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Homless man + 2 dogs needs miracle for holidays!

December 10th, 2013


December 10th, 2013

Turned out and abandoned by his family, attempting to work but with no one to watch his only two friends, Zipper and Muttley the dogs, Ron (aka Tarzan) has to beg on the streets to survive. We managed to help him get through the next few freezing cold days with some protein bars, dog food, a warm blanket and water. Help us help him. We are collecting food, blankets, clothes, and stuff that will help him get through these frigid Phoenix nights (yes, it gets cold here). This is the season of giving, folks, and this guy is in our own backyard. Ultimately, he would need a place to live and a job, which he wants desperately, but needs care for his animals while he works. Message me if you can help- thank you everyone, and God Bless.


Wow…been a while.

June 14th, 2013

Ok, so yeah, I’m still here.
That annoying thing called life got in the way of me posting on this blog.
However, I’m fired up, and full of new shit from the wacky ass world of retail, rescue, and family.
Hang in there with me- more is coming soon!

The many, the proud, the rescuers of animals…

April 5th, 2012

I am happy to say I share my life with animals. Many of them, in fact. I have seven cats and three dogs, all rescues.
When I hear of someone buying an animal or breeding an animal, my heart breaks.
It breaks because I have held animals who have been starving for a good meal and for someone to love most, if not all, of their sad and often short lives.
It breaks because I have held animals who have died in my arms and they were sent to a better place where the disease that ravaged their bodies would not exist…a simple disease that is preventable by a single vaccination.
And I cry. I cry for the loss of a soul on this planet, a living being that only knew how to love, no matter what sort of hell it was put through.
I cry because I know they did not do anything wrong, that it was the people who treated them so poorly and that ultimately led them to their death, even if they were not there to pull the trigger.
But yet I still have hope. Hope for the many millions of people who work tirelessly, through the tears and the heartbreak to save as many animals as they possibly can…and when that one more special case comes along, the room and the bank book is stretched in order to save one more life.
I have hope because there are people who dedicate their time and money to helping animals get fixed, even though the caregivers have no money and the cats belong to no one.
I have hope because I know there are more like me. We cry, feel heartbreak, but most of all, we care. We are a army fueled by love and dedication to the companion animals that we are blessed to share our lives with. We are animal rescuers.

Kitten dumped to foreclosure.

June 11th, 2011

Sometimes, people suck.
Really, they do.
Ok, I like to think of myself as an optimistic. Most of the time, I like to look for the good in people. I really do. Otherwise, I would get too bogged down in depression and never leave the house.
However, a day like today can wreck my optimistic outlook on life.
I rescue animals. People know that and call me when they hear of an animal abandoned or are in need of advice on what to do if they find a lost animal. They usually call me to bail them out, to take the problem away.
Often times, they do not even offer to help. This is what pisses me off.
So I get a call from a friend of mine. Apparently, her husband’s boss was talking about a kitten they were housing. They got it because some idiot (AKA a person who sucks) got foreclosed on and left it behind.
This happens so much more than most people like to think. Many times, the animals are left to die, or sometimes get picked up by the local animal care and control and left to the whims of fate in the animal shelter. Some are lucky and make it out alive.
Many don’t and die.
And these are the ones who haunt my dreams at night.
So, I drove over two hours round trip to get this kitten. It is cute, with a big tummy and sweet disposition. He had not been on his own for long. The people saved him when they heard his crying, so I cannot say they totally suck. Amazing how something so small can produce such a huge sound (then again, ask anyone who has ever had a child). Well, this little guy knew that something was wrong and that he needed to be found to be saved. And they took him in but could not keep him due to the wife’s newly discovered cat allergy.
Uh huh.
Enter sucker, stage right (that would be me).
So I ask for a donation to the cause of getting this cat fixed, tested for various diseases, and up to date on shots so it has a shadow of chance to get into a reputable rescue in the valley (one that is not already stuffed to the gills with kittens). Since I do NOT get paid to rescue, this trip (and half tank of gas) and subsequent trips to the vet, are all on my own time and my own dime.
The wife said she would talk to the hubby. I called the hubby and he was less than thrilled when asked to cough up some dough to help this kitten.
Ergo, this blog post and chip-in fund.
I am a teacher, and as a public servant, I do not make an enormous amount of money.
I am affiliated with several rescue groups, but this kitten is not yet in one, so all his medical expenses are on me.
I know that basically, people are good. Look at Patrick, the Miracle Dog in New Jersey. If you have not heard of this dog, GET OUT OF THE CAVE and google it. Seriously, this puppy is a rock star in my world and the people who have helped Patrick restore my faith in mankind.
So I am asking for help.
Not a lot.
Just enough to cover the spay/neuter surgery, testing for FIV and Fe-Leuk, and first series of kitten shots, more if needed. Anything extra will be donated to the Spay/Neuter Hotline of Arizona.
Any amount of money you can donate to this fund would help.
You do not know me, and you may choose not to donate.
I understand. I would be a skeptic too.
I am looking to be an optimist, right now, though.

Here is the chip-in link: http://jazperr.chipin.com/foreclosed-and-dumped-kitten

I’m working on getting pictures up. Not quite sure how to do that, and the techno-savvy husband has gone to bed.
However, I can tell you that the kitten is about 4-6 months old, with copper eyes and smoky blue-grey fur. He loves to play and would rather purr than eat.
And if you know of anyone in the Phoenix- Metro area who can give him a good home, please let me know. Thanks again.

Dr. Seuss and Teachers

March 4th, 2011

I teach at school.
At school I teach.
School is cool.
But the kids, oh, patience they can leech.

Kids learn to read and write.
Read and write?
But I do not care to read and write.
But you must learn to read and write.
Or it is upon society you will blight.

Kids learn to do do math.
Math is add and subtract.
And even multiply, and divide.
No, no, no, they cry.
I will not multiply and divide.
I will not do it in a book,
I will not do it when I cook.
No multiply or divide for me.
Yes, you must says I,
One plus two is three,
And three times three is nine.
And that is just wonderfully divine.

And history is wonderful to read
To explore and learn
So as not to repeat
No, no history is dull
And boring to boot

I do not care about some dead men
I just want to buy some loot!
Or go on twitter, myspace, or facebook,
I do not care what is in some old book.

Manners! Oh, how I miss my manners
Please raise your hand, says I
For there are people who want to talk
But there are those who talk and talk
And talk and talk and talk
Talk talk talk talk
All day long
And never are quiet, nor do they follow along
And oh, what pests they can be
Those talk talk talk talkies of yee!

And the state tests.
Oh, the state of state tests
We must not look nor speak nor breathe on these
For they are as secret as secret can be
And all the stress is on these tests
For the kids must be the best they can be
and please be careful, dear student of mine
And watch your pencil and eraser
For the bubble sheets must be clean
Do not make a mess of these,
For that would be awful as awful could be!

They get to go to the dance,
And at the dance they prance and prance,
I can spot in a glance
There are those who are way to near
Too close, too close is what I say
And all they do is turn away
Until I bring out the old yardstick
They they move away right quick!

And the dress code, oh my dear,
Those shorts are way too short, I fear
And your bra straps are hanging out,
You are not appropriate for school, I shout!

Why are you shouting at me, they say
I am only doing things my way
And my way is the best, of course
Although you enforce and enforce,
I test and test, but of course you know
That deep down, when I am all grown
I will someday say to kids of my own
They were right, you know, those teachers of old
They did the best they could, and though
I pushed and whined and cried and fought,
I need to read and do math and learn
So listen up, kids, and do what they say,
Because you too will want to be successful one day!

A dog, a man, and a miracle

December 19th, 2010

“Have yourself a merry little Christmas, Let you heart be light…”

It was a normal afternoon dog run. We took off, and went down one block until we were stopped by lady in a car with a dog. She asked us if we knew this dog. Apparently, it had been found as a stray close to our house. She was going to take it to the pound. After Louie, we vowed to never send another dog to the county animal care and control. We told this person to take the dog to Petsmart to scan it for a microchip. I also gave her our phone numbers, and to give us a call with the results.
We went on with our dog run.

“From now on our troubles will be out of sight…”

About thirty minutes later, we received a phone call. No microchip. We asked if she could hold onto the dog for the evening while we made some phone calls. She said she could, but only one night, and until five the next morning. When John and I got home, we were looking online at all the lost and found sites, seeing if anyone had posted anything about this dog. No luck. We called the lady and asked if it would be all right if we came and picked up the dog now so we could get started with posting the found information online. She was very relieved, as she was in an abusive relationship and her husband was less than pleased about her bringing home a stray dog. John and I leashed up our two hounds, and walked the block down to her house. We walked back with the dog.

“Have yourself a merry little Christmas, make the Yuletide gay, from now our troubles will be miles away…”

We put her in the outdoor dog run. She could not seem to settle down out there. It became very obvious that she was indoor and much loved pet. So we took her into the house and into the hallway bathroom. She had food and water, and blanket to lie on. She settled down, and went to sleep. The next morning, I had to go to work and John was working from home. We had a crazy day at my job. Someone, I managed to make up flyers listing that we had found an adult husky or husky mix dog in our area, giving our contact information. When I got home, John and I plastered the neighborhood with the flyers. We ended up eating dinner at the airport restaurant, and just by chance happened to post two flyers there. Thankfully, the owners like us and also are dog people.

“Here we are as in olden days, happy golden days of yore…”

The next day I went back to work, fully aware that my husband and I were falling in love with this dog. After all, he had always wanted a husky, and this one was right there, living with us, and needing us. We made a vet appointment for that afternoon. After the chaos of the last day at an elementary school before Winter Break, I came home and went to the vet. We ordered a full work up on her, gave her vaccinations, and had the doctor take a look at a swollen back leg. Turns out, she had an abscess that needed surgery. We left the sweet girl at the vet for surgery the next morning. We also left thinking we were adopting the dog, pulling down the found signs on the way home and buying a collar, leash, and tag with her new name on, Kaya, which in Inuit for “stay”. We celebrated by going out to dinner with my parents.

“Faithful friends who are dear to us gather near to us once more…”

The next morning we got an early phone call. It was a man, claiming that he had lost his female husky. I asked a few questions, he answered them correctly, and we deduced it was his dog. The vet had already opened her up to determine that she had been previously spayed, cleaned up her teeth, and drained the abscess. The caller was missing his dog, as she had been with him since she was a puppy. She is twelve years old, and has a leaky bladder. She had been out since noon on Wednesday, and since we found her on late Wednesday afternoon, it made sense. She was his dog, and no longer ours.

“Through the years we all will be together, if the Fates allow…”

As it turns out, this man had fallen on hard times and did not have access to a car on the weekends. The dog, now known as Rosebud, was ready to go home this afternoon. We decided to pick him and take him to the dog. As drove to the vet, we learned more about Jerry. His wife of forty-nine years had Alzheimer’s, and a caregiver during the week. Jerry used the caregiver’s care to get some work so he could make some extra money. His daughter had died, leaving him in the care of his teenage grandson. His son, daughter-in-law, and three children were also living with Jerry as they had lost their home. Rosebud was his life, his soul mate, and his love. He was not a man to express his emotions, but when the dog was brought into the waiting room, I cried my eyes out and Jerry lit up like a Christmas Tree. Rosebud knew him, and covered him with kisses. He took home the medicine and after care instructions for her surgery. We took care of the bill, and it was not cheap. It was worth it. Every penny. The look on his face when he got his dog back was the most amazing thing I have seen in a long time. I knew I was witnessing a Christmas Miracle. And I am blessed to have been a part of it.

“Hang a shining star upon the highest bough, and have yourself a merry little Christmas now.”

Baby boomers, burned cats, and cell phones

December 8th, 2010

Oh. My. GOD.
How in the hell can my parents have had successful careers, raised two children who are now contributing to society, and manage to run a household, yet when it comes to technology, be so damn helpless?
I read somewhere that children in my generation are having to take care of their baby-boomer parents. These people are of the generation where computers were invented, cell phones created, and the World Wide Web was brought into the mainstream. However, they are retiring now and living on a fixed income, and are needing more and more help. And that is why they had children- at least, that is what my Baby Boomer parents tell me.
Fine. See if I help you anymore.
It started out as a simple day. I went over to my parents’ house, with the idea of helping to clean up my mom’s garage. She needed some stuff cleaned up for the charity work she does. So I went- after all, she did promise me lunch, and there is not much I won’t do for a free meal that I do not have to cook or clean up after.
Lunch was fun, and we got the stuff cleaned up with no worries.
Then the trouble began.
My Dad went to the cell phone store to upgrade his phone. Bad idea, to let that man go anywhere involved with technology unsupervised. Nevertheless, he went, and came home when he realized he could get the phone cheaper online.
Enter idiot, aka the daughter.
So I go online, and attempt to upgrade the phone.
He needed an account at the site, so I set that up with a username and password. I wrote those down, in case of senior moments, which are happening more and more these days.
Once that was done, I saw that there is an outstanding bill.
You cannot upgrade unless you are current on the bill.
Ok, I told my mom that. However, she won’t pay the bill until she pays another bill, and then the phone bill can be paid.
Good Lord.
Meanwhile, while this conversation is going on, my dad lit a candle in the kitchen. I commented that he trusts his animals around an open flame. He said there had never been any problems before.
Famous last words.
So while I was figuring out the account and looking for the impossible upgrade, I smell burned hair.
As in singed.
A cat had brushed up against the lit candle, and had burned his ass.
Mom hunted him down, and we managed to brush off the black burned bits of his fur. Thankfully, nothing went down to the skin, otherwise, we would have been dealing with a very pissed off cat.
As it was, we were dealing with an unhappy kitty who did not want to he handled anymore than he had to.
Shortly after the burned kitty fiasco, I left, pleading a headache and a need for a very strong alcoholic beverage.
On the way home, I considered what I was getting my parents for Christmas. We were considering an ipod for my dad, so he would not have to carry all those CDs around in his car, which is so 1990. Now, I’m thinking something a little more his speed- maybe an abacus.

Scrub a dub dub in the tub…

September 25th, 2010

In my house, no one goes to the bathroom alone. No, you do not have a human escort. Your companion is usually of the animal variety. Yogi is the classic bathroom buddy. He races in as soon as he sees anyone headed in that direction. Once you sit on the can, he sits right at your feet, looking soulfully into your eyes. Well, as soulfully as a dumb dog can get.
I do wonder what he is thinking when he is observing this process. Is he wondering what he can do to help, or what we are doing, and why we do it so many times in the day, and why we have to get out of bed to do in the middle of the night. Most of all, I think he is just wondering when he going to eat again.
The other night, I was soaking in a lovely lavender- scented bubble bath, reading a juicy murder mystery. Yes, I read in the tub (I bet you do too- come on, reading the in the bathroom? Is like an Olympic sport!).
John is on the can, which is located close to the bathtub. I am trying to relax and enjoy my book, when my vision was suddenly assaulted.
John dangled a half-used roll of toilet paper in front of my face.
Now for a little backstory- I am lazy, as you may know. When the TP roll is used up, it is hit or miss if I will replace it with a full one. If the roll goes empty on ME, I will usually pull down a full roll from the shelf, but it is not very often that I will put it on the spindle thingy. John has many theories as to why I do this, but I have one that is most applicable- I. Do. Not. Care.
Back to the tub incident.
John dangled this roll, and said, “Really?!”
I started to laugh, because I thought it was hilarious.
He did not find my hilarity nor the TP issue amusing.
Now, to defend myself (this is my story, after all) there WAS some paper left on the roll. Maybe about 5 squares, but it WAS on the roll.
I see now reason why John was so upset. After all, there was TP on the roll AND on the spindle.
Nevertheless, he did not see the humor in the situation.
His threat was to take all the half-used rolls of TP and store them in the garage, giving them to me when I hollered for him to get me TP because we were out.
I did not find that funny at all.
I guess he and I have different senses of what is funny.
Later that night, his knee was acting up, and he could not take any ibuprofen because it would interact with some other medication he was on.
I did the good wifey thing and found some acetaminophen in the first aid kit. I even brought it to him, and helped him take it.
He said that I was forgiven for the TP spindle roll incident, and that he will never say another word.
Yeah right.
I think it was the drugs.

Designer Diapers?! WTF?!

September 2nd, 2010

I am very easily amused. When I see something that makes me laugh, I will most often times go into a giggle fit that will last for a while. Just this evening, I was watching some quality reality television (Police Women of Memphis), and actually watched a commercial break. Most of the commercial breaks, I am up getting something to eat, taking care of some furry creature or another, or going to the bathroom. This time, I actually had a chance to sit.
One the screen- in HD, no less, shows a toddler clad in a jean-style diaper and a white button down t-shirt. He is walking down the street- presumably Rodeo Drive- and people are dropping everything to look at him. Apparently, his high-styling diaper has caught the attention of these snobby fashionistas.
I look down at what I am wearing- a pair of gym shorts and a ratty t-shirt and I’m thinking that this kid looks better than I do. Imagine me walking down rodeo drive wearing what I am in- I would send those fashionistas running for the hills!
Back to the commercial- I see these people ogling this kid, and then catch the tagline for this particular brand, “The coolest you’ll look while pooping your pants.” This makes me laugh myself sick. I realize that they are available for a limited time only, so apparently, you can only look cool shitting yourself for a limited time. I post these thoughts on facebook, and my vet (yes, I am facebook friends with my vet- she came to my wedding too) adds that some people can look cool crapping themselves in a paper bag. This starts a full on giggle fit for me (and yet another reason why I love my vet- she has a wonderful sense of the absurd).
This makes me wonder if the adult diaper world would use an idea like this one to style-up their products. I am sure adults, more so than infants and toddlers, are concerned about how they look when crapping themselves. This can open up a whole line of designer depends- not just jean, but stripes, polka dots, and even plaid. And why stop there- let’s bring in the big names, such as Armani, Chanel, and for the men we can have Hugo Boss. This can even show your styling skills in the care home- next thing you know, the old folks will be ordering the young’uns to bring them their favorite designer depends in, and be sure to get the right size, damn it!
As I am taking my dogs out in the yard for their evening constitutional, another thought crosses my mind- why not have styling diapers for dogs? I do know that there are diapers for dogs- I have seen them, and considered purchasing them for an elderly dog we had who had issues with bladder control. We all have seen dogs dressed up in all sorts of costumes- even I am guilty of dressing of my two in Santa and Mrs. Claus outfits (they looked adorable). So why not do designer doggie diapers? That would really make a statement at the dog park, for sure.
All of these thoughts lead me to wonder what is next for kids? I mean really, jean diapers? Come on. Ok, maybe I am really jealous and wanting them in adult styles for when I need them. That’s it!

Revenge of the Swamp Ass

July 25th, 2010

I live in Phoenix, Arizona.  It is, literally, one of the hottest places on Earth.  However, since I am a native (second generation, thank you very much), I have Phoenix in the blood, and will most likely live here for the rest of my life (or at least until I can afford to move somewhere cooler without any snow).

Living in Phoenix, you get to experience some things that most people don’t.  There is the phenomenon of the liquid-state of asphalt- which has been known to happen when the temperature gets to be about 120 degrees.  Of course, there was that one time the airport was shut down due to excessive heat- a first in the airline world.  And there is the all-time favorite of frying an egg on the sidewalk- which I have done several times.  I do not suggest eating, though- tastes like dirt.

My least favorite heat-related experience has to be the one known as revenge of the swamp ass.  Any one who has lived in a part of the world where there is heat combined with humidity has experienced swamp ass.  This is when your ass and upper thighs sweat, causing your pants to get soaked. When you stand up, it looks like you pissed yourself.  But no, this is just the consequence of swamp ass.

There are some things that have come to be known as causes for swamp ass.

One of them is having leather seats in your car.  I understand that most people see this as a luxury, and pay lots of money to have this upgrade in their car.  However, being a Zonie, I see leather seats as a guarantee than I will be looking like I need junior depends for the rest of the day.

My husband, who I love dearly, has leather seats in his car.  Since he is not a native, I can forgive him this dumbass mistake in car purchasing.  However, do not ask me to drive his car from May to September.  That is when the heat is the worst, and swamp ass is most evident.

What kind of pants you wear can also determine the likeliness of swamp ass.  In Phoenix, the temperatures can soar over 110 in midday, and have been known to get as high as 120.  This is NOT the time to wear jeans, in my opinion.  However, jeans are a good choice when it comes to swamp ass- you may have it, but other people will not see it.

I prefer to wear lighter materials in the summer, such as linen or khaki.  This is not good when it comes to swamp ass.  These materials are thinner, and as a result, are more likely to be transparent when exposed to moisture.  And also, they will show where the moisture is located.

One hot afternoon, a friend and I decided to go to an upscale mall, located in Scottsdale.  A mall, in my world, means shopping, food, and most important, air conditioning.  Not a bad idea.

So I thought.

We took my car, which thankfully has cloth seats.  There was free parking in a covered garage which meant the car would be somewhat cooler than if it had been out in an open lot.

As we got out of the car, I headed to the mall.

But my friend had a different idea.  She wanted to go to a cooking store, which was across the street and about a block down.

Since I do NOT cook, I did not see the point in this exercise.  Also, it meant that we would be out of the air conditioning for more than five minutes, which is exceeding my comfort zone.

I went with her.  Enter dumbass, stage right.

So we walked across the acre of parking lot and across the asphalt street, chatting all the way.  It is not until I looked in a shop window to check my hair that I saw it.

The beginnings of swamp ass.

I had my friend check my butt to see if it was showing.

She said it was not too bad.

I said that I needed to get in into some AC ASAP so it would not grow into a monster and take over my pants.

She is skinny, but does sympathize with those who are not, and understood my need for climate control.

We went into the cooking store, and did some shopping.  I even found some stuff in there (not really cooking stuff- more gadgets to sit on the counter, gather dust, and be donated to charity in two years).

It is on our way back to the mall that the demon swamp ass made itself known.

We had to use the potty in the mall.

When I was done, I checked myself out in the mirror, and turned to make sure I had nothing on my ass.

Swamp ass had just claimed a new victim.

And here we were, in an upscale store, and I had a massive wet spot on my ass that looked like I had no bladder control.

That meant I had to go shopping, and carry the shopping bag over my ass somehow to hide the monster’s invasion.

I bought shoes.

It was a good solution.

In the summer, when you see gila monsters checking into hotels and trees whistling for dogs, know that you may be the next victim of swamp ass.

And in the fall, when everyone is enjoying the crisp air and the turning leaves, I will be breathing a sigh of relief, knowing that I have survived another season of swamp ass.