Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Do you hate balls?

I know Katherine Heigl gets a bad rap and some people don't like her, but you know what? I don't care. I love her. I think she is fantastic. I think her husband is fantastic too. And most of all... I love the work that she does on behalf of animals.

If you don't know, Katherine and her mom Nancy founded the The Jason Debus Heigl Foundation in 2008, in honor of their beloved brother/son. Through their foundation the Heigl's are working to help address the pet over-population problem, to increase awareness of animal welfare issues, assist rescue organizations to save shelter pets...and more. Katherine recently filmed this hilarious Funny or Die segment, "Katherine Heigl Hates Balls," to raise awareness about spaying/neutering your pets. As much of a serious issue spaying and neutering can be - it's nice to see someone have a laugh and get the word out at the same time. Be careful when viewing this at work or around little ones...



Monday, November 21, 2011

The Ollie Chronicles


When we last visited the Ollie Chronicles, Ollie made it through his first surgery and was on his way home to recuperate with his foster momma. Things were going well, but then poor Ollie took a turn. Once his antibiotics and pain medications were finished he quickly started to deteriorate. Poor Ollie was in a lot of pain and had stopped eating and drinking as a result. His foster mom took him into VCA Old River who determined it was too urgent to continue waiting and made the decision to admit Ollie for a few days to get him hydrated and stable.

From Old River Ollie was transferred to The Sexton Clinic in Alamo, CA. The extent of the problem with Ollie's little mouth was still unclear so the first thing on the schedule was a gum biopsy. Luckily the biopsy provided good news and no cancer was found, but the damage to Ollie's teeth and gums was evident. He was diagnosed with feline LPGS (Lymphocytic-Plasmacytic Gingivitis Stomatitis) and was scheduled for full mouth teeth extractions. Although full mouth teeth extractions sound a bit extreme, this method of treatment has proven to be very effective so cats can live out the rest of their days, pain free. I'm sure Ollie won't complain once he discovers that he feels tremendously better and will get his favorite wet foods for the rest of his life.

So how is Ollie today? Well, as I'm writing this I imagine he's probably very sleepy and hopefully comfortable. If it hasn't already begun, I'm sure he's about to go in for surgery. On Sunday Ollie was transported the dental specialist to have his pre-op work done, which included a pain patch and an e-collar. Ollie was supposed to spend the night back with his foster mom and then head back for surgery, but of course Ollie had other plans. As they drove out of the parking lot Ollie managed to tear off the e-collar and then started work on getting the pain patch off. Rather than taking Ollie home and hoping that he didn't take the pain patch off in the middle of the night, Ollie was admitted to the office where he could be monitored right up until his surgery. After his surgery Ollie will spend some time recovering at the specialist's office so that he can be monitored closely. From there, hopefully, Ollie will be well enough to finally find him a permanent home.

So today, if you have a minute, send some positive energy to Ollie that his surgery goes well and he heals quickly. To those of you who have already donated or purchased an Angel for Ollie, thank you so much, your generosity is greatly appreciated. And if you'd still like to help Ollie, please consider purchasing an Angel for Ollie or donate via chip in below. And of course, if you have any questions, contact kaitlyn.flynn@yahoo.com.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Celebrity Sunday: Taylor and Meredith Part 2

I had to bring Taylor Swift and her kitty Meredith back this week, I just can't help it. Meredith is too cute for words. I'm also wishing Ora would sit this still when she wants to get pet...



Saturday, November 19, 2011

How Your Holiday Cards Can Help

Did you know Americans spend an estimated $2 billion per year on greeting cards? That's a lot of money, a lot of money. I send out holiday cards every year, usually something cute or funny. In the past I've received a few cards that I noticed benefited a charitable organization. I decided that this year I wanted to buy my cards from a charitable organization so that, even if it was just a few dollars, it went to someone who needed it. I didn't know where to begin, so I asked my trusty google, which came up with this awesome website - Cards that Give. They list a ton of different organizations (animal related and not) that sell greeting cards to benefit their group. I'm still trying to decide which group I want to support, but take a look at some of these cute cards available:



The Marine Mammal Center



SPCA LA



Puppies Behind Bars


Those are just three of the many options available, so if you're planning to send out cards this holiday season, I encourage you to visit Cards that Give and help a charitable organization while sending holiday greetings to your loved ones.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Look at that! That's disgusting!

The Shelter Pet Project has the best ads to support pet adoption. This one is my new favorite. Remember if you're planning on bringing home a new pet for the holidays PLEASE visit your local shelter or rescue group and adopt, don't buy!



Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Secretary Cat

Anyone know where I can find a cat like this? I'd like one to field all the telemarketer calls I receive at home.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Three Years Later....

I really don't have anything to post about today, just having a minute to remember that it was 3 years ago today that a pot-bellied, gangly-legged black puppy named Sancho made me rethink everything about my life and my relationship with animals.


Playing with his cousins.
This was about 30 minutes after I adopted him, before I knew he was sick, letting him meet his cousins for the first time.

Gangly puppy legs!!

Sancho and Me!
One of only a few pictures I have with Sancho

Friday, November 11, 2011

Free LuLu

I saw this video on CNN, but it's actually a story right out of South Sacramento. Lulu got her little paw stuck in the bath drain and her owner called the Fire Department, who in turn called an Emergency Veterinarian in order to free her. Watch until the end, her owner is pretty funny talking about Lulu's reaction to the sedatives.


Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Monday, November 07, 2011

The Life and Legacy of Jack the Cat

For anyone that knows me, they know I'm emotional. I cry at everything, and I mean everything. I had a good cry when I heard the news that Jack the Cat lost his battle to recover. I never knew Jack or his owner, I'm just one of the 23,000+ people who followed his story on facebook and hoped for a happy ending.



If you don't know who Jack the Cat is, he's the beautiful kitty who was lost in the American Airlines baggage area at JFK airport. After two months on his own, he fell through a ceiling tile and for those of us following his story, we thought he was on his way to making back home with his momma. Unfortunately, two months fending for himself was just too much. Even with trying for every possible treatment available Jack's mom had to make the very, very difficult decision to end his suffering and let him go. So many of us have been in that position and we all know how hard it is. You have so much hope that a miracle will happen, but reality tells you that you have to be honest and do what's best for your loved one. You have to be thankful in that moment that you have one last opportunity to hold your pet, show them love and be with them when they pass on.



I made the following post on Jack's facebook page:

I am so sorry about the loss of Jack, but I think in this moment, this is where we make his life count. I think it's up to every one of the 23,000+ people on this page to band together to change the way our pets travel. Based on the number of pets that we lose every year, the airline processes and regulations are insufficient and that is unacceptable. Our pets deserve better and it's time we demand it.

And that's why I'm making this post. We have to demand a change. No one wants to fly their animal in cargo, but most pets are too big to fly in the cabin and there are situations (like Jack's) where a move across country or some other situation requires it. Unfortunately, it seems that baggage carriers are treating our beloved pets the same way they treat our bags, carelessly and with little regard for the shape they're in when they make it back into their owners hands.

So this is the part where we start speaking up, making sure everyone hears our voices and make change happen. If everyone can take just a few minutes to email, call and share Jack's story we can make this happen. So here's what you can do.

First, sign the petition to create "Jack's Law." This would require airlines to put GPS (or similar technology) tracking devices (collars, legs bands, or harness, etc) on family pets traveling in cargo holds. This would allow for a quick recovery of any pet who happens to get lost in transit.

After you sign, write a letter or make a phone call to one of the following organizations. Tell them that as a pet owner you are unsatisfied with the procedures and regulations associated with pets flying cargo. Demand that these processes be changed and improved to ensure the safety of our pets. Request that baggage handlers undergo new, updated training to ensure that even just transporting the pets in their kennels to the plane is done properly and safely. Ask that there be consequences and that airlines be held responsible for their actions when situations like Jack's arise.

US Department of Agriculture: The USDA provides standards for shipping dogs and cats in their Animal Welfare Regulations. You can contact the USDA by mail, e-mail, fax or phone at the following locations:

USDA/APHIS/AC: Headquarters
4700 River Road, Unit 84
Riverdale, MD 20737-1234

E-mail: ace@aphis.usda.gov
Phone: (301) 734-7833
Fax: (301) 734-4978

USDA/APHIS/AC: Western Region
2150 Centre Ave.
Building B, Mailstop 3W11
Fort Collins, CO 80526-8117

E-mail: acwest@aphis.usda.gov
Phone: (970) 494-7478
Fax: (970) 494-7461

USDA/APHIS/AC: Eastern Region
920 Main Campus Drive
Suite 200
Raleigh, NC 27606-5210

E-mail: aceast@aphis.usda.gov
Phone: (919) 855-7100
Fax: (919) 855-7123

The International Air Transport Association : According to the IATA they "lead a number of industry initiatives involving safety, security, environment and the quality of air travel." You can contact the IATA by mail, fax or phone at the following locations:

IATA Regional Office for the Americas
703 Waterford Way (NW 62nd Avenue) Suite 600
Miami, Florida 33126
Phone : 1 (305) 264-7772
Fax : 1 (305) 264-8088

Air Transport Association: Founded in 1936, the Air Transport Association of America, Inc. (ATA) is the nation's oldest and largest airline trade association. The association's fundamental purpose is to foster a business and regulatory environment that ensures safe and secure air transportation. You can contact the ATA by mail, phone and email.

Air Transport Association (ATA)
1301 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20004
T: 202-626-4000
E: ata@airlines.org

Let's not let Jack's struggle be in vain. Let Jack's legacy be a change in the way our pets our treated by airlines, not as baggage, but as living, breathing beings. And tonight, hug your pets a little closer and send some healing thoughts to Karen as she once again has to cope with the loss of Jack.

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Celebrity Sunday: Taylor and Meredith

In the past, Taylor Swift has shown off her love for cats through silly cat shirts -



Now, she's showing off her love for her very own kitty, Meredith. So super cute.


Saturday, November 05, 2011

Donate What You Can at Sac County Shelter.

This year the Sacramento County Shelter has seen a tremendous out pouring of support from the community. As a thank you for that support, and to encourage more adoptions this November, the shelter will be waiving regular fees in lieu of donations toward each adoption. This “Donate What You Can” promo will run Saturday, November 5th through Wednesday, November 23. Be sure and stop by to see all the beautiful pets available this month.

Friday, November 04, 2011

Dog Doogity, We got to bag it up...

A HILARIOUS reminder to dog owners living in the Puget Sound (and all dog owners nationwide) to clean up after your dog in public.



Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Astrea and Ruca

Astrea is super spoiled. There really is no pretending she's not. She's especially spoiled when she stays with her Grammiecax and Grampa. I think their house is her favorite place in the whole wide world. She gets an egg every morning and a banana in the evening. She also has a huge yard to play in, so she can chase shadows until she is completely exhausted. This weekend while I went to Carmel for Halloween, Astrea not only got to stay with her grandparents, she also got to have her first sleep over with her cousins Ruca and Reese. Ruca was not thrilled when we first showed, but by the time I came to pick up Astrea on Tuesday, I think she didn't want her to leave. Look how cute they are.


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Ruca trying to get some cuddles in with Astrea.

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Ruca and the bear.

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Taking a break from playing tug of war with the bear.

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Sitting nicely and sharing a banana.

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