Category Archives: Animals

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Hello Loves!

My summer classes have officially started, so I may not be as on top of my blogging game as I would like. Hopefully though, I can prove myself wrong.

I need to get back to reading (currently eyeballs deep in Economic Institutions), but I wanted to share a link to an article that I think everyone – but New Englanders in particular – ought to read. It’s wildly upsetting and depressing to me, so I hope if I can spread awareness maybe these atrocities will stop flourishing. It takes place in Massachusetts, and being a Rhode Islander, it hits particularly close to home.

Anyway, click here to read.

Some people just suck.

However! To lighten the mood after you read this, check out this bad boy. I think I know what I will be buying one of my sisters for her birthday…

Cat Carrierx’s and o’s, as always.

Cat Hoodies and Evil Zoos

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Hey Everyone!

Just a quick post before I go out and procure a new phone (mine has officially died). Click this link to see some pretty incredible horses of beautiful and unique colors.

Also, all of you should try and block out 20 minutes of your day once this week and take a bath using the following: 1 handful Epsom salts, 10 drops Lavender oil and 1/2 cup of baking soda. It’s a fabulous detox bath recipe that I came across; remember to take care of yourself!

I’ll try and post back later today to finish my Atlanta re-cap. x’s and o’s.

Now That’s A Horse Of A Different Color!

Unlikely Animal Friendships

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Hi Friends!

Have any of you have seen this adorable Android commercial that’s been circulating? It features unlikely animal friendships. If you haven’t seen it, I did the work for you and posted it below. If you have seen it… well, watch it again! It’s short and puts a smile on your face. At least it did for me.

Also I had to share this one, too. We have a daschund at my house, and she is the queen of giving kisses. Maybe not to the king of the jungle, but…

Anyway, I’m off to get some rock climbing in while the day is still young. Spring is getting close, I reckon, so don’t lose hope. I know I haven’t been very good with blogging lately, either, but hopefully once the weather picks up my posts will, too. I have a few fun things going on this month so I will definitely have stuff to share!

Stay awesome, dears.

 

Poisonous Foods For Pets

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As many of you may know, I am a huge animal lover. My family has many animals that we love dearly, and I tend to surround myself with individuals who share my amour for our fellow fuzzy (or not so fuzzy) friends.

I am not alone in my animal adoration; countless families all over the world open up their homes and hearts to animals, primarily dogs and cats.. which is the focus of this post, sort of.

Amongst the dog and cat owners out there are the ones who like to feed their lovable companions table scraps. Although the occasional hunk of meat is not awful for your animal, many people are not aware that there is a whole host of foods that are poisonous to your pets! In an effort to save lives, I wanted to shed some light on these deadly foods. Hopefully you do already know about them, but if not… now you do, and please be sure to spread the word.

DO NOT FEED THESE FOODS TO YOUR DOG OR CAT:

– Chocolate
– Coffee
– Caffeine
– Alcohol
– Avocado
– Macadamia Nuts
– Grapes/Raisins
– Yeast Dough
– Hops
– Apricots, Peach Pits
– Mushrooms
– Cherry
– Currants
– Raw Eggs, Bones
– Xylitol
– Star Fruit
– Onions, Garlic, Chives
– Salt
** There are, or course, many other things that can pose a toxic threat to pets, but these are commonly found in kitchens and what I dubbed the ones that could accidentally be fed to an animal with good intention.

Now, if your dog or cat has a teeny tiny taste of the above mentioned foods, it does not necessarily mean certain death. Most of these foods need to be consumed in large quantities to have a deadly effect, but why risk it? Save the people food for the humans.

If your beloved pet does ingest any of these foods, in any quantity, it is probably best to call your veterinarian and hear what they have to say and what steps should be taken. If you want any additional information, check out any of these links.

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Knowledge is most valuable when shared, so pass it on! Stay awesome, friends.

Halloween Hodgepodge

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Bonjour Mes Amis,

How’s it hanging? I’m currently sitting at home waiting for an incredibly loooong work day to start (1-10:30ish). Ew. However, I’m almost finished with Mockingjay, the final book of The Hunger Games Trilogy, so that’s pretty exciting. Not that it was a particularly difficult read, but I’ve had it on my list for so long I was beginning to get nervous I wouldn’t finish it before the movie came out. Alas, it shall be done!

In the spirit of the impending Halloween holiday, I wanted to share this cool video dubbed “How To Make Jolly Rancher Vodka”. You know that after work tomorrow I am grabbing some candies and vodka and going to town. I’m not really that into drinking, but these could make some banging cocktails. This youtube account actually has some real Halloween themed videos, but I liked this one. Definitely check this guy out.

Speaking of Halloween, does anyone have any cool costumes lined up? I want to be a Game of Thrones character, but a) don’t know which one and b) have no idea where I will find the period costume… unless maybe I go back to King Richard’s Faire and blow a ton of money. Thoughts and advice are welcome!

Okay, so sticking with the Halloween theme, here are some absolutely awesome animal costumes. I won’t post all the pictures, so visit the original article here to see them all. I will definitely be stealing these ideas in the future.

Bat Kitty

Skeleton Horse Skeleton Horse

Classy Crab

Lion Cat

Batpug

Fluffy, The Three-Headed Dog

Bat Cat

You’ve GOT to admit that those are all golden ideas. Of course, being a Harry Potter and overall nerd, I was partial to the themed costumes. If my horse would tolerate me painting him and parading him around, I would totally steal the skeleton horse idea.

Anyway, I should probably go finish getting ready for work now – boo. Have a great day everyone!

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Ebola Distress

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‘Sup Babes?

As a forewarning, today’s post will be a bit of a downer. I’m sorry. I’ve just been cruising through my e-mails and came across some tidbits of information that I thought would be beneficial to share with all of you. It’s a little depressing, but life isn’t always rainbows and butterflies – boo.

I’m on the list service for UNICEF, an organization that does a lot of good for those less fortunate and in need around the world. Someday, I wouldn’t mind being employed by them – but I need a stable financial backbone first.

In the most recent e-mail I received from them, they focused on Ebola – a disease of humans and other primates caused by an ebolavirus that is usually acquired upon contact with blood or bodily fluids of an infected animal. Symptoms of Ebola start anywhere from two days to three weeks after contracting the virus, and include fever, sore throat, muscle pain and headaches. Vomiting, diarrhea and rash follow soon after, and then comes the decreased functioning (and potentially the failure) of the liver and kidneys; some affected people may begin to bleed both internally and externally, too, including the eyes, ears, nose and mouth. Sounds fun, huh? Ebola is also known to kill more than 50% of the time, with children being particularly vulnerable.

According to The World Health Organization, the Ebola epidemic is growing, threatening as many as 20,000 people over the coming weeks. Now, the disease has spread to another country – Senegal. Altogether, Ebola has claimed more then 1.900 lives in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria. This high death toll makes it the deadliest outbreak in history, with close to 300 new cases reported in one week, and that was solely in Liberia.

To help the region try and control this epidemic, UNICEF has been taking various steps. These include airlifting health supplies to Liberia (the country that has been hit the hardest), distributing sanitary supplies to Guinea, spreading vital prevention messages throughout Sierra Leone, deploying response teams for Nigeria and using various forms of media to help disseminate vital lifesaving information throughout the region across West Africa. The scary thing is that most of the people affected in these areas of West Africa had never even heard of Ebola before the outbreak.

Unfortunately, there is no easy cure for Ebola, so sharing information like this is a critical way to spread awareness and hopefully combat this evil disease. A handful of experimental vaccines have undergone trials to determine if they are effective treatments for infected humans, but finding a proven cure is a ways away. Containing the epidemic and raising awareness, as well as distributing proper medical supplies is the best we can do at the moment.

SO … do your part and spread the awareness! Or better yet, go and visit UNICEF’s website and donate time or money; you never know how far your dollar will go, and every little bit counts.

I hope that I didn’t ruin your night with this, but just in case… here’s a picture of these two adorable little kitties that Brenna brought home from the animal hospital today. If anyone in the Northeast is looking to adopt a cat… please reach out to me! One is a baby; she’s only 3 months old and is absolutely gorgeous, and the other is an equally beautiful momma cat. At least, I think she had kittens at one point the way she acts around the baby. Both have fabulous personalities and are in need of some love!

Momma Cat

Momma Cat

Baby Kitty

Baby Kitty

Luurve

Luurve

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Look Pretty When You Go

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Howdy Darlings!

Just saying a quick hello – it’s member appreciation day today at LA Fitness… and considering The Power Bar is located within, we’re sort of obligated to participate. Which means we have killer deals, and that we get super busy, which in turn means that I basically have to work all day today. Woop (not).

I did however have Saturday off, which was nice. I’ve been eating a lot of good food with Max lately and spending a bunch of time outside in the sunshine, so life is good. I’ve got no complaints – hope you all are doing just as well!

To tide you over until I can actually create a nice original post, here’s an artist who honored dead animals by making them pretty death beds. I want to lie on a bed this nice when I finally kick the bucket, fyi.

Russian photographer Maria Ionova-Gribina’s unique but morbid Natura Morta project lets us look into the saddest part of nature’s cycle – death. In these beautiful photographs, the animals look like they’re sleeping peacefully, with birds dreaming of flight and rabbits of running. The photographer reveals how this idea of honoring dead animals came to her:

“When me and my brother found a dead mole, bird or bug we buried them on the border of a forest. And we decorated the grave with flowers and stones.” She decided to continue the tradition while also taking beautiful photographs of animals that died naturally or after accidents with cars. The flowers used in these photos were gathered near the animals and in the photographer’s  garden.

Source: Website (h/t: thisisnthappiness)

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