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This is going to be something of a strange entry for me.  I don't generally discuss myself in any great detail, as you are all aware.  Well, except for my obsessive Tom Welling fixation, which I'm happy to discuss in great detail.  Oh yeah, and my ongoing love for Smallville....

OK, anyway, getting off the subject...

But there's another great love in my life other then Tom, and it's animals.  Since I was a little girl, I've rarely met an animal I didn't love.  Currently I have 3 fluffballs (aka cats).  I'll introduce you to them behind the cut to shorten this main entry, and leave space for something more important.

Anyway, there's this wonderful, amazing place in Kenab, Utah called the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary (http://www.bestfriends.org/ ).  Its one of the most inspiring and kindest places on Earth.  If you love animals as much as I do, and judging by some of the entries I've seen on my flist, I know some of you do, then this is a place that will break your heart, and make you thankful that there are people like this out in the world. 

On September 5th, on the National Geographic Channel, the 2nd season of Dogtown will be starting.  The 1st season of Dogtown introduced the audience to this place at Best Friends that takes in dogs from all over, and makes them well, trains them, loves them, and does their best to find a home for them all.  No dog is considered unsaveable, or unloveable.  Sometimes it was sad (and I mean cry your eyes out sad), but it was always uplifting. 

This 2nd season ( http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/series/dogtown#tab-Overview ) will be concentrating on the pitbulls that were rescued from the fighting compound run by former NFL quarterback Michael Vick.  I won't get into a discussion about Vick here, or what I'd like to see happen to him, because he's not important enough for that.  Best Friends has renamed them The Victory Dogs.

I urge everyone who loves dogs, who loves animals, to thank National Geographic for making this show, and also if you could show Best Friends a little love too.  NO, NO, I am not asking you to give them money.  I'm just asking you...if this moves you as much as it moves me...to send them a note and say thank you.  Because they are awesome, and they deserve it. :)

And now, if you'd like to meet my cats, Type your cut contents here.

In fact, I would love if everyone used the comments to this entry to post a picture or two of their animals, and introduce them.  A few of them I've already met, on-line, that is. :)

This is my Boo Bear.  He's a black persian, and he's 13 yrs old.  He doesn't actually look like this anymore.  He's recently been diagnosed with asthma, and had had 2 hospitalizations with pneumonia.  Its taken a bit of a toll on his weight, and his gorgeous fur, but not on his spirit, his ability to talk your ear off, and his loving nature.

This is Winter.  If Winter could figure out a way to live in my pocket, he'd do it.  He's rarely 6 feet away from me when I'm at home.  He used to be a bit shy, but after successfully treating a medical ailment we didn't even know he had, not only did he put on 4 lbs, but he's turned into a feisty kitty.  He's 12 years old.

And this is Winter again, with his brother Duncan.  And yes, they are full brothers (they share a father with Boo).  I'm sorry I didn't have a solo picture of Dunc.  Duncan is the cat that everyone who has ever come over to my house wants to go home with.  To say he's affectionate, loving and cute is like saying Tom Welling is "ok looking".  He purrs, he lapsits, he hugs, he coo's, he rubs his ear when he wants your attention....the list of cutie things Duncan does is endless.  Did I mention he's a tad overweight too? 

Oh, if you don't want to post a picture of your fur baby, thats OK.  You can just feel free to gush over them and tell me why they are the bestest animal in the whole world. ;)

Thanks everyone for letting me indulge my sentimental side. 






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Sep. 5th, 2008 12:08 am (UTC)
Just reading this post makes me cry.

I'm extremely animal sensitive. That is wonderful.
Sep. 5th, 2008 12:25 am (UTC)
Yeah, I won't lie, there are lots of tears when you watch, or read, about the work they do. But for me, its worth it.
Sep. 5th, 2008 02:08 am (UTC)
Feel free to talk about non-Tom, real life stuff whenever you want! Your babies are very cute!
I recently read an article about Dogtown, but I had kind of forgotten about it- thanks for the reminder. I am going to try to watch.
Here's a picture of my baby:

Her name is Lucy and she's about 7 years old. One of my many nicknames for her is "Boo Boo Bear!" :-)

Edited at 2008-09-05 02:09 am (UTC)
Sep. 5th, 2008 01:27 pm (UTC)
Oh, she is so adorable. And nice nickname.;)
Sep. 5th, 2008 02:25 am (UTC)
Okay, Dogtown just made me sob...

But your cats made me smile! I love the shot of the brothers looking up at the camera.
Sep. 5th, 2008 01:27 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry. I should probably have posted a warning. But I'm glad my kitties made you smile. They sure are characters.
Sep. 5th, 2008 03:20 am (UTC)
I'm very animal sensitive too. I think I'll wait for my daughter so we can watch the video together. She's part of a few animal protection organizations here in Quebec. She probably already know the show...

You love persians! They're splendid!
I have 4 cats and 2 of them are Persians. (I really suck at taking pictures)

The white persian is Chloe (not named after Smallville!). She looks deceptively like a precious little princess, but she's a ferocious hunter! She's also very skinny under that fur but in perfect health. Behind her and on the 2nd pic is Mimi, the oldest, wisest, and biggest of the neighbourhood, so no one is messing with her. But in fact, no cat is sweeter and purrs as much as her.

This is Minette. She decided to scratch at my door on New Year's Eve of the millenium, and she never wanted to leave since then. Some neighbours recognized her 2 years later and said that she was in a house where the little boy mistreated her. So I guess one day, she had enough and she decided to be adopted by a cat-friendly environment! Now, she has fun climbing in trees and on the roof, but she's still a little wild.

This is Ti-pou, a young persian male, a "love at first sight" that I salvaged from a pet shop. They thought he had a heart condition and wanted to get rid of him, but finally, he's perfectly healthy. He loves to tease Chloe, to follow me everywhere and to greet visitors. And finally, this is Titi, one of my daughter's cats.

Hee! That was fun! And a freakisly long post! But this is what happens when a crazy cat lady is given the opportunity to show her cats! LOL
Sep. 5th, 2008 01:29 pm (UTC)
Your kitties are AMAZING! I've had 5 at one time, and to me, it didn't really feel like too many. Cats have a way of blending into the household. Tell your daughter that she is awesome for me. :)
Sep. 5th, 2008 04:54 am (UTC)
*sniffles* Dogtown sounds great. I watch the RSPCA program here in Australia and one produced about the local animal hospital where my own rescue dog got treated.

Here he is:
Sep. 5th, 2008 01:32 pm (UTC)
Awww, what a sweet face. :) I think animal rescue organizations are so wonderful. And I'm glad they are well represented in all corners of the world.
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Sep. 5th, 2008 01:34 pm (UTC)
Her name is Lanacat? OMG, I so adore that. She's very pretty. She looks very petite, just like her namesake. All of my cats are gigantic mushballs. They apparently didn't get the memo that cats are supposed to be aloof.

Dogtown, and Best Friends is such an inspiring organization. If I'm ever rich, or win the lotto, that place can expect a great big present from me.
Sep. 5th, 2008 06:39 am (UTC)
See show me a video of animals welfare organisations and my maternal instinct. Funny how that never happens with actually kids but whatever...Cute!!!
Sep. 5th, 2008 10:07 am (UTC)
There should be "My maternal instinct rears it's head" Sorry shouldn't type while sleep deprieved
Sep. 5th, 2008 01:35 pm (UTC)
I'm the same way. Kids and babies are OK, but I'm not overly maternal. But animals? I'm a goner. I adore them so much.
Sep. 5th, 2008 12:34 pm (UTC)
Dogtown saounds great, but I 'm not sur eI could handle it. I burst into tears just walking into our Human Society, which is why I had to go through a fostering agengy to get my boy, because it was too hard seeing everyone locked in cages for me. To say I'm animal sensitive is a gross understatement. But! It sounds like an awesome program, and it makes me glad that there are organizations like them out there.

I'd like to pimp the agency I used, Abandoned Cats Rescue, based in Toronto, Ontario. They only deal in cats who they have rescued from kill shelters, and were scheduled to be put down. Between my mom, sister and I, we've adopted 5 cats from them, and they're all wonderful, loving, friendly and adorable fluffy things that I seriously cannot believe anyone would even consider putting down simply because of space issues.

Places like them and Best Friends Animal Sanctuary give me hope.

Oh. And like I'm not posting pictures of my babies, just because you've seen them before.


Sep. 5th, 2008 01:39 pm (UTC)
Hello beautiful babies! Your cats were among the ones I was specically referring to when I said I had met some of my flists pets. They are so gorgeous. And feel free to pimp out any animal organization you want. :)

I understand not being able to watch Dogtown because its too upsetting. Myself? I sit there with a box of tissues, and Winter on my lap, wiping away tears. My mother can't bring herself to watch it at all, she just sends Best Friends a check, LOL. But I did want to urge people to thank Nat Geo though. I'm hopeful that they will continue on with this series, and the more attention and publicity that Best Friends gets, the more animals they will be able to help, and place.
Sep. 5th, 2008 09:50 pm (UTC)
your cats are beautiful. i've always said that the best present my future husband can get me is a dog, since i've never had a pet.
Sep. 6th, 2008 04:56 am (UTC)
Thanks so much. I know I always think they are the most beautiful kitties in the world, but I suspect I'm biased.

And if you meet the right guy, and he's the one, then he'll get you that dog.
Sep. 6th, 2008 06:28 am (UTC)
I just finished watching Dogtown. Some of it was hard to watch, but the progress that was made with the dogs is so amazing! Some of them are better trained than my doggie as far as walking on a leash and ignoring other dogs when you're out for a walk!!!
I hope that they do a follow up on them so we can find out if any of them got adopted.
Sep. 7th, 2008 04:14 am (UTC)
I haven't had the chance to see it yet. I have it DVR'ed. Its been a crazy, busy weekend. But I'm glad you watched it and enjoyed it, even if it was hard to watch :)
Sep. 7th, 2008 01:48 am (UTC)
Yay! More "Cat-People"! Heh. It's so annoying when you tell people you have pet cats, and they go, "But why didn't you get a dog?" Not that I have anything against dogs, but... *face palm*

Sep. 7th, 2008 04:16 am (UTC)
I know what you mean. I think cats are misunderstood. I'd love to have dogs too, but I'm not home enough. And I'd feel guilty leaving a dog in the house all day. But maybe someday...

In the meantime, my cats suit my lifestyle perfectly :)
Sep. 8th, 2008 03:54 am (UTC)
This is an absolutely wonderful post, thank you so much. It has been a year since I last saw our own furball, and I just miss him terribly.
Sep. 8th, 2008 03:57 pm (UTC)
You're welcome. And I know how you feel. I've lost a few pets, and I'll always miss them. Its never easy to say good-bye.
Sep. 8th, 2008 03:48 pm (UTC)
I think I'm in love! They're adorable. ::wishes the kitties health::
Sep. 8th, 2008 03:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I'll take those wishes and put them away somewhere safe.
Sep. 22nd, 2008 07:56 am (UTC)
I missed this post during one of my busy times, but I wanted to come back and play. Your cats are all adorable, and I loved hearing about them! Unfortunately I'm not very confident around animals, never having had pets growing up (my mom and several of my siblings had severe allergies), but I do have a puppy. Well, she's not actually a puppy, that's just what I call her. I think she's about 3 years old now. I guess she's more my husband's than mine, but I love her, too. Her name is Ginger.

We got her at the SPCA. They said she's a chihuahua mix. She's little, but not teeny-tiny. She's very cuddly, and very cute. She thinks she's a fierce watch dog, which is kind of hilarious.
Sep. 22nd, 2008 12:55 pm (UTC)
She is absolutely darling. What a sweet face. And you have to respect those little dogs. They're feisty!

I always try to encourage people who didn't grow up with animals to just give something a try. Or find a way to get acquainted with animals. Its such a rewarding relationship in your life. Animals give so much. I'm glad you're having the experiance of being a pet owner now, even if you weren't able to growing up. :)

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