Balloon Juice Pet Calendar 2019 is LIVE!

Just a reminder that the Balloon Juice Calendar for 2019 is now LIVE:

Thanks to all of you who sent in pictures, and thanks to Beth, who put it all together. As always, all proceeds go to MARC- the Marion Animal Resource Connection. You can pick yours up by clicking on this link or going through the Balloon Juice Store on the right.








Pets of Balloon Juice Calendar 2019- WE’RE DOING IT LIVE

The pets of Balloon Juice calendar is now up and running and available at Cafepress:

As always, all profits go to MARC: Marion Animal Resource Connection.

If you find a mistake or a misnamed pet, please let us know as it can be easily fixed. MUCHO thanks to Beth, our freelance graphic designer who does this thankless task every year. Her website is here if you need someone.








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.