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May 21st 2012 4:47 pm
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The family went up to Half Moon Bay yesterday to watch the eclipse. Folks in the Bay Area were able to see the sun about 90% covered. The family used welding glass filters to watch without hurting their eyes. Although a mist came in off the ocean to help filter it even more. It was pretty neat!

Don't tell Pepper. She did not get to go. She would have enjoyed it at the beach.



May 18th 2012 10:13 pm
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By Lisa Fernandez

updated 5/15/2012 1:48:49 PM ET

Elaine Bouschard was out on her property in Los Banos Saturday, when something unusual fell from the sky.

A hawk dropped a puppy from its claws, sending the tiny dog tumbling to Earth.

Bouschard, a 47-year-old apartment property manager in San Jose, did what anyone would do. She scooped up the pup, which she figures is just a month old, and kept it.

"When God drops a puppy from the sky, you keep it," she said. "It was the coolest thing in the world."

Bouschard said she has no idea who the puppy really belongs to, but her intention is to add him to her mix of horses, cats and dogs on her sprawling rural property, which is also home to plenty of hawks.

"I just want the puppy to be safe, " she said.

Though there's a lot Bouschard doesn't know about the puppy, she does have an inkling about why the hawk released the dog from its clutches.

"He's a wiggleworm," she said. "He's a strong, little bulldozer."

Still, Bouschard doesn't plan to name the puppy either Wiggleworm or Bulldozer.

"I'm going to name him Heavenly," she said.


Ozziet goes home

May 12th 2012 8:26 pm
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By Jessica M. Pasko - Santa Cruz
Posted: 05/10/2012 04:45:44 PM PDT
May 11, 2012 12:1 AM

About a week after his owner was killed in a hit-and-run accident, Ozziet the dog has a new leash on life.

Ozziet, a 5-year-old Cairn terrier mix, was found next to the body of his owner Joshua Laven last Friday on northbound Highway 1, near Davenport. A couple passing by discovered Laven's body as many as 12 hours after he was hit while riding his bicycle.

"I've known Josh since I was 15," Kimberly Day of Pacifica said Thursday. "I'm happy to take him (Ozziet) - it's the least I could do."

Day, a longtime friend of Laven's family, picked up Ozziet Thursday from the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter, where he'd been taken after the accident. Ozziet, who was riding in a crate attached to Laven's bike, was being treated for minor injuries there.

Shelter officials said they'd received a number of inquiries from people wondering what would happen to this brave little dog.

Ozziet whimpered sadly as supervisor Linda Puzziferro carried him over to Day. The 16-pound dog, who resembles faithful canine Toto from "The Wizard of Oz," still has a shock of purple fur on his head, remnants of a dye job from Laven, who'd once worked as a hairdresser.

Day cradled the nervous little dog in her arms and said it was the first time she'd met him. She wanted the dog to be cared for somewhere close by, where Laven's family would have close contact with his caretaker.

Her eventual hope is to reunite Ozziet with Laven's family, but she will take care of him until then.

"All of us are kind of hoping he will go back to Josh's family," she said, adding that she believes the eventual reunion would be healing for all.

Laven's mother, Jennifer Putnam of Massachusetts, said her son was a huge dog lover who was devoted to Ozziet. He'd had to leave the dog with Putnam during a four-month trek to study yoga in India, much to his disappointment.

Putnam said she hoped it would be healing for Day as well.

"I lost my 15-year-old dog about a month ago," Day said.

While Ozziet is no longer looking for a home, Animal Shelter officials remind residents that there are many other dogs at the shelter seeking their own happy ending


A Little Announcement

May 8th 2012 10:15 pm
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Been waiting a while to bark this, Pepper's cousin, Lil Baby Girl, will soon be Big Sister Girl! Her mama is due May 24 and they will be inducing(unless baby decides to come sooner) as s/he is already pretty big. So new Lil Baby Girl or Lil Baby Boy by the end of the month!


Dog Named Spike Saves Boy Caught On Spike

April 27th 2012 9:36 pm
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By Richard Hartley-parkinson
PUBLISHED: 09:32 EST, 23 April 2012 Lassie-comes-rescue-boy-11-impaled-metal-fence.html#ixzz1tJ2 UQtTP

A boy impaled on a metal fence was saved after a real-life Lassie drew his owner's attention to the child's plight.

Jack Humphrey, 11, became impaled on the 8ft fence by his wrist when he fell while climbing a nearby tree. In shock, he tried to jump down from the fence, tearing his arm to the bone from elbow to wrist.

Spike, who was being walked by James Harrigan on land between North Ormesby and Longlands Road, in Middlesbrough, Cleveland, ran off in the direction of the injured boy.

The barking dog alerted his owner to Jack's distress and Mr Harrigan, 39, held the child in the air for 40 minutes until the emergency services arrived.
Fire crews then cut down the fence, which was lodged in Jack's wrist next to a major artery.
Mr Harrigan, who lives close to Jack in North Ormesby, Middlesbrough, but didn't know him before the accident, said: 'Spike just shot off right to where the boys were. He was like Lassie.

'I followed him and when I got there, there was a boy on the fence saying he was stuck. He was stuck on three metal spikes at the top of the fence and he tried to jump off the fence before I could get to him, but tore his arm badly. He was still stuck there.
'I called the ambulance, fire and police and I held him up with my shoulder under his bottom. I lifted him right up so he didn't tear his arm any more. He was just so calm and brave. I tried to get him to talk about cars and things.
'I sent his friends to take the dog back and to get Jack's mum and dad and then the emergency services started trying to cut the fence. They tied me to the fence so I could keep hold of him while they got him down.
'I managed to hold him up there for 40 minutes, but then I collapsed as I couldn't hold him any more and one of the firemen took over.'
The Great North Air Ambulance landed at the scene and administered morphine to the injured boy. The spike was left in Jack's arm to stem any major bleeding until he was placed on a stretcher, when it fell out.
He was airlifted to The James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough for treatment after the incident yesterday afternoon.

Last night, Jack's mother, Anne Marie Stephenson said: 'I just can't thank James enough. To me what he did was dedication. He is a real hero.'
The boy's step-grandfather, Chris Jones, of Carlin How, near Saltburn, east Cleveland, said Jack was due to have an operation today, when doctors would assess the damage.
He said: 'James Harrigan is a hero, an angel. He was just passing by and didn't have to do what he did, but he was amazing. I really believe Jack would have lost his arm if it wasn't for James. He could have lost his life if the spike had severed his artery.'
He said Jack might have ongoing problems and need further operations as there was severe damage to tendons in his arm.
But he said: 'I have to say Jack is very brave. He was sitting up in hospital laughing about it, although he did have a moment when the shock hit him. I think he has been lucky as the arm is not broken and he hasn't lost the use of it. But that is thanks to James.'

A spokesman for the Great North Air Ambulance, which attended the scene, said Jack was given strong painkillers and a tourniquet was applied to his arm to stop the bleeding.
He said: 'The job showed how well ambulance, fire, police and ourselves all work together, but also showed how a passer-by can make a huge difference in the time of need.
'He was a massive help to us, and kept the patient's spirits up. The serious injury would have been much worse without him. A true local hero.'
Mr Harrigan visited Jack in hospital last night and the family took the chance to thank him personally. He said: 'I just can't get it out of my head. He was such a brave lad.

'And Spike did well too. He took me straight there. He chews everything in the house and isn't a very well behaved dog, but he really came into his own this time.'


Baby On The Doorstep!

April 25th 2012 6:25 am
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Herald Staff Writer
Posted: 04/24/2012 04:12:56 PM PDT

A family of Pacific Grove had a baby arrive on their doorstep Tuesday morning.

The "baby" was a fawn, born within hours on their driveway.

James, one of two sons living at the house on Seaview Ave., said his father looked out the window at 8:30 a.m. and saw what at first appeared to be a skunk lying on the driveway, but on closer inspection, proved to be a baby deer.

He said he took some photos, and called 911 for animal control.

The animal control officer told him the fawn was probably regaining its strength after leaving the womb, and to leave the creature alone until its mother came to take it away, Chang said.

When he and his father looked out the window again, they saw the baby was gone from the driveway, but when Chang went out to investigate, he found the fawn lying on the front porch doormat.

Eventually, he said, the mother doe appeared, the fawn got up on its legs and went to her, and the two disappeared.

State Department of Fish and Game officials say fawns found alone should be left alone, since their mothers will often leave them to go forage, and then come back.


Earthly Good-Byes, Rainbow Hellos

April 24th 2012 9:27 pm
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Earthly good-byes and Rainbow hellos
What's in between?
They Angels, they know!
And in this good land the love overflows
While sunshine and rain create such a glow

Is there heartache and pain for those left behind?
Do they wonder and worry and wish for more time?
Do they seek peace and grace they can't easily find?

Perhaps, there is comfort
Perhaps, in a dream
We can show them the things not so easily seen
Like the Love in the Rainbow
and its wonderous gleam

Bitter-sweet moments, when it's time to go
For the mystery whose answer we all come to know
Starts with earthly good-byes and Rainbow hellos

A Rainbow poem
by Rainbow pup Jamaica


Got My Cake!

April 24th 2012 5:35 am
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And, being a Rainbow pup, I get to eat it too!

Today is my one year Dogster anniversary and my 4th year of residency at the Rainbow Bridge.

Coming to Dogster as a Rainbow pup, I've opted to not celebrate my Birthday or Gotcha days. To be honest, the folks don't really know my Birthday(they didn't think to ask, although guess it to be in February) and they don't remember my exact Gotcha day (didn't think to mark it as an occasion, but they know it was a day in April)

So today is a special day for me, two occasions wrapped in one day, three if including my Gotcha Day.

To mark the occasion, there are two 'new' pictures on my page. Taken on one of those old fashion cameras with no preview, just film.

Rainbow wags,


River otters rebounding

April 19th 2012 3:36 pm
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Carolyn Jones
Sunday, April 15, 2012

It's wild times in the watershed.

The most happy-go-lucky denizen of Bay Area creeks is back, after a hiatus of at least three decades: the river otter.

"They look like they're having a wonderful time out there. It's really exciting to see," said Steve Bobzien, a wildlife ecologist for the East Bay Regional Park District. "Plus, it's a really good biological indicator of the health of the ecosystem."

From Antioch to Tomales Bay, park visitors have reported otters rolling in mud, gnawing on crayfish, sliding down rocks and generally partying on the creek banks. A Marin group has even created an Otter Spotter website, where the public can log their otter sightings on an interactive map and learn more about the charismatic carnivores.

"The more we look for otters, the more we find. It seems like they're everywhere," said Megan Isadore, a naturalist from Forest Knoll who started the River Otter Ecology Project and Otter Spotter website. "It's wonderful - everyone loves otters."

Otters were once found in almost every creek and lake in Northern California, but their numbers seriously dwindled until the 1970s because of hunting, habitat loss and pollution. Particularly harmful was mercury, which seeped into the crayfish, clams, mussels and other shellfish that otters dine on.

But the federal Clean Water Act of 1972, California environmental laws, antihunting regulations and open space preservation have helped make the waterways more hospitable for otters. They're still threatened, but they appear to be rebounding, biologists said.

"There's a lot of doom and gloom out there, but every now and then we get something right," said David Herlocker, a naturalist with the Marin County Parks and Open Space District. "We did something to protect our waterways, and it actually worked."

Marin seems to have the biggest concentration of otters, and the population there appears to have skirted the worst of the hunting and pollution impacts. Otters are in virtually every creek and reservoir but especially seem to favor water treatment plants and anyplace with lots of salmon, Herlocker said. They're so plentiful a few have even been hit by cars, prompting at least one "Otter Crossing" sign - on Lucky Drive in Larkspur.

But they're not ones to linger. Otters will scramble over hilltops and valleys, up to 25 miles a day, to find their next feast.

In fact, they usually don't stay in one spot for more than a few days. They might take over an old beaver den or foxhole to nest or relax for a while, but generally they like to keep moving.

In the East Bay, they've been spotted at Jewel Lake in Berkeley's Tilden Regional Park, Brooks Island near Richmond, Garin Park in Hayward, Contra Loma reservoir in Antioch and other parks. They're also relatively common in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

Scientists don't know much about otters' population figures in the Bay Area - no official counts are available - but Isadore hopes to change that. With her Otter Spotter program, she's encouraging members of the public to help document otters' behavior and whereabouts so scientists can identify their corridors and ranges, eating and breeding habits and general population trends. That kind of information will help show a more complete picture of otters' health as a species, as well as a hint of the general state of Bay Area watersheds.

It's not an easy job, though. Otter spotters must be prepared to spend long, silent hours by a creek, notebook and camera at the ready, awaiting a sudden splash off a nearby rock or a furry head popping up from a quiet pool.

Cute as otters can be, however, people should keep their distance. They like to play with each other, but they're not crazy about humans. And they can at times display that displeasure with sharp teeth.

"They're nippy little buggers," Bobzien said. "You don't want to corner them."

The rewards of otter spotting are great, though. When they're in the mood, otters are like the Marx Brothers of the forest.

"They slide and roll and splash," Isadore said. "It appears they do this for no reason at all except to play. Or if there is a reason, they're not telling."


When 'goodbye' brings sorrow and relief

April 16th 2012 8:57 am
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Found this to be a touching e-mail from Petfinder. She does a good job of putting into words what so many humans might feel when it is time to say goodbye. I especially like the part about the pizza:)

Dear Friends,
This week I said goodbye to my sweet hound, Jim, after six years together. I met him as an old, starving, toothless community dog in Costa Rica with numbered days, so I don't think either of us expected a long relationship. But somewhere around the fourth or fifth medical crisis in which the doctor gave him only a few months, I began to feel as if Jim, who kept surviving the unsurvivable, might, in fact, never leave me. So I fell in love with this dog and his quirky hound-dog behavior. But last week Jim had a series of strokes that left him finally unable to bounce back. A wonderful hospice vet met us at our home, and after sharing a whole pizza in his favorite bed, we said good-bye.

Now, my relief and sorrow blur together. Today Jim is not uncomfortable. Today I am not worried about whether Jim is uncomfortable. And although I would never choose to leave Jim, I am overwhelmed by having had the honor of helping him leave me while he felt loved and peaceful (and full of pizza). As for me, I feel smarter, luckier and humbler for having the chance to love my survivor, Jim. *****

This is just the e-mail snippet.
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