Happy Thanksgiving to all animals lovers

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Our band of rescues has already been sniffing around the kitchen and attempting to check out the source of the smells on the counters.

From our family to yours, we hope you have a wonderful day of Thanksgiving and that you are able spend important time with family and friends – including the more furry members of the family. We will be watching the big parade and cooking more and trying to fit in as many snuggles as possible.

We’re thankful today that we have our dogs with us. But we are also not forgetting that so many are sitting in shelters today without loving homes. So hug your pets today and in the days and weeks and years going forward, spread the word that rescued pets are the greatest pets in the world. And when a family member or a friend tells you they are considering the purchase of a pet, let then know that THE BEST option is adoption.



New Blog Upgrade: The share buttons

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As I try to improve the blogging experience here on Pack Mentality, I finally have gotten around to posting up a major upgrade on the sharing buttons.

Hopefully, this will lead to an increase in the means to share the message of compassion for animals and the animal-welfare news I regularly post here.

Admittedly, I’m more a writer and promoter of all things animal welfare than I am a tech guy. But for the New Year, I feel the need to try every efficient means available to get the message out to a wider readership.

I want you – our fellow animal lovers – to be part of this – a part of this Pack Mentality to help animals.

Thanks to everyone who has been following the blog. I really appreciate your support. And Happy New Year to one and all.

But on the other paw, for the animal abusers out there, I hope 2012 is a really bad year.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

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Whew …. The schedule has really been crazy leading up to Christmas Day. But I did not want to miss a chance to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

Our band of rescues at Grady Animal House can’t wait to unwrap their Christmas toys and treats tomorrow.

It is a fantastic time of year, my favorite. But sadly, my thoughts regularly turn to animals and people who aren’t having such a great season. Puppy mills dogs are suffering terrible cruelty and neglect, on this Christmas Eve. In too many back yards tonight, dogs will continue to live tied to trees or posts, freezing while the families sit in warm living rooms.

Feral cats, the product of abandonment and neglect will be cold and homeless. Other cats and dogs will rummage through trash or huddle in a wooded lot – more evidence of abandonment and neglect.

Racing greyhounds will be crammed into their kennel crates, while the trainers, track owners and breeders are enjoying their Christmas meals.

And millions of other dogs and cats will spend Christmas Eve night in shelters, while in the hours leading up to the night, volunteers and shelter employees will take time out from their families to feed and care for the homeless pets.

Yes, so many animals will suffer to one degree or another tonight due to the actions of evil or neglectful or careless or thoughtless people. And in too many cases, these same people will put their heads on their pillows tonight unpunished and untouched by their deeds.

Can’t end a holiday message on such a down note. I stay positive because I know in my heart that compassion is growing. The message of rescue and compassion for animals is growing. The media coverage is expanding all the time, a signal that rescue and animal welfare is a hot item.

It’s in and it needs to in.

Thanks to so many caring and compassionate people, millions of rescued dogs and cats will sleep in loving homes tonight and will wake up in the morning to a wonderful Christmas morning.

From our furry family to yours ….

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As my wife and I and our band of rescues get in some pre-meal snacking and watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade together, it’s time to wish everyone a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving.

We’ve lost several of our older dogs and a cat to various ailments over the last couple of years and at this time of year the feelings can be bitter-sweet. But we are grateful that can we spend time together as a vary diverse family. And we’re thankful that we have been able to adopt two more homeless pets this year.

For Murphy (a lab) and Tillie (a basset/yellow lab mix) it will be their first Thanksgiving with us.

We hope your holidays are filled with hugs, snuggles, family time, great food and maybe a few slobbery licks to the face.

Monday Commentary: The most wonderful time of the year

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Again – with a blog such as this, focusing on serious topics and issues, things can get bogged down (or blogged down) in the negative. But as we draw closer to the heart of the holiday season, it can’t be a bad thing to focus on the positives as much as possible.

This is the time for family and friends, both human and furry (although I’m kinda furry too), and both quadruped and biped (and no-ped – snakes and such). While our family’s band of rescues can be kookie at times, the snuggles and licks and playtime are all priceless. And the feeling is warmer this time of the year.

We enjoy watching holiday movies with them and sharing quality time. And each December, if we have a new rescue in the family, we head out to the local mall on the designated night for pet photos with Santa.

I long ago got past the Christmas-is-too-commercial complaint. The holidays are what we make them. So I enjoy seeing the displays going up in the stores and I start listening to Christmas music once the calendar changes over to November. Let others be too commercial with it, not me.

On the sad side, I do think often about the homeless pets who need a warm home (through temperature and compassion) this time of year – and all year long. I think about kids who who don’t have homes or families.

So if you have an opening in your heart or on the sofa, please consider adopting a homeless pet. Now would be a great time to offer a very special gift to a lonely dog or cat.