So you want to help with Rescue but you don’t know how to start? You want to pick up every stray but you’ve ever seen, but never even been able to catch one. You jump out of a moving vehicle trying to get the dog in the middle of the street. You just know he is going to get hit by a car. Other cars are whizzing by, the dog is crouched shivering, but still scrambling to get across the street and away from all the wonderful do-gooders who have stopped their cars in the middle of traffic to chase the poor dog.
Or you want to adopt but you just don’t have the time to commit to 10 or 12 years to a pet right now but you would like to help.
You could offer to drive transport, which is wonderful, I do it all the time. You help dogs to safety, get them out of kill shelters, and sometimes take them to their new permanent homes! All fabulous stuff.
But what about fostering? A lot of people don’t even know what it is.
First a dog is “pulled” from a kill shelter (this is taking the dog out of the shelter, which is done by a reputable puller, a licensed 501c, and the dog is evaluated for adoption) They are given a battery of tests to look for friendliness, food aggression, interaction with people, being touched, being around other dogs, cats, kids, etc.
After that, the dogs are sent to rescues willing to help with the adoption, the healing, the socializing of these poor babies. There is much that goes on, vet bills, finding room at their shelters, or with others
Let me share with you a quote from a Rescue and what they do… a lot of rescues have the same credo, this happens to be ACT NOW RESCUE NEW ENGLAND
About Our Rescue Group…
What is rescue? Many people have varying ideas as to “what is rescue”. We take in strays, owner turn ins and pull from “high kill” shelters. As long as there is a dog in need we will be there to save it. We are not breed specific, and we are not about highly adoptable healthy dogs. Many of our dogs are not without health issues or behavior issues that need to be resolved. We feel with our heart, not our mind which would tell us unhealthy dogs are expensive. Is cost an option? Who is to say any certain dog is not worth saving. What is a life worth? If you would ask, tammy, laurie, jan What was the worth of their loving companion? PRICELESS! Rescue is expensive. Even with vet discounts, the bills are astronomical.. Our group will never say a dog is not worth saving.The difference it makes to the family that adopts, will always be worth the expense. We will continue to rescue those in need . God bless to our adopters and supporters. The Act Now Rescue Team.
….. that’s where fostering comes in.
A lot of shelters have their own fosters that work with them all the time. Sometimes a dog is adopted right away and the foster only has that pet for a very short time. Sometimes it takes a lot longer, and the foster has to say how long they will commit to the dog….till another foster can take it? till the shelter has room? till they fall in love with the pet and decide to keep him??? That happens a lot!! LOL!!
I have overnighted dogs, (when a transport from far away is rolling there is usually a midpoint where they need the dogs to go to someone’s home and get out of the cars.) Rest, food, and a little companionship are a must to keep the stress levels down and to give the drivers a day time schedule. No one out driving these dogs in the middle of the night.
I have fallen in love overnight and wanted to keep them, but you can’t keep them all and usually you can’t take a dog off transport even if you want to adopt them, they go to the rescue and then if you have fallen in love, you contact them for adoption info.
Most of these rescues have very stringent rules for the safety of the dog. Home inspection, background checks, charging fees to adopt, etc. Unfortunately there are still many people that do wish harm to animals and no one wants to rescue a dog and then have it end up in harms way with a bad person.
But back to Fosters. They are so important because a rescuer can rescue and a rescue organization can help find a home, but in the interim, most rescues only have so much room and need people to home these dogs for a while as they look for permanent love connections…
These fosters are sometimes the first time a dog is loved, is touched, yes, dogs from puppy mills or that were born on the street no NO kindness or socialization. Most of them do, but they come from all walks of life. It is so rewarding to see them blossom when they are nurtured and see that food, petting, bathing, interaction are all there all the time. Its what makes them wonderful pets for the adopter, because of you the great kind caring foster.
So please look into it!! Please think of volunteering. Most of these dogs are no problem and just need a place to lay their head and are the most grateful animals because they need the kindness and appreciate it more than any other pet!
And actually, Right now… My very good friend Chella Melnuchuk is looking for a foster for a short term in Rochester NY. She is the rescuer of many dogs in the Bahamas. She is
The Voiceless Dogs of the Bahamas and feeds, waters, medicates and helps these dogs. She finds them homes mostly here in the states. So if you are in the Rochester area, please contact me and let me know and we will put you in contact with the receiving rescue up there.
thanks everyone and don’t forget to spay and neuter!!!!!
SUGAR is MISSING!
PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD — WE NEED TO FIND SUGAR !!!
So many of us depend on the kindness of others…yes, fabulous movie quote, but this is a serious topic. And I will write more about it in the next blog, because right now I am just trying to help find this one particular dog for one particular stressed and grieving woman. We all have needs for our animals, baby sitters, dog walkers, health practioners, trainers. We need them we trust them but sometimes, the same people whose hands we put our dogs’ lives into, betray us. This poor woman is one of them. Please read, pass, post, watch for and do anything you can to spread the word and get this gals doggie home to her. We pray for her safe return!!! More on this topic in a minute. In the meantime….read on:
I AM REACHING OUT TO ALL MY DOG FRIENDS …..WE NEED TO FIND ‘SUGAR” — goes by Shugy… if you see this dog – PLEASE call me…
917 454 8789 Heidi
Morgan Bogle is offering $5,000 for the return of her pit bull, Sugar, who was lost when a dog walker apparently went bonkers. Actually I believe the reward is now doubled.
It’s every dog owner’s nightmare.
An East Village woman entrusted her beloved pooch to a neighborhood dog walker while she was on a business trip — and he lost the pet in the cold, she told The Post on Tuesday.
Bogle was in London on business when the incident took place.
“I’m absolutely devastated. I want my dog back. I seem like I’m holding it together, but I’m not. I’m on the verge of a complete breakdown,” said Morgan Bogle, 33, who owns a vegan fashion company.
Bogle said she trusted her longtime dog walker to care for her sweet pit bull mix, Sugar — a rescue animal she adopted in The Bronx four years ago — while she flew to London on business last week.
But the man flipped out while she was away, kicking the front door of her apartment Monday while shouting and swearing, witnesses said.
“He was screaming, ‘F–k you! Let me in the f–king house now!’ ” a witness said, adding that Sugar was nowhere in sight.
“He seemed manic . . . I told him, ‘You’re acting like a lunatic.’ He was muttering stuff, but it wasn’t coherent at all,” the witness said.
A neighbor texted Bogle, and she sent a friend to the dog walker’s apartment. The pal spotted the man hiding behind a trash can outside and “acting strange,” Bogle said.
She said the pal called police, but they found no sign of Sugar.
The dog’s collar and sweater were discovered inside the apartment — but the walker had no explanation as to where she was, Bogle said.
“I realized it was going to be 7 degrees outside and that Sugar was nowhere to be found . . . I just want my dog back home,” Bogle said.
Bogle quickly flew home, and she and friends have been posting dozens of lost-dog posters around the neighborhood offering a “reward for safe return.”
She said she has had the same dog walker for three years and never had any trouble.
One neighbor called him a fixture in the neighborhood.
Bogle, who runs the animal-friendly fashion company Freedom of Animals, is offering a $5,000 reward.
Anyone with information should email her at findsugarNYC@gmail.com.
Sugar also goes by “Shugy” and is friendly with people, she said
Let’s all help, please get this baby back to her mommy
As one of the so called nutcases that treats their dogs like humans, and gives them emotions, I want to talk about something I read recently. It has to do with yawning. Yep, yawning, that thing we do that shows we are bored? Tired? Indifferent? I don’t know. But I do know, my dogs yawned too!! I used to think it was so cute. They both yawned but differently. When Boom yawned, it was with a tight mouth and a lick of the lips. When Bing did it, it was with a huge loose lipped breath and ended with a shake of his huge head!!! LOL.
So, it caught my eye, when I read an article about yawning. According to a new study from Japan and results from the Dognition citizen-science project, dogs may be even more connected to humans than people have realized. (I have no idea who those people are, cause me… and anyone I’m friends with, know that our dogs are our children and we bond with them the same way!! So there could never be a study to tell me we are more connected than we already are LOL! We love them, feed them, snuggle with them and think they can tell us anything and understand everything we tell them. They say we are using anthropomorphism, giving dogs emotions they don’t have, but I say they do have them and it’s being proved. More on that in my next blog.
But….Anyway, both studies show that dogs yawn contagiously, which is something humans do. It also stated that dogs that are bonded with people are more likely to yawn when their person does. Well, duh!! Just like my daughter… I mean my real daughter, not my dog daughter.
I remember a long time ago when I rescued one of my dogs, I had to hire a trainer. Bing was a street pup, surviving alone, knocking over and eating out of peoples garbage cans (they threw rocks at him) and growing up on the street (where I’m sure he was hurt by kids and maybe hit in traffic). When a rescuer finally caught him, (he kept jumping the fence into the guys yard and eating his dogs’ food then jumping back out). He had a collar growing into his neck and he acted like he was tough, and yet when I tried to walk him, traffic made him freeze, pee where he stood and violently shake till I could drag him from the noise. It was so sad. One of his worst things is you could see he wanted to bond with kids, he seemed to crave the attention, but if they made sudden moves, he freaked and snapped at them. Never really did any damage or harm, just scared the crap out of them and me! Freaked me out. And he never really lost that fear of kids till he was too old to remember his street life. He would be around them, rub on them love the attention then boom, snap and want them gone.
So he had issues! He ended up being the best sweetie ever, but back to the point. While we were working with him and the trainer, he would yawn a lot. And I mean all the time. The trainer would give him a command, he would look at him, yawn and not do it for quite a while. Then voila, he did it. The trainer said he was thinking. That when a dog is trying to figure things out, they would yawn. It sounded weird, but truth be told, he did it a lot. He would sit, look at me and yawn, then do what he was told.
So I’m thinking, is he so smart, he’s thinking or is he so dumb he doesn’t know what to do, or is he so bored he is just yawning cause he’s ready to fall asleep and doesn’t give a crap what I’m saying? It turns out for us, he really seemed to be thinking. It was like he was stalling for time while he thought. I really kinda forgot about all that cause I got so used to the fact that he yawned. Both my dogs yawned. I think all dogs yawn. But Bing did it a lot while we were together. It just made me laugh.
But, now I read this article and I wonder how much of this is true? They say yawning is one of the more bizarre biological functions in humans and other animals. No one knows why we do it. Some say it increases oxygen. Others say it is linked to controlling brain temperature. Maybe it stretches the mouth and throat, or keeps us alert. Personally, when I yawn, I am anything but alert….so maybe that is what it’s for, you’re tired, bored, you yawn, ya get some oxygen, you can stick around a little longer and listen to the thing or person that was making you tired in the first place.
The strangest thing about yawning is that it’s contagious. Seeing or hearing someone yawn, or even reading about yawning often leads to an irresistible urge to yawn. And it’s not random. You’re more likely to yawn contagiously when someone you love yawns, than when a stranger yawns. But, really, think about it. If I see someone yawn, I don’t care who it is, I yawn!!
There is actually a test to see if your dog yawn contagiously? Try the test here.
Most people have this wonderful quality called empathy. Thank God. It is one of the best things a person can have and almost everyone does. We are acutely susceptible to the emotions of others. People are more likely to laugh when they see someone laughing, (which is a good thing for me as a comic, ya want that laughter to spread! That’s why an empty showroom is a total drag) seriously, that’s where the line “can ya run around the room and pretend you’re a crowd” came from. Working to a small crowd that isn’t laughing is a killer. Gee, not because I’m not funny!! Anyway, empathy, it’s what makes people cry if they see others sad or in distress. It’s why watching movies is so emotional, you relate and empathize. Empathizing encourages good behavior and prevents harmful acts. It is not something that is taught, it is present even in young kids and grows and strengthens throughout life. Very different from sympathizing, which is feeling sorrow or sorry for someone else. Empathy is a bonding and in fact, without empathy, you possibly have developmental problems.
So, back to it, according to the study, people have “contagious yawning”, yawning after seeing someone else yawn. And it is positively correlated to empathy scores. An interesting question is whether animals are also capable of empathy. They say this is difficult to measure, since animals can’t tell us how they are feeling. But because contagious yawning is related to empathy scores in humans, there have been several researchers who have used contagious yawning as a measure of empathy, at least in a basic form, in animals.
Besides primates, only two species have been shown to yawn contagiously. One of them, perhaps not surprisingly, is the dog (the other is the Australian budgerigar).Whatever the hell that is. (I guess it’s time to google) When did google become a verb? It is, ya know!
Back on point….So in their original studies they got conflicting results as to whether or not dogs yawned contagiously. And when dogs did yawn contagiously, researchers questioned whether this was a sign of stress, rather than empathy.
Now when I think back on Bing yawning, I don’t know if maybe that whole “I’m thinking” thing was “I’m stressed now cause I’m not sure what you want me to do” Which makes the yawning while thinking after you are being taught a command you don’t know make sense! (Did that sentence even make sense?)
However, a new study from Teresa Romero and colleagues from the University of Tokyo found that not only do dogs yawn contagiously, but their yawning does NOT seem to be a sign of stress — and, like humans, they are more likely to yawn with someone they are emotionally bonded to. Now, that makes me feel better. I wasn’t stressing my dog, I was bonding with him!!!!
In that study, the researchers had 25 dogs watch the yawning of either their owner or a stranger. A heart-rate monitor measured the levels of stress in the dogs. Just over half of the dogs yawned contagiously (54 percent). Dogs yawned more frequently when their owner yawned, showing that the emotional connection between dogs and their owners produces a stronger response. There was no significant increase in heart rate in the dogs during the experiment, so the dogs’ yawning did not seem to be stress related. Yay!!!!
So another group, Dognition, a website that helps you find the genius in your dog, did a study too. And of the 250 participants in the beta program, 20 percent of the dogs yawned. The difference between the two studies was likely due to a slightly different method of examining individual yawning (the Romero study recorded dogs 5 minutes after the human yawned, while participants in Dognition recorded 2 minutes after the owner yawned). Although, I don’t know about the dogs, but I yawn as soon as someone starts yawning in front of me.
Also, in Dognition, there was a link between the yawn test and a dog’s cunning scores, which measures how dogs use their owners’ attention to deceive them. Dogs that were skilled at reading their owner’s body language, and at using this information to their own advantage, were also more likely to yawn.
So now I know, Bing wasn’t stressed, he was trying to trick me!!!! Into what, I’m not sure but he was cunning!!! LOL.. Actually, I’m sure whatever he was trying to make me do….it involved food. My Dog Was a Pig!!! As am I!! Again, we so bonded! Me, my dog, and pasta!! Wow, I think I have the name of my next book!! Next book? I haven’t written the first one?
Till next time. Kisses, Hugs, and Yawns!!!!!
PLEASE JOIN US OR PASS THIS ON TO SOMEONE WHO CAN!!!
(Hey kids, I will have another blog up in a couple of days but for now, let me share this. I would love to just remind everyone that one of the things I do is help raise money for animal rescues. I do shows (under the ‘paws for laughter’ banner) when I can. I drive transports, whatever I can (just to sneak a furry kiss!) But now I am donating my time to do a fabulous comedy show for Stand Up For Paws. This is a show to raise funds and awareness for 3 great groups.
The following rescue groups will benefit from this event:
FernDog Rescue Foundation, Caldwell, NJ, an organization thathelps dogs at risk by providing foster homes that will nurture their physical and emotional health, help locate the ideal forever home for them while providing support and training to help assure that their stay in their new homes is permanent.
911 Dog & Cat Rescue, Morristown, NJ, is run solely by volunteers. All animals that are adopted out by the rescue originate from Animal Control as strays or surrenders. “We are not a limited admission rescue because we believe that each animal has a right to live in a loving, forever home.” Since starting this program in 2010, Morristown, NJ has had a 0% euthanasia rate for healthy animals.
PAWS, Montclair, NJ, is a rescue and sheltering organization that has been serving Montclair and the surrounding communities for 35 years. The focus is on at-risk cats and dogs, often bully breeds.Rescue and reduce are key principles in their work of finding animals good, appropriate, forever homes; preventing warehousing and/or euthanizing adoptable animals; changing public consciousness about the value of animals and our responsibilities to them and promoting spay/neuter.
It is being organized by another great group Pittie Full Events Plus . Tracey is working extremely hard to organize the best time ever!!
There will be fabulous funny comedians, music, food, fun and games.
This is the direct link to purchase tickets: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/stand-up-for-paws-a-night-of-comedy-to-support-animal-rescue-tickets-10412402777
So it’s another year! Hurray!!! Happy New Year!! From the world renowned procrastinator. I know I’m late but that’s not so unusual for me!! I was there when it happened… In the moment! Just never finished writing about it! I was whooping it up and watching the party unfold!! But, really, I’m not sure what I think so far. Of course I am praying for a healthy happy new year for everybody, and I’m a big believer in what will be, will be. But lots of stuff is happening in the New Year. I will try to be positive about it all but it can be so depressing. I’m sure there are others going through the same thing. So ya gotta say to yourself… what lesson am I learning today?
I know in my heart, this is going to be the best year yet. We will move forward and accomplish every goal we have!! That is what I want to believe, so that is what I am seeing!! But I know some of you don’t work that way, so let me share this and then I want you too to see your future with intent. Make it happen. Be a believer. This is not religious, this is the power of positive thinking!!! You know… build it and they will come??? Well, see it and it will happen! Here is how the new year started for me.
As you might know, I do comedy on cruise ships and planned on taking my hubby with me to celebrate the New Year. Bought his ticket to fly, had his reservation on the ship, but it wasn’t to be. My hubby got bumped so I worked on a cruise ship without him and we spent New Year’s apart. Was it awful? No, I made money, he took over time since he was stuck home and he made money. It was really ok, cause it ended up a good thing. That’s how we looked at it. Were we apart? Yes. Did we lose money? Yes, Did we make other money? Yes. So many new beginnings and so much hopefulness goes on, but it can also bring some sadness. That’s Life as a great old song says. As of new years eve we lost a friend, another is in the hospital, another is terminal, there have been crummy things, not things to celebrate…but so many things happen at the same time… a baby was born…healthy and happy, someone got a promotion, a dog I helped rescue is now back with his original owner after a couple of hard years…all wonderful things worthy of great celebration…..beginnings and endings. How to deal, what to think.
Like another wonderful old song says, que serra serra, what will be will be. Is there a destiny, is it fate, is it preordained? I don’t want to get heavy… (or fat) …or phat…well, maybe phat, that’s good right? LOL. I just want to tell everyone that as important as all the things are that happen to you, the most important thing is how you handle them. How you let the good or bad become or overcome you. How you let the stress or happiness affect you. You can choose to hold in your emotions, or scream and shout, and let it all out. You can be happy or sad, angry or ecstatic. Of course the good stuff is usually pretty easy. Everyone loves good news. Unexpected money! A new baby or a new job! All that great stuff that happens. Enjoy it, embrace it, and celebrate it!! And don’t feel guilty about it. Lots of people feel like they don’t deserve something, or they’re sad that others don’t have what they have.
Some feel so guilty, they can’t enjoy their special moment! That’s not good either. If you can share your joy, whether it’s something of substance that you can physically share, or something not tangible but just wonderful news that can be shared and celebrated with others. It will make you feel good! So do it, love it, and talk about it. Most of your friends will be so happy for you, and happy to share your happiness, there will be happy happy joy joy in the air!!(Ren and Stimpy fans?LOL)
And if it’s bad news or horrible things that have happened. Share that too. Everyone has someone that will share their burden, listen to their woes, offer support, lend an ear, give good advise. Don’t fall into a depression and stifle all those negative feelings. Don’t drown your sorrows, don’t wallow in despair and loneliness. There are things you can do about some things to change them for the better, and some things that just are what they are. And unfortunately, you just have to deal with them, but you can do it in a healthy way.
That is when you take care of you. Get a massage, acupressure, acupuncture, pick a modality that works for you. Something that will release your pain, your anguish, help express your emotions, or just physically get rid of those aches and pains that sometimes come with holding on to such negativity. Holding on to these emotional things can actually make you physically ill. Unfortunately, we have to do something to stay strong, to get through it, to be whole again. Try and think positively. Try and find the good side to the bad thing. Hold on to the memories of the best part of what you had, be it a person, a thing or whatever.
Get therapy. Sometimes it takes a professional to show you how to look at these things, how to handle them, how to shed them, or embrace them. You’ll be glad you did, and then you can move on and start to really enjoy the Happy New Year that you deserve and that is waiting for you!
OK, Enough of that. Back to the happy. I just want to put a little video up so you can watch some people embracing the hell out of their new year happy happy joy joy moment!!
Be well, Do good, Live life!!! Love yourself and everyone else. It feels spectacular!!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of you!!! As we leave 2013 behind and head into 2014, please remember to keep your pets safe during the holidays. (Oh yeah, and you and your humans too!) But the pets can’t take care of themselves. So, Yes, we love them, yes we dress them up in costumes, yes, we sneak them food under the table…. But there’s lots of stuff to get into and lots of sugar and chocolate and plants around that can be dangerous… plants they shouldn’t eat, food they shouldn’t have, things they shouldn’t get into. So you want to watch them, help them, make sure they are in on the fun, but safe at all times. Here is a list from the ASPA with my personal seal of approval and my own little twist. And after all is said and done….make sure you stick their butts (or lips) under the mistletoe (where they can’t reach it) and kiss those furfaces all day long!
Of course you want to include your furry companions in the festivities, being good pet parents, but as you celebrate this holiday season, try to keep your pet’s eating and exercise habits as close to their normal routine as possible. And be sure to steer them clear of the following unhealthy treats, toxic plants and dangerous decorations:
O Christmas Tree (or Chanukah Bush) Securely anchor your Christmas tree so it doesn’t tip and fall, causing possible injury to your pet. This will also prevent the tree water—which may contain fertilizers that can cause stomach upset—from spilling. Stagnant tree water is a breeding ground for bacteria and your pet could end up with nausea or diarrhea should he imbibe.
Kitties love this sparkly, light-catching “toy” that’s easy to bat around and carry in their mouths. But a nibble can lead to a swallow, which can lead to an obstructed digestive tract, severe vomiting, dehydration and possible surgery. It’s best to brighten your boughs with something other than tinsel.
No Feasting for the Furballs
By now you know not to feed your pets chocolate and anything sweetened with xylitol, but do you know the lengths to which an enterprising fur kid will go to chomp on something yummy? Make sure to keep your pets away from the table and unattended plates of food, and be sure to secure the lids on garbage cans.
Leave the Leftovers
Not that me or my hubby can do that… but we have opposable thumbs and no will power. Luckily your dog can’t open the refrigerator so you have some control! Fatty, spicy and no-no human foods, as well as bones, should not be fed to your furry friends. Pets can join the festivities in other fun ways that won’t lead to costly medical bills. Of course some dogs, like my 2 were garbage cans and ate everything with us, they shared and never got sick. A lot of people used to believe table scraps were bad for pets, now some people only feed table food to their dogs. Know your dog, know what is good and bad for him, and also know which things are poisonous or will cause reactions, raisons, onions, chocolate, caffeine, artificial sweeteners etc. please just use your head.
Looking to stuff your pet’s stockings? Choose gifts that are safe.
- Dogs have been known to tear their toys apart and swallow the pieces, which can then become lodged in the esophagus, stomach or intestines. Stick with chew toys that are basically indestructible, Kongs that can be stuffed with healthy foods or chew treats that are designed to be safely digestible.
- Long, stringy things are a feline’s dream, but the most risky toys for cats involve ribbon, yarn and loose little parts that can get stuck in the intestines, often necessitating surgery. Surprise kitty with a new ball that’s too big to swallow, a stuffed catnip toy or the interactive cat dancer—and tons of play sessions together.
Forget the Mistletoe & Holly
Holly, when ingested, can cause pets to suffer nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Mistletoe can cause gastrointestinal upset and cardiovascular problems. And many varieties of lilies, can cause kidney failure in cats if ingested. Opt for just-as-jolly artificial plants made from silk or plastic, or choose a pet-safe bouquet. Many plants are toxic to pets, including chrysanthemums, clematis, coleus, daffodils, geranium, hibiscus, hostas, hyacinths, most ivies and lilies, peony, sweet William, tulips and vinca.
For a comprehensive list and photos of pet-safe garden plants, visit the Animal Poison Control Center at www.aspca.org/pet-care/poison-control/plants.
That Holiday Glow
Don’t leave lighted candles unattended. Pets may burn themselves or cause a fire if they knock candles over. Be sure to use appropriate candle holders, placed on a stable surface. And if you leave the room, put the candle out! One of the dogs may try and use it to barbeque something delish he found in the garbage!
Keep wires, batteries and glass or plastic ornaments out of paws’ reach. A wire can deliver a potentially lethal electrical shock and a punctured battery can cause burns to the mouth and esophagus, while shards of breakable ornaments can damage your pet’s mouth. Actually, not a bad plan to keep the human babies in line with some of these tips too!
If your animal-loving guests would like to give your pets a little extra attention and exercise while you’re busy tending to the party, ask them to feel free to start a nice play or petting session. This is my favorite thing to do, I am the one not paying attention to the humans but rolling on the floor with their pets and getting my Khristmas Kisses!
Put the Meds Away
Make sure all of your medications are locked behind secure doors, and be sure to tell your guests to keep their meds zipped up and packed away, too.
Careful with Cocktails
If your celebration includes adult holiday beverages, and they better!! be sure to place your unattended alcoholic drinks where pets cannot get to them. If ingested, your pet could become weak, ill and may even go into a coma, possibly resulting in death from respiratory failure. Or they may just don a lampshade and embarrass you with the latest dance…. Who let the dogs out… who who????
A Room of Their Own
Give your pet his own quiet space to retreat to—complete with fresh water and a place to snuggle. Shy pups and cats might want to hide out under a piece of furniture, in their carrying case or in a separate room away from the hubbub. I’ve done this too….
New Year’s Noise
As you count down to the new year, again, cats and strings…..please keep in mind that strings of thrown confetti can get lodged in a cat’s intestines, if ingested, perhaps necessitating surgery. Noisy poppers can terrify pets and cause possible damage to sensitive ears. If your pet is really scared of the noises, check into a thundershirt. They are great.
Keep an Eye on them!
This is the jolly happy season of giving and love and peace, but Please also remember to always check on where they are. Don’t leave them outside in the cold accidentally while you are partying. Don’t leave them alone for too long, and watch they don’t get out of the house while your guests are coming and going from your party. Doors held open, people not paying attention, pets can get loose, and end up lost, or on the streets. So just be aware.
Bottom Line!! Happy Holidays!!!!! Have Fun, Be Safe, Have a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!
So it’s October …muhwwwwwaaaaaahhhhhahahahahah!!!!! And that means everything fall and wonderful! Halloweenie and Scary! The gorgeous changing of the leaves, kinda like changing of the guard but with flat colorful leaves instead of wooly stiff Englishman………, getting cooler and crisper out and wearing those cute fall clothes, and fabulous hauntingly scary costumes, sinfully delicious chocolates and assorted candies, and pumpkin pie everything. Pumpkin pie ice cream, pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin specialty candy, and pumpkin pie…pie! The real thing. Made from real pumpkins. I know pumpkin in a can is real pumpkin, but pies made fresh from actual pumpkins you carve are soooooo scrumptious. (And you can make pumpkin seeds!) Man we loved making those salty crunchy home cooked seeds. Of course as soon as you ate them, they were always over salted and would pucker our faces and we’d spit all of it out except the teeny seed inside. HA! Yes, a lot of work for a teeny treat. But doing it was the fun. And baking the pie…more work… but if you can bribe someone else in the family to do it…. Yum and easy LOL!!. The best part of the holiday for a family, carving the pumpkin, scooping out the seeds, making and eating those, and then, trowelling out a pumpkin for fresh pumpkin pie. That should be a family tradition. Great bonding moments for a family. Add the costumes, the trick or treating, the parties, the going through the bag of candy to see if it’s got good stuff or crap to give to the other kids, just plain good times. I love October… way better than November. Seriously, I am a vegetarian and haven’t eaten a turkey in 45 years so who really cares?? I do love having a family dinner but it could be pasta and it could be January for all I care, just love the family get together. But October…..Whooo Whooooo. Now I am a big believer in pumpkin pie and think it should be accessible all year long! It’s not only delicious, it’s good for you. It can be decadent and it can be diet food. Depends on how you play it. Think about the poor lowly pumpkin. You never see it, ya never hear about it, ya never think about it, ya never grow it in your garden. It’s like the invisible vegetable until fall comes around. No one is really shipping it in from another country so you can have fresh pumpkin in the summer or winter, oh no…and you can never find a can of it on the shelves after November. You just wait till Halloween and Thanksgiving roll around and then you make as much pumpkin stuff as you can because once it’s gone, it’s gone. You can’t even find that flavor anymore. Not in the frozen yogurt shops, not in the coffee pods for your kuerig, not even a friggin candy bar! What is the deal? You can get a sweet potato any old time ya like, and you can get a squash or a zucchini to make for dinner all year round, you can get sweet potato fries everywhere, all the time which by the way, Thank God and YUM times a zillion… MY FAVE!! But where the hell are the pumpkins? Who is kidnapping and hiding the orange round relatives, the pumpkins? Nutritionally speaking, pound for pound this is one healthy food! Here are a few healthy facts!
- It is one of the very low calorie vegetables. 100 g fruit provides just 26 calories and contains no saturated fats or cholesterol; however, it is rich in dietary fiber, anti-oxidants, minerals, vitamins. The vegetable is one of the food items recommended by dieticians in cholesterol controlling and weight reduction programs.
- Pumpkin is a storehouse of many anti-oxidant vitamins such as vitamin-A, vitamin-C and vitamin-E.
- With 7384 mg per 100 g, it is one of the vegetables in the Cucurbitaceae family featuring highest levels of vitamin-A, providing about 246% of RDA. Vitamin A is a powerful natural anti-oxidant and is required by the body for maintaining the integrity of skin and mucus membranes. It is also an essential vitamin for good visual sight. Research studies suggest that natural foods rich in vitamin A help a body protects against lung and oral cavity cancers.
- It is also an excellent source of many natural poly-phenolic flavonoid compounds such as α, ß carotenes, cryptoxanthin, lutein and zea-xanthin. Carotenes convert into vitamin A inside the body.
- Zea-xanthin is a natural anti-oxidant which has UV (ultra-violet) rays filtering actions in the macula lutea in retina of the eyes. Thus, it helps protect from “age-related macular disease” (ARMD) in the elderly.
- The fruit is a good source of B-complex group of vitamins like folates, niacin, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), thiamin and pantothenic acid.
- It is also rich source of minerals like copper, calcium, potassium and phosphorus.
- Pumpkin seeds indeed are an excellent source of dietary fiber and mono-unsaturated fatty acids, which are good for heart health. In addition, the seeds are concentrated sources of protein, minerals and health-benefiting vitamins. For instance, 100 g of pumpkin seeds provide 559 calories, 30 g of protein, 110% RDA of iron, 4987 mg of niacin (31% RDA), selenium (17% of RDA), zinc (71%) etc., but no cholesterol. Further, the seeds are an excellent source of health promoting amino acid tryptophan.
Phew! Thank you Dr. but really, could I just bathe in the stuff? And the real pie? Made with sugar? And homemade sugary whip cream? I don’t need to eat it, just rub it my thighs, that’s where it’s going anyway!! But as I said, there are healthier versions. Almost as delish but let’s be honest… Now it’s tasty for sure, but let’s put the credit where credit is due. The things that bring out the best in pumpkin are sugar, cinnamon, and the minor players nutmeg, cloves, ginger, mace, etc….. So does that make it now unhealthy?? Heck NO!! A little sugar won’t kill ya, it won’t help ya but it won’t hurt ya. And of course there are tons of healthy replacements now. And the spices are just as healthy as the pumpkin. It may surprise you but one teaspoon of ginger has similar antioxidant levels as one cup of spinach. Scientists are looking at what role compounds in ginger play for digestive issues (nausea and others) along with its role in reducing pain. Cinnamon can speed up your metabolism; as can other things like cayenne, crushed red pepper, paprika. And cinnamon is also rich in natural compounds called polyphenols. Research suggests that these compounds may act like insulin in our body to help regulate blood sugar levels.
Now everyone has their favorite recipe and that is all a matter of taste… I have my decadent one, and I have my low calorie eat all you want pumpkin desert that will be going in my cook book soon!! Yep, working on a cookbook and it will be delish! Well, not the actual book although maybe a compound so you can lick the pages. Hmmmmmmmm.
Anyway, back to where are the pumpkins???? So the point is, ya never see a pumpkin till October, then you see road side stands, pumpkin patches, farmers markets, and grocery stores so overflowing with pumpkins they could take over the world!
Carve them little arms and give them zappers and we would be toast! So of course we buy tons of them, the squirrels get happy and chow on them on our porches, the devil children steal them and throw them in the street, and mostly and sadly we just throw them out a few days after Halloween. But what about those gazillion pumpkins still sitting in the patch, or on the nursery plant stands or in the stores? What happens to them? Do they make more ice cream that we could eat throughout the winter? NOOO they do not, who would be so kind??? And it’s not like it would go bad, IT’S FROZEN PEOPLE!! I’ll tell ya where it goes… The weekend after Halloween there are competitions all across America. Pumpkin throwing competitions. The largest I think is the Punkin Chunkin annual championship in Bridgeville, Del. It lasts 3 days and asttracts more than 20,000 vicious pumpkin killers! That’s right, you heard me. They launch leftover pumpkins from giant catapults, air cannons, and trebuchets that spew the gourds thousands of feet through the air. (Can you hear Mr. Bill??? Ohhhh Nooooooo) Back in 1986 some physics students from Salisbury University were having a pumpkin throwing contest. Four Delaware men heard about it and were inspired to start their own contest that soon went national. The winner in ‘86 actually used a catapult and hurtled a pumpkin 126 feet. A sport was born, a horrible waste of my delicious pumpkin pie sport was born LOL… Actually, in 2008 a team (yes, they started ganging up on the poor defenseless pumpkins) these guys didn’t even have scary faces carved into them to use!! Anyway, at the 2008 World Championship, yes people it’s become big time, a team actually set the world record flinging a pumpkin 4,483 feet. Holy Smasharoonie. I wonder who cleans up the mess. One can only hope all the animals around town, get their own version of pumpkin pie road kill for many weeks. There was even a Slingin Pumpkin festival here in Warren County, NJ. last week. Killing the pumpkins early… But Beer, Chili, Hayrides, tours and Pumkin throwing galore were the culmination of a weekend of fun.
So next time you want something pumpkin, something fun to do, a fall festival, look for a pumpkin chunkin event and…..and steal as many pumpkins as you can save!!! They’ll thank you and your tastebuds will thank me!!! LOL!! Happy Fall Everybody!! And have a Scary Merry Halloween!! Enjoy!!!!
Okay, so we all love animals, we have read many stories about them, we have done things to our pets that we are sorry for or feel guilty for. ( And no I’m not talking about harming them, if you purposely abuse your pet, I shun you! I berate you! I can’t even go there right now) I don’t want to write about those horrors in this blog although they do exist and need addressing for sure.
Today, I am talking about the things we do that embarrass the animal… dress them up in doll clothes, make them dance with tutus on, walk in a circle with a hotdog on their nose… You know they know it’s embarrassing.
My poor little boom had weak back legs, so I got her a wheel cart. And even though it was for her own good, (and she ended up loving it because she could go for longer walks), she still was extremely ashamed whenever she had to use it. In fact when she passed on, and my other guy, Bing, got so old, I tried to get him to use it and I never saw a dog look like he wanted to scream “Are you f@#$ing kidding me? Get me out of this. I am so mortified!”
Believe me if they could only talk! They try, they give us the look. You know the one….They speak volumes and I don’t care what anyone says, they have an innate sense of what is going on at all times.
You’ve seen these people that carry their dogs around in a bag, or push them in a baby stroller, Really?? Sorry, to me they are not just pets, they are like people, and who wants to be carried in a bag if they have the strength to run and jump and want to be free and playing and doing? (I know there are times when a puppy is too young to be on the ground in a public place, or a dog is injured) but I’m talking about a healthy happy, let me jump and run animal. Anyway, that is off point.
I’m just bringing it all up because I found the ultimate insult to injury of using an animal when they have no say so in it at all. I found this article and it came with pictures I gotta tell ya, it made me so mad, but when I realized the cat would be fine, it did make me laugh at the absurdity of it, the audacity of the person who did it, and that fact that the cat could not tell anyone, who did it, where they did it or why or for whom they did it. Please Read below before I continue…
(detained? Ouch, ease up Mr. Guard!!) Prison guards were surprised when they saw a white cat crossing the main gate of the prison, its body wrapped with tape. A closer look showed the feline also carried drills, an earphone, a memory card, batteries and a phone charger.
All 263 detainees in the prison of Arapiraca, a city of 215,000 people in the state of Alagoas, are considered suspect in the plot, which is being investigated by local police.
“It’s tough to find out who’s responsible for the action as the cat doesn’t speak,” a prison spokesperson told local paper Estado de S.Paulo.
The cat was taken to an animal disease center to receive medical care.
The incident took place on New Year’s day Jan 1, 2013 but was first reported by national media on Saturday.
The cat doesn’t speak? Really? Cause I’m sure if he did he would have made an appointment for his visitation rights. I mean everyone has a right to see their loved ones in prison.
Of course if he did speak, he would never have given up his partner in crime, I’m sure. Loved ones don’t rat….rat? did I see a rat? I can’t believe he was still on his way in and never veered from his goal!
I think he had Stockholm syndrome. So you can’t blame the cat, someone fed him, and fed him a line of bull…”Really, Bob needs these, he’s innocent, we have to help him, no one will get hurt, just purr and keep on walking, you can do it!”
And if he did speak, and how funny is it that they had to write…” the cat doesn’t speak” Do most cats speak? Did they think he was just faking it to cover up the crime? If he could speak, don’t ya think he might have said, “Get this crap off me! It’s heavy, it’s digging into me, and it is humiliating!”
And detained? Detained for questioning? Really? What did he have to say? Did he mime what was going on? And really, you only have 215,000 suspects? You better call CSI immediately!
So bottom line, don’t involve your pets or people in your prison escape. CRIME DOESN’T PAY! And your pets deserve better! At least give them a mask so no one sees their faces! Yikes, how embarrassing! LOL… Go kiss your pets right now.
Dogs are better than vitamins or pills! The health benefits of pets! Take 2 and call me in the morning….dogs, not pills….Well hey kids, I’m back. It’s been a tough couple of months what with my Bingy Boy crossing the rainbow bridge and other things going down, but I’m back having fun on the ships and feeling better about life again.
I am still so sad that I am dogless for the first time since I was a kid! I always get a rescue when I lose a dog. It saves a life and gives me back my life.
I have to tell you a funny but embarrassing story. My cousin sends me books to read thru kindle amazon and one of the books is The art of racing in the rain by Garth Stein. It has a pic of a golden retriever on the cover so I was IN!! As I started to read, it was about a dog, actually the story is told by the dog, and he is planning to help his owner put him down so the owner can get on with his life. Believe me, I am not giving anything away…. that is the first few pages and I was bawling like a baby on an airplane. Trying to bow my head so no one saw the tears, red nose, blowing it, pretending there was something in my eye, it was awful!!! I can laugh now, but man I shut that book down so fast…….
Then I tried again a month later, on a plane again no less…..and better, but man I know the gal next to me thought I was having a nervous breakdown. You really shouldn’t read this book after losing an old dog, I swear I still can’t finish it, but I will, it was really really good, but I am just too emotional. Even in my normal state, if I see a sad commercial about a volkswagon, I’m broken down like a prisoner that just got the bad news he is going to the gallows. You’d think it was my last days.
But anyway, right now is not a good time to get a new furface. I vacillate between what is the right thing to do and what is the thing I really want to do. I am gone so much working on the ships now, which is great, we need the money and I love my job, and my hubby works a lot, and the house is up for sale, brokers and people coming and going, and if we sell, a giant move and tons of change, and a new dog would be alone so much. Part of me says, he would be alone but in a very cool house with a yard and family (sometimes) rather than a shelter and possible “death” around the corner.
But then I think of him having no body around, getting used to this yard and then losing it and maybe being stuck in an apartment, we are probably ending up in a much smaller place without a yard, although no matter where we go they will have to accept pets, no negotiation there! Hopefully it will be NYC and we will have central park for a yard and our own balcony or private space, and more free time and someone to help with walks.
Having a dog completes me. Yep, I’m an empty lonely girl without my pooches around. Love my hubby to death, thank god for my good friends and audiences on the ships that let me talk through the pain and loneliness. The bonding is great, the camaraderie is awesome and it helps to talk about it out loud. But man I miss a furball in my face. I’m like a stalker. I go to friends’ houses and while they are talking to me, I’m on the floor wrestling with their dogs. Or I walk down the street and grab strangers’ dogs while they are walking them and fondle them like a scary creepy kidnapper! I’m surprised they don’t run screaming into the night from me. Even at immigration when I travel, I grab the drug dogs and start hugging, I’m surprised I haven’t been arrested! But I’m starved for the smelly, wet delicious kisses and snuggles ya get from a dog. People just don’t do it for me, like a furball does…LOL!!!!
For those of you that have dogs, you know what I’m talking about. For those that don’t I will fill you in a little bit.
When you come home, they look at you like you’ve been gone for years. Jumping up and down “OMG how could you desert me, where have you been, thank god you came back, where did you go, are you staying? Did you bring food, I thought I was gonna die, I miss you I miss you I miss you”….and that’s just if you go out to get the mail.
There is no greater love/dependence/bond than a dog and his best friend! And I am telling you it is a healing thing too. Pets help lower blood pressure and lessen anxiety. They boost our immunity. They are matchmakers!!!
And people that are allergic? Here is some info from researcher James E. Gern, MD, a pediatrician at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
“The old thinking was that if your family had a pet, the children were more likely to become allergic to the pet. And if you came from an allergy-prone family, pets should be avoided.”
However, a growing number of studies have suggested that kids growing up in a home with “furred animals” — whether it’s a pet cat or dog, or on a farm and exposed to large animals — will have less risk of allergies or asthma.
In his recent study, Gern analyzed the blood of babies immediately after birth and one year later. He was looking for evidence of an allergic reaction, immunity changes, and for reactions to bacteria in the environment.
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If a dog lived in the home, infants were less likely to show evidence of pet allergies — 19% vs. 33%. They also were less likely to have eczema, a common allergy skin condition that causes red patches and itching. In addition, they had higher levels of some immune system chemicals — a sign of stronger immune system activation.
“Dogs are dirty animals” we bathe them but they have that natural roll in the mud, bad skin, funky way….and this suggests that babies who have greater exposure to dirt and allergens have a stronger immune system,” Gern says.
I’ve always said that. On the ships they have sanitizer. They want ya to wash your hands a gazillion times a day. That’s good for ship life, too many people touching your food, touching each other, coming on board in a “closed” enviornment with colds so they should use sanitizer.
But when we were kids, there was no sanitizer!! We made mud pies, frosted them with worms, baked them in the driveway and ate them… and I licked up the antifreeze, that’s what made them sweet and delicious! Got a cold, get a cootie shot for gods sake! LOL….
Dogs are also date magnets. People that walk their dogs know how many people come up and go “awwww he’s so cute, can I pet him”…. And may the games begin.
Older people and sick people benefit from dogs as do hospitalized patients. My friend has a service dog, She went through training to become a hospital dog and visits hospitals and nursing homes. “Studies have shown that Alzheimer’s patients have fewer anxious outbursts if there is an animal in the home,” says Lynette Hart, PhD, associate professor at the University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. People in their beds just petting that dog, or having it lay next to them with it’s furry little head on their lap love it and say they have a new lease on life.
So personally, if you’re feeling blue, if you feel lonely, if you need a friend, if you have the time and want to give love and get love….rescue a pet. They need you!! You need them. There are magnets on cars that say it all….. Who saved Who? And There is a poem in the rescue world…author unknown…
I Have Done Something
I looked at all the caged animals in the shelter…the cast-offs of human society.
I saw in their eyes love and hope, fear and dread, sadness, and betrayal. And I was angry.
“God,” I said, “this is terrible! Why don’t you do something?”
God was silent for a moment, and then He spoke softly, “I have done something,” he replied. “I created you.”
– Author Unknown
“Saving the life of one animal may not change the world, but the world will surely change for that one animal”
I promise to get back to the real funny on the next blog, and I’ll try not to be too maudlin, but it is with heavy heart again that I bid adieu to my other furry friend Badabing (the black lab/newfie). As you know, we helped Badaboom (the long haired brown shepherd behind him) over the rainbow bridge a year ago and Badabing has been a lonely boy ever since. But he still had us, and we had him and that was fantabulous. If only I would have smelled his butt for him, I could have made him happier, but a girl has to draw the line somewhere!
The only thing kinda positive for him after his sister left us was a little change of heart in his social life. As I’ve already told you, SHE-DEVIL Boom, was not the friendliest dog to other dogs. In fact, if you were a dog, unless she really knew you, she hated you! And unfortunately, she passed that onto Badabing who tried to be like his sister. So when ever she went into a tirade over a dog at the dog park, or a dog walking down the street, on her street no less, the nerve of that dog!!! Badabing would follow suit and go nuts with her. She was a tyrant even when she was in her wheelchair, dragging me down the street barking “I’ll kill you, get back here ya mixed mutt!”
So out of character for him, though. He used to be a lover. Well, this last year, he was older, he was slower, and he became the lover he used to be. He walked up to every dog he saw! He smelled them, he licked them, he played with them, he did whatever he could to interact. Of course the last few months he couldn’t chase them or play with them, it was more, “I’ll just sit here and “Be” and you can play with me”. Oops, that didn’t sound good….erase, erase, erase.
He was getting along pretty good after she passed. He still dragged his fat butt up the stairs so he could eat dinner with us in front of the set. Man he loved his pasta! He was just like the tramp in Lady and the Tramp. He would suck that pasta as I dangled it in the air…. till he was down to my fingers…well, at least not my lips, although I would kiss him on the lips always! Loved that boy. These kids were definitely Italian, they didn’t just beg, they would stare at the food and say…”You gonna eat that?” Uh, no, not after you drooled over all it, ya big gavone! “Then put a little cheese and a meat ball on it and pass it down!”
Anyway, as I’ve said, he was very old and quite the survivor and has been hanging in there for quite some time. His back legs were very weak, his kidneys were failing but he never showed signs of breaking down (except for the weak back legs) till the very very end. He still came up the stairs when he had the strength but slept downstairs when he didn’t. I would go work on the ships and call home everyday checking on him, and my wonderful bestest friend Steve would come and take care of him, check on him, feed him, do whatever he could to help my hubby while I was gone.
We built him a ramp. We built him a step. We raised his food on a pedestal. He had his own feather bed inside and more soft beds outside.
He would be so happy whenever I came back from the road. But his walks got short and then they were no more. Just play time in the yard. (Tug of War with an old guy is him laying, and me pretending to pull! ) It’s like a gal lying to her man… ooooh, you’re so strong, ooooh I can hardly tug back, oh it’s slipping out of my hands….LOL.
So that last week, my hubby said he really didn’t want to eat the whole week I was gone, but seemed to pep up when I got home. And of course I cooked for him and hand fed him and he ate a little. All you dog peeps know how that goes, they do whatever they can to please you, they’re so stoic these furballs. But he was a little sick the last night when we got home from a family birthday, threw up just a little, but had a hard time getting up to go do it outside. I heard him in the middle of the night, so I helped him outside (he had the dog door and ramp but was pretty weak) and when I woke up early in the morning he was still out there. He stayed in usual spot by the grill and it was a beautiful cool morning, he could not get up any longer and looked at me with such a sad and almost embarrassed look as he tried to get up to pee and I let him know it was ok to do it where he lay. (He weighed 120 lbs and I couldn’t lift that dead weight quick enough) I swear if he could talk he would have said, “You don’t pee in your bed, why the hell should I pee in mine? Move me!!!) I helped him, then cleaned him up and moved his bed outside and got him on it and that is where he passed. In my arms. I gave him an acupressure session and held him and massaged him and with a little difficulty breathing, he still passed on peacefully by 9 a.m.
I had to leave for a ship 2 days later. I was a wreck. I knew Bing would want me too. The show must go on… that is our creedo. But I was god awful for the next two cruises. Thank God for the comics that I worked with that helped keep my mind busy so I didn’t weep like a maniac every minute of the day. Wonderful comics both, Jorge Solano, and John Di Crosta.
OK, I’m done now. It’s actually been a few weeks but I couldn’t get myself to write the blog till now.
Wishing you and your pets many happy healthy days and easy journeys if that is their destiny.
RIP my Bingy Boy, now you can play with your friends Boom, and Kenny, and Whiz and so many others…. Have fun my sweet boy.