"Kitties Can’t Wear Condoms," by John Sakers. I think I just fell in love. Besides being just straight balls to the wall, Sakers is prolific. I suggest you check out his whole channel and I CANNOT WAIT until it is Laura’s birthday.
New York City Council bans excessive dog-chaining! »
On Jan. 17 in New York City, the City Council passed two new pieces of legislation. One new law prohibits chaining a dog outdoors for more than three hours continuously in a 12-hour period. The penalty is up to $500 or three months in jail. Booyah! Three hours already seems like quite a bit of time to chain a dog outside, but still, this is a good step forward. It also prohibits chains that are too heavy, and choke collars. Yay! I made the mistake of watching Animal Cops the other day and a dog they rescued had been tied with a chain from a tow truck that was so heavy it had cut into his neck. I can’t watch that show! But yeah, heavy chains cause a lot of damage and pain.
Mayor Bloomberg still has to sign the legislation, but it was voted through the council 47 to one, so he would be a dick not to.
The city also raised the license fee for an unaltered dog from $11.50 to $34; the extra money is going to programs that deal with overpopulation This is more encouragement to spay or neuter—not that ANYONE gets their dog licensed. OMJesus, when I first got Figgy in Philly, I was freaking out trying to get his license before the 60-day period after I adopted him. Then I find out NO ONE I knew had licensed their dog! In Philly, you’re supposed to reapply every year for an un-fixed dog, but you can get a lifetime license if your dog is both neutered and microchipped. That was cool. I never got Fig licensed in San Francisco but I was thinking it was OK since he was licensed in Philly? But it probably doesn’t really work like a driver’s license.
I’m not positive anyone in NYC actually gets a dog license but the few that do will be have to pay more now if they don’t spay or neuter their pup. So that’s good. The anti-dog chaining win is pretty great! Hopefully in the future they will make the allotted time shorter and shorter. Go dogs!
[photo from unchainyourdog.org]
Happy-time puppy pictures from Jorge Garcia and Cuddly Canines! »
You guys. YOU GUYS!
First, because I am like a newborn baby who knows nothing outside of her internet bubble of journo-criticism, esoteric fashion (Should Be on The Nanny, I love you), Bay Area gossip/news, and Wonkette, did you know there is at least one dog adoption organization that takes MOSTLY PUPPIES, because I had NO IDEA!! Someone should have told me, I would visit it every day. Even the most hideously disfigured rescue animals are 1,000 times more adorable than any “zooborns” photos. But back to the puppies: this place, Cuddly Canines Rescue!, is somewhere in the wilds of Los Angeles, who knows, that place is an enormous sprawl, and they have something like 1 billion puppies and mother dogs and ex-mother dogs in various foster homes awaiting adoption. In the meantime, they are looking cuuuuute on the internet.
Should you take time between convulsions of teeny-tiny nosies and itty-bitty pink tongues and weensy paws and just-opened eyes oh man some of them don’t even have hair yet UGH and read their stories, mostly you’ll get angry; pregnant dogs abandoned in shelters, running in the streets without collars, wandering parking lots; week-old puppies dumped at shelters in cardboard boxes—people are horrible. Please spay and neuter your companion animals of every species.
How did Vegansaurus find out about Cuddly Canines and its zillions of puppies? Jorge Garcia just adopted two wee dogs through them! Look at these little monsters!
PUPPIES PUPPIES I WANT TO EAT THEM. Aren’t they darlings? Of course they are, they are puppies! We live in the U.S., we only see adorable puppies here. These two are called Pip—the weest one in the back—and Smidge, and we could probably call them the luckiest dogs of the month, too. They are so well loved!
You see, pals, dogs of all ages need adopting. There is absolutely no “need” to buy a dog to get a puppy—can we let Jorge Garcia and his pair of earmuffs put that lie to rest? Always, always look for adoptable animals; it’s our responsibility as animal-lovers and animal-rights advocates to encourage everyone we’ve ever met to do this. Maybe instead of just harping about it like shrews, though, we could try harping on about it with PHOTOS OF ADORABLE PUPPIES HOLY MOLY.
When I am ready to quit my crazy single life of dog-sitting and book-reading, I will retire to farm needy babies and puppies, eventually creating a mass of adorability so concentrated residents within 100 miles will have constant smiles.