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True Believer – by Malea McGuinness (My Friend Oscar)

True Believer – by Malea McGuinness (My Friend Oscar)...

I started writing this pet blog because I wanted to write about my experiences with animals and how much they’ve enriched my life. I was working in all my free time at the Amanda Foundation, helping wherever I was needed. I found my favorite task to be walking the dogs. I really got to spend time bonding with them. This is where I met my first rescue Oscar. Oscar was a ten year old Staffordshire / Boxer mix with a brindle coat. His owners came to the Amanda Foundation where he had been adopted as a puppy. They wanted to turn him in because he was “too old” and adopt another puppy. Our supervisor at the time explained that this is not how it works! She took Oscar back, and asked them to leave the premises. It was a cold night in December and we were getting ready to close when I met Oscar for the first time. Needless to say he was extremely upset and shivering. I was just doing some laundry so I wrapped him up in some warm towels from the dryer and sat with him in his cage. I could not fathom why anyone would give away this beautiful creature. Oscar adjusted to his current situation over the upcoming months. I looked forward to seeing him and taking him for long walks. I was constantly telling people about him and trying to find him a...
Excuse Me – Please Lower Your Windows

Excuse Me – Please Lower Your Windows...

“To stand in silence when they should be protesting makes cowards out of men.” -Abraham Lincoln I was traveling through Colorado while I was on tour last month. I had a fantastic visit to The Boulder Humane Society as seen on the video below. It took me a while to acclimate to the altitude, not to mention the HOT days. We had the pleasure of driving through this scenic state. I had just parked to get some essentials from the supermarket, when I noticed this beautiful Golden Retriever in an SUV a couple of spots over. I noticed the beep as the woman triggered her alarm leaving her pet inside with ALL WINDOW UP. I immediately got her attention & explained about the ventilation for her pet. She replied, ”I will only be going in for a short while.” This infuriated me knowing that her animal would be suffering and in grave danger. In the summer, canines are more susceptible to heat exhaustion primarily based on the way in which the canine body works to control body temperature. Sometimes the humidity might have a greater impact on the canine body than the heat itself. As heat and humidity rise, canines have a difficult time cooling themselves. They need your help and awareness to ensure their comfort and safety. Even on a very mild, 70 degree day, your dog can have a very difficult time if left in the car...
Watching Your P’s & Q’s

Watching Your P’s & Q’s

Back in the early days of printing presses, each line of text had to be set up one letter at a time. Since the letters in the press were reversed (so they’d print forward), the printmaker (or typographer) needed to be careful not to confuse one letter for the other. Reminding someone to “watch his p’s and q’s” means to pay attention to the details. An alternate meaning for this idiom, and the one most commonly accepted as historical fact, dates back to the Olde English Pubs of yester-year. In order to remind the patrons of how much Ale or Mead they had drunk as the night progressed, the bartender would write on a chalk board (or the like) each (P)int and (Q)uart that had been consumed by each patron. It allowed patrons to keep up with their tab, and prevented disagreements from happening between bar and patron. The term is actually correctly stated as “‘Mind your p’s and q’s.” In this instance it is considered a warning to not get too drunk to pay your tab. Likewise in today’s parlance it is a warning to pay attention to anything in general. My husband, who has helped me with my pursuit of helping animals was driving home recently and saw a dog walking alone on the sidewalk. He tried to see if anyone in the area knew this dog, since there was NO ADDRESS/PHONE # on the tags, but...
Dog Days of Summer

Dog Days of Summer

Most people think “dog days” has to do with warmer temperatures, but actually the name comes from the ancient belief that Sirius, also called the Dog Star, was somehow responsible for the hot weather. On a simpler note, these are beautiful days to be walking my dogs and I really enjoy the tranquility and time to think. I was actually turning a corner the other morning when I heard this loud male voice say ”Hey Stupid” repeatedly. I asked him “Why are you saying that to your dog?” he feebly stated that his pet canine was not overly intelligent. UUGGHHH My husband made me turn the corner before I gave him a piece of my mind. Instead I thought I would share some facts on canines on my blog this month. * Dogs are capable of learning in a number of ways, such as through simple reinforcement (i.e. classical or operant conditioning) and by observation. * Dogs can hear sounds that are too faint for us to hear, and also can hear noises at a much higher frequency than we can. Their hearing is so incredible that they probably rely more on sound than on sight to navigate their world. * Dogs are mentioned 14 times in the Bible. * At the end of the Beatles’ song “A Day in the Life”, an ultrasonic whistle, audible only to dogs, was recorded by Paul McCartney for his Shetland sheepdog. *...
Hi All Fellow Animal Lovers! by Malea

Hi All Fellow Animal Lovers! by Malea...

When a friend introduced me to the Amanda Foundation here in Los Angeles I had no idea this would change my entire life. The more time I spent with these animals the more I loved them and the more I realized how much work needs to be done. I’ve heard people say “oh I could never do that I get so attached” and yes, that’s true. But you are truly helping many of these animals get adopted and so many that have been abused, neglected, ect., blossom so quickly with just a little TLC. It takes a village! This has truly given my life so much more meaning and purpose. As an Indie Singer/Songwriter I’ve been lucky enough to be able to travel around the country and play music, which has also exposed me to many different Animal Organizations. We all have the common goal of “TRY TO HELP ANIMALS!” In Kauai, where the staff is mostly volunteers and they have the happiest dogs I’ve ever seen, to Milwaukee, Wisconsin where the animals are trained and evaluated before adoption. In San Juan Capistrano, CA the “Ark” is trying to save as many animals from euthanasia as possible because there are no other “no-kill” foundations in the county. I try to give back to any community that welcomes my music by helping their local Animal Organization with exposure, awareness & donation. I believe animals help many people lead happier &...