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16 Sep 2020
I never win anything—other than that one time when I won a lifetime supply of Saran Wrap. That’s why I was so thrilled last year when I won a raffle at one of the most-enjoyable fundraisers for animals in our valley, Society’s Outkast Animal Rescue’s Mutt Margaritas. Of course, large gatherings aren’t possible now due to COVID-19, so S.O.A.R.’s seventh-annual Mutt Margaritas event will move online on Saturday, Sept. 26. However, because of all the giveaways and surprises the event promises, I’m confident this year’s Mutt Margaritas will be just as fun and effective—and it’s crucial that the fundraiser is effective, because all of the money raised goes to help animals in the Coachella Valley and Slab City, near the Salton Sea. S.O.A.R. was founded in 2014 by Janeen Hudson Bahr and Belinda Zaparinuk. Trust me when I say that founding an effective rescue organization involves a lot sweat and…
12 Aug 2020
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To properly explain how our cat, Buster, is hanging out at Dodger Stadium at a time when we are unable to do so, we need to start the story in June 2006. We were living in Tucson, Ariz., and it had been about a year since my cat, Beavis, had died. After serious negotiations with my then-boyfriend (and now-husband), Garrett, we decided it was time to bring another feline into our lives. One weekend, we headed to the Humane Society of Southern Arizona to meet some of the cats and kittens up for adoption. I was looking at a cute little grey furball when Garrett pointed to a cage containing two orange-and-white male kittens, about six weeks old. One of the kittens, then named Yoda—presumably because of the tufts of white hair sprouting out his ears—was nervously sitting in the back of his cage. The other, then named Kiku, was…
19 Jul 2020
As one would expect from a pet columnist, I love animals. I love to talk and read about them, and I always watch shows about them. I am far from alone: Many of the people I know also have a deep love for animals. They care for their animal babies with extraordinary love and tenderness. As we know, that treatment turns those animals into the rulers of their families’ lives—they become our home bosses. I wanted to hear from others about their pets. I’d seen someone else on Facebook pose a question: What would your animal have in his/her/their pocket? So, I decided to ask some of our friends and neighbors that question, as well as their pets’ type, age and quirkiest trait. Tim O’Bayley, CEO and Creative Director, O’Bayley Communications Abbott, part husky, with two different-colored eyes. He's 2 1/2 years old—and absolutely adorable and full of life. Quirkiest…
18 Jun 2020
Nothing is more identified with the Fourth of July or summer celebrations than the display of fireworks. I love the beauty of fireworks—the excitement and the celebratory nature. But as a caregiver of pets, I despise the private and sometimes illegal backyard fireworks, which often take a toll on animals. I can manage planned fireworks with calming medicine, clothing or loud music—but not the random, louder-is-better explosions that set dogs on edge and panic them to the point of danger. According to the American Humane Society, July 5 is the busiest day of the year for shelters finding companion animals that fled in fear—breaking chains, jumping fences and running miles away in abject panic. Being prepared is important. There are some basic steps to take to keep your beloveds safe: • Microchip your animal, and make sure that your name and phone number are up to date. Update your dog’s…
18 May 2020
The heat sure rolled in quickly this year! OK, a confession: I feel this way every year. If we didn’t have the weather to complain about, we would be miserable! I dread the heat—but I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. However, the hot weather poses unique challenges to our pets in the Coachella Valley. I reached out to Kimberly Raney, owner of Vet Tech to You, a new mobile veterinary-technician service, and asked her about the most important things a pet owner should think about in the hotter weather. Four things came to mind, she said: walking on heated surfaces; heat exhaustion; animals in cars; and other animal threats, like coyotes and snakes. Walking on heated surfaces: Dr. Pia Salk offers a “rule of paw” for judging safe pavement temperatures: Touch any outside surface for seven to eight seconds. If it causes pain, it’s not right for any animal…
19 Apr 2020
COVID-19 has put me into a haze. Each day runs into the next. My motivation is down, as the days of sheltering in place stretch out ahead, with no end in sight. I’m procrastinating a lot (as if that wasn’t a problem before). I go back and forth—from optimistic to pessimistic, discouraged to encouraged, depressed to grateful. My husband is considered an essential employee, and he commutes twice a week—an hour and a half each way. That brings a whole new level of worry. Compounding my concerns and fears is the lack of performance by the federal government in addressing this pandemic. Each day seems to bring some misrepresentation or attempted negation of facts—while people are dying in this great country. Our safety net has huge holes in it. At least there is evidence the measures in place in California have flattened the curve. But wondering what the future will…

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