ASPCA Applauds Jack's Pets for No Longer Selling Puppies
Supporters across the nation have taken a stand against puppy mills, and pet stores are taking notice. Recently, Jack's Pets, one of the largest pet store chains in the Midwest, has decided to no longer sell puppies in any of its stores. Instead, Jack's will work with the ASPCA to expand its work with local animal shelters and rescue groups to offer in-store pet adoptions.
"The ASPCA is thrilled to see a pet store chain like Jack's transition to a no puppy sales model," says ASPCA President and CEO Ed Sayres. "We hope that this decision will convince other pet stores to stop selling puppies and support local animal adoption programs, which would improve the lives of countless dogs."
Over the last six months, Jack's Pets has changed its name, expanded its pet food selections to more than 30 brands, and tested a successful new store format that does not include the sale of puppies.
"We have over one million customers coming through our doors every year," says Scott Brenner, president of Jack's Pets. "We recognize that we can have a very positive impact on our local pet community by working with various adoption agencies surrounding our stores." He adds, "We want to continue to provide our customers with lovable companions while helping to save dogs' lives, and we hope other stores will follow suit."
In July 2011, the ASPCA unveiled a national campaign to raise awareness about the connection between pet store puppies and puppy mills. Our goal is to reduce the demand for puppy mill puppies by urging consumers not to buy any items--including food, supplies or toys--if the store or website sells puppies.
and......my buddy Jake just sent me this one too...double whammy! hahaha pun intended.
Accompanying the Navy Seals who completed the bin Laden mission was a faithful four-legged fighter. The trained military dog, either a German Shepherd or a Belgian Malinois, was attached to a human Seal and lowered from a helicopter into the compound. Wearing canine armor, he went along to sniff out hidden explosives or, if necessary, find a secret room of bin Laden's.
photo courtesy of yahoo.com
an excited onlooker holds up his adorable Westie!
Disturbing reports coming out of Twitter and TMZ today claiming that Charlie Sheen killed one of Denise Richards's pugs, basically neglecting it to the point of starvation and malnutrition during his year long bender.
When I first heard the news I prayed it wasn't true but since Denise herself is Tweeting that it is - I sadly have to believe it really happened.
I now officially hate Charlie Sheen and want him to be locked up and have the key thrown away.
I hope the ASPCA goes after him and sues his ass to every extent of the crappy laws we have in this country against animal abusers.
Mostly though I blame Denise Richards for this. She had to know she was leaving her pugs in the hands of a complete lunatic who was incapable of caring for a dog.
No crazy ex husband of mine would EVER get custody of my dogs or be let anywhere near them. Bad call Denise, bad call.
Every media outlet is reporting as if it's shocking news -
But is anyone really surprised that Elizabeth Edwards left John Edwards out of her will?
I think the real surprise would have been if she INCLUDED him in her will.
What a classy, graceful lady. Right up to the end. May she rest in peace.
As for JE - well, Karma will take care of the rest.
This Sunday Michael Vick will start at quarterback for the Eagles against the Detroit Lions, the first time he has been under center at the start of a game since the world learned about his involvement in dogfighting in 2007.
If he does well in tonight's game the opportunity will enable Vick to ink a two or three year contract in 2011, worth at least $5 million.
I am really disappointed in the NFL for reinstating Michael Vick and for allowing someone who is supposed to be positive role model for boys back into the sport at all, let alone just 2 years after being arrested and imprisoned for his crimes against animals.
Personally, I don't know how Eagle's fans can root for someone who participated in the hanging, drowning, mutilation, electrocution and shooting of dogs. But I guess that's just me.
Remember being a little kid watching the Jetsons and Back to the Future 's Delorean and wondering if in our time we would ever actually live to see flying cars? Well it looks like we will and before long!
From the NewYorkDailynews.com
Terrafugia Transition, a flying car that converts from automobile to airplane, receives FAA approval
BY Aliyah Shahid
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Tuesday, June 29th 2010, 2:19 PM
It's a car, it's a plane...it's both?
The Terrafugia Transition, a light aircraft that can convert into an automobile, will soon go into production, according to Britain's Telegraph.
The vehicle received a unique exemption from the U.S. government, which allows the production models to be 110 pounds heavier than a normal "light sport aircraft."
Manufacturers could not fit in safety features, like airbags and crumple zones, within the 1,320 pound weight limit.
The exemption will make it easier and cheaper to get a license--A U.S. light sport pilot's permit only requires 20 hours of flying time.
The two-seater vehicle uses its front-wheel drive on roads at ordinary highway speeds. But once it arrives at an adequate take off spot, it can extend its wings, take off and glide through the sky at 115 mph.
The vehicle can go 460 miles and carry 450 pounds, but requires a runway that is at least a third of a mile long. It fits into a standard-sized garage.
The Transition has undergone development by startup firm Terrafugia, which was founded by MIT engineers in 2006.
According to the company, 70 people have ordered the Transition and have left a $10,000 deposit per vehicle. It is expected to retail for $194,000 and be delivered by the end of next year.
Terrafugia said one of the major perks of the Transition is that it can drive home if the vehicle is flying and encounters bad weather.
Wow. Just, wow.
This would definitely shorten my morning commute and allow me to sleep in a little bit longer.
As part of the American Redcross relief for Haiti you can make a $10.00 donation via your mobile phone, the donation appear on your phone bill.
Simply text the word "HAITI" to 90999
Save the Children donations will help provide urgently needed medical attention, safe drinking water, and other necessities as well as the long-term response to the children and families in Haiti affected by the earthquake.
The Animals of Haiti need help too!
Best Friends Animal Society is a part of the Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti (ARCH), and your support will provide food, water, rabies vaccinations, safety and more for countless animals.
100% of your donation will go directly to help animals suffering in the aftermath of the earthquake.
Lastly, it is sad but true that there are always those who seek to profit from others misfortune by taking advantage of those who are reaching out to help.. Be sure that you only give through trusted reputable non-profit organizations such as those listed above.
Together we are already making a difference.
H.R. 3501, the Humanity and Pets Partnered Through the Years (HAPPY) Act.
This Act would amend the Internal Revenue Code to allow an individual to deduct up to $3,500 for "qualified pet care expenses" for a legally owned, domesticated, live animal.
As Americans trim budgets to make ends meet, innocent animals should not go without adequate care. Even a small tax deduction for responsible pet owners will go a long way to meet the needs of companion animals, ease the tax burden of those who own a pet (63 percent of all households) and may even encourage more people to provide loving homes to the countless animals that fill America's shelters.
Please take a moment to sign the petition and urge your representative to co-sponsor H.R. 3501.
Pass it along.
Here is a copy of the actual HAPPY bill:
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HR 3501 IH
H. R. 3501
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a deduction for pet care expenses.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
July 31, 2009
Mr. MCCOTTER introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a deduction for pet care expenses.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the 'Humanity and Pets Partnered Through the Years (HAPPY) Act'.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
The Congress finds the following:
(1) According to the 2007-2008 National Pet Owners Survey, 63 percent of United States households own a pet.
(2) The Human-Animal Bond has been shown to have positive effects upon people's emotional and physical well-being.
SEC. 3. DEDUCTION FOR PET CARE EXPENSES.
(a) In General- Part VII of subchapter B of chapter 1 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (relating to additional itemized deductions for individuals) is amended by redesignating section 224 as section 225 and by inserting after section 223 the following new section:
`SEC. 224. PET CARE EXPENSES.
`(a) Allowance of Deduction- In the case of an individual, there shall be allowed as a deduction for the taxable year an amount equal to the qualified pet care expenses of the taxpayer during the taxable year for any qualified pet of the taxpayer.
`(b) Maximum Deduction- The amount allowable as a deduction under subsection (a) to the taxpayer for any taxable year shall not exceed $3,500.
`(c) Qualified Pet Care Expenses- For purposes of this section, the term `qualified pet care expenses' means amounts paid in connection with providing care (including veterinary care) for a qualified pet other than any expense in connection with the acquisition of the qualified pet.
`(d) Qualified Pet- For purposes of this section-
`(1) QUALIFIED PET- The term `qualified pet' means a legally owned, domesticated, live animal.
`(2) EXCEPTIONS- Such term does not include any animal-
`(A) used for research or owned or utilized in conjunction with a trade or business, or
`(B) with respect to which the taxpayer has claimed a deduction under section 162 or 213 in any of the preceding 3 taxable years.'.
(b) Clerical Amendment- The table of sections for part VII of subchapter B of chapter 1 of such Code is amended by striking the last item and inserting the following new items:
`Sec. 224. Pet care expenses.
`Sec. 225. Cross reference.'.
(c) Effective Date- The amendments made by this section shall apply to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2009.
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Visitors at the Field Museum in Chicago can't help but notice the uncanny resemblance between this 3,000-year-old Egyptian bust and Michael Jackson.
The bust is actually of a woman and it's about 3,000 years old. Reportedly it didn't go on public display until 1988. A very odd coincidence perhaps.....but nobody can deny that the eyes, lips, and even broken nose are eerily similar.
After being released from federal prison for his horrific crimes against animals, Michael Vick emerges to sign a two-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles.
I didn't watch his 60 Minutes interview tonight and I don't really care about football. But I do think the NFL lost a big opportunity to take a stand against animal cruelty and to hold to some higher role model standards for boys in the USA.
What do you think?
Dallas Cowboy's quarterback Tony Romo has reportedly dumped Jessica Simpson the day before her 29th birthday.
According to her Twitter page, poor Jessica is devastated and heartbroken as she was planning a Ken and Barbie themed birthday bash.
Hmmm..... I just can't imagine what went wrong..
Having just been given Propofol last week during my surgery (and for several other procedures in recent years) I can't even fathom what kind of mental stress and issues this poor guy had going on that he needed a surgical anesthetic to help him sleep - or what Dr. would administer it in his home.
I can tell you the last thing I remember prior to my surgery was walking into the OR and looking at the gurney. That's it. Just looking at it. I don't even remember climbing onto the table or the anesthesiologist asking me to count back from 10. Nothing. The second they turned on the drip I was out. It's not like popping an ativan or zanax to help you sleep, it is some seriously strong stuff.
Propofol is also a drug that induces amnesia and exits your body really fast...which makes me wonder if it will even show up in his toxicology.
Really crazy stuff. And such a tragedy for his life to end this way...
I know others will disagree - but for the record I don't believe any of that BS about Michael Jackson being a child molester. He was acquitted of all charges because there wasn't enough evidence to convict him or prove it. And the first child who accused him admitted to lying, saying MJ never touched him inappropriately. I believe it was all an attempt to extort money.
In my heart I truly believe he was just so messed up in the head from the years of child abuse he suffered at the hands of his father - who used to beat all of the Jackson Five kids with a belt every time one of them got a dance step wrong - and basically robbed him of his own childhood so he could be the family meal ticket - I believe that inside of his crippled mind and heart he still was that scared little child.
If you look at it, all the evidence of MJ being screwed up points to his father. His father used to tell him he was ugly and his nose was too big. This is why MJ developed BDD (Body Dimorphic Disorder) and went to the extremes to change his appearance. This is why he was so gentle, soft spoken, shy, and painfully embarrassed in interviews.
This is why he was such advocate for children and donated so much of his money to children's charities - I believe the bond he had with children, though probably inappropriate and wrong for a normal adult (you have to remember Michael Jackson wasn't a normal adult) - for him was very innocent and probably was his way of trying to heal the wounds of his own childhood. Giving to other children the things he only wished he had growing up - in other words, love and kindness from a male role model.
Then the vultures came swooping in trying to claim child abuse to extort money from him and my theory is when he went through that humiliating trial, accusing him of the very thing he held so sacred I think it was the thing that finally broke him. And I don't believe he ever fully recovered. This is probably when his drug use escalated.
And when he finally felt strong enough to attempt a comeback, I just think it all came bubbling to head, it was too much pressure and stress and he probably couldn't sleep at night because all of these things still haunted him.
VH1 has been replaying the Jacksons, An American Dream movie and all I can think is the title should have been the Jacksons, An American Tragedy.
I am so glad Michael didn't leave a cent to his father or even make mention of him in his will. I believe it was the final f"ck you he always wanted to say but never could.
What I find truly amazing is that all of these obstacles never diminished his raw talent.
I feel strongly that it is a huge tragedy that Michael Jackson is dead -- and an even bigger tragedy that he was totally misunderstood while he was alive.
I have to give Farrah due respect after her long battle with cancer and the grace, dignity and optimism with which she displayed in her final days. I was a big fan of Charlie's Angels and thought she did amazing work in the Burning Bed and Extremities.
I remember my brother's had this poster hanging on their bedroom walls for some time in the 70's - what teenage boy didn't?
The hair. The swimsuit. The teeth. The nipples..
And I remember wishing and hoping that someday I would grow up to look exactly like her. Well that didn't happen.....but I did have the wing back hair thing going on there for a while. I may have at some point had a Farrah barbie too.
When I came out of anesthesia and woke up on the gurney, the first thing I heard was one of the nurses say Michael Jackson was dead.
I wondered if I was really awake....those drugs bring on some pretty weird thoughts and dreams. I wanted to ask the recovery nurses among their chatter if it was true.... but the only words I could utter were, "ice chips".
I spent the next 24 hours in a Percocet haze of Fox news coverage and retrospective. And now the whole media frenzy is just getting carried away. I guess you can say a lot of things about MJ.....but you can never take away his talent or contributions to the music industry. From his early Motown days to Thriller, there was nobody better. So sad.... but part of me feels like he was such a tormented soul that its good he is finally at peace.
One thing is for sure, as a kid growing up in the 70's and 80's with the new MTV generation I have a lot of awesome memories to his songs. I prefer to remember him during those simpler times.