Monday, April 26, 2010
  The licking, it never stops.

The licking, it never stops.
Originally uploaded by estacey

Thursday, April 22, 2010
Today I woke up after too-little sleep and got to see for the first time in a while what 8 a.m. looks like outside. It was GORGEOUS. Cool, beautiful, sunny.. in the 60s still! I ran last night at 10 p.m. and it was 76. I'd say we switch to 8 a.m. runs but Chris goes to work earlier than that and no way am I up for 5-6 a.m. runs, soooo.. hot nighttime it is!

Then I drove the mama cats to be spayed. Then I had a mini argument with the vet lady who was insisting that they needed to notch their ears. NOT MY GIRLS! I basically took the attitude that it was NOT UP FOR DISCUSSION (and it wasn't) and it seemed to work.

Then I picked my friend Byron up and got to see my pirate kitties. They are getting bigger and cuter and their eyes look so much better. :) Then we drove up to the bunny rescue in Lake Worth where I took pics of a huge Flemish giant and a lovely lop named Justice. I LOVE LOP BUNNIES!

Then we did some recon at a local pet deli that I contacted and I'm meeting with next week. I got the cats some whole smelt and the dogs some duck necks (I know, I know, ugh). The dogs got to eat some fish tonight too. They were in HEAVEN.

Then I went to pick up my girls. Then I came home and collapsed.

And after it was all done, I realized my whole day was basically centered around animals. And that's JUST FINE with me! :)
  ugh ugh ugh ugh

bearbile25_PH, originally uploaded by mikemongo.

I was just thinking about these folks yesterday and today I got their annual report.

Read up on

Moon bears are kept like this from cub-hood to death with an open wound in their abdomen to extract bile, which is used in traditional Chinese medicine. They often have their teeth and claws removed.

These pictures absolutely haunt me. They put factory farming to shame, as unimaginable as that may seem.

The folks at Animals Asia are trying to put an end to this practice and giving sanctuary to the bears they have rescued from such a life. They also work to help dogs and cats killed for food in Asia and educate people about compassion for animals.

Not to rip on the Asians, but damn. It's hard for me to believe that a difference in culture can cause what I believe to be a complete lack of empathy. One of the bears was kept in someone's KITCHEN in Vietnam for like 14 years. How could you look at a suffering being for 14 years, stuck in a tiny cage, in constant pain.. and live with yourself? I don't get it.

I've given them money in the past. At this point I'm considering sponsoring a bear for $45/month.

So. Sad.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010
  i'm 30, not 8

i'm 30, not 8, originally uploaded by .April..

This just makes me laugh.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010
  Harvey, the amazing white-ish foster kitten

Sup, prettiest cat ever! Check out the blog at :)

  Kittens LOVE feathers. Or hate?

Kittens LOVE feathers. Or hate?
Originally uploaded by estacey

I just have the moms and 1 kitten left. The kitten is going home on Sunday and the moms have a new home in... BALTIMORE! :) How exciting!
Friday, April 09, 2010
  T R O U B L E

Lots more cute pics at the website -

Thursday, April 08, 2010
  Newborn calf

Newborn, originally uploaded by By Elize.


  Hellooo there
Still fostering cats, but we're down to 5 kittens and ALL of them will be in their new homes by the end of the weekend. Woo! Check out the website:

Took a few pics last week for our friends Brian & Marcy. The boy is at an age where he won't look at the camera. Not even for a second. Won't stay still. Not for my silly faces or noises or NOTHIN' so the lovely botanical garden we visited was wasted, but I did get some nice pics of them in their own yard. A few. Here are two:

Ruthanne is our friends' daughter

Happy sunny Thomas

Not much going on here. Got some business cards. My site is up. My blog is up. Got turned down by my preferred pet store for putting promo materials in their store, but they would like my card as people ask them about pet photographers often. (Yay 500 cards for $15, Overnight Prints!)

Ummmmm. yeah. That's about it then? I gotta go do litterboxes and cry about my 8 kittens that are gone tonight...!
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!

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States


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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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