Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter

Happy Easter to all those who celebrate it.  In NYC it is sunny although a little cold and the Easter Parade on Fifth Avenue is in full swing.

I'm me.  Mom won't give me any Peeps so I wouldn't let her put ears or a bonnet on me.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Home Alone

BJ has always been fine when he is left alone.  When I first got him, he slept in his crate and stayed the crate while I went to work  I came home during lunch to walk him and then put him back in his crate.  He never barked or whined.   

When he was housebroken and I felt he wasn't going to destroy things, I let him roam in the bedroom and bought a baby gate to keep him out of the rest of the place.  It was fine for two or three days and then one day I opened the front door, and who was right there to greet me - yes Houdini better known as BJ.  He climbed over the gate.  He was only about 8 months old so I didn't expect it.  I put him back in the bedroom and then watched him climb out.  A determined little terrier.

One of his sleeping beds
From then on he had the run of the apartment.  It's an NYC apartment so we're dealing with about 800 sq. ft.  He's now over 14 and all has been well.  He was used to being alone all day with  walk at around 1 or 2.

Now that I'm retired I'm home a lot and he has gotten very used to having me around.  He is still good about not barking or whining.

Somehow he knows when I'm getting dressed to go out without him.  Last night I was getting dressed to go to a seder and he was not pleased.  In no uncertain terms he told me exactly what he thought.


He got his point across.  I wish I could get him certified as a service dog.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Euthanasia Way Down in NYC

I volunteer with the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals which celebrated their  10th Anniversary.  The goal is to become a no-kill community by 2015.   Their newsletter announced terrific news about the number of pets euthanized in 2013.
In 2003, 31,701 pets were euthanized.  In 2013 that number was reduced to 6,124.

That means that 25,577 pets were saved in the 10 year initiative.  An 80% reduction.   This was achieved by concerted effort to support spay/neuter programs for stray and feral communities.  That of course reduces the number of strays.  The other initiative was working with the AC&C (Animal Care & Control) to transfer  cats and dogs to adoption shelters.

To read the full story with all of the numbers and math, visit:


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Let's hope that other cities follow New York's lead.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Murdering Lions

This is the worst I've heard in a long time.  I thought zoos were created to take care of animals and not murder them.  The Danes don't think so.  They have already murdered a healthy giraffe.  Now they just murdered 4 healthy lions.

Don't visit Denmark nor buy products from that country.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Two Interlopaws

I've been off the grid for a while trying to get less gloomy and become more energetic.  The continual snow storms are hard for me.  I get cold even with my coat and I don't like the snow hitting my face.  We also have to go on short walks because of the cold.

Recipe for "Gloomy and Grumpy"

On the Avenue
3rd Avenue
one part very cold weather
one part continual heavy snow storms
one part interlopaws
one part short walks

Mix the cold and snow until ice is formed
    Do not allow to become slush

Let stand until ingredients fester or just before it turns slush
Top with short walks

Oscar getting a bath
He smelled

   Add foster interlopaws.

Now you have the easy recipe for gloomy and grumpy. 

Mom wants to do something to help the shelter dogs.  She can't always donate  so fostering is a way to help.   She also thought I would have a playmate.  I'm 14 1/2.  I don't want a 2-year old as a playmate.

Okay, I get that, BUT,

she never asked me or asked how I would feel.   (I wasn't thrilled.)

Oscar in MY bathrobe.
The first one we had, Oscar, was  about 6 or so and he was calm and mellow so he wasn't bad to have around.  He sat near mom but not on her lap and he didn't bother me and didn't try to eat out of my dish.  (He had his own.)

Tristan on MY side of the bed.
Tristan was the opposite.  He was a 2 1/2 year old mostly Scottish Terrier and was energized.  He would nudge me to play.  After he finished his food he would try to eat mine.  He is cute, affectionate, and lovable.  I was very happy he was at the adoption event and then went back to Eve's Sanctuary.

Stand by for what's next.

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Friday, February 21, 2014

BlogPaws Conference 2014

The BlogPaws 2014 Conference is in Lake Las Vegas, May 8 - 10.  Who's going?

I went last year and had a terrific time.   It was exciting to meet bloggers I follow and in some cases the dogs and cats of the blogs.  The "Paws" Fashion Show on the red carpet was an opportunity for you to show off your pet and marvel at the creativity of the fashions.

But it was just dogs and cats.  There birds, ferrets, rabbits, and others.

One the more serious side, there was a choice of so many workshops  that it was difficult to choose the best ones for you.   I had only been blogging for a year and the beginner's workshops in marketing, widening your viewer base, increasing followers, etc.

Hope to see you at Conference.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

GOOD NEWS - Cockfighting Ring Busted

Brooklyn, NY police broke up the largest cock fighting in the state. 70 people were in custody because they were watching the fight. Nine people were arrested on felony charges as the organizers. They will get jail time if convicted. 

The police also rescued three thousand rooters held in a Brooklyn pet store and in a farm.

According to New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman it was the largest cockfighting takedown in New York state and among the largest in U.S. history.