Thursday, May 7, 2009

Deep thoughts and contests


I've been thinking sewious thoughts while walking in the lovely spwing aiw..mostly I was thinking of many of my fwiends who awe wescoo doggies, and who thankfully have found loving homes but continoo to have medical and social pwoblems because of the howwible tweatment they got in theiw eawly lives.

WE NEED TO STOP PUPPY MILLS!!!! These animals suffew while they awe thewe and fwom the abuse, they suffew even aftew being wescood.

fow instance my fwiend Merci

isn't she a sweetie? and she has loving pawents now who take cawe of hew, but still has pwoblems..pleez go visit hew and leave a loving message and wead about hew and hew mate Nolan



Here is Merci with Nolan at Cheryl's right after they were rescued. Merci, always being the mom, cleans Nolans ears.
Nolan lives in Illinois with Christine and Joe. He is their gentle giant. Nolan has been very ill too and goes in for his Endoscopy on Tuesday. He has been vomiting blood and has chronic diarreha. My fear is that Nolan has many of the same issues as Merci. We pray and hope they find the cause of his issues and are able to start him on the road to recovery along with Merci

My fwiends Fergie and Jake awe also fwom a howwid sitooation, and Fergie hasn't been feeling pawfect and will have to have a pwoceedoowe soon..pleez visit them too.

I love all my fwiends and hate the suffewing hoomans can inflict on them. Thewe's a lot to think about, and twy to figoowe out how to fix. Pleez twy to help whewevew you can..I know all of you cawe the same way I do.
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I wanted to let you know about a new contest that is cuwwently going. American Gweetings, who sponsows ThoughtsFurPaws.com, is holding the hoogest pet photo contest to hit the ‘net!

The Furry Faceoff Challenge (http://www.americangreetings.com/furry-faceoff-challenge), also sponsored by Frontline, pits cats against dogs to see who is cuter. That's kind of stoopid, since we'we all coote.

The grand prize, worth $350, includes a $250 PetSmart gift card, a $50 PhotoWorks.com gift certificate, a one-year membership to AmericanGreetings.com, and a one-year Premium Membership to Webshots.com. Most importantly, the winning pet will be featured as the Pet Photo of the Day on Webshots.com at a date TBD.



There will be 10 runners up prizes as well. Runners up will each receive: a $20 PhotoWorks.com gift certificate, a one-year membership to AmericanGreetings.com, and a one-year Premium Membership to Webshots.com.

Be sure to enter by May 24th and don't forget to vote for your favorite!!

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and now fow something silly and cheewy

Ouw fwiend Minnie-Moo also has a contest going
Minnie suggested a fun game involving putting your face in a picture (and she is even running a contest. Click here to see how to play).

It'smy evil twin, hehehehehe pwetty funny.



Create your own FACEinHOLE

It's a fun thing to do..I saw it on Mango's Biwfday post too..so why not twy it
love and smoochie kisses
ASTA







44 comments:

Pearl said...

Asta girlie, what would we do around here without you to keep us all informed!? Thanks for introducing us to those sweet wirey rescues. Momma says the longer she works with the pug rescue, the more she realizes how terrible people can be.

Your face-in-the-hole picture was fabulous! I am still giggling at it!

Have a great day, Asta! We sure are lucky to have such pampered lives, aren't we? If only every doggie and kitty were as lucky as us!

Love,
Pearly

Mack said...

We love you with that Asian flair Asta!

Yes we are all so thankful to have our furrever homes. Lilly and Paris both were rescued from bad situations.

And my first owner couldn't take care of me anymore so we all know what it feels like to be waiting on your furrever pawrents!

Sugars,
Mack

Thoughts said...

Every day our Mom wishes there were more that she could do to help the plight of puppy mill dogs. She often gets depressed and teary over it.

We will for sure go visit your friends and leave some kind words of encouragement Asta.

Thanks for posting the contest. Did you enter yet...???

Woofs and wags,
Benson and Gibson

Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley's Place said...

ASTA...that pic of you in that um well outfit is amazing...both of my brothers are standin' in the fridge...dunno why...their faces are all flushed or somethin'.....

As for the those well ok...I know it's a family blog, but

DAMN PUPPY MILLS...

you're so right...they are so wrong.

I was thinkin' of all the doggies who don't even know who their moms were....it's so sad....

Just looked at the Honeymoon postie...oh my....Venice...that Myrna blends right in in that pic in the hotel lobby...she's such a classic booty...I mean beauty...(Scruffy just told me I said Myrna has a classic booty....at least my mother remembers if I'm a girl or boy.....)

I don't remember the artwork over there being so um well f e l i n e....must be a new trend in the past couple of decades....

Have you heard from Myrna? Nary a word out Gilbert...nada...nuthin'....

Gotta run!

Love and kisses...Lac!

Tom, Tama-Chan and Sei-Chan said...

That is a hugely worthwhile cause, Asta. We are constantly amazed at the stupidity and/or blindness of people who will buy puppies in pet shops, direct from puppy mills, and not think twice about what they are perpetrating.

Your Friends,
Tommy, Tama-Chan and Sei-Chan

the professionals said...

aw asta you always look so stunning, lov'in your sensitivity you are a good soul

Joe Stains said...

We went right on over to meet Merci and added her to our bloglines so we can keep up with her. Puppy mills are the WORST, and to think, I came from one too! *sob*

Eric said...

Aw Asta. Our paw beautiful friend Merci. I saw that too on her blog. Shocking that their suffering should continue even after rescue. Hope there is something that can be done to stop them Mills.

The Venice moneyhoon - wow.Fab everything there in Venice. Wonderful shopping too.Wonder if Myrna will come home with a new furs coat?

Love n kissies, Eric xxx

Rocky Creek Scotties and Java said...

We, too, went over to meet Merci and Nolan. Thank you for introducing them.

Those stinking puppy mills must be stopped. If a person wants a puppy they should either rescue or purchase from a reputable breeder. Purchasing puppies from petshops leads to the proliferation of those awful puppy mills. Thank you for doing your expose' on them.

We had to snicker a little bit at your picture - our huMom went to faceinthehole.com yesterday and did a similar one of Lilly and Carrlegh.

Have a restful evening dear friend,

XOXO
Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java

Lorenza said...

Hi, Asta!
It is very sad to know about puppy mills.
I am going to visit Merci right now!
Have a good night
Kisses and hugs
Lorenza

PS I like your Face in the Hole picture!

Kess And Her Mama said...

Hi Asta, Thanks for highlighting the plight on puppy mills. Humans can be so cruel and selfish sometimes. I just wrote a post on dog eat dog, which is happening right now in a small fishing village in M'sia. It happened because the villagers shipped more than 300 strays to an uninhabited island with no food and fresh water. It is so sad...

the TN Bull Terrors said...

Yep, yer right Asta, some rescues have problems even after they find lovin forever homes, just look at LizzaBella, she is still learnin that DawgMom & DawgDaddy love her & she will stay here with us, but she still gets nervous & tries to bite her tail til it bleeds if we don't watch her.
Great pikchur of you in that costume.

Feather, Darla, Pappy & LizzaBella ^..^

Faya said...

Quelle horreur ces usines à chiots....c'est terrible.
J'adore la photo de ton nez Asta,
Gros bisous dessus !
Faya

TwoSpecialWires said...

Asta, you are such a good friend and a great advocate. We're pretty wiped out these past few days ... it's nice to know that our friends are watching out for us ... all of us. It means a lot.

Now ... if our internet connection would just work so we could try to catch up a little ... we'd be lots happier.

wirey wags and wiggle,
Jake and Fergi

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You know how they say "when it rains it pours"? That's the truth. You can delete our perseverative comments if you want. Mom is saying ugly things to our computer, and she couldn't help us make them go away. We'd rather put our energy into other things ... like sleeping.

Thanks for your support.
Jake and Fergi

Suzuki said...

Hi Asta
I have visited your friends and introduced myself. Mummy does not undestand how hoomans can be so cruel sometimes.
Big licks to you
Suzuki
xxx

Momo and Pinot said...

Asta sissy! Sorry for not being able to visit you and say woof! Oh... whenever we hear about puppy mills we cry. We have to fight with those bad human operators!!!

Momo & Pinot

Simba and Jazzi said...

Your twin does look evil lol.

Have a great weekend.

Simba and Jazzi xxx

Penny, Poppy & Patches said...

Asta, we are soooo with you on the stopping of puppy mills! We can't imagine how hoomans can be so cruel to innocent doggies! We are sending lots of Aire-zen to all the rescue doggies with issues. Patches has been here, with us, for almost a year, now and she still has a few "issues", but most of them are gone now!

Aire-hugs,
Poppy, Penny & Patches

Mango said...

We are most envious of the people who have the patience and love to rescue doggies. They usually come with a lot of issues because of their difficult backgrounds. Momma has tried in the past, but except for her little Pi dog, has never been able to get past the difficult problems orphan dogs can bring.

We do donate our kibbles money to the rescue people,though.

Slobbers,
Mango

Aki and Poopie said...

we agree Asta.. the puppy mills need to stop. just thinking of all those homeless dogs and the dogs cramped in many shelters all over the world. some people think that dogs are mere "inventories" and "things" taht they can "use" to make a profit. well, we have hoomans too! and they sure dont take advantage of us to feed themselves. our hoomans work hard to give us better lives. i say, find a job, puppy millers! a decent one. not at the expense of another life. dogs are living beings, who give nothing but unconditional love, loyalty and friendship. if only people will start appreciating taht and learn from our simple joys and pleasures then the world would have been a better place too.

count us in on this Asta. we will all join paws to make this stop. one country at a time...

drooly kisses,

Aki

pee-ees. i never knew you had an asian lineage? hmmmm... nihon-jin desu ka?

pughy said...

Hello saw a link over on the lovely scotties blog and came over to say hello and also to say I know just how you feel about the humans who do these awful things just for money. Mums friend has a lovely little king charles spaniel who is today having his third proceedure,he is always in pain, all because of the breeder. The vet said they should be shot.

Hugs GJ

FrecklesandDeb said...

It is so true that there are a few humans in this world who treat our wonderful furry friends atrociously. Rescuing can help, but we need to keep our eyes and ears open to help prevent the abuse. You are so thoughtful and kind to help others the way you do!
Binkies,
Freckles and Deb

Gus said...

Asta: We may complain, but we know we are lucky dogs. We hope all furfriends find wonderful homes like ours.


gussie

Joey said...

Hi Asta. Thank you for reminding us about the awful puppy mills - it's just so sad to think of all the doggies living in such bad conditons. There are a couple of stores here selling teacup puppies that are notorious for using puppy mills - and selling sick doggies that die! Terrible all the way around. But every time a puppy mill gets raided, there are nice people lined up around the block to adopt the dogs from the Humane Society. Thank goodness for nice people!

Your pal,
Joey

Fred said...

You're right--puppy mills need to be stopped! Thank you for the reminder and for sharing these stories!

Tibby said...

Hi Asta!
You are very right about stopping puppy mills! It's soo very sad what some animals go through and we hope one day no animals have to suffer like that. Thanks for letting me know about your friends and the fun contests that are going on!
:) Tibby

Martha Basset said...

Hi Asta
We have just come back from our holiday a whole day early! We so hate puppy farms!!! We hate what some humans do to us animals - makes us really angry.
On a happier note we loved your wedding posts and wanted to say thank you for making us so beautiful!
We will visit Merci and will do anything to lend our support to bring an end to animal suffering! If all humans knew what went on they would never buy puppies without checking very carefully. Of course we like to think we do our best to show everyone how absolutely adorable rescue dogs are - even with a few little issues......
We missed you
love
Martha & Bailey xx

Petra said...

It makes me sad to think about puppy mills and the destruction that goes on at them.

I'm going over to say hi to Merci right now.

Lacy said...

w00f's girlie, yesss us does need to stop puppy mills...me will go say hi to ur friend soon...we iz still soo far behind in bloggies...i not lettin mama go anywheres else..

b safe,
~rocky~

Dewey Dewster said...

Asta...

It's sad when there are so many cases of abused doggies that have been rescued but who still have horrible health and emotional problems......bleesings to all who are able to help those rescues lead a normal life....

We will have ta check out Merci's blog ta see what she's been up ta....we wish them all well...

Thanks fer the info on the contest too....

Dewey Dewster here....

Morgan in Pittsburgh said...

puppy mills SUCK! They need to be stopped. Maisie and I were so lucky to have come from a responsible breeder! We try to never forget that, and mum supports all the local shelters. Especially the one that our kitties came from, because somebody put a lot of work into making them great kitty sisters.
your pal, Morgan

Stanley said...

Sweet Astaroni!

Even though you're very theatrical and a superb actress, you really don't look all that evil as your evil twin. You do look bootiful as a brunette, but I love your natural reddish/blonde hair!

I'm SO NOT a fan of puppy mills or pet stores who sell puppies. I hate the way that people look at pups and kitties as property rather than as a living thing who will love them. We'll go by to see Merci & Nolan. I also need to go by to see Fergi & Jake. I'm so behind on checking for everyone.

Thanks for letting us know about the contest. If you enter you'll probably win paws DOWN! I especially like your header photo that shows your smile!

Goober love & springtime smooches,
Stanley

Noah the Airedale said...

Why are some humans so horrible and think it's ok to have puppy mills. I wish all those horrid people would get swallowed up in a big black hole never to be seen again. We need more people like your mummy, our pinkies and all our dwb folks that want to help doggies and other animals not hurt them. Animals deserve better Asta.

tailwags
Noah

Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie said...

We never knew much about puppy mills until we started reading DWB posts. Nightline did a show on them about a month ago and it was sad.There are even some Amish people who run puppy mills in the East. Incredible what they do to keep our fellow canines from making "noise". Just awful.
You look beautiful pretending to be your evil twin!! he he.
XOXO-BabyRD & Hootie
ps-will let you know when we hit Idaho and find out when the first rodeo is.We usually go to Sandpoint and Bonners Ferry and also over to Montana to Libby's rodeo too.

Zoolatry said...

Hi Asta... we are playing "catchup" on our visiting. We love that picture up top, and we gave you a big nose tap of friendship.
Happy Mums Day to your lovely hooman.
Friends: Maggy & Zoey

Two Schnauzers from New England said...

Hi, Asta -

We also cannot understand how awful humans can be to animals. We love your face in the hole picture. It's so cute - we didn't know you had an evil twin. Mama says sometimes she has an evil twin too.

We will visit your friends and offer some support.

Love -

Hershey and Kaci

P.S. Happy Mother's Day to your Mommi!

Ludo van Doggy said...

Thanks for introducing us to your friends and for the important message. You so right about Puppy mills. I very glad I had such a great start in life but some day I will have a brother or sister from rescue.
~Lickies, Ludo

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

The Three Happy Heeler's are so thankful that we adopted Mom and Dad... We feel so sorry for all those neglected pups out there. Someday mom wants operate a rescue and save them all...

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

NORWOOD UNLEASHED said...

Asta -
Your right. so many rescue dogs. I'm one too. I had many medical problems too at first. I'll wag over to wish them well.

I love the evil twin. The tongue flip does it for me.
Norwood

Teddy said...

Asta,
I'm so glad that many of those puppy mills are getting shut down (I came from one of them too, but was so young that it didn't damage me). However, there are still too many of them operating today.

I hope your friends start feeling better and get the medical help they need, and start realizing they are safe and loved. It's sad to think of all those sensitive creatures being traumatized like that.

Teddy

Moco said...

It is so sad that we all just don't treat each other the way we would like to be treated.