Sunday, October 31, 2010

Starry Starry Day

What a day! Wow. It was a magical, happy time. Oh, I’m talking about a recent Rabbit Haven adoption show. The setting was Pet Pals and the stars came in all ages, sizes, colors and personalities. I was just part of the staff, catering to the needs of the soft and fuzzy stars, and welcoming their potential new families. It’s nice to be needed :)

There were eight adoptions in one day on this particular Saturday, and each seemed to be an exceptional match. Even my two foster bunnies found their furever homes. Hannah Solo bonded with a rabbit named Oreo, and went off with her new family. A sweet couple fell in love with little Ryan and took him home to share life in the mountains with them. The other six bunnies adopted that day were Fozzie Bear, Moomba, FaFa, Antonio Bunderos, Zizu Bop and Ki. Everyone at the haven wishes each bun a long, happy, adventurous (but not too adventurous) love-filled life!

Following the day’s amazement, it seems I was followed home by two new foster bunnies. One is Kumba, a red Lionhead who is quite athletic – in one leap he cleared a 30” barrier with room to spare before hiding behind a box in the hall for a several hours. Who could blame him? He was on a euthanasia list in another county the day before. Lucky is he who is named Kumba. As it turns out, Kumba is perfect with his litter box and exceptionally sweet. He will make someone a fine pet.

A Lionhead rabbit is quite spectacular in looks and personality – meet Mufassa (who I like to call Mr. Hollywood):

The other bunny that followed me home that day was a little black-and-white Dutch we named Benny. His classic Dutch looks earned him the nod of a couple in San Jose who have since come over and met him - the bond was instant and obvious. I knew Benny had found his home.

Here's a Dutch rabbit with a hankering for a carrot:

So, has my excitement about bunnies got you interested yet? Foster families are always in need. If you're thinking about it but not sure, just keep an open mind!

The House Rabbit Society is an excellent resource for all things rabbit.

The Rabbit Haven’s Adoption Showcase features locally-rescued rabbits in need of homes and/or foster care.

Perhaps you’d like some fun reading while learning more about the rabbit personality. If so, try one of my favorite bunny blogs, appropriately named Disapproving Rabbits.

Monday, October 18, 2010

My Walk for Farm Animals

This past Saturday, October 16, I hopped in a car with two amazing women and we zipped up to Berkeley, California, a little more than an hour’s drive. After having a scrumptious brunch at Gather on Oxford Street – and luring another equally-amazing woman to join us for the day – we moseyed down to our planned venue. Registration was a breeze and included a spiffy tee; the weather was sunny but a bit on the cool side (perfect for walking) and a solid 200 compassion-minded people, some with their dogs, turned out.

Amy carried a sign in one hand and her dog, Sir Mortimer (don’t you dare say it without the proper British accent) in the other. Isabelle, while sporting a humorous bash on KFC tee, walked (and sometimes carried) Amy’s other dog, Robin. Rebecca and I carried a large rectangular Farm Sanctuary banner that, crookedly at times, reminded readers “a compassionate world begins with you.”

Up and down Berkeley city blocks we walked, passing bookstores and restaurants and street musicians. Sometimes on cue we joined in the chant: “What do we want? Compassion! When do we want it? Now!” We got waves and honks, occasional questions and random opposition – all part of a day’s work in the world of change. It’s easy to respond with a smile and share information in a city like Berkeley, not all that different than Santa Cruz in its liberal acceptance. My hat is off to those brave walkers in areas not as open-minded.

Farm Sanctuary works to end cruelty to farm animals and promotes compassionate living through rescue, education and advocacy. The annual Walk for Farm Animals raises awareness about the treatment of farm animals and raises vital funds to support Farm Sanctuary’s life-saving mission.

The walk lasted about an hour, ending at the park where we started from. Having had so much fun and plum walnut French toast at brunch beforehand, we had missed the featured speakers and only had a chance to glance at the silent auction items, but we didn’t miss the reason we were there – to be a voice for farm animals.

For more information about Farm Sanctuary and their rescue, education and advocacy programs in California or New York, please visit the Farm Sanctuary website, become a fan on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.

Even though the Berkeley Walk for Farm Animals is over, tax-deductible contributions may still be made to the cause via my fundraising page or directly to Farm Sanctuary.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Ellen Ellen Ellen - LOVE HER!

If you knew all the things I’ve done to try and attract Ellen DeGeneres’s attention, you might think I was a crazy person. However, I’m pretty sure it’s finally paying off. A little over a week ago @TheEllenShow replied to one of my tweets on Twitter!

Ellen's tweet said “Thanks, Dal!”

Well, this was so rad that I had to call my sister at nearly midnight, in Oregon, to see if it was real. I have been known to imagine things. In a matter of minutes tweeters were following me as if I was a star, and I was sure Twitter was on the fritz. But, I traced the sudden activity back to Ellen’s fabulous tweet – it was being re-tweeted by celebrity followers and other Ellen fans around the globe. THE GLOBE people!

Ellen – you rocked my Twitter universe on September 28!

A few of my past efforts to try and gain Ellen’s attention have included:

• Sending her black-and-white cat videos (she loves them you know)

• Writing her a formal letter pitching The Honorable Dalmatian

• Tweeting her (nevermind how many times), once sharing that I too think Dennis Quaid acting out her verbal commands is all that and a latte too

• Entering her Winter Win Storm contest at least 20 times – each time entering new and zanier information about myself, once even including this photo...

Well, as you can see, I am not at all crazy!

If you like laughing and dancing and animals, and especially if you have any good "bad hair" photos - you need to be watching The Ellen Show.

If that's not your thing, well, you might still like the infamous Dennis Quaid at Starbucks video.

And just for fun, here's Ellen's American Express Commercial. Don't try this at home.