It’s in Our Nature…

March 24, 2011

To embrace a stranger as one’s own. I’s in our nature.

Poem: What do you make of the stars?

June 10, 2010

Would you look at the number of stars out tonight,
I can’t think when I’ve ever seen starlight so bright.
You can see why they say it’s romantic, all right;
All those men with Flamenco guitars.

If I could live on an island…

June 7, 2010

I wish I could live on an island. An island of a few acres, maybe 5-6, in the middle of a river or just off the coast. An island where I would not worry about my neighbors when my dogs are barking insanely at a squirrel snatching every leaf it can fit into its mouth to build a nest.

Going 45 mph in a 30

May 11, 2010

I decided to run quickly to the little store down the street and pick up some pet food to hold me until I made the big run on Wednesday. Driving through Clear Creek Forest, a car coming in my direction suddenly pulled to the shoulder. Quickly enough to push up a cloud of dust and catch my attention. Shit! A police car!

It’s always something…

March 20, 2010

I am quick to say that I don’t watch much tv. I think tv is more often a habit than anything else. Aside from most things PBS (my equivalent to cable), I watch few programs: Ellen for the simple, hardy belly laughs, Grey’s Anatomy for the characters and Brother & Sisters for the family relationships. Oh, and Nightline — something I have been a fan of for many years; even prior to the platform change.

Passion. What happens when it crashes?

March 11, 2010

People are often admired for their passion to a cause, a belief, an idea; respected even. But what of the passions that fail, falling short of their mark, their goal. Where does that energy go? I am in the throes of just such a failure (though my friend Viktor would tell me it is not a failure, but an outcome).

A Feather Revolution One Back Yard at a Time

October 28, 2009

Because raising chickens and enjoying fresh eggs is one thing people can do to off set rising food bills. Its fun, kids love it, and the eggs are healthy and delicious tasting from happy chickens.

Listening to Angel

October 20, 2009

I caught the end of the Ellen DeGeneres Show yesterday. Actually I glanced at the tv which was on mute and saw the introduction of an acoustic artist. I am infinitely inspired by acoustic music, so I turned on the sound… and how glad I am that I did because I was introduced to the sound of Angel Taylor.

Child’s Letter to God

August 11, 2009

Dear God, Will you please take care of my dog? She died yesterday and is with you in heaven. I miss her very much. I am happy that you let me have her as my dog even though she got sick. I hope you will play with her. She likes to play with balls and to swim.

So you think the squirrels are bad…

June 8, 2009

So you think squirrels are bad…

Recipe: Granola (for people)

April 28, 2009

Granola recipe for people

The 100th Monkey Phenomenon

April 22, 2009

If we bring to the world through our lives what we learn about compassion, treating animals better, treating people better, creating a no kill community then it ripples outward. What’s the base of a community without killing ? It may be one more act. Tell one more person of the change you’d like to see. Tell one more person of your vision of the future. If opportunity presents, save one more animal, feed one more stray.

What unemployment is sometimes

April 21, 2009

Every so often a funk grabs a hold of me, for no good reason.

Dog of woman killed in car crash found

April 17, 2009

Dog of woman killed in car crash found

beingstray photos of the kids for sale on note cards

April 12, 2009

Selling photos of the beingstray.com dogs and cats on note cards, mousepads and mugs.

Sounds like animal cruelty to me.

April 10, 2009

I read the following story about the baseball team that sacrificed a snake to end their losing streak. C’mon… what were they thinking???

Dog poop and acidophilus (probiotics)

April 8, 2009

A dog had soft bowel movements… what could they try? I recommended acidophilus — also known as probiotics. Also, how to compost dog poop.

Dog Tags

March 16, 2009

The Washington Humane Society (WHS) recently launched a brand new program, “Dog Tags,” which provides a very different kind of training to soldiers. Injured soldiers recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center come to WHS’s new Behavior and Learning Center, located across the street from the hospital, twice a week to learn and study animal […]

Josh likes to be scratched

March 15, 2009

Joshua Michael Bodean has recently decided that being scratched is a good thing… maybe better than rubbing against the trunk of a tree. Ordinarily, this would not seem like a big thing, but you have to understand Joshua. On April Fool’s Day, Josh will be 5 years old. He was born five years ago just […]

More Merchandise for willworkfordogfood.org

March 10, 2009

I have added some more cards to my store. I hope you will give them a look. And check back as I will be adding more stuff regularly.

New SpinArt Greeting Cards

March 9, 2009

Do you remember when you were young? Do you remember the little plastic Spin Art machine? And the tubes of paint? And the white cards? Well, I have found a way to create Spin Art using my computer which I now call my SpinArt Machine.

A Dark Day Among the Unemployed

February 28, 2009

Yesterday was a dark day in my little world. I think it was a combination of several things, but as several things start to slide downward, it seems to pull all things downward. No amount of resistance works. So I just turned into a grouchy, bitchy, totally impatient and irrational tyrant. At one point, I […]

Send a FREE email postcard

February 27, 2009

I have added a function for sending free email postcards from the Will Work for Dog Food.org website. There are several photos to choose from for your postcard and I will be adding more.

Removing Pet Urine Odors

February 25, 2009

I’ve got a couple tips for removing pet odors. One is a product that cleans pet odors and more. It’s a product called Odokleen. I love the smell of it and it cuts through the pet odors. It’s a really good all-purpose cleaner. Great for pet odors in the yard, too. I also have a […]

Underground railroad… did you know?

February 24, 2009

Did you know there is a large “underground railroad” going on all the time moving cats and dogs from shelters and rescue facilities to other rescue facilities or even forever homes? The only commitment is driving a dog/cat or dogs/cats from point A to point B, generally about an hour or maybe 90 minutes one way.

Leftover cat food

February 21, 2009

It’s as though the moon or stars have entered a special phase sometimes… the cats rather unanimously decide to not eat all their food, so I end up with twelve bowls each with a small amount of wet food in it. I feed them dry food with a dollop of wet food on top twice […]

Greeting cards

February 20, 2009

I’ve been working on several greeting card ideas for the WillWorkForDogFood.org website.

oogy

“Indomitable survivor”

February 13, 2009

When he was just a puppy, Larry says Oogy was living in a hell on earth. He was tied to a stake and used as bait for pit bulls in a dogfighting ring. “He’d been thrown in a cage and left to die, and the police raided the facility,” Larry says. “He was brought to Ardmore Animal Hospital, and they saved him.”

Homeless woman has too many cats

February 12, 2009

A homeless woman who has kept up to 19 cats in cages and shopping carts while she camps along streets is a target of a bill in the state Legislature

Willworkfordogfood.org

February 6, 2009

I am developing a new website called WillWorkForDogFood.org to hawk my wares and hopefully solicit some business and maybe even some donations towards the pet food bill and vet expenses.

Pet-food pantries, financial aid for pets, pet assistance

February 4, 2009

Links for various pet food pantries, financial aid for pets, and pet assistance

Too much help… or art?

January 24, 2009

I thought I would paint part of the floor. I primed it weeks ago. The phone rang shortly into the process. After returning to the paint job, this is what I found: Looks to me like they ran through the paint as soon as I left the room.

Enough already.

January 24, 2009

The first Monday of the month, the vet gave Lily just days to live — her cancer was spreading. I put her to sleep that Friday. Three days later, on the second Monday of the month, my Dad passed away. On the third Monday (a few days ago), I got laid off from work. There… […]

Eating habits….

December 22, 2008

I feed 10 cats and 32 dogs twice a day every day whether it is hot or cold, light or dark, and whether it is sunny or cloudy or rainy. So I know most everyone’s eating quirks. Goose and Paketa — two of my cats — chase their food around their bowls like small bulldozers, […]

To Valerie… in memoriam

December 9, 2008

Just a nod to a woman I met this summer through an old high school friend. Her name is Valerie. Her sister-in-law from Montana sent her an email about a Hurricane Katrina survivor, a pony named Molly. Molly had been abandoned by her family as they fled the hurricane. In all the excitement of the […]

A shout out to Diane Sawyer

December 9, 2008

Several years ago, Diane Sawyer did a story on a family that had a multiple-birth event. They had six or seven babies, I can’t remember the details. A few years later, Diane went back to visit the family and see how things were going. The kids were a few years older and all very healthy […]