Tidbits

Hey It’s Jet Here.

I thought Mom and I would catch you up on some items from recent posts.  You have commented so generously and thoughtfully, we deeply appreciate it.

  • JJ, “Little Miss Wonder Dog”, is recovering as if she cannot recall she even had emergency surgery.  Her energy, well let’s just say 100% understates reality by about 100%!
  • Saturday:  Your comments about K9 military designations and benefits made us feel warm and fuzzy inside.  Even more exciting… Miss Ledy Vankavage, (my first blogspondent interview), created a petition you can sign at one of our favorite sites, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.  (link forthcoming… right now it keeps posting with Mom’s info.)
  • Mischief Monday:
  • The garage door mischief continues on and has unfortunately intensified.  The naughty company supposedly agreed to send an inspector to determine whether after more than a week of automatic up and down movement, the mischief is mechanical ( Mom pays) or electrical (Mom doesn’t pay) like Mom insists.  On the surprisingly positive side, a garage door blogger, Mr. Joe, sent Mom a technical thought on the subject via comments – How nice was that? 2nd update: Naughty company did not show as promised today at prescribed time.  Mom went ballistic.  Nice person eventually came and guess what?  The problem WAS ELECTRICAL: just like Mr. Joe and Mom SAID IT WAS!
  • Roof?  Well, so far, the blue tarp is keeping Casa Jet dry in the kitchen.
  • Air Conditioner: Minor setback – water leaked out Monday night.  Luckily, sleep deprived Mom heard the water pouring out at 1 a.m. and turned the machine off.  Best news: Covered by warranty, no biscuit $ required.
  • Tasty Tuesday:  Remember a few weeks back when Mom made items for class and neglected us?  Well, watch for next Tuesday, because obviously, she did not learn from the error of her ways!
  • Great news: Remember our friend Ish?  Well he’s on his way with another egg delivery.  We thought the weather would foul (get it? foul?) his delivery plans!

I wish Mom could transcribe more, however, JJ and I are freaking out in the 3 hours of pouring rain and booms.  Mom feels this thing called frustrated as I try to climb on top of the printer, or her thigh and JJ whimpers, shakes, pants and hovers on top of Mom.

Another great (minus the storm) catching up day.

P.S. Mom had such a rough time with us, and the naughty company, that her posting got delayed until now!  (uh… sorry Mom.)

K9s = Equipment? UNACCEPTABLE!

Hey It’s Jet Here.

Longtime readers know that Mom receives about 300 emails a day; about half she can do that delete thingie 1,2,3, about a quarter receive quick attention and the balance require Mom to READ, READ, READ!  Last night, while selecting salad recipes to run by a client, Mom took a break to run through more emails.  She came across an ASPCA newsletter; the first headline caught her attention:  Federal Bills Seek to Protect Military Dogs and Racehorses.

Mom called me over and read the item aloud.  Did you know today is Armed Forces Day?  Mom thought Memorial Day included that type of recognition.  Well, turns out Congress has a bill before it called the Canine Member of the Armed Forces Act.  (I’m going to assume the humans will explain the workings of the American legislative branch to their K9s!)  Here’s the purpose of the act:

To classify military working dogs as “canine members of the armed forces” instead of “equipment,” establish adoption policies for retired dogs, create a non-profit entity to raise funds for retired dogs’ veterinary care, and to establish a formal means to honor dogs killed in action or who show exceptional courage in the line of duty.

Would you believe, can you imagine, that K9s who currently serve in the American military heroically are defined as EQUIPMENT!  Mom said that reminds her of the historical period when women were classified as chattel (vocabulary builder.)

Seriously, do we look like:

  • A soccer ball?
  • A stethoscope?
  • A computer?
  • Tools?

Humans, if I may so, this is the LEAST you can do… If you wish to take action to support this act, search the ASPCA Advocacy Center.  (When we provide the link, they automatically fill out all of Mom’s private info… whoops!)

Another great, military K9s deserve better, day.

Thanks to Life With DogsConfessions of the Plume and Two Little Cavaliers for hosting the Saturday Blog Hop.

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Mom Messed Up

Hey, It’s Jet Here.

Yesterday, for the first time, Mom disappointed me.  I’ll chalk it up to an honest oversight, because I know how much she loved my sister and how much she loves me.  In fact, from what I’ve observed, she loves all K-9s.  Here’s what happened.

We had our usual great day, as you read in my Spa Day post.  We took an extra long nap, a nice walk, Mom brushed me while I dozed in the evening, you get the picture.  She did this TIVO thing for one of her favorite shows, NOT ON ANIMAL PLANET (not that I’m judging her), called Extreme Makeover Home Edition.  They asked humans to call in to support the humans who serve (d) our great country.  She went on line instead to this Rise and Honor place and gave as much money as she could.  So far, so good.  Except… that was IT.

Now Mom knows better.  She and my sister, Koko, were a therapy dog

team with Therapy Dogs, Inc. for 4 ½ years at Miami Children’s Hospital and 1 year at S. Miami Hospital.  She knows about Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dogs International.  So many of my fellow K-9s serve humans in the military as well as after the humans come home.

Yesterday, on 11/11/11, our post should have focused on my K-9 brethren that help active duty military personnel and returning veterans.  Over twenty-eight groups help veterans and always need more funding.  (We eat a lot of food learning how to help you know.)  Mom’s including a link so you can read about many groups and how they help.   Mom told me that CNN published an article and Hallmark (again… NOT ANIMAL PLANET, just saying…) had a program on last night honoring military K-9s.   If you have a little extra biscuit money, please consider helping those groups, too.

Jet, I deeply apologize for my error.  You bring such an important subject to light, thank you.  I certainly did not mean to overlook your brethren and their incredible accomplishments and contributions to our active military and our veterans.  I honor their service with equal measure and will donate an equal amount to a group you and I select together.   I accept your apology Mom.

Another great and conflict resolved day.