Weekend Jade



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Name That Animal

This is just for fun and the only rule is:  no researching.  Post your best (or most terrible) guesses in the comments.  Reading other people’s answers before posting your own is punishable by jail time and/or fines optional.  Answer will be posted in the comments tonight.


I love this animal’s seemingly out of proportion paws.

Oh Roswell

the menagerieMaybe you’ve heard that aliens crashed in Roswell, NM in 1947 and the government covered it up.  Maybe you are skeptical.  I, for one, believe.  And as proof, I offer the current city leadership of Roswell, specifically the mayor and the police chief, because their actions can only be attributed to some sort of alien mind control.

Regular readers may remember when Roswell mayor Dennis Kintigh banned every rescue group in the state from saving dogs at the pound because of an incident involving the son of one of his police detectives.  Now animal advocates are voicing concern about dogs and cats being killed at the pound while cages sit empty.  But explanation:

[P]olice chief Phil Smith says they’re just following the ordinance that gives dogs one week and cats four days to get adopted.

“We’re going to stick to the rules, we’re going to do it to the letter,” said Smith.

To clarify, the it they are doing to the letter is killing lost and homeless pets.  So although the facility has space to house these animals, the city staff opts to kill them instead, because they can.

And then there’s this:

Both Smith and Mayor Dennis Kintigh say that if taxpayers want to fund and run their own shelter, they should.

Wait –

I thought –

Aren’t taxpayers already shelling out $400 grand a year to fund this shelter?  Isn’t this shelter the taxpayers’ own shelter?  How could either the police chief or the mayor, both of whom would have to know that taxpayers are paying for this shelter (and their salaries), possibly say something so absurd out loud and not drunk?

You see what I’m saying?  Aliens.

(Thanks Clarice and Davyd for sending me this story.)

Treats on the Internets

A nonprofit that runs the pound in Calhoun Co, AL is opposed to legislation requiring shelters to make their kill stats available to the public.  They do kill animals and admit that hundreds more fell over dead in their cages at the facility last year.  But the nonprofit blames the uncaring, uneducated public for the killing and supports legislation which would punish pet owners and prevent many people from legally having pets.  (Thank you Clarice for the link.)

Former employees of Orange Co Animal Care in CA allege that the department was and is run by people focused on generating revenue – sometimes through unethical means such as fabricating an abuse report on a pet showing no signs of abuse.  (Thanks Clarice.)

The director of Indianapolis Animal Care and Control was placed on indefinite leave pending an internal investigation after only a few months on the job.  The city refused to disclose any details regarding the investigation.  The director then resigned and the city has named a sergeant from the police department as his replacement.  (Thank you Jan.)

The Lancaster Co SPCA killed 14 dogs in response to a reported distemper outbreak at the shelter.  (Thanks Clarice.)

A Los Angeles firefighter was found guilty of battery with serious bodily injury and assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury after he assaulted a woman for feeding stray cats in his neighborhood. He reportedly dragged the woman from her car and beat her so severely that she doesn’t remember the incident. He tried to lie his way out of it but surveillance camera footage captured the assault and refuted his claims. (Thanks Anne.)

Protesting factory farms:  you’re doing it wrong.

Next time you feel disappointed in your local weather forecast, be thankful at least you’re not getting spider rain.

Foster Pet of the Day

Photo submitted by Dottie Berzins

Photo submitted by Dottie Berzins

Submitted by reader Dottie who writes:

Gemma was found emaciated, dragging a heavy tow chain with wounds on her body, in Roseville, east of Detroit. She was taken off the streets by a woman who couldn’t keep her and she was on her way to Michigan Humane. Saw her on Facebook and another woman offered a temporary foster until finder could get her into rescue if someone could transport. That’s where I got involved. Since then, I have paid to have her vetted, brought up-to-date on vaccinations and had her spayed. She was heartworm negative and is now on preventative.

Gemma has been with her “temporary foster” for almost three months now and the finder has pretty much dropped out of the picture. She has gained weight, is learning some basic commands and some “house manners”. We figured she was chained outside for her entire 3 – 4 years.

She’s been around dogs and cats, no problems with either. She LOVES people! She has an exuberance for life and would probably need to be with older children since she could knock over tiny ones without meaning to hurt them.

Gemma is with a foster in southwestern lower Michigan but I am willing to transport (I live about 2 hours away). I would likely be the contact since I’ve taken on a lot of the responsibility for finding her rescue/foster/adopter. I’m in touch with her foster and have visited her once. The biggest issue now is that her foster pulls seniors and “unadoptables” and Gemma is neither, so they can’t help any other dogs. They love her, but she is more than ready for her forever home.

If you are able to foster Gemma or are interested in adopting her, please leave a comment for Dottie on this post. And please share her post in your social media circles so Gemma can find her special person. Thank you.

Recipes to Share with Your Dogs

I cook for the dogs just about every day.  Some of my favorite recipes to make are ones that can be shared by the humans in the house (since I don’t cook for them quite as often).  Here are three shareable recipes from this weekend:

French Toast

My grocery store puts out a rack of breads whose sell-by date is today and marks them down significantly.  It’s an opportunity to pick up delicious artisan loaves at great prices.  This week I chose a loaf of rosemary potato bread:

french toast loafI cut the bread into cubes.  (Of course you can make the more traditional slices of French toast if you prefer, which I sometimes do.  But I always cube the portion I’m feeding to the little dogs anyway so this time I just decided to cube the entire loaf.):

french toast cubedIn a mixing bowl, I whisked 15 eggs with a generous splash of vanilla and soaked the cubed bread until the eggs were absorbed.  Then I placed about half the mixture at a time into a hot, buttered frying pan and sprinkled heavily with cinnamon (I have no self control when it comes to cinnamon):

french toast panAfter browning the one side, I turned the bread over and browned the other.  Then, into the dog bowls:

french toast bowlI added sliced bananas to the bowls before feeding but you could feed as-is or with the toppings of your choice.


Cinnamon Date Scones

1 egg

1 C buttermilk

2 T honey

2 C whole wheat flour

1 1/2 C all purpose flour

1 C chopped dates

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

lots of cinnamon!

1/2 C melted butter

Whisk the egg in a bowl then mix in buttermilk and honey.  Stir in dry ingredients until partially mixed then drizzle in melted butter while stirring to mix thoroughly.  Shape the dough into a flat round and cut into six pieces on a greased baking sheet, pulling them slightly apart from one another.  Bake at 400 degrees F for 25 minutes:

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Almond Scones

3 C almond meal

2 tsp baking powder

1/4 C coconut oil

1 heaping T honey

1 tsp vanilla

2 eggs

Whisk the eggs in bowl then mix in the remaining wet ingredients.  (Note:  I had never used coconut oil before making this recipe and found it challenging to get it thoroughly mixed.  You could use another nut oil, such as almond or macadamia, if you have it.)  Stir in dry ingredients until completely mixed.  Shape the dough into a flat round and cut into six pieces on a greased baking sheet, pulling them slightly apart from one another.  Bake at 300 degrees F for 20 minutes:

almond sconesI found these a bit bland for my taste but no complaints from the dogs.

Weekend Jade

This weekend, a visit to Petsmart, starting in the toy aisle:

jade 05232015 petsmart2Jade sniffed out the clearance rack right away.  Chip off the old block:

jade 05232015 petsmart3This little girl startled Jade at first because she did that thing that so many little kids do – see a dog and pounce.  Jade hugged the floor for a second but then she was ok.  We chatted with the parents who said the little girl’s name was also Jade and that they too had a blue pitbull with white on her at home:

jade 05232015 petsmart4Jade got to meet some other nice people too and an adorable puppy.  She had a fun time.  We’ll definitely bring her again:

jade 05232015 petsmart

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when you dont want to gooooo

Treats on the Internets

A NC family who left their kitten at a vet’s office for neutering and rabies vaccination was devastated to learn the vet had injected their pet with euthanasia solution by mistake.  The rabies vaccine was reportedly left alongside a syringe containing the euthanasia drug and the vet picked up the wrong one.  Oops.  The kitten died despite efforts to save him.  (Thanks Clarice for the link.)

A worker who was fired from the Hunterdon Humane Shelter in NJ has filed a whistleblower protection lawsuit.  (Thanks Clarice.)

A 10 year old boy in Fort Worth allegedly went into a fenced yard, held down the 15 pound dog who lived there and bashed his head in with a stick until he died.  He has been charged with animal cruelty.  The child’s parents passed along a horrible sorrynotsorry letter to the heartbroken family.  (Thanks Anne.)

The CDC has identified a new strain of rabies in a fox who bit a NM woman in April.

Based on genetic information obtained from a 35,000 year old wolf bone found in Siberia, scientists now estimate that dog domestication occurred between 27,000 and 40,000 years ago.  If accurate, that would beat cat domestication by a mile.

Remember in 2007 during the massive pet food recalls when Blue Buffalo was shocked, just shocked, to find out their food contained melamine because the company knew nothing of the sort?  In the current lawsuit brought by Purina, Blue Buffalo is shocked, just shocked to find out their food contains poultry by-products – the ingredient they like to slam their competitors for using.  The only thing Blue Buffalo knows for sure is they are not to blame, just like in 2007.