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It’s stressful being a kitten! So, after a long day of eating, napping, and terrorizing unattended clothing, it’s important to unwind.
1. The Full Situp
To achieve the full situp, you must begin with the genuine intention of exercising your abs and promptly fall asleep midway through the task. This position is extremely advanced and not recommended for amateur sleepers.
2. The Awkward Spoon
The goal here is not so much intimacy as it is the socially uncomfortable sharing of a physical space with someone. Bonus points if your arm falls asleep but you’re too embarrassed to move it.
3. The Semicircle
Tuck your tail between your legs and imagine that you are an omelet.
4. The Sunbather
The trick is to look like someone who is acting comfortable whilst also appearing extremely uncomfortable. Let’s take this excellent opportunity to coin the term "meta-comfortable."
5. The Double Bed
You will need a partner for this one. The goal is not so much comfort as an expression of sheer, unadulterated greed.
6. The Half-Box
Any old box will do, but two of your feet – preferably on opposite sides of your body – must remain outside the container at all times.
7. The Backstroker
Do not even attempt unless you have tiny, tiny, precious little legs.
8. The Sleeping Baby
Find a baby. Imitate the baby.
9. The Fur Pile
For this, you will need at least three friends who are not averse to your sleeping on them.
10. The Full-Box
Just get your whole damn body in there no matter what it takes. Be the box.
11. The Drunken Radiator
Just because you are obviously some kind of gin-addled hobo doesn’t mean you can’t be nice and warm.
12. The Sleeping Dog
Find a dog. Imitate the dog.
13. The Librarian
Bury your furry little head in your paws and try to look as contemplative and bookish as possible before drifting off.
14. The Ruler
Measure the floor with every inch of your tiny body.
15. The Windowsill
The whole world is your hammock.
16. The Clothes Dryer
Imagine that you are a wet T-shirt, fresh from the washing machine. Drape yourself accordingly.
17. The Pot Luck
Think of yourself as a last-minute fruit salad that everyone will be very polite about but probably not enjoy all that much.
18. The Head-Rush
Head to the ground, paws in the air – let gravity do the rest.
19. The Odd One Out
For this one you will need first to find two willing conformists.
20. The Mid-Sentence
Only recommended for individuals with extreme forms of narcolepsy.
21. The Bag Of Limbs (Box Edition)
Have a friend or loved one take you apart and put you back together haphazardly inside a box.
22. The Bag Of Limbs (Couch Edition)
Same as above, except (obviously) without the box.
23. The Dog Bed
Not a bed for dogs, but a bed that is made of dogs. I.e., the most comfortable bed you will ever sleep on that also smells kind of funky.
24. The Office Worker
Fall asleep on the job. LOL.
25. The Married Couple
Don’t be afraid to snore.
26. Four Cute Kittens Sleeping In A Drawer
If I could just get my dogs to sleep in some of these positions… there would be a lot more room in our bed!! AskMarion – JOMP
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Mid Hudson Animal Aid runs the Essie Dabrusin Cat Sanctuary, A free range, no-kill home to hundreds of cats and kittens pending adoption. At the sanctuary, we "socialize" cats, provide preventative medical treatment, rehabilitate frightened and abused animals, and provide a safe and stimulating environment during their stay at the sanctuary. Our goal is to place these animals in good quality homes through our Adoption Program.
Our purpose is to protect and provide for abandoned and abused animals in the Hudson Valley and place them in good adoptive homes. We have many cats and kittens available for adoption. For years, we have been serving the entire Hudson Valley including Dutchess, Putnam, Westchester, Orange, Ulster and Rockland Counties, but we invite anyone from anywhere to come and get involved
For a video tour of the shelter please visit HERE
Ben Stein had some thoughts on CBS Sunday Morning on how to get through the recession. His advice? Get a dog.
And why is he leaving his mark? Because he encourages that you should rescue a dog from a local shelter.
This week’s piece was dedicated to “his best possible thoughts on sound investing and living a long life“. Amongst the Warren Buffet-esque and uber sagacious investing and saving advice he recommends everyone to “get a dog” and “get some kittens.” Get a dog to “sleep in your bed with you. Dogs know nothing of mortality and they share that peace with you.” And kittens “to let them crawl all over you.”
I can say without exception I have seen every one in our office, after having a particularly challenging moment take a couple minutes to goof around with an office dog, walk off much lighter in mind and spirit. Anyone who has a dog or cat knows how therapeutic pawed companionship is. But I bet you didn’t know it would make your richer
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By LARISSA GRAHAM/The Lufkin Daily News
This year, Lufkin Animal Control will take in approximately 7,000 dogs and cats for a variety of reasons, whether they are surrendered by their owners, dropped off as strays, or caught by animal control.
Of those, only 10 percent of the dogs and 2 percent of the cats will make it to new homes. The rest will be euthanized to make room for a constant flow of incoming animals.
According to Rhonda McLendon, director of Lufkin Animal Control, March marks the beginning of puppy and kitten season, when the shelter will see a huge increase in the numbers of puppies and kittens left with them.
“Unfortunately, a lot of folks out there bring us puppies and kittens. Almost every day this time of year we’ll get a litter,” McLendon said.
During the summer, the shelter will take in anywhere from 600 to 1,000 animals a month.
“We’re taking in vast numbers and we’re adopting a few and getting a few back to their owners and a few to rescues,” McLendon said. “The numbers are pretty ridiculous.”
The reason for their staggering intake numbers, McLendon said, is because people are allowing their pets, whether by choice or by accident, to reproduce.
“Way too many animals are being born, and there just aren’t enough homes out there for them,” McLendon said.
McLendon hopes that education will encourage more people to choose to spay or neuter their pets.
Currently, the city of Lufkin works with Southwood Drive Animal Clinic, allowing all animals adopted from animal control to be spayed or neutered for a much lower fee than a veterinarian would normally charge. The Humane Society has a low-cost spay and neuter program, as does O’Malley Alley Cat, which also offers trap-and-release programs.
“There’s folks out there that you can go to and get help for spay and neuter, but a lot of folks don’t because they don’t realize how bad the overpopulation problem is. They’re used to seeing their dog and their neighbor’s dog and maybe a few puppies. But if you come in here every day for a week you would be astounded at the number of animals that come through here,” McLendon said.
According to McLendon, the shelter’s capacity varies depending on the time of year. By the end of March, McLendon expects to house between 150 and 175 animals, with around 200 a day during the summer months. Because the shelter acts as an evacuation center, anywhere from 450 to 500 animals may stay there during a hurricane evacuation.
“Numbers are fairly high because the incoming animals fluctuate all the time,” McLendon said.
Dogs usually remain up for adoption for 30 days, depending on their health, temperament, adoptability and the time of year. During the summer months, dogs are euthanized at a faster rate because of a higher intake.
Cats do not stay as long, due to higher intake and lower adoption rates. On average, cats are euthanized after three weeks, but that drops down to two weeks during kitten season.
“Unfortunately there’s not a whole lot of folks that come to the shelter to adopt a cat,” McLendon said.
More smaller dogs are coming into the shelter than they did in previous years, McLendon said. There has been a problem with people trying to sell dogs at Walmart without a breeder permit, she said.
In order to sell dogs in Lufkin, one must have a permit, pay the applicable fees and, if the breeder lives inside city limits, go through an inspection. Out-of-town sellers still need the proper paperwork in order to sell dogs, McLendon said.
“Even if you’re selling them from your own home, as long as you’re in city limits, you need a permit,” McLendon said.
In addition to education about spaying and neutering, McLendon hopes to dispel some rumors surrounding dogs adopted from animal shelters.
Approximately 25 percent of all dogs that end up in shelters are pure bred, McLendon said.
“We see pit bulls and labs all the time,” McLendon said. “An enormous number of those come into the shelter.”
However, Animal Control will also see popular breeds like dachshunds, schnauzers, chihuahuas and poodles.
“Unless you’re wanting something that’s unusual, then the shelter has either got one or will be getting one. We’ll get the Yorkies in and we’ll get Akitas and some of the breeds that are not seen very often, too,” McLendon said. “We get a little of everything.”
According to McLendon, people will often bring in entire litters of lab puppies, believing that because they’re cute they’ll be adopted.
“There’s a good chance they won’t even go up for adoption because that same day I may get three or four more litters, and there’s so many,” McLendon said. “We’ll have 30 or 40 puppies come in and only two or three of them will get selected for adoption.”
Black dogs and cats have even less of a chance of adoption, McLendon added.
“The black labs are adopted less than any other dogs, and the black lab is the number one dog we see,” McLendon said.
When it comes to pure-bred cats, Animal Control sees mostly Siamese, though they will get other breeds on occasion.
“If you’re not wanting to spend a ton of money on a pet that is show quality, this is a good place to come,” McLendon said. “What we put up for adoption are high-quality pets.”
Another myth McLendon wants to put to rest is the idea that a dog goes into a shelter because it has temperament issues, or is sick or injured.
“We do get the ones that are sick, injured or with temperament problems, but we don’t put them on the adoption rows,” McLendon said. “The reason they’re here is because someone turns them in, they’re caught, or their owner surrenders them.”
McLendon stressed the importance of pet ID tags. According to McLendon, 95 percent of lost animals that are not wearing ID tags will not be reunited with their families.
In East Texas, many people believe their children need to see a pet have a litter of babies, McLendon said. However, she added, that is not the case.
“(Children) go through the birthing process in their science classes,” McLendon said. “What your kids need to learn is pet responsibility, and when you’re allowing your pet to have puppies or kittens that are not guaranteed homes from now on, chances are that one of them or their babies will come to the shelter are very high.”
There are just not enough homes for the massive intake of animals, McLendon said. If parents want their children to interact with puppies or kittens, or see pregnant pets, they are welcome to visit the shelter. There, children will be allowed to play with the puppies and kittens as long as they like.
“Teach (your kids) responsibility as far as pet overpopulation. It’s only going to get better when people are spaying or neutering,” McLendon said.
Other common misconceptions, McLendon added, include the belief that it is unhealthy to spay a female pet before she has had a litter of babies, and that animals who have been fixed will become fat or lazy. In female dogs, there is a much lower occurence of some cancers if they are spayed before they have puppies. Males who have been neutered are less likely to roam and get into fights over females. In addition, McLendon said, they may not be as territorial as a male dog who has not been neutered.
As for becoming fat and lazy, McLendon added that some dogs who become overweight were already predisposed to obesity, or they could be overfed. Spaying or neutering does not change activity level, McLendon said.
While a puppy may be cute, McLendon warned against adopting just for the ‘cute factor.’ While the puppy stage does not last long, it brings with it the chewing stage, along with the need for housebreaking and proper socialization. Some dogs in the shelter are already housebroken and may have been raised with children. In addition, the risk of chewing is greatly lower in adult dogs because they have already passed the teething stage.
“There’s just a lot of great things about adopting an adult dog,” McLendon said.
For more information on Animal Control or animals up for adoption, anyone interested may contact Animal Control at 633-0218.
Being a pet parent requires responsibility and love, just like we give our human children, grandchildren and charges. Part of being a responsible pet owner is making reproductions decisions and making sure there are homes for the pus and kittens, if there are some. And those decisions is not always as one sided or uncomplicated as it may seem:
No Kill Nation: MANDATORY SPAY NEUTER LAWS ACROSS AMERICA HAVE LED TO:
▪ more animals killed
▪ more animals impounded
▪ increased animal control costs
▪ decreased licensing revenues.
Ask Marion – JOMP
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Ya know…There is a lot of animal abuse going on these days. And it just makes me sick, every time I hear about those poor, defenseless animals, being abused.
What makes people do things like that? They must be out of their minds, to hurt all these furry little creatures, that are so sweet & loveable. What did these animals ever do, to deserve such treatment? Let’s put a stop to this, now!! ! If you see or hear, of any abuse on these animals, please notify the authorities, immediately.
I have 5 dogs & 3 Cats, and some baby kittens. My dogs are…3 Chihuahua’s & 2 Beagles. My one Chihuahua, Molly, I rescued from an animal abuser, back in 2001.
She wouldn’t come near anyone for at least 2 month’s, she was that scared. After 2 month’s, she started coming to me, only. It took her, a whole year & a half, before she would go to anyone else, besides me. She was so scrawny looking, when I first got her, in 2001. She was a year old then. And now she’s so beautiful and loveable. There are still times, when she won’t go near someone, but she’ll always be that way, because animal’s are a lot like children. And, they all, never forget, how they’ve been treated. But, animal’s can sense, when not to go to someone, where children can’t sense that, but they as well, never forget what happened to them, which also makes them afraid of other people. And it’s really disgusting, that someone has to be abusive, like that! Let’s put a stop to it now!!! Help fight, all this abuse!!!
Carol – AARP Dog Group
Carol is certainly right… and in order to change things we must all stand up and be heard, be their voices (or more sometimes) as the ASPCA says. Ask Marion/JOMP
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On July 23, ASPCA Supervisory Special Investigator Annemarie Lucas and Special Agent Kristi Adams arrested Brooklyn resident Andrea Stewart, age 39, after the woman attacked the two Agents.
Responding to an anonymous tip about a neglected cat, the Humane Law Enforcement agents arrived at Stewart’s residence to find a seven-week-old, one-pound orange tabby with his whiskers cut off and a serious injury to his right front paw. “The kitten’s leg was broken,” says Supervisor Lucas. “As of now, he might lose his paw and is suffering from a rib fracture as well.” It was determined that Stewart had failed to get medical attention for her cat.
Says Joseph Pentangelo, Assistant Director of ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement, “In response to the agents’ decision to seize the kitten, Stewart choked and knocked down one of the ASPCA uniformed officers and punched the other.”
Stewart was arrested by ASPCA Special Agent Kristi Adams and taken to Kings County Hospital for observation. The agents were treated for injuries at local hospitals, while the kitten, named Macaroni by officials, was taken to the ASPCA Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital, where he’s expected to recover and be readied for adoption.
Since it is a felony to assault a New York State Peace Officer, Stewart could receive two counts of felony assault and one count of animal cruelty.
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It really is time that the punishment for these inhumane offenses to animals is raised to a much higher level and that offenders are given the maximum. If you think about it, it is pretty crazy. The women is charged with two counts of felony assault for attacking the ASPCA Agents (and should be), but is only charged with one count of animal cruelty for maiming and torturing her cat and then not getting it medical help. We are all God’s creatures and no animals should be treated inhumanely, including wild animals and livestock… farm and ranch animals deserve to be treated in a humane manner, and especially domesticated animals that people choose as pets. It is time that we begin considering ourselves as guardians of the animals and pets in our domain instead of “owners”. The cruelest animals on the planet really are uncaring humans and the rest of us need to keep them in check!!! … Ask Marion, JOMP~