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  1. Alice

     /  December 5, 2015

    This came across my FB feed just now. Going by the comments, this was a group that had been up to no good at all. I’m not sure of exactly what they were up to though.

  2. Hullo VA folks, might be time to fire some of your government!

    I haven’t had a chance to dig out the actual full text yet, but it doesn’t look promising!

  3. Eucritta

     /  December 6, 2015

    Nice series of photos of the working dogs of an 1924-25 USGS survey expedition in Alaska.

  4. Alice

     /  December 7, 2015

    There are no news articles/segments to go with this story, but here is a blog posting about a situation playing out on FB:

    Rescues have to be regulated at this point. Too many of them are destroying everything rescue is meant to be and there is nothing stopping them.


    I love tabby and white cats. This NYCACC cat is labeled “rescue only”. If you read the notes, the concern is that he *really* likes being petted. Which is an undesirable trait ???? and appears to conflict w/this entry in his records:

    At the time of the assessment Apollo was displaying friendly behavior, comes to the front of the kennel, interacts with the Assessor, solicits attention, is easy to handle and tolerates all petting. Apollo is displaying behavior appropriate for a beginner cat owner.

    Anyway, please share him.

    • Eucritta

       /  December 9, 2015

      What’s described is a common behavior. Some cats are very sensitive to petting, and when they hit their limit they’ll push, swat, or grab your hand in their mouth to make it stop. In Apollo’s case he sounds to me like he’s scared & desperate for reassurance, which can trigger hypersensitivity too, especially if the environment itself is loud & stressful, & worse, the second assessor basically teased him, whether intentionally or not, what with all the nonsense with the cage door.

      In my experience, cats who are sensitive like this will calm down once you stop petting them, and very often they’ll tag along or cuddle up on their own. Or not. Sometimes they want a pet now, and not, and now, and not, which can be frustrating. But it’s not what I’d consider an actual *issue,* any more than it is when, say, a toddler whines & shoves when he doesn’t want to get hugged.

  6. Clarice

     /  December 10, 2015

    “Scientists at Cornell University announced Wednesday that for the first time they had been successful in delivering a litter of puppies conceived through in vitro fertilization. ”



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