Saturday, November 24, 2007

For The Love of Animals

When I first started this blog I was looking for information and my first choice for that was

This is a "website for all Earthlings Who Love Animals". There's a forum and you can even get a free blog for your pet. You can find lots of links and tons of information on all kinds of animals.

Check it out. You'll be glad you did. Foundation
P.O. Box 16385
Tucson, AZ 85732-6385
Phone: (425) 255-PETS (425-255-7387 8:00 am - 5:00 pm,
Pacific Standard Time)

"The plight of homeless and displaced animals is astronomical. Shelters today are overcrowded. Domestic animals are left on the roadside to fend for themselves. Pet shops and breeders continue to sell animals to the general public without regard to conditions or quality of life after they leave their doors. It is up to all of us to make this world a better place for domestic animals."

"We strive to help all animals regardless of species, breed and age find loving new homes. We do that by providing a mutual online location for people all over the world to search for an adoptable pet in need of a new family."

Friday, November 23, 2007

Dogs Don't Care

" I really do like people ... I just like my dogs better. There is one and one reason only for this: unconditional love.

Humans are jerks. Humans put dogs on chains for their entire lives, abandon them to fend for themselves, keep them in puppy mills in conditions unimaginable, beat them, degrade them, and on and on.

But dogs are forgiving. Nearly every dog that's been abused forgives and will go on to become loyal to another human.

Humans are vain. We often talk of ourselves and boost our own egos about our possessions, our beliefs, or our status in society.

Dogs couldn't care less. They don't care if we have a new or an old car, as long as they get to go for a ride. They don't care if we have a prestigious job, as long as there's enough money for food in their bowls."

"Top 10 Reasons To Spay or Neuter Your Pet"

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Boo: Hoping 4 A Miracle

Today seems to be the perfect time to tell you the story behind my reason for starting this blog. It's a day to give thanks and I would like to do that too.

My parents were of different opinions when it came to pets for me and my sister as we were growing up. My dad was an animal lover to the Nth degree while my mom only tolerated them. We were allowed to have pets but they were never allowed in the house.

When I was a teenager I brought home an abandoned Siamese cat I named George. My mom, surprisingly, let George stay in the house. After three years George died. I'd had pets die before but this one was different because we were so close. I am thankful I had George.

When I was in my 20's I adopted a mutt from the shelter and named him Sam. What a sweetheart he was! Unfortunately, a few years later, he ran out to greet my aunt and she ran over him. My grief was overwhelming and I still think about Sam often. I am thankful I had Sam.

Some years after that I had an Eskimo Spitz named Ike. He was so sweet and what a personality he had. I watched him grow from a puppy to a best friend. He stayed in the house until the day he went outside, got loose, and ran in front of a car. The driver never stopped. I am thankful I had Ike.

Abby was a Bassett. She was one year old when I got her from a lady who said she and her family were not at home enough to give Abby the attention she deserved and needed. Abby adjusted beautifully and we became fast friends. She loved everybody and was so gentle. She loved going for rides and sleeping with me. Maybe she loved chicken more than me because she seemed to be trying to talk every time I brought chicken home. And, what a sense of smell she had!

Abby would have been 3 in August 2007. In July we had one of our best days ever. We stayed outside most of the day and some children came to visit her. She loved children. For dinner that night we shared chicken. Later, she lay at my feet while I was on the computer. She always did that. Around midnight my roommate came home from work. Abby always ran to meet her at the door but not this time. We weren't too concerned until Abby seemed to have a hard time standing up.

To make a long story short we called the Vet who said to bring Abby in the next morning. We never made it. She died about 3 a.m. Abby took a big piece of my hear with her. I didn't eat or sleep for three days and the pain of losing her continues even now. I am thankful I had Abby.

Then along came Boo. Actually, her name is Arabelle. I named one of my blogs, Arabelle's Alley for her. Boo was born December 24, 2006 and I got her eight weeks later. I didn't really want another pet because I was still grieving for Abby but I decided maybe another pet was what I needed. I am so glad I made that decision.

Boo is a mixed Beagle/Black Lab. She took not only the part of my heart that was left but my life too. My circumstances had taken a turn for the worse so I was with Boo seven days a week 24 hours a day. We slept together, played together, loved life together. My circumstances became such that I had to find a new place to live. I won't go into all the details.

I had a neighbor and her daughter who visited every day. They loved Boo and she loved them. When I knew I had to go (no pets allowed)I asked them to keep Boo until the day came when I could get her back. I never doubted that day would come.

It broke my heart to leave Boo but she was happy. I'd go visit every few days and it was obvious she was well taken care of and she even gained weight. Then, my neighbor announced she couldn't keep Boo any longer. Why? Because my neighbor's son often came home late at night and would sleep in his truck which Boo hated so she'd bark for hours.(That wasn't going to change said the neighbor).

I checked with everybody I knew to see if they could keep Boo and they all said they couldn't. What a relief I thought it was when my roommate's sister agreed to take Boo. The only problem was that Boo had always been an inside dog and she now had to live in a small pen within a backyard fence. (There was another dog in the backyard).

After my first visit to Boo at her new home it was obvious how unhappy she was. I had not been gone ten minutes before I got a call that Boo had gotten out of the pen. I waited several days before going back to see her. She was absolutely wild and who could blame her? After I left she again tore up the pen and got out.

My roommate's sister called and said(in her usual unreasonable tone)that Boo had to go. Either I move her or she'd call the shelter. Some people have no feelings I suppose. I tried so hard to find somebody I knew who would take Boo but no luck. So, on one of the saddest days of my life, I had to take her to one of my area vets who will adopt animals out. She remains there today.

Why am I telling you all this? Partly because my grief and pain know no bounds right now. Part of me writes this because I'm hurt and confused. Only someone who has experienced a pet as family would understand.

I said all that to say Boo is the reason for this blog. Maybe somebody will find what they need here. Maybe someone will read this post and be able to relate. Maybe nobody will ever have to experience this kind of pain. I am thankful for Boo.

I hope I can report back soon that Boo has found a new home with people who will love her and take good care of her. Not that I don't want her;I want her back so badly it's killing me.In the meantime, I am hoping 4 a miracle that my Boo can return home to me. That's what it will take. One big miracle.

If you believe in prayer please pray for my miracle. I can't imagine my life without my Boo in it and I won't try.

Thank you.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Non-Disposable Pets

"Often people feel they must give up their pets for various reasons. On these pages, you'll hopefully find some alternatives and be able to keep your animal. There is also lots of info here for those who would never dream of giving up their pet, but just need some advice on basic pet problems . They are often the very same problems for both groups of people.

First and foremost, pets are living creatures, capable of fear, love, pain, loneliness, and joy. They should never be considered disposable property, for they should be considered members of the family."

"PETS 911 believes that if you consolidate all the adoption, lost and found, veterinarian/emergency clinic, fostering, volunteer, shelter/clinic, and health and training information out there and give the public a single and easy place to find this information; education will substantially increase and euthanasia will decrease. That is our mission.

Please take a few moments to look at our site. You will see that PETS 911 is an answer for not only the public, but also the animal welfare community on how we can all take part in saving the lives of 5 million animals every year."

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

My PetSide: New

"Procter & Gamble Productions, Inc. (PGP) and NBC Universal Digital Media (NBCU) today announced the launch of a new website for dog and cat owners - The website, created in partnership with The ZiZo Group, is a comprehensive source of information and services that helps pets and their owners get the most out of life.

At MyPetSide, users can create their own, highly personalized profiles
for their pets by uploading critical information, including contact
information and medical records. There is also a lost and found feature
that helps reconnect pets with their owners. Registered users can also
receive customized discounts on products and services, specific to the
age and type of pet they have. MyPetSide also allows pet owners to
connect and communicate with other pet owners via groups and

In addition to the ASPCA, Petside has partnered with other highly regarded organizations for relevant content, such as the American Kennel Club (AKC), by licensing content from a work published by John Wiley & Sons Publishers, the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and the Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA)."

If you are part of a shelter or rescue organization, or an organization that helps our beloved companions in some way, please let me know and I will be happy to link to your site to help give you more exposure.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Feed Animals Free

"This Animal Rescue Site is having trouble getting enough folks to click on it daily to meet their quota of getting free food donated every day to abused and neglected animals.

It takes less than a minute to go to their site and click on the purple box "fund food for animals" for free. This doesn't cost you a thing. Their corporate sponsors/advertisers use the number of daily visits to donate food to abandoned/neglected animals in exchange for advertising.Here's the Web site! "

Please pass it along to other animal lovers.

You may also click the purple box on my sidebar. Thank you.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Announcing: Pet Rescuer Central

This blog was born from a need I have to work to spread the word about animal shelters and animal rescues/adoption. The need arose from a recent personal experience that I will eventually share.

This blog will grow over time and I hope you will be here to grow along with us.

Today my heart is broken and my life forever changed. The pain is too deep and the ache too wide to share my story now.

Just know, for now, that I dedicate this blog to the love of my life and my most faithful companion; Boo.


Every hour of every day 50 companion animals are euthanized in U.S. animal shelters simply because their human companions died and made no arrangements for their continuous care. This amounts to more than 500,000 orphaned pets killed every year."

pet adoption,

"Top 5 Reasons to Adopt a Pet

Are you thinking of getting a new pet? Have you ever considered pet adoption? Adopting a pet is a wonderful option for adding a canine friend into the family. Here are 5 simple reasons why you should choose pet adoption."

"The plight of homeless and displaced animals is astronomical. Shelters today are overcrowded. Domestic animals are left on the roadside to fend for themselves. Pet shops and breeders continue to sell animals to the general public without regard to conditions or quality of life after they leave their doors. It is up to all of us to make this world a better place for domestic animals."