SPAY AND NEUTER YOUR PETS!
Don't breed or buy while shelter animals die!
well this is awesome! I am super passionate about animals both wild and domestic..
I have a 4 yr old Shepherd/Pit mix named Lexi (can you post photos on here?)...she is the love of my life and we do everything together lotsa roadtrips and such! I adopted her from the shelter and rescue dogs are the best! She is the smartest dog ever, I always get compliments on her smarts. And she is just a sweetheart. (spoiled too) She was the 1st pup I saw at the 1st shelter I went to in Cage #1 and she scratched the crap out of me when I met her and I just knew she was my family.
I also am involved in rescue, and I foster cats. I am really more of a dog person, but I don't have the time or space to foster dogs right now. I got into fostering when my sister called me to help her!! cause there was 3 kittens on her doorstep. Well it was cold out so I took them, and ended up getting involved with a rescue org that I know foster for. I have found homes for around 15 kittens that were rescued from outside or other situations in the past year. I love it and it is very rewarding!
I have 4 cats of my own, and my friends call me a crazy cat lady. I have my 18 yr old senior girl, Whiskers, and she will not be here much longer....
I adopted Jazz a younger male off the streets, well he found me.. his name is Jazz cause his voice was so loud and musical...
Then I adopted Vegas, my black cat who is the most troublesome cat in the world but that is why I love him. He has a peculiar relationship with my dog, they LOVE eachother.
He is crazy though and will chew holes through my window screens and all sorts of stuff, he chews everything. I have wires spliced all over the apartment cause of him.
I also adopted DaisyLou, a 14 yr old Calico last yr, her family was giving her up, and when I was told about it, I could not stand to see a 14 yr old go to the shelter, thinking about my senior girl.
So that is my big happy family, I have plenty of entertainment and company at all times.
After Whiskers passes, I plan to start travelling the country, and everyone is coming along.
I do assume some silly little mutt will capture my heart and I will have a new buddy on my travels though!
so, it's Thanksgiving, so the dogs got an extra trip to the dog park this morning. They're getting up there in years (Rex is now 14 and Callie 11), and have varying degrees of creakiness. But today Rex came bounding across the park at me with a big grin on his face and his right hind leg ALMOST working, and Callie was bouncing around like her puppy self. They should sleep through my various culinary adventures today, and enjoy the results, as they like most of what I'm making for dinner--roast chicken, stuffing, cauliflower from the farmers' market. They are the light of my life and I give thanks for every minute I have with them.
well, so long as I'm showing off here:
The proper name of the capital city of Thailand (which, the country; incidentally used to be known as Siam, is now ราชอาณาจักรไทย Ratcha Anajak Thai in Thai language)
The name of the capital is translated into:
The city of angels, the great city, the residence of the Emerald Buddha, the impregnable city (of Ayutthaya) of God Indra, the grand capital of the world endowed with nine precious gems, the happy city, abounding in an enormous Royal Palace that resembles the heavenly abode where reigns the reincarnated god, a city given by Indra and built by Vishnukarn is a translation of กรุงเทพมหานคร อมรรัตนโกสินทร์ มหินทรายุธยามหาดิลก ภพนพรัตน์ ราชธานีบุรีรมย์ อุดมราชนิเวศน์ มหาสถาน อมรพิมาน อวตารสถิต สักกะทัตติยะ วิษณุกรรมประสิทธิ์
The country, known internationally as LOS or The Land of Smiles.
Though I would like to point out, I do think the nick name came from the human tendency of Thais to smile:
nothing left to do but smile smile smile
I've met some folks in the Bangkok chapter,
big problem in south east Asia with rabid strays.
even in the big city of กรุงเทพมหานคร อมรรัตนโกสินทร์ มหินทรายุธยามหาดิลก ภพนพรัตน์ ราชธานีบุรีรมย์ อุดมราชนิเวศน์ มหาสถาน อมรพิมาน อวตารสถิต สักกะทัตติยะ วิษณุกรรมประสิทธิ์ or Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit, bastardized into the English Bangkok by some western mook; (major digression into a tangent)
Even in Krung Thep, local folks tolerate strays A LOT more than in the 'civilized' western world... feeding and caring for them. not hauling them off to death camps for execution as often we do in the good ol US of A or Europe.
the Soi Dog folks are well known over here too. Bless their hearts.
Of the six dogs my wife and I have had in 33 yrs of marriage, 4 have been shelter rescues, and they all turned out to be about the best dogs you could ever ask for. One was a last-second reprieve against "euthanasia" -- the shelter workers couldn't bear to put Sadie down, kept her a week past her time. Our vet networked the info to my wife, and we got her out of there the next day.
Our newest dog was probably a pre-emptive strike against a shelter drop-off: our neighbor got drunk and bought his son a puppy...then a few days later realized that they didn't have the time nor wherewithal to actually raise a puppy. I was away when we acquired little Dixie (a golden retriever/dachshund combination -- looks like a very short, long Golden, irrepressibly cute and at now about 2 yrs old, still looks like a Golden puppy), and don't know the details of the acquisition, but I have a sneaking suspicion that thievery was involved.
She was our first puppy in many, many years... we tend to adopt more mature dogs from the pound. She's keeping our 10-yr old Gussie (black street-dog kind of mutt) young and us in constant stitches....cuteness being impossible to ignore.
According to the last figures I saw, two million dogs and cats are killed in "shelters" every year in the U.S., because people can't be bothered to take care of them. And that's a huge drop over the days when it was more like six million. As far as I'm concerned, ONE is unacceptable.
On the plus side, I spent major portions of last week going back and forth to the Oakland shelter with a friend to get her lovely new dog last week, so there's one with a happy ending.