Monthly Archives: August 2009

Blog Breakdown

blogs blogs everywhere. the definitive guide to my blogging exploits– one brand new blog- newsk8r.wordpress.com, one blog where i have transferred my humane society posts, and will continue with them- wpahumanevolunteer.wordpress.com breakdown as follows, for future reference on separate page:

Excelsior! Volume 1– this was my first blog. It is no longer active, but is still up if you want to read through the archives. It focused on service, nature, politics, psychology, and art

Excelsior: Deux Ex Machina– This is my current main blog. It is random on whatever is going on in my life at the time.

Pigeon Peanuts Consulting– this is my consulting biz blog

A Walk with Akira & Shiro– my dogs’ blog

Marko’s Meow– my kitty-cat’s blog

Tru.Funk.Soulja– my funk/soul/smooth r&b blog

Journal of a Neophyte Skater– chronicling my efforts to learn to skateboard

Humane Society Volunteer– focused on my volunteer work as a dog walker, cat cuddler, and bunny buddy

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Publishing

What do you want first? The good news or the bad news? Give it to me straight, the bad news. Well, I got a rejection letter in the mail from Dos Passos Review on Saturday and a rejection e-mail on Wednesday from Crazyhorse. Well, that stinks, but isn’t terribly unheard of. How about the good news? Well, Babel Fruit e-mailed me on Monday and wants to publish two of my submitted poems. That’s awesome! So what is this Babel Fruit? Glad you asked.

Babel Fruit (www.babelfruit.org) is a literary initiative developed in cooperation with the Inetnational Cities of Refuge. I first found it when I was doing research for City of Asylum Pittsburgh. It is a journal of “writing under the influence of the other.” It  is edited by Ren Powell (www.renpowell.com)

My poems should be up in about a week. Stay tuned.

SP

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Sample of Station Square

Sample of Station Square is one of the WPA Humane Society’s biggest events of the year. People buy passports which they can get stamped that entitles them to sample the food of each of the restauarants at Station Square, and also enter into a raffle for a grand prize. Volunteers are needed to handle the animals, to punch passports, and to assist however needed. My assignment was as dog handler for PEANUT, a 8 yr old male Lhasa Apso.

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House Bunnies

Totter

Totter

When I was a kid, the only rabbits I knew about were the ones hopping around out in my yard, and some friends had them in hutches outside. Since I’ve been volunteering at the Humane Society, I have been exposed to the house rabbit.

Pet rabbits are derived from European breeds and cannot even mate with the wild rabbits we have outside. They should not be kept outside because they can die of a heart attack at the sight of a predator, and they shouldn’t have to live on a wire bottom cage, as that can seriously injure their paws.

Another thing I didn’t know is that most rabbits can be litter trained. A lot of people who have them as pets let them run around the house just like a cat. Other people use x-pen enclosures, which are much roomier than a cage. Also, rabbits can be spayed or neutered as easily as a cat or dog, and with all the same benefits. Rabbits reach breeding age by 6 months, and there has even been a case of a rabbit getting pregnant while giving birth. So it’s not exaggeration when they say breeding like bunnies.

Since I took the training to become a “bunny buddy” at the Humane Society, I am amazed at the variety of bunnies, not only in appearance, but in personality as well. There are big bunnies, little bunnies, and in between. There are all colors, there are many textures of fur, there are bunnies with long ears, bunnies with pushed in noses, bunnies with a mane like a lion, and on and on.

Today, I buddied with Totter, and gave him a break from his brother Teeter to have some individual  time upstairs in an x-pen.

Me and Totter

Me and Totter

TOTTER

  • Sex: male,
  • color/breed: white and gray English Spot.
  • Age: 5 months old.
  • Weight: 4 pounds.

Resources:

Pittsburgh House Rabbit Club

House Rabbit Society

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Bunny Romp!!!!

The Humane Society has bunny romps every Saturday– we bring all the bunnies upstairs and let them play in big open x pens with tunnels and toys. They had a great time! Here are some of the bunnies who were there today:

Brownie and Jane (bonded pair, sisters)

  • Name: Brownie:
  • Sex:spayed female,
  • Color/breed: chocolate and white Dutch mix.
  • Age: 5 years old.
  • Weight: 6 pounds.
  • Name: Jane
  • Sex: spayed female,
  • Color/breed: black and white Dutch.
  • Age: 5 years old.
  • Weight: 6 pounds.

Bugs and Speedy (bonded pair)

  • Name: Bugs
  • Sex: neutered male,
  • Color/breed: tan Shorthaired Rabbit.
  • Age: 2 years and 2 months old.
  • Weight: 4 pounds.
  • Name: Speedy
  • Sex: spayed female,
  • Color/breed: gray Shorthaired Rabbit.
  • Age: @ 1 year and 8 months old.
  • Weight: 6 pounds.

Zach and Kelly

  • Name: Zach
  • Sex: neutered male,
  • Color/breed: white and gray English Spot.
  • Age: 4 months old.
  • Weight: 3 pounds.
  • Name: Kelly
  • Sex: spayed female,
  • Color/Breed: white and black English Spot.
  • Age: 4 months old
  • Weight:4 pounds.
  • Betty and Barney
  • Name: Betty
  • Sex: unaltered female,
  • Color/breed: white and gray English Spot.
    Age: 5 months old
  • Weight: 5 pounds
  • Name: Barney
  • Sex: neutered male,
  • Color/breed: white and gray English Spot.
  • Age: 5 months old.
  • Weight: 4 pounds.

Teeter and Totter

  • Name: Teeter
  • Sex: unaltered male,
  • Color/breed: white and gray English Spot.
  • Age: 5 months old.
  • Weight: 5 pounds.
  • Name: Totter
  • Sex: unaltered male,
  • Color/breed: white and gray English Spot.
  • Age: 5 months old.
  • Weight: 4 pounds.

Bunny

  • Name: Bunny
  • Sex: spayed female,
  • Color/breed: tan Mini Rex.
  • Age: 2 years and 3 months old.
  • Weight: 5 pounds.

Snickers

  • Name: Snickers
  • Sex: unaltered female,
  • Color/breed: gray and white Dwarf Hotot.
  • Age: 3 years old.
  • Weight: 5 pounds.

Ghost & Shadow (bonded pair)

  • Name: Shadow
  • Sex: neutered male,
  • Color/breed: black Havana.
  • Age: 2 years and 6 months old.
  • Weight: 8 pounds.
  • Name: Ghost
  • Sex: spayed female,
  • Color/breed: white and gray Himalayan mix.
  • Age: 2 years and 6 months old.
  • Weight: 9 pounds.

Itsy

  • Snowflake and Peanut (bonded pair)
  • Name: Snowflake
  • Sex: spayed female,
  • Color/breed: white and gray English Spot.
  • Age: t 1 year and 4 months old.
  • Weight: 6 pounds.
  • Name: Peanut
  • Sex: spayed female,
  • Color/breed: brown and gray Shorthaired Rabbit.
  • Age: 1 year and 4 months old.
  • Weight: 4 pounds.

Marble

  • Name: Marble
  • Sex: spayed female,
  • Color/breed: brown and gray Shorthaired Rabbit.
  • Age: 1 year and 4 months old.
  • Weight: 4 pounds.

Peanut

  • Name: Peanut
  • Sex: spayed female,
  • Color/breed: white and black Rex.
  • Age: 1 year and 5 months old.
  • Weight: 6 pounds.

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Another Manic Monday…and it’s Thursday

Note: I started this draft on july 23rd, for further evidence that things are crazy!

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Things have been crazy busy again, so I have a lot of catching up to do once again.

Heather and Peanut

Heather and Peanut

I completed bunny-buddy training at the Humane Society along with my friend Heather. So far, I have buddied with two bunnies, an as-of-yet unnamed stray (called Itsy on the website) and Luke, formerly Lucy.

Itsy

Itsy

Meet Itsy

  • Name: Itsy
  • Sex: unaltered female,
  • Breed: Mini Rex.
  • Age: 9 months old.
  • Weight: 4 pounds.
Luke

Luke

Meet LUKE

  • Name: Luke
  • Sex: neutered male
  • Breed: Lionhead
  • Age:  6 years old.
  • Weight: 4 pounds.

Meet Shaky Larue

  • Name: Larue
  • Sex: neutered male
  • Breed: Pit Bull Terrier
  • Age: 1 yr, 7 mos
  • Weight: 64 lbs
Rico

Rico Suave

Rico Suave

Rico

Meet Rico

  • Name: Rico
  • Sex: neutered male
  • Breed: German Shepherd mix
  • Age: 6 mos
  • Weight: 45 lbs
Zeus

Zeus

MEET ZEUS

Sex: neutered male

Breed: Pit Bull Terrier

Age: 2 yrs

Weight: 52 lbs

Sugar Cube

Sugar Cube

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MEET SUGAR CUBE

  • Name: Sugar Cube
  • Sex: spayed female
  • Breed: Pit Bull Terrier
  • Age: 2 yrs, 1 mo
  • Weight: 40 lbs
Ivory

Ivory

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MEET IVORY

  • Name: Ivory
  • Sex: spayed female
  • breed: Pit Bull Terrier
  • Age: 1 yr, 8 mos
  • Weight: 45 lbs

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