Oh, gosh… that’s a tough one, mostly because I have so many annoying habits. ;) Worst is probably that I absolutely hate when things I’ve planned or set my heart on go poorly. Like today I got very frustrated because I realized I don’t have the time or wherewithal to make a particular pie this weekend, because it’s just too damned complicated. Drives The Boy up the wall when I get like that, because I drive myself and everyone else insane trying to make everything go right, and get angry with myself and others when I’m foiled.
Send me a number and I’ll tell you my unpopular opinion.
1. A selection of television programs you do not care for.
2. A selection of musical artists you do not care for.
3. A selection of celebrities you couldn’t care less about.
4. A hobby you “don’t get”.
5. A habit you find disgusting.
6. Something in school you really liked doing that everyone else bitched over.
7. Your favorite household chore.
8. Popular video games that make you go “meh”.
9. PC or MAC?
10. A sport you don’t like, for whatever reason.
11. A sport you really like, for whatever reason.
12. Television programs you love but have gotten shit for liking.
13. Musical artists you love but have gotten shit for liking.
14. A hobby you have/find interesting that other people bother you over/make fun of.
15. A habit you have that other people bug you over.
16. Something in school you hating doing and it felt like everyone else loved.
17. The household chore that makes you want to shoot your own face off.
18. A selection of video games that you enjoy that perhaps you really shouldn’t.
19. A celebrity crush that maybe even you don’t understand.
20. Free rant on whatever grinds your gears at the moment.
Hell yeah. Let’s talk some shit.
Know what these animals all have in common? They’ve been helped by Huron Valley Humane Society’s Cruelty and Rescue team. More specifically, by my friend Aaron on HSHV’s CR team. HSHV is awesome for lots of reasons (like how they have the highest save rate for a large open admission shelter in Michigan) but for this post I’m going to focus on their Cruelty and Rescue division.
When HSHV started a CR division they had three employees total. Needless to say, they quickly found that it was not working. Now there is someone on call 24/7 and during regular business hours, there are multiple people working. They became deputized so that they could not only charge people who abuse animals, but they then work with lawyers to follow the cases through to prosecution. They’ve prosecuted 88 cases to this day.
This past year they added something else to their resume: wildlife rescue. Now if someone sees an injured animal, or hits ones, they can call CR at anytime, any day and they will come to the rescue. Literally.
And now I’m going to tell you about some of the recent animals they’ve helped (like the Golden Retriever at that link). The first is a screech owl that unfortunately was trying to land on what turned out to be a mesh fence. Aaron said that by the time he got to it, it was about to lose circulation in its foot :( Luckily he was able to rescue the little guy and it flew away with no issues.
Morgan is a four month old pit puppy that was found after having his foot bound and dumped on the side of the road. He was in so much pain that he tried to chew off his foot, and the injury was so bad he had to have his leg amputated. HSHV is still looking for tips to find the scum who did this to him, but luckily Morgan seems to be doing well and is currently in foster care where he will recover.
And last but not least, this beautiful arctic fox. Details of the case cannot be shared, but I had to show you how cute this one is. Okay, I lied when I said last. The rest are taken off of their twitter page and the info is on their pictures :)
Did I mention the 88 cats they rescued from a hoarding situation back in September? At the time there were already 120 cats in the shelter and support from the community was amazing and 100 cats got adopted in a span of three days to make room for the hoarding cats. Of those cats, 80 have been adopted. Three are still up for adoption. A follow up article can be found here.
While adoptions contributes 20% to the budget and the clinic contributes 27%, Cruelty and Rescue costs a lot but doesn’t often have a large return. So how do they do everything they do? With the help of people like you. 51% of HSHV’s budget is donation based. 2% comes from grants.
Anyway, Aaron is fundraising for the annual Walk and Wag.Help him reach his goal of $500?
And yeah, Aaron is the guy who stayed late at work that night because the parakeets he was with were enjoying his Pandora so much. He’s kind of the best, so it’d be awesome if you could help him out or signal boost the hell out of this. Thanks :)
I know a number of people involved with HSHV and can attest to their awesomeness and dedication. The Walk and Wag event is also just a damn fun time for all involved -Truly worthy cause!
Tiger vs. Dustbuster
THIS TIGER IS FRIGHTENED OF A DUSTBUSTER I’M CRY
The term “Big Cat” has never been so accurate.
Baby Squid Photography by Jeannot Kuenzel - Malta
All rights reserved by Jeannot Kuenzel
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Posted on Flickr March 29 and 31, 2014
Two stages of the development of a [European squid] are visible in the picture. These eggs are about 3mm in diameter; when the little squid inside has used up all the nutrients (all the yolk that is attached to it), it plops its suckers to the inside of the diaphragm and releases enzymes that will aid opening the shell, pushing through the opening - and a tiny new ALIEN of the DEEP is born :]
Notice the CHROMATOPHORES already embedded in its skin and the tiny little SIPHON… BTW, the SQUID on the left is actually laying on its back…