Already a single parent, Kitty came to us moody, feeling fat, and ready to pop out quintuplets. She and her children joined the hundreds of others coming to spcaLA with thousands more on the way. It upsets me when a dog, cat or bunny fret to me that they are surprised by the discovery of an unwanted pregnancy. The only thing left to do was to ask the pets to please sign an abstinence agreement in order to be part of the solution. Alas, they are no more successful than the rest of us in sticking to it. Please - help me help them....more
Impossible. One thing I appreciate most? Can't say one, so I'll just make a list, as I'm feeling rather listy tonight (I've been on a cleaning/organizing/purging tear lately, so list-making fits right in.)...more
Some of you who follow my dog blog on Twitter may have seen my annoyed tweet last week about overhearing an office conversation about dogs. The short-version of what I overheard went something like this: For all the money, time and effort put into a dog and for their lifespan, their ROI is not that much. I mean you get unconditional love, but still. ...more
An spcaLA employee came upon a newborn squirrel in distress. She cared for and bottle fed him around the clock. When Mr. Squirrel, as he was so named, was ready, she released him on our village grounds so he could live his life. Each day since, Mr. Squirrel has joined our employee for lunch where they share apple slices and peanut butter.It was recently reported that Mr. Squirrel has begun taking spcaLA evening dog obedience and agility classes. He reports to class and performs the exercises behind or alongside our canine students. He is doing very well in school....more
I'm not big on holiday gifts for animals as I've noticed they don't keep calendars. Also, every cat I've ever known has been an atheist and in one case, a Nietzschean, so I save money not buying dime bags of catnip wrapped in red bows. And what cat doesn't view the sudden appearance of a bejeweled giant tree in the house as a personal gift anyway? Instead, I've put together a list of holiday gifts for animal-loving humans…humans that see the big picture, or just need a nudge.
While American humanoids battled it out this week in the usual teeter-totter grab for power, animals went about their business. Or tried to. There were some bizarre developments in the animal world -- some victories, some defeats and one very big WTF? involving a country western "star" and a tame bear named Cubby.
Years ago, I worked at a small town newspaper where "Office Dog" was a regular position on the masthead. (Including a dog named Do who was verbally hard to chastise: "Do! Don't!") Workplace pets are surely on the rise but working like a dog (or rather, alongside one) isn't for everyone. Nevertheless, 75 million Americans believe pets in the workplace make people happier.
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