Yeah right.

October 22, 2008

Apparently the baby bear dumped on the campus of WSU was not politically or racially motivated.  Check out Laura Leslie’s blog: http://www.wunc.org/programs/news/Isaac-Hunters-Tavern 

She’s not buying it and neither am I.

Apparently the students found the bear and then, concerned about possible blood in the back of the truck (where the bear had been for 24 hours already), the students found random political signs (all happen to be Obama signs) and attempted to cover the head wound on the bear and THEN dumped the carcass on the campus.

Yeah, right, Political Panda is young but she wasn’t born yesterday.

Good Dogs!

September 29, 2008

I am happy to report that both Quincy and Harley passed the AKC Canine Good Citizen test!  This was the first step needed for Quincy to become a therapy dog!  I’m so proud!

10 Days is Up….

September 26, 2008

Humane Society of Southeast Texas is starting to adopt out animals from the Beaumont area on Saturday.

http://www.beaumont enterprise. com/news/ local/pet_ owners_need_ to_claim_ rescued_pets_ by_saturday_ 09-25-2008. html

If you or someone you know is missing an animal in that area, PLEASE have them contact the shelter or contact me and I will find a way to contact that shelter.  Questions?  Please go to www.stealthvolunteers.com or www.rescuesandreunions.blogspot.com

Galveston Gaffaw

September 22, 2008

As I have mentioned I work with a group called, “Stealth Volunteers” which helps reunite animal and owners separated in natural disasters.  Right now, we have a big, big problem but unfortunately, it’s not the first time we have seen this happen.

Here’s the deal.  Any animal rescued from Galveston Island will be held for 10 days.  If the animal is not claimed, the animal will then be posted to the Houston SPCA website for adoption.

What’s the problem, you ask?  Well, this policy has not been publicized and the people of Galveston have not been allowed consistent re-entry to the area to ascertain whether their animal is missing.  Essentially, it boils down to this.  You were evacuating and couldn’t take your dog with you and you called someone to rescue your dog from your house or apartment.  Now you have no idea that in a couple of days, your dog is up for adoption.  That’s not fair and it’s exactly what happened in New Orleans that prompted officials this time to let people evacuate with their animals.

If you know anyone who evacuated from that area and turned their animals over to Houston SPCA, please make them aware of this policy.  You can read more about it at:

http://rescuesandreunions.blogspot.com/2008/09/it-is-true-10-days-and-poof.html

Houston SPCA 

The Houston SPCA has taken in many lost and abandoned animals from Galveston and is now staffing an Animal Disaster Hotline.  If you need an animal rescued in Galveston, call (713) 435-2990 or (877) 661-0161 from 10 am- 6 pm

Unclaimed animals will be put up for adoption after ten days.

Stealth Volunteers

September 18, 2008

That’s right, we work for free and you don’t even know we are there.   We are a group of people who were drawn together in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.  We are the people who quietly worked to reunite over 1,000 animals (we stopped counting at 1,000) with their rightful owners during that tragedy.  We have gone on to work on the fires in Southern California and the floods in the Mid-West.  We are the people who cried when animals were found and returned – we did a “happy dance.”  We are the people who stood up and said, “that’s not right and that’s not fair” when an animal was found and refused to be returned due to prejudice or ignorance AND we helped to do something about it.  We are the people who miss our friends, Shannon and Beth dearly.

We are working on helping with Hurricane Gustav and Ike and we need your help.

Don’t you want to be one of us?

Please visit: www.StealthVolunteers.com

Or check out our blog at http://rescuesandreunions.blogspot.com/

The Stealth Volunteers is an Internet based group that helps families in disasters reunite with their lost animals. We are not always deployed, but when we are, we log a lot of computer hours!

 Our objective is to match found animals with their “lost” families. You must be approved, but it is a a formality to prevent spammers.

 Stealth Volunteers started as a group of volunteers from all over the country and the world, working on the ground and online to reunite Katrina evacuees with their pets. Our work wound down as the animals were adopted out, but those families who were never reunited will forever be in our thoughts and our hearts are filled by those we helped. Our work is locating owners, not lost pets.

 We also have an effort called “Home Safe with Stealth”, a local program for people to implement at their animal control facility. Apply our “stealth techniques” to find the owners of strays in your area, and to train for other national emergencies.

 This is a working list, and we discourage off-topic discussion. Our topic is finding evacuee owners. You can learn about the methods on our website www.StealthVolunteers.com

Dogs and Grief

August 27, 2008

I don’t think I have mentioned the fact that I have two dogs who I adore.  They go everywhere with hubby and I.  Quincy is a rescued English Setter and Harley is a rescued Rottie-Beagle mix.  I have no clue how that happened either or who was who but he’s really cute.  Quincy is a mommas’ boy.  He adores me and I love him probably as much as my husband – at times, slightly more.  Quincy sleeps on my side of the bed on my feet but he starts out sleeping next to me with his head on the pillow in a “spoon” position.  Harley is independent and strong-minded and very sweet.  He cuddles when he wants to and the rest of the time, he is content to sleep on the floor on his dog bed.

I mention these two mutts because I have discovered that without my dogs (my husband and friends are great too but this is about the dogs) I wouldn’t have survived the last couple of months.  If you aren’t an animal person, you won’t understand this but in my worst of times, when I have been alone, collapsed on the carpet, sobbing and screaming, “why?”, both dogs have laid down next to me, pressing themselves close and licking tears from my face.  There are days when the only reason I got up was because the dogs wanted to go outside for a walk.

There was a recent story on the “Today Show” about therapy dogs and their effect on people who have suffered tragedies like the shooting at NIU, Hurricane Katrina survivors and firefighters after 9/11.  I have long talked about taking my Setter to become trained as a therapy dog, his personality is perfect for it – so kind, so gentle and so loving.  It looks like Quincy goes to school in January.  I am excited to share him with other people who need to forget about their loss and grief for a little bit and just bask in the love of a really, really good dog.