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This sick pug needs your help! Troy’s Vet Care

Troy’s Vet Care | Medical Expenses – YouCaring.com.

Will you help this beautiful little dog get the medical care he needs? According to Pug Nation Rescue of Los ANgeles’ Facebook Page:

Animal Samaritans SPCA reached out to us Friday as they found an injured Pug running the streets in their desert community and they simply did not have the resources to help him. We have had a record number of rescues these past few months, but we simply could not say no to little TROY.

Troy, who is estimated to be only three years old, has a huge infected abscess on his neck and it appears he was viciously bitten and the injury was not treated. The shelter staff was alarmed as the wound was bleeding and there was a horrible odor, plus Troy could not hold down any food or even water. We picked him up Saturday morning and brought him to our emergency vet to get immediate blood work and xrays. The abscess needs to be lanced and cleaned, but Troy has been so weak, he cannot even tolerate anesthesia so for now he’s been on antibiotics, IV fluids and meds to calm his distressed tummy. The vets think his throat may have fragments inside that will later need to be surgically removed, but all that remains to be seen.

He has a long road ahead of him…besides his throat, he is undernourished, has an eye ulcer and who knows what other problems will turn up. But Pug Nation will stand by him every step of the way. This morning he was transferred to a specialty vet center and we are hoping he will be strong enough for some important procedures soon. A ray of hope yesterday as he ate his first meal since he was rescued.

Troy needs healing love and prayers; he was a sweet, good boy on his car trip to Los Angeles, nuzzling into a comfy bed and sleeping, but he is also terrified and confused and hurting. Who knows how long this poor Pug was roaming the streets in pain? We shudder with the thought.

We will do what we can to help this little man…can you assist us? Please click the link below and donate if you possibly can. Thank you for your support.

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The Little Red Dog dramatically “cancels” balloon release, sparks further frustration

Oh my, what did I get myself involved in?  When I wrote a blog yesterday about The Little Red Dog I thought to myself that I wanted to find a way to voice my opposition to their planned balloon release, which they did have formally planned as can be seen on the screenshot to their advertisement here, which the CEO of The Little Red Dog has admitted to posting (email below) and since has edited it to remove the offensive inclusion of a balloon release after we exchanged a number of emails.

After speaking with the CEO I feel that I was not wrong in the posting of my blog.  The organization did plan to host a balloon release as part of their celebration of having saved 300 dogs in the past 3 years.  I applaud the work they have done to rescue these dogs, but I stand by my belief that there are better ways to celebrate the saving of 300 dogs lives than threatening the lives of thousands of wild animals and marine life.

The CEO has stated they will not be participating in a balloon release. I applaud the organization for this decision.  While the CEO did try to pass this situation off as a simple idea that was floated out in the planning phases of this event and never was formally decided on, it simply appears to not be true. Why did he advertise the balloon release if it was never decided upon? (click here for a screenshot of the ad as of this morning, July 29th).

Regardless it sounds like the balloon release is off. Thank you! I am proud of the organization for making this decision. At the suggestion of a friend of mine I will make a donation to support their work as a thank you for their cancellation.

With that said, since I wrote a blog strongly advocating against the decisions that were made by this organization I feel it’s only fair to allow them to defend themselves. In an email sent out to their list serve (and myself) the CEO makes the following claims:

I wanted to let you all know about our Founder’s Day on August 2nd.
We are celebrating saving 300 dogs in the last three years and placing
them into loving homes.

I thought it best to address the hate email campaign started by ________. We did float the idea of doing a balloon release as a small
part of our celebration. ____________, who was not copied on our email immediately screamed at me all in CAPS, throwing a tantrum that is unacceptable for anyone past the age of four. It continued, I asked her to stop emailing me. She continued anyway.

When ________ got no response from us, she launched a full assault
campaign, never bothering to consider that the release may not still
be a part of our plans. After we floated the idea, we didn’t get a
lot of interest so we scrapped it. Many of you have written professional and kind emails, seeking only to inform, we appreciate that and the kind words about the good work we do. Some of you have made this a personal attack. I would defend your right to think and say anything you want, but we don’t do drama and like many of you, we do try to professionally and positively educate and would never do to anyone what has been done to us.

Most of all, I am sorry for _____ that she has nothing better to do
with her time than to try and smear a charity who does good work and that only wished to take one afternoon to celebrate the good work our volunteers and fosters do. Again the release would have been a smart part of that celebration.

Now ______ is likely to defend her actions as concern, but there is a
right and a wrong way to inform people. Funny, I have never see ________ forward any of our emails that asked for a volunteer or foster or a donation for a sick or injured dog. I only heard from Marie once this year before this, she was seeking help in finding a dog for one of her adopters, and help placing a military dog. We immediately offered to take the displaced military dog and offered a dog that fit what she
was looking for. That is what we do; help. It is too bad that Marie
cannot use her energy and resources for good rather than bullying
people who don’t deserve it.

Wonder if ______ will tell people she was wrong with as much
zeal-guessing not.

I have attached a flyer, we would love to see you there.

PJ Rosch
CEO & Top Dog,
The Little Red Dog, Inc.

My mind was blown by this response. I received this same email from Mr. Rosch and I didn’t honestly feel comfortable with it.  I am not here to participate in petty personal attacks. I simply wanted to know whether they planned to go forward with a balloon release and if so I wanted to let them know my personal feelings about the issue as a resident of Southern California. Not only was it rather unprofessional, regardless if it is true or not, but it equates a persons passion to save all living creatures as a hate campaign.  That’s just not right. It’s also not right to send out an email personally attacking an individual for standing up for something they believe in.

That’s why I’ve hidden the name of the person Mr. Rosch is accusing of making this all up, even though there is proof that The Little Red Dog had planned to move forward with their balloon release as recent as this morning.

The woman who Mr. Rosch references in his email wrote back to all involved in a great way:

Dear Ms. Rosch,Your plan was ill-fated because it would harm animals.  That was a statement of the fact and will always be.You did receive information from us, but you ridiculed them all and showed no interested in being educated about how harmful balloons are to wild animals and environment.  You clearly stated that you had no plan to forego the balloon release; this is what you wrote to someone who also asked you to stop, thus your new claim that it was not a final plan is false:  ” Do a little research on the material that is used at these events before you express your concern.  Neither plastic nor rubber are used.  Why not take the time to foster, volunteer or donate next time instead of voicing your concern?”I have nothing to defend myself about.  There was no “campaign” organized by me as you allege, Mr. Rosch.  I shared my concerns with my fellow animal advocates.  I sent them ONE email about your horrid plan, which they also became concerned about and took actions on their own.  
I’m glad that this outcry from the community eventually became a wakeup call for you — a call to withdraw your ill-planned balloon release.There’s only one person who’s running a defamation “campaign” here, and it is you, Mr. Rosch.  Your personal attack and false accusations are not only immature, but slanderous and merely reflect your lack of dignity.
ONWARD.

The personal attacks are unnecessary and I couldn’t agree more with this response.  I was personally attacked and accused of conducting a hate campaign against The Little Red Dog last night on twitter due to the blog I posted last night. My blog states two things clearly:

1. I support The Little Red Dog’s mission 100%

2. I don’t support their decision to host a balloon release

None-the-less I received countless tweets from the organizations twitter account @littlereddoginc accusing me of not caring about the dogs they save and for conducting a hate campaign. Maybe they should read what people are actually saying. There is nothing involving hate written by me. There is nothing but support for the dogs the organization rescues and the wild life the organization threatened.

Let’s pull our acts together and realize that all sides of the situation want the same thing… to make the world a better place for a living animals.

It’s funny because Mr. Rosch also wrote me saying:

Bobby, thank you for our response. I did not realize our event on OC Register still listed the release. I have augmented it.
 
All of our social media is handled by volunteers who work full time (we hope to be big enough that one day that we will have these people on staff), I am sure of them will get back to you if you have asked a question. We take our mission very seriously, and would never attack anyone, while I understand your networks may take issue with the release, we find it better to get all of the information up front, inform & educate professionally and politely, and be accepting of everyone. That how I was raised and how we raised our kids. We do not like discrimination of any kind and I think it is safe to say there are always many sides to the story.
 
Again, I appreciate you reaching out. Best to you
 
PJ Rosch
The Little Red Dog, Inc

 

While I am sure Mr. Rosch does work professionally, I have yet to see professionalism by the organization in the responses to this issue. All that had to be answered was the question, “is your organization going to be participating in a balloon release.” 

These responses weren’t necessary.

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Did you read what I actually said? Where is the hate? Read my blog, I 100% said I support your work. Implying that I do not find the rescue of 300 dogs in 3 years to be okay is just disrespectful and flat out false. I’m disgusted by this organizations misrepresentation of what people are saying and their inappropriate response to civil disagreements.

I wish I had been responded to as calmly as I had reached out to them about the issue. No personal attacks were made by me and I went as far as to offer to brainstorm alternatives to replace the balloon release.

At the end of the day with the Balloon Release canceled though I now change my call to action to donate $25 to The Little Red Dog as a thank you for making the decision to cancel the balloon release and to congratulate them for their hard work on behalf of over 300 dogs in need. I made my donation this morning!

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Tell The Little Red Dog That Releasing Balloons is not okay!

It’s always a sad day when a great organization makes a bad decision. We know that it happens everyday because organizations are run by individuals and individuals are only human. None-the-less it takes other individuals to make change. I hope you will join me in writing and calling The Little Red Dog, an organization based out of Laguna Hills, CA,  to tell them a balloon release event is not acceptable.

The Little Red Dog has a mission that I stand behind with all my heart.  They claim the following:

Dogs are man’s best friend, but it is not always the other way
around. The Little Red Dog was founded in memory of a little red American Pit Bull Terrier who did not make it. If you are familiar with the Michael Vick dog fighting case chronicled in The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick’s Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption. The Little Red Dog was brutally beaten to death by Vick and his cronies because she had the audacity to not to want to fight.

The Little Red Dog fights for all the dogs, red, blue, tan, white, brown, black and all colors in between. We do not discriminate against ANY breed; that’s because we are a real rescue, and we will help as many animals as we can. Our primary goal is to get them into loving homes. Our hope that some day all of
them make it out, but most of all, we will never forget the Little Red Dog and many others who did not.

I was living in Richmond, VA when Michael Vick was arrested and taken to trial. I value the efforts of all those who tried to rescue the dogs victimized by Vick and his dog fighting ring.  None-the-less one right doesn’t cover a wrong.

On August 2nd at the organization’s Founder’s Day event they plan to sale biodegradable balloons for $5 to be released into the air by participants. This is wrong!

This is an event hosted by an animal rescue organizations that take on kill shelters, but now are participating in an activity that can kill countless marine life from fish and turtle to birds and other animal life.

As I explained an in email to the organization I support their mission with all my heart as an animal lover, owner of two beautiful dogs (one of which I rescued this year) and a supporter of no kill shelter.  With that said I do not understand how an organization that doesn’t believe in harming, endangering or killing innocent animals would participate in a balloon release endangering marine wildlife.

With an organization having many dogs waiting to be loved and all of the dogs are said to have recently been rescued from kill shelters across Southern California (according to their website) I feel that the organization should care about the well-being of all animals and not just a select handful of dogs, as important as it is for them to be rescued?

I appreciate that The Little Red Dog has let it be known that they will not be using plastic or rubber balloons and do not wish to harm the environment.

Too bad they still will be harming the environment.  Using “biodegradable” balloons doesn’t erase the problem you are creating. They don’t disappear overnight. Not to mention if you have ribbons or any plastic clips to close the balloons those also pose significant risk to marine life and birds.

To help The Little Red Dog straighten out their priorities, I strongly suggest they read the article “Plastics and Their Impacts in the Marine Environment” by Anthony L. Andrady, Program Manager and Senior Research Scientist, Chemistry and Life Sciences Division, Research Triangle Institute, North Carolina. He states:

“Latex rubber balloons are an important category of product in the marine environment.  Promotional releases of balloons that descend into the sea pose a serious ingestion and/or entanglement hazard to marine animals.  Based on the fairly on the fairly rapid disintegration of balloons on exposure to sunlight in air, the expectation is that balloons do not pose a particular significant problem.  In an experiment carried out in North Carolina it was observed that balloons exposed floating in seawater deteriorated much slower than those exposed in air, and even after 12 months of exposure still retained their elasticity.”

Biodegradable doesn’t mean the materials vanish overnight. By releasing balloons into the air this nonprofit organization is trying to good but is actually doing a very bad thing. There are a hundred ways to remember those animals that may have passed away or to make a statement for your organization.  Try bubbles for instance!

I have a lot of experience in the area of events like this and if you need help brainstorming last minute alternatives I would go as far as offering my help.

I, in good conscious, could never support this organization as long as it aligns itself with such reckless actions. I will also ask my friends, family and social networks to spread the word of this potentially horrible event that threatens our coastal animal life.

To let The Little Red Dog know that you are against the balloon release write info@thelittlereddog.com or call 949-378-6103. There is also a contact form that can be found on their website here: http://thelittlereddog.com/contact.

You can tell them on twitter at @littlereddoginc or on Facebook here! 

 

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CBS Big Brother 16 Episode 13 Recap 7/23/2014

Wednesday night episodes of CBS Big Brother can either be very exciting or very boring since it is the day that airs the Veto competition.  This week Brittany and Victoria were faced with the reality of having to fight for their life, as far as the game goes, to win the power of veto to take themselves off the block.

Game Moves, Alliances and Secret Friendships:  We can’t talk about last night’s episode without acknowledging the alliances in the house and where the power is at.

The Bomb Squad exploded leaving in its dust a new and leaner alliance called the Detonators.  This alliance consists of Christine (right place at the right time), Zach, Frankie, Derrick and Cody.  You will notice that Amber and Caleb are no longer part of the group.  This alliance realizes that Caleb and Amber aren’t good for their overall game so they didn’t let them know that they were giving their alliance another chance.

The Girls in the house still aren’t doing a great job of banning together.  If Amber, Brittany, Victoria, and Jocasta joined together they could stand a fighting chance to have at least one of them last until the top four.  Instead they are working against each other helping the Detonators stay on top of their game.

Donny still has it out for anyone who was a member of the Bomb Squad, particularly Caleb.  He wants Caleb out as soon as possible and with good reason.

Nicole, Hayden and Christine are keeping a pretty low profile. I can’t blame them. Let the Detonators implode on their own without any help.

Brittany and Caleb formed an interesting friendship. Signs pointed to a secret alliance between the two.  Brittany went as far as to pick him to play in the Veto competition after they had a meaningful heart to heart.  This left the audience asking, “Will Caleb support Brittany or the former members of The Bomb Squad?”

The Veto Competition: The main point of Wednesday night’s episode was to air the veto competition.  This week’s competition was one of those completely luck based games.  The contestants were asked to try and kick a ball into a basket using a leg kicking contraption. Each basket had a number in the bottom of it. The player with the highest number in each round wins and continues to the next round. The player with the lowest score lost and had to pick a prize from the prize table and was out of the Veto Competition.

It was a bit of an interesting competition.  Brittany got a little too excited and over shot causing her to score a zero early in the game.  She was unable to save herself from the block.  Victoria lasted all the way to the end before she kicked her ball too hard and didn’t score either. She reluctantly took the prize of the Veto even though she knew that Caleb could pick it since he won the competition.

The Detonators expected him to take the Power of Veto from Victoria so that Cody could keep the nominations the same.  Brittany expected him to take the Power of Veto and use it on her.  In the end, he took the $5,000 cash prize and left the Power of Veto with Victoria.

Instead of choosing a side he threw his hands in the air.  I’m sure he thought not taking the veto would be best for his game. He wouldn’t piss off his former alliance members by not removing their target, Brittany, from the block while also not taking it to keep the nominations the same.

imagesThis backfired and put a rather large target on his back.  Now Cody was faced with choosing a replacement nominee.  Ultimately he had to choose between Donny and Caleb.  After much tormented thought he turned into a scared child and nominated Donny.  Why? Mostly because Derrick and Zach thought it was the only possible move. I still agree with Cody, Caleb should have been put on the block. This was their chance to get him out. It will bite Cody in the but if Caleb wins HOH next time.

Zrankie: Hints at an ongoing showmance continued in a confusing way last night.  The air showed in the matter of seconds a clip of Zach inviting any girl to go on a trip with him to Germany, which he won during the veto competition.  Then they followed it with a clip where he states that he will be taking Frankie on the trip with him.  What a game this boy is playing.  More to come on this relationship in a Zrankie dedicated posting later this week! Stay tuned!

 

P.S. if you missed Cody’s modeling days check out my blog from yesterday here! 

 

I Stopped Crying Over You (Just Like I did with What’s His Face, 5 Years Ago)

Originally posted on Betty, Travelling:

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Well, except for the “where CBGB’s used to be” part of you, that is. I did cry over that part of you. The rest of you, I did not.

I had a sense of foreboding about this trip. It had never really gelled in the planning. This was to be an ordinary trip in – work, see friends, see a show, the usual. Except there wasn’t a lot of work as I am no longer at the old job. I met with a friend about starting some consulting with her, and that was it. I wandered around the City, hauling luggage for much of the time. I had lunch until friends were ready to meet me for dinner. That was fun for a day. The heat, the displacement and the hauling began to take a toll. And the expense. Wowza on the expense. Maybe because I was newly unemployed, but…

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The Real Gay Showmance on BB16, Cody Calafiore and his Fans

It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for! It’s time to talk about one of the under talked about homoerotic reality tv show romances.  No, I’m not talking about Frankie Grande and Zach Rance, although I will be talking about them later today or tomorrow.  Today I am talking about the homoerotic showmance between the stunningly flawless Cody Calafiore and pretty much every gay fan of CBS Big Brother!

When Cody waltzed into the Big Brother house I’m pretty sure mouths dropped and drool dribbled from a number of the gay men who watch the show.  Not to miss an opportunity, Big Brother has made sure that Cody has been featured in a number of highly sexy and homoerotic scenes and shots since the beginning of the season. It’s as if a new form of showmance has begun with fans wagging their tongues at the innocent faced heart-throb.

I’m not complaining! Would you complain about having to watch this on TV?

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Yet, after looking at him for a while I started to question his professional role as a Sales Account Executive.  With his face I believe he would make a good sales person.  Then my friend sent me a link to an article on Instinct and I realized that Cody’s face isn’t the only thing that will help him sale a product.

That’s right boys, Cody Calafiore has modeled for the gay favorited underwear brand CN2.  Man can he sale products.

Cody really stands out in the house this season.  He hasn’t shown a lot of game play yet, but his game has been going smoothly.  He is attractive 24 hours a day 7 days a week.  He is comfortable in his sexuality, as a straight man to clarify.  He isn’t a jerk like some of the other men in the house like Devin Shepherd and Caleb. All and all he is a nice guy with a talent for attracting attention to himself.

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Cody and Frankie after winning HOH on CBS Big Brother 16

It’s Big Brother 16 Episode 12 Recap Time!

It’s a new week in the Big Brother house and things are… well kind of boring, but moving along.  To start I should note that Devin Shepherd, the devil with the mile long grin, was voted out of the house last week in what was a highly anticipated move by the house.

Devin tormented houseguests and annoyed viewing audiences as he stomped around the Big Brother house like a tyrant regardless of his being the Head of Household (HOH) or not.  Now that he is gone maybe the house can realign itself and become interesting once again.

Sunday’s mark the announcement of two new HOHs, four nominees to the block, the Battle of the Block competition and a lot of behind the scenes drama.  This week delivered on most of those things.

In rather lackluster HOH competition two of my favorite houseguests took the HOH titles, Cory Calafiore and Frankie Grande.  After passing a dozen eggs along chicken wire the pretty duo came out on top edging out their fellow houseguests. This not only means that both of them are probably safe for the week, but both of their pretty faces will get a lot of screen time this week. I know I’m not complaining!

Team America: Another interesting twist this season that also seems to be getting a bit boring is Team America.  As Donnny, Derrick and Frankie continue their secret alliance that was decided on by fans of the show they must also keep their own individual games in mind.

This week America challenged the trio to nominate a houseguest who is seen as a physical threat.  The trio immediately pegged Amber as a physical threat and added her to the nominations. It was a pretty weak decision because there are much stronger players in the house, but at the same time it was the safest decision. The strong competitors in the house include:

  • Caleb
  • Frankie
  • Zach
  • Cody
  • Amber
  • Hayden

The only person on that list that could have been nominated next to Amber as a strong competitor could have been Hayden. There was no reason not to nominate him besides a fear of retaliation. That’s why I see the choice of Amber as a weak one. There were few options, but they went with the easier of the two.  I still hope that Caleb gets back doored in the end. The only issue with that is that the game will continue to lose the exciting personalities on the show.

Nominations: Initial nominations are often boring.  You can’t do much with your initial nomination because you don’t want to piss anyone off who might end up staying in the house. With two chances to pull yourself off the block this season after the initial nominations it’s no wonder that weaker competitors get nominated on Sunday’s.  This week was no different.

Cory nominated Brittany and Victoria.  Victoria is the houses new Pow Pow,  doesn’t win many competitions and isn’t much of a social game player either.  Nicole asked last week, “where is Paola when you need her?” Well, she manifested in the form of Victoria… except I do think Paola could have been a good competitor if she had been given the time.

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Photo compliments of CBS.com.
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Frankie played it pretty safe, while also playing strategically.  His nominations consisted of Amber and Jocasta.  Amber has been unintentionally stirring up drama among Frankie’s alliance so it makes perfect sense to me that he put her up.  She distracts Caleb, distracts Cody, causes tensions between Zach and Cody and to top it all of is a fierce competitor. So fierce that she took herself and Jocasta off the block by winning the Battle of the block!

Battle of the Block: When the Battle of the Block competition was added to the Big Brother game this season I really thought it would liven up the show.  No more nights with nothing but watching the houseguests attempt social games.  Now every episode has a competition.

It turns out that the Battle of the Block is kind of a boring and pointless game. It does add a twist, but the initial excitement around it has dissipated.

None-the-less we do have the added competition. This week we saw the four nominees for eviction compete on a chess board where they were required to move around the board like a knight in a chess game. Jocasta worked her way into a corner pretty quickly, it looks like preying isn’t the best strategy for winning a competition in the Big Brother House.  She is lucky Amber rocked it out saving the both of them. Jocasta went into some type of tongues at the end. I don’t even know what was coming out of her mouth.

If there was a God he would send her home so that we don’t have to watch her any more. She seems like a nice person, but totally annoying on television.

That leaves us with a few other interesting tidbits about Big Brother 16.  Check out my future BB16 blogs this week that will discuss:

  • Zrankie is still alive and well, stay tuned for a new post catching you up on the show-man-mance.
  • Cody has a past in modeling for the gay favorited underwear brand CN2.
  • My two blogging passions collided last week when Big Brother partnered with FitBit!

 

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