I am feeling better today, largely because the swelling around the diminished considerably overnight, but my throat is still very sore from the oxygen. Eating is challenging, although I did go out for breakfast with Mark this morning.
We had tickets for the Nationals-Mets game today, and I told him on Friday to find someone else to go with, so he's there with a friend, Jim W. They're eating all the unhealthiest food in the ballpark. Then he's going to go out for Mexican food after the game. He keeps calling me to tell me what they're doing. It's kind of like last September, when I came down with an awful cold and couldn't go up to the beach as planned. He kept calling to tell me that it wasn't the same without me, while eating dinner at the seafood buffet I steadfastly refuse to patronize. (It's called Crabby Dick's, and they're fond of tee shirts and signs with suggestive slogans about their crab balls. Plus, it's overpriced.) Thanks, honey.
Here are 11 facts about animal homelessness, from DoSomething.org, please share and help us get those numbers down:
Only 1 out of every 10 dogs born will find a permanent home.
The main reasons animals are in shelters: owners give them up, or animal control finds them on the street.
Homeless animals outnumber homeless people 5 to 1.
Each year, approximately 2.7 million dogs and cats are killed every year because shelters are too full and there aren't enough adoptive homes. Act as a publicist for your local shelter so pets can find homes. Sign up for Shelter Pet PR.
Approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.9 million are dogs and 3.4 million are cats.
6.According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP), less than 2% of cats and only 15 to 20% of dogs are returned to their owners.
25% of dogs that enter local shelters are purebred.
About twice as many animals enter shelters as strays compared to the number that are relinquished by their owners.
It's impossible to determine how many stray dogs and cats live in the United States. Estimates for cats alone range up to 70 million.
Only 10% of the animals received by shelters have been spayed or neutered. Overpopulation, due to owners letting their pets accidentally or intentionally reproduce, sees millions of these "excess" animals killed annually.
Many strays are lost pets that were not kept properly indoors or provided with identification.
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This was a bit of the narration of a Nat Geo Wild programme about bobcats we were watching last night.
I copied this bit down in a note because it reminds me of you-know-mew.
Tactically, Moxie seems to have something inside her that drives her to occasionally chase my feet. If she caught them, though, she might reconsider ever doing it again. Because feet. Yeah.
Once a dog gets a taste of the good life, it can be nearly impossible for him to go back to his old lifestyle. Take Max for example. He discovered the wonderful plushness of his mom's bed and would not budge once on it. Or at least that's what he thought! This pet mom has got a clever trick up her sleeve for getting her bed back from her dog.
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Check out this rare footage of the Canadian Bumble Pug in its natural surroundings. This adorable member of the bee family is known for a remarkably pleasant sting when threatened. His colorful coat serves as a warning to others who would like to pet it.
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