1. My former fosters Max and Edie!!

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  2. My former foster Edie! 

    My former foster Edie! 

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  4. Kinder, gentler shelters Problems have dogged the facility in Hempstead, but other towns have better ways to care for abandoned animals

    OPINION
    662 words 3 July 2011 Newsday NDAY ALL EDITIONS A32 English Copyright 2011, Newsday. All Rights Reserved.

    What should society do with stray pets? For a long time, the answer to this was easy. They were rounded up in shelters and, if not adopted after a short time, they were put to death.

    But ideas about this are changing. In the 1990s, San Francisco adopted a no-kill policy for its shelter, a notion that has since spread to many places, including some on Long Island. In such facilities, animals are only killed if they’re too sick or ferocious to find a home.

    As awareness of animal rights has grown, the no-kill idea has gathered steam. Volunteers and rescue groups here, as elsewhere, have challenged municipal shelters to stop killing adoptable dogs and cats, and to upgrade care. Even in places without no-kill policies, many shelters (such as those in New York City) are working harder to minimize euthanasia.

    Yet in many Long Island communities, shelters remain dumping grounds not just for unwanted animals but for political appointees. At the same time, questions have been raised about the treatment of animals in these places.

    The controversy has been brought into focus at the Town of Hempstead’s animal shelter, which is under investigation by Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice. The shelter’s $7 million annual budget includes salaries of more than $100,000 each for nine workers, many of whom have done political work on behalf of local Republicans.

    Three rescue workers who were ousted by the town last year have brought a federal lawsuit claiming the shelter is abusing animals, and that when they complained, the town retaliated. Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray has already shaken up the shelter’s leadership after a 17-year-old video appeared on YouTube showing shelter workers tormenting a cat. One is heard chanting: “Kill the kitty.” The town removed Pat Horan, the shelter’s acting director at the time, after she was identified as one of workers. Hempstead says it continues to search for a new shelter director.

    On the other hand, some shelters on Long Island have made major reforms.

    Two years ago, budget woes almost caused Southampton to close its shelter. Instead, the town paid a foundation $200,000 to run it. Southampton’s Animal Shelter and Adoption Center also works with rescue groups and volunteers, using “playgroups” to socialize dogs for adoption.

    In Brookhaven, Shelter Director Dori Scofield - an ex-rescue worker - has established the Bully Alliance to help find homes for the shelter’s many Pit Bulls. The program uses private donations to pay rescue groups $250 to place animals for adoption. The town is also designing a new animal shelter.

    Southampton and Brookhaven have shown that there are better models for operating shelters, but the state must do more. Worthy legislation sponsored by Assemb. Micah Kellner (D-Manhattan) and Sen. Joseph Robach (R-Rochester) would establish shelter access rights for legitimate rescue groups, giving them notice about animals they can save from destruction. The bill would also set humane standards for shelters, including feeding, exercise and veterinary care.

    Kellner says his bill will give rescue groups and volunteers protection, so they can complain about animal mistreatment without fearing ouster. The bill also raises the bar for rescue groups, letting shelters turn away those refusing inspections or led by people with a history of animal cruelty. The bill follows similar laws in California and Delaware.

    As the Hempstead dispute reminds us, the state needs to set standards for animal shelters and the rescue groups that work with them. But reform in Hempstead need not wait. There are lessons for Hempstead to be learned from Brookhaven and Southampton, where shelters work with rescue groups and volunteers to train animals for adoption while saving money too.

    Newsday Photo/John Paraskevas - A female pit bull terrier at the Town of Brookhaven Animal Shelter in February.

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  5. Just finished reading her biography.  Stunning.

her kindI have gone out, a possessed witch,
haunting the black air, braver at night;
dreaming evil, I have done my hitch
over the plain houses, light by light:
lonely thing, twelve-fingered, out of mind.
A woman like that is not a woman, quite.
I have been her kind.

I have found the warm caves in the woods,
filled them with skillets, carvings, shelves,
closets, silks, innumerable goods;
fixed the suppers for the worms and the elves:
whining, rearranging the disaligned.
A woman like that is misunderstood.
I have been her kind.

I have ridden in your cart, driver,
waved my nude arms at villages going by,
learning the last bright routes, survivor
where your flames still bite my thigh
and my ribs crack where your wheels wind.
A woman like that is not ashamed to die.
I have been her kind.~anne sexton

    Just finished reading her biography.  Stunning.

    her kind

    I have gone out, a possessed witch, haunting the black air, braver at night; dreaming evil, I have done my hitch over the plain houses, light by light: lonely thing, twelve-fingered, out of mind. A woman like that is not a woman, quite. I have been her kind. I have found the warm caves in the woods, filled them with skillets, carvings, shelves, closets, silks, innumerable goods; fixed the suppers for the worms and the elves: whining, rearranging the disaligned. A woman like that is misunderstood. I have been her kind. I have ridden in your cart, driver, waved my nude arms at villages going by, learning the last bright routes, survivor where your flames still bite my thigh and my ribs crack where your wheels wind. A woman like that is not ashamed to die. I have been her kind.

    ~anne sexton

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  6. Russian customs and superstitions

    Russian customs and superstitions
    • Mothers typically do not show their baby to anyone except the father of that child and the midwife for one month after the baby is born. 
    • Many nationalities have a set of rituals for the guests that they have to follow to see the baby for the first time.
    • Before leaving for a long journey travelers, and all those who are seeing them off, must sit for a moment in silence before leaving the house. It is often conveniently written off as a time to sit and think of anything one may have forgotten.
    • After someone has left the house on a long journey, their room and/or their things should not be cleaned up until they have arrived, or at least a day has passed if they are guests in a house.
    • Knocking on wood is practiced in Russia as in other countries. However Russians tend to add a symbolic three spits over one’s left shoulder (or simply with the head turned to the left), and Russians will often knock three times as well. Traditionally one was spitting on the devil (who is always on the left).
    • Breaking a mirror is considered bad luck in Russia, as is looking at one’s reflection in a broken mirror. The effect is also more severe than 7 years of bad luck (as in American culture).
    • On examination day, it is bad luck to make your bed, wear anything new, or cut your fingernails.
    • It is bad luck to use physical hand gestures to demonstrate something negative using oneself or someone else as the object. For example, when describing a scar you saw on someone’s face you should not gesture on your own face or someone else’s. If you must, you can demonstrate in mid-air. If one does it without realizing, it can be countered by making a hand motion towards the body part used and then an abrupt motion away (as if to pick up the bad energy and throw it away).
    • If one person accidentally steps on another person’s foot, it is common for the person who was stepped on to lightly step on the foot of the person who stepped first. It is said that they thus avoid a future conflict.
    • Birthday parties should be celebrated on or after one’s birthday, not before. So when one’s birthday falls during the week, it’s best to celebrate the following weekend. And never give someone birthday wishes before their birthday.
    • Talking about future success, especially boasting about it, is considered bad luck. It is considered better to be silent until the success has been achieved or to even sound pessimistic.
    • Returning home for forgotten things is a bad omen. It is better to leave it behind, but if returning is necessary, one should look in the mirror before leaving the house again. Otherwise the journey will be bad.
    • Many Russians consider giving sharp objects, like knives or scissors, as gifts, to be taboo. You can avoid this taboo taking symbolic little money, for example one Russian ruble, in exchange as if it is a trade, not a gift.
    • Birds that land on a windowsill should be chased away. If they tap on the window, or fly into it (open or closed) it is considered a very bad omen (often of death).
    • If a chicken crows at you three times before noon, the death of a close family member can be expected within a fortnight. The chicken should be killed, but not eaten, as consuming it will bring about further misfortune.
    • Things bought for a newborn baby (such as clothes, toys, furniture, etc.) should only be purchased after the baby is born. This is usually done in a big hurry.
    • It is often considered taboo to step over people, or parts of their body, who are on the ground. It is often said that it will prevent the person from growing (if they are not fully grown already). It is better to politely ask the person to move or to find a way around them. If one accidentally steps over a person (or people), it is sometimes standard to step backwards over them.
    • Unmarried people should not sit at the corner of the table. Otherwise they will not marry. This mostly applies to girls, and often only young girls. Sometimes it is said that you will not marry for 7 years, making it all right for young children to sit there.
    • When giving an animal as a gift (a cat, dog, bird, etc.), the receiver should give the giver a symbolic sum of money, for example one Russian ruble.
    • A purse (or any other money holder) as a gift requires a little money inside. Given empty it causes bad financial luck.
    • A funeral procession brings good luck. But one should never cross its path or it is bad luck.
    • A woman with empty water buckets coming towards you is considered a bad omen.
    • A group of two or more people should not walk on different sides of a tree. They should all keep to one side or the other.
    • Bread should only be cut with a knife, not with your hands. Otherwise, it is said, that your life will be broken. The opposite is held true by some people.
    • Two or more people should never use one towel at the same time to dry their hands or bodies, or it is said to bring conflict.
    • A stranger should not look at a newborn baby before it is a certain age (between two months and one year). If one looks at the baby it is considered bad luck to compliment it. Instead, one could say, “Oh, what an ugly child!”.
    • It’s good luck to trip on your left foot.
    • One should never hand a knife directly to another person, as it is said that the two will get into a fight. Instead a person should always place the knife down on a surface, and only then can the other person pick it up. In several cases you can give it directly, but only pointing the sharp end to yourself and making the knife’s handle accessible for the opposite person.
    • If one feels that he or she may have been cursed by someone (had the “evil eye” put on them) or just has the feeling of a hostile presence, it is recommended to remove one’s coat and then put it back on starting with the hand opposing the usually used one. It is also recommended to pin a French Pin inside your clothing to avoid the curse of the evil eye in the first place.
    • It is considered bad luck to put one’s keys or cap on the kitchen table.
    • It is considered bad luck to leave a knife on the kitchen table.
    • One should not to shake hands or give something through a threshold.
    • Whistling in a house would bring misfortune to that household (see origins below).
    • It is considered taboo to give something that is broken or has a defect as a gift.
    • Before one takes an exam, someone else would say, “ни пуха ни пера!” which roughly translates to “neither fur, nor feather!” which means good luck. To this, the one taking the exam would reply, “К чёрту!” which means, “Go to the Devil!” or “To the Devil!” which is a way of securing good luck.

    “Cause and effect” Russian superstitions

    • If your ears or cheeks are hot, someone is thinking or talking about you (usually speaking ill).
    • If your nose itches, you’ll be drinking soon. For children they might say, “You’ll get hit in the nose”.
    • If your right eye itches, you’re going to be happy soon. If your left eye itches, you’ll be sad.
    • If your lips itch, you’ll be kissing someone soon.
    • If your right hand itches, you’re going to get money soon. It sometimes means you’re going to greet someone. If your left hand itches, you’re going to give someone money.
    • If you have the hiccups, someone is remembering you at this moment.
    • If an eyelash falls out you’ll receive a gift. If someone finds an eyelash on someone he or she will sometimes let the person blow it away and make a wish.
    • If a fork or spoon falls on the ground, expect a female guest. If a knife falls, expect a male guest.
    • If you eat from a knife, you’ll be “angry like a dog”.
    • If someone is not recognized when seen or heard, he or she will be rich. So if someone calls you on the phone and you don’t recognize them you can cheer them up by telling them they’ll be rich.
    • If someone was talking about you before you entered the room/conversation, then you will live a long and rich life.
    • If a cat is washing its face, expect guests soon.
    • If a black cat crosses your path, it’s bad luck (though not unique to Russian tradition). People will often avoid crossing the place where it crossed, or will at least wait for someone else to cross it first.
    • If a hare crosses your path, it’s bad luck. This is much less common than the cat superstition, which is understandable given the lack of hares in urban conditions.[
    • If you spill salt, it’s bad luck and is said to bring conflict, but no one will throw salt over their left shoulder.
    • If you step on a crack, it’s bad luck. This one isn’t very common, and Russians who do avoid cracks don’t do it in an effort to save their mothers’ backs.
    • If it’s raining when you leave a place, it means you’ll return, and it is considered a generally good omen.
    • If it rains on someone’s wedding, it means they’ll be wealthy.
    • If someone sneezes while telling something, it means he or she is telling the truth.
    • If one or more birds defecate on you or your property (commonly cars), it’s good luck, and may bring you riches.
    • If you find a bay leaf in your soup (commonly Borshch) while eating, it means you’ll get mail from someone.[citation needed]
    • If you wear clothes (such as an undershirt) inside out, you will get beaten. Your friend should point this out, wait for you to fix the clothes and then punch you symbolically.
    • Lucky in cards not lucky in love. This, however, is only a pre-marital superstition. The reason for the division is that marriage is a sacrament in the Russian Orthodox Church, and this sacrament, ordained by God, eviscerates the pre-marital superstition. Thus, when a man is bonded by divine sacrament to a single woman whom he loves the cause and effect is reversed: namely, his married love for a single woman, and her love for him, will bring him good fortune in all endeavors including cards.
    • If you wear a shirt backwards, you will become acquainted with someone new.
    • In Russian superstition if a couple sets a wedding date and doesn’t end up getting married on that date they can not set another date and should not get married as their union will be cursed.
    • Accidentally breaking a glass is considered good luck.
    • If one tripped on their left leg and was born on an odd-numbered day, or tripped on their right foot and born on an even-numbered day, one should ask someone else to slap their corresponding hand in order to negate the bad luck.
    • If you have ringing in one or both of your ears, ask someone which ear is ringing. If they guessed right, you should both make a wish.
     
  7. OMG!  I had to live like this.  No joke.  I still do some of these things.

    brainguts:

    • Mothers typically do not show their baby to anyone except the father of that child and the midwife for one month after the baby is born.  
    • Many nationalities have a set of rituals for the guests that they have to follow to see the baby for the first time.
    • Before leaving for a…

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  8. This is a chicken.
matthewhh:

OMG. I used to RAISE this breed of chicken! Many of them in fact. I had to reblog. Duh. They are such badasses.
ericphlegming:

spiritguide:

I’m sorry but WHAT EVOLUTIONARY ADVANTAGE DOES THIS POSE BECAUSE GOOD LORD.

I. LOVE. CHICKENS.

    This is a chicken.


    matthewhh
    :

    OMG. I used to RAISE this breed of chicken! Many of them in fact. I had to reblog. Duh. They are such badasses.

    ericphlegming:

    spiritguide:

    I’m sorry but WHAT EVOLUTIONARY ADVANTAGE DOES THIS POSE BECAUSE GOOD LORD.

    I. LOVE. CHICKENS.

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  10. Speech Mary Jo Tobin gave to the ACC (NYC Animal shelter system) board members below.  Photo by Mark Ross. 
If knowing thousands of animals are killed each year in the ACC doesn’t hurt you, then on behalf of all those animals that left the shelter frozen in black plastic bags, I’d ask that you resign.
If you can’t BOAST about the extraordinary work you have done to improve conditions, raise funds and increase adoptions, then on behalf of all the animals that went from healthy to super sick and then dead, I’d ask you to resign.
If you aren’t working really hard to come up with innovative, outside the box ways to increase public awareness as to the dire situation that exists within our shelter system, then, on behalf of all the animals whose behaviors were changed from mild to severe, just so they could be killed for a reason other than space, I say to you, please resign.
If you can say you have walked through the shelter and looked into the eyes of the desperate pets struggling to survive, begging for attention, and that you weren’t moved, then on behalf of the ones who purred and wagged their tails until the bitter end, I’d like to ask you to resign immediately.
If you can’t list 50 companies/individuals that you approached soliciting funding for ACC in the past year or during your tenure, then on behalf of the dogs that were dragged down the hall to a death they knew was coming, I’d like to ask you to resign immediately.
Having a board filled with weak, indifferent members repeatedly showing up at these meetings lacking ideas, promise and enthusiasm can no longer be tolerated.  This board MUST be comprised of leaders who have made great things happen for shelter pets —- like the folks in this audience!  WE need a board consisting of spunky people with the highest integrity who understand what a crucial role they play in the fight for better conditions, not people who continue to be satisfied with the filth and death that is the reality of our shelter pets.  
There is no shame in resigning, only shame in continuing to do nothing at the expense of the animals!  Don’t let your ego keep you on this board.  If you are not an animal lover who hurts deeply because of the suffering of our shelter pets then you really are not suited for this board.  
There is no shortage of qualified, ambitious and hopeful candidates ready, willing and aching to take your place.  I have tremendous respect and hope for the ACC.  I’d take great joy in seeing the ACC become a model for other cities across the country, but that can only happen if the DOH and Mayor Mike embrace the ideas of finally operating with Urgency, Honesty and Outreach.  I believe by embracing this approach, anything is possible.

    Speech Mary Jo Tobin gave to the ACC (NYC Animal shelter system) board members below.  Photo by Mark Ross.

    If knowing thousands of animals are killed each year in the ACC doesn’t hurt you, then on behalf of all those animals that left the shelter frozen in black plastic bags, I’d ask that you resign.

    If you can’t BOAST about the extraordinary work you have done to improve conditions, raise funds and increase adoptions, then on behalf of all the animals that went from healthy to super sick and then dead, I’d ask you to resign.

    If you aren’t working really hard to come up with innovative, outside the box ways to increase public awareness as to the dire situation that exists within our shelter system, then, on behalf of all the animals whose behaviors were changed from mild to severe, just so they could be killed for a reason other than space, I say to you, please resign.

    If you can say you have walked through the shelter and looked into the eyes of the desperate pets struggling to survive, begging for attention, and that you weren’t moved, then on behalf of the ones who purred and wagged their tails until the bitter end, I’d like to ask you to resign immediately.

    If you can’t list 50 companies/individuals that you approached soliciting funding for ACC in the past year or during your tenure, then on behalf of the dogs that were dragged down the hall to a death they knew was coming, I’d like to ask you to resign immediately.

    Having a board filled with weak, indifferent members repeatedly showing up at these meetings lacking ideas, promise and enthusiasm can no longer be tolerated.  This board MUST be comprised of leaders who have made great things happen for shelter pets —- like the folks in this audience!  WE need a board consisting of spunky people with the highest integrity who understand what a crucial role they play in the fight for better conditions, not people who continue to be satisfied with the filth and death that is the reality of our shelter pets. 

    There is no shame in resigning, only shame in continuing to do nothing at the expense of the animals!  Don’t let your ego keep you on this board.  If you are not an animal lover who hurts deeply because of the suffering of our shelter pets then you really are not suited for this board. 

    There is no shortage of qualified, ambitious and hopeful candidates ready, willing and aching to take your place.  I have tremendous respect and hope for the ACC.  I’d take great joy in seeing the ACC become a model for other cities across the country, but that can only happen if the DOH and Mayor Mike embrace the ideas of finally operating with Urgency, Honesty and Outreach.  I believe by embracing this approach, anything is possible.

     
  11. vintagecats:

Max is an affectionate, 4 year old declawed male kitty looking for a new home. H is owner is giving him up as well as 2 of his buddies ( a 4 year old male and a 6 year old female). They are all very sweet and love kids and other cats.  Would be a dream if they can all find a home together.  But they don’t have to go together.  If would like to adopt, please contact me at marina.guvenc@gmail.com

    vintagecats:

    Max is an affectionate, 4 year old declawed male kitty looking for a new home. H is owner is giving him up as well as 2 of his buddies ( a 4 year old male and a 6 year old female). They are all very sweet and love kids and other cats.  Would be a dream if they can all find a home together.  But they don’t have to go together.  If would like to adopt, please contact me at marina.guvenc@gmail.com

     
  12. vintagecats:

Max is an affectionate, 4 year old declawed male kitty looking for a new home.  His owner is giving him up as well as 2 of his buddies ( a 4 year old male and a 6 year old female).  They are all very sweet and love children and other cats.  Would be great if they can go to a home together, but can be separated too.  If you are interested in adopting, please contact me at marina.guvenc@gmail.com

    vintagecats:

    Max is an affectionate, 4 year old declawed male kitty looking for a new home.  His owner is giving him up as well as 2 of his buddies ( a 4 year old male and a 6 year old female).  They are all very sweet and love children and other cats.  Would be great if they can go to a home together, but can be separated too.  If you are interested in adopting, please contact me at marina.guvenc@gmail.com

     
  13. vintagecats:

Hanna and Lucy (picured here) as well as their brother Lando - are ready to go to their forever homes.  Rescued from the NYC Shelter euthanize list,  I’ve been fostering them for almost 2 weeks now.  They are so cute and so sweet.  Would love to keep them, but I’ve got to leave room for other kittiy lives to save.  If you’re thinking of bringing a furry friend into your life, please contact me at marina.guvenc@gmail.com.

    vintagecats:

    Hanna and Lucy (picured here) as well as their brother Lando - are ready to go to their forever homes.  Rescued from the NYC Shelter euthanize list,  I’ve been fostering them for almost 2 weeks now.  They are so cute and so sweet.  Would love to keep them, but I’ve got to leave room for other kittiy lives to save.  If you’re thinking of bringing a furry friend into your life, please contact me at marina.guvenc@gmail.com.

     
  14. vintagecats:

Kristoff was found as a stray.  He is happy to be off the streets as he seemed to have a rough life there.  He is gentle and loving and would be an amazing companion.  If you’re interested in adopting Kristoff, please contact the BARC shelter at 718-486-7489 or info@barcshelter.org

    vintagecats:

    Kristoff was found as a stray.  He is happy to be off the streets as he seemed to have a rough life there.  He is gentle and loving and would be an amazing companion.  If you’re interested in adopting Kristoff, please contact the BARC shelter at 718-486-7489 or info@barcshelter.org

     
  15. I haven’t said anything about the NYC Mosque issue.  With my controversial views - you must be wondering what my position is.
The entire struggle is irrelevant.  Why so much debate over a symbol?  We, the US wreaked havoc on the Muslim world before and after 9/11.  Children and families were destroyed by the hundreds of thousands.  An entire civilization was brought to rubble. 
Allowing a mosque to be built at the 9/11 site doesn’t excuse the damage that we’ve done.  Gesture, smesture.  It’s nonsense. 
We’re so worried about desecrating the site.  9 long years later and we’ve not even built a respectable memorial yet.  Our culture is so money hungry that there is still a dispute as to what and who will build.
Whether you are for or against the mosque frankly doesn’t matter.  You’re all just puppets playing into a great big heap of propaganda to distract you from the grim reality of what were actually committed in the name of retribution.

    I haven’t said anything about the NYC Mosque issue.  With my controversial views - you must be wondering what my position is.

    The entire struggle is irrelevant.  Why so much debate over a symbol?  We, the US wreaked havoc on the Muslim world before and after 9/11.  Children and families were destroyed by the hundreds of thousands.  An entire civilization was brought to rubble. 

    Allowing a mosque to be built at the 9/11 site doesn’t excuse the damage that we’ve done.  Gesture, smesture.  It’s nonsense. 

    We’re so worried about desecrating the site.  9 long years later and we’ve not even built a respectable memorial yet.  Our culture is so money hungry that there is still a dispute as to what and who will build.

    Whether you are for or against the mosque frankly doesn’t matter.  You’re all just puppets playing into a great big heap of propaganda to distract you from the grim reality of what were actually committed in the name of retribution.