Friday, December 22, 2006

Merry Christmas!!!

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Bear says Merry Christmas everyone!

Well folks, it's that time of year. The clock is winding down on Christmas 2006. The time has gone so fast this year. Casey and I are planning a quiet Christmas at home with our family (human and furred alike). I've been asked, as in previous years, to cook the annual Christmas breakfast of Sausage, Egg,and Cheese Casserole and my famous southern Cheese Grit Casserole. Christmas is the one time of year that you'll actually find ME in the kitchen!


INGREDIENTS 1 pound bulk pork sausage 6 eggs 2 cups milk 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground mustard 6 slices white bread, cut into 1/2-inch cubes 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

DIRECTIONS In a skillet, brown and crumble sausage; drain and set aside. In a large bowl, beat eggs; add milk, salt and mustard. Stir in bread cubes, cheese and sausage. Pour into a greased 11-in. x 7-in. x 2-in. baking dish. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees F for 40 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.


1 C of quick grits uncooked 1 stick butter or margarine 1 tube Kraft garlic cheese 1 C milk 2 eggs 1/2 C grated parmasean cheese

Cook the grits according to package. When they're finished stir in butter and tube of garlic cheese until blended well. In a separate dish beat eggs and milk together. Stir into grit mixture. Pour into casserole dish and sprinkle parmesean cheese over top. Bake in a 350 degree oven from 50 mins. - 1 hour or until firm and cheese is brown on top. Serve and enjoy!!

We've have 10 days off from work to rest and get things done around the house. We've got an eye on a new bookcase to organize the many, many books that we have. We both still have a little shopping to do. We're in pretty good shape though, even though I still have EVERYTHING to wrap. Let the holiday fun begin!!

After today, I won't be around for a few days. I'm going to give the ol' blog a holiday too! I want to take the time to enjoy this time with family and friends. I'll check in later next week. So to everyone, a VERY Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you and your families from my house to yours.

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I've Been Christmas Tagged!

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Dog's Eye View Christmas tagged the Zoo. Here's the details:

*Players start by listing "3 things he/she would love to get for Christmas"

*Then they also have to list "3 things he/ she definitely does not want to get for Christmas"

*Then he/she tags 5 friends and list their names

*The ones who get tagged need to write on their blogs about their Christmas wishes, as well as state these rules clearly

*Then tag 5 more victims.

And the one who tags need to leave a comment that says "you've been Christmas tagged!" in their comments and tell them to read your blog.

Here we go:

3 Things That I WANT/LOVE TO GET for Christmas:

1. Bespin Han Solo 12" figure by Sideshow Collectibles (yes, I LOVE my Star Wars collectibles).

2. Long Way Round DVD-3 Disc set (Documentary of Ewan McGregor's motorcycle ride around the world.)

3. A new Speedo swim bag.

3 Things I DO NOT WANT to get for Christmas

1. Any kind of kitchenware. (Casey's the cook at our house).

2. Anything that I really "NEED" or that's practical. I consider Christmas the time for frivilous things. I don't get that chance the rest of the year.

3. Any kind of candy. I want a gift that I can keep. Plus, candy makes you gain weight. I CERTAINLY don't want that.

I'm not going to tag anyone specific, since it's so close to Christmas. Feel free to participate. If you do, let me know!!

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Help Find Sweetie

I got an e-mail from the Moore Family in my Humane Association inbox today. Sweetie is missing! Here's the information. Help us find Sweetie. If you have any information, please contact the Moore Family. Let's find Sweetie and help them have a Merry Christmas! Please visit

Here's the information:

Our West Highland White Terrier (Westie) is still missing. We know she was picked up in an automobile on Waxwood Drive in Brentwood, TN. She could be anywhere by now. She was not spayed. This concerns us greatly because she could have been stolen and then bought by an unscrupulous puppy breeder. Hopefully, an unsuspecting family has her. We need your help. Please click on the link below to watch Sweetie's video. Please forward this link to everyone you think appropriate. The web site, will be up in a few days. Thank you so much!

The Moore Family

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Christmas Wish

My friend, Pennie, sent this lovely piece to me. It sums up one of my greatest Christmas wishes. I hope that someday it will be true. I want to share it with you all.

I wish,

For every dog

searching trash cans for breakfast,

a filled bowl with his name printed in bright letters.

For every dog

who slept fitfully last night, chained in a frozen yard,

a soft, warm bed

with a person snoring gently nearby.

For every shelter dog,

spending Christmas morning in a soiled run,

a forever home,

filled with sounds and smells of family.

For every "Christmas" puppy

given today,

a tolerant, caring owner

who won't abandon you

as you grow into a real dog.

For every ailing pet,

enough money for your owner

to pay the bills to make you well.

For every lost dog,

a clear, safe road, and well marked path,

to lead you home.

For every old and tired friend,

a warm fire, and a soft bed,

to ease your aches and pains.


For every Heart Dog at the Bridge,

a moment when you know that you

are remembered today,

missed again,

and loved forever.

Author unknown

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Weekend of Wildness

Sorry for being MIA for the past several days. When Casey and I got home on Thursday, I noticed that Bear had some swelling around his rear end. The past couple of weeks have been somewhat nervewracking, where Bear is considered. He'd been chewing holes in his back leg for a while, which we were trying to heal. Also, we've been trying to get his arthritis meds adjusted. Anyway, he was not feeling well at all. So we decided that a vet visit first thing Friday morning that we'd take him to the vet. By 11:00 p.m. on Thursday night, his condition had gone from bad to worse. With all the problems he'd been having from the past several weeks, we were unsure what was wrong. The swelling was twice the size it was when I had first looked at it. Bear was whining and running up beside the furniture and the walls. It was also VERY angry looking. He'd also torn his back foot open again. We called our vet, who was out of town and suggested we take him to the emergency clinic. Long story short, he had an abscessed anal gland. Not life threatening but very uncomfortable for Bear. They fixed him up with a lancing and antibiotics. Tunrs out that's why he was chewing on his leg. He had a very rough weekend, but finally started to feel much better yesterday.

When they ran my debit card at the vet clinic, it ran through twice at the bank. Since this was a $200 bill, it was quite an ordeal to get fixed. Not only that, but it had all of my Christmas shopping money tied up!! The vet clinic's tape showed that it only went through once on their end, and it was a bank error. Well, you know banks. THEY are NEVER wrong. Of course, it was the vet clinic's fault. Anyway, I had to go back to the clinic. Their accountant had to call my bank. Then, she had to send a fax stating they would only be taking the money once. After all this was done, I called the bank back a couple hours later to see if everything was fixed. They said the fax was never sent (I know that it was, because I watched her send it). Anyway, we had to re-fax everything AGAIN!! Finally by last night, everything was fixed. I was exhausted. By far, NOT my best weekend ever.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

I Love Christmas Lights!

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I just LOVE Christmas lights!! Every year, I look forward to driving through the neighborhoods to see the Christmas Light displays. So I was just tickled last year, when this video hit the internet and t.v. stations.

This year, I've discovered an even better little video to share. The first was awesome, but this one ROCKS THE HOUSE!!!

I just wish I could see this one in person! I, however, would probably have a stroke if I saw their electic bill.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Very Tired

I'm finally back from all of the parade hoopla this weekend. I had meant to post an update yesterday, but it was a CRAZY day. Casey and I had an absolute blast this past weekend. The 501st Southern Outpost represents four different states: Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, and Kentucky. It was so nice to get to see all of our friends from the surrounding areas. Our Christmas party on Saturday night was so much fun!! Casey and I made off with a bunch of swag and enjoyed visiting with everyone. We marched Saturday in Gallatin and Sunday in Hendersonville. Both parades were great! The crowds were so much fun, and the kids were wonderful. Here's some shots that a couple of my friends took over the weekend.

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Leading the troops Saturday in Gallatin.

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Another shot from the Gallatin parade.

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Group shot of participants in Gallatin.

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Lining up to march in Hendersonville.

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Group shot in Hendersonville.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Busy Weekend!

This weekend is the annual 501st Southern Outpost Tennessee parades weekend. Outpost members from four states all meet up at a central location to march in local Christmas parades and attend our annual Christmas party. This year, we are marching in the Gallatin, TN on Saturday and Hendersonville, TN parade on Sunday. So far, we have a group of around 80 costumers that will march together. Last year, this event was one of the first that Casey and I participated in, and it was an absolute blast. We are marching with a float and a couple of vehicles. It should be quite a spectacle. So if you are in the area and want to see a platoon of Imperial costumers, come on out. I'll have LOTS of pictures to share on Tuesday. Everyone have a great weekend!

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Parade Weekend, 2005

Thursday, December 07, 2006

First Snowfall

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It's always so exciting, that very first snowfall of the season. I looked out my window about an hour ago to be very suprised to see a pretty steady fall of snow. I knew that flurries had been predicted, but I didn't expect to see this much falling. It's not sticking of course, but this will do nicely. It bolsters the Christmas spirit. I made some pictures with my cell phone, and I'm just waiting for them to transfer. If they turn out, I'll post them soon. There's a tune going through my head....."it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas..."

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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Owner or the Dog?

The Shelbyville City Council is toying with the idea of breed legislation. The question is whether or not to ban Pit Bulls within the Shelbyville, TN city limits. This legislation was discussed briefly a while back but tabled. It was brought back up after 2 recent dog attacks in the city (click HERE and HERE). The City Council meeting was packed last night with concerned citizens who suggested that the owners of vicious/dangerous dogs be the target and not breeds themselves. I feel that the citizens made valuable suggestions last night that should be considered. I personally believe that the idea of breed legislation is ridiculous until the basic animal welfare laws are addressed. If the ban on Pit Bulls in Shelbyville is a go, I just wonder who they will appoint to enforce this ban. I know that owners that breed these dogs to fight should be held accountable (which is just one concern). Fighting dogs is illegal in the first place. If they are already ignoring that basic law, then another on the books isn't going to make a difference. What do you all think?

Saturday, December 02, 2006

So Cool!!!

I am so excited. Remember when I wrote about meeting Stephenie Meyer last week and her asking to have her picture made with me and Kim? Well I just visited her website for new updates today, and there in the latest update staring back at me was myself and Kim!! We made Stephenie Meyer's webpage!! Uber cool!! Click HERE and read under the Nashville update.

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Changing Directions

All this past week, Casey has been sickety, sick, sick. When it first started out, we just thought it was a nasty sinus infection. Then the coughing started. The nasty repiratory infection has hit my household. I'm o.k., so far. I figure that he'll get all better, and I'll get sick just in time for Christmas! Anyway, the cough-snot bomb has prompted a change of plans for the weekend. Originally, we were supposed to head up to Clarksville to do a Toys For Tots event at the Toys R'Us. The Southern Outpost is there to help collect toys. Casey is feeling some better, but we figured it would be best if he wasn't out in the cold all day long. We certainly didn't want him coming down with pneumonia. So, we are just hangin out and taking it easy.

Since I'm close to home, I'm going to head out to the middle of town to see the local Christmas parade tonight. There's been very few years of my life that I've missed this parade. I'm looking forward to it. I'm sure that I'll be hanging out at Pope's Cafe before the parade having some yummy homemade hot chocolate. The parade always gets my Christmas spirit going. It just such a Christmas-y thing to do. I hope that everyone has a great weekend!

Friday, December 01, 2006

Getting Spiffy for Christmas!

I thought it was time to get in the Christmas spirit. So, I've done what I can to give the Zoo a Christmas look. Hopefully Lindsey, who designed the Zoo for me, will make me even spiffier soon. I discovered a few days ago that my computer has the Paint program, so I've spent the last couple of days trying to figure it out and design a blog banner. I was finally successful. So here it is. The holiday version of Richardson Zoo. I hope that you all find it festive and like it.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Time Keeps on Slippin'

The calendar reminds me of that Steve Miller song. This year is winding down. Tomorrow is the first day of December, and the weather is the first to remind me. Right now, it's 73 degrees. It's been warm and balmy the past week. Tonight, a cold front is supposed to come through the area, and by morning it's supposed to be in the low 30's with snow flurries. From shorts to sweats in a day folks. There's an old saying here in Tennessee, "if you don't like the weather here just wait 5 minutes, and it will change". SO TRUE. Here you are never really able to put away the short sleeves and shorts. Enough about the weather.

The Christmas season is approaching, and I'm not ready. I already feel so behind, and it makes me a little depressed. Hopefully I'll get my Christmas cards addressed this weekend. If anyone would like to do a Christmas card swap just drop me an e-mail, so we can exchange addresses. I'm not even excited about decorating this year. I DO have the outside lights up, but I'm usually finished by now. I haven't even started to shop. I guess I'd better hop to it soon. I'm just not sure where all my UMPH went. If anyone sees it, send it my way. Maybe I'll feel different tomorrow.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Such A Shame

I recently heard what a hard time the Smithville, Tennessee Animal Shelter is having. They are overcrowded and could probably use more staff. The mayor of Smithville even paid them a visit in the last few days. Unfortunately, the instructions were given to euthanize unclaimed animals after a 10 day stay there. All of the animals currently at the shelter have until December 14th, before they are euthanized. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, if you are in the area and have considered adopting a pet, take some time to visit this shelter. Their number is 615-597-1363 and the shelter is open 7:30 A.M. until 12:30 P.M. Monday-Saturday. Their address is: 535 Shaw St. You may very well find your best friend there! For more information on the shelter and their situation click HERE and HERE. I know this sermon is old folks, but we must educate everyone on spaying and neutering pets! So many shelter animals are a result of unwanted litters. It just isn't fair to these animals to be brought into the world just to be euthanized!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving

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I can't believe it's that time of year already. I'm going to be busy this Thanksgiving. Casey's cousin Andrew is coming from Ft. Campbell to spend Thanksgiving with us. He'll be with us all weekend. On Friday night, the Celebration Pet Day Committee is having a Committee/Volunteer appreciation get together. On Saturday, all the local members of the 501st Southern Outpost are getting together for another Thanksgiving feast. I'm planning to collapse in a heap on Sunday after church. Monday will be clean it all up day! I hope that everyone has a fantastic and safe Thanksgiving. I'm posting a slideshow below of all the things that I'm TRULY thankful for this year: my health, home, husband, family, pets, friends, and many other blessings. Happy Thanksgiving!!

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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Meeting Stephenie Meyer

Our night meeting Stephenie Meyer was fantatastic! Casey,Kim, and I got to Nashville early. It was nice to beat the rush hour traffic. We managed to relax have a cup of Starbucks and a little dinner before heading over to the "I Love Edward Cullen" party at Davis Kidd. They had a really nice, private room just off the cafe' for us to use. They had munchies, drinks, and sweets for us. The pre-party and snacks began at 5:30 p.m. After we'd all gone in and mingled for a few minutes, they brought Stephenie in to meet us. She was one of the nicest people that I've ever met. She took her time and made it around the entire room to personally speak with everyone and pose for pictures. Everyone had absolute FITS over the sweatshirts that Kim and I had made for the event. So much so, that we had one of the discussion boards take our picture, and Stephenie herself requested to have her picture made with us. Who knows were all our pictures will end up. After we had posed with Stephenie for our picture, she autographed both of our shirts. Kim and I continued to mingle with the other party goers. We met some really nice folks.

Because we were in the group for the pre-party, we were granted the opportunity to be the first group in line for the book signing. After about an hour and a half, Kim and I made our way out to the main floor for the book signing. After about thirty to forty minutes of questions and answers about her books, Stephenie started signing. Stephenie had liked our shirts so much that Kim and I offered to send her one, when our turn came up. She got so excited and said that she'd LOVE one. She also mentioned that she just loved it, when her fans got creative and came up with their own t-shirts and other things. Her PR rep loved them too and gave us her card with an address to mail them to her. By the end of the night, everyone was referring to us as the "sweatshirt girls". That was kind of neat. After the signing was over, we headed back home. I'm just a little tired this morning. Not too bad considering. It was quite a lovely night. I'm just so glad that Kim strong armed me into going.

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Stephenie Meyer at the "I Love Edward Cullen" party.

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Mingling at the party.

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Me, Stephenie Meyer, and Kim at the "I Love Edward Cullen" party.

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Stephenie answering questions at the book signing.

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More questions and answers.

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My sweatshirt that Stephenie autographed.

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Monday, November 20, 2006

Twilight Tonight

I just love it, when my favorite authors come to town. Tonight Kim and I are headed into Nashville to meet Stephenie Meyer, the author of Twilight and New Moon.

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You can read about how Kim convinced me to read this series HERE. We are all signed up for the "I Love Edward Cullen" party, and we are going to the actual signing as well. We are such fan girls. We have our lovely homemade fan sweatshirts all ready! We're hoping to get those autographed as well. I have the camera battery charging now, so I'm sure that I'll have lots of pictures for sharing tomorrow. Kim and I have been looking forward to this for about three months now. I can't believe how the time has flown!

Friday, November 17, 2006

Dough A No No

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Well folks, it's getting close to Turkey Day!! While we pause this time of year and give thanks and stuff ourselves. We need to be very careful what we stuff our pets with. I'm familiar with a lot of pet food no no's. This year, I got an e-mail from the ASPCA warning me of another. Raw bread dough. It makes perfect sense once you think about it, but I never even realized. I'm glad to know this. Read below for more information on the deadliness of raw bread dough:


There'll be many cooks in the kitchen next Thursday—but don't spoil your pet by giving him bread dough. According to veterinarians at the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC), when bread dough is ingested, an animal's body heat causes the dough to rise in the stomach. As alcohol is produced during the rising process, the dough expands. Pets who've eaten bread dough may experience abdominal pain, bloat, vomiting, disorientation and depression.

Take the case of the Labrador retriever who ingested several rolls that his pet parent had placed on the oven to rise. The owner didn't think much of this, and was more upset that the dog ate part of the holiday feast. But a few hours later, the owner noticed that the dog looked very lethargic. It wasn't long before the canine was reluctant to move and was retching.

As the symptoms intensified, the owner brought him to an emergency clinic, which contacted the APCC. Unfortunately, the dog's stomach was so severely distended that the only option at the time was to surgically remove the dough; he was also treated for alcohol toxicosis, caused by fermentation of the dough. The Labrador was kept at the clinic for the weekend and recovered completely.

Although this dog had ingested quite a bit of dough, an animal needs to eat only a small amount to cause a problem, because bread dough can rise to many times its size. Take care not to let Fluffy or Fido in the kitchen unsupervised when you're baking this holiday season—especially if you've got a professional chowhound who's always on the lookout for food.

In addition to offering poison prevention tips online, the APCC also runs an emergency hotline—(888) 426-4435—that provides round-the-clock telephone assistance.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Lack Luster

I really just hate it when I don't really have anything new to report. Life is just going as normal. Don't get me wrong normal is very good, just uninteresting for blog readers.

Casey and I are keeping up our routine of raquetball every week. We played a good game yesterday, even though I'm sure it wasn't meant to be. We were late getting over to the court. I'd forgotten my ID to get in. Since I'm there nearly everyday swimming, the girl at the desk let me go through the gate. When Casey went to get his ID, he realized that he'd forgotten his too. We borrow our raquets at the center, so without IDs were were sunk. On the way back out to the car, Casey remembered he had it in a pair of shorts in the back seat. We went back in, got through the gates, and finally got changed. When we got to our reserved court, the court lights were out. We went to the front desk to let them know. They said they'd turn them on. We played in the semi-dark for about 20 minutes. Casey finally went back up and let them know our lights still weren't on. Finally, the lights came up. Once we had lights, equipment, and other required elements, we finally got our game going. We didn't do too bad. We played for about an hour.

It's gotten really cold and dreary here. Usually I depise this kind of weather, but this time of year, it puts me in the mood for the holidays. I just can't believe Thanksgiving is a week from today. This year has just flown.

The weather has done a number on Bear. Just like a person, his arthritis flares up in cold, damp weather. He's been kind of droopy for the last couple of days. I sure hope he feels better soon. I really worry about him.

Casey and I have had a change in weekend plans. As much as I would like to go to the Star Wars symphony concert, I'm just really not in the mood to drive the six hours to stay only one night. So, we're just going to hang out at the house. Who knows what we'll get into.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

So Normal

I guess that it's good news that I don't really have anything out of the ordinary to report. This week will be like the calm before the storm. Starting next week, I'll be trooping with the Southern Outpost for Christmas charities nearly every weekend.

The plumber came yesterday to fix our "little" problem. I was very happy that I'd really over saved for the bill. Because of this, Casey and I'll be headed off to Jackson, MS this weekend to troop the Star Wars symphony concert. Supposedly, this is supposed to be very well put together. The symphony supposedly has release from Lucasfilm to use some movie clips. Now, if I can just get all of the laundry done and all my ducks in a row.

I'm also trying to get everything lined up to have an appreciation dinner for my Celebration Pet Day Committee and volunteers. I'm just waiting to hear back from everyone on a good date.

That's pretty much life for me today...stay tuned.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Thursday, November 09, 2006

No Injuries

I've decided to tweak my workout routine. I usually try to swim between 3 and 5 miles a week. I'm not tired of it, and I love doing it. But lately, I feel that I need a little cross training. So, Casey and I have decided to play raquetball once a week. Casey loves raquetball and is very good at it. I love it, but I'm sometimes rather uncoordinated. So after work yesterday, we went to the courts. The last couple of times we've played in the past, I always left with injuries. One time it was a locked knee. The next time is was a busted/bloody nose. They just come naturally to me for some reason. My Mama didn't name me Grace for a reason! This has always made Casey a little apprehensive about allowing me to accompany him. He always complains that he has to remain healthy to take me to the ER. We started just hitting it back and forth to practice and then sped it up a little. I actually did pretty well. We played for nearly an hour, and I'm happy to report that I left with NO injuries!! It was such fun that I can't wait until our next game. I think I may have found just the thing to add to my weekly swimming routine!

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

An Apple A Day

Supposedly keeps the doctor away. That is apparently not true for vets. Since our youngest pet is now 6 years old (the oldest will be 15 in February), I guess I should just prepare myself for more yearly vet visits. When Casey and I got home last Friday night, our cat, Biscuit's, jaw was nearly twice its normal size. We've had this kind of thing happen before, so luckily we didn't freak out. It usually happens when the cats scratch each other. Anyway, Casey called the vet on Saturday. He said it was o.k. to wait until Monday to bring her in, although I picked up some antibiotics for her on the way home from work. On Saturday night, the lump ruptured. No big deal. Just some draining and all of the swelling went down. She obviously felt much better afterwards. We took her in on Monday. After attempting to shave the fur away from the area and debride the spot, the vet decided he would have to mildly sedate her. I could have told him that. Biscuit is a quite hateful cat about being touched, even when she's feeling good. Anyway we picked her up and brought her home, along with a tube of topical antibiotics. By yesterday, she was feeling and acting much better. It was amazing to see how much the spot had healed overnight. Even though it was just a mild incidence, the bill was still uncomfortable. Eeeeek!! I think it's time all of my brood find jobs. I still refer to Slate as the $2000 dog. If anyone's hiring.....let me know!

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

National Shelter Appreciation Week

This week is National Shelter Appreciation Week. Take the time this week to let your local animal shelter and its workers know that you appreciate the job they do. Want some ideas? The Humane Society of the United States has some great ideas for you:

10 Ways to Support Your Local Shelter

National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week begins Nov. 5. Here are 10 ways to show your local shelter some love:

1. Donate a Subscription to Animal Sheltering Magazine

Shelter workers just can't get enough of Animal Sheltering—an award-winning bi-monthly magazine chock full of articles to educate, inform and inspire anyone who works or volunteers with homeless pets. Donate a year's subscription to your local shelter for just $15.

2. Learn How to Help Injured or Abandoned Animals

Your local shelter and animal control officers depend on the community's help to reach animals in need. Learn everything you need to know to take action, from how to put together a first aid kit to which community phone numbers you need to know.

3. Be an Email Ambassador

Spread a shelter-friendly message every time you hit send—attach a tagline like the one below to your signature for all outgoing email messages: Love animals? Support your local shelter!

4. Adopt or Foster an Animal

Consider adopting or fostering a homeless animal. Whether you decide to bring home a new pet or foster an animal until she finds a forever family, you'll be giving a critter a safe and caring home while making room for another homeless pet in your community's animal shelter, where space is limited.

5. Say Thank You

Drop a note in the mail or shoot an email to your local shelter and let them know how much you appreciate all they do for animals. If you can, sweeten your thank you by adding an item from the shelter's wish list, a check or a gift card from a pet supply store.

6. Volunteer Your Time and Skills

Whether you end up walking pooches, helping at special events or lending your expertise as a newsletter editor, your shelter can match your schedule and talents to their needs. Not only will you be helping animals in your community, but you also will be building knowledge and skills. Call your local shelter and find out how to start volunteering.

7. Add a Banner to Your Web Page

Warn visitors to your web page about the dangers of puppy mills and pet stores. Add a "Stop Puppy Mills" or "Puppy Buyers Guide" banner to your MySpace page, blog or website, and encourage people to adopt a dog from an animal shelter instead of purchasing a pooch with a puppy mill past.

8. Support Spay-Neuter

Spaying or neutering your pet or offering to help fund a spay/neuter surgery for a friend, family member or neighbor's pet will save animals' lives by helping to lower the number of unwanted animals in your community and reduce the strain on your local shelter's resources.

9. Donate a Dog Bed

No shelter dog should have to sleep on a cold, concrete floor while waiting for a forever home, but providing bedding for the millions of homeless animals in our nation's animal shelters can add up to thousands of dollars each year—not to mention loads of laundry. Help a dog in need by donating a durable, shelter-tested bed to a shelter of your choice through the Kuranda shelter donation program. The beds can increase the overall physical and mental well-being of a shelter's doggie residents.

10. ID Your Pet

Your pet should never go naked—that is, without a collar and ID tags. It's the number one way that lost pets are returned to their owners. Without it a Good Samaritan or animal shelter will likely have no idea how to contact you. Even if your pet is microchipped or your cat never goes outdoors, always err on the safe side and make a collar and tag permanent—your pet's life could depend on it.

Rebecca Simmons is the outreach communications coordinator for the Companion Animals section of The HSUS.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

My Kind of Letter

I love this piece!! And yes, it DOES make me cry. Everytime.

All Creatures Great and Small

Letter to a Shelter Dog

August 12, 2006 : 12:00 AM

by Randi Bildner

Dear Shelter-Dog,

I wanted to address this letter to you by name but sadly, you do not have one.

I needed to write this letter for many reasons; I have so many things to say to you, and there is so much that I want you to know.

First and foremost I want you to know that you are loved. You are thought of and prayed for each and every day by many kind people.

I want you to know that you did nothing wrong: you simply couldn't, for wrongdoing is not in your nature.

I don't know what cruel twist of fate brought you to this place, but I do know that you do not deserve to be here.

I don't know it if was decided that you were too large or too small, if you barked too much or too little, if someone became allergic to you or if it was simply decided one day that you were an inconvenience.

I don't know if the children that you were given to lost interest in you when you were not a puppy anymore and no longer considered cute or fun.

I don't know if you became too old or too sick or if your medical problems became too expensive.

I don't know if you simply lost your way one day.

I am not sure if you were thrown from a car or dropped off by the side of a road, left behind you may have waited patiently, bewildered, wondering why those you loved never came back.

I don't know if your family moved away and decided not to take you.

I don't know if you were tortured—taught to fight against your will, and when you loyally obeyed you were punished further by being brought here.

I don't know if your owner died not wanting to leave you behind.

What I do know is this: you are important and you are loved.

I do know that I want to hold you and take away your pain. I want to show you the love and kindness that you deserve.

I want you to know that it breaks my heart when I can't save you.

I want you to know that you are special. Just as special, just as important as any dog living in a home now because any of those dogs could be you.

You come in all sizes shapes and colors. You have unique personalities and behaviors. It saddens me that the beauty of your kind soul will never be known and cannot be shared from your jail cell.

You may not have a name but you do have a soul and I do know that one day there will be peace for you.

God will shower you with the love and warmth you deserve. You will run through the greenest of pastures and feel the warm sun on your face. You will have your very own toys to play with and a comfortable bed to call your own. You will never be sick; feel pain or be lonely again.

Your fur will shine and your tail will wag.

You are loved, and you are wanted. Your pleading eyes have burned holes in the hearts of all of us who love you; this is something that I really want you to know.

I want to end my letter to you with a promise. I promise that I will work towards putting an end to shelter life because this is not a place for a beautiful soul like yours.

I want to look into your loving warm eyes and tell you that there is hope; I want you to know that this fight will continue for as long as it takes, it will continue until you are free.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Happy Halloween!

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Go HERE for more great animal Halloween pictures.

We had a FANTASTIC time at the Zoo's Ghouls at Grassmere. We trooped for about 3 hours. I didn't really get all that cold, except for my hands. The Zoo had a really nice hospitality room for us to warm up and have some munchies. They had sandwiches, chips, candy, coffe, soda, and hot chocolate! I didn't really make that many more pictures, but here a couple of Casey and a friend that I did get.

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Casey and I are going out to eat tonight. We like to do Halloween for the kids, but with three escaping kittens and kids freaking Fergie out, we're just going out. Hope everyone has a very happy and safe Halloween!

Here are some Halloween safety tips from the ASPCA to make Halloween safe for pets:


Attention, companion animal caretakers! The ASPCA would like to call your attention to these common-sense cautions that’ll help keep your pets safe and stress-free this time of year.

1. No tricks, no treats: That bowlful of candy is for trick-or-treaters, not for Scruffy and Fluffy. Chocolate in all forms can be very dangerous for dogs and cats, and tin foil and cellophane candy wrappers can be hazardous if swallowed. If you suspect your pet has ingested a potentially dangerous substance, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

2. Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are considered to be relatively nontoxic, yet they can produce gastrointestinal upset should pets ingest them. Intestinal blockage could even occur if large pieces are ingested.

3. Keep wires and cords from electric lights and other decorations out of reach of your pets. If chewed, your pet could experience damage to his mouth from shards of glass or plastic, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.

4. A carved pumpkin certainly is festive, but do exercise extreme caution if you choose to add a candle. Pets can easily knock a lit pumpkin over and cause a fire. Curious kittens especially run the risk of getting burned or singed by candle flames.

5. Dress-up can be a big mess-up for some pets. Please don't put your dog or cat in a costume UNLESS you know he or she loves it (yup, a few pets are real hams!). For pets who prefer their “birthday suits,” however, wearing a costume can cause undue stress.

6. If you do dress up your pet, make sure the costume isn't annoying or unsafe. It should not constrict the animal's movement or hearing, or impede his ability to breathe or bark. Keep a look out for small, dangling, or easily chewed-off pieces on the costume that your pet could choke on.

7. Take a closer look at your pet’s costume and make sure it does not obstruct her vision in any way. Even the sweetest animals can get snappy when they can't see.

8. All but the most social dogs and cats should be kept in a separate room during peak trick-or-treat visiting hours. Too many strangers can be scary and stressful for pets.

9. When opening the door for trick-or-treaters, take care that your cat or dog doesn't dart outside.

10. IDs, please! Always make sure your dog or cat has proper identification. If for any reason your pet escapes and become lost, a collar and tags and/or a microchip increase the chances that he or she will be returned to you.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Boo Pt. 2

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It's the weekend before Halloween. I'm sure this will probably be a pretty wild weekend for some. Casey and I are going back to the Nashville Zoo again tonight. The Southern Outpost is trooping the Ghouls at Grassmere again this weekend and on Halloween night. Even though I went last weekend, I was not feeling well at all, so I didn't don the costume. Casey's armor had a malfunction earlier in the day, so we both ended up as handlers and photographers last week. Hopefully, the armor malfunction has been corrected. We should both be in costume tonight. So if you are out and about in the Nashville area and have little ones, come on out for some fun.

I don't think we have much else planned for the weekend. We may clean out the car tomorrow, since the weather is supposed to be nice. We've trooped two weekends in a row and that trashes the car pretty well. Time for a nice clean out. I'd like to catch up my reading and get the house clean as well. Oh well. Everyone have a nice weekend!

Friday, October 27, 2006

Lessons to Live By

I got the following from my good friend, Kim. I think I need to remember this, when I'm having a bad day. It should be my new mantra.

When you feel there's just too much for you to handle in life. When the 24 hours in the day doesn't seem to be enough - remember the jar of mayonnaise and two cups of coffee.

A professor stood before his philosophy class with some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly and the pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

Next, the professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous "Yes!"

The professor then produced two cups of coffees from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed. "Now," said the professor as the laughter subsided, "I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things: your family, your children, your health, your friends, your favorite passions—things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.

"The pebbles are the other things that matter: your job, your house, your car. The sand is everything else—the small stuff. If you put the sand into the jar first," he continued, "there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls first, the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand."

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented. The professor smiled and said, "I'm glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a coffee with a friend."

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Hacked Off!!

Last week, close to home, a woman was arrested for running a puppy mill. Humane workers and law enforcement confiscated over 250 dogs and cats from her home. These people absolutely infuriate me. This is exactly why we need to enact laws for all facilities that board or breed dogs to be inspected. We definitely need harsher animal cruelty laws...but I digress. Anyway, this woman pled guilty to four counts of animal cruelty. She has also been restricted from the number of pets that she can have in the future as well. She will spend no time in jail. The good thing is since the court case has been settled, loving families can begin to adopt the animals. Now here is where my blood starts to boil. According to a local news story -- "Part of the money from the adoption fees will go to Muser's daughter to help provide for Muser. She was using the breeding operation as her main source of income." WHAT!!!! EXCUSE ME!!! Part of the adoption fee that loving pet owners would pay to adopt these animals would be given back to the woman!!!!!!! How in the world is that punishing this person? Isn't this punishing the wrong people? If I was one of these adopters, I would just flat out refuse to pay this extra fee. I wouldn't mind it at all, if I knew it was going for the animal care and medicines. This kind of deal just sends the wrong message. This woman should not profit from her cruelty to animals. It just makes my blood boil. I don't know. Maybe I'm just in a bad mood. Maybe it's just the weather today.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

The Do At the Zoo

I've been under the weather for the past several days. I'm finally back. Ghouls at Grassmere at the Nashville Zoo was a lot of fun. The group is planning to be there again this coming Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night. Here's just a few shots from last Saturday night.

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Saturday, October 21, 2006

Boo To You

It's that time of year folks! It's the haunting season! Yes, Halloween is nearly here. Time for costume parties, hayrides, trick-or-treating, and haunted houses. This year, Casey and I are contributing to the festivities. The 501st Legion, Southern Outpost is participating at Nashville Zoo's Ghouls at Grassmere. We are all going out to entertain the kids with our costumes. The group has done this several times before, and it's a hit with the kids. I'm just hoping that it will be a little bit warmer tonight. Casey's a bit worried about freezing his cod piece off! So if you're close by and need a way to entertain your little Star Wars fan, come on out and say "hey".

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Friday, October 20, 2006

Surreal Dreams

Have you ever had one of those dreams, where you just knew that you were going to have a good day? I had one of those last night. I have ALWAYS been a very vivid dreamer. It's rare that I ever have a night that I don't recall having at least one dream. Here's a little information about my dreaming habits:

1. I DO dream in color.

2. Most of my dreams include at least one person, friend, or family member that has passed away.

3. For some reason, this has NEVER upset me in any way.

4. I consider it like a visit with these people.

5. I dream a lot in a skewed perception. By this I mean I may dream that I'm at a school, but it may look very much like a restaurant or something of that nature.

6. I have an old superstition that says if you tell your dream before breakfast, it will come true. If I tell anyone a dream, depending on the outcome of said dream, I choose very consciously whether to tell it before or after breakfast.

7. Casey and I spend a lot of time on the ride to work discussing our previous night's dreams.

8. I VERY rarely have nightmares.

9. I have often tried to prolong a good dream.

10. There are many, many times that in my sleep that I realize I'm dreaming.

With that said, I will tell you about last night's dream. It was a rare case, where the dream played out logically. I dreamed that I had the rare opportunity to meet the main stars of Star Wars (this probably comes from running around in costume with my friends so much). All of them were there, with the exception of Mark Hamill. I got to meet Carrie Fisher (who was extremely nice) and get her autograph. The big thrill was meeting Harrision Ford! You see Harrision Ford has been a long time hero of mine. During my childhood whether he was playing Han Solo or Indiana Jones, it was all the same to me. He was ten feet tall and could conqour the world! So in this dream, I was quite excited. I don't remember all of the exact details, but he was also extrememly nice and spoke with me for quite a while. He also autographed some of my stuff. The only drawback in the dream? I remember thinking, "I'm meeting Harrison Ford, and no one has a camera!!" I had met both of these stars and didn't even think to bring a camera to get pictures!! It was just one of those warm fuzzy dreams. You know the kind where you just wake up happy. Usually when I have this kind of dream, I have a good day. Today has been pretty normal so far. I'm just waiting to see what will happen.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Back To Normal

Life is getting back to normal. I do find myself at times wondering what on earth to do with myself. It seems that I function best, when I'm a busy person. It's very hard for me to just sit and relax. Even with the Pet Day project, I found myself in a reading streak. It really helped to take the edge off at night. My friend Kim, suggested that I read Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. It's Young Adult fiction. Let me tell you, they certainly don't write YA fiction like they used to!! These ain't no Nancy Drew books, if you get my drift.

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For months, I let Twilight sit on my desk at work and gather dust. I was too busy reading Star Wars novels, or other stuff. One day, Kim comes in and tells me, "I think I have some new motivation to get you to read that book! The author is coming to Davis-Kidd in Nashville, and I've booked us for the special pre-signing party with the author!" At that specific time, I just happened to be without reading material, so I took it home and gave it a whirl. Let me tell you, once I started, I just couldn't put it down. Here's the plot according to Amazon.

"Softly he brushed my cheek, then held my face between his marble hands. 'Be very still,' he whispered, as if I wasn't already frozen. Slowly, never moving his eyes from mine, he leaned toward me. Then abruptly, but very gently, he rested his cold cheek against the hollow at the base of my throat."

As Shakespeare knew, love burns high when thwarted by obstacles. In Twilight, an exquisite fantasy by Stephenie Meyer, readers discover a pair of lovers who are supremely star-crossed. Bella adores beautiful Edward, and he returns her love. But Edward is having a hard time controlling the blood lust she arouses in him, because--he's a vampire. At any moment, the intensity of their passion could drive him to kill her, and he agonizes over the danger. But, Bella would rather be dead than part from Edward, so she risks her life to stay near him, and the novel burns with the erotic tension of their dangerous and necessarily chaste relationship.

Meyer has achieved quite a feat by making this scenario completely human and believable. She begins with a familiar YA premise (the new kid in school), and lulls us into thinking this will be just another realistic young adult novel. Bella has come to the small town of Forks on the gloomy Olympic Peninsula to be with her father. At school, she wonders about a group of five remarkably beautiful teens, who sit together in the cafeteria but never eat. As she grows to know, and then love, Edward, she learns their secret. They are all rescued vampires, part of a family headed by saintly Carlisle, who has inspired them to renounce human prey. For Edward's sake they welcome Bella, but when a roving group of tracker vampires fixates on her, the family is drawn into a desperate pursuit to protect the fragile human in their midst. The precision and delicacy of Meyer's writing lifts this wonderful novel beyond the limitations of the horror genre to a place among the best of YA fiction. (Ages 12 and up) --Patty Campbell

Needless to say, I'm now a HUGE Stephenie Meyer fan. Lucky for me, as soon as I finished, the sequel came out, New Moon. Every bit, just as good!!

Now, I'm just eagerly waiting for the Davis-Kidd "I Love Edward Cullen" Party and book signing. In case any of you take a chance and read this, there are four books planned in the series, so far. Thanks, Kim. I owe you one!

Tuesday, October 17, 2006


I'm finally getting all caught up on my sleep and other regular things. Celebration Pet Day was this past Saturday. I spent last Thursday through Saturday running around like a mad woman. Our event went off REALLY well. We had a big crowd. All of the people seemed to have a great time. The 501st Legion troop went over really good too! The weather was perfect and cooperated with us. It wasn't too hot or too cool. Check out the links below for some photos taken by friends of mine: The 501st Southern Outpost troop. and cute doggy photos here. I'll be back later with a lot more details.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

What Really Matters

I, again, apologize for not hanging around lately. These are the last few days before Celebration Pet Day, and I'm swamped answering e-mails, questions, running errands, and making last minute preperations. I just had to write today and let you all know about something TRULY amazing!!

One of my dearest childhood friends, woke up one morning at four years of age completely deaf. The specialists never did figure out an exact explanation as to why this occurred. Eventually, she recovered about 20% hearing in one ear. Last summer, she discovered that what little hearing she had left was degrading and would eventually be completely gone. She did A LOT of research, consulted a surgeon, and was deemed a candidate for cochlear implant surgery. She and the surgeon decided to do the implant surgery on the ear that had no hearing at all. After months and months of paperwork, testing, insurance wrangling, and prepartion, she underwent surgery on September 11th. After nearly one month of healing, she went to have her implant activated yesterday. All of us, friends and family alike, were holding our breath waiting for the results. I am SO VERY HAPPY to report, that she is hearing!!! She said that she feels it mostly, like sonic booms. Apparently, that's a very good sign. When she went to take a nap yesterday, she moved some hangers that fell against some lightbulbs and heard a "tink"!! She also said that she can hear her fingers tapping on the keyboard and the sound of her voice!! Now, she really has to work at retraining her brain to recognize different sounds. I cannot tell you all how VERY HAPPY I am for her!!!!!!!! I love this girl beyond belief, and I wanted so very badly for this surgery to be as successful as she did. When I read her recount of yesterday's events, I think I nearly gave Casey a heart attack! I ran around the house screaming and jumping up and down like a mad woman. Then, the tears just started and haven't stopped since. I can barely tell anyone else for looking like a blubbering idiot! I did manage to get myself together and call to leave her a message by phone (she still hasn't regained the ability to hear a telephone conversation yet), after completely forgetting her number, only to call her Dad and speak with him first (what a fruitloop I am).

I am still truly amazed at modern medicine! It's at times like these, that I am brought to a screeching halt to realize what a lucky person I am and how much that God has blessed me. Through his works, all things are possible. It's just up to us to keep the faith. I'm just so very greatful that things are progressing so well for her. I can't wait to see what the next few days and months bring her.

Friday, October 06, 2006


Casey and I were on the go yesterday, as soon as we got off from work. A million things to do to get ready for Celebration Pet Day. It's the one week countdown. I do feel more comfortable this year, than I did this time last year. We managed to get new flyers out to 16 out of 33 businesses. We're going to finish up the list tonight. We started distributing flyers WAY early, but people keep taking them for information. There are some places that we've replinshed four or five times!! I'm just going to take that as a good sign.

. I know that I've said before that I "live, breath, eat, and sleep" this event until the day after it's over. This year, the nightmares have at least started at a later date. I've had two really bad ones over this event so far. The first was that it stormed all day for the event. I'm not talking about little storms either. I'm talking tornadic activity. It was a disaster. Last night's was about our Star Wars Meet and Greet. I had all the guys from the 501st Legion, Southern Outpost there and ready for the event. The time came and went and only five or so kids came. It was such a disappointment. I hope that these are just manifestations of my stressed out brain, and not a sign that I'm clairvoyant or anything. Our event is going to be SO good this year. We've got lots of vendors and other animals rescues coming, our Star Wars Meet and Greet, our pet show, agility, animal info programs, and some mighty good food (all homecooked by my very own sweetie, Casey). I just hope that folks in town will come out and give it a chance.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Shelter Dogs

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October is "Adopt A Shelter Dog Month". National, regional, and local humane/shelter groups are giving every dog his day in the month of October. If you're searching for the perfect canine companion, please consider adopting a shelter dog. Shelters have all kinds of dogs from pure bred to mutts to senior dogs. You're best friend is waiting for you there!! Visit the ASPCA's Adopt a Shelter Dog page today!! They have all kinds of neat stuff for dog lovers. They have t-shirts, dog care tip sheets, training sheets, contests, books, and more!!

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Down In the Hips

Sorry that I was away for a few days. It was completely unplanned. Bear has been having some hip problems on and off during the last part of the summer. He would have his good days and bad days. The vet, Casey, and I suspected arthritis and the vet told us to just watch him for a bit. So, we made plans to get him on some good glucosamine tablets. Anyway last Wednesday morning, he was really bad. He wouldn't hardly get up at all and when he did, he wouldn't put weight on his back right leg at all. Casey and I decided it was time for another vet visit. We loaded him up and away we went to the vet's. They did x-rays, while Casey and I killed time. That was a terribly agonizing hour for me. He had lost about half a pound, and that REALLY worried me. He's only 5, so arthritis is a little unusual at his age. We got back to the office and got the diagnosis. VERY bad osteoarthritis in both of his back hips, with the right being worse. The vet didn't feel that he was at the point of total hip replacement yet, so we went home with a couple of prescriptions. The vet prescribed Previcox (a pain and anti-imflamatory med) for his "bad" days only. He also prescribed the same medication that my friend, Pennie, had recommended a couple months back, Cosequin DS. I'm happy to report that Bear is feeling MUCH better. He's down playing and back to being his "crazy schipperke" self. I know that a lot of this is due to the Previcox, and he may change next week after his dosage drops off. I do have faith that the Cosequin DS will really kick in after a few weeks. I've really heard good stuff about that medication. Everyone keep your fingers crossed.

Friday, September 29, 2006

Good Fun!

We had such a great time trooping the Ice Cream Social last night. We managed to attract a rather large crowd, so I hope they got some excellent donations. All the kids were so excited! See when the kids get really excited, it's infectious. I find myself being excited with them. It's a rare chance to remember what it felt like being a kid. I know that most people refer to us costumers as nerds or geeks, but it's about so much more than the costume. Yes we dress in plastic and run around like idiots, but it's always to raise money for a charity or to fulfill a child's wish, or to raise money for hard working organizations that helps LOTS of people. There's a great film being put together called Heart of An Empire.

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The film documents the 501st Legion and its members. It shows us doing what we do best and why we do it. Watch the trailer below:

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Hopefully, I'll have some pics up soon of last night's events.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

For A Good Cause

Tonight Casey and I are donning our armor for a good cause.

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Today, after work, we are heading out to Franklin to the Cold Stone Creamery to meet up with members of the 501st Legion, Southern Outpost. We are trooping the 5th Annual World’s Largest Ice Cream Social for the Make a Wish Foundation. Here's the scoop on the event:

To cap off this special month, please join us for the 5th Annual World’s Largest Ice Cream Social at participating Cold Stone Creamery locations nationwide, a special night to join together and share the simple pleasures of life with a FREE ice cream, family activities and good-natured fun. Search our site for a location near you. On September 28th from 5:00 - 8:00pm, guests will be treated to a serving of Cole’s Creation*. In exchange for the free Creation, customers are encouraged to make donations to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

So if any of you are close enough, and you wish to see Casey and me get our "nerd" on, head on over. Be sure to say "hi" to us. I'll be an Imperial Officer:

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Casey will be a Snowtrooper. We'll be at the Mallory Lane & Frazier Drive location.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Happy Endings!

I just love it, when what I do helps create a happy ending!! My humane association helped a lost basset hound named Jeb. Jeb had a REALLY bad eye condition and no home. Imagine my suprise today, when I was casually browsing my own hometown newspaper, the Times-Gazette, and the front page featured Jeb's story! I'm absolutely ecstatic!! Go HERE to read his story and happy ending.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Saturday Smiles

I know some of these may have already made the rounds, but I still LOVE 'EM. They always make me smile. Who says dogs aren't smart? Everyone have a great weekend!

Friday, September 22, 2006

On My Reading List

I just got my daily e-mail update from the ASPCA. I found a new book that I just have to add to my reading list. It's called Shelter Dogs by Traer Scott.

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Here's the information as listed by the ASPCA.

While volunteering at shelters, photographer Traer Scott was asked to take photos of the dogs she was working with for records and Internet adoption sites. As her files grew, Scott realized that many of the dogs whose photos she had in her archives never made it out of the shelter alive. “I found that no matter what, I couldn’t bring myself to delete their photos, which were in some cases the only record of their existence,” she says. A few months later, Scott began to create the beautiful, honest portraits that make up Shelter Dogs.

The 96-page book features 50 dogs, their souls and spirits revealed through Scott’s images. The author included notes explaining how each dog came to the shelter and what eventually happened to him or her. As important as it is beautiful, Shelter Dogs is a must for anyone who cares about animals—and anyone who’s ever been to a shelter. Quite simply, we love this book.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Jam Packed

Pet day is on the horizon. My days have turned into endless phone calls, reading e-mails, sending e-mails, trips to the post office, distributing flyers, and organizing meetings. Last year, I fielded so many phone calls that my cell minute overage boosted Cingular's stock value for the month of May. I KNEW that it would be this way, I just forgot HOW it would be. I liken it to the way a mother forgets labor pains (even though I've never had children). Unfortunately I've been so busy trying to get our event blog, Celebration Pet Day, up and going, that I've totally neglected this one. It's about this time into every event, I throw up my hands and say, "next year someone else gets to lead the charge!" Then, as time passes, I forget and recharge. I'm ready to tackle the world again.

I WILL have to say that this year has by far been the easiest. I have the most wonderful committee helping me this year. Each one has their area of expertise and takes care of those details. This leaves me to take care of loose ends, recruit vendors, and promote, promote, promote. So I need to say a very special thanks to Elaine, Jennie, Mary Jo, Kimberly, Reagan, Diane, and Kitty. You've made my job easy this year!!

I just want to end my post today with this poem. It's why I do what I do.


My prayer tonight is for all who

lie down in chains and cages.

Alone and afraid on

a concrete floor.

Soundless screams behind

the clang of metal.

Locked in rooms

most will never see.

I feel their fear arise in my soul

Ancient yet new...

A primal flame burning against

the walls of my heart.

I want to scream an endless note,

Loud and true:



























And with my eyes,

they will be seen.

With my voice,

they will be heard.

With my hands,

they will know comfort.

With my action,

they will be free.

Dear God, fill their oppressors

with mercy and empathy.

Dear God, instill compassion

where there is apathy.

Replace horror with grace.

Bloodshed with healing.

Restore all humans and animals

to their natural place.

Liberate all humans and animals

from greed, violence and hate.

So that tonight and evermore,

ALL may lie down to sleep





By Brenda Shoss, Kinship Circle 2005

"And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary."

Galatians 6:9

Keep the faith.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

On A Roll....

A local friend and fellow blogger, John Carney, has really "hit the ball over the wall" for our new Celebration Pet Day blog. He was nice enough to give it some space in the online edition of our local newspaper, The Times-Gazette, as well as a bit in the print edition! Just since it's creation, the hit count has been unbelievable!! It sure is helping to get the word out to the community. I've already updated it a couple of times today. There is new pet photo contest information, as well as a call for additional vendors and pet rescues!! The local community has really put forth an effort to support our event, and I appreciate it SO very much!! Thanks John, for the help!!

Friday, September 15, 2006

My New Blog Project

Everyone, please take a minute to visit my newly created blog for my humane association's pet day. I'd really appreciate it. It has all of the programming information, humane information, and sponsors. More is being added daily. Please let me know what you all think and suggestions. THANKS!!

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Let's Go Krogering!

I just received my e-mail update from the ASPCA. Kroger stores and P & G brands are partnering to help homeless pets. Here's the info:

This fall, Kroger Stores and P&G are partnering with the ASPCA to make life better for homeless animals. Pet lovers can support the program by purchasing P&G brands at Kroger and its participating affiliates, King Soopers, Fry’s, Smiths, QFC, City Market and Gerbes. For every $10 purchase of Iams dog and cat food, Febreze, Swiffer or Bounce made from September 17 through October 14, 10 percent of net retail sales will be donated to the ASPCA—up to a total donation of $50,000. For more information, look for coupons and details in your local Kroger circular or visit

It sounds like a great way to help animals and get your shopping done at the same time!! Now, where's my grocery list?

Thursday, September 14, 2006

1 Month and Counting....

Today is September 14. Celebration Pet Day is exactly 1 month away!!! Today marks not only my internal countdown, but also the heaving, crushing weight that is punching my chest down. My life is quickly becoming meetings, dog training, trips to the post office, and endless phonecalls. So far, the event is coming together great. Now, I just hope that we have folks to come out and enjoy the day. It's funny really. I ALWAYS worry about attendance. Shelbyville is a funny, little town. One year there is a HUGE turnout. The next year, nobody shows up. I'm hoping that this will turn out to be a good year. Our programs are looking good. The 501st Legion, Southern Outpost meet and greet is looking good. Our pet show now has 26 classes. We have goats coming, miniature horses coming, vendors, other area rescues, and agility dogs. I'm just crossing my fingers that the thing is successful!!

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Speaking Of....

I managed to cripple myself this weekend. I was out with the dogs on Sunday morning. I was walking down my mother's sidewalk (she lives next door), and managed to stump my foot against the landscape beam. After much bleeding and a loose pinky nail, I ended up hobbling for the rest of the weekend. On Sunday, my foot was blue, and I was aching in the bridge of my foot. I really thought I had broken something. Yesterday, wasn't too comfortable either. Finally, this morning I got up and my foot looks and feels more like a foot. I think I just jammed it badly.

One of my best friends, Jennifer, had a cochlear implant yesterday. Jennifer lost most her hearing, when she was just 4 years old. I wish her the very best!! I hope her results are wonderful!!!

There's a new kitty blog at there that you all should visit. It's the life of Finn Mac Cool and my friend Zinia. There are great pics and stories. Go say "hello" and tell them I sent ya!!

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Kitten Love

As promised, here are some shots of the new kittens. We've now got names for all of them. Everyone have a great weekend!

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Isabella and Zoie

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Obi Wan

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Obi Wan and Fergie.

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Napping kittens.