Monday, July 16, 2012

For Lennox! Pets Make Kids Healthier. Don’t Get a Dog! Adopted Dog. Chicken... or Roadkill. Pets for Vets. Tortured Turtles. Princess Braveheart. Rats Laugh. Parking Meter. JFK Jr.

For “Mammal Monday”:

PETITION: For LENNOX! Tell Eukanuba and Purina Dog Chow to pull their support from the Belfast Kennel Club Dog Show on September 29-30th 2012.

image “Recently over 200,000 people worldwide pleaded with the BCC- Belfast City Council to reconsider their decision to kill Lennox and let him live and be re-homed outside of...See More

“Animal Rescue Organizations worldwide and leading animal behaviorists, including TV personality Victoria Stilwell, offered reasonable alternatives to the Belfast City Council – which were very sadly all ignored.

On July 11th 2012, the BCC- Belfast City Council knowingly and willingly killed Lennox, a non-aggressive Labrador/American bulldog mix. The actions of the Belfast City Council has fueled an outcry with thousands of people demanding Justice for Lennox and the Barnes family. A review of the barbaric Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) that the Belfast Council uses is urgently demanded!”     Please sign at:


Study Shows Dogs And Cats May Make Kids Healthier

Pet Health Benefits

“Dogs and cats may not just provide your family with love and constant companionship -- they could also have a powerful effect on the health of children early in life, according to a small new study.

New research in the journal Pediatrics shows that children who live in a home with a pet during their first year of life are also more likely to be healthier, compared with kids who don't live in a pet-owning household.

"It's more support in a growing body of evidence that exposure to pets early in life can stimulate the immune system to do a better job of fighting off infection," Dr. Danielle Fisher, of St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif., told the Los Angeles Times.” More at:


Please… Don’t Get a Dog!  Shopping Cart Puppy

  • Family dogs made to live outdoors are lonely and generally miserable. Dogs are social creatures designed by nature to be a part of a family unit or pack.
  • These days more dogs live indoors with their families than ever before. This is why so many dog owners talk of the strong bond they share with their pet.
  • Sadly, there are still dogs banished to backyards or fenced runs by families who weren’t prepared for the demands of dog ownership. These dogs feel miserably alone and go on to develop behavior-related problems that make them even more of a frustration for their owners.
  • Careful planning and preparation, energy and commitment are required to successfully adopt and raise a dog. It’s not a responsibility everyone can take on.
  • Before you decide to add a canine companion to the family, take an honest assessment of your personality and lifestyle to determine if you’re well-suited for dog ownership.

Complete article at:


Puppies Hate Chains

“Chaining pets in the backyard is not what our best friends deserve. They get lonely and crave for human affection while exposed to extreme weather conditions. Bring your four legged family members indoors.”




“I Adopted Your Dog Today”.

“I adopted your dog today, the one you left at the pound.
The one you had for seven years and no longer wanted around.
I adopted your dog today. Do you know he's lost weight?
Do you know he's scared and depressed and has lost all faith?
I adopted your dog today. He had fleas and a cold.
But don't worry none, you've unburdened your load.
I adopted your dog today. Were you having a baby or moving away?
Did you suddenly develop allergies?  Or another reason he couldn't stay?
I adopted your dog today, he doesn't play or eat much.
He's very depressed, but he will learn again to trust.
I adopted your dog today.  And here he will stay!
He's found his forever home and a warm bed on which to lay.
I adopted your dog today, and I will give him all that he could need -
Patience, love, security and understanding. Hopefully he will forget your selfish deed.”   - Author Unknown.


War Vets Heal With the Help of Shelter Dogs

“1 in 4 war veterans will come home with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Over four million healthy, adoptable animals will be euthanized in shelters this year. Dogs provide healing and comfort to vets.

Veterans are coming home with feelings of abandonment and having a difficult time adjusting to civilian life. This includes depression, substance Doug and his new parentsabuse and in the worst cases, violence and suicide. Working with the dogs and training them to help others has proven to be very beneficial to veterans and shelter dogs. The dogs eventually are paired with people in need.”

Doug and his new parents

Doug was the first dog adopted through the program. This is him and his new parents at training. Please donate if you can.

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How to Know if the Poultry in Your Pet's Food is Chicken... or Roadkill

“Pet food manufacturers have a vested interest in defending their use of poor quality and even dangerous pet food ingredients. Nowhere is that more evident than at industry events like a seminar last year in Nashville in which a pet food company scientist gave a presentation on the “importance of rendered ingredients in pet foods.”
  • The pet food rendering industry exists for one reason – to turn animal and food waste not fit for human consumption into ingredients pet food manufacturers will buy.
  • What most pet parents who buy popular commercial pet foods don’t know is exactly what type of “raw materials” wind up at rendering facilities and ultimately, in the food they feed their beloved dog or cat.
  • Plenty of pet food consumers also don’t realize there’s a huge difference between “chicken” and “poultry” on pet food ingredient labels. There’s also a huge difference between “chicken” and “chicken by-products.” And these differences are extremely important when it comes to the health of dogs and cats.
  • The sad fact is, most of the biggest pet food companies are consumed with increasing profits, not your pet’s health. That’s why every pet parent should learn to read pet food labels and know the difference between good, acceptable, and poor/dangerous pet food ingredients.”      Complete article at:


These aren’t mammals, but please help these poor tortured turtles.

Please Help Stop the Torture of the Snapping Turtle

Snapperfest: Stop the Torture of the Snapping Turtle

“Animal abuse happens everywhere, but one county in Indiana takes animal cruelty to a whole new level with its yearly Snapperfest.

Snapperfest is an annual festival held in Ohio County, Indiana, in which families come to watch competitors abuse snapping turtles. Contestants grab the animals by the tails and slam them to the ground. The turtles are spun around in the air by their heads until the contestant can wrap the neck around his fist. Most of the turtles die from injuries or stress.

Children watching the festivities are consequently witness to extreme animal cruelty on the part of humans at young ages.The fact is animal abuse often leads to more serious, harmful crimes. To teach these values to children is a grave oversight of logic.

The next Snapperfest is scheduled for August 20, 2012. Write to Indiana Governor Mitchell E. Daniels asking him to ban Snapperfest before August 20 — for good!”      Please help at:;jsessionid=34858E09133E63ECDD6B6C170809C026.xc-c?siteId=3&campaign=Snapperfest


Princess Braveheart

Princess Braveheart

“About 6 months ago, the rescue I work with, Pink Paws Rescue and Adoption, had gotten a call about a cat that desperately needed to be rescued.

This tabby and white girl had gotten stuck up a very tall tree, requiring the owner to call the fire department to get her down. They set up the ladder and one fireman went up to get her. She calmly allowed him to pick her up and carry her back down the ladder. They reached the ground and he put her down. Not one instant later, the aggravated owner (extremely angry his cat had caused him such 'embarrassment'), came over and kicked her so hard he broke one of her back legs. The fireman immediately scooped her up and told the man that if he was going to treat this cat like this, he didn't deserve to have her. Luckily, the man readily let the fireman take the cat.

Unfortunately, the fireman lived in an apartment that did not allow pets, so he called us. We agreed to take her in and took her straight to the vet. The ex-owner had kicked her so hard, he'd actually shattered her leg bone. The leg had to be amputated, there was no way of repairing it.

After some therapy, love and a special kitty friend, the 3-legged lady (named Princess Braveheart) showed us just how special she was. She learned to walk on only three legs and even played with her foster.

Luckily, she was adopted not long after her recovery- this time to a very loving family who continue to call her their brave little Princess.”

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Rats Laugh When Tickled

How do you get a rat to laugh? Telling a joke won't work, but scientists say a rat will laugh when tickled--and they're not joking.


On This Day:

World's first parking meter installed, Jul 16, 1935:

The world's first parking meter, known as Park-O-Meter No. 1, is installed on the southeast corner of what was then First Street and Robinson Avenue in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on this day in 1935.

Despite such opposition, the first meters were installed by the Dual Parking Meter Company beginning in July 1935; they cost a nickel an hour, and were placed at 20-foot intervals along the curb that corresponded to spaces painted on the pavement. Magee's invention caught on quickly: Retailers loved the meters, as they encouraged a quick turnover of cars--and potential customers--and drivers were forced to accept them as a practical necessity for regulating parking. By the early 1940s, there were more than 140,000 parking meters operating in the United States. Today, Park-O-Meter No. 1 is on display in the Statehood Gallery of the Oklahoma Historical Society.”


"John-John", JFK Jr. killed in plane crash, Jul 16, 1999:

“On July 16, 1999, John F. Kennedy, Jr.; his wife, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy; and her sister, Lauren Bessette, die when the single-engine plane that Kennedy was piloting crashes into the Atlantic Ocean near Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Jr., was born on November 25, 1960, just a few weeks after his father and namesake was elected the 35th president of the United States. On his third birthday, "John-John" attended the funeral of his assassinated father and was photographed saluting his father's coffin in a famous and searing image. Along with his sister, Caroline, he was raised in Manhattan by his mother, Jacqueline.

The Kennedy family's surviving patriarch, Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, delivered a moving eulogy: "From the first day of his life, John seemed to belong not only to our family, but to the American family. He had a legacy, and he learned to treasure it. He was part of a legend, and he learned to live with it."

Investigators studying the wreckage of the Piper Saratoga found no problems with its mechanical or navigational systems. In their final report released in 2000, the National Transportation Safety Board concluded that the crash was caused by an inexperienced pilot who became disoriented in the dark and lost control.”



Record Player & LP storage 001 (Small) Ray came over to help me, as a man was coming to see an old wooden phonograph cabinet that I had for sale. Jay had put it way up high in the front of the RVport, and it was going to take a ladder to get it down.  Even if the man hadn’t shown up, it was time to start the motor home and get it’s juices going again.  So I backed it out, so we could get to the cabinet easier.  We rubbed the cabinet all over with some Old English. We had never refinished it, as it would have spoiled the patina.

We also moved some other stuff, like a great big long wooden waterbed headboard, that has been in the way for a while.  We took that out onto a work table and dismantled it, so we could put the lumber up in the racks.  We must have got a pound of good screws out of it, too.  It wasn’t too hot working outside, as it was overcast, but we could feel that it was going to rain again as it was very muggy. 

The man arrived, said that the cabinet was really cool, and bought it.  He was glad that it had the original patina. 

A little while later it rained for a while, again.  But we were inside by then, as I had turned on the AC in the grooming room as it was still too humid to paint the little chest outside, or even in the workshop.  So we put it, and it’s two drawers, on newspapered tables in there.  Ray applied the primer.  The shredder had been on one of the over-bed tables. I would like to have that chest under my shredder, and get that area re-organized one day.

1 comment:

Dizzy-Dick said...

I bet both you and the purcher got a good deal on that transaction. Some of your blog this morning brought tears to my eyes.