dogs in total. You're out there playing with your dogs anyway, why not track that time and help a veteran in need?



Also, I'd like to take this minute to say on Monday, November 15, 2010 the world lost a brave solider, Rest in Peace Staff Sgt. David P. Senft.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Mobile Mondays



Yesterday Astrea and I made the trek to go see our family and celebrate my nephew's birthday. As I was driving I could hear Astrea rustling around in the backseat. When I got to a stop light, this is what I found.

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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Monday, November 08, 2010

Mobile Mondays

This is what an embarrassed dog looks like. Jameson is very excitable, sometimes he gets so excited he can't control himself. He was so excited that his favorite baby came to visit that he his little lip stick was popping out for all to see. We were laughing at him and this was the result...

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True, Undying Friendship

For those people who don't believe that our animals are conscious beings aware of their surroundings and their loved ones - meet Spot... Five months ago Spot's owner Wayne Giroux was killed by a drunk driver. While Wayne's family tries to cope with the loss of their loved one, Spot waits, every day, for her best friend to return home. Seeing spot watching traffic, waiting for Wayne to come home absolutely breaks my heart, but it also makes me cherish my dogs even more. I think Paul Giroux (Wayne's son) said it best, "If you can ever find anything that loves you that much, it's the most precious gift in the world."



Source: CNN.com

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Expose Animal Abusers NOW!!

“A registry of abusers would help ensure animals are not being adopted out to convicted abusers, end the cycle of abuse and increase the likelihood of finding these pets the forever home they deserve.” - California Senator Dean Florez

The Animal Legal Defense Fund has created a website, "Expose Animal Abusers" to help organize signatures and letters from individuals to our elected officials to create animal abuser registries that will allow us to track animal abusers and protect animals. "In story after heartbreaking story, abusers repeat their violent crimes against helpless animals, and often go on to victimize people as well. Keep your animals and your families safe. Sign on to demand that your state require animal abusers register in their communities!" - ALDF

I encourage you to visit ALDF: Expose Animal Abusers, sign the petition and use their easy form to email your legislators TODAY. Then pass the link on and encourage your family and friends to do the same.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Go Giants Go!

Ok, so first, I'll admit I'm not a sports fan. I've been to a handful of professional baseball and football games over the years, but mostly I've gone for beer, garlic fries and friends. I don't have any teams I follow, and on a Sunday you will never find football on my TV. So the World Series didn't excite me too much, but it was nice to see the Bay Area so happy and united. I checked in on the games, but didn't watch any through. That being said... San Francisco is one of my favorite places in the world and the Giants making it to and then winning the World Series just put so many of my friends over the moon that I couldn't help but feel proud to be form Northern California. Today a ton of my friends went to the parade, so I was looking through pictures from the celebration and this picture just kills me. Something about horses in hats is just hilarious...



Source: mlb.fanhouse.com

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Vote for Animals

I hope you're all going out to make your voice heard at the ballot box today. Several States have ballot measures that affect out animals today, if you live in one of these states I hope you're voting to protect our animal friends and family. For those of you wondering what's on the ballot across the country, here's a great article from change.org that sums it up for you.


Political Animals: What's on the Ballot Tuesday for Animals

by Martin Matheny October 29, 2010 05:00 AM (PT) Topics: Hunting, Puppy Mills

Come Tuesday, it'll be over — the election, that is. Millions upon millions of dollars have been spent, the various candidates have more or less effectively demonized their opponents, and the pundits are on standby to rub their hands together and chortle about how they were right all along. (Regardless of whether they actually were, of course.)

But, it's crucial to remember that this is about a whole lot more than tallying up the political score at the end of the day. It's about the kind of policy you want and the kind of country you want us to be. It's about taking advantage of the opportunity to show, with your vote, that you're committed to lasting, positive social change.

How we treat the species we share the planet with is a part of who we are. And, sometimes, we give them a pretty raw deal. Here's where you can spot the change on your ballot next Tuesday, November 2nd:

Missouri: "Prop B" will put puppy mills out of business (Vote: Yes)

The Humane Society of the United States will tell you that Missouri is the number-one puppy producer and exporter in the United States (HSUS estimates that over two-thirds of pet store dogs for sale in New York City come from Missouri, for example). Too many of those dogs are coming out of "puppy mills," where the push for profit means that dogs are treated like factory machinery. Sanitary conditions are appalling, negligence is the rule, and human interaction is virtually non-existent. Proposition B would require that breeders treat their dogs in a humane way, and hopefully force the unscrupulous puppy mill barons out of business, while allowing responsible and humane breeders to continue operating.

Opposing the measure (and spending quite a bit of money to do so) are various agribusiness interests and faded conservative icon "Joe the Plumber." On the side of the good guys, you have the HSUS, state and local animal protection groups, and (we hope) more than 50 percent of the voters, not to mention St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa. If you live in the Show-Me State, this is a no-brainer.

Various States: Hunting and fishing as a constitutional right (Vote: No)


The states of Arkansas, Arizona, South Carolina and Tennessee are all letting the voters decide whether the right to hunt and fish should be enshrined in the states' constitutions. Ten states have similar protections in their constitutions; only one, Vermont's, is more than 15 years old.

Depending on who you ask, the constitutional right to hunt and fish is either a solution in search of a problem, or a really big potential problem for wildlife protection advocates. Some experts suggest that to pass this kind of constitutional amendment will give the more radical pro-hunting elements a leg up in litigation and the ability to take any change to hunting laws (or possibly even minor changes to length of hunting seasons or quotas) to court, while hampering the ability of wildlife advocates to protect animals.

North Dakota: Canned hunting could get canned (Vote: Yes)

This issue has been fairly quiet outside of North Dakota, but responsible hunters and others, including the Humane Society Legislative Fund, are fighting to put an end to "canned hunting," the process of raising more-or-less tame deer and elk and keeping them fenced in to make them easier to hunt.

What's especially interesting about this ballot initiative to ban canned hunts is that it's being spearheaded and supported by hunters, including one very famous name: Theodore Roosevelt, IV, who penned an op-ed recently. We can, and do, argue back and forth about the morality of hunting in general, but can't we at least get on the same page and say that fencing the game in so it's easier to kill them is bad?

In your neighborhood: Go vote

The final, and perhaps most important, animal/political issue to watch is your own elected officials. Before you cast a vote, make sure you're comfortable with where your politicians stand on the issues. If you're talking about Congress, a good place to start is with the Humane Society Legislative Fund scorecard, which will give you a snapshot of where your federal elected officials stand. With issues like the "PUPS" Act and a crush video ban on the radar, Congress is going to play a big role in animal policy in coming months.

If you want the kind of lasting social change that we all say we do, it starts by electing representation who are ready to create that change. And, it's about more than just animal policy. Good animal policy is good people policy, too.

Now, go vote.

Monday, November 01, 2010

Senior Pets RULE!!!!

November is "Adopt a Senior Pet Month" and the folks at Petfinder.com have put together a list of 10 fantastic reasons senior pets rule. If you're looking for a senior pet, try the petfinder.com search widget to your right...



10 reasons senior pets rule: 'Like' this post & pledge to help senior pets!

By Jane, associate producer
Posted November 1, 2010 9:32 AM |

As mom to three "older" cats and one 20-year-old turtle, I consider senior-pet adoption a cause near and dear to my heart.

So this month, I'm challenging everyone to pledge to spread the word by "liking" this post. If you want to do more, we've got ways to help after the jump.

And if you have a friend who's thinking of adopting -- or if you're considering adding a new furry family member yourself -- read and share this list:

10 Reasons Senior Pets Rule:

1. When senior pets are adopted, they seem to understand that they've been rescued, and are all the more thankful for it.

2. A senior pet's personality has already developed, so you'll know if he or she is a good fit for your family.

3. You can teach an old dog (or cat or other pet) new tricks (I do every day with my own cats!): Senior pets have the attention span and impulse control that makes them easier to train than their youthful counterparts.

Mobile Mondays

For her Halloween treat I took Astrea to the park by our house. There was no one there for the first hour we were there so I let her play off her leash. She split her time between chasing things that fly (birds, butterflies, flies) and hunting down rabbit poo to eat. She did take some time to relax in the shade with her momma though...

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