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To Jerry and Annie!

Today my little brother Jerry and his long-time companion Annie are getting married. I couldn’t be there because of work. But I will be there in spirit. It’s comforting to see Jerry so happy. He and Annie have been together for 9 years. They met while Jerry was hurting from having lost his daughter in a tragic accident. … Continue reading

Another Dance ‘Round Senseless Killings

Twitter, that haven for every idiot with an opinion, has been on fire with the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood shooting. The pro-lifer nutjobs were tweeting how the unknown shooter was a hero for having stopped abortions, while the pro-choice nutjobs were trashing religion. The bitter irony of all this is that the shooter murdered a … Continue reading

The Homeless in My Neighborhood

The homeless hang out in my neighborhood. Some are simply killing time out of the public eye until the Mission opens its doors at 4pm. Others find a quiet spot to hang out and drink. Still others camp out here. At one of the empty buildings on our walk route, some homeless have set up … Continue reading

Cats Steal the Show at All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration!

Last night I watched the All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration . May I just say that the people that put this show together are genius? In addition to showcasing dogs in rescue that are in need of homes, they hit on every rescue-related topic- from the importance of spay/neuter to the cost of rescuing to the need … Continue reading

What to Give a Child in Need

Happy Thanksgiving! While many of us Americans will be gathering ’round with family and friends sharing a huge meal and lots of gratitude, we’ll also be planning our bargain shopping strategies for this weekend.   Perhaps while you’re out and about you’ll want to pick up some items to give for a child in need. The holiday … Continue reading

You Ungrateful Little Bastard!

I know! It’s the time of year we’re expected to be grateful. So we do more than just talk it up, we put our words into action by giving to others. We get all gassed up thinking of the gratitude we’ll see in the faces of those we’re determined to help. But here’s the rub: … Continue reading

The Importance of Using the Right Language

For those of us who want to help improve the plight of animals, we know that sometimes our language is used against us.  For example, when we write letters or sign petitions, we are poo-poo’ed off as “nutjobs” and violating the rights of others who are simply exercising their legal right to….. well, to abuse … Continue reading

Her Name Was Nola. She Was a Showgirl.

The world is mourning the death of Nola, the beloved Northern White Rhino of the San Deigo Zoo Safari Park. She was 41. Nola was around 18 months old when she was captured in the wild and taken to the Dvůr Králové Zoo in The Czech Republic. In 1989 Nola was again moved, this time to the … Continue reading

I’ve Got a Friend in Me

When I was in my 20s and still hoping there was a God out there, I read a magazine called Guideposts. Most of it was that mushy stuff that is supposed to be inspiring, but sounded like a bunch of wishful thinking to me. But I did read one story in that magazine that I’ve carried … Continue reading

Live in the US? Love Big Cats? Read This.

Unless you have your head buried in the sand, you know that right now it’s legal to own a lion, tiger, or other big cat as a pet with little or no regulation or oversight. Hell, there are more laws regarding dog and cat ownership than there are big cats! But hopefully that’s about to … Continue reading

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