Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Quincey's Got A New Friend!

Introducing..............Mr. Lion!!!!! Quincey's newest and favourite buddy is his new eco-friendly and charitable dog toy made by Simply Fido which also benefits the Jane Goodall Institute. I didn't even know Jane had a pet collection through her "Good For All" brand which was created to recognize companies and environmentally conscious products that reflect Jane Goodall's core values. This collection of dog toys, which also features an adorable whale, are made from unprocessed cotton, hemp and coloured using an all natural process. I have purchased other toys made by Simply Fido which were certified organic but I do not believe this collection is and the only place I have been able to purchase them in Canada is at various Pet Valu locations. Even with all my searching and research I haven't been able to find out what percentage of profits will be donated to the Jane Goodall Institute for chimpanzee conservation and education so if anyone out there knows please let me know! :0)

*Quincey with his little lion*
*Other toys from the "Simply Jane" collection*


Sunday, January 9, 2011

The Christmas Kitten

I know Christmas is now over, however, I just found this poem on Florida's Rescuing Animals In Need website:

I once was a cuddly kitten, but now I am a stray,

'Cos when I was no longer fluffy, they sent me on my way.

They've kept the big Alsatian, as he can bark and growl,

But I could fly at strangers, if I caught them on the prowl.

I slink around their dustbin; I mew outside their door;

But it's clear from their behavior they don't want me anymore.

Now I'm cold and hungry, and getting very thin,

What have I done to hurt them, why won't they let me in?

I crouch in sheds and boxes, in my bedraggled fur,

So shivery and dejected, I cannot even purr.

They have another kitten now, their children's whole delight;

But probably by next Christmas, it will share my wretched plight.

"Rescuing Animals In Need promotes responsible pet ownership. Part of that is realizing a kitten will all too soon be a cat. We have heard many children ask their parents for a kitten, only to hear the parent say 'you have a cat already' to which the child responds 'but I want a KITTEN, Miss Kitty isn't a kitten any more.' We find strays all the time that come right up to people to be held and petted. These are not feral cats, but one time pets that have been abandoned. The fate of most of these abandoned pets is DEATH. Picked up by animal control, hit by cars, killed by other animals or people. This also happens with puppies that become dogs."

Thank you to all the animal rescue groups from around the world that continue to remind us all that no matter how big or old your cute little puppy or kitten becomes you are always responsible for the love, care and attention they wholeheartedly deserve!



Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Christmas Comes For A Second Time!!

When I got home from work today there was a large parcel waiting for me!!! YAY who doesn't like unexpected gifts right?? Well turns out my parents ordered some things for me back in November that didn't make it under the Christmas tree in time! :0(

In the parcel were items from Florida's Save The Manatee Club. I have been a supporter of their's for a long time. I have an adopted manatee named Whiskers in my scrapbook and have adopted various manatees for my cousins as well. STMC is a fantastic non-profit group that has been promoting manatee conservation efforts within Florida and have recently been sponsoring research and rescue/rehabilitation efforts in various countries such as Belize and Senegal. (See my post from last year HERE)

Inside the little box from the US was a manatee toothbrush and soap holder, Christmas book, wine stopper and a bonus bag!

The fun didn't stop there!!! HAHAHA turns out in the mailbox was an envelope from the U.K. Now this I knew was coming! One of the items on my list this year was an adopted orangutan through Care For The Wild International in support of the Orangutan Foundation. For only 25 pounds, the adoption pakcage included lots of education reading material, a sticker for the car window, a plush orangutan, Christmas card, a donation box and of course the adoption certificate who turned out to be a baby named Wenda from Sumatra. Thankfully since Wenda's rescue in 2009 (from a small cage in someone's garage) she is flourishing in a rehabilitation center and will hopefully be released into the wild and help her critically endangered friends fight back from extinction!


Monday, January 3, 2011

New York (& Kristina!) I LOVE YOU!!

*Kristina and I wearing our shirts loud and proud!*

My best bud Kristina just got back from a fun-filled weekend in NYC. It was her first time to the Big Apple and being a huge greenie like me I knew she would take advantage of walking the streets and taking in all of the sights via public transportation. Although not the most eco-friendly thing she has done recently, Kristina shopped till she dropped. While browsing through Forever 21, Krissy came across various items that had been designed and created with charity in mind. There were two shirts in particular that caught Kristina's eye and she knew she just had to get them for the two of us! Being huge animal adoption advocates, these shirts were just perfect for us! Krissy purchased the "I'm A Lover, Not A Fighter" shirt for herself. As you can see above the picture is just priceless. Unfortunately in Ontario Canada, Pit Bulls have been banned from being bred & adopted so this shirt is extra meaningful in our Province. She also picked up the ultra-cute kitty shirt for myself!! A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Humane Society of the United States which is the nation's largest animal protection organization. Not only do they rescue abused and abandoned animals in need of help, but the HSUS also supports animal sanctuaries, marine wildlife protection and humane education (just to name a few). Not only do we look great with our shirts but we also feel great wearing them too!!!

*Another shirt designed for The HSUS - Available at Forever 21*


P.S. Here's hoping that Forever 21 will come out with their own charity tees in Canada!! :0)