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Another Thing To Be Worried About

March 10th 2009 12:52 am
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We just read Mica's diary and it put my mom in a funk.
Readin' about what vaccines do to us.
One good thing about mom, though,
She stopped givin' us the combined stuff
years ago.
Long ago she started thinkin' to herself, *Why do pets
need shots year after year? People don't need shots
every year.*

So, she decided she wouldn't allow us to get anymore.
She was hopin' and prayin' she was doing the right
Seems now like she was.
Only thing is that, by law, we still need to get the
danged rabies shot.
She doesn't like it, though. We get the 3 year shot.
Again, she's hopin' and prayin' it isn't too bad for us.

Man, if it isn't one thing, it's another!


A Gift From Sydney And Her Mom

March 9th 2009 9:29 pm
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Oh my doG!
Sydney is still sendin' me gifts from the Bridge.
You know what she's done now?
Oh my!
She had her mom send us a gift of zealies!
Can you believe it!?
How sweet and kind is that?
You've made my mom's eyes spring a leak.
The gift came along with this message:

Sydney would want you to have fun with these :)

Oh Sydney. Thank you. Thank you for your
friendship and for thinkin' I'm so great.
I think you and your mom are just wonderful!

All the pups and kits here thank you, too.
We all love you.

Watch over us from the Bridge, will you, sweet


Oh My doG!!!

March 5th 2009 3:42 pm
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Mom just got on the computer
(4:30) and noticed that I got some rosettes and
a gift. Hmmm, she said, *I wonder why
Redford got so many thingies?*
So she read
'em and let out a little scream. *What!!!!?
Redford is a Diary Pick??!*
So she heads
straight back to the home page and checks the
Doggie Dairy Central and sure 'nuff! There I am!
Of course my mom says *Oh, baby Redford,
you're one of the picks for today! Oh, you're so
cute! Congrats, Red. I love my Perty Pert!!*

Oh, that's one of my nicknames. She's always
so proud of us when we get recognition.

I want to thank all you pups who gave me some
gifts and rosettes. I appreciate them so much.
I Love you all!

~Mr. "Diary Pick" Redford~


Petey's Guestbook

March 3rd 2009 8:06 pm
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Hey pups! Our very good pal, Petey,
is really excited 'cause he just got
himself a guestbook.

So now all he needs are some guests!

How 'bout going over to his page
and signin' it.

We did.


My Sweet Sydney

February 28th 2009 5:51 pm
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My heart is so full.
It's full of love that my sweet Sydney
sent me. She may be at the Bridge but
she sent me so many gifts today.
My mom is crying.
Crying because Sydney is no longer in
this world and because Sydney and her
mom love me so much.
Mom knows how they feel because mom
has fallen in love with dogs from
dogster. We fell in love with
Sydney, too.
It breaks our hearts when one of our
friends crosses the Bridge. It actually
feels like we knew them personally.
Mom always cries when this happens.
Our hearts are still broken over Sydney.

Please go to her page and give her mom
some love. If my mom is so heartbroken,
can you imagine what Sydney's mom is


My good "Barkin' Buddy" Jake has tagged me with the "Getting- to Know You Tag"

February 23rd 2009 4:54 pm
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Well, that sneaky little Jake has gone and done it. Yep. He's tagged me. It's called the "Getting to Know You" tag. I've never done this one, so it should be fun.

1. What color is your collar? Right now my collar is multi-colored - Purple, turquoise, and white. Mom changes our collars every month. We'll all be wearing a green one in March.

2. What kind of food do you eat? Mom likes to change our food every once in a while. Right now we're eating Merrick's dry with a tablespoon of canned mixed in.

3. What are your favorite treats? We get different treats but my favorite treat is Marrowbone. We each get one in the morning after we go outside to do our "business", BUT my all time favorite treat would have to be the whipped cream my dad makes. MMMMMMmmmmmm Good!!! Sure wish I got it everyday!

4. Do you have a Valentine or significant other? Yep, sure do. That would be my mom!

5. Do you get table scraps? Not as much as I would like. A little taste here and a little taste there.

6. What is your favorite toy? Don't really have a favorite toy. Anything that can be destroyed when I get in a playful mood. Then Keighty and I play tug o' war with it 'til it's torn to shreds and the stuffin' is all over the living room!

7. When is your birthday? My birthday is April 12th, 2001. Mom was told the day is a guesstamit when I was adopted.

8. How many times a day do you get to eat? I'd have to say 2 times, but I have a real MAIN meal in the evening.

9. Do you have a favorite color? I don't really think so. Hmmm, maybe Red or Purple.

10. Do you hope all your pals put this in their diary? I hope so, but realistically, I don't think they all will.

*Hey you pups I tag - just copy and paste this in your diary, then erase my answers. That's a whole lot easier that having to type it all out! Maybe!!*

Have fun!

My turn to tag! I will invite these pups to play:

1. Jesse-boy
2. Squeek
3. Gizmo
4. Levi


Be At Peace, Lassie

February 23rd 2009 12:55 pm
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Another sweet pup crosses the Bridge.
Another day my mom cries.
Another day of sadness.
Lassie wasn't "officially" our pup pal
but that doesn't matter.
She was our pal from Doggie Connection.
Lassie and her mom are the sweetest,
friendliest, and most caring couple you
could ever meet.
When they knew one of us had a birthday
coming up, they would make a beautiful
card for us. It would always touch our
Lassie was her mama and dada's child.
She was so deeply loved and so tenderly
cared for.
It was so heartbreaking to read her diaries
that she wasn't doing well and her mama
always asked all to pray for her sweet Lassie.
I could feel her frustration at wanting to do
so much more but not knowing what to do.
Feel her fear that she might lose her baby.
Lassie's mama and dada did everything they
could do to help her get better.
Despite all that, Lassie lost the battle
yesterday (Sunday).
Thank you, Lassie, for being so kind and
loving to everyone you came in contact
with. Thank you for being so kind to us.
You will never be forgotten.

Be At Peace, Sweet Lassie. It was an
honor knowing you.


Four Bills

February 19th 2009 3:19 am
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Actually, there are four groundbreaking
animal welfare bills New Mexico legislature
is considering. We thought it was just two.
We need to support these bills and get
them passed!!

House Bill 593, introduced by House Majority Leader W. Ken Martinez, would allow animal shelter euthanasia technicians to obtain and administer drugs necessary for humane euthanasia by injection. TAKE ACTION NOW

House Bill 159 would make leaving an animal unattended and confined inside a car a form of animal cruelty when physical injury or death to the animal is likely, and it would make the offense a fourth-degree felony if the animal is permanently injured or dies. TAKE ACTION NOW

House Bill 82/Senate Bill 313 would make intentionally starving or dehydrating an animal to death a form of extreme cruelty that is a fourth-degree felony. TAKE ACTION NOW

House Bill 434 would encourage judges to include animals in domestic violence protective orders and would expand the definition of “domestic abuse” to include “cruelty to animals with the intent to intimidate, threaten, or harass.” TAKE ACTION NOW

Please help make New Mexico (USA) a more humane place for people and animals by taking action on House Bill 593, House Bill 159, House Bill 82/Senate Bill 313 and House Bill 434.




February 19th 2009 1:55 am
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Right now my mom is crying.
We just found out that our good friend, my good friend,
Sydney, crossed over the Bridge Tuesday, Feb. 10th.
We had a message waiting for us today when mom
got on the computer. We're all so sad.

She's been the only one that ever gave me a "Stud" gift.
Can you imagine that? She actually thinks that I, Redford,
am a "stud"! Thanks, Sydney. I think you're quite beautiful

We feel really bad for her mom. We know that her heart is so
very broken right now. So all you pups, please go to her page
and give them some love.



"A Letter From A Shelter Manager"

February 17th 2009 3:12 pm
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We read this on a website called Eye on the Sparrow. This is so sad. Actually, it's beyond sad. We have no words . . . just total sadness.

A Letter from a Shelter Manager:

I think our society needs a huge " Wake-up" call.

As a shelter manager, I am going to share a little insight with you all. ..a view from the inside if you will.

First off, all of you breeders/ sellers should be made to work in the "back" of an animal shelter for just one day.

Maybe if you saw the life drain from a few sad, lost, confused eyes, you
would change your mind about breeding and selling to people you don't even
know. That puppy you just sold will most likely end up in my shelter when
it's not a cute little puppy anymore.

So how would you feel if you knew that there 's about a 90% chance that
dog will never walk out of the shelter it is going to be dumped at?
Purebred or not! About 50% of all of the dogs that are "owner surrenders"
or "strays" that come into my shelter are purebred dogs.

The most common excuses I hear are;

"We are moving and we can't take our dog (or cat).
" Really? Where are you moving to that doesn't allow pets and why did you
choose that place instead of a petfriendly home?

Or they say "The dog got bigger than we thought it would".
How big did you think a German Shepherd would get?

"We don't have time for her".
Really? I work a 10- 12 hour day and still have time for my 6 dogs!

" She' s tearing up our yard".
How about making her a part of your family?

They always tell me: "We just don't want to have to stress about finding a
place for her we know she'll get adopted, she' s a good dog."

Odds are your pet won't get adopted & how stressful do you think being in
a shelter is? Well, let me tell you, your pet has 72 hours to find a new
family from the moment you drop it off. Sometimes a little longer if the
shelter isn't full and your dog manages to stay completely healthy. If it
sniffles, it dies.

Your pet will be confined to a small run/kennel in a room with about 25
other barking or crying animals. It will have to relieve itself where it
eats and sleeps.

It will be depressed and it will cry constantly for the family that
abandoned it.

If your pet is lucky , I will have enough volunteers in that day to take
him/her for a walk. If I don't, your pet won't get any attention besides
having a bowl of food slid under the kennel door and the waste sprayed out
of its pen with a high-powered hose.

If your dog is big, black or any of the " Bully " breeds (pit bull, rotti
e, mastiff, etc) it was pretty much dead when you walked it through the
front door. Those dogs just don't get adopted.

It doesn't matter how 'sweet' or 'well behaved' they are.

If your dog doesn't get adopted within its 72 hours and the shelter is
full, it will be destroyed.

If the shelter isn't full and your dog is good enough, and of a desirable
enough breed it may get a stay of execution, but not for long.

Most dogs get very kennel protective after about a week and are destroyed
for showing aggression. Even the sweetest dogs will turn in this

If your pet makes it over all of those hurdles chances are it will get
kennel cough or an upper respiratory infection and will be destroyed
because shelters just don't have the funds to pay for even a $100

Here's a little euthanasia 101 for those of you that have never witnessed
a perfectly healthy, scared animal being "put- down".

First, your pet will be taken from its kennel on a leash.

They always look like they think they are going for a walk- happy, wagging
their tails.

Until, hey get to "The Room" , every one of them freak out and put the
brakes on when we get to the door. It must smell like death or they can
feel the sad souls that are left in there, it's strange, but it happens
with every one of them.

Your dog or cat will be restrained, held down by 1 or 2 vet techs depending
on the size and how freaked out they are.

Then a euthanasia tech or a vet will start the process.

They will find a vein in the front leg and inject a
lethal dose of the "pink stuff".

Hopefully your pet doesn't panic from being restrained and jerk.

I've seen the needles tear out of a leg and been covered with the
resulting blood and been deafened by the yelps and screams.

They all don't just "go to sleep", sometimes they spasm for a while, gasp
for air and defecate on themselves .

When it all ends, your pets corpse will be stacked
like firewood in a large freezer in the back with all of the other animals
that were killed waiting to be picked up like garbage.

What happens next?
Cremated? Taken to the dump? Rendered into pet food? You'll never know and
it probably won't even cross your mind.

It was just an animal and you can always buy another one, right? I hope
that those of you that have read this are bawling your eyes out and can't
get the pictures out of your head I deal with everyday on the way home
from work.

I hate my job, I hate that it exists & I hate
that it will always be there unless you people make some changes and
realize that the lives you are affecting go much further than the pets you
dump at a shelter.

Between 9 and 11 MILLION animals die every year in shelters and only
you can stop it. I do my best to save every life I can but rescues are
always full, and there are more animals coming in everyday than there are


Hate me if you want to. The truth hurts and reality is what it is.

I just hope I maybe changed one persons mind about breeding their dog,
taking their loving pet to a shelter, or buying a dog.

I hope that someone will walk into my shelter and say "I saw this and it
made me want to adopt." THAT WOULD MAKE IT WORTH IT!

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