Saturday, May 31, 2008

Name the Filly: Enter the Contest

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One of my favorite things about "blogging" is finding folks who share my love for animals, and of course my passion for horses.

When a "stranger" posts a comment on my blog with a link to theirs, the first thing I do is to check it out! I was thrilled when I discovered the fascinating equine oriented one, "Oh Horsefeathers"  on which the author, MrsMom,  posts almost every day.

MrsMom is holding a contest and donating a "mystery" prize for the best name suggested for this adorable black and white paint  filly born at Harmony Meadows Equine Rescue, a few days ago.

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The date set for the naming party to be held in June has not yet been set, but stay tuned for more information.

You can read more about the happenings at Harmony Meadows Equine Rescue on their blog, as well.

So join in the fun and put on your thinking caps.  You can read more about this filly and add a comment to MrsMom's blog entry with the names that you suggest. There is no limit to the number of creative names you wish to enter.

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Time is running out so grab that cup of coffee, put your feet up as you look at these photographs and fall in love.

Feel free to forward the link to my blog entry to your horse loving friends, to invite them to join in the fun!

Isn't this baby just adorable?  Tell us what you think by leaving a comment here, as well.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Fabulous Friday on Frequently Feline: Meet Nathaniel


I learned about Nathaniel, a beautiful Maine Coon through my Internet friend, Annie.

Housed in a  shelter for four months after being surrendered by his previous owner, Nathaniel most certainly has a guardian angel watching over him. Scheduled to be euthanized due to his aggressive behavior, and difficulty in handling, Michele, who discovered this challenging feline, jumped in and rescued him. She cleaned him up, obtained an excellent bill of health for him from her veterinarian, and proceeded to find a forever home for him.

Miraculously, a couple learned about Nathaniel since they were looking to adopt a Maine Coon. The husband immediately hit if off with Nathaniel, big time.

Nathaniel  now has a loving home with two people who will be doting on him. That Guardian Angel works closely with Michele.

Michele and her friends who work closely together to save abandoned cats and kittens, live in southern California. They periodically visit local shelters and take all the cats and kittens who are in eminent danger of euthanasia.  With their strong intention and dedication, coupled with donations made by her loyal friends, they have always found excellent homes for these kitties who otherwise would be destroyed.

Therefore we  award the "Pet of the Week" title to Nathaniel and the devoted couple who took him into their home. 

Please leave conCATulatory comments for them. They will be passed on to the folks that made this happy ending possible, giving them the credit  for which they richly deserve.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

CatwomanCatera: A Serious Animal Lover

It is always a delight for me to meet an animal lover in real life or on via the Internet. CatwomanCatera may only be a screen name to me, but I have found over the years that I have known her, that this lady is a true protector of homeless pets who have miraculously "found" her and who wiggled their way into her heart.

Always willing to foster those in need of re-homing, CatwomanCatera does a stellar job in helping them to find forever homes with those she trusts. If she cannot re-home them, she makes a commitment to them by making them part of her own family.


Take Pei Pei, for example. An abandoned tiny mixed breed Shar-pei/ Pit Bull , CatwomanCatera worked tirelessly to adopt her. To learn the entire story, read the article on Animal Hubbub which I wrote 10 months ago. Pei Pei  is now almost a year old, and has matured into a beautiful, happy dog with the tender loving care which she received.

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Recently, a friend of CatwomanCatera's family, whose youngster insisted on pulling on the ears and poking the eyes of  this seven year-old Boston Terrier named Bubbles, gave the dog to Catwoman for safety's sake. Bubbles is now being fostered by CatwomanCatera who hopes that she will be able to return to her original home in the future.  However,I know that this adorable pooch will never have to worry about having a loving family who will dote on her.


I saved the  "awww factor" for the end of the story. According to  CatwomanCatera who lives with her family on 1/2 acre of land,  "they have seen their fair share of everything that hops, scurries and digs". About a month ago she discovered that a momma bunny decided to make her nest in their back yard.

One of the babies accidently got separated from its mother. Catwoman snatched him up to save him from her cats. Naming him Mika, after the singer, Mika, she described the baby bunny as quite the talker. She fostered the little one to save his life.


Now that is a serious "awww", don't you think? My hat is off to CatwomanCatera for all she does to help animals. Let's give her a round of apaws by leaving a supportive comment.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Pet Food Recall Settlement Reached


Consumers whose pets were affected by tainted pet food, will be compensated by a fund set up by Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, and five other companies which have been sued for damages. They have asked a U.S. Judge to approve a 24 million dollar settlement. These funds will will permit consumers to recover up to 100 percent of their money damages.

Those consumers must be able to document their claims, according to attorneys for both sides, stated in papers filed this past Friday with the U.S. District Judge Noel Hillman, in Camden, New Jersey.

Reports received by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration from consumers whose pets were injured by from these products, contained information stating that approximately 1,050 cats and 2,200 dogs died as the result of eating contaminated pet food, according to a statement made on February 6.

According to court papers, over 100 lawsuits were filed in the United States and Canada following Menu's initial product recall in March 2007. Over 180 pet food and treat brands manufactured by 12 different companies were eventually recalled.

Ingredients made in China which were used in the manufacturing process of the 180 brands of pet foods and treats, contained melamine-tainted wheat gluten putting the animals at  high risk of kidney failure and death.

However, the FDA never released information about precisely how many pets were affected, but it received over 17,000 pet-owner complaints.

The settlement document does not reveal how much each of the recalled product companies will have to pay. Upon approval, the settlement will be widely publicized with a web site and a toll-free number  provided in order to distribute information about how to make a claim.

Of course, no matter what the financial settlement may be, it will never  never heal the hearts of those who have experienced the pain and suffering of the needless  loss of their beloved pets.

You can read more about this decision by visiting: Tulsa World and

Gina Spadafori's blog, Pet Connection.

What are your thoughts about this pending approval? Do you think that it is fair? Please share your feelings with a comment.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The Impeccable Feline: Spoiling Your Cat?



I will let you in on a little secret, but please don't tell anyone. I am holding you to your promise!  I don't want my husband to know!

There is nothing more appealing to me, as far as my kitties are concerned, than finding products that will delight not only them, but which will make my life as a cat servant easier and more enjoyable. I am frequently found surfing the Internet looking for new and unique items with which I can treat my fur kids to a delightful and interesting past time.

Today I was in luck. A friend sent me an email filled with fascinating feline oriented items.  And while I totally enjoyed visiting the sites and reading about these fancy and intriguing  toys and products that I would dearly love to purchase, my pocketbook seemed a bit light.

For example, take this very creative item designed by Sandy Lam, aptly named, Catain.


This is a curtain that has been designed expressly for  climbing by your pussycat, who will hopefully leave your own draperies untouched. Clever idea, but I wonder how kitty will distinguish the feline version from the human variety?  It kind of gives one pause for reflection. You can read more about it by visiting: Curtains Made Just For Kitty.  While you are there, check out their amazing scratching posts. There are times when I wish I were a pampered ball of fur!

The Cat Connection offers lots of fabulous stuff which your impeccable feline will most certainly shower you with affection if you gift them with a few of the items offered for sale. They even have a Cat Sitter DVD available which will lull the most finicky indoor cat into thinking he is enjoying an afternoon in the great outdoors. What more an enchanting gift could you bestow ?

I highly recommend that you make your final stop by visiting The Sophisticated Cat, a luxury Cat Boutique to complete your shopping trip. You can even find the purrfect cabinet to tastefully camouflage the litter box.


Do you think your feline would be enthralled by these fabulous fancy feline products, or do you suspect that we humans will find them more enchanting, leaving kitty bored in short order?  Please do share your thoughts with a comment.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Memorial Day: An Opportunity to Save Animals


Doc: Kim's beloved angel Siamese Cat

Memorial day is a special time in which we honor our brave soldiers who gave their lives in battle to keep our Country safe!

Today is a also a day in which Animal Welfare organizations  may choose to commemorate it by holding a special event.

Transport Animals is one of those organization. Read about what they are doing to commemorate Memorial day by air lifting homeless animals from several locations to save at least 200 puppies and kittens from euthanasia. Watch their heart compelling video, and read the entire story

If you are moved by their incredible work and wish to donate to the cause, or become a sponsor for the event, please email

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Silent Sunday: Montage Chevaux

Mattie: My "cyber" sponsored horse rescued from the kill pen.

It makes absolutely no difference which language is our native tongue. All horse lovers can connect  through the deep love we share and the powerful emotions we often feel when we are in the presence of  these magnificent animals.

I would like to share this magical video, "Montage Chevaux",  by juju57 as a gift for enjoyment. I am positive that you will be touched by the beautiful  photographs and enchanting music.

How have you been impacted by your love for horses? Leave a comment and share your experience with us.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Internet Play: The Feline Way

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Hush Puppy, our lilac point Oriental Shorthair always keeps me busy. His inquisitve nature, while quite entertaining at times, can also cause me a great deal of anxiety.

Whenever I hear unfamiliar sounds in the house, l almost always attribute it to one of Hush Puppy's fascinating antics.

The other morning, after I finished my E Mail,  I forgot to shut my office door. I didn't give it another thought until I settled down to watch TV and have a snack. All of a sudden I became aware of a very familiar computer sound emanating from the office.

Jumping up and running to the office, I caught Mr. Puppy lounging on my laptop keyboard. Each time he moved, a different webpage came into view. He jumped off the keyboard very quickly when he spotted me, making me  sure he was surfing the net in search of "kitty" porn.

I bet he got the idea from watching this little video on YouTube, which had me in stitches. He did not take the time to dump the cache because I found it in his browsing history.

I just hope that he is not planning to form an Internet Pen Pal relationship with this enchanting kitten. I can just imagine what other mischief he will be planning, if he does.

Are your cats attracted to computers and have you caught them in the act of "googling?" Leave a comment to please tell me that I am not alone.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Fabulous Friday on Frequently Feline: Meet Bobbi and Babe


Ok! So I am a sucker when it comes to adorable foals. This little Palomino gal, named Bobbi, is as precious as can be. She is obviously full of herself and has an attitude to boot, from what I hear from her owner, M00NLTSNTA. Testy and feisty, she is quite a handful.

Tail up, learning more about where her feet belong, Bobbi signals that life is a blast!



Babe, her ever so lovin' mom will be getting plenty  of exercise cavorting with her daughter


That romp was exhausting! Time for dinner and a little nap!

While many folks do not consider horses to be "pets", some of us think of them as very special ones. My pick for "Pet of the Week" goes to both Babe and Bobbi , two very beautiful and talented equine pets.

Let's leave a comment of congratulations to both M00NLTSNTA and this mare and foal for winning the title this week.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Raven's First Shoes: Designer Brand?

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My friend Kim truly believes in taking her time to develop a solid partnership and a trusting relationship with her horses.

Her mare, Raven, who is getting her very first set of the equine equivalent of Emilio Pucci's, was allowed to go barefooted as long as possible to allow for her feet to grow in really well.

Kim told me that she began Raven's training between the age of three and four years old. Since Raven was only ridden on ground with few rocks and also in a huge arena, Kim saw no need for rushing the process.

Choosing an excellent farrier is one of the most important aspects of horse care. I just loved this photograph that arrived in my mailbox last night.

But I wonder if horse shoes really carry good luck! What do you think? Leave a comment and let us know.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Puppies Behind Bars: A Heartwarming Story


Several months ago, as I tossed and turned, sleep evading me, I grew more and more frustrated. As a last ditch effort I strolled into the living room and turned on the TV, hoping to catch an infomercial which always lulled me to dreamland.

As I switched channels, a fascinating show in progress caught my eye and kept me riveted to the screen. Sleep? Who needed it anyway!

This fascinating program featured  a story about prison inmates learning  to socialize and train homeless dogs to prepare them to be suitable for adoption to loving families.

The prisoners lived with the dogs 24/7, bonding with them through feeding, grooming, teaching  basic commands and playtime. Some inmates were working with dogs that previously were considered unadoptable.

I was fascinated as I watched the unfolding story about the deep relationships which developed between the inmates and canines and the powerful commitment to the welfare of these formerly "unwanted" dogs which the inmates were willing to make.

The dogs' dilemma seemed to perhaps parallel the lives of the inmates and touched a very deep compassionate place in their hearts as they opened to their canine charges.

While the stories ended happily with the dogs finding forever homes, the inmates felt a huge sense of loss as the dogs were given to their adoptive "parents" in a closing ceremony at the end of the dog's training period.

The good news, however, was that the inmates received other dogs with which to "foster" and train. I wanted to find out more about the canine and prison inmate program.

Much to my delight, I came across an article, Puppies Behind Bars, yesterday. Featured on Petside, one of my favorite pet oriented hangouts on the Internet, once again I was riveted to my screen. The story discusses how  dogs are being specifically trained to become service dogs for the disabled and bomb detection canines for law enforcement. This is being done through  programs offered by seven prisons in NY, NJ and Ct.

I highly recommend that you go to Petside's web site to read their featured article about  this amazing program. Learn all about the training program and the types of dogs that are suited for this work. I know you will  find the Puppies Behind Bars video fascinating.


Personally I think that the program is a wonderful opportunity for inmates  to work closely with these dogs and ignite that compassionate and tender spot in their hearts. Perhaps it will give a whole new meaning to their lives knowing that they have had a hand in helping others. What was your reaction to the story? Please do share your thoughts with us after your visit to Petside.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Horse Rescue: Rhetorical Question?


Liesha and Markie at the horse show

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the word, "rhetorical" as a : "of, relating to, or concerned with rhetoric, b : employed for rhetorical effect ; c : asked merely for effect with no answer expected <a rhetorical question> "

So I had to wonder  if there are any  good answers to the rhetorical question that Jo Deibel, President, Director and founder of Angel Acres Horse Haven Rescue , passed along from an inquiry she received from one of her adoptive families 

"How does a beautiful, intelligent horse who can name Wild Again, Forty Niner, Mr. Prospector, Native Dancer, Nashua, Round Table, Bold Ruler, Neartic, Damascus, Sword Dancer, Flaming Page, Bull Page, Nijinsky and Nasrullah among her ancestors in a five generation pedigree, end up slaughter-bound?"

Jo continued by saying, " Here's a rescued mare, slaughter-bound, a throw away, an off-the-track thoroughbred.  Beautiful, isn't she?"

Jo ended her email writing, "She looks pretty regal for a throw away and she has the best home she could ever have with the absolute best girl to love her. Just ask the mare If only she could talk........"

I don't think that this mare would feel that Jo's  question is at all rhetorical. If this mare could speak, I am sure she would ask for answers that say "yes" to horse rescue and at the same time  thank the many people out there doing a Herculean job to give a new life to these unwanted horses, where they can be loved and find their niche in the sport of horses.

I am sure there are many unforgivable "answers" that  the mare's connections, who so carelessly and thoughtlessly threw her away could give. But I want to know why these young and spirited horses are being thrown away to be disposed of in a horrific manner. It just sets my teeth on edge and makes me so angry that I can hardy speak.

What are your feelings about this "rhetorical" question? Please leave a comment and let us know.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Passing it Forward: The Joy of Blogging

One of the things I personally enjoy about "blogging"  is meeting the most fascinating people on the Internet. Networking and building community is one of my favorite past times. I was thrilled to receive this little "award" the other day from one of the horse bloggers with whom I have connected.

Mrs Mom who blogs at OhHorseFeathers & Related Twisted "Tails" was gifted by Pony Girl, of ponygirlridesagain with this adorable graphic, and in turn, MrsMom  passed it forward.


Making new friends who share common interests is very exciting. Finding folks who love animals and contribute to the body of knowledge about them and make a difference in the lives of animals, is very satisfying to me.

Thanks, MrsMom. I am proud to add this award "banner" to my blog.

Have you met folks on the Internet who share your interests? Have you met any of them in real life? Leave a comment and let us know how the Internet has impacted you.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Big Brown Captures the Preakness: Second Leg of Triple Crown Victory


Photo of Big Brown winning Florida Derby: by Coglianese Photographs 

While I generally publish "Silent Sunday" each week, I can hardly contain myself and be quiet. I am far too excited and awed Big Brown's performance and win.

One of the most beautiful races I have ever seen was the running of the Preakness Stakes yesterday afternoon. Big Brown finished with a huge win, loping over the finish line, winning by 5 1/4 lengths, not even appearing to break a sweat. This horse has an afterburner that rivals a jet fighter plane.

Aside from Big Brown galloping away to victory capturing the second leg of the Triple Crown series, the greatest part about yesterday's races was that no horses were injured. We all breathed a sigh of relief when the races were finished and all horses returned to their stalls safe and sound.

I am positive that little patch of white spot on his side is his power spot.  Jockey,  Kent Desormeaux certainly knows how and when to touch it because that horse flew like the wind when he got ready to leave the other contenders in the dust. It sure appears that Big Brown doesn't have to worry about getting dirt in his face.

I am positive he could have set a record, but I  bet my bottom dollar that Mr. Desormeaux  felt no need to push Big Brown, to keep him fresh for the strenuous running of the third and final jewel of the Triple Crown, the  Belmont Stakes in three weeks, on June 7.

I for one am on  pins and needles in anticipation about the Belmont. But I certainly don't want to count my chickens before they are hatched in order not to jinx him.

Even if you watched the race yesterday, you can enjoy viewing it again with the video from partymanners.

What did you feel while watching the running of The Preakness Stakes? Did you know that Big Brown would be victorious? Leave a comment and let us know!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

The Preakness Stakes: And the Winner is . . .


Big Brown: Photo by Rob Carr

The Preakness Stakes, the second jewel in the prestigious Triple Crown series will be held this afternoon, Saturday, May 17. The odd's on favorite is Big Brown, who galloped  to victory two weeks ago at Churchill Downs, capturing the roses at the Kentucky Derby, May 3.

My love for Big Brown is no secret.I feel strongly that he will be victorious today. But it is not only his amazing athletic talent and his thirst to win that captured my heart. I love his body! He epitomizes the perfect  racing Thoroughbred. This is not a delicate horse. He is huge and solid!

But when I ask my horse loving friends to reveal  their  "pick" for today's race, the overwhelming response has been, "I am SO NOT going to watch the Preakness". Their reason? They are scared to watch.

After Eight Belles' tragic accident at the Kentucky Derby, I suspect that  the dread of another horror is frightening people away from watching this race. I am repeatedly told that until racing is made much safer for the horses and jockeys, they cannot in all conscience support the sport, by attending, or even watching from the comfort of their living room.

I myself am conflicted, but feel compelled to watch! And while I, like those who will be viewing the race are hopeful that Big Brown will win today so his Triple Crown glory becomes closer to reality, can Big Brown really do the job?

I worry about his feet. I love his size and bone structure. He is built like a tank! And that is a good thing! But with his stature on such vulnerable hooves, I worry.. a lot! 


Photo by: Kenneth Klam

It has been 30 years since  the Triple Crown was won by Affirmed.  It has been a very long draught for a Triple Crown winner. You can bet that I will be on the edge of my seat this afternoon while I am glued to my bug screen TV. I hold a picture in my mind of my jumping up and down for joy at the end of the race as Big Brown flies over the finish line victoriously!

So I  humbly raise my voice in prayer to the Equine Gods to watch over all the horses and jockeys today to protect them. Perhaps the softness of today's  track condition from the rain will be a boon, but I don't know. I worry!!

Will you be watching  the race today? Who is your favorite? Don't keep us in suspense. . . leave a comment  and share YOUR pick!


Edit: 6:45 PM   Big Brown is tasting the Susans!

Friday, May 16, 2008

Fabulous Friday on Frequently Feline: Meet Sugar


Sugar, who owns Marcia, epitomizes that regal appearance which only a feline with a great deal of self-esteem can present. This kitty definitely knows who SHE is!

I love the way she poses, claiming the world as hers! Isn't she gorgeous?

Let's conCATulate  Sugar and Marcia for being chosen as Pet of the Week, by leaving a comment for them.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Overweight Cats: Are They Really Appealing?

With the overwhelming amount of  data with which we humans are subjected concerning the benefits of remaining slim to remain healthy and energetic, I am wondering  and concerned about what it is about fat cats that many people find humorous.

From what I have observed on the Internet, there are folks that actually take great pride in their overweight cat's appearance and publish their cat's photographs and even share videos of them.

Perhaps they are throwing out the gauntlet to win the title, "The World's Fattest Cat"?  Is there such a great disparity in  human's and feline's health needs?

Maybe the folks who find overweight cats entertaining  are not aware that these cats are at great risk for Diabetes, heart conditions, kidney failure and other serious diseases.

So why are these people bragging about their obese cats? I don't get it at all. If our two cats spend too much time hanging out on the couch watching ANIMAL PLANET, I get worried. They are bored and even possibly somewhat depressed because I may not be paying enough attention to them. I take the hint!

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Cats have very specific nutritional needs , fresh water and plenty of exercise. Not only will that aid  burning off those extra calories, but it is a great opportunity for bonding time with our felines. There are so many fabulous toys on the market to choose from  which will entertain cats and their servants for hours on end.

Watch the video "Fat Cats Rule" from SourApple2008

After I watched several videos featuring "chunky cats"  I was not surprised to observe that they all had very high "hits".

I   purrsonally still don't understand the reason for their popularity, do you? What are your thoughts about overweight cats? Leave a comment and tell us.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The House Call Veterinarian: The "Cat's Pajamas"


As you  know, my cats vehemently detest any kind of car ride, no matter how brief. In addition to  their raucous vocalizations which  communicate  their total displeasure, they often accompany these songs by furiously scratching inside their carriers, orchestrating the cacophony with what they consider to be their percussion section. Definitely not on my "hit parade" this Mewsik can affect a driver extremely negatively.

So you will understand the relief I felt several years ago when the Florida Wild Veterinary Hospital's  flyer arrived in our mail announcing the opening of a local mobile veterinary practice.

I was immediately impressed by the attractive  and upbeat young veterinarian upon her first visit to our home to meet our cats. Using both alternative and traditional methods of treatment, Dr. Erin Holder has that "special" touch and purrsonality which communicates her deep love of animals. 

Even though my cat Trouble, who dashes under the bed when he hears her van pull into my driveway, eventually comes out to greet her as he responds to her soothing voice and gentle purrsonality. While he is not enamored by any veterinarian, I am sure he has a soft spot in his heart for her.

Dr. Holder's visits are not only a convenient and less stressful means of receiving routine and follow up care for our cats, they are also educational and enjoyable for me when she shares some of her more fascinating anecdotes about some of her "exotic" patients. I always enjoy the time I get to spend with her.

House call veterinarians don't  replace the need for a full-service clinic, but for these occasional visits, they sure are the "cat's meow."

Have you ever had experience with a veterinarian who makes house calls? Leave a comment and share your thoughts about this option.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Feline Mystery: Can you Help Solve it?


Cats indeed are mysterious beings. But the one thing I know about for sure about them is the moment we think  that their purrsonalities are open books or they are predictable creatures, they will do something to communicate that we are being arrogant and really don't have a clue. In the 40 plus years I have been owned by felines the one thing that I have learned about them for sure, is that they really are quite unpredictable at times.

Take my cat, Hush Puppy! (It's just an expression, folks... you can't have him). Puppy absolutely despises riding in our car. The instant he spies me retrieving his carrier, he gives me THAT look, and we all know what that look is saying. He quickly finds  his favorite hiding place in the closet in order to evade any possibility of coming in contact with  the automobile monster.

This being said, I recently discovered that it is not traveling that bothers him.

Walking can be difficult and painful for me, due to Lyme Disease which resulted in Arthritis. Strolling around outdoors and in our house can become almost impossible at times.Thankfully, I was blessed to be able to finally obtain a power wheelchair to assist me in getting around more efficiently. I love my power chair. it faithfully takes me wherever I need to go.


It seems that Hush Puppy, our lilac point Oriental Shorthair neuter, has developed a fondness for taking rides with me when I am in my chair. He frequently jumps on my shoulder as I am riding around the house to join in what he considers to be the greatest fun. He purrs up a storm whenever I take the opportunity to pick him up and take him for a ride. I have no idea why he has a rooted antipathy to our car, but will  beg me to take him for a ride when I am in my chair. He often sits on the head rest looking longingly at me. I find it hard to resist his invitation most of the time.

But the strangest thing of all, is that we have a hybrid car which is almost as quiet as my powerchair. So I don't think it is the noise factor, and we don't always take him to the vet when we may travel elsewhere with him in our car.

So I am wondering what it is that is so upsetting to him about the automobile. He will begin "singing" from the moment we leave the garage, only stopping his raucous serenade when we stop for a traffic light or reach our destination. 

Either he is being empathetic toward me when I am in my wheelchair, letting me know he is thrilled that I can get around, or it is more complicated.

It is indeed a mystery to us.I need some help here. so If anyone has suggestions about what his problem is, I would be delighted to receive some input.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Help End Horse Slaughter: Watch REAL SPORTS/Bryant Gumbel- HBO-May 12 at 10:00 PM

What happens to all the "pretty little horses" that have reached the end of their career as race horses or no longer able to compete in other equine sports?

The sad fact is that many of these race horses are are often taken directly from the track  and sent to auction for sale as meat.

Since the three foreign based slaughter houses in the United States have been closed, "killer buyers" who profit from the sale of horseflesh are now shipping these unfortunate horses outside  the United States, to Mexico and Canada where horse slaughter remains legal.

Tonight, May 12 at 10:00 PM,  REAL SPORTS with Bryant Gumbel will present a special report airing some of the dirty little secrets about the plight affecting many of our magnificent Thoroughbred race horses no longer able to compete in the sport of racing during his 134th debut edition of the show.

It is my fervent hope that many people will watch the show this evening and will be touched sufficiently to take action to stop the inhumane and cruel practice of horse slaughter.

Many of these horses remain suitable to find new homes where they can begin a happier and useful life. Many of them can be retired at rescue havens where they may be able to  live their lives out in peace.

We need to work together in support of the pending legislations H.R. 503 and S. 311, to be finally passed to protect our vulnerable horses.

On the other hand, it is heartwarming to see a lovely mare, named Remarkably, a slaughter bound mare that was "thrown away" given the opportunity to have a new life. Just look at her now. She was pulled from the kill pen in September 2006 and has found a career as a show horse.

Ridden by Liesha, trained by Elissa Allen (Evenstride Farm) winning a 2nd and 5th place win at a recent horse show.

Information provided by

Jo Deibel

Angel Acres Horse Haven Rescue, Inc.

If you are a horse lover  and wish to help, I urge you to watch this special segment tonight on REAL SPORTS.  Then follow your heart and take action by visiting: American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Silent Sunday on Frequently Feline: Happy Mare's Day!

Mother's Day, is a special day we set aside to honor our moms.

In the spirit of Mother's Day, I chose this very special "mom", Callie, rescued from the slaughter pen. It is not only the sick and elderly that are sent to slaughter. Just like Callie, many are young and healthy horses in desperate need of homes.

This very lucky mare had a weanling at her side and was pregnant with the foal featured in this touching video from ksbg195

Let's thank the "horse moms" who lovingly rescued these horses in order to give  them a second chance for a meaningful and happy life, by leaving a comment for them.

Happy Mother's Day!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

To Dream the Impossible Dream: Do You Have One?


This morning while I was indulging in one of my recent favorite hobbies, "Yahoo Answers", I ran across a unique question asked by a young lady who wanted to know if anyone believed in unicorns or Pegasus. It got me to thinking about these two mythical horses and how they have impacted me over the years.

Do I believe in them? While I have no absolute proof, I must admit that I lean toward the belief  that they exist in spirit and can touch us on many levels.

Pegasus, the flying horse, has always been inspirational. My mare, Patti and I spent many hours volunteering in the Pegasus therapeutic riding program. The name of the program was well chosen, as it offered disabled riders the opportunity to experience what may have seemed to be impossible for them.

Much more enjoyable and enriching than  impersonal  machines and other "orthodox" physical therapies, the horses and the folks who involved in handling them, provided  the healing effects which traditional physical therapy provides, but in an enjoyable and delightful way.

The Unicorn, on the other hand, to me is a symbol of what is possible if one truly believes in something. Just because we cannot see something, does not mean that it doesn't exist. Maybe there is a unicorn in my garden. I would like to think that one day, I might actually get to see one.

"The Unicorn in the Garden" a fable of our time written by James Thurber is a truly inspirational and thought provoking metaphor. Please take a few minutes to view the video,(classic UPA cartoon 1953)  from erose7en

So why not dream the impossible dream? They can only come true if we dare to.

Do you believe in unicorns and Pegasus? Have these mythical horses touched your lives in any way? Leave a comment and share your thoughts with us.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Fabulous Friday on Frequently Feline: Meet Sishya

For many folks, Friday heralds the end of the work week.

We have often hear the famous expression, "thank goodness it's Friday"- generally abbreviated to TGIF. I suspect that even our cats look forward to a good excuse to celebrate their human's time off and indulge in one of their favorite past times, the cat nap.


Jmuhjacat's beautiful kitty, Sishya epitomizes the art-form with aplomb, don't you agree? Let's give both of them a round of apaws as our Pet of the Week!

Please leave a conCATulatory comment for both of them!

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Demando Cats: Do You Have One...or Two?


Cats definitely have their individual methods by which they  disturb our sleep. Frequently impatient imps when their patience has reached critical mass, they can always manage to find a way to have their "kneads" known.

If Hypnus miraculousy grants me the gift of slumbering past my habitual waking time, our cat, Hush Puppy, (above) can discover ways to laugh in his face in total defiance.

His favorite trick is to  continuously and  vigorously pounce upon my top sheet until I begrudgingly succumb to meet his urgent request for me to serve up his breakfast.

They say that a "picture is worth a thousand words". This little video posted on YouTube by simonscat, humorously captures feline frenzy at its finest.

I am sure you will get a giggle out of this one, as you identify with the haggard human subjected to his cat's demands.

"A hungry cat resorts to increasingly desperate measures to wake its sleeping owner."

Do your kitties have a special method to get your attention? What are some of the things that they do that drive you nuts? (Lovingly, of course!) Share with us so that our cats may learn from your experience.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Veterinary Hospital With a Heart

Chester: Kim's sweet kitty

Making the decision to leave a sick animal at the veterinary hospital is frequently one of the most difficult ones that pet owners have to make. Since both dogs and cats don't fare well being away from home in the first place, having to part, even for a few days from their human companion can cause additional stress on top of their illness.

While most veterinary hospitals invite human companions  to visit their pets daily to booster their spirits and renew their  bonds, when  "visiting hours" are over, it can be quite painful and upsetting for both human and pet to have to bid adieu. It can be heart-wrenching for both.

Ziggy Stardust: Kim's delightful canine 

While I was browsing one of my favorite pet related websites,, I discovered a featured article about a  Veterinary Clinic whose mission is very unique. Located in Westbury, New York, The Center for Specialized Veterinary Care is the "Cat's meow". They sure aren't "putting on the dog" with what they have to offer.

This clinic truly believes that keeping pet owners and their "fur" babies together in a time of major stress is good medicine. They  subscribe to the philosophy that there is a necessity to not only focus on providing superior veterinary care for the ailing pet,  but to also to meet the emotional needs of both pet and its family. They use a holistic approach to treatment to the nth degree.

Their Compassionate Care Center is geared to meet these needs. This is the first time I have ever seen a veterinary clinic of this type, and one to which I give a huge "paws up" for providing this important level of care.

I fervently hope that other veterinary facilities will follow their lead and begin to  provide similar accomodations for their clients.

Would you want to be able to keep your pet company while he or she is hospitalized? Leave a comment and share your thoughts.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Dogs In Afghanistan: A New Lease on Life


Rob LoMonaco and Left Eye Shaking Hands

This heart warming story arrived in my email box yesterday afternoon. It touched me deeply when I read about these profound acts of kindness and love in the midst of violence and aggression. I was compelled to post it as it was not only inspiring but at the same time provides animal lovers an opportunity to reach out and help.

Airman Asks for Help Bringing Buddy Home
By: Ann Fisher
The Columbus Dispatch
April 30,2008

Rob LoMonaco
needs donations to bring to the U.S. this dog he befriended and named Left Eye while in Afghanistan
Left eye 
In an e-mail interview that spanned three days and roughly 7,000 miles, I finally had to ask the tough question:  Why should Americans care about a pair of mongrel dogs in Afghanistan?

Hey, you know I'm a sap, but I figured someone out there would ask, so I did it first.

Rob LoMonaco's response was open and kind: Help the dogs that helped them stay sane. And if that doesn't work for you: Help him and a fellow serviceman stay sane when they return by helping them help the dogs.

A New York transplant who now calls Pickerington home, LoMonaco will return to Ohio in September from a one-year tour that included five months in Kunar province in northeastern Afghanistan.

He was one of 10 U.S. soldiers, airmen and Marines among roughly 100 Afghan national army troops stationed at the base there. Lo-Monaco is in the Air Force, a
team trainer who works with Afghan logistic officers.

He and his American colleagues all grappled with the isolation every day, the long convoys and the overall stress of overseas military service.

LoMonaco also was lucky enough to find a true friend over there, a dog he named Left Eye. Now, he wants to adopt and bring her home but needs our help to pay the roughly $2,500 cost of travel and quarantine.

He met Left Eye when she was just born.

Her mother, D.O.G., already was a favorite among the previous team of Americans, who had trained her for security.

In November, she gave birth to four puppies: two boys and two girls. Afghans adopted the two boys — they don't get pregnant — but left the girls, who eventually attached themselves to the base cooks, one of whom was LoMonaco.

Left Eye with her sibling named "Turd"

"Whether it was training them, or watching them play, they were an excellent way to detox from a 10-hour convoy mission," he told me in an e-mail.

As much as anything, the servicemen admired the mother, who was killed in January by Afghan soldiers as she tried to protect one of the Americans in a tragic misunderstanding.

In February, the next shift took over and gladly took over the care of the two girls, but LoMonaco missed Left Eye, so named for a spot below her left eye. "I quickly realized how attached I was to the dog and felt I had left a friend."

He started looking into the adoption process and learned about Tigger House, a group that will arrange such things for servicemen and women.

But the cost was beyond his reach.

Then he heard that neighborhood children had dangerously taunted the two puppies, which are mongrels and therefore worthless by typical Afghan standards. Wild dogs are common there and often threaten children in the region, LoMonaco said.

He and the soldier back at the base who had taken over care of the pups decided they had to do something. "Both of us did not want to be 'kicking' ourselves when we got home and for the rest of our lives that we did not try."

After reading their story, I felt likewise. Let's help them bring home their buddies.

Visit:  For more information and to view adorable videos

Update: May 4

With the money that has been raised so far the dogs will be moved to Kabul tomorrow! Then, they will move to Pakistan later next week, where they will stay until the end of May.   Updates will follow as they are posted.

These acts of kindness restore my faith in humanity and our ability to really make a difference in the lives of needy animals.

What reaction did you have when you read this story? Leave a comment and let us know.

Monday, May 5, 2008

A Little Fun With Trouble

Keeping Kitty Comfy! Meet Butthead.

It has been what seems to be ages since I last posted anything about cats. Based on last week's entries, I might as well have changed the title of my blog to Frequently Equine. Barbaro's birthday week was so important, since he made such a deep impression on me, leaving a huge hole in my heart. But now I am back to business as usual, and feel compelled to return to our wonderful felines, for the moment at least.

My friend Andy is owned by a beautiful white cat (with a touch of gray on the top of his head), who is affectionately referred to as Butthead. Andy described his fur as a "million per square inch and very thick". At the height of the shedding season, she finds it impossible to leave her house without "wearing at least half of him". So in order to help both Butthead (by keeping him cooler), and also to save her from leaving the house wearing an extra layer of fur, she takes out her trusty clipper to give him a shave and a haircut with the help of a friend.

The process takes about 30 minutes. Butthead, a "great cat", often whines and complains while being subjected to his new coif, but never bites or claws. He probably knows by now that he will be a lot more comfy in the long run.

Andy does have to vacuum both herself and her friend when they are finished. I am sure that Butthead is not thrilled with the noisy vacuum monster. But he has heart and is very brave.

Butthead was clipped recently. Andy lives in New England where the early spring nights can get quite chilly,temperatures often reaching into the 30s. Since Andy does not want Butthead to catch a cold, she lavishes him with a little sweater to keep him warm.

Andy wrote a little more detail concerning Butthead's beautification, "These photos were taken about 2 months after his last hair cut last year. You can see we didn't do as good of a job. Now we really get closer and do more leaving a Mohawk We concentrate on his feet and a poof on the tip of his tail along with just his face so we don't clip any whiskers. Bailey Butthead Polar Bear is his nickname...Bailey was what he was given, but I call him Butthead, and everyone who meets him calls him Polar Bear due to his size. Butthead is around 8 years old now and is strictly an indoor cat."

I just love the way cat "servants"  go out of their way to take care of their kitties. It is a testament to the strong love and bond that develops and grows as our relationship with them deepens.

Do you do any special things with your cats to keep them comfortable? Leave a comment and let us know.