Sunday, November 29, 2009

While I took a shower...

Charlie took a nap. On my pillows. Like I wouldn't notice.

So I snuck in with the camera. She's so darned cute. How could anyone tie this sweetie to a stop sign when she was 10 weeks old? Jerks. But then again, we never would have met!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Shelter for the Scarred

From the Washington Post: Shelter for the Scarred, a photo journal of the Vick bust.

Happy Thanksgiving!

My furballs and I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. We're fortunate to have each other to cuddle and snuggle on holidays and every day.

I'll be going to the shelter a little later on to snuggle with the monkeys who don't have the luxury of a home and family to call their own, like Vendi, this sweet one-year-old who is still waiting, waiting. I wish I could pack them all up and bring them home with me - forever. But then they'd call me the Crazy Dog Lady. Oh, wait. They already do...

Anyway, remember those less fortunate, two-legged and four, as you go about your day today. Be safe!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Vick to keep $16.2 million in bonuses

UNBELIEVABLE! The man keeps making money. Apparently, in this country, you can stage dog fights, torture and kill animals in the most cruel and horrific manner, and STILL make loads of money. And it just keeps coming!

A federal appeals court has ruled that Michael Vick, Dog Torturer, Dog Killer, Dog Fighting "Enthusiast," can keep $16.2 million in bonuses he earned while playing for the Atlanta Falcons. The NFL had suspended him without pay and tried to assist the Falcons in recovering some of the bonus money they paid to this piece of trash following his conviction in 2007. Vick had the gall to appeal - and he won!

So, let's add this up.

He inks a deal with the Eagles: 1st year he'll get $1.6 million; 2nd year he'll get $5.2 million (sorry, I can't say "earn;" he plays football, for crying out loud. I earn a living. And it ain't in the millions.) Oh, and he gets a $3 million dollar "incentive" over the two years of the contract. So over two years, he has the potential to earn get $9.8 million. 

His reality show will earn sorry, get him about $600K. Like I really care about his sorry life. He wants to change the perception of himself... because "it's not about how you fall, but about how you pick yourself up." I'd like to pick myself up with some of his deals. How do I get his business manager?

Now let's add in his $16.2 million bonus that he gets to keep.

$9.8 + 16.2 + .6 = $25.6 million. Not too bad for a few years of "work." 

Oh, that's right! The poor guy is $100 mil in the hole! But, truth be told, and let's be fair, he did have a little to do with that, didn't he?

Saturday, November 7, 2009

If we're so mean...

Why do we let you dress us up as pumpkins? And then let you take us out in public?

Seventeen-year-old pit bull, looking for a home!

Yes, Miss Zoe is believed to be 17! She's a love bug, too. Apparently, someone "lost this dog" and never tried to find her. PAWS pulled her from the local animal control. She is a doll and has plenty of spunk!

But it bugs me. How can someone love a dog while it's young and in robust health, then let it roam the streets when it's most in need of safety and love? I just don't get it. Such sad a reflection of our throw-away society.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Sorry Mike, you're not welcome here... Or anywhere

The Philadelphia Eagles, with ex-con Michael Vick in tow, recently visited the Bay Area, home to one of the most well-known Pit Bull rescues in the country, Bay Area Doglovers Responsible About Pitbulls (BAD RAP). And the Bay Area people are serious about not accepting this cruel excuse for a man back into the fold of professional football. Good for them.

People either don't know or out-and-out deny the dirty details of how this man treated his dogs. How he attached jumper cables to the ears of dogs, then attached the other ends of the cables to car battery terminals. The dogs were then tossed into a swimming pool. Too gruesome for you? The truth is an ugly thing.

Read Christie Keith's article in the SF Chronicle and see why forgiveness doesn't come easily.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Pit Bulls & Parolees: New show on Animal Planet!

This show is a must-see for anyone who loves Pit Bulls and especially for people who don't know much about them at all.

It centers on Tia Maria Torres and Villalobos Rescue Center. Situated on 10 acres just outside of Los Angeles, VRC houses between 150-200 of these wonderful creatures on any given day. They do the usual of rescuing and rehabilitating abandoned and abused Pit Bulls. And then some.

They offer FREE training classes to Pit Bull owners. The class teaches basic obedience, but it also teaches an owner how to manage dog-on-dog aggression and other situations that might pop up, no matter what type of dog you have. These free classes have been offered for 10 years to owners of Pit Bull and Pit Bull mixes. What an amazing way to reach out and get these dogs trained! Create good citizens and impress the world! I love it.

Another twist? Tia employs parolees as a way of helping some of the “baddest good guys in town” find work, be productive, and help out some of the baddest good dogs in the world. The parolees feed the dogs, clean the kennels, and help train the dogs in prep for adoption.

Something tells me Tia has raised the bar for many of us. She’s got a huge heart for the two- and four-legged, and she’s not afraid to fight on behalf of either.
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