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Favorite Video Friday – Sharing the after-bath zoomies with a friend

February 25, 2016 8 comments

Every once in a while I come across a video that makes me laugh for a long time, sometimes the video is a well-crafted and edited production, and other times it’s a spontaneous moment caught on film. In the case of this week’s Favorite Friday Video, it’s a little of both.

I love watching Shelties with the after-bath zoomies. They leap, they run, they twist and turn, and then, there is the barking. It’s Sheltie chaos. What makes the dog in this video even funnier is that he/she is joined by a friend. You’ll never guess who it is. Prepare to laugh at this week’s video of fun.

Meet Shelby and Shadow.

Happy Friday everyone!

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Favorite Video Friday – Mog’s Christmas Calamity

December 3, 2015 3 comments

This week’s pet video might not be of the typical fare you find here on Fridays, but it made me smile and it warmed the cockles of my heart. After what happened this week in California, I think we could all use a little cockle warming, don’t you?

Let us not forget the beauty in the world, like the love of a good pet or the kindness of strangers. The truth is we rely on their kindness and mercy more than we know. We should make sure to recognize it whenever we find it.

“If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy, don’t hesitate. Give in to it. There are plenty of lives and whole towns destroyed or about to be. We are not wise, and not very often kind. And much can never be redeemed. Still life has some possibility left. Perhaps this is its way of fighting back, that sometimes something happened better than all the riches or power in the world. It could be anything, but very likely you notice it in the instant when love begins. Anyway, that’s often the case. Anyway, whatever it is, don’t be afraid of its plenty. Joy is not made to be a crumb. (Don’t Hesitate)”
― Mary Oliver, Swan: Poems and Prose Poems

Happy Friday everyone.

Favorite Video Friday – Puppies, Kitties and Mirrors

July 24, 2015 3 comments

After two long weeks of worrying about mom and praying for her recover, she is finally out of the hospital and now in transitional care helping her to get stronger so she can go home. Yay!

She is somewhat of a miracle woman. Her surgeon, a specialist in gastroenterology, has only seen what she had one other time in his career. It is called a paraesophageal hernia, which is a rarer form of a hiatus hernia. Blood supply was being cut off to her stomach, so immediate surgery was the only option. Because of her age, they were very concerned about her ability to recover, but her daily workouts are what brought her through. She was much stronger than they expected.

Anyways, she is on the road to recovery, so I think it’s a day to celebrate and laugh. Being able to laugh in times of worry and fear is a luxury, so we need to enjoy these moments when we can.

Today’s video is full of silly little puppies and kitties encountering a mirror for the first time. I am sure you can guess what happens, but the giggles and silliness is definitely worth watching. I hope it starts your day off with a smile.

 

Happy Friday everyone!

 

Favorite Video Friday – It’s time for a Fuzzy Animal Cleanse

June 25, 2015 5 comments

With all the bad stuff in the news lately, I thought this week’s Favorite Friday Video might need a little bit of the Fuzzy Animal Cleanse. You know, the F.A.C.

What?

You’ve never heard of the FAC before?

Well, we must remedy that.

First, take a deep breath in and hold it for four seconds. Release your breath slowly counting down from 8 to 1.

Second, kiss your puppers or kitty cat on the head.

Third, hit Play.

Fourth, sit back and relax. You’re about to experience a Fuzzy Animal Cleans.

Sigh. Now didn’t that feel good?

Good. Now go have yourself an awesome Friday and an equally awesome weekend. 🙂

 

Favorite Video Friday – Waiting for him to come home

March 12, 2015 3 comments

This week’s video features two dogs and a cat patiently waiting for their owner to come home. The cute factor is really high on this one too. There is cuddling and watching and cuddling and sleeping and then even more cuddling.. It is very sweet.

I like to imagine my dogs do the same thing while I am away, but I know the truth is a lot less adorable. I already know that:

  • Cupcake perches herself on the bay window ledge and barks viciously at all intruders (i.e., people walking by on the street, squirrels scampering across the lawn to hide their nuts, the mailman dropping off the mail in the mailbox, etc. ). She also destroys the screen on the window closest to her.
  • Daisy paces a lot and collects all the Woobies (stuffed animals) and stores them in her kennel.

The only thing I do not know is what Jasper does behind the baby gate in my bedroom. My guess is he does a lot of whining and barking and wishing he were on the other side of the gate, but as a repeat offender in Kong stealing, he is not allowed to mingle with the general population (at least not until I get home).

Clearly the reality is a lot less adorable, but if I could imagine them doing something, it would what is happening in this video. 🙂

Happy Friday everyone!

The PetSmart Charities Report on Homeless Pets is out. Have you read it?

October 23, 2014 3 comments

Woman Watching Television with DogRecently, PetSmart Charities came out with its 2014 U.S. Shelter Pet Report. The news is encouraging on some fronts and not so much on others.

Overwhelmingly, the message is more education is needed. People still underestimate the number of homeless pets that exist in our society and do not know about breed-specific rescue groups.

For those of us involved in rescue, it can be hard to believe, but every day I come across folks who have no idea what a puppy mill is, so how can I expect them to understand the pet population issue?

More work to educate the public is definitely needed.

Here is a brief synopsis of the report. I really do encourage you to take a look at the whole report (it’s a very quick and easy read).

  • Pet ownership is on the rise – 81% of households now have a pet. (This was 63% in 2009.)
  • 46% of people surveyed consider the homeless pet situation to be very important to them. So much so that 10% have donated their time, 30% have donated money or goods, and 14% have provided another form of support. That leaves 55% who have not gotten involved, but that is actually an encouraging number too. This used to be a much higher number.
  • Pet adoption is becoming a more popular option for many people (66%) vs a few years ago (in 2011, it was 58%).
  • No surprises here, but 25% of people still choose to purchase their pets. They like rescue groups and they like getting a pet that is already spayed or neutered, but they still prefer to purchase.
  • Another unsurprising result? Many people don’t prepare for their new pet (impulse buy?). 40% said they did not prepare ahead of time for their pet. Only 25% researched online.
  • Encouraging news – People hold a high opinion of rescues and shelters.
  • Cats appear to be the big losers when it comes to homelessness though. 27% who said they would consider adoption would not get a cat.
  • When it came to why people did not adopt? The top two reasons were the shelter or rescue group did not have the cat or dog they were looking for or they wanted a purebred dog. [Can anyone remember what Ed Sayres said he would be focusing on when he announced he was joining the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC)? Anyone? “I am especially interested in the challenge of breeding pure-bred dogs on a large scale…”]. More awareness is needed to show people the number of breed-specific rescue organizations there are around the country.
  • There is still a stigma against shelter pets and animals from rescue organizations. People assume they are sick or have behavioral issues. More education is needed to help people understand that the majority of pets in shelters and rescue groups ended up there because of divorce, home loss, family change or getting lost from their original family.
  • Shockingly, 85%of people underestimate the number of pets euthanized annually. 
  • The good news is 86% of pets are spayed or neutered. This is the highest number yet.

As I said, there is more work to be done. Now the question is… how?

Favorite Video Friday – Dog Advice From a Cat

October 10, 2014 5 comments

I am sorry to report that my computer hard drive has died and is in need of replacement. It is in the shop being fixed right now.

I thought perhaps this would hinder my ability to post the Friday video this week, but as luck would have it, I had one already picked out! Here is a cute little commercial that will leave you smiling.

Happy Friday eveyone!

Here is another one if you like the cute kitties!

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