New Year, New Goals

First off Happy New Year everyone! I hope 2013 brings you and your furry friends health and happiness.

2012 was an okay year, vast improvements from 2011.  Some of the highlights of 2012 were securing a full time job (yay – only took a year), passing my CHES exam, and adopting my lovely Watson!

Watson

Watson – Adopted May 2013

Hopefully 2013 will better full of new challenges and experiences and a whole lot of cruelty free living.

Here a some of the goals and achievements that I would like to accomplish in 2013.

  • Hike more
  • Go Rock climbing
  • Get into RD program
  • Go kayaking
  • Run a ½ marathon (scheduled for Feb 24!!)
  • Dance more often
  • Take an aerial dance class
  • Write in my blog more often
  • Get an apartment / condo
  • Train Watson in general obedience
  • Find new opportunities to move my career forward

Did you make any New Year’s resolutions for 2013?

Trying to do some good.

Recently there has been a wide array of stories I have seen that I have wanted to share with you all on my blog.  I have unfortunately let time get the best of me and have not been sharing these stories.

Today I am going to share a quick story about some good I have done this Christmas season.

Recently I donated to the ARL Boston’s 2012 Holiday Tree.  I purchased an ornament that will hang on their first annual Boston Holiday Tree for Pets that features the adorable faces of my two loving dogs Toby and Watson (see below).  The tree is located at Boston Center for the Arts on Tremont St in Boston’s South End.  If you are in the neighborhood  try to find the ornament with these two on it!!

Picture used for the ARL Boston's Holiday Tree

Picture used for the ARL Boston’s Holiday Tree

To see pictures from the ARL Boston’s Tree lighting ceremony click here.

I also went last week to the Animal Rescue League’s Dedham branch to drop off a couple of very for trash bags full of linen for the shelter’s guests.  While it can be hard to donate money to our favorite organizations there are plenty that you can greatly assist without having to spend a dime.  Simply clean out your closets! Donate old towels, sheet, blankets, sweatshirts to your local animal shelter.  They utilize these items for bedding to keep the animals from having to sleep on the cold ground or metal cages.  Donate old clothes, house hold items you haven’t used in years, books, etc.  Many times you can schedule a pick up from a local charity or you can drop these items off at bins around town.

The simple fact is that you can help animals and people in your community with out out having to spend a dime!

What are some things you have done recently to make a difference and help out your community?

Progress

In abusive relationships the victim will often stay in a bad situation because of fear of her pets or children getting hurt.  The Abuser will often threaten to hurt the dog in order to control her action and until recently if she where to leave to go to a shelter the pet would have to get left behind.

This past summer Massachusetts past an Animal Control Bill which enacted several animal protections measures are included in the law, such as:

  • Creates a statewide spay/neuter program to reduce the number of homeless animals in the Commonwealth and will, in turn, also reduce the cost to cities and towns for housing and sheltering these animals.This is funded by a voluntary tax check off.
  • Adds enforcement provisions to section 139A (the spay/neuter deposit law for animals adopted from shelters and animal control facilities) to ensure these animals can’t reproduce.
  • Requires animal control officers to receive training. People are often surprised to learn that their local animal control officer is not required to receive training for the complicated work they do to keep the people and animals in their community safe. This is funded by the tax check off.
  • Prohibits carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide gas as a means to “euthanize” dogs and cats.
  • Reduces dog bites by improving the dangerous dog law in a breed neutral manner.
  • Allows pets to be included in domestic violence protection orders to protect both animals and people.  (MSPCA)

Recently a Massachusetts women who had a restraining against her ex-boyfriend was able to add her dog to be protected by the restraining order as well.  The women and her children are safe in a shelter and the dog is being kept safe at a foster home for the time being.

See the story as shown on WHDH news:

http://www1.whdh.com/news/articles/local/south/12009184866092/dog-included-in-mass-woman-s-restraining-order/

 

 

More information of the link between animals and domestic violence:

ASPCA

American Humane Association