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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop!

We're still in the "20's"—21 days until the 2014 BlogPaws Pet Blogging and Social Media Conference that is...in stunning Lake Las Vegas. Check it out! And don't miss this adorable photo of a BlogPaws Community member's beloved pack—they seem to all know they're getting their picture taken...and published!

Meanwhile, back at the Ohio ranch, we managed to go on a hike over the weekend before it...snowed again yesterday!

But we're still waiting on warmer weather to arrive in our neck of the woods. What's the weather like where you live?

Now off to the BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop! Spring into action and meet some new blogging buddies!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Our Local Dog Shelter Under Investigation

Franklin County Ohio's $18 million dollar dog shelter. Photo courtesy of The Columbus Dispatch

I'm turning this post over to Parental Unit—she's blazing mad and not letting me anywhere near the keyboard!

Parental Unit here. Well, I just knew something was amiss at the Franklin County Dog Shelter and Adoption Center, and this petition for the county commissioners (who oversee the shelter) to do something about it confirms my suspicions...and goes beyond my worst fears. Late last week, a group of concerned citizens, armed with written complaints from shelter employees attended a commisiioners' meeting and demanded that the commissioners investigate their own employees' allegations of wrongdoing. If you read the complaints, you'll see that each complaint is incredibly articulate and well-documented.

I only wish I had known about this plan, because I would have been happy to attend and offer my own testimony (more on that in another post), but I will contact Elizabeth Lessner, a local restaurateur and pit bull advocate whose involvement in the animal rescue community and strong presence on social media led this charge.

Our local newspaper, the Columbus Dispatch, wrote an article about the allegations and the testimony offered at the commissioners' meeting that appears to give a fair, if superficial evaluation of the situation to date. However, it's not just the shelter's lead veterinarian that's under investigation, but the   director of the shelter, Joe Rock, who's oversight (and strange commentary) is being investigated.

I'll be writing more posts about this after I do a bit more investigating. And I will explain why I had reason to believe something was amiss (to put it gently) at the shelter...and why I am "blazing mad".  In the meantime, I'd love to hear your comments.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

A Multi-Talented Dog: Next Stop Broadway!

If this video doesn't make your Saturday, we don't know what will. We were waiting for this pooch to put on his dancin' shoes and head for the bright lights of Broadway! Can your dog play the piano and sing at the same time? 

Stay tuned tomorrow for something a lot more serious, but very important for those who care about what's going on behind the scenes in their community animal shelters.

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Dog's Guide To Outwitting Squirrels

              Illustration by Patricia Wall/ The New York Times

O.K., this guide was really written for humans by humorist, Bill Adler Jr., to keep those glorified rats squirrels from gorging on the birdseed he kindly leaves for his avian friends. This Q&A in yesterdays Times gives you a hint at the way Adler's brain works: "Squirrels have all day long to figure out how to break into your feeder," he says, so Adler's days are spent concocting ways to subvert these bushy-tailed thieves.

In his most recent book, Outwitting Squirrels: 101 cunning Strategies to Reduce Dramatically the Egregious Misappropriation of Seed from Your Birdfeeder by Squirrels, Adler devises even more ways to thwart his backyard nemesis—this is the third edition of the book, by the way—the first was published in 1988, so Adler has had a squirrel problem for quite awhile now.

Does this remind you of anyone you know? Every since my adoption day, I've spent countless hours successfully ridding my backyard and surrounding parks (heck, everywhere I go!) from those nasty varmints. I think Mr. Adler should interview me for the next edition of his book!

                                     Me hard at work...

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop!

The "theme" over at BlogPaws this week is "20's Time", as in there are only 29 days until the sure-to-be-awesome 2014 BlogPaws Social Media Conference in stunning Lake Las Vegas! And don't forget that April is small pet celebration month at BlogPaws—check out the adorable "Mrs. Pringles"!

Meanwhile, back at the Ohio ranch, we thought we'd show you a few pictures from the very first BlogPaws conference held right here in glorious Columbus, Ohio. And by the way, it's the only BlogPaws conference Parental Unit has allowed me to attend. What's up with that?

Parental Unit and I attending one of their fabulous break-out sessions (See my name tag?)

Parental Unit and I with the delightful Andrea Arden of Animal Planet fame!

Now on to the BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop! Join up and meet some new blogging buddies!

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