Thursday, October 27, 2005


American Horse Defense Fund: US Horse Slaughter Will Halt
PR Newswire (press release) - New York,NY,USA
27 /PRNewswire/ -- The brutal horse slaughter industry in the US was dealt an appropriate and overdue blow on Wednesday, October 26 when the US House and ...
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Horses Win Reprieve from Slaughter
U.S. Newswire (press release) - Washington,DC,USA
... 26 /US Newswire/ -- Horse slaughter will finally stop next year following approval of the Horse Slaughter Amendment in the Agriculture Appropriations ...
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Anti-slaughter bill introduced in US Senate
Thoroughbred Times - Lexington,KY,USA
A measure introduced in the United States Senate on Monday would permanently ban horse slaughter for human consumption as well as the international transport ...

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

in absentia...

I'm around, just up to my ears and then some. We start cleaning out my father's house this weekend--the mention of it makes my neck hurt even worse than it does now. I'm working it seems around the clock between one job or the other or preparing groups for the next day. I'll be back but only sporadically. I miss reading everyone else's blogs. I hope everyone is ok. I am thinking of you guys.

Thursday, October 20, 2005


Not to be a pessimist, but I knew this would happen. You can't turn your back for a minute...PLEASE CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVES AND SENATORS

BW...These links might help:

  • Fort Worth Star Telegram...requires account creation...
  • from Reuters

  • Tuesday, October 18, 2005

    Pups in Urgent Need

    These are crosspostings for pups in need this week!

    Please help if you can! Please pass around to your friends to help place these two sweet animals--they will be gassed this week.

    Husky's are coming out of the woodwork lately! These two sweeties need help fast - please crosspost to all Sib contacts. Bad news folks...they use the gas box at Ohio County and these two have to get out before the end of this week or that will be their fate. If anyone can help them, please contact Lori at lori_r15@(nospam) or cell - 734-646-0386.

    If no response, you can contact Gloria at 270-298-4499 or email - Gloriat@(nospam) Please keep trying!

    Lacey & Juneau were left in the after-hours boxes. Lacey (adult) needs a home where she can get lots of exercise and love. She is very loving and affectionate, but still unsure about her surroundings and why she is at the shelter. Juneau (pup) will fit in with any family who wants a little girl to play with the kids and grow up with them. Juneau is about three months old. She likes being with her mom, but has a great time playing in the exercise pen with the volunteers who come to socialize the dogs. Lacey is a little more reserved but is friendly and good-natured.

    Ohio County Animal Shelter
    Hartford, KY

    Mickey is a one year old male Rotti mix, who came to us under the most unfortunate circumstances. He was found on the side of a rural country road with a 2 week old wound to his rear leg. His leg had been tangled in something, most likely a chain, and had cut off the circulation until the flesh was literally dying. Despite the pain of his injury, Mickey is a very sweet, and loving dog. He was named Mickey, after his character, and the character he resembles so much. We are trying desperately to save his leg by doing hydrotherapy twice a day, and giving large doses of antibiotics. It is still unsure if the leg can be saved. The estimate on the vet bill is up to $400 so far. We are pleading for any contributions to help us ensure this guy doesn't have to be euthanized due to such unfortunate circumstances for such a wonderful dog. We have set up a pay pal account with our local Humane Society treasurer to make your contributions to. That pay pal address is tdiana1@(nospam) or you can mail your contribution to Humphreys County Humane Society at 103 North Church St., Waverly, TN 37185. Please specify for Mickey. With your generousity, we can give this great young dog a second chance at a better life. Any extra money received above the cost of Mickey's care, will be used to help another animal in need. Mickey will be available for adoption. If you have any questions, please give us a call at (931)296-7319 or you can email me at shltr@(nospam)

    Thank You, Angela Rye
    Shelter Director

    Sunday, October 16, 2005

    in a nutshell...

    been too tired to get into bloggin' recently...

  • planned and led my first two therapy groups last week
  • planning another tonight before I go to bed for tomorrow
  • zombified at work
  • zombified at home
  • trying to do enough painting to keep something up on Ebay
  • animals on more meds again (cha-ching; Sadie still has to adjust her Cushing's Disease meds; which are coincidentally causing her painful dermatitis, which is earning her a handful of pills and constant bathing/creme-rinsing
  • moving every pile of shit in house to another area in the house, to the dump, the driveway with a "free" sign on it or to the used bookstore
  • listening to two great CDs: the new Fiona Apple, Extraordinary Machine and the Super Furry Animals, Love Kraft. Dig 'em both, big time.
  • still not sleeping enough, except for the last two nights I was able to get some good snooze time.
  • the weeks are so long and exhausting these days that I really dread Mondays more than ever...
  • on the plus side I'm learning a lot and getting good experience...I just need a vacation.
  • One of my favorite, if not my favorite painters, Lori Nelson. Check her stuff out. I think it's really spectacular.

  • Wednesday, October 12, 2005

    I can't even...

    I can't even begin to wrap my mind around what has happened in Pakistan. Way too much disaster this year.


    Wednesday, October 05, 2005

    really close to retarded...

    I've been getting 4-5 hours of sleep a night for about eight weeks now. I've come to realize I have been literally rationing my brainpower. No blog reading. I might open one, but I can't seem to put forth the energy to pleasure-read.

    I go to work now at the hairy crack of dawn and start yucketing through my email. Change this. Add that. Update this. Post this. Blah, boring, blah. I do it. I return my mail. I check my calendar. During my fieldwork (internship) hours, I have to be on, attentive, taking therapy notes, deliberating, engaging, thinking on my feet, figuring out how I am going to convince them I'm not an idiot. Then I go back to work and stay into the evening--somewhere between 6:30 and 8:30 on the days I put in field hours. We're cleaning out the house from top to bottom so that and a little bit of painting is the rest of my free time.

    It would probably be easier if I wasn't a walking zombie. But I can't sleep. I haven't been able to sleep since Daddy died. Now that I have to get up so early, I sleep even less. I go to bed between 11pm and midnight, fall asleep in about an hour; then I'm awake again somewhere between 3-4 am; then back to sleep after a while and wake up about 5:45; then the alarm goes off at 5:50...going to bed earlier doesn't help much. I am a natural night owl and my body won't shut down early.

    Why am I telling you all this? Because I'm getting really close to retarded. Sometimes I stare at my computer and wonder how much time has passed. I wonder if the rest of the office is mad at me because my hours have become irregular. I wonder if the therapists who have met me so far like me. I wonder why I care so much about either of those issues. I wonder if when it's my turn to lead a therapy group that I can even stay awake and coherent. I wonder when I will stop typing nonsense and go back to staring into space...whatever.

    better late than never...

    Too busy lately...sheesh. Seems like everyone is. ANYWAY, these are pics from last weekend's transport. I'm transporting a carload of pups this weekend, too. I can't stop!

    it's Barry's fault I'm a pinko-commie...

    You are a

    Social Liberal
    (70% permissive)

    and an...

    Economic Liberal
    (5% permissive)

    You are best described as a:


    Link: The Politics Test on Ok Cupid
    Also: The OkCupid Dating Persona Test

    Monday, October 03, 2005

    What the ripe, rotten...this is outrageous cruelty...

    Sign a petition against dogs being used as sharkbait.

    I shit you not. I thought it was a stupid tabloid story until I went to the RSPCA (Britain's ASPCA) site and checked it out.

    I'm going to start wearing a fucking sandwich sign that says "the end of the world is near." I'm telling you I want to start a new planet with people who have a full set of genes.

    Update: READ WHAT SNOPES SAYS ABOUT THIS STORY. I was especially suspicious because of the lack of swelling and/or blood in the photo of the "hooked" dog, but apparently the practice exists, but the article is probably not entirely accurate (gasp! the media doesn't report inaccuracies, do they...DO THEY?!!)

    BUT, the world is still ending and I am STILL going to wear that sandwich board.

    p.s. A funny aside. I was turning this story into as they were writing it up. They sent me a link to the write-up about an hour later saying they were in the process of putting on the site when they received the e-mail. Ok, it wasn't funny...maybe a somewhat-interesting aside.

    Whatever, I'm tired. I never get enough sleep. I have puppy transport pics but I haven't gotten around to getting them on here. There's also a new painting up, "Mealtime at Crazy Cat Lady's House - 2"

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