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Saturday, January 31, 2009

Save the Tassie Devil

To finish off Aussie week, I want to talk about the Tasmanian Devil. This is a Tasmanian Devil - a real one, not a cartoon one:

Tassie Devil

It's actually kind of cute, don't you think?

The Tasmanian devil (Sarcophilus harrisii) was given its common name by early European settlers, who were haunted at night by the sound of its spine-chilling screeches and demonic growls.

The largest of the living marsupial carnivores (and Australia's only specialized mammalian scavenger), the Tasmanian devil resembles a robustly-built, small dog with powerful jaws and a set of large, strong teeth.

Its head is broad, its tail is thick, and its coarse, black fur often has irregular-shaped white blazes across the chest, shoulders and rump.

Despite its name, appearance and reputation, the Tasmanian devil is actually a shy, wary creature. As for the reputed bad temper it's mostly bluff. Since many individuals can feed simultaneously on a large carcass, a feisty display is an attempt to intimidate others and thus avoid a fight.

Tasmanian Devils are currently very endangered, as they are suffering from a strange form of cancer, one that is infectious, i.e., it can be transmitted from one animal to another through contact.

The disease is devastating the population of this already endangered species and if some cure is not found quickly, the species will go extinct.

The Save the Tasmanian Devil Appeal is the formal fundraising arm of the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program, aimed at saving the Tasmanian devil from the devastating effects of the Tasmanian Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD), a unique contagious cancer, spread by biting, which is consistently fatal. Administered by the UTAS Foundation, this Appeal has raised more than half a million dollars in corporate and public support for the devil, funding 34 research grants and scholarships to date, to a value of over $336,000. The next grant round closes 28 February 2009. All donations to this Appeal are directed IN FULL towards research and management programs across the globe endorsed by the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program. Donations are tax deductible.

The discovery of Cedric, the disease resistant Devil was a project funded by the Save the Tasmanian Devil Appeal. Sadly Cedric contracted a second, mutated strain of the cancer last month.

To find out more about this program and to find out how you can help, visit

There is one other way you can help and get something for your money. Amanda Fontaine is a Digital Scrap designer and she has put together a "Devilish" charity scrap kit. You can purchase the kit for $4 and the proceeds to to the Save the Tassie Devil fund. To purchase the kit - which is only available until March 1st - visit

My bean already buy this kit today and we will be using it in projects soon.

If a way to stop this disease cannot be found within the next two years, the Devil will likely go extinct in the wild within the next 20 years.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Pug Fest & Woofies Wanted!

We got the following message from the lady that run PugFest here in Fort Myers:

If you attended or otherwise participated in PugFest 4: The Silver Screen, I thank you for your support. We are so grateful to the Bell Tower Shops in Fort Myers for welcoming us back and I think it was a resounding comeback! It was a great day!

I am delighted to tell you that PugFest 4: The Silver Screen netted $2,598 that will help support the Lee County Library System’s 10th annual Southwest Florida Reading Festival in March.

Waggin’ Tales Pet Portraits was our official PugFest photographer and you may view and purchase event pictures at You’ve just got to check this out! They are all so cute!

Remember, too, that your local libraries offer so much value to our community. We are busier than ever in this economic climate. Periodically I am asked “Do people still use libraries?” Just walk in any of our 12 locations throughout Lee County and you will know the answer. We offer oodles of resources that you can use from your home or office computer, too, even downloadable audio books!

We will be in touch in the Fall of this year to let you know about the next PugFest. In the meantime, we at PugFest Central will start working on next year’s theme!

We did not get to go to PugFest because my bean's mobile den (a.k.a. car) would not start. My furrriend Tony the Pug did not go either because he is very old and his hips bother him and he cannot walk very well. Even so, be sure to check out all the PugFest pictures as they are very adorable.

Woofies Wanted!

If you are a Woofie or live with a Woofie and you'd like to see him or her in my T-13 all Woofie edition this coming week, please send us a picture to You need to change the -at- part for @ to make the e-mail work. We need a cute picture of you walking or sitting or sleeping - it can be anything, we very creative - but is should be about 640 x 480 pixel minimum for best result. Thank you in advance for helping out with our talent search. If you know of a woofie and just want to nominate him or her, drop me a line with their blog address and I'll take a look!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

T-13: Cats Down Under

This week, I decide to take a little trip over to Aus, where it is summer, instead of waiting round for the winter to go away. After all, they have nice sun shines there.

And of course, they were all celebrating for Australia Day, so today I visit with 13 furriends that live under the Southern Cross.

1. First I stop to visit with Pablo. He live in West Hobart, in Tasmania. They have Devils there, but I not see any. Hobart is the capital city of Tasmania. It is actually on a little Island all to itself and is a busy seaport, serving as the home port the Antarctic activities of Australia and France.

Tabby Cat

2. Next I go to Sydney to visit with my furriend Momo. Momo is world traveler, so sometime it is hard to catch her at home, but I lucky this time. Sydney is a very beautiful city and it is the most populous of the cities in Australia. His located on the South-east coast of Australia.

Domestic Longhair

3. Also living in Sydney is Vampy Victor:

Burmese Cat

4. He lives with his sisfur, Mushka, the Mistress of Mayhem and I cannot visit one without visiting the other. Sydney is also the most expensive city to live in all of Australia and it is the 15th most expensive city in the world. Victor and Mushka take me to see the beautiful Sydney Opera House, as they know how much I like music.

Burmese Cat

5. Next I go to Melbourne, which is almost 600 miles from Sydney where I meet with Huffle Mawson, Explorer Cat. She take me out to see Kangaroos! Huffle is one of my fellow House Panthers. Melbourne is located in Victoria where it serves as the State Capital. It is the second most populous city in Australia, with about 3.8 million residents.

House Panther

6. & 7. She suggest that while I in Melbourne I stop to visit Tasha and Gypsy, who also live there. We have a Melbourne in Florida too, but it is not a big city, like the one in Australia is.

Tabby Cat

Domestic Shorthair

8. & 9. Melbourne nice place to live, as Oscar the Wonder Cat and his sisfur Molly also live there. It is recognized as Australia's sporting and cultural capital and hosted the Summer Olympics in 1956. (That very long ago.)

Domestic Mediumhair

Torti Cat

10, & 11. Next I stop by MacVet's Pets, to visit with Bombay and Bangles:

Tabby Cat

House Panther

12. I want to see how they are doing because ever since the Kitten Slash show up, we have not heard from Bombay and Bangles. There are many things to see in Melbourne with is mix of Victorian and contemporary architecture. But sadly I must continue my trip.

Domestic Mediumhair

13. Of course no trip would be complete if I didn't visit with Diamond in Adelaide! Adelaide too is a Capital City, serving as the seat of government for South Australia. It is the fifth largest city in Australia with more than 1.1 million residents. It is a coastal city, situated near the Gulf of St. Vincent. It has a very pleasant Mediterranean climate and it was nice to bask in the sun there.

Russian Blue

Sadly, I must end my trip there, and I didn't get to visit everyone. Perhaps I will go for another visit as I would like to tour New Zealand too! I hope you all enjoyed this shared journey to Aus!

Next week I am going to have a special All Woofie edition of T-13, so I hope that you will join as we welcome Dogs with Blogs into Diamond's Lair!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Myth Monday - Australia Day

Australia Day, also known as Anniversary Day and Foundation Day, is the official national day of Australia. Celebrated annually on 26 January, the day commemorates the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788, the unfurling of the British flag at Sydney Cove and the proclamation of British sovereignty over the eastern seaboard of Australia.

This make it more like the American celebration of Thanksgiving than that of Independence Day. Australia became a Federation and the date that they became an independent country is actually January 1, 1901.

Australia Day is an official public holiday in every state and territory of Australia, and is marked by the Order of Australia and Australian of the Year awards, along with an address from the Prime Minister.

Records of the celebration of Australia Day date back to 1808, with Governor Lachlan Macquarie having held the first official celebration of Australia Day in 1818. In 2004, an estimated 7.5 million people attended Australia Day celebrations and functions across the country.

Australia Day is seen as controversial by some historians. Alongside proposals to change the date of Australia Day, there have been significant protests from the Indigenous Australian community. Many Indigenous Australians see Australia Day as a celebration of the destruction of Indigenous culture by British colonialism. Since 1988, "Invasion Day" protests have been held supporting this view.

On 13 May 1787, a fleet of 11 ships, which came to be known as the First Fleet, was sent by the British Admiralty from England to Australia. Under the command of Captain Arthur Phillip, the fleet sought to establish a penal colony at Botany Bay on the coast of New South Wales, which had been explored by Captain James Cook in 1770. The settlement was seen as necessary because of the loss of the colonies in North America. Captain Phillip found Botany Bay unsuitable and with two boats proceeded a short distance northwards to Port Jackson, which he declared "the finest harbor in the world". The site decided upon for the first settlement was at a location where there was a stream of potable water and some level land, unlike much of the steep and rugged foreshore. By the afternoon of 26 January 1788, all of the fleet was at anchor in or near Sydney Cove. Before sunset, the British Flag (Queen Ann)was raised in the name of George III of Great Britain.

In 1808, the day was celebrated as the "First Landing" or "Foundation Day", as the colony had survived for twenty years, despite the initial hardships, deprivation and starvation suffered by the First Fleet settlers. The celebrations began at sundown on 25 January, and lasted into the night, the chief toast of the occasion being Major George Johnston. Johnston had the honor of being the first officer ashore from the First Fleet, having been carried from the landing boat on the back of convict James Ruse. Despite suffering the ill-effects of a fall from his gig on the way home to Annandale, Johnston led the officers of the New South Wales Corps in arresting Governor William Bligh on the following day, 26 January 1808, in what became known as the "Rum Rebellion".

On 26 January 1818, the 30th anniversary, Governor Lachlan Macquarie held a 30-gun salute at Dawes Point and gave government workers a holiday – a tradition that was soon followed by banks and other public offices. In 1888, all colonial capitals except Adelaide celebrated 'Anniversary Day'. In 1910, South Australia adopted Australia Day, followed by Victoria in 1931. By 1935, all states of Australia were celebrating 26 January as Australia Day (although it was still known as Anniversary Day in New South Wales).

The 150th anniversary of British settlement in Australia in 1938 was widely celebrated. Preparations began in 1936 with the formation of a Celebrations Council. In that year, New South Wales was the only state to abandon the traditional long weekend, and the annual Anniversary Day public holiday was held on the actual anniversary day – Wednesday 26 January. (What is with NSW?) The Commonwealth and state governments agreed to unify the celebrations on 26 January as 'Australia Day' in 1946, although the public holiday was instead taken on the Monday closest to the actual anniversary.

In 1988, the celebration of 200 years since the arrival of the First Fleet was organized on a large scale, with many significant events taking place in all major cities. Over 2.5 million people attended the event in Sydney, and the year was the first celebrated with a public holiday. These included street parties, concerts, including performances on the steps and forecourt of the Sydney Opera House and at many other public venues, art and literary competitions, historic re-enactments, and the opening of the Powerhouse Museum at its new location. A re-enactment of the arrival of the First Fleet took place in Sydney Harbour, with ships that had sailed from Portsmouth a year earlier taking part.

Australia Day is the national day of Australia, and has been an official public holiday since 1994. Civic celebrations such as the Order of Australia awards are a feature of the day around the country. Parades are also held across the country. The Australia Day Achievement Medallion is awarded to citizens based on excellence in both government and non-government organizations. Air Force aerial displays are held in some capital cities, and firework displays are common. In Sydney, races are held, such as a ferry race, tall ships race and a surfing race across the harbor. Citizenship ceremonies are also commonly held on Australia Day. The Prime Minister also makes an address to the nation.

On the eve of Australia Day each year, the Prime Minister announces the winner of the Australian of the Year award, presented to an Australian citizen who has shown a "significant contribution to the Australian community and nation", and is an "inspirational role model for the Australian community". Subcategories of the award include Young and Senior Australian of the Year, and an award for Australia's Local Hero.

Various music festivals are held on Australia Day, such as the Big Day Out, the Triple J Hottest 100, and the Australia Day Live Concert. In the last ten years, a One Day International cricket match in the Australian Tri-Series has been held on Australia Day at the Adelaide Oval. Prior to that, a Test match usually started at the Adelaide Oval on Australia Day.

I am not going to get into the controversy with the Aborigines. For more information on Australia Day and the celebrations, visit the official Australia Day at Australia To all our "mates" in Australia, we wish you a G'Day!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

CofC & Nine Lives

Carnival of the Cats

I am hosting Carnival of the Cats this weekend at House Panthers. Even though Mardi Gras does not start in New Orleans for nother month, there will be plenty of beads and floats and cat candy for all, so be sure to submit your post to Carnival of the Cats!

Did you ever wonder why a cat is said to have nine lives? No one really knows the origins of this terms, although certainly some of us have used up more than our fair share of lives!

The "nine lives" term is thought to come from ancient times when nine was considered a lucky number because it is the "trinity of trinities". Because cats seem to be lucky in their death escapes, this number was well suited for the cat.

Another theory is that the Bast, the cat-goddess of Egypt was blessed with nine lives, and all other cats followed in her fortune.

A note to my human: when you are done using the bed, you are done. Do not crawl back in here two hours later and disturb me now that I have gotten nice and comfy just so you can sleep again. If you want to sleep somewhere, go use couch. Bed is MINE!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Finally Friday

Yesterday morning, there was white on my lawn. Bean call it "Frost". I do not think I have ever seen this "Frost" before. I did not like it, as it was cold.

Since it has been so cold, I have taken over the warm spot on the bed. I am sure Tristan not mind, as he not like it when the Paparazzi track him there. So he has been sleeping under the bed in front of the cat heater, which is also a good spot, but not as comfy as ON the bed.

But bean says it will start warming up now, and soon we will have summer. That is another dream you can add to the list from yesterday - I dream that someday, every door will always be the door into summer.

Snow Day

The 90th day of school came and went on Tuesday and so the little bean have 90 more days left. Mz. Ginger reports she has received post cards from Australia, San Diego, Boston, Daytona Beach, New York and Houston; London, Germany, Denver, Santa Monica and Amsterdam. A Ms. Heather made her own post card to send to the class and they were all very impressed.

You can read more about the post card project on Mz. Ginger's blog.

Remember, Mz. Ginger is trying to get 100 post cards for her class for the 100th day of school (which is Friday).

You can help by sending your post card to:

Ms. Brown's Class
Greynolds Park Elementary
1536 N.E. 179th Street
North Miami Beach, FL 33162

If you send late, after Friday, that is okay too. The class enjoy getting lots of mail, and they feel like they all little world travelers now!

If you have already send your post card, thank you so much! Purrs and head bumps to you!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

T-13: I has a dream

Martin Luther King Jr., in a speech he give say "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." Cats do not judge each other by the color our their furs, but we still has dreams. Here are the some of the dreams around the Cat Blogosphere.

As Cory Cat suggest this week's theme, I will let Cory Cat go first!

1. Cory Cat dreams of a day with dogs and cats will be able to live in peace and comfort together, and that all cats will be able to enjoy a woofie the way that she enjoy her Gretta dog.

House Panther

2. Bella dreams of a time that when a cat is alone and injured, that an angel will come and rescue them and take them to a kind of loving home, as was the case with her.

House Panther

3. Maggie McKitten Cat dreams of a time when all cats live in good and caring homes, and enjoy the comforts of domestic living and not have to fend for themselves in the wild.

Tabby Cat

4. Miss Peach dream of a time when all cats will enjoy good health and long life, so that we may all enjoy their company on this side of the rainbow bridge.

Cornish Rex Cat

5. Moki dream that they will find a cure for his condition, and that in doing so, it will also prove to be a cure for all species that suffer from neurological conditions.

Tabby Cat

6. Chairman Mao dream of a time when cats may go outside safely and chase the fev-vered and winged things.

Siamese Snowshoe Cat

7. Scooby dream of a time when all species will live together in peace, and understand the natural cycle of life, as cats understand it.

Tuxi Cat

8. Grr dream of a day when every cat will find a human to love, the way she love her formerly blond girl.

House Panther,Grr

9. Tillie dream of warm sunbeams for all to nap in, and plenty of food, and a time when the planet is not poisoned by human wastes and toxic substances.

House Panther

10. Spooky Do dream of a time of plenty for all - food, shelter, treats and love.

House Panther

11. Pepi hope for a time when his napervising is not really necessary, the world will continue to run properly even when he not pay attention to it.

House Panther

12. Minchie dream of a time when all live is considered sacred, and that no species or race has the right to enslave another.

Bi-colored Cat,Tabby Cat

13. I dream of a time when cats and dogs are treated equally, and cats receive equal care and attention that woofies receive. And that all pet events be equally open to cats and dogs and that cats stop being treated as second class pets.

House Panther,Miss Diamond

So those are our dreams. What do you dream? Please leave us a comment and let us all know!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Wordy Wednesday - The Truth about Declawing

I want to talk about declawing a cat today. First, you should know that declawing is pretty much an American thing, it's something people do for their own convenience without realizing what actually happens to their beloved cat. In England, declawing is termed "inhumane" and "unnecessary mutilation." I agree. In many European countries it is illegal. I applaud their attitude.

line of amputation Before a human makes the decision to declaw a cat, there are some important facts they should know. Declawing is not like a manicure. It is serious surgery. A cat's claw is not a toenail. It is actually closely adhered to the bone. So closely adhered that to remove the claw, the last bone of your the cat's claw has to be removed. Declawing is actually an amputation of the last joint of your cat's "toes".

If you are a human, look at your fingers. Consider what your hands would be like if each finger was amputated up to the first joint.

When you envision that, it becomes clear why declawing is not a humane act. It is a painful surgery, with a painful recovery period. And remember that during the time of recuperation from the surgery your cat would still have to use its feet to walk, jump, and scratch in its litter box regardless of the pain it is experiencing.

No cat lover would doubt that cats--whose senses are much keener than theirs--suffer pain. We however, hide it better. Not only are we proud, we instinctively know that we are at risk when in a weakened position, and by nature will attempt to hide it. But make no mistake. This is not a surgery to be taken lightly.

A cat's body is perfectly designed to give it the grace, agility and beauty that is unique to felines. Claws are an important part of this design. Amputating the important part of their anatomy that contains the claws drastically alters the conformation of their feet. Cats that have been declawed may also develop carpal tunnel syndrom as they get older as they feet no longer support their weight properly. Many cats also suffer a loss of balance because they can no longer achieve a secure foothold on their amputated stumps.

The cat is also deprived of its primary means of defense, leaving it prey to predators if it ever escapes to the outdoors. I know that some people have told me that this cat or that cat did well outside despite being declawed, but this is the exception, not the rule. A cat cannot always defend itself with it's body weight and teeth.

In many cases, a cat's personality will change after being declawed. Although, the medical community does not recognize this as potential side effect, the truth is a declawed cat often feels insecure. If they feel threatened, they will bite and often they will bite whatever is closest to them, even if that thing is their human companion. They are scared and frightened and just reacting, not thinking.

Cats who were lively and friendly have become withdrawn and introverted after being declawed. In some cases, when declawed cats use the litterbox after surgery, their feet are so tender they associate their new pain with the box...permanently, resulting in a life-long aversion to using the litter box. Other declawed cats that can no longer mark with their claws, they mark with urine instead resulting in inappropriate elimination problems, which in many cases, results in relinquishment of the cats to shelters and ultimately euthanasia. Many of the cats surrendered to shelters are surrendered because of behavioral problems which developed after the cats were declawed.

Many declawed cats become so traumatized by this painful mutilation that they end up spending their maladjusted lives perched on top of doors and refrigerators, out of reach of real and imaginary predators against whom they no longer have any adequate defense. The additional stress placed on such a cat can also lead to a variety of other physical and psychological disorders including suppression of the immune system, cystitis and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

The surgery itself is not without problems. Complications of this amputation can be excruciating pain, damage to the radial nerve, hemorrhage, bone chips that prevent healing, painful regrowth of deformed claw inside of the paw which is not visible to the eye, and chronic back and joint pain as shoulder, leg and back muscles weaken.

Two recent studies published in veterinary journals conclude that "Fifty percent of cats had one or more complications immediately after surgery.... 19.8% developed complications after release."

Today there are many alternative available beside declawing. Claw trimming, and a good scratching post are a start, as is understanding why a cat scratches in the first place. Aside from exercise and enjoyment, we also use scratching was a way to mark our territory.

Soft Paws is also a good solution. It is a lightweight vinyl nail cap that you glue on the front claws. This is great for households with small children or where the humans are way and can't watch to train you how to properly use a scratching post. They are easy to apply and last four to six weeks. They come clear or in colors...Skeezix has the colored ones I've noticed.

Remember that caps and nail trimming should only be used on indoor cats who will not be vulnerable to dangers outdoors.

Please, pass this along to any human you many know who is considering declawing a cat. It a cruel and inhuman thing to do. There is no reasonable justification for doing this procedure except due to a medical condition.

The following is a partial list of countries in which declawing cats is either illegal or considered extremely inhumane and only performed under extreme medical circumstances: England - Scotland - Wales - Northern Ireland - Germany - Austria - Switzerland - Norway - Sweden - Netherlands - Denmark - Finland - Brazil - Australia - New Zealand. How happy I would be to see the United States of America and Canada added to that list!

I am glad to have an educated human who would never subject me to such treatment. I feel very sorry for any cat out there who has had to through this. Hopeful, by posting this article, I will able to change the minds of some humans before they take this terrible and drastic step - for their own convience!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Tuxies on Tuesday

It seems some of my Tuxi furrriends get all dress up for the inauguration today. Let's see who is attending the celebration in Washington!


We hear that Rascal never go out of the house, but here it looks like she is ready to party!

Daisy Mae Maus

Of course Daisy Mae Maus must attend, to represent the Feline American Party!

Miss Boo

I looks like Miss Boo is going, and she is being escorted by the good Captain Jack!


Abby is all ready to eat, drink and be merry! Merry! (So hard, type with paws!)


If there is a Paw-ty, you know Theo is going to be in on the deal!

Sam Black

Sam Black and Tybalt probably be the most fashionable couple to attend!

Miss Diamond

And you know of course that I am going. Such a historic event, I certainly don't want to miss it!

Need more Tuxi-ness? Be sure to check out the Tuxi Gang Hideout!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Myth Monday - Martin Luther King Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a United States holiday marking the birth date of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., observed on the third Monday of January each year, around the time of King's birthday, January 15. It is one of three United States federal holidays to commemorate an individual person. (The other two are Washington's Birthday and Columbus Day.)

King was the chief spokesman of the nonviolent civil rights movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. He was assassinated in 1968.

The campaign for a federal holiday in King's honor began soon after his assassination. Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed in 1986. At first, some states resisted observing the holiday as such, giving it alternative names or combining it with other holidays. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000.

Senator Jesse Helms (R-North Carolina) led opposition to the bill and questioned whether King was important enough to receive such an honor. He also criticized King's opposition to the Vietnam War and accused him of espousing "action-oriented Marxism".

Ronald Reagan was also opposed to the holiday. He threatened to veto the King Day bill but recanted only after Congress passed it with an overwhelming veto-proof majority (338 to 90 in the House of Representatives and 78 to 22 in the Senate).

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) voted against the creation of the holiday to honor King, and later defended Arizona Republican Governor Mecham's rescinding of the state holiday in honor of King created by his Democratic predecessor. After his opposition grew increasingly untenable, McCain reversed his position, and encouraged his home state of Arizona to recognize the holiday despite opposition from then-Governor Evan Mecham.

In 1990, Arizonans were given an opportunity to vote to observe an MLK holiday. McCain successfully appealed to former President Ronald Reagan to support the holiday. Prior to that date, New Hampshire and Arizona had not observed the day. Throughout the 1990s, this was heavily criticized. After a 1990 proposition to recognize the holiday in Arizona did not pass, the National Football League boycotted hosting Super Bowl XXVII at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe. The hip-hop group Public Enemy recorded a song titled "By The Time I Get To Arizona", on their 1991 album Apocalypse 91... The Enemy Strikes Black, in which they describe assassinating Arizona Governor Fife Symington III for his opposition to the holiday.

On May 2, 2000, South Carolina governor Jim Hodges signed a bill to make Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday an official state holiday. South Carolina was the last state to recognize the day as a paid holiday for all state employees. Prior to this, employees could choose between celebrating Martin Luther King Day or one of three confederate holidays.

Overall, in 2007, 33% of employers gave employees the day off, while 33% of large employers over 1,000 and 32% of smaller employers gave time off. (My bean does not get the day off.) The observance is most popular amongst nonprofit organizations and least popular among factories and manufacturers. The reasons for this have varied, ranging from the recent addition of the holiday (each year more businesses are closed than the year before, although often those that do choose to close "make it up" by no longer closing for Presidents Day) to its occurrence just two weeks after the week between Christmas and New Year's Day, when many businesses are closed for part or sometimes all of the week. Additionally, many schools and places of higher education are closed for classes; others remain open but may hold seminars or celebrations of Dr. King's message.

While all states now observe the holiday, some did not name the day after King.

In Utah, the holiday was known as "Human Rights Day" until the year 2000, when the Utah State Legislature voted to change the name of the holiday from Human Rights Day to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. In that same year Governor Michael O. Leavitt signed the bill officially naming the holiday "Martin Luther King, Jr. Day".

In Virginia, it was known as Lee-Jackson-King Day. The incongruous nature of the holiday, which simultaneously celebrated the lives of Confederate Army generals and a civil rights icon, did not escape the notice of Virginia lawmakers. In 2000, a Martin Luther King Day was established in Virginia.

In Arizona and New Hampshire, Martin Luther King Day is known as "Martin Luther King, Jr. Civil Rights Day".

While this holiday is generally not recognized outside of the United States, it is observed as an important day in the Japanese City of Hiroshima, under mayor Tadatoshi Akiba, who holds a special banquet at the mayor's office as an act of unifying his city's call to peace with King's message of human rights.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Staying Safe on Saturday

In case of a house fire you may be scared and hiding and the firemen may not be able to see or hear you.

So, how can we keep safe in case of an emergency like a house fire?

A simple and inexpensive solution is a window decal that alerts firemen that you are in the house. We get some of these for KissyMouse from from Beans' sister. They are not really stickies, they are clingies!

While I would like to send one to each and every one of you, I can't. However, the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) is currently offering pet owners a Pet Safety Pack. It includes a window decal that alerts emergency personnel that pets are inside your home. And it is free for the asking.

Sign up for your Pet Safety Pack. It's free. It will only take a minute. And this decal could very well save your life. Go to:

The pack also includes a free magnet with contact information for the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center - an important toll-free emergency number and website address. It's important to keep this information handy in case you get into something you shouldn't!

Something Borrowed, Something Blue

Did you know that the Russian Blue is considered lucky in Russia, and a new bride will sometimes be given a picture of one?

Directory Cleaner?

My bean wants to know if any one out there uses a Directory Cleaner program on their computer and can recommend one for us. When we get this computer, it have old information on it. Some of the programs bean want to keep, but we installed the new Windows over the old windows and she thinks this cause problem with computer. If you can recommend a good one, please leave in a comment for me. Thanks.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Furious Friday!

Some humans are very sick, you know this? I get this in the mail from the American Humane Society and it make me so mad!:

NakotaAfter a German shepherd's back foot was run over by an all-terrain vehicle and put in a cast to heal, the dog's owner made an unthinkable decision. He removed the cast to stop the dog from chewing at it and tightly wrapped the entire leg in layer upon layer of duct tape.

Sadly, Nakota's suffering was just beginning.

Next, he was kept tied to a tree for four weeks, callously ignored while his pain escalated with each passing day.

The duct tape cut off circulation to Nakota's wound, which became infected, and the poor dog refused to eat, dropping 15 pounds during his four-week ordeal. He was in danger of losing his foot when the owner's wife finally noticed "a funny smell" and took him to the vet.

The good news was Nakota's owners agreed to relinquish him -- which is why animal cruelty charges were not filed against them. He would never go back to the home where he had been so severely neglected.

The bad news was that under the duct tape, Nakota's leg had been devastated by gangrene.

The traumatized leg was open to the bone from the middle of Nakota's hip down. All of the toes on that leg had to be amputated, and he also lost three of the pads on his foot. His temperature was sky-high -- as were the medical bills for his treatment.

After three surgeries, Nakota is back on his feet. Amazingly, his terrible past did not change his sweet personality, and now he is awaiting adoption into a new, loving home.

I do not care these people relinquish him...they should still have animal cruelty charges brought against them. Maybe have their toes and paw pads cut off too! How cruel can you be to such a nice, sweet woofie!

Ohh....I am so mad at these stupid peoples! I am going to go hiss at my brofur now, just because I can!

Post Card Update

Mz. Ginger has write on her blog that she has gotten post cards now from Sydney, Australia, Cape Town, South Africa, Manchester, NH, Nova Scotia, Rome, Helsinki, Finland and Tucson, Arizona.

As I write earlier, she is trying to get 100 post cards for her class for the 100th day of school. If you can help, send a post card to:

Ms. Brown's Class
Greynolds Park Elementary
1536 N.E. 179th Street
North Miami Beach, FL 33162

She teach Kindergarten and you will make all her children furry happy!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

T-13 - Flash back...

Since we taking this week off, I decided to entertain you with some artworks from the past:

Mickey the Black Cat

One of first layouts we ever do, this one of our furriend Mickey the Black Cat. It was created March 11, 2008.

A Vintage Pair

And who could forget this lovely vintage pair? Layout was created March 29, 2008.

An April Fool

Also created March 29, 2008 for Sarah Dippy's Purthday. I wonder what I do for my April fool Furriend this year?

Cecil Selling Seashells by the Seaside

Cecil selling Seashells at the Seashore. I miss hearing from Cecil. This was made on March 27, 2008

Grr's Great Adventure

All of Grrr's Adventures were GRRRReat, and it hard to choose, the best, but I figured I pick the first! Created March 30, 2008.


I really like this one of George, which was done on April 5, 2008. We need to work George into a T-13 again sometime soon.


This nice collage of our furrriend Grayson, done in lovely spring colors, was created on April 8, 2008.

Chairman Mao

Chairman Mao - or is is Chairman Wow? - looking forward to summer. Collage created on April 18, 2008.

Horsin' Around with Fagin

Horsin' Around with Fagin: I do not get to do lots of kitten pictures, so this one was very fun. Created on April 19, 2008.

Psycho Grr

Young kittens, please avert your eyes! But this was just a perfect personality piece on Grrr created on October 9, 2008 and edited about three or four times before my bean get it right.

Girls just wanna have fun

The ladies of House Panthers - when the day hunting day is done, well Girrrrls, just wanna have fun! Created April 24, 2008, well after Mardi Gras was over. We promise to be more timely this year!


Tybalt, at Grumman's Chinese Theater! We do this one on April 10, 2008.

Miss Diamond

Bean says she have very hard time picking favorite picture of me, but she say this is certainly "way up there". Created March 26, 2008.

Anyway, we hope your find these as palatable second time around as you did first! We did so enjoy making them for you!