Allyn Lee, author of A New Job for Pearl, sent me a copy of the book! You remember how great I said it was? It’s still great! And there are still 100 copies to sell before they can sponsor a rescue dog at the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation!
Hang on, Meave, you may be saying, what is the author doing sending you a book for free, when giving copies away doesn’t get them any closer to their sponsorship goal? The answer is that the copy I got is actually a reprint by the ASPCA, independent of Ms. Lee and the kids’ fundraising! All sending it to me did was remind me that this is a great cause to which we all might want to contribute.
Your Vegansaurus: always ready with another charitable way for you to spend your disposable income!
Book review: A New Job for Pearl! »
You remember Pearl, the ASPCA Dog of the Year 2010; Mike from Occupied Las Vegas told us about her, and her biography that was written by Allyn Lee and illustrated by the students of Connie Forslind’s 2010 second-grade class. Over the holiday, Mike sent me his copy of this book, A New Job for Pearl, to share with all of Vegansaurus!
It’s really simply put together; each page is a different picture drawn by a different kid, generally illustrating the few sentences on it, no fancy margin-work or fonts or anything—the focus is clearly the pictures. Unfortunately I couldn’t find any sample pages online, so I had to photograph a couple for you.
Someone studied the canine form before she drew her shelter dogs!
Pearl’s at work, and deliriously happy.
All the profits from its sale will go toward the $10,000 required to sponsor “the training of a search dog” at the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (SDF). Author Allyn Lee explains that “the standard SDF way involves the sponsor ‘adopting’ a paired handler-dog team. This way it is a sure thing, because the standards these dogs have to meet are remarkable, and SDF wants the sponsor to know that the team has been tested and will put the extensive (and expensive!) training to work.” It’s not guaranteed that the dog they sponsor will be a rescue dog like Pearl, and although SDF offered to direct A New Job for Pearl's money to pay for Pearl's continued training, Lee says she really wanted to help out a newer dog to the program. She says that “SDF will match us with a dog in Northern California so we can meet with the dog initially and continue to stay in contact over time…when we are ready to sponsor.”
What does “ready to sponsor” mean? It means, when they finally have the $10,000 to cover the cost of the program, which they’ll earn by selling all 1,000 copies of the first edition of A New Job for Pearl. It’s only $12.50 with shipping, and Lee says that they still have 120 books left unsold! You guys, they’re so close to their goal. This is where your Vegansaurus says, If you care about rescue dogs, or Search and Rescue dogs, you really should buy this book. Make everyone you know with kids buy this book too, to help enforce the idea that Rescued Dogs Are the Most Deserving Dogs. Aside from which, the illustrations are SO SWEET AND CUTE, and Pearl’s story is such a lovely, happy one. Buy the book! And know your money will go to helping another dog become a hero.
[Thanks to Mike for lending us his book and for being so vigilant on behalf of the dogs of Lied Animal Shelter!]
Paris Hilton, human being, loves Lied Animal Shelter! »
Paris Hilton: she has to perform 200 community service, because jail. And she gets to choose where to work off those hours, because—well, she worked a day at Lied Animal Shelter in Las Vegas, and at the end adopted a dog. Aww! An idle rich using some of that endless free time to do something good! Do you think she’ll add to her menagerie in the future exclusively by adopting animals?
Mike from Occupied Las Vegas, our number-one source for Las Vegas animal news, nots that, reputation aside, if “[Paris Hilton] can influence legions of slack jawed gossip zombies not to buy dogs from pet stores then that’s a win. You know, the demographic who fills the shelters with dalmatians and chihuahuas after the release of a popular Disney movie or a Taco Bell commercial. If Bruce Willis would just make ADOPT HARD, the shelters would be empty tomorrow.”
[Pearl—furthest right—with the rest of her team in Haiti. See more photos here!]
Lied Animal Shelter, if you recall, is the home of Crosby and many other potential search and rescue dogs. The ASPCA Dog of the Year 2010 is a search and rescue dog, actually; her name is Pearl, and she was deployed to Haiti to help save lives after the earthquake. Pearl is A HERO*, you guys, and two nice teachers from Rancho Romero School in Alamo, Calif. wrote a book about her. It’s called A New Job for Pearl, and all the profits from its sale are donated to the Search Dog Foundation center in Ojai, Calif. AWWW, YOU GUYS, buy the nice book for your little relations! Then you can explain why no one should ever, ever buy a dog when they can adopt one, because the dogs who don’t get adopted and don’t find good jobs WILL BE MURDERED.
Merry Christmas! Adopt an animal!
*You know “heroine” is going the way of “actress,” right? English allows for gender neutrality, let’s embrace it. Imagine if we still used “authoress” or “poetess”—BARF.
[Thanks to Mike from Occupied Las Vegas for the tips!]
Sage sent us this photo of Poncho, a rescued chihuahua-dachshund vegetarian, in his dressing gown. Poncho here had a “health scare last week when he was running a really high temperature; one infected tooth pulled later, he is back to his happy self and enjoying a week of soft foods (pureed yams and tofu).” We’re so happy to hear you’re well, little fellow!
These snuggle-friends are Oliver and Masaharu Morimoto (the) Iron Chef, and they live with Kelly and Anthony of The Apeman! While Mori was adopted, Ollie was a foundling—lucky cat!
In addition to keeping cats, Kelly is studying animal law, and Anthony is pursuing his doctorate in environmental engineering. They’re working toward a vegan future, and making calzones! OH MAN.
Say hello to Grandma Moses! Reader Jacqui says that Grandma Moses is all of 18 years old; Jacqui writes that “we adopted her from the SF SPCA when she was 16! She was/is in early stage kidney failure, so they gave us some free vet care and discounted/free supplies to help us take care of her. She is beautiful and perfect and occasionally she yells, usually when she wants fresh water.”
What a darling! Adopting elderly animals is a really sweet and caring choice; everyone wants an itsy bitsy teeny tiny perfect precious baby animal, right? Nope! Sometimes an older animal will fit into your life better than a brand-new kitten—you don’t have to baby-proof your house before adopting an older cat who just wants to hang out. I knew a girl who adopted an old pug, and although he was smelly and cranky and needed several medications—thanks, breeders!—he was her little pal and they both loved each other very much. An older animal may be your new best friend, too; consider it.
You guys! Meg from Portland, Ore. sent this photo of Carl and Coco; just look at those two! Meg writes that “this picture is from a few years ago, when we first rescued Carl as a kitten. He was found with bad burns on his back, and after surgery had to wear tiny American Apparel shirts for a while (!). Coco was, and is, very tolerant of his shenanigans.”
Poor little Carl! I was just reading about a puppy whose family left him at the vet after he was diagnosed with Parvo—it takes a good and dedicated person to adopt an animal with existing health problems, even one as adorable as litle bitty Carl, here. Thanks, Meg!
Friends of Vegansaurus have adorable companions! Ashley and Carolynn of Fat Bottom Bakery each have a kitty cat; the little calico in the foreground is Carolynn’s girl Bean, and the big orange bruiser in the back is Ashley’s boy GG. I wonder if their cat powers combined are as mighty as Carolynn and Ashley’s powers combined—you know we ADORE Fat Bottom Bakery.
Hello Stella and Blob! Reader Rachel adopted these two snugglemuffins from the Milo Foundation a year ago.
The Milo Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, no-kill organization “providing an alternative for homeless pets throughout Northern California.” Its 283 acres in Mendocino County houses canines and felines, babies through seniors, as well as the occasional farm animal—right now, goats and a horse. They have a winter wish list you are welcome to purchase items from (so many items!), and they always accept general donations.
Jennifer W. sent this photo of Sam and Sacha, two of her household’s five animals. She says a home with two people, two cats and three dogs is “chaotic and awesome,” which is easy to believe—however sweet and cuddly Sam and Sacha look here (very! very sweet and cuddly!), this is but one moment.