Thursday, July 29, 2010

Hanging Out with Nigel & Bruce

When Nigel first came to  live with me Bruce made it well known that he had little use for a dog.   However, cats, unlike elephants, must not have good memories because these days, Bruce can often be found parking himself close to Nigel.  Nigel, on the other hand, is not so sure of Bruce's intent.   Even with Bruce being somewhat debilitated by  his failing kidneys, Nigel is not quite at ease with Bruce near by.  Both guys hung out with me at the office the other day.  Bruce, because he needed to receive fluids in the hospital, Nigel because it was too hot, without power, to stay at home. 

The electricity  came back on yesterday.   Today, it's just me and Bruce at the League.  Bet Nigel is resting very comfortably at home.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Big Bruce and the Power Outage

The storm that ripped through the Washington, D.C. area left thousands without power including me.    Cats, including Bruce, like the heat --   he's not complaining.  In fact, he felt pretty good last night and chased the light beam from the flashlight as I walked from one room to the next.   Bruce's burst of energy was a bright spot in a storm that left us in total darkness.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Story of Slinky, A Dog Who Would have Died.....

I absolutely have to share this story.   Slinky's rescue reminds me that there is evil in the world, but there is good, too.   Some of the pictures are hard to look at.   By the fourth update, Slinky's looking pretty good, and by the fifth, no one would probably guess what this guy went through.  Lucky for Slinky, Jesse was driving by where he was left to die.  

"... This is Slinky, we found him on the side of the road on Mothers Day. Being a Sunday, we had no one to call, so we drove him to the animal emergency here in Catonsville, and they said he was hungry and had worms, but that was it, he wasn't sick or anything.  So we've been fattening him up... slowly.  He's such a precious animal. He sits in our lap, and gives kisses."   From Jesse, Slinky's Hero.

A recent picture of Slinky, two months after his rescue!

Monday, July 12, 2010

FREE Spaying & Neutering for Pit Bulls Brings Caring, Responsible Guardians to the League

Robinson and his friend Cocoa
waited outside this morning for their clinic appointment at our monthly
FREE Pit Bull Spay Neuter Day

Our lobby was full this morning with dogs and their people.  Black and white dogs, gray and white dogs, brown dogs, brown and white dogs, big dogs, medium-sized dogs, and puppies, too.  The dogs had at least three things in common -- all had caring, responsible guardians, all were pit bulls or pit bull mixes, and all were about to be spayed or neutered at our monthly FREE Pit Bull Spay/Neuter surgery day.  Thanks folks for seeing to it that your canine friend is not contributing to the overpopulation problem.  There are way too many animals and not enough homes.  Area shelters already have many dogs, including lots of pit bulls, waiting for forever homes.  To see the dogs currently available at the League, check our our web site www.warl.org

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Fred, The Dog Who Made Everyone Smile

Fred, a very beloved dog, passed away over the weekend.  Fred visited students in D.C. schools for more than ten years.  He loved children, particularly children with food in their hands.  Fred was known for eating just about anything.  He was also known for his uncanny ability to find food in places that are typically off limits to dogs -- like the refrigerator.  Children loved Fred's visits; they loved petting him and feeding him, and delighted in hearing stories about Fred's amazing food finds.

Fred was famous.  Last year he was featured not only in the book To The Rescue (see side bar) by Elise Lufkin and Diana Walker, but he's the dog on the cover of the book!   Fred's happy-go-lucky, pet-me, feed-me, easy-going disposition could even been seen in photographs. 

I, like many, many people -- young and not-so-young, in the Washington, D.C. area, and beyond, will miss Fred.