A homecoming… nonetheless

June 4, 2010

This morning’s quiet was broken by Layla’s meows. “Ah,” I thought, “my baby is awake.” When I looked into her carrier, I could tell by her stillness that she had just passed. There is a difference in the energy that surrounds a living body and one whose spirit has left.

Three states eye animal abuser registries

June 1, 2010

Lawmakers in Rhode Island, California and Louisiana are considering registries to keep tabs on people convicted of animal abuse. The registries would function much like sexual offender registries, requiring convicted animal abusers to register personal information with local law enforcement.

Leaving no soldier behind.

May 31, 2010

Some of the less heard about heros in the war in Iraq and Afghanistan are dogs. The ones that are adopting our troops because, in our troops, they are finding kindness and attention. You see in Afghanistan, dogs are considered a disgrace. Anna Maria Cannan has untaken the task of bringing five dogs back to the US. Dogs that have served as watch dogs in camp protecting our soldiers.

Paying it forward in Syracuse

May 11, 2010

It is estimated by rescue groups that 10 million pets will be abandoned this year in the US.

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!

Life with a deaf puppy

May 6, 2010

Living with a deaf puppy is not something I have ever done before, but thank goodness I have some older dogs to help.

With regards to Judge Alanna Murphy

May 1, 2010

  I wonder if Judge Murphy knows the extended joy felt in waves around the world yesterday as news of her ruling circumnavigated the world faster than the speed of sound or light. I wonder if she has any idea how much happiness she created within the hearts of more people than she can perhaps […]

Times, they have to change.

April 24, 2010

Pet overpopulation is a myth. A word that justifies killing. Demographics show that more people will be looking for pets this year than shelters kill. Please adopt a rescue or shelter pet. If you aren’t ready to adopt, consider fostering a cat or dog.

An update on “one who always smiles”

April 22, 2010

I have to admit that I am always smitten by the underdog rescues. The ones that can test your meddle, but heap you with such passionate rewards. And when the opportunity arises to see the success of such efforts, it’s breathtaking and wordless at the same time.

We can’t save ’em all

April 14, 2010

I am not at all comfortable with that statement. I feel it gives us permission to not try as hard as we might. It gives our heart an “excuse” when things don’t work out. And for some, it gives reason to not even get involved in the first place because “we can’t save ’em all.”

Why does a dog lick his…

April 10, 2010

  Well, you probably know where the rest of that question is heading without me telling you. I heard that question posed as an analogy, a philosophy of sorts, many years ago. The answer is, “Because he can.” I think that despite its rather crude exterior, the question makes a valid point: we CAN. Beyond […]

Lighting candles

April 9, 2010

  “Yes dear, someone’s turned the light out, put the pieces out of touch. Do we now try lighting candles? Does it really matter quite that much?” – author unknown These are the words from a poem I read in high school. I can still remember them clearly thirty-some years later because I added music […]

Give peace a chance

April 8, 2010

  This morning, I spent a little extra time in bed snuggling. This time it was with a cat named Sebastian, and two dogs, Bosco and BooGee. This time, it was because I did not feel like starting the day. I thought of Paketo. She had the funniest little quirk to her meow. She would […]

Dear God…

April 8, 2010

Yesterday, my heart was wrapped in this song by Sarah McLachlan; it’s entitled Dear God. I could have filled a video with photos of my little Paketo, but as I started to work on it, another motivation came through me. It addressed an equal anger that’s inside me.

Our simple bounties

April 6, 2010

I am struck by how we overlook the simple bounty we have all around us. We take it for granted that the sun will rise each day, that our dog will poop outside and that our cat will sleep on top of us at night.

The round pegs in the square holes.

April 5, 2010

  As we head into a new week and as we head into the two weeks leading up to Francesca’s next court date — April 16, 2010, I am reminded of the words Apple‘s Steve Jobs authored. It speaks to those people who inspire us and motivate us. Those who go out on a limb […]

Saving Brindi: My baby girl

April 4, 2010

“It’s common among animal lovers to think of themselves and others as parents to their pets. I don’t have children; [but] I do call Brindi my baby girl… most of the time, I think of my animals as companions and adults in their own right. Brindi was already four when I adopted her and after a period of clingy-ness she soon gained confidence to become who she is… “

Saving Brindi: “……until she is back home”

April 2, 2010

All I know is, I love my dog, Brindi, more than anybody on the planet. There is nobody who will take better care of her or work harder to keep her safe and sound, with all the necessary aids and precautions.

Saving Brindi: Because I can

April 2, 2010

Because the morning afforded it, I spent a little extra time in bed this morning snuggling with Ike and Maude, two of my rescued dogs. They aren’t anything special. They were born in the woods to a dog who had been dumped on the side of the road. They will likely live their whole lives and pass meaning very little to anyone… except me.

Saving Brindi: All roads lead to… nowhere?

March 31, 2010

All of nature has the ability to reason and the ability to negotiate. It’s innate in us. As natural as rain. You need only look at the pecking order in a herd of wild horses to see this or the feeding rotation of birds around a birdfeeder.

Saving Brindi: To sue or not to sue?

March 31, 2010

WHAT IF the city impounded your pet and wouldn’t let you have visitation… what would you do? WHAT IF your only alternative to save your pet from euthanasia was to sue the city… would you do it?

Saving Brindi. Where do you start?

March 30, 2010

WHAT IF city authorities arrived at your door one night with a warrant to SEIZE AND DESTROY your family pet… what would you do? WHAT IF the same by-law that brought them to your door — a by-law designed to safeguard the city — offered you no option for challenging this warrant… what would you do?

What is the problem with the no-kill movement?

March 26, 2010

Let’s be clear: we are not killing homeless animals because they are homeless. We are not killing them because their population has exceeded available space in the pounds. We are not killing them because we have not instituted the proper programs and protocols. We are killing them for one reason: because they are not human.

EPA: More pets injured by flea and tick products

March 26, 2010

Products intended to treat cats and dogs for fleas and ticks kill hundreds of pets each year and injure tens of thousands, the Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday as it outlined plans to make the products safer. The EPA said it will develop stricter testing and evaluation requirements for flea and tick treatments that are applied to a pet’s skin. The agency also will begin reviewing labels to determine which ones need to say more clearly how to use the products.

Swiss Reject Law On Animal Rights

March 26, 2010

Swiss voters overwhelmingly rejected a referendum that would have compelled all cantons to hire lawyers to defend the rights of animals, a setback to animal-rights organizations.

The Happy Act (H.R.3501) for Pet Owners

March 26, 2010

OpenCongress.org is a simple and easy way to let your representative know how important passing H.R. 3501 is to our local communities. Here is why…. since the down turn of our economy more cats, dogs and large animals are being surrendered, left – behind or abandoned.

CAGE 18 — FEMALE MIX, 6 MOS.

March 25, 2010

CAGE 18 — FEMALE MIX, 6 MOS. That’s about all she was to anyone… except someone gave her the name Petra. Her photo was taken to put on the internet with the others.

Monday’s Funny

March 22, 2010

Monday’s Funny — What Cats are Really Thinking

from wikipedia

Hachi – A Dogs Tale

March 20, 2010

Based on a true story from Japan, Hachi: A Dog’s Tale is a moving film about loyalty and the rare, invincible bonds that occasionally form almost instantaneously in the most unlikely places.

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.

Edie – rescued an hour before euthanasia

March 18, 2010

Edie was so scared at the shelter and was scheduled to be euthanized yesterday. She was so lucky to have Bronwyne visit the shelter and save her life.

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).

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels…

March 11, 2010

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo.

An act of defiance

March 10, 2010

As most of you may know by now, Brindi’s fate is still on hold pending behavioral assessment. The court has been adjourned until April 16. Canadian Press has finally taken up the issue and Brindi’s case is now enjoying widespread coverage. Social Media has proved once again that a message is conveyed much more effectively […]

Day 13. What to do with myself?

March 9, 2010

Every morning for two weeks, I have jumped on the computer first thing to see what needs to be done to roll out the message for the day’s campaign. It gets written, translated, passed along the appropriate paths, messaged, posted, tweeted… a process of some hours and certainly a tad more complicated that just suggested.

Day 12. Time is up for Brindi.

March 8, 2010

Tomorrow the judge will decide her fate. The only thing we can do now is to spread this post as far and wide as possible using all means necessary. ” Awareness that leads to action” has been the tone of this campaign.

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