Monday, 31 December 2007
My cat, Meeko, wanted to share her New Year's resolutions with you:
Improve stalking technique - humans have caught on to my toe-nipping ways
Exercise more - try out that new cat toy the human was so excited about
Stop trying to catch the chipmunk through the protective glass shield
Don't automatically respond to the can opener when it's used - sometimes it's just tomatoes
Don't tease neighbour's dog through fence
Eat food from the bowl, not from the floor
Make sure my butt is inside the box when I use the litter
Stop staring down stairs to the dark basement with tail puffed up (especially when female human is home alone)
Stop batting small, shiny objects under fridge and stove
Don't climb Christmas tree or eat tinsel
Find out where humans hide the catnip
Saturday, 29 December 2007
I'm a bit peeved.
This is a story about a customer (me) and a car maker (Honda) and a complaint:
I recently replaced my 2001 Honda Accord with a 2008 model. In fact, I bought the '08 as soon as the car came out. Within a couple of weeks, Honda Canada offered a $4000 rebate to customers buying the new Accord. I applied for the rebate, but was declined as I'd purchased before the rebate offer was announced. In other words, because of my eagerness to own the new model, Honda is penalizing me.
I explained (sincerely) in a second letter to them that because they chose to deny me the rebate, I would never purchase another Honda, and I would tell my friends and family how the company treats their customers. Well, I received a letter from them today with their final decision, and now I'm passing on the message:
If you want good customer service and a company that rewards loyalty, then don't buy a Honda.
Okay, I'm done whining. I may eventually delete this post, but today, I just had to get it out of my system. And I want to note that I've never had a problem with the maintenance and service Honda gave on my 2001 Accord--it was always top notch.
Now, back our regular program.
Friday, 28 December 2007
Thursday, 27 December 2007
Hey, everybody. Thanks for checking this video out. It took a while to put together and I hope you enjoy it. Feel free to comment or criticize as it is always appreciated. About a quarter of these impressions are already on some of my other videos - I just wanted to compile a long list as I work on them. Also, #93/94 Beebop and Jack Nicholson are transposed. I'd try to let it slide and not mention anything, but I think their voices are um... just a little bit different from one another. Also, this is about 16-17 minutes long, so if you plan on watching it in it's entirety, you should go grab some pop and maybe some snacks.
How do you get a frog off the back window of your car?
Use the rear defrogger.
How does a frog feel when he has a broken leg?
What did one toad say to the other toad?
"One more game of leapfrog and I'll croak."
What did the frog order at McDonald's?
French flies and a diet Croak
What do frogs eat with their hamburgers?
What do Scottish toads play?
What do stylish frogs wear?
What do you get when you cross a frog and a hare?
A bunny ribbit.
What does a bankrupt frog say?
"Baroke, baroke, baroke."
What happens when frogs park illegally?
They get toad.
What happens when two frogs collide?
They get tongue tied!
Wednesday, 26 December 2007
Tuesday, 25 December 2007
A Puppy's Twelve Days of Christmas
Monday, 24 December 2007
"Meth really is the mother of all drugs. It's the cheapest, dirtiest and most powerful drug in existence today. It's also the fastest spreading. Meth doesn't kill its addicts immediately. The process is slow, during which it takes an extreme physical and psychological toll. Meth literally rots people's bodies—teeth, face and insides. Frankly, I was appalled by how ugly it made frequent users.
I explored the impact meth is having on societies in Portland, Omaha and Bangkok. The reasons people start using the drug differ from city to city.
In Portland, I was shocked to learn that 80 percent of that city's prisons hold people on meth-related charges. Whether the charges are for drug dealing, identity theft or armed robbery, somehow they are connected to meth. Portland's hospitals are overwhelmed by patients admitted for meth abuse. I've always considered Portland to be one of the most beautiful cities in the U.S., but meth's impact on it has been tremendously ugly.
But there is hope. Addicts can recover. I had the privilege of meeting a man in Portland who is six months into recovery. His name is Kobe. Kobe was very good looking, smart and athletic when he got addicted. But meth nearly destroyed his life. I was amazed after I heard his story that he was even alive. The most poignant part of his story was that his parents, who are loving and middle class, told me what a relief it was to learn that he had been arrested and jailed ... because that meant they knew where he was and that he was alive."
Sunday, 23 December 2007
Holiday Etiquette for Dogs
1. Be especially patient with your humans during this time. They may appear to be more stressed-out than usual and they will appreciate long comforting dog leans.
2. They may come home with large bags of things they call gifts. Do not assume that all the gifts are yours.
3. Be tolerant if your humans put decorations on you. They seem to get some special kind of pleasure out of seeing how you look with fake antlers.
4. They may bring a large tree into the house and set it up in a prominent place and cover it with lights and decorations. Bizarre as this may seem to you, it is an important ritual for your humans, so there are some things you need to know:
5. Your humans may occasionally invite lots of strangers to come visit during this season. These parties can be lots of fun, but they also call for some discretion on your part:
6. Likewise, your humans may take you visiting. Here your manners will also be important:
7. A big man with a white beard and a very loud laugh may emerge from your fireplace in the middle of the night. DON'T BITE HIM!!
Saturday, 22 December 2007
The stock boy replied, "No ma'am, they're dead."
Why the difference? Is it a case of nature versus nurture? Are some of us born with an innate ability to open our hearts to animals, while others lack that special gene? Were we taught to care about them when others may have skipped that particular class? Perhaps a bit of both.
When I was a kid, we had a dog named Tammy, a friendly and affectionate Samoyed. My sister and I were there for the birth of her two litters of fluffy, white puppies, and given the responsibility to care for them. It was a wonderful experience. My parents gave us the tools to look after the puppies, and showed us how to use them. The love just came naturally.
My dad's fondness for wildlife is, amongst family and friends, quite renowned. Along with Christmas lights, my parents' home is strung with bird feeders. Screened trays are set out for the squirrels, and a heated bath welcomes the frost-nipped birds. About ten years ago, my mom saved a six week old white kitten she found in a parking lot. Today, that cat shares my parent's home and their love.
I believe I've passed on to my daughter the lessons my parents taught me. She cares about animals, and is as dismayed by any cruelty just as much as I am. Or perhaps she was born with that extra love in her heart. Whichever, it doesn't matter. Respect for animals is a gift--the kind of gift that keeps on giving.
Thanks to all for sharing your own stories of beloved pets. I look forward to reading more of them in the New Year.
1) Lack of common courtesy.
Stuff that makes me smile? That was far easier:
1) My daughter's achievements
3) Morning coffee
5) Dogs wagging their tails
6) Meals--when they're prepared by someone else (I suppose that means cooking annoys me)
7) Spending time with friends and family