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.

dog in car with wild eyeIn 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 with no ventilation.

Canine sweat glands are located on the pads of the feet and on the nose. As your dog runs and plays, the pads of the feet are unable to perform the task of sweating & working to cool the body down. Also dogs that are very active, dogs who are dark color coated or dogs with a heavy coat will suffer at a greater degree than dogs who do not. Brushing their coats & trimming them down in the warm weather will help to decrease the risk of heat exhaustion.

Heat exhaustion symptoms in canines are very similar to those in humans. The first signs will begin with difficulty breathing, or heavy panting followed by huffing and puffing or gasping for air. Your dog may begin to walk in strange patterns which may be the result of dizziness. At 105 degrees, health becomes very severe and it is difficult for the canine to regain control of the bodily functions. It should never reach this point.

I was very quickly shopping hoping that the pet owner heeded my warning. Walking towards my car I was relieved to see the windows on the SUV were down, allowing ventilation for this animal.

About The Author:

Malea McGuinness helps to raise money for Animal Charities & foundations through her live performances in communities she performs in. Malea has garnered lots of attention for her inspirational new album, ‘CLOSE AS AIR’. Her single “Spinning”, is currently building at AAA Radio and receiving rotation from Music Choice. In July 2010, Malea took the stage of the Harley-Davidson Roadhouse for her fourth outing to Milwaukee’s annual Summerfest Music Festival, opening up for alternative rockers, The Counting Crows. She generously donated all her merchandise profits earned to two local organizations, The Milwaukee Art Museum and the Wisconsin Humane Society.

For more information, please visit Malea’s official myspace page: http://www.myspace.com/maleamcg and http://maleamusic.com/ (plus you can listen to more of Malea’s music!)

Malea @ Boulder Humane Society

Malea was traveling through Colorado last month while on tour .. and was able to visit The Boulder Humane Society. Here is a short video taken during her visit!

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111 Responses

  1. Harriet
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    Its disgusting when people don’t leave their dogs with enough ventilation. Theres enough products on the market that allow a window to be kept sufficiently open for a dog so why don’t people use them?!?!

  2. HART (aka PetLvr)
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    (new PetLvr post ).. Excuse Me – Please Lower Your Windows http://bit.ly/dkWMPe

  3. Donut
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    Some pople seem to forget that their pets are living breathing creatures.

  4. PetLvr Community
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    “To stand in silence when they should be protesting makes cowards out of men.” -Abraham… http://goo.gl/fb/pWr9M

  5. HART (aka PetLvr)
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    If we have our Papillon dogs in the car and we have to step out .. besides rolling down the windows a good bit, we would leave the air conditioning on and car running and check them every once in a while or keep them in eye’s view.

    What would you do if you saw pets locked up in a closed car on a hot day? Would you call the authorities? Break a window? Look for the Owner? All of the above? Walk away?

  6. David
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    Great points Malea! I totally agree, people need to be more aware & take responsibility for thier pets!

  7. Jen
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    I really like your blog this month. I live in Florida and see this happen all the time. I guess I need to start speaking up. Thanks Malea 🙂

  8. John
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    I always make sure my windows are down when I leave my dogs in the car. I also make sure they get plenty of water when we get home. The Boulder Humane Society looks like a great facility.

  9. Mark
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    WOW ! You hit the nail right on the head. People can just be stupid ? I hope people get educated by your writing. Animals are very fragile and need our help.

  10. HART (aka PetLvr)
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  11. Dakota
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    I just love your blog Malea. You really ROCK!!! Your video is very cool & I have never been to Colorado but it seems they run a very pro place.

  12. Sarah
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    Too Cool, Another Video from a Humane Society while You were on Tour. How do You find the time? Well Thank You for including us in Your adventures. Rock On Girl!

  13. Rachel
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    I went to college in Boulder & I never knew the Humane Society existed. A different time but what a great place. I really liked your video.

  14. Patricia
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    I can never understand if ppl have animals why they do not look after them. I would report it to the nearest person I could find in the shopping centre. We have strict laws here in my home town and they would be heavily fined. How cruel to not leave air in the car while they are gone.
    Patricia Perth Australia

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  16. Harry
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    Malea, You are doing a wonderful thing. I really enjoy tuning in every month for your interesting insites. Thank You !

  17. Malea Fan
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    Malea rules! I just love the video you shot. Very Cool! It takes alot of guts to tell a stranger hot to take care of a pet. Good for you!

  18. Mitch
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    Its amazing what you can do when you set your mind to it. Very impressive Malea, You are doing wonderful things! Mitch

  19. Anna
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    I always learn something from your blog. Quoting Lincoln, just brilliant. Come play in Austin!

  20. Josh
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    Malea, I am simply amazed how devoted you are to helping animals. It takes a very special person to be able to make a positive change on such a grand scale. I loved the video & hope to see you perform live soon:)

  21. Dave
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    You quoted Abraham Lincoln, obviously know your history. I agree with You and hope that more people are aware of this type of problem. I am a big fan of yours 🙂

  22. Jenny
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    We need more people like Malea to help the cause. Many pet owners need an instruction booklet, the responsibilities are endless but we must have hope. People like Malea spreading the right messages to help people take proper care of thier pets. Thanks Malea / Jenny

  23. Steven
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    It takes a certain of person to actually confront a stranger & educate them in seconds to the point they learn from the experience. Nice Work Malea, I’m proud to know You. I also liked the Boulder Video, very cool!

  24. Ellen
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    The Boulder Humane Society looks like a great place. I have not seen anything like that here in New Jersey. I really enjoyed reading your blog, it makes plenty of sense 🙂

  25. Rick
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    I did not know what to expect when You started with a quote from Lincoln, but what an impactful story. Its fair to say You really love your animals. Do You have any songs about Animals?

  26. Don
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    You delivered a great follow up blog. I have been checking the site since the !st waiting aniously. I love the Quote, Video & new Blog. Nice work Malea!

  27. Julia
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    1stly, I am in love with your voice. Close As Air sounds amazing on your myspace. The video in Boulder was soo cool. I learned soo much & loved the dog jumping at the end, soo cute 🙂 I liked reading your blog and look forward to next month 🙂

  28. Bob
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    Malea, You continue to impress me with your hard work and accomplishments. Have a great weekend. Bob

  29. Matt
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    You just blow me away with your work ethic & devotion to Animal Charities. I am a huge fan & want to see You perform in Los Angeles again soon. Have a Happy Holiday 🙂

  30. Brett
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    You wowed me girl, Nice Blog, I think I learned a think or 2 also. I hope you had fun in Boulder. The Humane Society looks nice & the people seem friendly. Take Care / b

  31. Bill
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    You are the real deal. Please continue doing what you are doing. You are helping many and over time there will be many more. Come back to Colorado any time Malea!

  32. David
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    Very Impressive Miss McGuinness, Very Impressive! You are 1 of those special people who can utilize their talents to help others. Keep up the GREAT work!

  33. Edward Kim
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    I actually printed out your blog to show to my daughter. She takes her dog everywhere. I really like the way you get straight to the point like a smart parent. Thank You

  34. Amy
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    Very strong statement from a very strong woman. I have been in that situation & its not easy. Good for You standing your ground. We need more people like you to defend & protect our animals. Gandhi would be proud.

  35. Beth
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    How cute are those kids in your video. I hope we do that here someday. I enjoyed reading your blog this month as I have in the past. Thank You 🙂

  36. Joel
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    Fantastic Blog, I really mean it, I have seen that happen so many times and have done nothing but shake my head. That will be changing from here on out. Thanks Malea, you make a lot of sense!

  37. Marie
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    I admire and applaud you for standing up to the lady.

    Marie

  38. Tommy
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    We can only hope that people will do the right thing. Sometimes we need to push people in the right direction. Good for you Malea.

  39. lynne
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    I adore You Malea, Your words have such power and meaning. I plan to listen to more of your music to actually listen to your lyrics 🙂

  40. Lisa
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    I love the quote you used! So true to fact, Thanks for your continued support. I will forward this link to everyone in the shelter:)
    Lisa D

  41. Nick
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    I was blown away by last months blog but this 1 takes the cake. You even quoted my favorite president! The Video was very cool from Boulder, amazing what you can do today. Keep up the work / NR

  42. Kate
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    You are quite a classy lady Malea. I am very impressed with your writing & your blog. I really enjoyed your video & hope you continue to lets us see your travels. Thanks 🙂

  43. Tereza
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    It never surprises me anymore how some people could be so clueless. I would think it would be common sense to leave a window open and have water on hand always!

  44. Brett
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    Simply Fantastic Malea! I really admire the wonderful things You are doing!

  45. Gail
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    I really enjoyed reading your blog. I was on your website checking out your music and came across this link. You are quite a busy woman, Good for You!

  46. Oscar
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    I can’t get enough of your writing. We all appreciate what you are doing and your efforts.

  47. Eiji
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    Malea is a real shining star who is about to shine even brighter. I watched some of her videos on youtube & she is a real talent.

  48. Samantha
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    Malea is awesome! I just love the way you help animals!

  49. Jessica
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    Malea, I really like what you are saying here. The message is deep and taken to heart. Good luck on your continued travels 🙂

  50. K
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    You know I’m Your biggest fan! What You are doing is fabulous & impressive at the same time. I look forward to next month’s blog & some more new videos please. K

  51. Adam
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    So many talents so little time 🙂 Wonderful stuff Malea, I really enjoyed the Video! When are you coming to Atlanta?

  52. Rick
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    I believe in the freedom of speech! You young lady use it very well. I am surprised when forwarded this link to find such an intelligent and well written blog with purpose.

  53. Jane
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    Quoting President Lincoln is very cool. I really enjoy reading your blog. Please continue taking us to new places via video 🙂

  54. Oscar
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    I adore You, Not just because You spell your last name the same way I do 🙂 I really appreciate the time & effort You put in helping animals. Its great to be able to see You in the videos. Thanks Malea !

  55. Karen
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    Awesome Blog! You really hit the issues that need to be addressed today. Please continue the videos & wonderful work!

  56. Brian
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    I had no idea that this was something you did. I just thought you were a singer / songwriter extraordinaire! Simply remarkable, Keep it up!

  57. Laurie
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    Very nice work Malea. You are a real talent in many ways. When reading your blog every month I always learn something on many different levels. Thanks L 🙂

  58. Pete
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    The video really rocks, shows you how easy it is to document things. I really like your music and wish you the best.

  59. Douglas
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    Malea, You work is very significant! Using Your music to help Animal Charities through out the nation is very commendable. Taking the time to let readers like me see your work on Video is extraordinary. I am here to support You & ALL that You do 🙂

  60. Aaron
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    Very very impressive, I just saw this on your facebook. I just thought you were a talented Singer. Amazing what you can find out on the web!

  61. Michael
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    I love that you like to use quotes to introduce your topic of interest. Getting right into it, Speaking up is very difficult for most, even me. We must pick our battles but you seem to know that already. Quite unique that someone like yourself is actually making a difference!

  62. Ali
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    I love your music !!! The work you do with animals is excellent!!! I really enjoyed watching your video from Boulder, & wish you safe travels.

  63. Jose
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    I’m glad Summer is almost over so you don’t have to do that again. Some people just dont think. I like that you want to help animals.

  64. Joz
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    Canine Sweat Glands? I am getting an education here reading your blog. I’m not sure if I like being educated or feel silly that I don’t already know these things. I do greatly appreciate all your efforts Malea:)

  65. Jack
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    Malea is the best. I can’t get “Close As Air” out of my head! I can’t wait to see where you travel to next month.

  66. Ben
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    You blew me away with a Lincoln quote. Its amazing how great minds from the past can hold up in current day society. I really enjoy reading your blog and respect your work.

  67. Milton
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    I just adore You Malea. Your music makes me smile when I play your cd in my car. I hope you come back to Cleveland soon.

  68. Ricky
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    We all must stick together! It is very important to go over & over all issues that would help all animals. Malea is doing a wonderful job of this.

    Thank You

  69. Jenny
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    I love all that you do Malea!

  70. Amy
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    Malea does a fantastic job helping animal charities while she is on tour performing. I admire her spunk & motivation. I hope she comes back to Grand Rapids soon!

  71. Beth
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    Its my 1st time to your blog 🙂 I normally don’t pay attention to facebook links but this looked interesting. I really enjoyed my visit 🙂

  72. Benji
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    I adore You Malea, great work. I have been a long time fan of your music. I saw You perform at Summerfest in July, YOU ROCKED IT!
    I will look forward to next months blog!

  73. Debra
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    I saw you perform with Shawn Colvin last month. Awesome show by the way, You took time to speak to me after the show & signed my cd. Thank You Malea, You are a class act!

  74. Debra
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    I saw you perform with Shawn Colvin last month. Awesome show by the way, You took time to speak to me after the show & signed my cd. Thank Malea, You are a class act!

  75. JR
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    Crazy talented you are Malea. Your music is hot & your work to help animals is real cool. Live Long & Prosper / JR

  76. Scott
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    During these difficult times its a pleasure to see someone focused on a cause. You are a very determined woman who will succeed. Looking forward to see what is next.

  77. Ron
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    I just found this on your facebook. Very Cool! Nice to see someone actually give back to those that need it!

  78. John
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    Quoting Honest Abe, nice. I enjoyed reading your blog & hope you continue your great work.

  79. Elle
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    Malea, The videos You have been doing are wonderful for the public. We need to continue the work to help the animals. Thank You for all Your efforts.

  80. Alice
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    I have been a HUGE fan since I saw your performance in Grand Rapids in June. I love “Time Will Show” on your new album. I hope you come back & perform soon.

  81. Karl
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    What a great read 🙂 & I loved your video 🙂 Thanks Malea 🙂

  82. Dawn
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    I have read many different blogs on many different subjects. You are on the top of the game Malea. The information you give the reader from your writing & video makes it a great experience. Looking forward to seeing more!

  83. Mike
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    Malea is a real talent, She does incredible things on & off the stage!

  84. Pia
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    These types of efforts is what we need to improve animal welfare today. Too many animals suffer today from inexperienced owners. I hope people fully understand the responsibilities of pet ownership.

  85. Alex
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    You are amazing, I love the blog & video. I have a hard enough time getting to the gym. You go out on Tour performing & help raise money for Charity. Just Amazing, You are a good person!

  86. Carol
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    I am a huge fan of your music. I was on facebook when I found this link. I really enjoyed your blog:)

  87. Frank
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    I really enjoyed the read Malea. Its wonderful that you are giving back to animal charities in many ways. Looking forward to see what you do next.

  88. Babs
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    I love how well written your blog is. The video really let me tour the Boulder facility. I was very impressed with the information that your video had on it to inform the viewer. Mice Work / Babs

  89. Kyle
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    Malea is one of those amazing performers that really makes a difference.

  90. Jake
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    Oh Girl, You are awesome. I love the video & jumping dog at the end! I hope You are doing well & wish You much success!

  91. Johnny
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    I love all that you do Malea. I just bought your new album on itunes. I hope you come to perform in Atlanta soon!

  92. Marcus
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    I actually gave my dog a cold bath this summer to try to cool him down. You made some very good points! I enjoyed reading your blog and hope you continue to write.

  93. Alexandra
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    How can we get YOU to come & visit our facility. I absolutely love what YOU are doing to help get more exposure and help raise money for our Animal Foundations. Thanks Malea!

  94. Melissa
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    There is so much to learn as a pet owner. I greatly appreciate your writing these blogs. I learn something new every month 🙂

  95. Fernando
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    I wasn’t sure how you were going to top last month, but you did. I greatly appreciate you taking the time to write these blogs and do the videos. I shared the link with friends in the shelter. Take Care, Fern

  96. Ginger
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    I just can’t get enough of you Malea! Your song Spinning is stuck in my head! I really liked reading your blog which had many good points. Keep up the hard work!

  97. Mitch
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    Simply fantastic what You do with Your talents and time. Thank You form all of us pet owners and readers. Love Your voice Malea!

  98. Rod
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    Malea is an amazing talent! She continues to surprise me, time & time again 🙂

  99. Mary
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    I love the way You are able to use your talents to help Animals. Your blog & video are great!

  100. Phil Kang
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    Malea is making the difference in many ways. I enjoy reading her blog and hope to see her perform again in Los Angeles soon.

  101. Dixie
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    I live in Arizona, I am currently printing out your blog to hand out to people who visit our shelter. You make some great points Malea 🙂 Thank You -> Dixie

  102. Jeff
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    I really like the way You opened your blog with a famous quote. I was drawn in and enjoyed the read. I then watched the video, pretty cool. It does not matter if You are a force of 1 or 100, You can still make a difference. God for You Malea!

  103. Gene
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    You are Fantastic Malea! Everything You do is very special!

  104. Ryan
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    I was skeptical when I read the quote in the beginning of your blog, then it all came together and made sense. Malea, Good for You and keep truckin along 🙂

  105. Ellie
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    I just adored your video. How can I get You to come to my shelter & video tape us? I sent an email on your website 🙂 Great Work!

  106. Justin
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    You should publish this again in May to prepare pet owners for Summer. I really enjoyed reading your blog. I just thought you were a singer? stupid me 🙂

  107. Shawn
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    You constantly amaze me Malea. You are a true talent while being made in his image 🙂

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