PETA tackles Super Mario and his tanooki (raccoon dog) fur coat

Raccoon Dog at Fukuyama, Hiroshima prefecture, Japan

People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has launched a new campaign aimed at Super Mario with the release of their new game, Super Tanooki Skin 2D.  The game is in response to the "power up' in Mario Bros. games, which give Mario and Luigi extra power to ... um ... do something ... OK, if I sound more than a little uninformed it's because I know zip about video games. All I know is that there is a suit that is a racoon dog (or "tanuki"/"tanooki") that Mario wears to get power. … [Read more...]

Featured rescue animal in need of a home: Gibbs, the FeLV positive kitty

Back in October, my friend Beth, a cat lover of the highest order, told me about a kitty her friend found shivering behind a restaurant here in Rochester, NY. Beth's friend brought the kitty home, named him Gibbs, and took him to the vet, where she found out he has feline leukemia. That means he can't live with her other cats, so he needs to find a home that either has no cats or other FeLV positive kitties.Right now, Gibbs is living in this kind hearted cat rescuer's spare bathroom, where h … [Read more...]

Monday morning cute animal video: Abyssinian kittens!

Start your week out with a smile, with these too cute kitties! Have a great week! … [Read more...]

Streams of contentment and lessons learned from animals

streamsofcontentment

In the classic song, “Thank God I’m A Country Boy,” John Denver sang, “Life on the farm is kinda laid back”; I’ve always wondered what he meant by that. I visited a dairy farm once and believe me, the amount of work needed to feed, milk, and otherwise care for cows and then get the milk to processing was certainly not laid back. It was arduous to the nth degree.Now that I'm older, I realize Denver wasn't talking about the physical life on the farm in that famous song, but instead the mental a … [Read more...]

Cat stuck on cactus for three days; when you’re in a jam, sometimes you just have to jump

A kitty in a desert area northeast of Phoenix, AZ recently spent three days atop a giant cactus. Residents of the area noticed that cat and were looking for ways to get him down. But when a news helicopter flew overhead, the kitty decided he'd had enough and scrambled down.No one knows how the kitty found his way to the top of the giant cactus, but who among us hasn't found themselves stranded in a difficult situation with no way out.  But as this cat proved, sometimes when you're in a tough … [Read more...]

Featured Shelter Pet: Luke, the English Foxhound & Australian Cattle Dog

Luke has received his training as part of the Mutts with Manners program, which pairs prison in mates with shelter dogs.

In honor of National Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week, here is another adoptable pet (courtesy of DogTime Save A Dog!):Luke is one of five dogs in the Mutts With Manners program, part of the Danville-Boyle Co. Humane Society (DBCHS) in Danville, KY.  According to the DBCHS website, ten inmates and 5 shelter dogs work together for 6 weeks with a professional trainer, prison staff and volunteers to provide the dogs with basic obedience training, socialization, behavior modification, and … [Read more...]

Walking the dog in the cemetery

A portion of the cemetery where I like to walk with the dogs.

One of my favorite places to walk with my dog is a small cemetery just a few minutes from our house. It's quiet and I enjoy meandering amongst the gravestones, reading the inscriptions and wondering about the lives of the people buried there.I worry sometimes that it might be disrespectful, me and the dog, trodding around on top of people at rest. So when I take Bandit, I stick to the paved roadways to avoid him peeing on every marker.Today I took Bailey with me for the first time, and we … [Read more...]

Featured shelter pet: Mack, the FIV positive black cat

Mack is a sweet, snuggly black cat looking for a forever home!

In honor of National Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week, here's another super pet looking for a forever home! This is Mack, a 3 1/2 year old kitty who's currently being fostered by Black Cat Rescue in Boston. Not only is he at a disadvantage when it comes to finding a home because he's a black cat (black cats are about half as likely to be adopted as cats of other colors), but he's also FIV positive. … [Read more...]

Featured Shelter Pet: Meet Tycoon the Maine Coon

In honor of National Shelter (and Rescue) Appreciation Week, meet Tycoon! He's a Maine Coon cat and he has the papers to prove it.Tycoon is a gorgeous purebreed (with papers) red mackeral tabby Maine Coon being fostered by a family in West Milford, NJ.  Although he is shy, he's a super sweet affectionate boy. He loves dogs, but is terrified of children and is looking for a "furever"home where he can be the only cat.You can learn more about Tycoon by contacting Adrienne at s … [Read more...]

Featured Shelter Pet: Meet Sophie, the American Pit Bull Terrier

In honor of National Shelter (and Rescue) Appreciation Week, meet Sophie! She came from a huge hoarding bust that took place in Ohio in the beginning of 2010. She has had a rough, sad life to say the least. But guess what? Sophie bears no scars, no ill will, no grudges. She just wants a home to call her own! Sophie is 7 1/2 yrs old,  loves to play ball, loves to chew on bones, and loves to go for walks. But most of all she loves to cuddle up on the couch and watch movies with you.  Sophie is co … [Read more...]


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