For “Mammal Monday”:
NEWTOWN, Conn. — “Slobbery kisses and furry hugs were welcomed by those heartbroken in Newtown, Conn., this past week.
The K-9 Parish Comfort Dogs giving some love to Newtown residents.
Bless this golden team of love.
These ten specially trained golden retrievers, known as K-9 Parish Comfort Dogs traveled 800 miles to offer support to Newtown residents after the school tragedy.”
“It’s time again for a reminder that the holiday season poses a number of potential dangers for family pets … from the tree, to the decorations, to the food and drink. A bit of forethought and preparation can insure your whole family has a joyous holiday.
While holidays bring good times and cheer for many, they also bring a unique set of circumstances for companion animals. Here are special issues for you to consider in keeping your pets safe and happy year-round.
The Humane Society of the United States Applauds NIH’s Plan to Retire Chimpanzees to Sanctuary
“The HSUS contributes $500,000 to construct sanctuary space at Chimp Haven.
A December 2011 report by the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council could not identify any area of current biomedical research for which chimpanzee use is necessary. Further, the report pointed to several available alternatives to chimpanzee use and called for increased support for the development of more alternative research methods.
Prior to the IOM report, approximately 80 to 90 percent of chimpanzees in laboratories weren't being used and instead are warehoused. Sanctuaries provide higher standards of care at a lower cost to taxpayers.” More at: http://www.humanesociety.org/news/press_releases/2012/12/nih-nirc-chimp-haven-121812.html
Ask NIH to Stop Funding Cruel UW Experiment on Cats!
“For decades, experimenters at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) have been conducting cruel and useless taxpayer-funded "sound localization" studies in which cats have steel coils implanted in their eyes, holes drilled into their skulls, and electrodes implanted in their brains. Sometimes, cats used in this experiment have had their ears cut off or are intentionally deafened by having a toxic chemical applied to their inner ear. The cats are then deprived of food for several days in order to coerce them to look in the direction of sounds during experimental sessions in which their heads are immobilized by a bolt screwed into their skulls.
Shockingly, the federal government continues to support this irrelevant and deadly project and has provided UW with more than $3 million in grant money to abuse animals—even though researchers at other institutions around the world are already using modern methods with human volunteers to investigate how the brain locates and processes sound.”
Please sign the petition at: http://www.change.org/petitions/university-of-wisconsin-stop-experimenting-on-cats
Dutch law will ban mink farming by 2024
“The Dutch senate on Tuesday passed a ban on mink farming in the Netherlands, the world's third-largest producer of the animal fur, in a ruling that will phase out the industry by 2024. The bill, tabled by both the Labour Party and the Socialist Party, was passed by a majority of lawmakers in a vote of 46 to 29, according to a statement on the senate website.” Read more here...
Failure to check muskrat traps costs Columbia man $3,786
“A Columbia man who faced more than 70 counts of failing to properly check muskrat traps has admitted to six misdemeanor violations.
State law requires trappers to check their traps at least every two days to ensure that trapped animals aren't suffering and that the equipment is working properly. Kerry L. Hansen, 58, pleaded guilty to six counts of failing to properly check traps. In exchange, 68 other counts of failure to properly check traps and two counts of trapping muskrats out of season were dismissed.
Hansen received the same sentence on each charge — a 30-day suspended jail term and $631 in fines and fees. In all, he must pay $3,786 in fines and fees. He must spend six months on probation. The charges, all misdemeanors, stem from incidents in 2011 and 2012, according to court documents. Each count was punishable by as much as 30 days in county jail and a $500 fine.” From: http://articles.aberdeennews.com/2012-12-08/news/35678987_1_probation-rules-prison-and-five-years-prison-term
From me: Put him in a trap and leave him there. Let’s all go Fur-FREE.
Wyoming DOT’s solution to highway accidents caused by migrating wildlife
“ “Everyday in the U.S., 190 million motor vehicles hit the road, and one million animals get hit by motor vehicles. That’s counting cars, buses, motorbikes, and trucks, but not ATVs, snowmobiles and other off-road vehicles. The figure includes mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians, but not insects and bugs, who somehow never count.” wrote Mark Matthew Braunstein on the Culture Change website.
“For every dead animal counted, three or four more die unnoticed. Even at 55 m.p.h., we smell the remains of far more dead skunks than we see. The walking wounded die far from the road, so only instantly killed animals are seen and get counted.”
The WDOT attempted to obtain federal funding for a project to reduce this highway slaughter and was turned down. But instead of passing on the project, they stepped up and wrote a $9.7 million check from their own budget to build the Trappers’ Point overpass (including a second overpass, six wildlife underpasses, and addition fencing on both sides of the 12-mile restricted corridor).” More at: http://blog.rv.net/2012/12/wyoming-dots-solution-to-highway-accidents-caused-by-migrating-wildlife/
If you can start the day without caffeine,
If you can get going without pep pills,
If you can always be cheerful and ignore aches and pains,
If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,
If you can eat the same food everyday and be grateful for it,
If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time,
If you can overlook it when those you love take it out on you when, through no fault of yours, something goes wrong,
If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,
If you can ignore a friend's limited education and never correct him,
If you can resist treating a rich friend better than a poor friend,
If you can face the world without lies and deceit,
If you can conquer tension without medical help,
If you can relax without liquor,
If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,
If you can say honestly that deep in your heart you have no prejudice against creed, color, religion or politics,
Then, my friend, you are almost as good as your dog:))
How to get your cat inside.
On This Day:
Fire ravages Library of Congress, Dec 24, 1851:
“A devastating fire at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., destroys about two-thirds of its 55,000 volumes, including most of Thomas Jefferson's personal library, sold to the institution in 1815.
The Library of Congress was established in 1800, when President John Adams approved legislation that appropriated $5,000 to purchase "such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress." The first books, ordered from London, arrived in 1801 and were stored in the U.S. Capitol, the library's first home. The first library catalog, dated April 1802, listed 964 volumes and nine maps. Twelve years later, the British army invaded the city of Washington and burned the Capitol, including the 3,000-volume Library of Congress.
Former president Thomas Jefferson, who advocated the expansion of the library during his two terms in office, responded to the loss by selling his personal library, the largest and finest in the country, to Congress to "recommence" the library. The purchase of Jefferson's 6,487 volumes was approved in the next year, and a professional librarian, George Watterston, was hired to replace the House clerks in the administration of the library. In 1851, a second major fire at the library destroyed about two-thirds of its books. Congress responded quickly and generously to the disaster, and within a few years a majority of the lost books were replaced.
After the Civil War, the collection was greatly expanded, and by the 20th century the Library of Congress had become the de facto national library of the United States and one of the largest in the world. Today, the collection, housed in three enormous buildings in Washington, contains more than 17 million books, as well as millions of maps, manuscripts, photographs, films, audio and video recordings, prints, and drawings.”
And now these thoughts:
“He who does anything because it is the custom, makes no choice.” ~ John Stuart Mill
When was Jesus born?
“Is this something we can know with certainty? Yes. The bible gives us subtle clues that pinpoint the day. Normally, we read right over these clues because they don't mean anything to us. This video shows how we can use these clues to find out exactly when Jesus was born.”
http://youtu.be/V02YF0UNgTM By DoorPost Ministries
The Birth of Jesus
“Christ and the early Church didn’t celebrate Christmas. Why? If you strip it of its commercialism, pre-Christian customs and inaccuracies, what do you learn?Was the birth of Jesus really on Dec. 25? What else is questionable about Christmas?
Today, Christmas has become a nostalgic icon of a past that never was. Santa Claus, the Christmas tree and lots of gifts take center stage in Christian and non-Christian homes.
But these and other customs have little connection to the Bible and the true story of the birth of Jesus, or the message and meaning of His first coming. While the Bible teaches a great deal about Jesus and His message through the story of the birth of Jesus Christ (“Christ” means “messiah” or “anointed”), the traditions of Christmas often mislead, misinform and even contradict the Scriptures!
Would you be surprised to learn that the Bible doesn’t say when Jesus Christ was born? That the early New Testament Church didn’t celebrate Christmas? That Christmas was banned by the Puritans of New England? Or that some Christians today do not celebrate Christmas for biblical and doctrinal reasons? Why?
The primary problem is that the roots of Christmas lie in polytheistic, pagan religious practices, rather than in Christian ones. The New Testament Church honored Christ as the One who came to deliver us from error, darkness and sin. Having turned from paganism to follow Christ, early Christians would never have continued in the practices of paganism in an effort to honor Him!
The apostle Paul wrote, “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them” (Ephesians 5:8-11).
If something is grounded in practices dedicated to pagan worship and false gods, continuing in such “unfruitful works of darkness” would have been a fundamental violation of the allegiance and obedience they were pledging, as Christians, to their Savior and King!
No wonder, then, that the New Testament Church did not observe Christmas.” More at: http://lifehopeandtruth.com/god/who-is-jesus/the-birth-of-jesus/
Not much to tell, just puttered around the house doing odd jobs. Misty seemed to be looking for Prime, even though she ignored her when she was here. Miss Priss just played and played, as usual. Anything and everything is a plaything, so I have to watch her. She is a very energetic little bundle.
Now that Prime is gone, Prissy took over the best seat in the house, the one up in my bathroom window, which overlooks the road. I tried to take a picture, but she moved.
Bobcat and Prime at that window.
Prime’s new ‘Mom’ emailed me, and said that Prime is happy, loving, eating well, slept on her bed, and that is her ‘furever’ home.
I was glad to hear that, it made my day.