Tuesday, March 29, 2011

I know you can relate...

Even my little 25 pounds of goodness Astrea manages to take up 80% of the bed when she really wants to...



I don't know where this picture came from, but I love it!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Mobile Monday

It's been quite rainy here in California. It seemed as though it would never stop. Finally, yesterday we had a nice day with just a few small sprinkles. I tried to get Astrea to go on a good walk with me, but she had other plans...


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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Celebrity Sunday

I like Howard Stern. I think he's pretty funny. I don't agree with everything he says or does, but I can totally get on board with him during this rant. His wife volunteers at the North Shore Animal League and as a result of hearing the stories about the animals that are abused, neglected or abandoned he went on a bit of a tangent about the way humans treat animals...

Listen with caution - there is some bad language in this...




Source: Dog Files

Saturday, March 26, 2011

My appreciation for animal control officers and other rescuers.

I am very depressed tonight. I always get depressed like this when I see a dog out wandering and I can't get it to come with me. I often wonder if animal control officers and others who rescue animals have some super human power, because I certainly do not have what it takes to get a wandering dog to come with me.

I live off a main freeway, but when i come home from visiting my family I take the back roads. It cuts my drive in about in half. It's a country road - no lights, everyone drives at least 55. When I'm just about home there is a series of turns. The first is 30 mph, the second 20 mph and the last is 10 mph. I came around that 10 mph turn last tonight and standing in the road, staring up at me was a gorgeous brown and tan dog. Luckily the car behind me was a good distance away, so when I stopped I didn't get rear ended. Ten o'clock at night and here I am pulling over off the road to try and catch a dog. I don't know what I was thinking, and Astrea was definitely in the car wondering what the hell I was doing. Another car stopped and we tried for a minute, but it's just such and unsafe spot and the dog did not want to be caught. He kept running back and forth across the road and darting away. He ducked under a fence at one point, so I'm trying to convince myself that he is running through the fields with the cows, making his way safely home. But I just can't stop thinking about him. Makes me sad.




The rest of the drive home had me thinking about Japan. Thinking about the people who have traveled there and are going against advice and risking their health to help the animals that have been displaced since the earth quake and tsunami. I've been following Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support (JEARS) and it just makes me so happy and sad at the same time to see the pictures of the animals that they've rescued.



If you haven't already and are still interested in helping those organizations working in Japan to rescue, rehabilitate and support animals affected by the earthquake and tsunami, here are five ways to help from Buzzfeed:

1. Donate to the Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support Group.
2. The Animal Refuge Kansai has also set up a fund for their shelters. They're currently preparing for an influx of animals from disaster areas.
3. The Animal Miracle Foundation & Network is collecting cell phones to send to volunteers.
4. The Search Dog Foundation is deploying six canine disaster search teams to assist with the rescues. You can find out how you can help on their website.
5. Join the Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support Facebook group for up-to-date information on how to help.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Mmm Pizza...

Now Astrea isn't really a food stealer. She will sit pretty and wait or beg for people food, but she's never really been the type to steal it from you. However, one time, we had friends over for pizza. I was holding a piece in my hand and before I could even comprehend what had happened Astrea had jumped up, stole my pizza and ran for her crate to eat it as fast as she could. Astrea has nothing on this dog...




Thanks to foodbeast.com for tipping me off to this hilarious video.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Role of Rescue Dogs in Japan

CNN did a great piece on the search and rescue dogs that have traveled from the US and Britain to Japan to look for survivors. The skill and discipline of these dogs just absolutely amazes me.

Mobile Monday

Astrea and I decided to kick of spring break by heading down to Carmel to visit our friends Frankie and Indie. Astrea loooooves Indie. Indie is the only cat she knows who loves to play with her. They first met when Astrea was just an tiny puppy, so they've been friends for a while now. I managed to get a little video of them playing this morning. I think Indie was getting tired, he was doing "lazy playing."

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Celebrity Sunday

I use to have the most amazing beach cruiser bicycle. I got it for my birthday several years ago. My brother bought me an awesome basket to go with it. When I moved to Folsom I sent my bike to live with my parents because although Folsom is one of the greatest areas for biking, a beach cruiser does not mix with the number of hills in my area. I always wanted to do this with Astrea but was always too scared, so thank you Ewan McGregor for being super cool and putting your dog in a bike basket!!


Saturday, March 19, 2011

RIBBONS!!!

One of my friends sent this picture to me. What's really funny about it is, I made a toy for Ora with a long ribbon and a stuffed carrot on the end. Ora LOVES the carrot, but could care less about the ribbon. Astrea on the other hand is all about the ribbon. Further proof that my dog is a cat and my cat is a dog...



Source: http://www.damnlol.com/

Friday, March 18, 2011

Tour for Life


On Thursday, March 24 from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. the Sacramento County Animal Shelter will be partnering with the Sacramento City Shelter for the North Shore Animal League’s annual “Tour For Life” adoption event at Cesar Chavez Park downtown. Many adoptable animals will be showcased and available for adotpion. Also invited are a few local rescues and pet-related vendors for added fun. Tour for Life is the world’s largest cooperative mobile pet adoption event. Tour for Life is all about hitting the road in a grand effort to find homes for as many dogs, cats, puppies and kittens as possible.

Not in Sacramento? To find out when Tour for Life is hitting your area, see the schedule here.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Paws for Japan

One of the things that scares me most about any type of disaster is the possibility that I could lose Astrea and Ora. Especially after the tragedy in Japan, I wonder what I would do if I were faced with such danger. The only thing I can think is that hopefully I would have the time to grab Astrea and Ora and their food - then run. I posted this video the other day and the man in the video, as much as he wanted to take his dogs with him, felt it was unfair to the people who were in need of help. Honestly, I don't know if I could think of other people like that, I would be so focused on Astrea and Ora. All that being said, just as there are hundreds of thousands of humans who need help, the animals in Japan need help too.

Today, the online animal community is banding together to help those animals by raising money for World Vets. As of March 16, World Vets is in Niigata, Japan with a shipment of veterinary supplies. They are headed toward the hardest hit areas to make assessments and provide aid. World Vets veterinarian Dr Koji Fukumura will be arriving in Tokyo on Friday and will be staying long-term as an in-country coordinator and to provide direct assistance to animals in need. Several World Vets responder teams are currently on standby as they assess the situation and collaborate with groups in Japan. So if you have even just $5.00 to spare - please donate via chipin to World Vets and help get veterinary care and basic care items to the animals of Japan.



You can also help by donating de-worming medicines, vaccinations, fluid replacements, wound treatments, and cages. Donations of these items can be shipped to: World Vets headquarters, 802 1st Ave N, Fargo ND 58102

And if you need a little push in the right direction to help, watch this video posted by Your Daily Cute. Fair warning, you may need a tissue.



Wednesday, March 16, 2011

BTC: Double Donation Challenge

I'm so excited for this week's featured challenge at Be the Change for Animals. I LOVE both of these organizations, so I'm stoked that one is helping the other.



If you've never heard of Bad Rap, you need to check out their website and learn more about them. Co-founded by Donna Reynolds and Tim Racer, Bad Rap is dedicated to pit bull rescue, rehabilitation and education. Bad Rap was instrumental in the rescue and rehabilitation of the dogs in the Michael Vick case, providing vision and hope for these dogs as well as many other dogs from high-profile federal dog fighting arrests. They also rescue pit bulls, teach award-winning classes in the San Francisco Bay Area and support rescues nationwide.

During the month of March, The Honest Kitchen, makers of dehydrated, human-grade whole foods for dogs and cats, will donate a percentage of online store profits to Bad Rap and they pose a challenge for us all - Bad Rap’s donation will DOUBLE if The Honest Kitchen reaches 40,000 Facebook fans this month! So all you have to do is head over to facebook and LIKE The Honest Kitchen. And if you twitter be sure to share this easy way to help with all your friends by tweeting: "Support pit bull education from @BADRAPorg with just a click! Here’s how: http://btc4animals.com/weekly-cause/double-bad-rap…honest-kitchen/"

And if you want to learn more about the challenges and successes that Bad Rap faced with the Vick dogs, watch the video below from PBS's "Need to Know."

Wordless Wednesday: OMG. eyebrows.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Two Dogs Defy the Wave

Wow. This is absolutely incredible.





RAHAMA, Miyagi Prefecture—When the tsunami warnings sounded after the massive earthquake that struck Japan on Friday, Masaki Kikuchi sprinted upstairs to grab his sleeping 12-year-old daughter before racing away to escape the rushing waters.

In the backyard tied to a small shed, Mr. Kikuchi left behind two dogs: Towa, a two-year-old Sheltie and Melody, a one-year-old Golden Retriever. Mr. Kikuchi assumed the giant tsunami that flattened his neighbors' homes and whisked away their cars probably killed Towa and Melody too.
Disaster in Japan

Koya Kikuchi, the 20-year-old daughter of Mr. Kikuchi, was riding the bus home from her job at a local restaurant. When the earthquake struck, a power line fell in front of the bus and passengers started filing out.

She rushed to her cousin's house, which was nearby. She asked her cousin to drive her back home because she wanted to go save the dogs that she had begged her father to get. Within a half-mile of her home, police stopped the car. They told Ms. Kikuchi that a tsunami was coming and she could not go any farther.

Adopt the Internet Day!!

We're coming up on the 2 Year Anniversary of Astrea's Adoption. It's been 2 1/2 years since my sister adopted my nephew's dog Butters. And although Sancho has passed on, it's been 2 1/2 years since I adopted him. All three dogs were/are amazing additions to our families and all three dogs came from Petfinder.com.

Astrea on her adoption day.


Today Petfinder.com is celebrating Adopt-the-Internet Day in honor of their 15th Birthday and in honor of helping 17 million rescued animals find new homes. This is such a big day and event, that even Oprah is celebrating with us today!

So what is Adopt the Internet Day? It is a day for people everywhere to pledge to spread the word online about adoptable pets today, March 15, 2011. Did you know that more than 320,000 pets are waiting for homes on Petfinder.com? Amazing pets - dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, horses, pigs, lizards, you name it - you can probably find it on Petfinder! Our goal is to help Petfinder Adopt the Internet today and find forever homes for as many as possible!

I think people have a big misconception about adopting an animal from a rescue or a shelter. People want "pure bred" dogs and think they can't find that without buying from a breeder. Or they think that rescue/shelter animals have bad temperaments. This is simply just not true. First - you can find rescues that cater to specific breeds or simply search by breed on Petfinder, you can also search by size, age, gender. You can find exactly what you're looking for on petfinder - you may not find it today, but if you keep searching I promise you will find the perfect animal for your family. And as far as the personality or temperament of a rescue animal - any animal you bring home, be it from a shelter or a breeder, is still an animal. They still need training and love and help from you so they fit in perfectly with your family.

So if you're looking to adopt a new pet - check out the Adopt the Internet Allstars, some of the most adoptable pets across the country! Or search locally for the perfect pet for your family.

When I adopted Astrea I hadn't planned on getting another dog so soon, but I loved surfing petfinder just looking at all the cute dogs and cats that were available. When Astrea's picture came up I fell in love. Those eyebrows and that little furry face just sucked me in. I've had to stop surfing petfinder in the past year for fear that I may get sucked in by another gorgeous face, but when I'm ready to bring a friend home for Astrea, you can rest assured, I will find that dog on petfinder.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Mobile Monday

Astrea's new calming collar came over the weekend, so I forced her to model it for me. So far, I can't definitely say it's working, but I can say she looks super cute!

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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Celebrity Sunday

I love Mariah Carey. She's amazing. My friend Frank and I went and saw her in concert last February. She was amazing. There was a hilarious fight where some girl got a full beer and nacho dumped on her and then madness ensued. But Mariah was just so great, she knew exactly what her fans wanted and played all my favorite songs. And didnt' try to do something stupid like dance and lip sync. Nope, she knew exactly what to do, wear pretty clothes, stand in front of the dancers and sing her butt off. Anyway, Mariah Carey and her husband Nick Cannon are expecting twins any day now. She also has new twin puppies. Soooooo cute.






And don't forget her other two dogs ChaCha and Jackie

Saturday, March 12, 2011

A Pug's Life

After living with a pug, I know I will never, ever, ever have one of my own, but I will admit they do have great little personalities. Check out this documentary about the life of a pug, it's free to watch the whole thing!

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Friday, March 11, 2011

Never shock a...human?

It's no secret that Astrea has a bit of a barking problem. She's very protective of me and our house. She hates bicycles and when people smoke around her. However, I would never even consider getting her a shock collar. Although, I did just order her a Calming Collar, it's on it's way right now and hopefully will help with her barking. I was shocked to find out I have friends who use shock collars, and it breaks my heart, but they just don't understand. They've never been shocked repeatedly. I unfortunately have. I had a nerve conduction study done last year, for what seemed like forever I sat in my neurologist's office as she moved the conductors all up and down my arms, legs, back and neck shocking me over and over again. After that experience, I've always believed if you're going to use a shock collar on your dog, you should know what it feels like. I happened across this video tonight, and I think we can agree, this is a pretty good illustration of why no one needs a shock collar...

Thursday, March 10, 2011

R.E.A.D.

Through all the years that I've moved, I've always continued to read my hometown paper online. It's rare that I find an article that I not only like, but I'm willing to share - but I thought this was a great story! If I had the time, I would love to get Miss Astrea into a program like this.



In the Spotlight: Literature and leashes
by Kevin Young

Reading to a dog can be a challenge.

An untrained dog will flop around, pop up off the floor and rarely sit still, according to Cathy Frasier.

But last month at Mountain House Branch Library, children did, in fact, read aloud to dogs. Well-behaved dogs, that is, according to Frasier, who’s a board member and R.E.A.D. (Reading Education Assistance Dogs) chair with Paws 4 Friends, a program that helps kids become stronger, more confident readers with the help of trained canines.

“I love working with my dogs to help kids become better readers,” said Frasier, who admits that she struggled to learn to read as a little girl.

Frasier aims to improve children’s reading through the program. Since October, she has implemented the program in her first-grade classroom at Traina Elementary School. And since then she has noticed a vast improvement in her students reading skills.

They’re less anxious when it comes to reading in front of classmates, and she’s noticed a tremendous difference in their reading comprehension.

“It really does improve,” Frasier said. “I’ve seen big changes in my kids this year I haven’t seen in years past. Their scores are coming up faster than they have before.”

That’s why, every Saturday in February, children at the Mountain House library sounded out words and told stories to therapy dogs — dogs that know when to stay still and how to focus.

“It’s something they have to be trained to do, to look at the book on command,” Frasier said.

Mountain House library staff reached out to the local therapy club Paws 4 Friends through Therapy Dogs Inc., a national group out of Cheyenne, Wyo., to schedule a visit the library.

On Saturday, Feb. 26, for two hours in the afternoon, 20 children from preschool to sixth grade took turns reading stories to a Bernese mountain dog named Rio, a German shepherd named Bailey and a black Lab named Jack.

The three are special — not every dog is up to the task.

Disposition is vital to which animal is selected to be a therapy dog, Frasier said. Each dog must pass a routine obedience class and a temperament assessment.

“It requires that they are calm dogs, that they can handle distractions, that they don’t get flustered if people are pulling at them,” Frasier said.

Although Rio, Bailey and Jack were on leashes with their owners nearby during their trips to the library, they are also trained to be docile.

“The dogs have to be able to lay very still while the kids are coming and going, not to have a physical reaction to the kids, except just lay there,” Frasier said.

That means the dogs stay relaxed and focused, and the kids get listeners who won’t laugh or scold if they stumble.

“When the kids read to the dogs, the dogs are nonjudgmental. It improves their reading and their communication skill,” said librarian Kathleen Buffleben. “(The dogs are) just there to enjoy the story. It’s a dog, and he just sits there and smiles.”

Monday, March 07, 2011

Over 700 Animals Spayed/Neutered in 1 Day!


Congratulations to the Sacramento Area Animal Coalition on a hugely successful Spay Day 2011. This was the 12th Annual Spay day and over 700 animals were spayed or neutered in Sacramento as a result. This event provides the largest area spay and neuter clinic in the nation. For one day only, spay day offers families in need the opportunity to have their pets altered for $15 per cat and $20 per dog. Services are donated by area veterinary clinics and shelters across the Sacramento region in 18 different locations. Check out the highlights from KCRA 3, Paula Shimnoski and Nicole McArthur Photography.

Mobile Monday

Sometimes I like to torture Astrea a bit, yesterday I decided to make it look like she was reading. She was not thrilled because she was trying to sleep and I was holding that stinking book over her. As soon as I set it down she rolled on top of it so I couldn't finish my homework...

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Sunday, March 06, 2011

InvenTORI

It's been a couple years since I've taken a trip to Los Angeles, but now that Tori Spelling and her husband Dean McDermott have opened their new store InvenTORI, I'm going to have to plan a trip soon. Dean tweeted pictures of some of the great pet products they've got in stock. And if you want to make me sure jealous, go visit InvenTORI at 13826 Ventura Boulevard, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423


Harry Barker Dog Beds

Dog Treat Containers

Harry Barker Collars

And of course the matching leashes...

Designer Pet Food Dishes anyone?

And while these aren't necessarily for pets, I loooove the chickens and owls!


Celebrity Sunday

James Franco is a busy man lately. He's got a resume a million miles long - Actor, Writer, Producer, Host, Painter - he's also a graduate student. With so many things going on, he's got to be exhausted and sometimes he just needs a little cat nap.

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Obedience

Buttersafe is one of my favorite online comics. Today I went to catch up and the latest comic just melted my heart. Also, kudos to the artists for making sure the dog in this comic was adopted, not bought. :)

California Humane Lobby Day - April 13, 2011


Want to get involved with animals at a legislative level? Want to know what legislation related to animals is on the horizon? Jump in for California Humane Lobby Day this April.

The Humane Society of the United States and the ASPCA invite our members, supporters, and other animal advocates to participate in the California Humane Lobby Day in Sacramento, where you’ll make a tremendous difference for animals. You don't have to be a politician to get involved.

This is an exciting opportunity to meet directly with your elected officials and their staff about legislation that will significantly impact animals. There will be a briefing with tips for lobbying, and an overview of pending animal legislation that will prepare you to meet your elected officials and advocate for animals.

RSVP today to lend your voice for animals and make a difference in California.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Love Your Pet Expo

If you're in the Sacramento Area, head out to Cameron Park this Saturday, March 5, for the "Love Your Pet Expo." Astrea and I will definitely be making an appearance. Pets are welcome leashed or in a carrier.

The Expo will feature pet blessings, rescue organizations with pets available to adopt, vendor booths, pet therapy, live music, food, a raffle, professional guest speakers, and more! Speakers include a dog trainer, an animal acupuncturist, and an animal communicator. See the flyer for address, time, & more info.

Love Your Pet Expo in Cameron Park on Saturday March 5


Check Out Atticus Uncensored for more information.

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