Ohhhh!! The things we do to our pets!!!  LOL 

My local vet’s office held a costume contest today for the best pooch costume, and after shuffling some  furry critters to and from the vet, I decided at the VERY LAST MINUTE to be creative and participate.  My two victims….errr subjects were to be Kelly Jo and Ave’ because I just figured they were the best suited for such a function.  Now before we get into more detail…my vet appts were at 2:30 and I decided to go for it at about 3:30 en route to home.  I didn’t want to go overboard with cost, and so decided to take advantage of the local dollar store to get my creative juices going. 

I marched into the dollar store with a mission!! (now 4pm)  I had until 6pm to get the costumes chosen, dogs dressed, and over to the event!  I looked at children’s costumes and then at wigs…they had a red wig..hmmmm…..???  (insert lighted bulb here)  noo noo nooo….so i grabbed an angel costume for Kelly Jo and a harem outfit for Ave…but that wig…..hmmm……???  paid for my purchases and off to the car I went!  But the more I thought about that red wig the more i liked the originality of dressing them up as mini mes, so since they had only one red wig I was off the the grocery store-they were all out-and then off to wally world where I found another shorter wig and ALOT more expensive than what was at the dollar store but by now I was so excited about my idea, I was a locomotive on a collision course!!  (enter forshadowing here :S lol)

So I made my purchase of the wig and flew back to the dollar store to grab the other….the line to wait to return the previous costumes was long so I grabbed a few other items, such as glasses, to add to my booty for doggy dress success!!  (yeah right!) 

Well darn if the glasses I didn’t grab were too expensive not enuff cash to cover the purchase!  Ehhh…didn’t really need em did I?  and so I was off with my red wigs, and plans, in hand!

I arrived home and began getting the pups ready for the doggylicious costume debut!!!  Little holes in the wigs to tie them under the chin…wrapping them in green shirts to match what I was wearing…   Darn!!! I really REALLY wanted those darn glasses!  No problemo!!  Would run back by the dollar store with checkbook and grab ’em!!!  My excitment over my doggy look alike reviews was practically palpable!!!

Dogs in the car?  CHECK

Costumes and extras in bag?  CHECK

Check book in purse for glasses?  CHECK

Back again at the dollar store and flying threw the doors to grab those glasses, but WAIT!!  On top of the reading glasses rack is a box of little kids sunglasses where 2 identical matching pink frames were!! BRILLIANT!!    Just had to remove the lenses and it was a done deal!  SMASHING IDEA!!  (not to mention even cheaper than the previously chosen glasses!!)  A WHOLE $2 dollars!!

Now my only remaining challenge was to remove those darn dark lenses so back to the house I went in search of a hammer…pounded out those hard, and I mean HARD, to remove lenses and then off to the contest!!! 

AMAZING!!  I had managed to put 2 costumes together, got the dogs dressed and to the contest site with time to spare!!  Just as I had planned in order to have extra time to suite both pups up with their red wigs and glasses….

SASHAY SASHAY!!!  thru the parking lot I went with my pups in costumes and thru the fence into the building. 

Through the door and there we were!!!  …………..AN HOUR LATE!!!  UGH!!!  Well my vet’s office felt so bad they gave us a complimentary gift, but darnit!!! I was ready to flaunt those pooches!!!  SHUX!!!  And what with the kitties so hard to cooperate when it comes to any dress up!!!  I knowwwwwwwwwwwwwww…..!!!!!  They’re animals afterall!  NOT kids!!! 

So off I shuffled sullenly with my 2 pups in hand back to the car……………….darn!!!   DARN!!!  DARN!!!

Ahhh…but I have a blog where I can share with you!!! At last!! An audience!!!  So here they are!!  Sans matching shirt but with the most IMPORTANT features retained, are my mini mes!!!  🙂  Dressing them went so well, I was even to get Shyler to cooperate!!  Now THAT’S my kinda halloween!!

Mini Me 1 (Ave Maria)

Mini Me 2 (Kelly Jo)

Mini Me 3 (Shyler)


Heartbreak of a Somewhat Different Kind

Tonight I watched the documentary The Cove.  I had seen something about this issue on my Facebook and had already signed the petition without realizing what this documentary was about much less that it even existed.  I don’t have tv in my house, and my only connection to the outside world, with the exception of the local paper, is my internet.  So no I didn’t see the Emmies or the Academy Awards, and only just found out about this documentary tonight after coming across this PSA on facebook.

Altho I generally take up issues having to do with domesticated animals, I have been doing alot of thinking lately and have realized that you can’t go part of the way when it comes to the animal kingdom as a whole; you have to advocate for both domestic and wild.  This is the reason why I’m blogging about the documentary, The Cove. 

If you haven’t seen it, it’s truly heartbreaking.  I’ve always known whales and dolphins were highly intelligent creatures, but was never completely aware of just how far their intelligence abilities truly are.  Now it is starting to come to light that dolphins could actually be more intelligent than man, which is completely amazing to me.  I also find how we attempt to communicate with them, mainly through sign language, laughable since it doesn’t allow them to respond back to them: just us telling them what we want of them. 

The Cove, documents a village in Japan where dolphin hunting  continues every year from the months of September through March.  Fishermen “wrangle” up the dolphins and the ones that don’t get sold for confinement/display at numerous attractions throught out the world, are then dragged to a cove where they are killed and butchered for food.  Not only is the technique cruel, but the majority of dolphins in the area contain high amounts of mercury which in turn is poisoning the locals who consume the meat.  One man that they spoke with in Taiiji, where the “harvesting” occurs, was tested and found to have high levels of mercury poisoning in his system.  This local “official” was later fired after this documentary came out. 

I also found it very significant, and heartbreaking, the fact that like us dolphins are aware of what’s going in: in other words they know when they are being rounded up, that capture and death are imminent.  They babies are also conscious of this fact as well; and the parents and offspring are seperated during this slaughter. 

Once the harvesting is done, the water in the cove turns a blood red, and in order to make sure that every single dolphin is harvested, divers go into the water to make sure nothing is left behind. 

Rick O’Barry, the original creator of Flipper and now one of the leading activists when it comes to dolphins in confinement and this “harvest”, discusses in this film what he has come to learn about dolphins and how the ones in  cofinement/show parks are fed a daily diet of fish mixed with tagamet because confinement stresses these animals out terrible, and that long term confinement eventually leads to death, or  suicide even.  Mr. O’Barry even experienced this with one of the dolphins on his show Flipper; the dolphin made the conscious decision to die rather than continue to exist in captivity. 

What amazes me, is that the majority of Japan doesn’t even realize that this is going on..sound a little like some other masacre of the 20th century??

And yes I’m aware that they way this film was made probably does alienate the people of Japan  and that had they gone about it differently, it might have actually led to real change in Japan.  This does make a valid point, but the big money on these dolphins comes in the form of selling them to parks who keep them in captivity at about $150,000 per animal.  If the world becomes more aware, perhaps the knowledge will make people everywhere to choose differently when it comes to these parks and the demand for them will decline. 

I know it makes a difference to me.  I have never been to Sea World or any other Marine Park atrraction, and after seeing this movie, I can honestly say I will choose to never go to one either. 

Upon viewing this film, I did more research and discovered that Japan is not the only country to host these huge slaughters of marine mammals.  As example, here is a video of a slaughter that took place in Finland. 

To argue that the Japanese alone are very ignorrant, and to take your anger out on them is ridiculous.  Here in this video we see anglo western europeans doing the exact same thing and it is just as hearbreaking; blood infested waters, marine mammals thrashing about in desperate attempts to save themselves; babaric methods of killing being used on more creatures that are just as aware of what’s going on around them as the dolphins in the movie The Cove. 

What it all comes down to, is when will man as a whole realize the possible implications that his behavior has on nature as a whole?  When will he realize that these actions say more about us than any other mammal on earth?  And when will man as a whole develop a true conscious when it comes to treating our fellow earthlings with respect?