Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year from the dog house and Astrea too! We're having a low key celebration, just the two of us and the Divine Miss Bette Midler on HBO. But we're ready for a fun and exciting 2011 and hope you are too!

Let's end 2011 with a picture of Astrea doing her favorite thing after playing in the snow in Tahoe...

...she's doing the same thing now as we ring in the New Year...

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Reunited and it feels so good....

Between the holidays and a quick trip up to Tahoe, I've been away from home so Astrea and Jameson have been apart. As much as Astrea loves being with her Grammiecakes and Grampa and having full reign of the house in Tahoe, she did miss her little brother. Last night they were finally reunited and I think we can all agree, they were very happy to see each other again. It's moments like this that make me wonder how people can think animals don't have feelings.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

VERY Happy Holidays at Sacramento Area Shelters!

If you remember I posted a few weeks back that the Sacramento SPCA, Sacramento City Shelter, Sacramento County Shelter and Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary all cut their adoption fees in half in an effort to give 1000 animals home by December 30. A big round of applause to everyone who adopted from a shelter between November 26 and December 29 to help surpass the goal... maybe the the last day will give another good boost in adoptions!! Hopefully everyone is loving the new time with their wonderful addition to their family.

More than 1,000 Animals Find Homes for the Holidays
Animal Care Partners of Sacramento Exceed Lofty Adoption Goal

(Sacramento, CA) -- Animal Care Partners of Sacramento, a coalition of animal care agencies in the Sacramento community, have surpassed their goal of 1,000 adoptions this holiday season. With just a couple of days remaining in 2010, the agencies are very pleased to report that 1,057 animals have been placed in new homes since Black Friday (November 26).

The partnership, comprised of the Sacramento SPCA, Sacramento County Animal Care & Regulation, City of Sacramento Animal Care Services and Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary, are working together to save animal lives in the Sacramento area. The “Home for the Holidays” campaign was the first combined holiday event for the partnership and represents the group’s largest combined adoption event to date. Home for the Holidays, which featured half-off animal adoptions, drew people to the participating shelters and resulted in increased adoptions at all agencies.

“We set a rather lofty goal of 1,000 adoptions, and are very pleased that we not only met, but exceeded this lifesaving goal,” said Rick Johnson, Sacramento SPCA Executive Director. “Each adoption represents both a happy ending and a new beginning for these animals, and we couldn’t be happier.”

Sacramento animal shelters are experiencing an increased number of homeless animals entering their facilities. Much of the increase can be directly attributed to the economy – people losing their homes and/or simply unable to afford the proper care of their pets. Animal Care Partners of Sacramento was formed as part of an effort to work as a community to care for and increase adoption rates of homeless animals in the Sacramento area.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Celebrity Sunday - Holiday Edition

Happy Holidays! I hope whatever you celebrate you're having a wonderful season with family and friends. American Idol Alum Kris Allen and his adorable dog, Zorro would also like to with you a Happy Holiday Season!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas Eve

Merry Christmas Eve! I hope you're all having a fantastic holiday season no matter what you celebrate. Today I wanted to share with you an amazing story coming out of the Sacramento County Shelter. This is the type of story that gives me hope for our future, kids like this are amazing and stories like this always make me misty eyed...

On Wednesday, December 22, a 13-year-old girl named, Hardeep, from a local elementary school went to the shelter and presented her “life savings” totaling $74.76 as part of a promise she made to God. Hardeep's precious Lab/Border Collie mix, Sam, became very sick and had to have surgery after eating a toxin. She prayed to God and asked him to save Sam. Hardeep promised that if Sam was saved, she would give all the money in her piggy bank to charity. If you couldn't already guess the ending, Sam happily recovered and Hardeep kept her promise to benefit the animals at the shelter. What a wonderful way to give back!

Is that not the most precious, heart-warming story??

Happy Holidays and here's to more wonderful people like Hardeep, starting at such a young age, giving back to her community!!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Astrea is my best study aid.

I always tell people getting a dog in law school was the best thing I ever did. When finals time comes and you have to buckle down and study your ass off, there is always that little being that forces you to take some time away from the books to play, walk, or just cuddle. I have met so many people at school who all say the same thing, they wish they were allowed to have a dog in their on-campus apartment; it's the only thing missing from their law school career. Today I read this article and thought it was fabulous. Tufts University is absolutely brilliant for implementing this idea...

Stressed Out Students Take Study Breaks with Therapy Dogs
by Lauren Metz Dec 17th 2010 at 6:08PM

Sounds paw-fect. Students all over the country are freaking out about their final exams before winter break, but Tufts University is easing that stress with the help of some furry friends.

Resident Director Michael Bliss brought in therapy dogs for students to play with while taking a break from studying, working on projects, and writing final papers.

"Every college student has stress around finals, and taking a break out from that with something as easy and simple and loving as petting dogs is really helpful," Michael says.

Nineteen-year-old freshman Chloe Wong loves the idea of playing with the pooches and said, "I hope these puppies make me happy and give me a nice break between studying...just cut the studying a little bit."

Other ways schools are combating stress this time of year? Free massages and yoga classes, short dance breaks in the library, and late-night pizza parties. One California school even dropped 10,000 rubber balls from a dorm roof. Awesome!

Source: Just So You Know @ AoL

Monday, December 20, 2010

Mobile Mondays

This weekend I tried to get my computer a little more in order and in the process discovered more pictures of Sancho I didn't know I had from my old, old phone...I love that gangly awkward puppy stage...

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Celebrity Sunday

I love celebrities who love their animals. I love it even more when I can relate to their frustrations and struggles. This week Pink tweeted "my boy dogs r wearing diapers, and i can't stop laughing at them, which makes them even more pissed off. That'll teach em to pee on mommy's xmas." Not long after she posted these hilarious photos...

Thank God my little Astrea has moved on from the peeing on stuff stage...

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Really Michael Vick?

Michael Vick wants a new dog. I think needs a new public relations coach more than another dog. Now first, he's banned from owning an animal until July 2012 so before anyone flips out, he's not getting a new puppy for Christmas, but seriously, this guy is an idiot. People have finally started to talk about his game again instead of the horrendous things he did to animals. So, why would he pick now to make such a statement? I'm always one for encouraging rehabilitation and I know it's possible, but why would he think that it's an appropriate thing to say right now? I've read some crazy rants by people freaking out about his statement that he wants another dog, but I think Anderson Cooper definitely put it best... "Maybe Vick should start out small...a Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Cracker. They're cute and they're tasty!" Head over to the Anderson Cooper 360 Blog to see Anderson's whole commentary, or watch the video below to see his other suggestion for Vick, "The Kackle Dackle."

And if you're interested in reading about the rehabilitation of the dogs seized from Michael Vick after his arrest, check out The Lost Dogs by Jim Gorant.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Ten Commandments for a Responsible Pet Owner by Paul Harvey

This has been floating around the internet for years, but I just found it today. It's super sweet and a nice reminder of how much our pets love us. Number 10 totally made me cry and think of my little Sancho man.

Paul Harvey's “Ten Commandments for a Responsible Pet Owner”

1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful.

2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.

3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being.

4. Don’t be angry with me for long and don’t lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainments. But I have only you.

5. Talk to me. Even if I don’t understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.

6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.

7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I have teeth that could easily crush the bones in your hand, and yet I choose not to bite you.

8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I’m not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long or my heart might be getting old or weak.

9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too will grow old.

10. On the difficult journey, on the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you can’t bear to watch. Don’t make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there. Because I love you so.

Monday, December 06, 2010

Mobile Mondays

No matter how often they play the "Let's Kill Eachother" Game, these two weirdos LOVE each other and it shows in how they sleep...

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Electrocution - the hidden danger.

I never in a million years would have EVER considered that I could be walking my dog down the street and she could be electrocuted, but it happens. This is a real danger that has caused many individuals great pain and great loss.

On Thanksgiving Day 2010 Sammy, a Seattle dog, was electrocuted and passed away after stepping onto a metal plate on Queen Anne Ave N while on a walk with his owner. Sammy’s owner, Lisa McKibbin, and her mother, Nancy Bostdorff, were heartbroken over the ordeal, but will not let Sammy's loss be in vain. They have taken to the internet to spread awareness about stray voltage in city streets in the hopes of preventing future accidents involving pets, children, and adults.

Lisa has a new blog, Sammys Big Heart where she has shared Sammy's story, information on contact voltage and how to keep yourself and your pets safe. Sammy's death is not an isolated incident. Following Sammy's death people have begun telling their stories of their animals who were shocked by similar sidewalk plates, and there have been stories in the past of humans who have had the same fate as Sammy - check out who tracks these incidents in several cities across America. It's not just sidewalk plates you have to be careful of. There are stories of injuries caused by light posts, phone booths, manholes, and more.

I encourage you to take a few minutes to read through Lisa's blog, Sammys Big Heart and to learn how to spot potential dangers and keep yourself, and your pets, safe.

Rest in peace Sammy.


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