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Sat 01, Jul, 2017
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Why Pet Adoption Beats Bu

The good news about pet adoption: According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), approximately 2.7 million shelter animals (1.4 million dogs and 1.3 million cats) are adopted each year. The bad news about pet adoption is that every year, the number of shelter animals euthanized continues to escalate because homes cannot be found for them. More than half of all animals that arrive in U.S. shelters are put to death because there is a lack of space and adopters. That adds up to roughly 2.7 million dead animals every year or five out of every 10 dogs or seven of every 10 cats – a staggering 80,000 animals per week, according to pet homelessness statistics compiled by One Green Planet. That squares with stats from the ASPCA, which reports that approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, about 3.9 million are dogs and 3.4 million are cats. Each year, approximately 2.7 million animals are euthanized (1.2 million dogs and 1.4 million cats). In Los Angeles County alone, 13,975 cats and 6,470 dogs were euthanized in fiscal 2014-2015, according to the County’s Animal Care Control Euthanasia Rates. What’s most maddening to animal welfare advocates is that the vast majority of these pets were considered healthy or treatable. Thankfully, for the same period, the Humane Society estimated that the number of cats and dogs adopted from U.S. shelters each year is four million. No-Kill Movement in Pet Adoption “It’s been 20 years […]

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Sat 24, Jun, 2017
These beagles are rescue dogs.
‘Beverly Hillbillies’

When I turned 7 years old, my father, who instilled my love of animals by taking me via stroller to the West Los Angeles Animal Shelter on a regular basis, told me he wanted to adopt a rescue dog for our family. My dad had grown up with a menagerie of animals he had rescued from the streets of Cleveland, and had spent most of his summers visiting relatives who were farmers in rural Ohio. I was elated he thought I was responsible enough to care for a dog! My parents contacted the Tailwaggers Club of Beverly Hills nearby and applied to adopt a beagle. A few days later, they received a call from actress Nancy Kulp. At the time Kulp was starring on “The Beverly Hillbillies,” a popular TV sitcom that ran on CBS from 1962 until 1971. Kulp played Miss Jane Hathaway, the irascible, snooty secretary to Mr. Drysdale, the uptight Beverly Hills banker and financial advisor who tried to “civilize” the backwoods Clampett family. Patriarch Jed Clampett (Buddy Ebsen) had struck oil (“Texas tea”) in their Ozarks hollow, became a millionaire, and moved his family from their shack to a mansion in Beverly Hills. Among the show’s running gags was Mr. Drysdale’s failed attempts to keep the Clampetts from foolishly spending their newfound wealth, while usually making a fool of himself in the process. “The Beverly Hillbillies” was built on a classic fish-out-of-water premise, the gap between unsophisticated hillbilly and sophisticated urbanite hilariously exaggerated, funny even without […]

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Sat 20, May, 2017
Dog is God spelled backward at Pet Me Happy
No Accident DOG is GOD Sp

If you’re a lifetime dog parent as I am, you know that dog is god spelled backward. To me, there’s nothing on Earth as heavenly as having my morning cup of coffee, mug in one hand, while petting and scratching my faithful dog’s head and happy spots with the other – her chin resting on my chest, and eyes staring adoringly into mine. That’s how I like to start my day! There’s something divine, spiritual, supernatural, about these precious creatures that so enrich our lives. Our dogs worship us and we worship them just as much. We are all the better for it in so many ways. We know our dogs are the utmost loyal companions. Dogs love us unconditionally, are always excited to see us, and enjoy our company. They give us complete eye contact, follow our every word lovingly and dutifully, and never desert us. To them, we humans are their gods. It’s hard for a loving dog parent to imagine a world without his or her dog. We have a difficult time understanding how some humans can go through their lives without experiencing the love of a canine companion. As a dog parent, music lover, and lover of love, I think a world without dogs would be worse than a world without music, and almost as bad as a world without love. From Cro-Magnons to Frederick the Great Digging a little into the history of this dog is God relationship between dogs and their humans, the phrase “dog is man’s best friend” is attributed to Frederick, […]

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