Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month

 

My 2014 calendar I received in the mail at the end of last year.

My 2014 calendar I received in the mail at the end of last year.

 

April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month.

If you think someone you know is abusing animals, you can help. The best thing you can do is report cruelty. 

If you live in New York City and need to report animal cruelty, please contact 311. To report crimes in progress in any borough, please call 911. 

If you believe you have witnessed animal cruelty in the state of New Jersey and would like to report it, please call the NJSPCA at (800) 582-5979 or fill out NJSPCA’s online form.

In other news, I am now the newest member of the ASPCA Guardians Monthly Giving Program.

Each month the ASPCA will be taking an amount (that I chose) out of my account and donate it towards the ones who need it most: America’s homeless, abused and neglected pets.

My monthly support will serve as a dependable source of income for the ASPCA, allowing them to continue to fight animal abuse, provide low-cost animal health care, spearhead state and federal legislation against animal cruelty, and better educate the public on responsible pet parenting.

I’ll also receive a newsletter as well as an ASPCA T-shirt. :)

This is the type of thing I don’t feel guilty about giving away my money to, because I know it is going to a credible and important cause. To me, animals are the most important things, and we need to take better care of them.

My Lil Hoppers

My friend referred to my bunnies as lil hoppers and I thought it was such a cute name!

Here are a few pictures of my lil hoppers:

Pup straight up creepin.

Pup straight up creepin.

I kissed these super fluffy feet last night.

I kissed these super fluffy feet last night.

Pup straight up chillin.

Pup straight up chillin.

She loves her hay so much, she just dives right in. She doesn't care that it's all over her.

She loves her hay so much, she just dives right in. She doesn’t care that it’s all over her.

Make sure to check out my partner, MasBlogs, today! He will be posting awesome animal facts as a part of our Team Blogs Challenge.

The Easter Bunny Woes

It’s April if you haven’t noticed. That means spring in full-swing, warm (ish) weather, and Easter.

Easter is a scary time of year for rabbit lovers.

Why? It’s when the Easter Bunny comes!!

Yes it is, but it’s also when impulsive shoppers buy a pet bunny-rabbit for their children for Easter thinking it will be a “cute” or “fun” gift for their 5-year-old kid.

Of course rabbits are cute and fun, but they require a lot of time, attention, and care. Can a 5-year-old kid provide that? Well, I haven’t met all the 5-year-olds in the world, but I can confidently say that no, they cannot.

Rabbits, my friends, are not Easter toys. They’re 10 year commitments. 

Each year, thousands of baby rabbits, chicks, and ducks are purchased as Easter gifts only to be abandoned or left at shelters in the days, weeks and months that follow Easter (rabbit.org).

Does that seem fair or humane?

Sadly, rabbits purchased soley as an Easter present don’t last long enough to see their 1st birthday. It’s a heartbreaking but true fact.

Part of the Make Mine Chocolate Campaign.

Part of the Make Mine Chocolate Campaign.

After the novelty wears off, the child will lose interest therefore, the bunny will become neglected, kept in its cage, and most likely be forgotten about.

Unless the parents who bought the rabbit are willing to take on full responsibility and care for them, they should opt to get their child a chocolate or stuffed bunny instead.

It may sound a bit harsh, but ask any rabbit lover and they will tell you the same answer. We all just want what’s best for every rabbit.

For more information visit http://rabbit.org/easter-and-rabbits-do-not-mix/.

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Pup Gives Luna a … Present

I think I’m the only person who will ever know how mischievous Pup is.

The pictures I post of him are all cute, lovey-dovey, but very deceiving…

Right now he is laying right against my leg while I take turns between typing and petting his head.

Of course, he seems innocent and sweet at this moment, but the truth is he really ain’t.

This morning while I was getting ready for work I look over towards the cages and I see Pup is on top of Luna’s cage like he sometimes does.

I’m doing a few things at once but what I see next makes me freeze.

The next thing I know, Pup lifts his tail up and pees.

Mind you, he is doing this while he is perched on top of Luna’s cage.

What a little @#%!

I couldn’t help but laugh though…

Poor Luna, as much as she wants to be Pup’s friend, I don’t think he’ll ever give her that chance.

He’s too preoccupied with being jealous of the other bun in the house.

Silly Pup, don’t you know that you’re my first baby, and I love you both just the same?

<3

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Looks like an angel, acts like a devil.

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Pup taunting Luna

Team Blogs: Some Pretty Cool Science Facts

MasBlogs and PupTheRabbit!
Hi there!
Today is the first day of TeamBlogs with my partner MasBlogs.
I’ve never been any good at science, biology, or chemistry (which is one of the reasons why I went into writing! Haha)
These facts all come from current articles about astronomy, the environment, and animal biology.
I am proud to say I learned a great deal when doing some research for today’s topic!
Enjoy!
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1) Earth is not the only orb with oceans. In 2005 Cassini, an American spacecraft, saw plumes of water shooting into space from cracks in the icy surface of Enceladus, one of Saturn’s moons.  On April 3rd a team led by Luciano Iess of the University of Rome confirmed that the ocean exists, and also showed that, like Earth’s, it is not all-embracing. 
 
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2) Warming temperatures, scientists say, can tip places into drought conditions by increasing evaporation and sapping soil of its moisture. A new study suggests up to a third of the Earth’s land area could be subject to drier conditions because of warmer temperatures, not just changing precipitation patterns, by the end of the century. Issues of future drought, food security and its potential effects on conflict were a focus of the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which examined the impacts of global warming that may come to pass if societies don’t adapt and cut their emissions of greenhouse gases.  
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3) Research from the University of Bristol has proven scientifically what we have known from experience — that chickens may well be the smartest animals in the barnyard. And surprise! Chickens have emotions, feelings, and personalities! Some are shy, others gregarious. Like dogs, they know their names and they come when called.    In some scientific tests, they outperform human toddlers. That’s right: In multiple tests of cognitive and behavioral sophistication, chickens outperform not just dogs and cats but four-year-old human children. A great reason to stop eating chicken!
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4) The scientists found that biting flies, including horseflies and tsetse flies, are the evolutionary driver for zebra stripes. Experimental work had previously shown that such flies tend to avoid black-and-white striped surfaces, but many hypotheses for zebra stripes have been proposed since Alfred Russel Wallace and Charles Darwin debated the problem 120 years ago. These include:

  • A form of camouflage
  • Disrupting predatory attack by visually confusing carnivores
  • A mechanism of heat management
  • Having a social function
  • Avoiding ectoparasite attack, such as from biting flies

(http://news.ucdavis.edu/search/news_detail.lasso?id=10879)  

 

 

Be sure to check out http://masblogsblog.wordpress.com/ ! & http://masblogs.webs.com/ 

Comment on what you would like him to write about for next Friday’s blog challenge.

Have a great Friday!

Cruelty-Free: A Very Satisfying Purchase

When I buy a cruelty-free product, I always feel good afterwards.

There is no guilt or regret.

I like being able to put makeup on and know that a little bunny or other lab animal was harmed in the process of it being tested on them.

Here is a recent cruelty-free purchase of mine:

Cruelty-Free is the way to be!

Cruelty-Free is the way to be!

 

  1. Freeman’s Feeling Beautiful Facial Revealing Peel-Off Mask – I just leave this on for 5-10 minutes or whenever it’s completely dry. Then I peel it off and rinse my face using warm water. It kind of looks like you’re peeling your skin off and it makes a funny noise. BUT my face always feels cleaner and smoother after each use.
  2. e.l.f. Contouring Blush & Bronzer – I did not know that e.l.f. (eyes lips face) products were cruelty-free until I looked on the back of the packaging! It’s always a nice surprise to realize that a good brand you’ve used in the past doesn’t test on animals! This is my new favorite bronzer/blush. The first time I used it a friend asked me if I was out in the sun over the weekend! I just brush the bronzer onto my forehead, hollow of my cheeks, bridge of my nose, and a little on my chin. Then I swipe the brush on the apples of my cheeks.
  3. Wet ‘N Wild Coverall Cream Foundation - Another brand I didn’t know was cruelty-free! This foundation is lightweight and has a matte finish. I am having trouble finding the right foundation lately. I don’t want anything too thick but I want it to cover up all of my hideous acne/scars. Since this is lightweight, I can still see my blemishes, but it is still a great product! It is what I’m using in the meantime of finding a foundation with more coverage.
  4. NYX HD Studio Photogenique Primer Base – I’ve become obsessed with primers because it really does set a nice base for the rest of your makeup. One again, another brand I did not know was cruelty-free! Love it, baby!
  5. Physician’s Formula Organic Wear Mascara in Black – Just like bronzer, mascara is a must for me. I love this brand!
  6. Wet ‘N Wild Perfect Pair Eye Wand – This eyeshadow/eyeliner combo was another great find. I got 1 in pink & charcoal, and 1 in sky & navy. 

This just goes to show you that there are many many good cruelty-free products! Everyone should start switching over! The feeling is really worth it! Just like after a good workout!

PupTheRabbit Now Has a Partner Blog

Hi everyone. Puptherabbit now has a partner blog, MasBlogs.
This is how MasBlogs describes their site:
My blog ranges from topics about TV to topics about animals. I do all sorts of blogs mostly suggested by viewers themselves.

Introducing TEAM BLOGS!

Team blogs: Every Friday, MasBlogs and I, will do a blog that is a bit of a twist! It will be based on a completely random topic so make sure you check out both of our sites.

 

Warning: You May Faint from Cute Overload at these Baby Elephants

Anyone have a reddit account? I’ve been a “redditor” for about 1 month. It has it’s good and bad sides.

I really want to bring attention to a certain subreddit. It’s called “BABY ELEPHANTS” and I say with complete confidence that it can bring any person joy, no matter what mood you are in.

Elephants can be treated so badly in circus training and in some countries (see this post about elephants in the circus). People torture them and I’ve seen videos of elephants in pure pain and agony. This subreddit gives me a little more hope that there are people out there who actually care for these wonderful creatures (baby and adult) and it’s also shown me how funny, smart, and amazing they can be.

These gifs never fail to make me laugh/put a smile on my face.

Here are a few that need to be seen by everyone:

I LOVE DIRT!!!

“I’ll hold my own water bottle, thank you.”

“Elephant orphans with their keepers at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Nairobi, Kenya”

Look at those smiles…

“Trouble on the jungle gym”

“A little trouble reaching his mouth.”

“He’s got his trunk alll figured out…”

“PARTY HARD!!”

How much do you want to hug an elephant now?!

A great big THANK YOU to all of those who make an effort to keep elephants happy, healthy, and safe…thank you so much!

Sources in order of featured gifs:

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Happy Birthday, My Little Hatchling

My Little Hatchling, aka Luna, is now 1-year-old.

Come to my party!

Come to my party!

I’m not exactly sure which day of March she was born, but I remember the place I got her from telling me she was 10 weeks old when I got her. So I did the math and estimated her birthday is sometime this month.

Luna was always a shy lil girl.

The first time I saw her she was huddled up in the corner of her cage in the pet store (yes, I bought her from a pet store, but I consider that “rescuing” her because I don’t think she would’ve made it too long in there). I asked if I could hold her and when I did she was so so scared. Her eyes got huge and were bulging out of her head.

I bought her the next evening (because I couldn’t stop thinking about her all day at work) and ever since she’s been the same old scared Luna.

BUT she has changed a bit and has gotten a little braver. Just a little.

I think Pup is rubbing off on her.

Like Pup, every time she hears the word “treat” or “treatie” she jumps up onto her perch and sticks her nose out, desperately begging for a treat.

Like Pup, when she wants to come out of her cage, she bangs on the walls loudly, until I can’t take it anymore and release her.

Unlike Pup, in the almost year since I’ve had her, she’s NEVER bit or growled at me. And for that I am extremely grateful. She is just a 100% pure sweet heart.

Unlike Pup, he hardly lets me go near her. I am considered lucky if I get to pet her head for a few seconds before she’s had enough and scurries away.

Pet me! NOW! :)

Pet me! NOW! :)

When I do get the chance, I pick her up and squeeze and smooch her all over because she really is the cutest thing in the world. I know she hates it, but she is basically untouchable, so I need to sometimes.

After I put her down she runs away and flicks her feet at me (a sign of frustration/annoyance).

Oops! Oh well! ;)

Luna, I hope I have you for 10+ more years (along with you my dear Pup).

Happy Birthday lil booty girl.

<3

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1st Picture. Right after I purchased her. LOL.

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Not grown into her ears yet.

 

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She had those “helicopter ears” going on.