Lounging Around at the Meet and Greet
What a Sweet Face!
The Group That Came Out to Greet Me First.
Lounging Around at the Meet and Greet
What a Sweet Face!
The Group That Came Out to Greet Me First.
I am looking forward to tomorrow. I have a trip to Nashville planned. Casey's birthday is next weekend, and Mom and I are going birtday shopping and have lunch. While in town, we are stopping by a local PetSmart. Every Saturday, one of the local greyhound rescues, Greyhound Pets of America-Nashville holds a meet and greet there. I've always loved greyhounds, and one day, I hope to have one of my very own. I hope that I get to meet a lot of neat greys tomorrow. I'm taking the camera, so I'm going to take lots of pictures. I think we may have found the camera cords, so maybe Monday, I can post some of the pictures here. I'm sure after I get back into town and pick Casey up from work, we'll probably go and meet his aunt and uncle somewhere for dinner. Who knows, we may even end up at the horseshow. Have a great weekend everyone!
Maybe I should attend one of these meetings:
Good Evening. My name is (your name here), and I *am* a dogaholic.
I would like to welcome all of you to this month's meeting of "Dogaholics Anonymous". Some of you are here tonight because a friend or relative brought you here. You may be sitting here thinking that you are o.k. and that you really don't need any help. It is not easy to admit that you are a dogaholic and it is even harder to bring yourself to a DAA meeting for help. DAA is here to assist you.
I have some questions to ask you:
1. Can you say "bitch" in public without blushing?
2. Do you drive a station wagon, van, or 4x4 when everyone else drives a real car?
3. Do you have more than one car? One for you and one for the dogs?
4. Do you spend your vacations and holidays going to shows, specialties, and seminars when everyone else goes on a cruise?
5. If you do go overseas, is it to London in March to attend Crufts?
6. Do you discuss things at the dinner table that would make most doctors leave in disgust?
7. Do you consider formal wear to be clean jeans and freshly washed tennis shoes?
8. Is your interior decorator R.C. Steele?
9. Was your furniture and carpeting chosen to match your dogs?
10. Are your end tables really dog crates with tablecloths thrown over them?
11. Do you know the meaning of CD, CDX, UD, CGC, HIC, WC, JH, MH, Ch, and OTCh?
12. Is your mail made up primarily of dog catalogs, dog magazines, and premium lists?
13. Do you get up before dawn to go to Training Classes? Dog Shows? Seminars?
14. If you do have dresses, do they all have pockets?
15. Do those pockets often contain freeze dried liver, Rollover, or squeaky toys?
16. When you meet a new person, do you always ask them what kind of dog they have and pity them if they don't have one?
17. Do you remember the name of their dog sooner than you remember their name?
18. Do you find yourself referring to people as "Rover's Mom" or "Rover's Dad"?
19. Do you find non-dog people boring?
If you answered "YES" to one of the above, there is still hope. If you answered "YES" to two, you are in serious trouble. If you answered "YES" to three or more, you have come to the right place.
My advice to all of you who answered "YES" to three or more questions is to sit back and smile, turn to the smiling person next to you and know that your life will always be filled with good friends and good dogs, and it will never be boring.
Now, about the walking horses themselves. They are absolutely beautiful creatures. Granted there are disagreements in certain treatments and training of these horses, they are a beautiful thing to behold. Guidelines have pretty much wiped abuse out over the years, but there are still cases reported. They have a very smooth gait. That is mainly what they are judged upon. Even the most inexperienced rider will usually be able to ride an English saddle on a Tennessee Walker. The whole point is for a clean, smooth gait with no motion for the rider. They are trained to hit one front foot directly in front of the other creating the smooth gait, and they are shod on their front feet on tall platforms. This causes the horse's haunches to squat low thus creating the smooth gait. They were originally trained in the days of cotton plantations used as work horses. Plantation owners trained them with their special "walk" to walk between the rows of cotton without trampling them. To illustrate my point, here are a couple of pictures from the publication The Walking Horse Report.
Anway, just a little share of Shelbyville culture for you all.
Also, after we got home yesterday, after making a cricket run at Aquatic Critter, I took Bear out for his nightly walk. As we were headed out, my across the street neighbor came out with her Chihuahua and her little Pug, Angel. Well, Angel and Bear have hit it off, and spent some time playing and chasing each other. It was just so funny, that little Pug running around barking and chasing Bear. Maybe in the next couple of days, I can get pictures of them playing, and get them posted on here. Well, that's about it for today...TAH!
After work, I went to my humane association's monthly meeting ( a shout out to all of you members that are visiting my blog!). It was nice to have a lot on our itinerary to discuss. Seems that one of the local car dealerships, Mark Pirtle, in Shelbyville is going to support our cause. They've decided to hold a benefit car wash with all of the proceeds going to us. It's going to be held on Sunday, Sept. 5, 2004. They are going to have free hotdogs and drinks for anyone who stops by too! They've decided that ALL donations are acceptable; be it dog food, kitty litter, toys, etc. The dealership has also got these really cool little gift bags to give to car buyers, if they are pet owners. The little bag contains a frizbee, food dish, and food scoop, and they are all going to be embossed with our association's name and logo. I thought that was pretty cool! There are various other things that they are doing for us as well. We are all really excited that we are getting some help by a bigger business in town. Hopefully, it will increase awareness. So today, I need to create a Power Point slide with an announcement about the car wash and send it to our local access cable channel. If you are a non-profit group, the cable company will advertise your event for free. Hopefully, they will get the slide up quickly, since we only have a little over a week to advertise. Well, I'm off to be creative in Power Point. Until next time.....
You Know You Are a Dog Person When...
You have a kiddie wading pool in the yard, but no small children.
Lintwheels are on your shopping list every week.
You have baby gates permanently installed at strategic places around the house, but no babies.
The trash basket is more or less permanently installed in the kitchen sink, to keep the dog out of it while you're at work.
You can't see out the passenger side of the windshield because there are nose-prints all over the inside.
You like people who like your dog. You despise people who don't.
You talk about your dog the way other people talk about their kids.
You put an extra blanket on the bed so your dog can be comfortable.
You go to the pet supply store every Saturday because it's one of the very few places that lets you bring your dog inside, and your dog loves to go with you.
You and the dog come down with something like flu on the same day. Your dog sees the vet while you settle for an over-the-counter remedy from the drugstore.
Your dog is getting old and arthritic, so you go buy lumber and build her a small staircase so she can climb onto the bed by herself.
You match your furniture/carpet/clothes to your dog.
You lecture people on responsible dog ownership every chance you get.
You keep an extra water dish in your second-floor bedroom, in case your dog gets thirsty at night (after all, her other dish is way down on the first floor...)
Your freezer contains more dog bones than anything else.
You shovel a zigzag path in the back yard snow so your dog can reach all her favorite spots.
You avoid vacuuming the house as long as possible because your dog is afraid of the vacuum cleaner.
You keep eating even after finding a dog hair in your pasta.
You make popcorn just to play catch with your dog.
Your jewelry box contains no jewels ... just those fasteners from vari-kennels.
Every time you read the name Bob, you think the guy's first name is Best of Breed.
Your house isn't carpeted - the fuzzy furballs under your feet are soft enough ...
Your hungry hubby comes home from work, lifts the cover of the pan on the stove and says, "Is this people food or dog food?"
At your dinner parties, you always double check the butter before putting it on the table.
You put important papers in the latest issue of your breed magazine ... you know you will find them there.
You have dog hair stuck to the tape on wrapped gifts.
You show up at the car dealers with a ruler, to measure and see if your big dog crate will fit. Before the actual purchase you make the dealer cringe by insisting that you load both crates and dog into the shiny, new vehicle to make sure it works!
You remove all the seats from the van except the two in the front so you have room for crates...
You cringe at the price of food in the grocery store but think nothing of the cost of dog food or treats.
When you get your latest roll of film and there isn't a single picture of a two-legged person in it...
Scottish Gaelic Dog CommandsHave a happy weekend everyone!
for making your modest canine companion into
"Cù Annabarach Tapaidh"!
(An exceedingly clever dog)
Here are several dog commands in use by dog owners in the Gaelic-speaking areas of Scotland that will make your Celtic cur the envy of all his English-speaking dog friends.
A note on speaking Scottish Gaelic:
Spoken Scottish Gaelic, unlike spoken English, flows seamlessly from word to word. If the command has more than one word in it, practice saying the whole phrase as if it were all one word, with no breaks in it.
Remember that "ch" always sounds like "Bach" or "loch." And always roll your "R"'s --though not all over the place -- more as a simple popped "R" sound.
And keep in mind that no pronunciation guide can adequately convey the unique sound of spoken Scottish Gaelic -- anyone interested in an authentic sound should consider trying one of the instructional self-study courses including videotapes and/or audiotapes, to be found on the SGLABA Books page.
-- "Faigh sin" (FAH-ee shin); or "Faigh e" (FAH-ee eh)
-- "Sios!" (SHEE-uss) or "Gabh sios!" (gahv SHEE-uss)
-- "Bi samhach!" (bee SAH-vawch)
-- "Gabh air!" (GAHV air)
-- "Thig air mo chùl!" (HEEK air moe CHOOL)
-- "Fuirich!" (FOO-rich)
Lie down! --
-- "Laighe!" (LAH-ee-yeh)
Come here! --
-- "Trobhad!" (TRAW-utt)
-- "Suidh!" (SOO-ee); or "Suidh sios!" (SOO-ee SHEE-uss)
Go home! --
-- "'Dol dhachaigh!" (Dawl YAH-chee); or "Theirig dhachaigh!" (HEH-rik YAH-chee)
Want to go for a walk? --
-- "Coisich?" (KAW-shich)
Stop that! --
-- "Sguir dheth!" (SKOOR yeh)
And for when you're walking your dog in the park, and that extremely attractive member of the opposite sex walks his-or-her dog in your direction, and the dogs go crazy sniffing each other's behinds, and your leashes tangle, and you nearly fall over each other trying to untangle the leashes, and you both laugh, and you untwine yourselves from each other, and you feverishly search for that Gàidhlig mot juste to demonstrate how fatally charming you are, you then say:
"Saoilidh mi gu bheil gaol aig mo chù air do chù!"
(I think my dog loves your dog!)
Got this in an e-mail yesterday. I'm not sure exactly where it came from, but I thought I'd share:
A lady found the fawn under her step (they think the doe might have been hit by a car)...the lady's Ridgeback dog is helping look after it.
Right now the fawn is being bottle fed. The dog (Hogan) has basically taken over. The fawn even shares his bed.
Not much else going on today. Everybody have a good one! TAH!
The U.S. 4x200m free relay team celebrates its win.
Picture from NBC.
Team USA took the silver for the team women's gymnastics competition. Romania won the gold and Russia took the bronze. What an exciting day. I can't wait to see what results today will bring. Michael Phelps will be back in the pool, and individual competition in gymnastics begins.
HSUS Responds to Hurricane Charley
At 3:45 p.m. on Friday afternoon, Hurricane Charley slammed into the Florida coast. By the time the sun rose the next morning, the storm had left a trail of destruction and displaced thousands of people. Many were able to take their pets with them when they evacuated. Sadly, many others left their pets behind.
Within hours, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) sprang into action. We sent our Disaster Animal Rescue Team (DART) into the affected areas, where they quickly assessed the damage and began coordinating a response with local and state agencies.
By Sunday night, our team of nearly 30 trained volunteers had begun setting up an emergency HSUS animal relief center in Punta Gorda, one of the hardest hit areas. Even as you read this, the facility is taking in rescued, displaced, and injured animals; reuniting lost pets with their families; and caring for animals until they can be transferred to local animal shelters.
HSUS-affiliated DART teams are also active in Charlotte, DeSoto, Polk, Hardee, Sarasota, and Manatee counties.
We anticipate a long recovery period from this storm. The Humane Society of the United States will be on the scene as long as we are needed. But you can help, too. Please support our response by making a special donation today. Your gift will help us meet the needs of animals by supporting the work of our disaster response teams--for Hurricane Charley and for future natural disasters.
Please click on the link below to donate. Thank you for caring and making a difference in the lives of animals affected by this crisis.
To make a donation, go to the HSUS website by clicking here.
Another update from Pets & Animals in Distress:
911 Urgent Bulletin from Pets & Animals in Distress
Re: Hurricane Charley Pet Food Disaster Relief!
Pets & Animals in Distress would like to first take the time thank everyone again, that helped make the 2004 Feed-A-Pet Drive possible by getting the much needed donated food from Meow Mix Corporation transported down to South Florida that has been distributed to several cat rescue organization that is now helping to feed thousands of hungry and homeless cats throughout Florida. We again thank everyone that took the time to care, contribute and help in our time of need to make this happen.
We are now contacting you again in this back to back urgent emergency request to help with financial aid to support our Hurricane Charley Pet Food Relief effort to deliver several thousands pounds of dog and cat food to Porta Gorda and Port Charlotte to our Florida west coast neighbors. As you all are aware and have been watching the news, last Friday the 13th Hurricane Charley hit the lower west coast of Florida that has caused a major extensive damage that has left a path of destruction and devastated the lives of people in several counties. Many of our west coast Florida neighbors have been left homeless in the aftermath that has also affected the lives of many pet owners and animal shelters that were in the path of this storm that now need our immediate help for the many homeless and hungry animals in the aftermath of the storm.
We are very great full for the Meow Mix food donation as it came at the perfect time and has given us the opportunity to share a substantial amount of the Meow Mix cat food along with various name brand Dog food (Donated by Mr. Feinberg from the Petsupermarket Corporation in Florida) that our organization has now allocated a substantial amount of this food to be delivered to several disaster relief pick up points areas to help the many victims and shelters feed many hungry pets that are in need of food.
Pets & Animals in Distress has been on the phone with several emergency agencies in Charlotte County (Punta Gorda & Port Charlotte) area which has been the most devastated county to coordinate and offer our organizations assistance by sending several thousand pounds of dog and cat pet food to those communities that have been hardest hit and need our help.
Pets & Animals in Distress is coordinating to have several Trucks from Palm Beach and Broward Counties on the (east coast) of Florida pick up all the designated dog and cat food and have it transported to our fellow Florida neighbors on the west coast 4 hours away, in the (Punta Gorda & Port Charlotte) area. Pets & Animals in Distress will drop off the pet food to the Suncoast Humane Society shelter that is the central location for pet food distribution located at 6781 San Casa Drive, in Englewood in Charlotte County and several other designated emergency relief centers who will be authorized to be in charge to distribute and give away the pet food to many of the Hurricane Charley victims and any animal shelters that were caught in the ground zero area and have lost everything, and are in critical need of dog and cat food to help feed the many hungry and homeless pets & animals in distress in those critical areas.
We have also heard that many people's pets have also been separated from their pet owners from the aftermath of the Hurricane from having their homes totally destroyed. And may be lost and wondering the streets that are scared with no food or water that many emergency rescue and animal volunteers are still searching for to find and re-locate to their owners.
If you would like to help in this time of need and make a online- donation to go to the Hurricane Charley Pet Food Relief Fund to get this much needed dog & cat food picked up and delivered to those devastated areas, your generous support is greatly appreciated again to help our organization provide the pet food relief to those affected areas in the aftermath of Hurricane Charley. Time and Money is of the essence for our relief effort.
To Make a donation please go to: http://en.groundspring.org/en/go?j=6244511&u=48618
Or to send donation by mail to:
Pets & Animals in Distress C/O Hurricane Charley Relief Fund 1511 east Commercial Blvd PMB #129 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33334 United States
Through all of our combined efforts, we can help make a BIG difference in this unfortunate disaster to deliver this pet food and turn this unfortunate tragedy into a triumph victory for the many animals. Thank you again for your continuous and ongoing support you have given to help feed the animals in this unfortunate back to back time of need.
We will keep you updated of our progress. Please be patient as we are a all volunteer organization working our best to get back to answer your e-mails as soon as possible in this unfortunate time of emergency crisis.
Thank you and please say a prayer to everyone that has been tragically affected from Hurricane Charley. God Bless!
Brenda Beck, President http://en.groundspring.org/en/go?j=6244511&u=48619
I AM YOUR DOG I am your dog, and I have a little something I'd like to whisper in your ear. I know that you humans lead busy lives. Some have to work, some have children to raise. It always seems like you are running here and there, often much too fast, often never noticing the truly grand things in life.
Look down at me now, while you sit there at your computer. See the way my dark brown eyes look at yours? They are slightly cloudy now. That comes with age. The gray hairs are beginning to ring my soft muzzle. You smile at me; I see love in your eyes.
What do you see in mine? Do you see a spirit? A soul inside, who loves you as no other could in the world? A spirit that would forgive all trespasses of prior wrong doing for just a simple moment of your time? That is all I ask.
To slow down, if even for a few minutes to be with me. So many times you have been saddened by the words you read on that screen, of others of my kind, passing.
Sometimes we die young and oh so quickly, sometimes so suddenly it wrenches your heart out of your throat. Sometimes, we age so slowly before your eyes that you may not even seem to know until the very end, when we look at you with grizzled muzzles and cataract clouded eyes. Still the love is always there, even when we must take that long sleep, to run free in a distant land.
I may not be here tomorrow; I may not be here next week. Someday you will shed the water from your eyes, that humans have when deep grief fills their souls, and you will be angry at yourself that you did not have just "one more day" with me.
Because I love you so, your sorrow touches my spirit and grieves me. We have NOW, together. So come, sit down here next to me on the floor, and look deep into my eyes. What do you see? If you look hard and deep enough we will talk,you and I, heart to heart. Come to me not as "alpha"or as "trainer" or even "Mom or Dad," come to me as a living soul and stroke my fur and let us look deep into one another's eyes, and talk.
I may tell you something about the fun of chasing a tennis ball, or I may tell you something profound about myself, or even life in general. You decided to have me in your life because you wanted a soul to share such things with. Someone very different from you, and here I am. I am a dog, but I am alive. I feel emotion, I feel physical senses, and I can revel in the differences of our spirits and souls. I do not think of you as a "dog on two feet" -- I know what you are. You are human, in all your quirkiness, and I love you still.
Now, come sit with me, on the floor. Enter my world, and let time slow down if only for 15 minutes. Look deep into my eyes, and whisper to my ears. Speak with your heart, with your joy and I will know your true self. We may not have tomorrow, and life is oh so very short.
GO MICHAEL GO!!!!
Michael Phelps reacts to his time in Monday morning's preliminaries of the 200m butterfly.
Michael Phelps usually listens to music on the pool deck before each race. Photos from NBC
To read up further on this wonderful program, click here. I think that I'll go and make a donation now, so that I can help in some small way. A prayer of safety goes out to all the families and their beloved pet family members all over Florida this afternoon.
A couple of days ago, I perusing Christine's Blog. She had placed her cat, Nala, on this really cool website called Catster. I figured if there was a website for cats, there must surely be one for dogs too. Yep, you guessed it. It's called Dogster. I took a few minutes yesterday afternoon to list Bear with this site. I'm planning on listing all of my canine "kids" there today too. Monday, I'll be listing all of my cats and kittens. I just have to get the digital pics downloaded for them. Anyway if you'd like to visit Bear at Dogster, click here. Feel free to corral him and add him to your friends list. Kudos to Christine for making me aware of these cool sites!
It's Friday the 13th too! Thank goodness that I usually have good luck on Friday the 13th. Hope that everyone's luck and weekend go well. No big weekend plans here. I'm planning on doing some house cleaning. I'm not sure if I'll swim or not, simply because it has been record breaking cool here, and I'm just sure that the water is freezing! I may wait until the end of next week when the temps come back up to normal. I'm actually going to have some Saturdays off until after Labor Day. This is the first year this has occurred. The university has decided to start fall classes on the 30th, so it caused the whole schedule to change. It's going to be strange not working on the weekend. I'll probably feel wronged, when I have to roll out of bed early on a Monday morning. Until then....
Here's an ASPCA update that I got this morning concerning the animal control problem in Greece. It has another contact with details of how we can help further...
ASPCA Joins International Animal Welfare Community in Condemning Mass Killing of Stray Dogs In Greece Tuesday August 3, 2004 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (New York, NY) August 2, 2004 -- The ASPCA is joining the international animal welfare community in condemning the deliberate and inhumane killing of thousands of homeless dogs in the city of Athens. It is believed that up to 80% of the estimated 30,000 to 50,000 stray dogs living in the streets of Athens have been poisoned in the past few weeks in an effort to eliminate the population prior to the beginning of the 2004 Olympic Games on August 13. It is reported that dogs are being fed food laced with rat poison, causing a slow and excruciating death over a period of several days. Videotape shot by the organization Welfare for Animals Global recently captured some of the more gruesome and disturbing methods being utilized on the city streets of Athens to kill dogs. "The inhumane and archaic methods of population control reportedly being implemented in the city of Athens are simply not acceptable in the year 2004," said ASPCA President Edwin J. Sayres. "The ASPCA stands with the international humane community in expressing our disappointment with the Greek government for their lack of compassion and desire to eradicate thousands stray dogs from their city in advance of the Olympic Games." The international Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) recently sent a representative to Athens and is helping to train Greek officials to deal with the epidemic stray problem humanely. For more information on how you can help the strays in Greece, please visit www.rspca.org.
A Dog's Bill of Rights I have the right to give and receive unconditional love. I have the right to a life that is beyond mere survival. I have the right to be trained so I do not become the prisoner of my own bad behavior. I have the right to adequate food and medical care. I have the right to fresh air and green grass. I have the right to socialize with people and dogs outside my family. I have the right to have my needs and wants respected. I have the right to a special time with my people. I have the right to only be bred responsibly, if at all. I have the right to be foolish and silly, and to make my person laugh. I have the right to earn my person's trust and be trusted in return. I have the right to be forgiven. I have the right to die with dignity. I have the right to be remembered well. Author Unknown
PET HEALTH ALERT: PRODUCTS SWEETENED WITH XYLITOL CAN BE TOXIC TO DOGS Sugar-free candy and gum may be sweet enough for you, ASPCA News Alert readers, but they can possibly be toxic to your animal companions. According to the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC), xylitol--a sweetener found in certain sugar-free chewing gum, candies and other products--can potentially cause serious, even life-threatening problems for pets. Based on data collected from the 40-plus related cases the center has managed since last July, canines who have ingested significant amounts of gum or candy solely or largely containing xylitol may develop a sudden drop in blood sugar, resulting in depression, loss of coordination and seizures. "These signs can develop quite rapidly, at times less than 30 minutes after ingestion," says Dr. Eric Dunayer, consulting veterinarian for the APCC. "Therefore, it is important that pet owners seek veterinary treatment immediately." The APCC advises pet owners to be especially diligent about keeping candy, gum or other foods containing xylitol out of their animals’ reach. For more information on how to protect your pet from potentially dangerous substances, please visit APCC online.Everyone have a great Thursday! Tah for now!