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November 10, 2008

Obama Prefers Shelter Dogs—A Nation Rejoices

Well, maybe not a nation, but me at least.

When I heard that the Obama daughters were promised a puppy, I was concerned that their acquisition would spark a craze for whatever breed they chose, putting pressure on breeders to meet demand. Wouldn’t it be great if they got a shelter or rescue dog? What a good example that would set. I was amazed to learn that that was indeed the plan when Obama announced at a press conference that “our preference would be to get a shelter dog.” Wow. As long as they can find a hypo-allergenic dog (pure-bred or not), it sounds like they were willing to wait until one became available at a shelter. Admirable and impressive, especially considering the deferred gratification for doing (what I consider) the right thing.


So awesome that the guy isn't even in office yet and that he and his family are setting amazing examples for the country. I love it!

I was very happy to hear it, too. We got our dog from a shelter, and he's changed our lives.

September 8, 2006

Cats on a Plane

Yesterday I was talking to a colleague at work who was thinking about bringing some cats into a pet-less household. (This was not his idea.) He seemed game, but I could see the abject terror in his eyes.

Later that day in the same vein, I had an original idea—or so I thought: Cats on a Plane. Can’t you just see it? Hilarity and horror automatically ensue.

Well, a couple of months ago, someone reached into the future and stole my idea. That’s what I get for leaving my tinfoil hat at home (cf. Captain Retcon). “Cats on a Plane” is in the can and has already been enjoyed by millions.

‘Cats on a Plane’ is a short film created for the 48 Hour Film Festival in San Diego. We were given Disaster Film as our genre. Upon realizing that we had a plane set to shoot on and four cats in our writers’ backyard, the film we needed to make became obvious. With the Emmy winnning [sic] special effects team Helix helming production and Bliss Productions’ multi-award winning experience with 48 Hour Film projects, we created something timely, unique, and hopefully very entertaining in two days.

Our given restrictions:
Genre: Disaster
Line of Dialog: “What would Elvis do?”
Character Name/Occupation: Sally Brown / Event Planner
Prop: Beach Towel

It stars Sweet Pea, Butch, and Squeaker, terrifying names if ever I heard one. I dare you to watch this without covering your eyes. Cats on a Plane.

September 5, 2006

Hug Your Cats (and Dogs)

Dan Rubin’s first post after returning from vacation was a beautiful and moving tribute to his Bouvier des Flandres, Twinkle. Maybe a little too moving, but hey I am a softy when it comes to pets. My deepest condolences to Dan and family.

Closer to me and to the feline inspiration of this place, two notable cats passed recently. Jim’s Bingo was well into his teens, but still way too young. My friend Keith’s Alf was almost 20. Too much sad news for one week.


One of my cats passed away last week also. Cancer. This time last year we had seven cats. Now we have five.

I am so sorry to hear that. It has been an awful week.

thanks. still a big hole in this house.

Thanks for pointing the article out, it was touching. Now I need to squish my kittie in adoration and attention

My deepest condolence to Dan n family as well. i can understand how it feels coz i had gone thru the same experience. Funny many could not see the bond between a human n animal can be strongly forged. My reply to them is that, 'Never segregate animals and humans. We are both living things created by God. Treat them with respect and others will.'

January 20, 2006

Pennsauken Animal Shelter Is Closing

I know we’re just so all about cats here at mere cat, but we have room in our hearts for dogs when they’re in need. I heard today that the West Jersey Animal Shelter is closing January 25. The bad news is that the shelter’s owner has had her license revoked following some serious allegations about conditions there not due to cruelty, but mostly to overcrowding brought on by the shelter’s no-kill policy. The good news is that the shelter will not be closing permanently, but only long enough to undergo some extensive renovations to improve conditions and address the allegations. Meanwhile, the shelter has 28 dogs to move or place before they are forced to close next week. Any dogs who are not adopted by then will be moved to temporary housing; they are requesting donations to defray the cost of housing the dogs elsewhere. Donations can be made through PayPal at the West Jersey Animal Shelter web site.