Sunday Night Open Thread

Watching Homecoming with my girl.

Lily jumped up on to the bed today for the first time since she was diagnosed with cancer. I’ve had to lift her ever since. Until today.








Sunday Morning Open Thread

I am trying to hold the wonderment these children express so well — especially considering that, for example, California would be infinitely grateful to have such troubles — but nine inches of wet snow in mid-November is TOO GODSDAMNED SOON.

And speaking of positivity, there’s this:



REPOST: California Disaster Relief (Pet) Bleg

Just un-spammed this comment from InternetDragons, and figured I’d front-page it as well. I plan to re-post it tomorrow, but it’s not that late for the weekend / on the Left Coast…

Hi, guys. I lurk way more than I post, but I had to post this. I’m in northern California, and it’s apocalyptic here. I won’t go into horrific details; that stuff is all over the media. Folks here are animal lovers, so I am posting to say that the animal rescue groups in Butte County need help.

One simple thing you can do, if so inclined, is donate to the pet pantry of the Butte County Humane Society. They need all the supplies you can imagine – food, beds, crates, litter boxes, leashes, everything. http://buttehumane.org/donate

Or you can donate to them using Amazon Smile. They have a wish list on Amazon if you want to purchase stuff there that will be sent to them.

The following organizations are also helping and would gladly accept donations (all of these organizations are vetted by the San Jose Mercury News):

Northwest SPCA — http://www.nwspca.org/index.php/donate; 530-533-7636

Chico Cat Coalition — http://www.chicocatcoalition.org/donation; 530-8941365

Wags & Whiskers Pet Rescue — http://www.wagsandwhiskerspetr…..onate.html; 530-895-8888

Horse Plus Humane Society — http://www.horseplushumanesociety.org/donate; 1-888-HPHS-077

Tony La Russa’s ARF Disaster Relief — http://bit.ly/2RSJdyh; 925.256.1273

Cowboy 911 is doing a fantastic job of rescuing animals behind the lines. They need fuel cards. Please mail them to: 24255 Electric Ave., Red Bluff, CA 96080 or donate via paypal to send $ for fuel cards care of jillisue@gmail.com, that’s Jill Pierre. The money goes directly to the benefit of saving the animals of evacuees of the Camp Fire.

If you want to donate to help human survivors, the best place at the moment is the Red Cross. There are smaller local groups doing amazing stuff, but for now Red Cross is the best place to focus donations.

I don’t have the words to convey how horrific this is. It’s unimaginable.

I’m not sure how to format links, so I hope all of this isn’t horribly screwed up. I also hope this post doesn’t get buried; I’m not one of the “known” posters here – but I know many of you have been thinking about those devastated by these fires, so wanted to provide some specific options if you are able to help.

Thank you all. Be good to one another.








California Disaster Relief (Pet) Bleg

Just un-spammed this comment from InternetDragons, and figured I’d front-page it as well. I plan to re-post it tomorrow, but it’s not that late for the weekend / on the Left Coast…

Hi, guys. I lurk way more than I post, but I had to post this. I’m in northern California, and it’s apocalyptic here. I won’t go into horrific details; that stuff is all over the media. Folks here are animal lovers, so I am posting to say that the animal rescue groups in Butte County need help.

One simple thing you can do, if so inclined, is donate to the pet pantry of the Butte County Humane Society. They need all the supplies you can imagine – food, beds, crates, litter boxes, leashes, everything. http://buttehumane.org/donate

Or you can donate to them using Amazon Smile. They have a wish list on Amazon if you want to purchase stuff there that will be sent to them.

The following organizations are also helping and would gladly accept donations (all of these organizations are vetted by the San Jose Mercury News):

Northwest SPCA — http://www.nwspca.org/index.php/donate; 530-533-7636

Chico Cat Coalition — http://www.chicocatcoalition.org/donation; 530-8941365

Wags & Whiskers Pet Rescue — http://www.wagsandwhiskerspetr…..onate.html; 530-895-8888

Horse Plus Humane Society — http://www.horseplushumanesociety.org/donate; 1-888-HPHS-077

Tony La Russa’s ARF Disaster Relief — http://bit.ly/2RSJdyh; 925.256.1273

Cowboy 911 is doing a fantastic job of rescuing animals behind the lines. They need fuel cards. Please mail them to: 24255 Electric Ave., Red Bluff, CA 96080 or donate via paypal to send $ for fuel cards care of jillisue@gmail.com, that’s Jill Pierre. The money goes directly to the benefit of saving the animals of evacuees of the Camp Fire.

If you want to donate to help human survivors, the best place at the moment is the Red Cross. There are smaller local groups doing amazing stuff, but for now Red Cross is the best place to focus donations.

I don’t have the words to convey how horrific this is. It’s unimaginable.

I’m not sure how to format links, so I hope all of this isn’t horribly screwed up. I also hope this post doesn’t get buried; I’m not one of the “known” posters here – but I know many of you have been thinking about those devastated by these fires, so wanted to provide some specific options if you are able to help.

Thank you all. Be good to one another.








Cat Health Funding Bleg

From lurker Bradley C:

Two and half years ago you and the BJ community showed me incredible kindness and helped me raise the funds to care for my dying cat Binkley. He had kidney disease/failure, and thanks to you and the community he had another 6 months with me, most of them good. I am eternally grateful for that time with him, and the suffering he was spared.

Now I face another challenge, and have no choice but to reach out for help again. Last year I went on a little quest and found the furry family from which Binkley came, and found a new companion. His name is Calvin, after the comic strip, because all he wants to do is play.

The good news is his life is not threatened, the bad news is he has already developed serious problems with his teeth, causing him to drool uncontrollably at times. Left untreated this will eventually turn into real problems for him, and it’s already a bit messy. But walking dogs and working with musicians has not left me a wealthy man, and my family is currently hurting. Which leaves me scrambling to find ways to help him.

Thankfully the costs this time are much more modest, and fixing this will have a real impact on his quality of life. (Mine too, but he’s what matters here.) So hopefully it is not assuming or asking too much to reach out to you and the BJ community once again. I’ve set up another GoFundMe campaign.

Thank you again, so much, for your help before, and thank you for any help to come. I feel almost ashamed asking like this, but his well being matters infinitely more than my pride.








Saturday Open Thread: Welcome Cleo

This adorable fluffball was found in the garage of geg6. That cute face has now convinced her to become a cat person (welcome to the cult).

… she’s a sweetie and quite smart. She has made me go out and buy a bed, fancy food/water bowl and numerous toys. She’s very manipulative like that. 😉

Welcome, Cleo!

Open thread.



Bunnies Need Your Vote: Colorado House Rabbit Society (and Open Thread)

Bunny Yoga

I thought we could use a sweet distraction. What better than some rescue bunnies?

I received a request from a friend of mine (some of you met her at the first meet-up). She volunteers at the Colorado House Rabbit Society and also adopted a bonded pair of bunnies from them.

Seems there is a hay shortage in the country and it’s gotten very expensive. They entered a contest, we all wrote glowing essays and they are now a finalist.

They need votes!

Heide Sue (up for adoption)

So I said I’d give it a little boost here. Please vote if you are inclined. They do good works (as I’m sure all the bunny rescues do). They take in bunnies from all over the country, from shelters that have closed, from hoarders…and my favorite, this summer they were part of a cross-country caravan. They offered a rest stop where a hundred bunnies were fed, watered, brushed and cages cleaned. Took hours and a bunch of volunteers, but they sent them on their way refreshed.

We just got a bunch of bunnies from an out of state shelter that closed. We are stuffed with bunnies, all who need hay.  We are well over capacity right now. We need the hay!

If you’d like to help, just click here and vote for the Colorado House Rabbit Society (they are third row, center)

The bunnies thank you.  And if you’re in Colorado and looking for bunnies, they have plenty to choose from.

Open thread!