Thursday, February 28, 2013

Natural Beauty

(Image from here via FB)

Woman Shaman: The Ancients

Today's Animal in Need


AmsterDog Rescue began in seed after a small group of volunteers got together to help animals in need in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. We did fundraising, went down to rescue dogs
We are a non-profit group of volunteers. AmsterDog is Incorporated and has a Tax Id# for tax deductible donations. We are dedicated to the plight of abandoned animals, finding loving, responsible homes for animals on death-row, with special focus on the abused animals, who find themselves in city shelters, through no fault of their own.

We welcome questions, comments, volunteering, and donations.
We rely on our wonderful cross-posters and networking volunteers to help find the right home for each pet.

We are always in need of good foster homes. (click on categories on the right)

We know that saving one dog may not change the world, but to that dog, it is the whole world.
Company Overview
AmsterDog is all about rescuing animals in city shelters who would ordinarily be put down and helping to find them loving responsible homes.

We are a small group of animal loving volunteers devoted to the cause of “No Kill” and hope to make that concept a reality in our lifetime through raising awareness, promoting spay/neuter programs, fund-raising for pets who need vet care, and doing our small part to make the world a better place for all creatures.

As we continue our work, it becomes more and more clear….It is they who rescue us!
Dog Rescue, Amsterdog Rescue, New York City, Animal Rescue,

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Cosmic News: Fireworks from the Sea

Image: "Blue Equinox" by Aimee Trayser. Of her work, Aimee says, " paintings are defined not so much by what we see as by the quality inherent in our dreams." See more at [].  

There's the old saying, "March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb." Probably not this month. This year, "March comes in like a Fish, goes out like a Ram." After swimming through a dreamy sea of planets in Pisces as March begins, we end with planetary fireworks in Aries. Firecrackers and popcorn will be popping.

MARCH 2013 begins with the blurry reality of an underwater world. With so many planets in Pisces—including Mercury retrograde!— we are like fish in a cosmic sea of vibrational frequencies, solar plasma influx and energetic cross-currents. As indicated by astrophysics, we are entering ever more deeply now into the photon belt, shimmering with invisible light that impacts us on both cellular and etheric levels. Atoms are rearranging themselves inside and around us. With vigilance we can dance in the rainbow light rather than be sucked into the dismay of anxiety and fear. Which wave are you riding at any moment? We have a fabulous opportunity here to welcome the new energy as a kind of cosmic vacuum cleaner. 
There are no specific planetary shifts until the New Moon, after which the Aries fireworks display commences.

First, let's dive into the waters and consider potentials.

The NEW MOON at 22 PISCES, March 11, 1:51pm CST,
is the first of this Chinese Year of the Water Snake, thematically hosting an ocean of Pisces planets: Neptune, Mercury, Chiron, Venus, Sun-Moon and Mars. That's a lot of fish in the sea! Let's sort them out.

NEPTUNE continues to rule in its own Dreamtime sign, with increasingly subtle affects that stir the soul but slide sideways and slippery in the mundane world, especially with Mercury retrograde. Still at the beginning of its 14-year stay in Pisces, Neptunian themes infuse movies, music and the internet with images that speak to the collective consciousness. What are you watching lately? Our level of emotional sensitivity may be more open and impressionable, needing plenty of down time to clear the waters. Watch out what you watch, as images may stick with you longer and haunt your waking hours. While thinking about themes for this month, I web surfed into Eckhart Tolle, with his NOW presence, very apt for any time—especially NOW!

MERCURY is retrograde until the 17th. Distractions, wonderments and confusions diffuse any clear-edged reality, which eludes our grasp and seems to shapeshift when we try to locate our space-time coordinates. Saturn in Scorpio supports this proposition, agreeing that reality is "in process" of being redefined. This Mercury retrograde is a fine time to allow the mind to deeply relax and offer up guidance in its quiet murmur.

The "sweet spot" of this retrograde is on March 4, when Mercury is in the heart of the Sun. The Magician aspect of Mercury takes over from the Trickster, able to cancel out the retrograde frustrations and bring out the best of its insight. Ask for a special message and try out the possibilities in this moment to connect Heaven with Earth. 

You can read the rest of Kelley's post by clicking the link below.


Natural Beauty

(Image from here via google)

One day she woke up and heard the ocean call her name 
in a soft melody so ancient and deep, like a mother’s wooing
or a dove’s cooing, it was a holy remembering,
a sweet whisper to her soul.
So she listened and waited, not entirely patient, for guidance and direction
and roadmaps to lead her
In the silence she heard” Come this way to me.”
If you follow the river you’ll make your way home
over boulders and sea glass, swift currents and turns.
You’ll never feel lost, (maybe a little) you will always be free, to follow the river
And come back to me….

poem copyright Marylou Falstreau 2012

 (Image from here via FB)

Today's Animal in Need

Munchie has been with us the longest....and with kitten season around the corner...we would love to get this sweet girl into a home. Soon everyone will want cute, little kittens and the adults will just sit there....please share Munchie. She loves to be pet, groomed and enjoys her treats. She is only about 3-4 years old, spayed, micro-chipped and up to date on vaccines. This friendly girl would be great in a home with or without other cats. If you are looking for a companion, this is her! Adoption fee is $55 ♥


The Volunteer Auxiliary's mission is to increase adoptions and decrease euthanization at the Northern Ocean County Animal Shelter in Jackson. Visit us at our off-site center at Petsmart Toms River or watch for our mobile adoption unit.
Increase adoptions and decrease euthanization at the Ocean County Animal shelter system
Company Overview
Our volunteer group was founded as an auxiliary organization to the Northern Ocean County Animal Shelter to bring the animals to the public through off-site programs such as fostering, off-site adoptions and public relations.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Mercury Retrograde

Mercury went retrograde in Pisces on Saturday. It goes direct again on March 17th. 

We are in the midst of extremely Piscean times at the moment. The Sun, Mars, Neptune, Chiron and Mercury are all in Pisces at the moment. (By the end of the retrograde period, Mars will be in Aries, but Venus will have moved in to Pisces.)

Whenever Mercury goes retrograde, it's a time to for contemplation and exploring our inner landscapes. In Pisces we're aimed toward our dreams, our deepest, most secret dreams.

Mercury retrograde in Pisces says ... turn in and remember, remember who it is you dream, remember what it is you love, remember what it is you can imagine in your wildest deepest imaginings

Read the rest of Em's post here.

Natural Beauty - and squeeee

(Image from here)

Baby meerkats!!

Winning the Lottery

Today's Animal in Need

Look what taking a chance on a dog can do. I was told that this dog was a dime a dozen dog and why would I want to take him into our program? Well, look what can happen to a dog's spirit in less than 2 weeks. Project Rescue Chicago pulled this dog for TAF so that we could get him the medical attention that he needed and now he is healthy as could be.

This is handsome boy is named Morris. Morris is a 2 year old, 51 pound shepherd mix who loves other dogs, loves to play fetch, is housetrained and generally just fun and awesome!

Morris is now ready for adoption and deserves a family to call his own. If you are interested in adopting Morris, please visit and fill out an adoption application.

How about we all help Morris find his forever home and share his post. A few of our sponsored dog have found their forever homes and foster homes this week because of people sharing our posts. We were even able to help a few cats outs which is truly amazing. Sharing facebook posts really works!

Seriously, Morris's smiling face makes what we go through in rescue truly worth it.


The Trio Animal Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that assists shelters, rescues and individuals by paying the medical bills of homeless pets. TAF also promotes adoption and responsible pet ownership, including spay and neutering.
To promote pet adoption and give every animal the care and love that they deserve. They may be homeless but they are not forgotten.
Company Overview
The Trio Animal Foundation is a 501(c)3 that assists in paying the medical bills of homeless pets.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Natural Beauty

A friend of mine posted some pictures of the UK coast where she lives
and it made me think of The Bay of Fundy in Canada.

I spent 3 summers in Nova Scotia on the Bay of Fundy and loved it!
It was the first time I had ever seen coastline like that.
Very, very different from the Jersey Shore.

Seeing my friend's pictures reminded me
how much I miss living by the Sea
with a coastline like that.

It doesn't seem likely that I will return
to Northern California, 
much as I love it.

But, Maine still lurks in the back of my mind.
The coastline is similar to NorCal and
it's a much shorter trip there.

The thought of colder weather still makes me hesitate.
But the siren song of the Sea is simply
more persistent.

Today's Animal in Need

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Lonely Hearts Club Member: Michael: Currently the longest Zani's dog in boarding residence.

Lonely Hearts Club Interviewer: Michael, how long have you been in boarding?

Michael: It’s been over a year. I know the seasons have changed a LOT.

LHCI: What is the one main thing that you would like people to know about you?

Michael: If I ever find my owner, I will try my hardest to understand everything that they want me to do, and I will stay by their side, thick or thin. I'll never let them feel lonely.

LHCI: What are your best characteristics?

Michael: Well, people that know me say that I’m super sweet. I know a LOT of tricks and commands. I’m athletic, can even climb fences, and I’m a perfect gentleman with the lady dogs. ALSO, I understand English AND Espanol. So I'm kinda' worldly like that.

LHCI: What do people say are the characteristics that have prevented you from being adopted?

Michael: Well, I can be “unpredictable” with other male dogs. I just don’t always know what their intentions are, and if I smell something suspect, I want them to know I’m not gonna’ stand for any nonsense.

And I guess I have a high “prey instinct”, so I wouldn’t be a good match for a house with small animals or children (sigh).

I’ve even been known to go after something I saw moving, and people were afraid I was going to bite them. But I wasn’t. I just wanna' make sure there's no quick moving varmints about.

LHCI: What are you feeling right now?

Michael: I just wish someone would give me the chance to prove I can be a good, well trained boy.

I always think about the volunteer that comes to see me. She’s really nice. She says that if she could take me home, she would in a heartbeat. But she has a full house.

When I watch her leave, I always wonder if the dogs in her house know how lucky they are. I can still smell her after she leaves though, and that keeps me going.

It reminds me that somebody out there thinks I’m worth loving.

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Michael is a 3 yo Mastiff/Am Staff neutered hound available for adoption via Zani's Furry Friends.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Natural Beauty

(Photo by blogger)

Friday Haiku - Mermaids

Do mermaids exist?
Look!  She dives with great white shark
serene in her home.

Haiku by blogger
Please visit Rebecca as she hosts
Haiku My Heart.
Click here to be transported.


You can read about Ocean Ramsey's dive here.

She said that when she goes for a free dive, which means she swims with no oxygen tank, she must keep her heart rate low and not alarm the animal by breathing heavily which creates bubbles. 


The longest she can stay underwater for without oxygen is 5 min and 45 seconds.
Her website is here.

Today's Animal in Need


"Saving Pets by the Jersey Shore"
Our goal is to help as many unwanted animals find their furever homes with loving and caring people.
Rescue Ridge is a 'last-chance' shelter. Staffed primarily through the efforts and donations of volunteers, we find homes for animals that other shelters and people have given up on. Through the kindness of various boarding kennels and foster families, rescued animals are cared for until they find that final
family to love them.

Rescue Ridge began by rescuing healthy, beautiful, animals that were slated to be euthanized through no fault of their own. We felt it was unfair, that because their 'humans' had no more use for them, their days were numbered. We have tried to give each and every one of these companions a new lease on life. We rescued dogs, cats, horses and any other animal that we were able to help with our limited resources. And since we have limited space, we are always searching for those willing to help foster these wonderful creatures. We are always happy to provide information on options available to anyone needing to re-home their pet for whatever reason. It is our belief that education regarding pet ownership and its responsibilities is the best hope these companions have. You will have unending rewards when you give a second chance to one of these wonderful friends. They truly are the champions of giving unconditional love.
General Information
Adopting A Friend
We have many wonderful critters waiting patiently for a new home. Just contact us at, or call us at 732-681-3450, and we will be happy to provide you with an adoption application and, upon review of personal reference checks, vet checks, and possibly home visits, you may be chosen as a permanent home for that special companion. Please note that fillin
g out an application does NOT automatically approve anyone for a specific adoption. We want to assure that the companion and adoptive family are each going to benefit from the adoption, and that it is as permanent an adoption as possible. We ask for help through donations to help cover the costs associated with keeping the companions up-to-date on vaccinations and spay/neuter programs. We request a donation of $100 for cats, and $200 - $300 for dogs, depending on the specific rescue. We are a tax-exempt organization so that any donation you make to Rescue Ridge is tax deductible, and all costs go directly to all of the animals we rescue. 

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Natural Beauty

Photographer's Description: - Cynthia

"For several months, I photographed a family of young red foxes as they were growing up in the woods on Griffin Mountain. This photograph was taken early on a foggy morning in mid October from a blind. Grooming is an important part of fox society, but this was one of the few times I actually witnessed it. I like the way the image projects a sense of intimacy, tenderness, and calm between the foxes - characteristics not often associated with the species."

Photographer: Ron Day Photography


Today's Animal in Need

Just under 2 weeks until CITES meet to determine the future for Africa's treasured elephants.

Help us ensure our baby elephants have a safe environment to return to - a wildlife free from poachers and crime by signing and sharing

Let's spread the word NOW, while there is still time.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Another of Nature's artists

Mother Nature's Artists

Caddisfly larvae build protective cases using materials found in their environment. Artist Hubert Duprat supplied them with gold leaf and precious stones. This is what they created.


Natural Beauty

(Image from here)

Today's Animal in Need

MERCEDES - ID#A1569332; I am a spayed female, brown and black Australian Shepherd mix.
The shelter staff think I am about 9 months old. I have been at the shelter since Feb 13, 2013.
For more information about this animal, call:
Broward County Animal Care and Adoption Section - Ft. Lauderdale at (954) 359-1313
Ask for information about animal ID number A1569332

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

    Listen to the voice!!

    Natural Beauty

    (Image from here)

    Today's Animal in Need

    IREDELL CO North Carolina URGENT! 
    FRANCINE is a catahoula mixed with cattle dog, young female, Pet ID: A154834;Francine came to us as a stray. She was never claimed by an owner and is now looking for that special home to love her forever! Francine woul ddo best in a quiet home where someone can be with her most of the day! SHe loves attention and just can't seem to get enough! If you are standing by her, but not paying her attention she barks to remind you that she is right there and that you need to recognize it!


    Iredell County Animal Services has many animals up for adoption.
    General Information
    Iredell County Animal Services adoptes out all types of animals.

    Dogs: $80 - Spayed/Neuter, Rabies shot, Combo shot, Basic dewormer, 1st basic physical, heartworm tested (if dog meets age requirement) and Microchiped.

    Cats: $65 - Spayed/Neutered, Rabies shot, Combo shot, Basic dewormer and 1st basic physical.

    Other small animals (ex: guinea pigs, rabbits, goats, etc...): $15 - adoption of animal as is.

    Monday, February 18, 2013

    Natural Beauty

    Thousands of dolphins spanning across 7 miles of ocean were sighted off the coast of San Diego on Thursday, a boat captain told NBC 7 San Diego.
    Read the entire story here.

    Video from Huffington Post.

    Today's Animal in Need

    Morris the cat was left in the hallway of an apartment building by his family when they moved. We saved him and put him into foster care where he did great. He gets along with cats and dogs (see picture!) and he loves people. Unfortunately, the foster family could no longer care for him and he is now living at our adoption center. He is a little sad since being dropped off on Saturday. He doesn't understand why each time he gets settled with a family he ends up losing them. Please fill out an application today or stop into our adoption center in the back of the Mount Olive Petsmart store if you would like to meet this special boy.


    Eleventh Hour Rescue is a volunteer based, non profit, 501c3 organization that saves dogs from death row.
    Focusing on saving Death Row Dogs and Cats from kill shelters; fostering them in a home; providing them with all the love and medical attention they require until they find their forever homes; educating the community about the animal over population problem and the importance of spaying and neutering.
    Company Overview
    Eleventh Hour Rescue is a volunteer based, non profit, 501c3 organization that saves dogs and cats from death row. We rely on the generosity of our volunteers to provide loving foster homes for animals pulled from death row in high-kill shelters. We have a sister rescue in NY: We are in no way affiliated with the "11th hour's" of WA or any other similarly named organizations.
    Eleventh Hour Rescue is made up of dedicated individuals who believe that innocent pets deserve love and a place to live where they are honored and cared for. No dog or cat deserves to die simply because they do not have a home.

    We rescue dogs and cats at the "eleventh hour"--when they are scheduled to be put to death by shelters who can no longer care for them. We give the dogs and cats all the ...See More
    General Information
    Visit to see the dogs and cats we have available for adoption and to fill out an application.

    You can also stop in at our new enhanced adoption center at the Petsmart in the International Trade Center:

    50 International Dr South Flanders, NJ 07836
    Hours are: Monday to
    Saturday 9 am - 9pm
    Sundays 10 am - 6 pm

    Every Saturday, we are at the Petsmart in Rockaway for adoptions from 11am to 4pm.

    Every other Sunday, we are at the Petco in East Hanover for adoptions from 12pm to 5pm.

    Check our website often for special events and fundraisers.

    Sunday, February 17, 2013

    Natural Beauty

    (Image of Christmas cactus flower by blogger)

    Today's Animal in Need

    Leo was left behind on a day like today - COLD! He is now at our Annex ready for adoption into a FOREVER home - this 3 year old 12 pound sweetie is ready for you!

    "Hello, folks, my name is Leo and I landed here at this great SPCA when my owner moved out of our home and left me behind. Can you imagine someone NOT taking wonderful me with her? Nope, neither can I. Anyway, after about a month someone decided that I would do much better if I came here, and I have to admit that I'm pretty happy about it because NOW I can find my purrever home! Hooray! I'm kind of nervous in new places, but I'm happy to meet new people and I warm up pretty fast; it's been said that I become a 'sweet lap cat'. Well, isn't that how we felines wrap you humans around our tiny toes? I would do well in a home with children older than six years. Have I wrapped you up yet?"


    The mission of the SPCA of Tompkins County is to protect companion animals. We are a no-kill shelter dedicated to preventing animal cruelty and overpopulation.
    The goal of our Facebook page is to promote SPCA of TC adoptions, news and events, share information from the SPCA of Tompkins County, and for our adopters to share lots and lots of photos of their adopted pets.

    Saturday, February 16, 2013

    Because I love to laugh...

    An oldie but a goodie!

    Natural Beauty

    (Image from here)

    Today's Animal in Need


    The disease is caused by a fungus that generally spreads from bat to bat, although people can also carry the spores on shoes and clothing. (Humans can’t contract the disease.) In caves where the animals were exposed to the disease for a year or longer, some types of bats suffered mortality rates of 90 percent or higher, raising the real risk of extinction for some species. Park officials at Mammoth Cave began taking precautions two years ago to reduce the possible spread of white-nose syndrome, including the use of decontamination mats to prevent the spores from clinging to visitors’ shoes. Now, the Park Service is launching a wider public information campaign.
    The above is a partial text that from The Park Advocate - you can read the entire article here.  It isn't a very long one and provides a link to the NPS site where these videos are found.

    Friday, February 15, 2013

    Because I love to laugh....

    This reminded me of some of those British videos
    of animals talking.  You've seen those, right?
    If not, click here - I posted one
    a little while ago.

    Natural Beauty - and haiku

    Bursts of ruby red
    their songs pierce this clear crisp morn
    awaken tree buds

    haiku by blogger

    (Link for this image is broken; found in google land)

    Today's Animal in Need

    ‎#636 - Bay Saddlebred Gelding. Age: 10. Height: 16.1. Price: $225. Extremely friendly treat/att'n hound in the pen, rode through quiet & willing at a walk & trot. Needs an owner with experience bringing back underweight horses.

    Total Cost With Fees: $363.00

    Notes: This social butterfly was tied at the rail and made it his business to greet everyone who walked in his direction. He is quiet, gentle, polite and a major treat & attention hound who seemed to crave human contact. In the ring it was announced that he had been "worked to death & never fed". He rode through quietly, was very willing & showed nice suspension but did not have the classic high kneed gait. On Thursday he was easy to catch, easy to handle & stood quietly for his pictures. When asked he eagerly trotted out in hand & when his leader ran faster he gamely stepped into a quiet, collected little canter. Didn't try to run ahead and stopped as soon as his leader did but that just goes to show how willing this guy is. He would likely be suitable for an Advanced beginner but more importantly he needs a home with someone who has experience bringing back underweight horses.


    Horses are located @ Camelot Auction House, 43 Brickyard Road, Cranbury, NJ. (609) 448-5225 If you wish to purchase one of these horses, please contact Camelot directly. No fundraising on this page.
    To provide information about and network the horses purchased for the #1 (resale) and #10 (feedlot) pens of the Camelot Auction House .


    Please see the Notes tab for page rules, guidelines and FAQs, as well as information on transport and isolation care.


    Registered rescues fundraising will be listed under the photo of the horse for which they are soliciting funds.

    We understand there are horses in need at other venues, but this page will remain focused on the Camelot horses only. Off-topic, irrelevant and inflammatory posts and comments will be removed.
    Company Overview
    These horses are located at Camelot Auction House, 43 Brickyard Road, Cranbury, NJ. (609) 448-5225. If you wish to purchase one of these horses, please contact Camelot directly.

    Need to speak to an admin? Contact us via email at
    Helpful links: Transportation:
    Isolation Care and QT:
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    Thursday, February 14, 2013

    Natural Beauty

    Rosa dancing

    photo by blogger

    VDay - 1 Billion Rising 

    Trigger warning:

    The film begins with some scenes of violence towards women.  

    It doesn't end with violence winning, though.

    Violence will never "win" in spite of appearances.

    Life is stronger than and more resilient than violence.

    Women are stronger than and more resilient than violence.

    Life = Women

    Women = Life

    You can read more here and here.

    “February 14, 2013 will change the world not because it is a day of magic, although there are indeed mystical elements surrounding this campaign. It will change the world because the preparation for it and organizing for it has already created an energetic wind or wave igniting existing efforts to end violence against women and create new ones,” said Ensler in a statement.

    Inspiration is disturbing.  She does not believe in guarantees or insurance or strict schedules.  She is not interested in how well you write your grant proposal or what you do for a living or why you are too busy to see her.  She will be there when you need her but you will have to take it on trust.
    She knows when you need her better than you do. 

    from The Book of Qualities