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PA Puppy Mill Legislation HB 2525 is on the floor June 24th!

Posted by smallspark on June 22, 2008

If you’ve seen the Oprah show on this subject, maybe you understand how important, though minor, this law will be for those constantly pregnant animals forced to live their ENTIRE life in an open, small, wire-floored cage outside with no vet care. The endless rounds of puppies go to stores while Mama suffers.

“Among other essential changes, this bill would double the cage space required for dogs, mandate regular veterinary care, prohibit the stacking of cages, ban wire cage flooring and require that dogs have continuous access to clean water.”

“Passage of HB 2525 is vital if Pennsylvania is to improve conditions for dogs kept in commercial kennels and put an end to the state’s reputation as the “Puppy Mill Capital of the East.”

For more specific info, and to know exactly who to call, please go to the ASPCA website link below.
https://secure2.convio.net/aspca/site/Advocacy?page=SplashPage&pagename=homepage&id=2401

*Info in “” re-posted from ASPCA website.

Please call!

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Looking for a lost pet – WHAT a MESS!

Posted by smallspark on June 2, 2008

So I’ve been looking around in my spare time and somehow have gotten in the habit of trying to match lost pets with found pets. This is accomplished by looking at many lost pet website.   For example – http://www.craigslist.com, http://www.petfinder.com,  www.petdetective.com. http://www.pets911.com and then some regional and local shelters plus specialty breed websites whose pets aren’t aggregated into these other mainstreem sites. gulp. There are tons more sites out there where people can post. 

WHAT a MESS!

This is a REALLY time consuming process and the odds of finding your pet are just pathetic.  The searchable fields are practically nonexistent and when they are there – it doesn’t seem like the chosen fields actually get applied. Most ask for your zip code and then you start off with your local shelter info then seemingly random locations.

Of course, given the way shelters move animals around in efforts to get them adopted out and/or alive this probably doesn’t matter. Animals can end up almost anywhere once they get in the system.

Then there are the animals that never get in the system due to being adopted by the finder, and exactly how I got sucked into the mess people deal with when they find a pet. I wanted to find anyone who posted a lost cat ad which matched one(s) I found. I didn’t find the ads. I didn’t find a new place for the cats. But due to the mess out there, that doesn’t mean people didn’t post one.  (Aside: This is exactly how dog-centric, cat allergic me now has FOUR, yes, FOUR cats. *sob* I wanted two doggies but now I have cats.  So the dogs are on hold. I guess. Because ‘m not sure I could survive cats vs. dogs. Really. I might die.)

Anyway, for the ones that DO get in the system, there are still problems. There the posts which don’t use useful keywords in their postings for fear of the animals being taken by unlawful people. (i.e.” I picked up a dog and it was matted. Tell me what your dog looks like and I’ll tell you if I’ve got your dog.”) Uhm. This is REALLY safe for the pet as it almost guarantees the owner, if they found your posting among the thousands of similar ads, or various websites, will pass by this ad – almost looking at it like spam. Plus this type of posting by the finder will most likely have issues being picked up by a search term used by the searcher.

Sad to say posting and searching has another BIG issue. Knowledge and application.  The whole process is based on an assumption that the animal you lost is an easily identifiable breed, identified correctly, with an easily identified color combination and pattern, again, identified correctly. In your posting on a website which someone hopefully found, using the SAME search terms. Example: Brown vs. Tan vs gold. Missing vs. lost. 

Oh my freaking god. 

I have some ideas about this that bring the pet search industry (made mostly of good Samaritans doing this for FREE) into the web 2.0 world.

I wish I were a programmer. I wish I could sit down in one place long enough to be a programmer.

I’d love to chat about this to someone who would work with me – maybe turn this into an open source project. Team effort type of thing.

I’ll be looking around more on the web to see more what I find. If anyone sees anything, let me know.

Right now, if you have a lost pet – I wish you good luck. You’re gonna need it.

-Dana

 

 

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Wanna babysit some brand new kittens for a couple weeks?

Posted by smallspark on May 26, 2008

These are the kittens who DESPERATELY need foster care TODAY: 

A)Mom with two newborn tortoiseshell kittens 

B)Three four-week-old tortoiseshell kittens 

C)Three four-week-old kittens: one tabby and two black 

D)Calico mom with three kittens: one calico, two tabby and white 

E)Three four-week-old beautiful kittens 

F)Two five-week-old black kittens 

PAWS is located at 111 W. Hunting Park Avenue, and volunteers are there right now trying to find foster homes for all the kittens and cats who need to leave the shelter today so they won’t be put down. 

Please go to the shelter or call the foster office at 267-385-3800 ext. 114 if you can give these very vulnerable little ones a place to stay for a few weeks. 

Foster care saves lives, every time! Join us in helping Philadelphia’s homeless pets. Visit www.phillypaws.org today.

p.s. You can also foster dogs, cats, bunnies and even just stop by and play with them or help out when you can.

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stolen scooter? Places to look

Posted by smallspark on May 20, 2008

My scooter was stolen in Philly and I am bummed. Here are the details of my scooter. If you find it….let me know!

It’s an orange buddy 50 (Genuine Scooter brand)

License is WHJ22
VIN:RFVPAP5A161001270

It has a chrome rack on the back.
Left hand has some scuffs and a slightly out of line handbrake due being dropped.
The mileage got stuck at I think 976, something close to but under 1000 miles. It never changes.
The speedometer doesn’t work either.
The front of the bike kind of “ticks” sometimes when it’s moving

Here are some things to make your search easier since, if you are like me, you are going to look for it!!

Obviously Register a report with the police and your insurance agent

Register your Stolen Scooter

http://scoot.net/stolen/

http://www.stolenmotorcycleregistry.com/index.php

Search Many Craigslist locations Easily

http://www.craigshelper.com/

Search EBAY

http://www.ebay.com

GOOD LUCK!!

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It’s alive!

Posted by smallspark on October 3, 2007

ACK!!

IT was DEAD! my powerbook computer, that is. But now it simply has amnesia.

ACK!!

Good news: I don’t have to buy a new computer.

Bad News: I have no applications to DO anything anymore, and lost a lot of what I did do already.

Whups!

 

Update: No – the damn thing did die and I did have to get a new computer. Well, mostly died. Well, it helped that my friend hooked me up with software my *almost* dead computer couldn’t run. And a newer powerbook came out. And well, I guess the software was the tipping point because I just couldn’t resist. Nope. It was time.

Whoo hoo!! It’s DEFINITELY alive!!!  And deliciously superfast!

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The mural my nephew Jack inspired…

Posted by smallspark on September 13, 2007

Now speaking of art, I want to share this photo – i don’t know how much you can see… I painted this mural in my nephews bedroom. I can’t believe my sister let me do it, but she did. I did it right after he was born. He’s now 3 but I’m still super proud of it b/c it’s the first mural I ever did, and probably only the second time I’ve painted a room in my life. (I’m not sure how much you can see – the line in the near center is the corner of the wall….not some weird line I drew. )

 

I usually work with several colors of paint at once and blend the heck out of them as I go – this one I think I had about 6 paintbrushes going at once on the ladder since I was blending the sky down and making clouds. I’ve done paintings before and love it but nothing on this scale. Most of my usual paintings are kind of tiny, as I’ve never had much room to paint since I left school. I LOVE to paint. It’s a great outlet and I’m often surprised by what I end up with. This one really pleases me and I can’t wait until I have a reason to try another OR set up a studio. I wonder how I’m going to combine all the things I like to do in one studio??

 

 

 

Jacks Wall

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I was taken over by my facebook profile…

Posted by smallspark on September 13, 2007

…there is a LOT to do on there, and for some reason that site has grabbed me more than the others…this is a good thing? Or a bad thing…I dunno. Widgets get my attention. Now the only problem is moving the REST of the people I know over there b/c my goodness I can’t keep up with all the places I could post and emails addresses I have …Either way, now at least I am starting to get my media together and having fun with it. And people are talking back to me which is fun. Let’s see…where sites do I have info on/use to communicate….pownce, twitter, facebook, friendster, myspace, gmail, and comcast…did I miss anything?

Either way I have TONS of artwork to show people…and now I only have to find time to go through my boxes of “stuff” and pull them out to show. my god what a nightmare. None of it’s organized. A quarter of it’s on my powerbook at home (which died about a year ago….and just came back to life – thank you Apple) , the rest in a couple of boxes, on my walls or in two harddrives….it’s overwhelming to think of organizing it.

And of course, what do I want to do instead?

Goof around and make some more…which is AWESOME!!

 

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Hello world!

Posted by smallspark on July 5, 2007

Well, I’ve been officially welcomed to wordpress so I guess I can start writing!!

Why a blog?

I’m always on the web looking around so I thought this might be a place to share what I’ve found and remember so it doesn’t get lost in my bookmarks. I’m a surfer, an information gatherer, a researcher. I always love to look around. To learn.

A couple of my friends have blogs and have built them up to do great things – I think they are providing a real value in their chosen areas. I am still looking for my chosen area (I think) so this blog will probably be about my life.

As I start, it’s kind of nice to write and not feel like my world is limited to only myself. Lol. My world is actually quite full but somehow knowing a couple of people are reading here makes me take it that much more seriously.

So to start off – in about a week I will move into a house! Quite honestly I should be packing or working on a side project but it’s too late to think or throw tonight. Looks like I will be the mad packer this weekend. I move about once a year. Always the traveler. I love seeing the world.  (If you go to my facebook page, there’s an widget for where I’ve been and where I’d like to go. ) I’ve found though, that there are lots of things to see locally and, at least here in philadelphia, locations attitudes change by the block. . So, until I find out where my own favorite spot is… I’ll be wandering.

“Where’s waldette now?

😛

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