How donuts contribute to animal suffering

My dog says that most people are blissfully unaware of the animal cruelty that is all around them. This brief 30-second video provides an all too brief account of the business practices that Dunkin' Donuts is supporting each and every day.

If you want to make a difference in the lives of animals, please ask Dunkin' Donuts to offer a donut that does not contribute to animal suffering. Click HERE to learn more about the Dunkin' Cruelty campaign.

New dog tag allows your pup to send tweets on Twitter

My dog says he is beyond excited for Puppy Tweets to hit the marketplace this fall. This innovative gadget is a tag that attaches to your dog's collar which allows him/her to sent tweets on Twitter. Yes, tweets!

If you dog is running around the house, the tag senses the activity and sends a tweet that says something like "I finally caught that tail I've been chasing and OOOUUUCH!" If your pup is napping, the tag will trigger your computer to send a tweet that may say, "Sometimes it feels like my paw is permanently on the snooze button!".

Puppy Tweets is being manufactured by Mattel and will retail for $29.99. To read more about Puppy Tweets, click HERE.

The ten worst excuses for not spaying or neutering your pet

My dog says he found this oldie but goodie and wanted to dust it off and throw it into cyberspace. If your companion animal is not spayed or neutered, this is for you. If he or she is altered, thanks for being part of the solution and not contributing to the problem of pet overpopulation.

The Ten Worst Excuses Not to Spay or Neuter Your Pet

Millions of healthy cats and dogs are killed every year in the United States because there are not enough homes for all of them. As printed in Ann Landers' column, here are the 10 worst excuses to not spay or neuter your pet:

1. Just one litter and we’ll have her spayed. (Virtually the entire pet overpopulation problem stems from the "just one litter" mentality.)

2. My dog doesn’t run loose, so he doesn’t need to be fixed. (Not fixing him increases the likelihood that he will try to escape and find a mate.)

3. We always find homes for all the kittens. (And that means an equal number of kittens at the pound will have to be killed.)

4. I want the children to witness the miracle of birth. (Rent a video.)

5. My dog is so cute and unique, there should be more of her. (Shelters are full of cute and unique dogs, most with only a few more days to live.)

6. It’s not natural. (There hasn’t been anything "natural" about dogs since we began developing breeds thousands of years ago and having them live in our homes.)

7. I just couldn’t look my dog in the eye if I had him castrated. (Dogs are not human and don’t care if they are castrated. Don’t make the mistake of applying human emotions to your pet.)

8. A female cat or dog should have one litter for health reasons. (Actually spaying or neutering early will prevent certain forms of cancer.)

9. Neutering my dog will make him fat and lazy. (Too much food and not enough exercise will make him fat and lazy.)

10. Fixing my pet will change his/her personality. (Your pet will be more content to stay home and be a part of your family and neutered males are less aggressive.)

Five rules for visiting a home with animals (when you don't have any)

My dog says he found this great list of rules on the Rescuing Animals in Need website. For the whole post, entitled Dear Dogs and Cats, click HERE. But here's the part that I like best:

Rules for Non-Pet Owners Who Visit and Like to Complain About Our Pets:

1. They live here. You don't.

2. If you don't want their hair on your clothes, stay off the furniture.

3. I like my pet a lot better than I like most people.

4. To you, it's an animal. To me, he/she is an adopted son/daughter who is short, hairy, walks on all fours and doesn't speak clearly.

5. Dogs and cats are better than kids. They eat less, don't ask for money all the time, are easier to train, usually come when called, never drive your car, don't hang out with drug-using friends, don't smoke or drink, don't worry about buying the latest fashions, don't wear your clothes, don't need a gazillion dollars for college, and if they get pregnant, you can sell the results.

* BLOGGER'S NOTE: I really don't like that very last line about pregnancy and selling! Always spay and neuter your animals; there are not enough homes for the animals who are already alive! And animals should never be "sold"; they are not property (you buy a couch, but you adopt an animal).

Is your cat trying to kill you?

My dog says if you've ever loved (or known) a cat, you simply must take a look at How to Tell if Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You. It's a fun, visually appealing list of the 9 things cats doand what they really mean!

To see what your cat is thinking, and determine if he/she is plotting to take you out, click HERE.

Photo credit: Drawn by Matthew Inman

Japanese whalers ram boat of activists

My dog says the people of The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) who fight to save whales are such amazing heroes. To follow the latest battle on the sea, read this article about a Japanese whaling ship that went out of its way to ram a SSCS boat which was holding still in the water. (For more details, HERE is a first person account of the events from a crew member of the Ady Gil, as told to the Herald Sun in Australia.)

The video below was captured from the Sea Shepherd's other vessel, The Bob Barker. The Japanese whaling vessel, the Shonan Maru II, is the big ship and the small boat, Ady Gil, belongs to the activists. The arcs of water you see from the ship are high power hoses the whalers are aiming at the activists on the boat.

Japanese whalers tried to say that the activists stopped right in their path, but there is no disputing that the Ady Gil is holding still and the Shonan Maru II goes out of its way to ram the small boat.

* To make a donation to support the Sea Shepherd's heroic efforts to save whales, click HERE.

Love animals? Go vegetarian!

My dog says this graph is absolutely staggering. Make a compassionate change for 2010 and go vegetarian. To get a free veggie starter kit mailed to you, click HERE. Or for the online version, click HERE.

Source: USDA NASS Livestock Slaughter 2008 Summary, retrieved from USDA NASS Livestock Annual Summaries

Do just one thing today to help animals

My dog says this is the most wonderful video he's seen in awhile. It's also a great reminder that all of us can do just one thing each and every day to help animals. No matter how big or small, do something.

This video has a happy ending and nothing gory in it. But, be forewarned, it might make you shed tears of happiness. My mom was crying her eyes out. A very wonderful story.

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