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Vets and Their Pets

This video has made the rounds before, but it warrants posting for anyone who hasn’t seen it yet. (There are many more out on the web, just a few of which are collected in this post over on MentalFloss.) We wanted to highlight this video in particular after reading the description on YouTube. Andy, the National Guardsman in the video, posted this clip of his dog Gracie welcoming him home after a tour in Afghanistan. Gracie was rescued by Andy’s family after four months at a kill shelter and, as you can see, she is eternally grateful and devoted to her family.  Andy originally posted the video assuming it would only be seen by his family; however, as often happens through the power of the Internet, the clip became a sensation and found its way to the Today show.   The video has now been viewed over six million times.

In the video description Andy make a very important point- he’s only one of many, many Americans serving our country, and not all have been so lucky to come home to their families and pets.  Although not entirely comfortable with the amount of attention the video has garnered him directly, Andy has made the best of it to raise money and awareness for shelter pets.  It warms our hearts to know Andy has served our country not just in the name of his countrymen and women, but in the name of our countrypets as well.

We want to thank all of our veterans and active troops for their sacrifices, and wish for all those serving to have similar happy returns to their loved ones. If you are in a position to foster a pet, please consider fostering the pet of a troop facing deployment.

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Bide-a-Wee Brilliance

The folks at Bide-a-Wee animal rescue in Manhattan have recently introduced the Kitty Play Date site, where online users can view and interact with kitties at the Bide-a-Wee facility. The kitty playroom is now equipped with a webcam and three mechanized toys from iPet Companion that users can activate from the comfort of their own homes.

It should be noted that users are only allowed to play for two minutes at a time. There is usually a short queue of about 5-8 minutes, and, as is the nature of cats, there’s no guarantee they will take interest; however it’s still fun to see the kitties streaming in real time, even if they don’t want to play. You can also purchase these remote toys from iPet Companion and give your pet a similar set-up at home.

Image Source: Screen cap from Bide-A-Wee playdate site

The Pet Postcard Project

Pet expert Nikki Moustaki has spear-headed a fun and creative way to “foodraise” for shelter pets with the Pet Postcard Project. Directions for creating your own postcards can be found on the project website and each original card earns food for shelter pets.

The current campaign (for June and July) is raising awareness and food for California’s The Cat House on the Kings and North Carolina’s Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary. Grab your markers and craft glue and send in a postcard today!

Image Source: Pet Postcard Project