Deer and cat bond at animal rehab sanctuary

My dog says it's amazing how well animals can sometimes get along (and how humans frequently can't!). Check out this great video taken at Arnold's Wildlife Rehab in Okeechobee, Florida.

Little man is big hero to pitbulls

My dog says he is anxious to see the new show Pit Boss on Animal Planet. It's about a guy, Shorty Rossi, who runs a talent agency for little people and is founder of Shorty's Pit Bull Rescue.

Watch the trailer below and I think you'll be as excited to see the show as I am. Pit Boss premieres on January 16 at 10:00 pm on Animal Planet.

Two woofs for Shorty!

Honoring Michael Vick is sick

My dog says he is quite disgusted that the Philadelphia Eagles have given animal abuser and convicted felon Michael Vick the Ed Block Courage Award. Courage? Since when does it take courage to torture animals?

First, the Eagles gave this murderer a multi-million-dollar job and now they're essentially calling him a hero? Shame on everyone associated with the Eagles. Shame.

Read the full story HERE. And, please consider signing the petition to revoke the award by clicking HERE.

From stray dog to spoiled pooch

My dog says he's turning over the blog to his sister Faith today. Faith, have at it!

Hi folks, I'm Faith. This is my first guest post on Puddy's blog.

Today I felt compelled to write something personal so I hope you'll bear with me. I've been with my family since 2006. Three years ago on this very day I was lost, starving, cold, and scared. I was limping because I had been hit by a car and my teeth were in bad shape because I was so hungry that I was chewing on things that weren't edible (I was underweight and just a small, 75 pound little girl). I had just about given up hope that someoneanyonewould help me. That's when I saw her.

A woman was getting into her car on a very industrial street. She was kneeling on the front seat, leaning into the back rearranging some bags and didn't see me on the other side of the road. MAC trucks were speeding by so fast it was all I could do to cross all four lanes to get to her in one piece. I had been through so much and I simply needed some help. Her car door was still open so I quickly snuck up and bolted inside. Safety at last!

I was panting and pacing around in her compact car; so terribly relieved to be off the street. The woman stared at me in disbelief. I smiled.

To make a long story short, the lady fixed me up, took me home, and made me part of her family. There are so many lost and scared animals out on the streets, fending for themselves, and I know I'm one of the lucky ones because I was saved (although she always tells me she's the lucky one).

My only wish on my anniversary is that everyone who reads this does something to help an animal in need. Pick up a stray, feed a feral cat, take an injured wild animal to someone who can tend to his or her injuries. Make a difference, embrace compassion, and extend the circle of kindness to all animals, wild and domestic. Do something.

Thanks for listening to my story. I hate to rush off, but my family has a special anniversary party planned for me.

Until next time,

Three tips for happier dogs

My dog says this little pugger has it right! This fun, one-minute video includes three things you can do to make your dog happier.

From tails of woe to Tails of Joy!

My dog says there are lots of needy animals out there in need of your help! Why not lend a hand by supporting Tails of Joy, the wonderful nonprofit started by comedian Elayne Boosler. Check out the video below to learn more about how TOJ is making a difference in the lives of animals!

Two-legged dog inspires soldiers

My dog says you have to check out this video featuring an amazing two-legged dog. Faith (no relation to my sister Faith) was determined to walk despite her disability and is now an inspiration to injured military veterans.

To learn more about Faith, click HERE to visit her website.

Actor John Schneider speaks out for animals

My dog says he was quite moved by this video diary piece by actor John Schneider. If you are interested in finding out more about the movie Earthlings, which he refers to, click HERE for information (it is an AMAZING film). You can also see the film for free, by clicking HERE (Google has the entire film broken down into chapters). And, to learn more about Thanking the Monkey and its author Karen Dawn, click HERE.

Yes, ignorance is bliss. But, creating change saves lives. I hope you enjoy John's insights.

Free download: Shepard Fairey Obama-style animal adoption artwork

My dog says you may know Shepard Fairey as the artist who made the famous Obama posters. However, there is now a doggy version of the artwork that you have to check out.

Designed to bring attention to animal adoption, most of the artwork is available for free download (there are also some specialty items for sale). There are two beautiful designs, one in red and blue and the other in yellow and black (both feature different verbiage on the dog tags). And, you can get the artwork on posters, stickers, banners for your website/blog, wallpaper for your cellphone or computer, t-shirts, coloring pages for kids, and more. There are even links to share the images on all the social networking sites! Finally, for the art collectors, there are a limited amount of numbered prints available which are signed by Fairey himself.

To learn more, click HERE. Or to go directly to the download/order page, click HERE. And always remember: Adopt, don't shop!

Extreme dog houses

My dog says he just saw some of the most amazing doghouses ever. Really fancy. But, he'll take his cushy dog bed or his mom's comfy mattress any day of the week!

If you want to see some amazing canine architecture, click HERE to see the most incredible doghouses ever made!

"Rent" a Christmas tree

My dog says he stumbled across a wonderful company! The Living Christmas Tree Company will deliver a live, potted tree to your home for you to enjoy during the holidays; and then take it back to the nursery after the festivities have passed. You can even "adopt" a tree, which means the same tree will return to your home year after year (and you can see how it has grown!).

This is a great way to bring sustainable living into your life. It is eco-friendly and a wonderful way to respect nature (who said trees have to be cut down in their prime just to be tossed out two weeks later, anyway?).

I hope this idea catches on. Two paws up!

* To learn more about the Living Christmas Tree Company, click HERE.

Dogs welcome at this church

My dog says he just read the most awesome story about a church in Los Angeles that allows parishioners to bring their dogs to services with them! The Covenant Presbyterian Church encourages church goers to bring Fido to "Canines at Covenant" each Sunday at 5pm, along with his doggie bed, and water bowl. They even pass out treats to the pups!

To learn more about these amazing dog-friendly services, click HERE. There's also another nice write-up HERE.

* And for those who never saw my earlier post with the wonderful video and song "God and Dog", click HERE. It's really quite wonderful.

Baby moose enjoys an unexpected shower

My dog says he found the most endearing home video of a moose family frolicking through a backyard sprinkler. Absolutely whimsical!

Unfortunately, the video cannot be embedded here, but click HERE to see it. You will not be disappointed. The pure joy of the baby moose is beyond heartwarming.

Adopt a turkey this Thanksgiving

My dog says the holidays are a time when people get together with their families and enjoy each other's company. But, humans are not the only species who love their families. Don't you think animals do, too? So, instead of eating a turkey this Thanksgiving, why not give one the gift of life?

For a one-time donation of $25, you can participate in Farm Sanctuary's 2009 Adopt-a-Turkey project. You'll receive an adoption certificate with a color photo and a bio of your new, feathered friend. More importantly, you will give a beautiful bird the peaceful life that we all deserve.

You're thankful for your life and family, why not let a turkey be thankful for theirs, too?

To learn more about the Adopt-a-Turkey project, click HERE.

Environmental Film Festival celebrates "green" films

My dog says you should check out the great "green" documentaries being shown at this year's Green Screen Environmental Film Festival in Venice, California. The four-day community event starts on Thursday, November 19 and runs through Sunday, November 22. It features some great films, a street festival, food, music, and town hall discussions about environmental issues.

While you're there, be sure to catch "45 Days: The Life and Death of a Broiler Chicken", which will be shown on Saturday at 4pm. However, if you can't make it to Venice, you can see the short 12 minute film below (broken into two parts; part 1 on top and part 2 at the bottom). Whether you "love" animals or just "love" to eat chicken, you'll find this documentary very enlightening.

Imagine being boiled alive

My dog says he wonders why people give absolutely no thought to the barbaric act of boiling another living creature while he/she is still alive? Yes, boiling them alive. Seems like a twisted act taken from a sci-fi book, doesn't it?

The next time you happily scamper up to the lobster tank at your local restaurant to select your victim, ah, make that your entree, remember this: lobsters feel pain. Yes, friends, lobsters feel pain.

Trivia challenge to help feed animals

My dog says is sponsoring a trivia contest to help feed homeless animals across America! Each time you answer a trivia question, donates food to an animal shelter (doesn't matter if your answer is right or wrong!).

You can play the Bow Wow Trivia contest online by clicking HERE or Meow Trivia by clicking HERE. Better yet, if you're on Twitter, follow @FreeKibble to get all the dog and cat trivia together.

Play along today and help a hungry, homeless animal who needs YOUR help!

If you've ever seen a stray animal, you need to watch this

My dog says this video is very thought provoking. Why are some people so cruel to stray animals? And, why do others do nothing when they see that cruel behavior? What if it were a boy? And why does that matter?

Cruelty is cruelty. Stand up for what is right and be a voice for the animals who need you.

Mine, mine, mine

My dog says he likes this photo. Usually the squirrel has to be the beggar, so he/she must feel very empowered to be holding all the cards (er, nuts) this time!

Jillian Michaels: Friend to animals

My dog says he thinks it's fantastic that Jillian Michaels (uber-trainer on The Biggest Loser) wore a t-shirt on this week's show with a dog-friendly message. Thank you to Jillian for using her celebrity to bring light to the issue of animal-overpopulation and breedism!

Also, on Jillian's Facebook page she recently announced that she'll be adopting a vegan diet for the month of January! Thanks for being a friend to animals, Jillian. Two paws up!

* To get Jillian's shirt, click HERE.

More reasons dogs should keep US as pets

My dog says he was feeling pretty good about himself this morning before he read this piece on amazing dogs. "7 Dogs That Accomplished More Than We Ever Will" tells the stories of some extraordinary pups who have helped mankind in remarkable ways. The blurb about Guinefort is particulary heartbreaking, though, so be forewarned.

Outrageous cruelty to baby "veal" cows

My dog says if you love animals, you must watch the latest undercover video from the Humane Society of the United States. It's filmed at a slaughterhouse in Vermont where baby cows are killed to provide veal cutlets to the masses. If you eat veal, you should really watch this to understand about the suffering and cruelty that is inherent to this five star restaurant food.

As Paul McCartney once said, "If slaughterhouses had glass windows, everyone would be a vegetarian."

Click HERE to read the story and see the video.

Halloween can be frightening for your pets

My dog says to remember that Halloween can be a scary and dangerous time for your family pets. Be sure to keep your cats and dogs inside so they don't fall victim to pranks or theft.

Also be careful your companion animals don't dart out the door if you're staying home to greet Trick-or-Treaters; all the activity at the front door allows for a quick escape. Put your animals in the bedroom or den for the evening, give them a nice soft bed and some treats, and shut the door until everyone is settled in for the night.

Lastly, remember that all the costumes and masks can be frightening to animals, especially dogs. Faces are covered, people's outfits may make them appear larger or taller, and gestures may be more animated than usual. Even these slight changes can spook your animal or cause them to not recognize you.

Halloween is fun for humans, but be sure it's a stress free day for your companion animals. Happy Halloween!

The misunderstood bat

My dog says he doesn't understand why people get squeamish when they see animals who aren't fluffy and traditionally cute like he is. Bats, for example, are amazing animals who also provide a valuable service to the communities in which they live. There are more than 1,100 varieties, 70 percent of which eat insects (and, therefore, keep towns from being overrun with bugs!).

The Organization for Bat Conservation offers great programs to educate people about the wonders and variety of bats, how to make bat houses, and how to coexist with bats. You can even sponsor a bat!

This Halloween, when you put out that rubber bat as decoration, why not take the opportunity to tell your friends and family about the amazing world of bats. To learn more about these fascinating mammals, you can also visit Bat Conservation International.

Pitbull Awareness Day is this weekend

My dog says if you're near Austin, Texas, be sure to join in the fun for Pitbull Awareness Day this weekend, sponsored by Love-a-Bull (lovable, get it?). More details in the video below or visit Love-a-Bull directly by clicking HERE.

Halloween fun that also benefits kitty cats

My dog says if you're looking for something fun to do this Halloween and want to help a great cause, he's got just the answer for you. For those in the LA area, check out the Halloween FUNraising Party sponsored by the Stray Cat Alliance. Lots of entertaining activities and great food, and the best part is the MC, renowned animal expert Warren Eckstein.

Details are below, or visit to purchase tickets.

Mushrooms can be lethal

My dog says that mushrooms can be extremely dangerous to your canine family members. Regardless of the variety, keep it away from your companion animal.

For more on the dangers and symptoms, read this great article from Petfinder by clicking HERE.

When pinatas strike back

My dog says he LOVES this comic. Why are pinatas always animals? Can't kids use a bat to beat the heck out of something else?

* The cartoonist, Dan Piraro, is a great animal advocate. To support him and all his animal-friendly comics, be sure to visit his blog, by clicking HERE. He's an awesome talent with a compassionate heart!

Animal CPR

My dog says that you should always plan for an emergency before it happens. For example, what if your dog or cat collapses? What if he or she stops breathing? Do you know exactly what you should do?

Check out the video below so you're ready to help your furry friend if he or she ever needs CPR. A few minutes watching these instructions today could save your companion animal's life tomorrow.

Vegan pizza in LA and DC

My dog says he's very excited that more vegan food options are being offered in restaurants, from the East Coast to the West.

For those in the Washington DC area, be sure to check out Duccini's Pizza in Adams Morgan. The joint now offers pizza with vegan cheese! It's gooey, it melts, and stretches just like real cheese. Get it during the promotional period (ends on Sunday) and you can get a large with toppings for just $5. For more info, click HERE.

For those in the Los Angeles area, check out Cruzer Pizza in the community of Los Feliz. They bake with the same brand of vegan cheese, Daiya, and offer a nice selection of fake meats for toppings. As of last report, Cruzer was the only pizza joint in California using Daiya. For a review of the yummy eats, click HERE.

For more information on restaurants that are cooking with Daiya vegan cheese, befriend this faux cheese on Facebook by clicking HERE.

And, if you have leftovers, Puddy will happily gobble them up for you!

Photo credit: Sick of Lettuce blog

Be a caring consumer

My dog says many cosmetics and household cleaners are tested on animals. You don't need to feed an animal chemicals to verify that they are dangerous! A common sense warning on products is quite adequate and animal testing is not required by law for such items.

Be a caring consumer and don't purchase products that were tested on animals. To learn more about which products are (and aren't!) cruelty-free, click HERE.

Help feral cats in your community

My dog says that this Friday is National Feral Cat Day. This special day is meant to bring attention to the issues facing feral cats—and the ramifications of not spaying or neutering your feline friends.

To plan an event for National Feral Cat Day or to get some ideas on how you can help educate others about the plight of feral cats, click HERE to visit Alley Cat Allies.

Best Friends Animal Society also has some other ideas about how to help ferals in your community. Click HERE for more ways you can help.

The amazing migration of the Christmas Island crabs

My dog says the migration of red crabs on Christmas Island has just ended. If you're ever in Southeast Asia in the early fall, you simply must make a point to watch this amazing trek of 65 million crabs. They travel five miles from their homes in the rainforest to the crest of the ocean in just five days (no small feat for a tiny crab!).

To learn more, click HERE.

What if dogs ruled the world?

My dog says he's in the mood for something light since it's a Friday afternoon. Check out this neat video that has dogs adopting humans! Cool soundtrack by You Scream I Scream and produced in conjunction with the Nantucket SPCA and

Cow milk is for baby cows

My dog says he hopes you'll watch this quick little video about milk. There's nothing graphic, as a matter of fact, it's mostly writing. But it's just something good to know and think about the next time you pour yourself a glass of milk.

To watch the video, click HERE. And if you'd like to try my favorite soy milk, Silk, click HERE to see the different varieties that are available. They have all kinds of flavors and consistencies. If you like nonfat milk, you'll probably enjoy the Plain Silk Light (which isn't flavored like the vanilla or chocolate milks). If you like whole or lowfat, just get the regular Silk.

Neuter that boy and spay that girl!

My dog says he loves this song by Stan Wilson. It's catchy and has an excellent message. Click on the player below to see what the fuss is all about!

Eat yummy food to help needy animals

My dog says if you want to enjoy some scrumptious food and be entertained with music and comedy, go to the 4th annual Compassionate Cuisine event this Friday in Long Beach. Proceeds benefit Animal Acres, the amazing sanctuary that rescues and cares for "food" animals such as cows, pigs, chickens, and turkeys.

To learn more about this fun event for a great cause, click HERE. To buy tickets, click HERE (and be sure to select "Compassionate Cuisine" from the list of events).

* Buy your tickets in advance for a sweet discount!

Secure your backyard to prevent escapes

My dog says he's quite heartbroken to hear that a dog was killed by accident at a city animal shelter when he escaped from his yard (click HERE to read the article). Spaz was an outgoing Pit mix with a personality to match his name.

To ensure your dog's safety, make sure he/she is never left outside unattended. To be extra careful, conduct periodic checks to ensure that your fence is secure. Look for weak boards, gaps, and areas that can be dug under. Don't store items next to the fence that your dog can use to get a boost over the fence. And, make sure the fence is high enough so passersby can't reach over to steal a small dog.

Accidents happen. This terrible tragedy with Spaz is evidence of that. Make sure your dog doesn't pay the ultimate price for something that would have been easy to fix. Your animals deserve your best.

RIP Spaz.

Vegan blog posts all in one spot

My dog says he stumbled across an interesting website while he was surfing around looking for dog toys online. VegBlogs aggregates vegan blog posts and podcasts from throughout cyberspace. It also has a wonderful list of reference sites on the right nav bar. Some food-related, some not.

Whether you're a vegan, or just curious, check out VegBlogs by clicking HERE. You're certain to learn something new and interesting!

Help ban declawing

My dog says that if you love cats, or animals in general, he hopes you'll sign the petition to stop the practice of declawing cats.

Declawing is a terribly cruel, and unnecessary, surgical procedure where the vet amputates the last joint on each of a cat's toes. It is not a toenail that is being plucked, it is a bone that is being cut into and the last digit of a cat's toe that is cut off. Each and every toe has the tip cut offbones, flesh, and all. Does this sound painless to you? It sure doesn't to me!

There are plenty of alternatives to having your cat declawed, which simply require a little effort on your part. Declawing may seem like the easy solution to stop an overzealous scratcher, but it is quite simply the cruel solution.

To sign the petition to stop declawing, click HERE.

It's Saint Francis' birthday

My dog says that today is the birthday of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. Why not celebrate the day by doing something special to help the creatures with whom we all share the planet?

Donate towels or blankets to your local animal shelter, have a feral cat spayed or neutered, buy your dog a new toy, play with your kitty, feed the birds, throw peanuts to the squirrels, make a contribution to your favorite animal charity, or do something nice for a companion animal in your neighborhood.

If you love animals, find a special way to honor them today (and every day!).

Free screening of Peaceable Kingdom

My dog says that you simply must see the documentary, Peaceable Kingdom. It is a very powerful and touching film about animals on farms who are born and raised to be food. It's beautifully produced by Tribe of Heart (the amazing people who brought another great film to the big screen, The Witness).

Most of the movie focuses on the moving personal stories of those who are on the front lines rescuing animals and those who used to exploit these creatures, but are now advocating for their fair and ethical treatment. If you've never thought about "food animals" before, but you have a dog or cat whom you love dearly, this enlightening documentary will open your eyes in wonderful new ways.

Peaceable Kingdom has been shown at film festivals across the country, but if you happen to be in the Los Angeles area this weekend, there is a FREE screening at UCLA.

Here are the details:

When: Sunday, October 4th, at 2 pm
Where: UCLA, Kerckhoff Hall State Room, 405 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90095
Cost: FREE
Parking: On campus parking costs $10
Sponsors: Bruins for Animals and United Animal Advocates of LA

Following the film, there will also be a short Q & A with discussion, light refreshments, and free literature.

To RSVP to the free Peaceable Kingdom screening, click HERE. And if you'd like to see the amazing film, The Witness (the story of a New York construction worker who starts to perceive animals in a different way), you can purchase it by clicking HERE. It's a wonderful film that will leave you inspired and energized.

It's World Vegetarian Day!

My dog says that he's excited that today is World Vegetarian Day (and the first day of Vegetarian Awareness Month)! If you're already a vegetarian or vegan, why not help others understand how easy it is to live a cruelty-free lifestyle? Click HERE to learn how to promote a veggie diet in your community.

Not a vegetarian? Here are some simple ways to get started down the path of compassionate living (courtesy of the North American Vegetarian Society):

Eat meat-free for the day or throughout the month
Learn how a vegetarian diet can benefit you personally
Try the meatless options available at local restaurants and eateries
Discuss vegetarianism with your interested friends, family and co-workers
Host a meatless meal or potluck for your friends
Eat meatless meals on a regular basis

To learn more about embracing a lifestyle that promotes compassion and respect for ALL living creatures, visit to get the scoop. And, for a free veggie starter kit, click HERE.

Shame on Nike for re-signing Michael Vick

My dog says shame on Nike for re-signing Michael Vick to endorse its products. If Vick had tortured and killed kids, would people be so forgiving? No way! And animals are just as innocent and helpless as children are at the hand of an abuser. SHAME ON NIKE.

Click HERE to send a note to Nike customer service, letting them know how disgusted you are by its decision to work with a man who murdered so many dogs.

Another Nutro dog food recall

My dog says that Nutro has recalled some of its puppy food because it may contain plastic. To learn more about the recall, click HERE.

Please sign the anti foie gras petition

My dog says he hopes you'll sign the petition to encourage Amazon to stop selling foie gras on its website. The manner by which this "delicacy" is produced is cruel and inhumane and involves the force-feeding of birds with pipes and tubes. The procedure is considered so barbaric, that production has been banned in the United Kingdom, Germany, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Finland, Luxembourg, Denmark, and Israel.

To learn more about the suffering that ducks and geese endure to "make" foie gras, click HERE. To sign the petition to Amazon, please click HERE.

Wonderful Indian legend

My dog says he really likes this Indian legend:

When a human dies, there is a bridge he or she must cross to enter Heaven. At the head of the bridge waits every animal that human encountered during their lifetime. The animals, based on what they know of this person, decide which humans may cross the bridgeand which are turned away.

Speak out for coyotes

My dog says that the coyotes of Griffith Park in Los Angeles need you to speak out on their behalf. Seven of them were shot and killed this month by federal officials when citizens reported two biting incidents with the animals. However, no efforts were made to verify that the seven coyotes who were killed were actually the animals who approached the people in the park.

If you are on the side of the coyotes and want such issues to be handled in a humane fashion (rather than resorting to immediate killing with no DNA verification), please come to a special meeting tonight to discuss the issue. The details are below:

When: Tuesday, Sept 29 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: The Russian Orthodox Church, 650 Micheltorena St, Los Angeles, CA 90026-3623
Sponsored by: Councilman Tom LaBonge

Embrace your inner dog today!

My dog says he loves this piece on people acting more like dogs. Wouldn't the world be an amazing place if everyone were as pure of heart as a dog?

Things We Can Learn From A Dog

Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.

Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

Eat with gusto and enthusiasm.

If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.

Be loyal.

Run, romp, and play daily.

When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.

Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

No matter how often you're scolded, don't buy into the guilt thing and right back and make friends.

When it's in your best interest, practice obedience.

Let others know when they've invaded your territory.

Take naps and stretch before rising.

Never pretend to be something you're not.

Thrive on attention and let people touch you.

On hot days, drink lots of water and lay under a shady tree.

- Anonymous

Sleepy hippos

My dog says he loves this photo of a napping hippo and her baby. Did you know that the name hippotamus comes from the Greek words "hippos," meaning horse, and "potamus," meaning river?

Learn more about these wonderful creatures by clicking HERE.

Rescue Ink Unleashed premieres tonight

My dog says that you MUST watch Rescue Ink Unleashed tonight on the National Geographic channel. If you don't know about the amazing guys of Rescue Ink, click HERE. They are tattooed, biker dudes who love animals and aren't afraid to use their muscles to fight for them.

They also just put out a brand new book this month, Rescue Ink: How Ten Guys Saved Countless Dogs and Cats, Twelve Horses, Five Pigs, One Duck, and a Few Turtles. Click HERE to check it out on Amazon and get it at a sweet discount. And, if you're in the New York area, the guys have some book signings coming up, too.

I love these men. Tough exteriors with hearts of gold. Totally my heroes. Go Rescue Ink!

Colorado gets veggie billboards

My dog says that the group Mercy for Animals (MFA) is doing some excellent work in Colorado. This week, 15 billboards went up throughout Denver, promoting a vegetarian lifestyle. To read about the campaign and to see more of the billboards, click HERE.

Love animals, the planet, and your health? Want to know more about becoming a vegetarian? Click HERE to learn the facts.

Real men neuter their dogs

My dog says he loves this poster that advocates neutering. Why do men have such an issue with getting their male dogs fixed? Okay, I know why, but grow up! Getting your dog altered has so many health benefits and it's a quick, non-invasive procedure (I know, I had it done!).

Besides, countless animals are born each year only to die because there aren't enough homes. Be responsible and do the right thing. Neuter your boys and spay your girls (animals, that is).

Blindness is no setback for animals

My dog says he just discovered a great website dedicated to the care of blind horses. The people who host the site also operate an animal sanctuary. Rolling Dog Ranch in Montana is home to blind horses, deaf dogs, and other loving creatures with neurological or orthopedic disabilities.

Animals with a physical or mental disability are still amazing companions. Over the years, my family has adopted four blind dogs and one deaf one. They got around remarkably well and possessed all the same great attributes as our other dogsthey were affectionate, playful, and ever so grateful.

Won't you consider adopting an animal with a disability who really needs a home? Or, perhaps, a donation to Rolling Dog Ranch or your favorite animal rescue group?

Babysitters by day, dogfighters at night

My dog says this story about a dog fighting ring at a daycare facility in Illinois is quite sad. Thank goodness all the dogs have been saved and are now being rehabilitated by the Animal Welfare League.

Cat uses one of his nine lives

My dog says he's glad to hear that Herman the Cat is in good hands after his "owner" strangled him and beat him against a wall. People who hurt animals have no soul.

To read Herman's story, click HERE.

It's Elephant Appreciation Day!

My dog says that today, September 22, is Elephant Appreciation Day. To honor these magnificent animals, why not learn more about them by visiting The Elephant Sanctuary website.

This amazing sanctuary in Tennessee is home to Asian and African elephants who were previously on display at zoos, circuses, or other entertainment venues. Now, they can enjoy their retirement years on soft dirt and green grass. The sanctuary even has a live Elecam where you can see what the elephants are doing on any given day.

It costs $125,000 annually to take care of each of elephant under the sanctuary's care, so why not consider "adopting" one to help pay for his/her care? Now, that would be a nice way to celebrate Elephant Appreciation Day!

Humane mousetrap saves lives

My dog says he found a mousetrap that he likes. It captures the mouse safely so he/she doesn't get hurt. Then, you just release the little one in a field away from your home.

Rodents might be pests, but they're just trying to survive like all of us. And they certainly don't deserve to suffer a painful death in an old-fashioned trap. To learn more about the Humane Mousetrap and/or to purchase one, click HERE.

Wild horses and burros need your help

My dog says that burros and wild horses need your help today! In the coming weeks, thousands will be rounded up in California, Nevada, Idaho, Oregon, and Wyoming; some penned and many sold at auction, to eventually be killed. Please take action now and send an email to voice your outrage. These are wild animals who are being taken from their homes.

To learn more and to help these magnificent wild animals, please click HERE. A sample letter is provided to help you understand the facts, and email addresses are listed for your convenience.

Free kitty kibble

My dog says you can get a free 10 to 12 ounce bag of Royal Canin cat kibble by clicking HERE. Just create a profile for your cat on Catster and you're good to go. Chow down, kitties, chow down!

Say no to dissection

My dog says with the new school year in full swing, he's sure many students will soon be asked to dissect animals in their science classes. Whether you're asked to cut up a frog, pig, cat, or other animal, many states have policies in place that require schools to provide alternatives for students who don't want to slice up animals (there's a plethora of wonderful software programs out there now!).

As a student, it may be hard to find your voice and stand up for what you believe in, but find the courage to do it. To learn more about dissection alternatives and what you can do to opt out of dissection days, click HERE.

Animals are fascinating

My dog says he loves this photo that shows an armadillo curling up into a ball. So many kinds of fascinating animals out there.

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