Saturday, November 22, 2008
  Two animals found new homes today.

My niece has been whining for a pug puppy. My sister is thankfully educated about pet stores and all that, so she opted for finding a rescue. She got to go meet the dogs today and decided on a little three-year-old pug that has yet to be named.

She is a puppy mill rescue. Her pups had just been taken away when the rescue got her, so she still has big boobs. She's skinny. They suggested a harness as she is a pug, and also told my sis that she came with a collar that had more or less become embedded in her skin. Even though she's three, she has no concept of potty training and they have to teach her like a puppy. Kamille called tonight, laughing, and said, "Well, she already took a crap on the floor! A really bad one!" I'm so glad this pug found such a good, understanding adoptive mama. :)

I was worried my niece wouldn't be as happy with this older, apparently rough-worn dog, but she is really excited, which makes me proud.

So.. Lesson for today is that puppy mills are REAL as are all the things people say go on inside of them. Please remember this when thinking about getting a dog OR EVEN when you hear someone say they want a dog. Pass this on. Don't think of it as being a pain in the ass - honestly, lots of people just don't know about this. So educate them.

Also, today I drove to Ft Pierce to meet a bunch of rabbits at this shelter, but when I got there they were all gone. There were just a bunch of girl bunnies and pair of boys who were bonded and a cute rabbit that tried to mount George when I put them in together. :p

But I found out that two of the boys were at a foster home, so went there and met a nice rabbit that I'll be adopting next week. His name is Thumper. He's brown and very docile. I am not in love with the way he looks, like I was Moo, but this is for George so oh well. :) George was very traumatized from today, from the car ride and the chasing the other buns did and all that... But she and this rabbit sat very close and very calm together. The rabbit lady said that's a good sign. Plus I guess this little guy had a girlfriend but she turned mean, and he's lonely now. It works out for everyone. :)

I'm still wheezing from being in the rabbit room for a half-hour 5 hours ago. Yaaay allergies.

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I'm Stacey. I'm a 31(!)-year-old Wisconsin girl living in sunny South Florida. The highlights in my life are my lovely boyfriend, my aloof cats, my adorable/adoring stepdogs, my two lumbering tortoises, select family members, being outside, being underwater, taking pictures, yadda yadda. Stay tuned for lots of babbling!

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Making a difference

A small boy lived by the ocean. He loved the creatures of the sea, especially the starfish, and he spent much of his time exploring the seashore.

One day the boy learned there would be a minus tide that would leave the starfish stranded on the sand.

When the tide went out, he went down to the beach, began picking up the stranded starfish, and tossing them back into the ocean.

An elderly man who lived next door came down to the beach to see what the boy was doing. Seeing the man's quizzical expression, the boy paused as he approached. "I'm saving the starfish!" the boy proudly declared.

When the neighbor saw all of the stranded starfish he shook his head and said: "I'm sorry to disappoint you, young man, but if you look down the beach, there are stranded starfish as far as the eye can see. And if you look up the beach the other way, it's the same. One little boy like you isn't going to make much of a difference."

The boy thought about this for a moment. Then he reached his small hand down to the sand, picked up another starfish, tossed it out into the ocean, and said: "Well, I sure made a difference for that one!"

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