Thursday, October 22, 2009


Like video games? Like every type of video game including consoles, computers, and more? Are you sick and tired of the childish namecalling and annoying forums and websites where everyone's IQ is equivalent to their age?

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Right Rites (in Gaelic)

Agus beimid inán-aoirí ar do shonsa, a Thiarna, ar do shonsa, tá cumhacht tagtha anuas ó do lámh ionas go gcomhlíonadh ár gcosa do thoil go tapaidh. Sruthóimid ar aghaidh mar abhainn chugat Agus plódaithe le hanamacha a bheidh sí go deo.

In ainm an Athar, agus a Mhic, agus an Spioraid Naoimh.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Double standard? I think so.....
Dog Mauls 11-Year-Old Boy
Animal Shelter Officer Great Dane To Likely Avoid Destruction
POSTED: 9:09 pm CDT October 18, 2009

GROVE, Ark. -- An animal shelter officer said a great dane that mauled an 11-year-old boy likely won't be destroyed.

The boy received around 100 stitches after he was bitten and shaken by the dog at a dog walk.

According to a police report, the boy fell down while trying to catch his golden retriever that had gotten loose and then, the great dane attacked him.

Grove police gave the dog's owner a citation for "keeping a dog in an annoying manner and dog bite."


Are they serious? Had this dog been a "Pit Bull" or "Pit Bull type dog" (or German Shepherd, Rottweiler, or Doberman), this dog would have been euthanized no questions asked. The fact that this dog caused injuries resulting in 100 stitches and "bit and shook" the boy means this wasn't a simple nip, people.

Biting and shaking by dogs is how they kill their prey!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Ah the joys of the internet....

Ready for this e-mail exchange?

Scammer had an ad placed on Atlanta's Kijiji for a "Bull Terrier" that they were "giving away."
1) The person's located was listed as "Brooklyn, NY."
2) The dog was a mixed breed. Not a Bull Terrier and not a Pit Bull Terrier.
3) My initial e-mail was, "So are you in Brooklyn or Atlanta?"

And away we go......................

SCAMMER: "do u think that dogs are not put to sleep in atlanta?"

ME: "You posted an ad for a Bull Terrier needing a home (even though that puppy is NOT a Bull Terrier) due to the landlord. You posted this on ATLANTA'S Kijiji as in.......classified ads for people living in/around Atlanta, Georgia. Your location is posted as BROOKLYN, NY."

SCAMMER: "i postred it in pets wanted giving it away not callind animal control so in 10 day a pure breed or even mut can be killed."

ME: "1) Learn how to speak English before scamming someone.

2) You posted the ad on the ATLANTA, GEORGIA Kijiji website. Your location is BROOKLYN, NEW YORK. I've even attached the screenshot of your ridiculous advertisement.

3) Be sure and use the correct dog breed instead of making one up for the mixed breed you're holding in the picture (or the picture you stole off the internet)."

SCAMMER: "i guess people from the south are pretty dumb cause when we were all set free u stayed do u pick cotton i work in a bank and a single black women"

ME: "I'm sorry. I don't understand Ebonics, but hey if people are as dumb as you are that live in Brooklyn, I am damn proud to be living in ATLANTA, GEORGIA. If you are a "single black woman," why are you caucasian in your ad? "

SCAMMER: "yo ya heard im givin it to somr peeps who wants it to b in da crib"

ME: ""

SCAMMER: "no i dont pick cptton i am pure u wife white or symmin" (don't know why she/he/it asked this when all I did was reply with Hooked on Phonics.)

ME: ""

SCAMMER: "Home Page" (It was a White Supremacy website - I did a right click - properties to see what the site was)

ME: ""

The scammer went on and on at how she's a "proud black women" ("e" intentional) and such. I am sure that every single woman I know of African decent would become physically ill after reading what this woman wrote and the fact she calls herself a "proud black women." I guess she thinks I am a black man? (based on her - is your wife white? which I GUESS is what she was trying to say?)

Some people. Hell even if they were "real," I wouldn't know what the HELL they were saying!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Responsible dog breeding soapbox

I read something on a website today that made me shake my head. The breeder was irresponsible for a variety of things (including "if your puppy dies of parvo, bring it back, and we will replace it at no charge. NO money back!" Parvovirus can live in the soil, the carpet, the kennels, etc. so you're getting just another sick puppy that just hasn't shown symptoms yet.)

Here it is.....ready?

"We do not guarantee temperament as these things are in how the dogs are raised."

No. I think this "breeder" has this incorrect. Actually, I know he does.

Temperament, that is to say the dog's overall character, is genetic and not in how the dog is raised. A dog that is overly shy or overly aggressive is 9 times out of 10 genetic. Most responsible breeders will cull an animal from their stock that is overly shy or overly aggressive, and they would definitely take that animal back from a buyer.

For some time, I thought, "it's all in how they're raised," but recent events have made me realize it's in how they're raised, and it's in the dog's genetics, too.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Why my Vet rocks....

I rushed home from work to meet Andrew at the Vet's (Animal Hospital of Towne Lake) for Grimm's appointment.

Ever since Monday, he's been itchy so we gave him a dose of flea preventative, waited 48 hours, and bathed him in oatmeal flea shampoo. It didn't help, and we noticed his skin getting red on Wednesday night. By Thursday afternoon, he had developed a hot spot on his chest where he licked himself raw and under his "arms" were red and swollen.

We bathed his wet spot (which was only slightly damp) and under his arms and then applied Betadine on them.

I made an appointment Friday morning for Friday afternoon.

We get into the Vet, and the Vet Tech (Andrea King) starts getting information from us. I told her he had dermatitis which looked like the cause was an allergic reaction to something or another. This time when we flipped Grimm over on his back, we noticed the hot spot was weeping (ew!). She went and got some some clippers and surgical scrub: shaving the hair on his chest around the hot spot and then gently wiping down the hot spot and under his arms with the surgical scrub.

Grimm did NOT like that. She took his temp: slightly high, but he was stressed out so she said that was pretty normal.

The Vet came in a few minutes later and assessed Grimm. She said it was definitely dermatitis caused by an allergic reaction, but she didn't think it was a flea bite allergy, and that it may have been a bug or something at Andrew's parents' house that set him off.

She gave him a shot of Prednisone, and wrote up a treatment plan including Keflex (antibiotic) for two weeks, Genesis (a topical spray with antibiotics in it) for two weeks, Tramadol (so he could sleep at night), and an Elizabethan Collar (think "conehead.") At first, all I saw were dollar signs adding up, but the Vet (Dr. Rittle) assured me everything was going to be okay, and it wasn't as expensive as it sounded. She was very polite, and Grimm loved her.

The Vet Tech asked if we wanted to buy an E-collar there or at Petsmart. Andrew asked how much it was, and she said, "let me go run your quote, and I'll be back."

Now at my prior Vet, it cost Grimm $180 for a Rabies vaccination (NOT Distemper), Strongid dewormer, and a puppy shot. (If I had known it would be that much, we would have gone to the low cost clinic and paid $50! Not to mention the Vet and staff were rude.)

Vet Tech came back in, ran through the list of charges:

Office Visit
Prednisone injection
Topical Spray
Wound cleaning

Total cost (with tax): $155.00

She fitted Grimm with his satellite dish, and home we went. We gave Grimm two Tramadol, fed him, watered him, gave him his antibiotics, sprayed his hot spot and "armpits," and put him to bed. He slept the WHOLE night through (well prior to Andrew stepping on his "arm" by accident in the middle of the night).

Today he's just moping around the house - laying down wherever I am. I had to coax him outside to potty, and he hasn't grasped the concept that he has a satellite dish on his head so he keeps running into things, but he's doing better.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

BLAMEDREWSCANCER....kick cancer's ass!

C'mon folks. Spread the word. Do something "good," and it takes a click of the mouse.

You've probably heard of Drew Carey, right? But what about Drew Olanoff?

On May 20, 2009 a man by the name of Drew Olanoff was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Since that time, he has decided to "auction off" his Twitter name - "Drew." The winning bidder's money will be donated to the Live Strong Foundation. Why Live Strong? Because Olanoff says Live Strong has been by his side since his diagnosis. Although selling your Twitter name is against Twitter's Terms of Service, Olanoff received Twitter's blessing. (Way to go, Twitter!)

Now here is where Drew Carey comes into play. Carey, hearing of Olanoff's offer, decided to get involved. He originally promised $100,000 for 100,000 Twitter followers, but has since said that if he gets 1,000,000 Twitter followers by December 31, 2009, he will donate $1,000,000 to the Live Strong Foundation (by bidding on Drew's Twitter name).

So....c'mon people. If you don't have Twitter, now is as good a reason to get it, don't you think?

And to follow Drew Carey, just click here: KICK CANCER'S ASS!

Psycho Update

Note: Psycho...not "Ex-Dumbass."

As we all know, I've been unlucky when it comes to relationships (that is, until a little over a year ago), but I have an update on one of my past persons.

I never truly "dated" this person. We went on one date, and enough red flags were sent up that I had no interest in pursuing date number two. My red flags were warranted.

Quick rundown:

Met guy on an outdoors website.
Went to dinner with the guy.
Guy talked about his "tenants" and "work" at dinner.
Guy went home after dinner.
Talked to guy online sporadically while he was [supposedly] out of town for work.
Guy asks me one day to forgive him for something prior to telling me what it was.
I decline.
He said he "has to come clean" as his friends and members of AOC (see below) "found him out."
Guy proceeds.....his "tenants" are his wife and child. Oh, and he's had a girlfriend the past two years that also doesn't know he's married.
I point out guy cheated not once...but twice and to never contact me again.

The End. Or so I thought.....

I get a random e-mail the other day inviting me to the Atlanta Outdoors Adventure Club or something like that. The person had gotten my information off the Atlanta Outdoors Club website. I semi-recognized the e-mail address "," but I remembered when he had last contacted me, he used a fake name "Dante - fakename-"

I e-mailed back, "Is this Dante from AOC?" and then I immediately e-mailed AOC and said, "hey, this jackass is stealing information from your website and contacting everyone with unsolicited e-mails. FYI, this is the guy that cheated on his wife and kid with someone from AOC for two years."

Lo and behold, I receive a response from a friend of mine from North Georgia. She "knows" this guy and tells me his account has been frozen. I tell her my tale, and she briefly tells me her side. The "girlfriend" had no idea he was married. "Dante" installed a keystroke program on her computer and even started stalking her. *scary*

Friend tells me the guy gave her the heebie jeebies the first time she met him.

Who knows what this guy is doing now. He's started his own outdoors club and probably has people worshipping him or saying, "he's such a great guy" without knowing his disgusting past.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Dumb Reason to Breed a Dog...Reason # 5,650,427

"it's good that she should know what it is to have babies at least once or twice thats porbably the greatest love anyone can ever experience to have something grow inside of you and then suckle it, it's the same for us, as it is for them and i would not deny her that period"

For what it's worth, the "mother" is a "smaller mix of various dogs." Anyone want to take bets on how many of these puppies...these "babies"....wind up in shelters?

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Concept of Time.

Some people don't understand the concept of "time." When I say, "I have been really busy," I mean it. I'm not trying to blow someone off; I was just...."really busy."

You see, I have a full-time job. I work [a minimum] of 40 hours per week. However, I also have other jobs: photography, custom portraits (pen and ink), and reclaimed lumber retrieval and creations. Those are my paying jobs.

Then we have Grimm: a 9 months old German Shepherd goofball who is going through his juvenile delinquent stage (one of two that he will have) who requires constant training and conditioning.

Then we have domestic duties: cleaning my house, laundry, dishes, preparing dinner, grocery shopping, going to the butcher, etc.

Then we have added events: helping family members pack and move, helping friends affected by the flooding, family members coming into town for a weekend, heading to New York to paint a mural in a baby nursery, heading out of town for work, shuttling family members around that are from out of town for the weekend, meeting other family members/friends at locations to have them follow me someplace, running errands such as the bank, home improvement stores, etc., having repair people come over to repair things...

Then we have unexpected events: battery dies in a parking lot requiring me to drive down and give a jump to the vehicle, flooding in which friends need help gutting and removing debris, moving back into their homes, getting various background checks and immunizations done for assisting people and EMT/SAR programs, prepping for weekend training/certification sessions for SAR.......

So it really irks me when I receive an e-mail that includes words like "supposedly" and "as you said you were going to" about trivial little things like photographs (and not photographs for a client either).

In case you didn't know.....................I'VE BEEN BUSY!