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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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Exploration

My aloe juice

My aloe juice

I was exploring Carolyne Mistake’s blog and catching up on her latest exploits, when I read about aloe juice. The next day I was in Lotus Foods, one of the Asian grocery stores in the Strip District. I was in the checkout line with some dried cod with chili spice when I looked to my right and saw bottles of aloe juice. Well,  I had to give it a try. My verdict is that it is very tasty. It is citrusy-sweet and tastes very refreshing. There were pieces (like puply stuff) in it some, but they were really smooth, like the texture of tapioca bubbles, but shaped differently.

Marko in the rose bush

Marko in the rose bush

Marko has been enjoying exploring the outdoors. We take him with us out in the backyard and sometimes out front. We also got him a harness and bungee leash so we can take him further away with us. When we are outside he likes to stalk and hunt bugs and birds and sometimes, just lay in the shade or in the sun.

I took my friend Heather to the Humane Society so she could explore her options as a volunteer. She signed up for the dog walking and bunny buddy training and I signed up for bunny buddy and cat cuddler training. Then she came with me when I walked a dog, London. London was very submissive. He walked past the other dog cages with his head down and ears back. Once we got outside, he was so happy to walk. He was playful, affectionate, and loved the treats. He is really skinny, but I’m sure he’ll put on weight swiftly.

Meet London

London Broil

London Broil

  • LONDON – ID#A106813
  • Sex: neutered male,
  • Breed: Pit Bull Terrier.
  • Age: 2 years and 1 month old.
  • Weight: 48 pounds.

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It’s My Life

Hello again, and welcome back to the continuing adventures of me. Glad you could come on this journey with me. Let’s see what I have for you today. Well, first of all, a picture of my panther, Marko, and his sharp baby teeth!

Pantera

Pantera

Awww isn’t he just ferocious? Or maybe just sleepy, who can say…

Marko has discovered that dropping his toy mouse on my head from the ledge over the bed is an effective way to wake me up in the morning. Haha. As long as it’s not a real mouse, were okay.

Today I went shopping in the strip a bit. I’ve been going to Labad’s, which is a store run by two Syrian brothers. Today I got Bulgarian feta, bulgar wheat, and sour cabbage leaves. Rado is going to make stuffed cabbage leaves. It’s like stuffed grape leaves, only better.

I went to Petco to get a bungee leash to walk Marko, I’ll let you know how that progresses. He’s still getting used to having the harness on for a little bit at a time.

Today I walked two dogs at the humane society, Candy and Moose. Candy was really slender, but I have a feeling she’ll put on some more weight quickly, because she loved the treats! She was a little shy and reserved, but very well behaved and stayed close to me the whole walk. Moose is a rottweiler mixed with something with longer fur. He is a big lap dog. I sat down on a bench and he immediately hopped up into my lap. All four legs. I’d say he weighed at least 55 pounds. He was so affectionate though, it was nice to have him on my lap for a little while. I can’t find his info up on the WPA Humane site- will check again later. John Elliff, if you read this, I thought of you and your late Moose when I had him out today.

Meet Candy

Candy girl

Candy girl

  • CANDY – ID#A107277
  • Sex: spayed female,
  • Breed: Pit Bull Terrier.
  • Age: 2 years and 1 month old.
  • Weight: 48 pounds.

Meet Moose

big lap dog moose

big lap dog moose

Moose and Me

Moose and Me

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Long Time No Blog

I haven’t been posting here in a while, so I’ve got a lot of catching up to do. In the interest of preventing a long rambling entry, I will try to summarize what I have been up to and if any of them strike you, I can go more in depth on the subject. I will start from this morning and then work my way through the month of June.

4 July 2009

The WPA Humane Society shelter was open from 9-11 today for volunteers only since it’s Independence Day, so I went to walk some dogs. The shelter has been slammed with surrenders recently, so they are really full. If you are thinking of fostering or adopting, now is the time. I walked two dogs. I walked a puppy named Ashley and a big boy named Sunny.

Ashley

Ashley

ASHLEY – ID#A106689

  • Sex: spayed female
  • Breed: Pit Bull Terrier.
  • Age: 3 months old.
  • Weight: 14 pounds.

Ashley is a sweet puppy, full of puppy energy, but also very affectionate. She stayed by my legs almost the whole walk, and she loved to give kisses and sit on my lap.

Sunny

Sunny

SUNNY – ID#A107037

  • Sex: neutered male
  • Breed: Pit Bull Terrier.
  • Age: @ 1 year and 1 month old.
  • Weight: 59 pounds.

Sunny has a name that suits him because he definitely has a sunny disposition. He has had a rough life and was found tied to a park bench for a couple days. But he is so friendly and full of joy now, let him bring some sunshine into your life!

Out of some of the dogs I’ve walked, Buddy, Hercules, and Dreamcicle have all been recently adopted! I have gone on two off site events with the shelter, one to Bark in the Park in Mt Washington, and one to Lucky Paws Pet Resort in Freedom, PA.

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June 1-2

We adopted a kitten from the WPA Humane Society. I came to walk dogs and it was feeding time, so I went in to visit the cats while I was waiting. The whole time I was in there, one kitten would not stop meowing the whole time except when I was at his cage. He also kept reaching his paws out thru the bars and knocked his sign off. Later that day, I brought Rado back to see him and it was love at first sight. I really think the cat picked us. His original name was Oreo, but we changed it to Marko Meowii. Oreo is still his middle name I guess. We named him Marko because our adoption counselor was named Mark and because of the Bulgarian folk hero Krali Marko. Meowii because of how vocal he is and how he made our hearts melt. We did the paperwork June 1st, but he had to be neutered still, so we got to pick him up the afternoon of June 2nd. He is a joy to have in our lives. Marko has his own blog at http://markomeow.wordpress.com

Marko and Me

Marko and Me

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June 18th

I started a Calligraphy class today at CCAC. It is a non-credit community education course. I love it! I had been exposed to calligraphy in 7th grade and liked it then, but had no idea how many different calligraphy alphabets there are. So far we have learned Italic, and two kinds of Versals. Next week we are doing the Celtic alphabet. It is a lot of fun and I hope to incorporate it into my poetry and make my  poetry as much a visual art as a literary art.

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June 22nd

I have started playing tennis. Surprisingly I am not atrociously terrible at it. Rado and I have been playing in the park and we are both learning, so we don’t get a lot of volley back and forth, but are happy when we hit it. We have my parents rackets, which everyone who saw them had to comment on how old they were. They are heavy wooden rackets probably from the late 70s, early 80s. They still work just fine, thank you. They are both WIlson rackets, one “Chris Evert Personal” and the other “Stan Smith Pro Cup” Rado bought me a more lightweight racket at a church yard sale down the street. It works pretty good too. It’s titanium and is a Wilson Rak Attack Jr.

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June 23-25

Went to Ohio to help my brother with the dogs. Took Akira in my Dad’s car to the park, and walked Shiro around the neighborhood.

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June 27th

We had dinner at the neighbors across the street. It was a very international dinner with one of our hosts being from France, and of the guests a couple- one from France, one from Italy- and a couple from Senegal. Rado played his accordion and everyone danced or played maracas and clapped. It was really fun. We hope to have more evenings like that.

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June 28th

We had some people over to watch the Confederation Cup Final- U.S.A vs Brazil. U.S.A dominated in the first half, but Brazil recovered in the second half and overtook the U.S. 3-2. I was very impressed with how good the U.S. team is getting. Our goalie is especially superb. I hope it makes soccer/(football to the rest of the world) more popular here.

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Random: Other than that, I’ve been working a lot, riding my bike, playing with Marko, playing with my Burmese nephews, trying to blog at my new funk music blog http://trufunksoulja.wordpress.com , sketching and drawing more, writing, reading, and trying to enjoy life. Until next time,

Excelsior!

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Kimbo & Dreamy

Today I walked Kimbo and Dreamcicle. Dreamcicle is still a bit shy and doesn’t want to go on long walks. She is a beautiful girl and just needs somebody to love her. She did take a cookie and ate part of it. Again, she doesn’t really stop moving long enough to pause for photos! Haha. I think Dreamcicle was not as scared of people when she shared a run with King. She would probably get along well in a family with older children and other dogs.

Walked a new guy today, Kimbo. I kept wanting to call him Kimbo Slice after the internet street fighter. He was a lover, not a fighter, though. Kimbo was very affectionate and wanted to be close to me. He looked very patriotic with his American flag bandanna.

kimbo2

Meet Kimbo

  • Name: KIMBO
  • Sex: neutered male
  • Breed: Pit Bull Terrier.
  • Age: @ 1 year old
  • Weight: 46 pounds.

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