Open Thread: Good News about JRT Penny


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Update from Evelyn Bridges (Charlies Angels Animal Rescue) about the subject of yesterday’s Emergency Pet Bleg:

Thank you so very much… Donations are coming in like crazy since yesterday afternoon.
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I called Mr. Buchanan, Penny’s owner, this morning to let him know that we had enough money donated by Balloon Juice followers to pay for Penny’s surgery and more. He broke down in tears on the phone.
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I have met Penny twice and took her some more pain medications today. She is scheduled for her surgery Wed, Oct. 19th, in the a.m. We scheduled it ASAP in hopes that we would have money to pay for it.. :)
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Will keep you posted so you can post on blog for all to know.
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We are also on Facebook.

Let me add my personal thanks to everyone else who chipped in. I’m not a naturally virtuous person, so when my soul is weighed in the balance, I hope that having helped saved a few pets’ lives (and lightening the load for the people who love them) will count in my favor…






63 replies
  1. 1
    Yutsano says:

    Oh frabjous day! Caloo Callay! I shan’t chortle though. Not until the puppeh is all better.

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    Kristine says:

    I’m so glad. Poor little mite. Fingers crossed for Wednesday.

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    daize says:

    So good to hear. Thanks to all who donated.

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    Protothad says:

    I called Mr. Buchanan, Penny’s owner, this morning to let him know that we had enough money donated by Balloon Juice followers to pay for Penny’s surgery and more. He broke down in tears on the phone.

    Sometimes I really love this blog (and the community that drives it).

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    I think a small amount of thanks should go to Glennzilla. He’s Tweeted about this(and contributed I believe) a few times soliciting donations. Every little bit helps after all.

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    Raven (formerly stuckinred) says:

    Atta girl!

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    SIA says:

    Thanks for the update, Anne Laurie

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    Michael D. says:

    Also, don’t forget to check to see if your employer matches donations. It occurred to me a couple weeks after I donated to Charlie’s Angels to check. Mine does! I made two decent donations to CA, and my employer doubled them!

    No cost or hassle to me except to take 5 minutes to fill out a form!

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    jnfr says:

    Thanks so much for letting us know. This is such a good thing. Many thanks to everyone who helped this pup out, and to Charlie’s Angels for being there.

  11. 11
    Woodrowfan says:

    good news!

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    JGabriel says:

    NY Times:

    Mitt Romney has raised far more money than Mr. Obama this year from the firms that have been among Wall Street’s top sources of donations …

    I know more money is almost always a good thing, but, doesn’t anyone reading this story think, “You know, looking at all those Occupy protests, maybe Wall St. isn’t the best place to get your donations this election cycle.”

    .

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    piratedan says:

    RIP… Dan Wheldon

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    Raven (formerly stuckinred) says:

    @piratedan: I was afraid of that when I saw the crash.

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    JPL says:

    Even if they use the same pictures as last year, I hope their is a calendar where the proceeds go to Charlie’s Angels.

  16. 16

    Good news! Those eyes … can’t say no to those eyes!

    So, here’s my contribution to Blog Action Day 2011 … which is about food.

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    Napoleon says:

    Piratedan @13

    ditto.

    That wreck took his airbox off. He never had a chance with that against the fence.

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    a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q) says:

    Great news for Penny! Thanks to all who gave, and to AL for posting it.

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    Punchy says:

    Leavin in a few to go have our first baby….wish me luck.

    Glad as hell that I’m not the one going thru this labor thing.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Punchy:

    Good luck to you and Mrs. Punchy and Punchy Junior or Juniorette. Keep us posted, and pictures, please!

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    Face says:

    Glad as hell that I’m not the one going thru this labor thing.

    You gotta problem with unions now?

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Raven (formerly stuckinred): @piratedan:

    This is from an article previewing today’s race, dated about ten days ago:

    Vegas will be the final outing for the Dallara chassis that been in use in IRL and IndyCar for the last eight years, before the new 2012 IndyCar Safety Cell is rolled out for the start of next year – which explains why so many teams and drivers are entered for one last hurrah on the track, as there is no longer any concern about protecting cars from crashes for future usage.

    I don’t even know if that was a factor, but it sure is creepy to read in light of today’s fatal crash.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Face: LOL

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    JPL says:

    @Punchy: We’ll be awaiting news on little Punchy and do give Mrs. Punchy a hug from all of us..

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    Raven (formerly stuckinred) says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: I also read that they were running at 225, not a lot of room for error.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    I called Mr. Buchanan, Penny’s owner, this morning to let him know that we had enough money donated by Balloon Juice followers to pay for Penny’s surgery and more. He broke down in tears on the phone.

    When you love another being that much, your relationship to them deserves a better name than “owner”.

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    SIA says:

    @Punchy: Blessings! Can’t wait to see pics of the Punchino!

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    slag says:

    Huzzah! Good work, team!

    And, if you haven’t seen it yet, you might be interested in rewarding yourself with this Obama speech about Dr. King: http://www.whitehouse.gov/phot.....emorial-de . I, for one, hope to see many more speeches like this one and many more actions that underlie those speeches!

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    CT Voter says:

    So happy to hear about Penny, and the generosity of BJ readers.

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    Luci says:

    Yayyyy! What a great thing! I love this blog and the community too! What a great bunch! I did donate, so I feel very virtous, and I guess everyone else is too. :)Yayy for Penny! I do hope there will be further pictures and updates. She looks like a super doggie!

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    Jane2 says:

    Fabulous news! Fingers crossed for a successful surgery.

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    lamh34 says:

    @slag:

    More from the dedicatio. Man this woman IS a national treasure.

    Aretha Franklin Performs “Precious Lord” at MLK Memorial Dedication

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    Raven (formerly stuckinred) says:

    You know it’s great that we were able to help out on this but this little pup has a tough road in front of here. The amputation of her front leg and the recovery is going to be a challenge.

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    slag says:

    @lamh34: Thanks for that! Watching it now and loving it.

    ETA Did you see the speech? Loved when he talked about how important it is to remember Dr. King as a man who had setbacks and disappointments rather than as a larger than life figure immortalized in stone. Great stuff that needs repeating!

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    Protothad says:

    Also, don’t forget to check to see if your employer matches donations. It occurred to me a couple weeks after I donated to Charlie’s Angels to check. Mine does! I made two decent donations to CA, and my employer doubled them!

    I checked, and it turns out I’m self employed… so I donated again. ;)

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    lamh34 says:

    @slag: yeah, I saw it. I hope more people see it, but it doesn’t really warrant much attention in some quarters.

    Too bad though.

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    JPL says:

    @slag: I streamed starting at 11 and the speeches were powerful but for me the scene of President Obama standing near the King memorial was amazing. MLK was larger than life and I’m pleased he has a prominent position.
    Also, too..stevie wonder was quite good.

    edit.. according to ajc.com.. former pizza heir cain was in attendance.

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    slag says:

    @lamh34:

    I hope more people see it, but it doesn’t really warrant much attention in some quarters.

    Their loss. Suckers all.

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    slag says:

    @JPL:

    MLK was larger than life

    I don’t know…I like Obama’s perspective on this question better. I find it far more practicable.

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    Napoleon says:

    SiubhanDuinne

    I am not sure if you are a racing fan like me, but I think that quote could be subject to being misconstrued. It is not implying that people were driving more dangerously because they did not care if they wrecked cars, what it means is that if you are an owner who usually fields 2 drivers, but you have 4 cars (they always have spares) then if at then end of a race the car is then outlawed with a rule change then, you maybe willing to run 3 or 4 or them in the race. I think it was a factor but becuase it ended up being a very large field (I think 34 started qualifications, one more starter then you see at the Indy 500, a track that is 2 1/2 miles long). Vegas is 1 1/2 miles, so you had a bunch of cars cramming on to the track which means a lot of traffic. That is why the crash managed to take out an amazing 15 cars.

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    lamh34 says:

    oh oh, Sean Penn goes there, cue wingnut outrage:Sean Penn Calls Tea Party the ‘Get the N-Word Out of the White House Party’ (Video)

    The actor implies the ultra-conservative movement has a racist agenda against President Obama: “At the end of the day, there’s a big bubble coming out of their heads, saying, ‘Can we just lynch him?'”…

    Usually, I can’t stand Sean Penn. Does that make it bad that I kinda like Sean Penn more than before because of this…lol

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    Raven (formerly stuckinred) says:

    bear down
    Chicago Bears

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    Paddy says:

    This may be the answer to Cole’s Rosie wants to PLAY problem- Video- Jack Russell Terrier Plays Fetch With Himself

    And YEAH for Penny!

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    quannlace says:

    elp out on this but this little pup has a tough road in front of here. The amputatio

    Was gonna say the same thing. But I’ve seen stories about dogs that had to go thru the amputation of one limb, and they seem to adjust to an amazing degree.

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    Raven (formerly stuckinred) says:

    @quannlace: Oh yea, they adjust way better than people do. I knew a three-legged sheep dog named Doobie that got around pretty good. Still, amputation is serious bidness.

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    Laura Clawson says:

    Ohhhh. Just catching up, and this is so wonderful to see.

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    gogol's wife says:

    @lamh34:

    I had the same reaction.

    Congratulations to the big-hearted BJ community for helping Penny.

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    Svensker says:

    @Punchy:

    Good luck and yes, you’re right, you DON’T want to be the one doing it. Hurts like hell. And ETA again — she’ll get through it! Don’t mean to be Debbie Downer. You’ll all be fine. Just be sure to tell her you love her lots and don’t mind if she yells mean things at you!

    ETA: If this is your first don’t tell wifey that. She thinks she knows it hurts but she has no idea.

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    Anne Laurie says:

    @efgoldman: Many years of grim practice. :)

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    Jane2 says:

    @Punchy: There’ll be news and pics of Punchy Junior, I hope!

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    feebog says:

    I’m not a naturally virtuous person, so when my soul is weighed in the balance, I hope that having helped saved a few pets’ lives (and lightening the load for the people who love them) will count in my favor…

    Oh, I think your grace bank balance is in pretty good shape. Dog bless you.

  54. 54

    Woooooooot! YAY for pretty Penny and for the BJ commentariat. We done good, bitchez.

    Thanks for the update, AL. I was wondering how we were doing.

    @Punchy: Good luck to you, Mrs. Punchy, and baby Punchy, man. We want pics! And, we’ll be pacing the virtual floor for you.

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    Ron says:

    Gah. everytime I go to BJ on Chrome, it breaks flash. it’s a sign of something. what I have no idea.

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    Dougerhead says:

    @Punchy:

    But what does Sullivan think about this?

    Congrats!

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    Yutsano says:

    @asiangrrlMN: We shan’t mention the athletic competition in progress. And fuck Jay Cutler.

  58. 58
    Yutsano says:

    @asiangrrlMN: FYWP.

    We shall not discuss the current athletic competition in progress, amirite?

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    CynDee says:

    @efgoldman: Amen to that. Amen, Amen.

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    4jkb4ia says:

    Do you believe in miracles? YES!

    /As far as I am concerned Tony LaRussa can be the whiniest asshole in baseball ten times over.

  61. 61
    4jkb4ia says:

    Anne Laurie, I finished The Finkler Question, and needless to say, at the end it’s not funny at all.

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    @Yutsano: I may need to drink tonight. And, I’m allergic to alkyhol.

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    Tony Alva says:

    I gave up commenting on this blog years ago, and agree with less and less of what the front pagers post as time goes by, but I am ALWAYS amazed at how this community turns out for something like this. This little dog and his devoted owner will always hold you guys in his heart as hero’s and I also share the sentiment. Well done bloviating Balloon Juicers! Well done and god bless!

    Deepest Respect,

    Tony Alva

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