The seal who loved me

My daughter and I read this article in her National Geographic Kids magazine about a month ago. I am thrilled to see this passionate story being told.

He is right, we all hear so much about global warming, the ice melting, the polar bears, and all of it turns to white noise. We don’t live there so we don’t think or recognize it’s impact on all of us; it’s what I call the “Homeless Factor”: You drive by, avert your eyes thinking it will go away. I think today a lot of people are starting to notice that, with the economy and the rise of gas prices, none of us are that far off from being homeless and we have a more sympathetic connection. We need to.

My kind of men.

There are three things that get my attention: Animals, New York, and Bikers. Combine all three? I’m in love.

As the Creative Director for PetsNPatients*, and as someone who has worked with animals in the past, I have seen first hand how animals can heal and what true unconditional love is. As an animal lover who has serious issues with people who abuse their pets, I am 100% behind what these guys are doing.

Joe Panz, one of the members of Rescue Ink, says in their video introduction that “You don’t send a Boy Scout after a bad guy.” and he’s right. Pets, animals in general, need all of us. Our pets trust us and rely on us for their care. If we aren’t there for them, who will be?

Rescue Ink is a new show premiering on the show later this month on the 25th.

From their site:

We formed Rescue Ink™ because the problem of animal abuse and neglect has grown beyond the resources of the existing animal welfare agencies. We love the work done by some of the local shelters, but they cannot possibly keep pace with the volume of problems that need to be addressed.

That’s where Rescue Ink™ comes in. We will stop at nothing within the bounds of the law to protect animals at risk. We will intercede without hesitation when we are informed of a situation that needs to be addressed, and we will address it. If we need to convince people to do the right thing … we can be very convincing, we’ll even buy animals if that’s what it takes to get them away from abusers.

You gotta love it. I might be a bit behind as half the world already knows about Rescue Ink, but these guys are incredible and their mission even more so. Go on, check ‘em out, you know you want to.

Rescue Ink’s site [ http://www.rescueink.org/ ]

Rescue Ink on MySpace [ http://www.myspace.com/rescueink ]

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PetsNPatients is a Chicago-based non-profit that seeks to provide resources for non for profit pet care targeting patients at risk of loosing their pet due to serious health challenges by illness or accident by providing a “band-aid” of interim pet care.

My kind of men.

There are three things that get my attention: Animals, New York, and Bikers. Combine all three? I’m in love.

As the Creative Director for PetsNPatients*, and as someone who has worked with animals in the past, I have seen first hand how animals can heal and what true unconditional love is. As an animal lover who has serious issues with people who abuse their pets, I am 100% behind what these guys are doing.

Joe Panz, one of the members of Rescue Ink, says in their video introduction that “You don’t send a Boy Scout after a bad guy.” and he’s right. Pets, animals in general, need all of us. Our pets trust us and rely on us for their care. If we aren’t there for them, who will be?

Rescue Ink is a new show premiering on the show later this month on the 25th.

From their site:

We formed Rescue Ink™ because the problem of animal abuse and neglect has grown beyond the resources of the existing animal welfare agencies. We love the work done by some of the local shelters, but they cannot possibly keep pace with the volume of problems that need to be addressed.

That’s where Rescue Ink™ comes in. We will stop at nothing within the bounds of the law to protect animals at risk. We will intercede without hesitation when we are informed of a situation that needs to be addressed, and we will address it. If we need to convince people to do the right thing … we can be very convincing, we’ll even buy animals if that’s what it takes to get them away from abusers.

You gotta love it. I might be a bit behind as half the world already knows about Rescue Ink, but these guys are incredible and their mission even more so. Go on, check ‘em out, you know you want to.

Rescue Ink’s site [ http://www.rescueink.org/ ]

Rescue Ink on MySpace [ http://www.myspace.com/rescueink ]

– – –

PetsNPatients is a Chicago-based non-profit that seeks to provide resources for non for profit pet care targeting patients at risk of loosing their pet due to serious health challenges by illness or accident by providing a “band-aid” of interim pet care.

Fur babies?

Been thinking a lot lately about getting a pet. I adore animals but is my lifestyle conducive to bringing a new life into the family? We have four schools of thought at work currently…

a) My almost five year old (going on 40) loves animals and wants a pet. Any kind of pet though what kind of pet is priority differs from day to day: Today it’s an orange kitty, yesterday it was a giraffe.

b) My ex-husband loves animals but does not like having a pet indoors. He used to raise wolves, full bloods, and is not really a cat person. Though I have seen him go all mushy over an orange Abyssinian named “Queso”. Hmm, orange again, must be genetic.

c) My other half loves cats and prefers them over dogs though he likes all animals. Both the guys work but love taking walks and would have no issue caring for a pet. He loved Queso too so his vote is for the feline variety.

d) Me. I love just about any kind of animal and though I would vote for the giraffe too if we had the space I have to conceed that one isn’t feasible. I am home 90% of the time and could care for one but would hate to leave it alone at home on days I am not here.

Trips would be no problem if it was small enough. Never thought I could imagine myself taking a dog to the grocery store. hehe Break out the blue hair dye. =O

Dog would be better over cat (though I miss my familiar of 14 years, Stephanie) since I was diagnosed years ago with asthma and I don’t want my daughter having breathing problems. [Proven higher rate of developing allergies with cats, just cats, if the child’s mother has asthma.]

I did a little research and came up with something. Miniature or Toy Australian Shepherds. :) The toy and miniature varieties have their issues but I found about four local breeders much to my surprise.

One of the blogs I subscribe to, Virginia Hey, (you might remember her from Farscape) makes some very true statements about being a pet guardian. Taking on pet ownership is like adopting a child: it isn’t something to be taken lightly and everyone should be involved. It is more difficult with pets though since they are even more limited than children in how they can communicate.

We aren’t going to be able to afford the added expense of a pet just yet. When we do though the whole family will be involved, even my mother since her home will be surrogate if needed, though I see any dog we get going with us on long trips. Been a while since I have had a fur baby around, I’ve missed it. :)

Large flightless parrots?

Despite having worked with just about every type of bird and animal in my lifetime, I had never heard of this until I strayed off a search engine. I love surfing the net.

Meet the Kakapo, New Zealand’s Parrot of the Night.

There are only 86 of these left in the world and it is one of the most bizarre animals I’ve heard of. I feel an artistamp coming on.

Hmm, think I may have read of one of these running around on Odonatia. hehe I’ll have to check the Blackstone journals when they are published…

Puppies and Kittens Oh My!

If you love animals you will love seeing these photos. I was looking for reference photos for the new Bonesy & Cuddles comic strip I am working on and … some of these are really adorable.

Kitten War! May The Cutest Kitten Win!

puppywar.com

I am in the market for an Abyssinian cat if anyone has any information about them. I’ve done some research on them but would be interested to talk to other owners about temperament, etc since I have a four year old.

Thanks and enjoy the pics! :)