Jun292010
The Suburban Housecat
Written by Fin

Hello, dearest readers of Paw-talk. My name is Fin, although I’m known by many names – Finny, Finny de Floof, and Speed Bump, to name a few. I’m a grannycat, a senior citizen if you will. I’m an only pet, which means I have no one I have to share my litter box with. I live with my two human parents in the suburbs of Las Vegas Nevada.

I can’t jump on the counters and the dining table like a kitten anymore, but getting older has its perks too. I haven’t just gotten older, I’ve also grown wiser. I’ve discovered the secret of life and I want to share it with all of you. Why don’t we curl up on the e-couch together and I’ll tell you everything.

 
Jun172010
Bug Geek
Written by Ava

The Geek in Question is really just a bug aficionado and an insect blogger.  Her blog, Fall to Climb, is all about her adventures and misadventures with her fuzzy little friends. (I say hers because I"m not so sure everyone reading this would feel the same!) The Geek, or TGIQ for short, decided to pursue an academic career in entomology (study of bugs) after realizing that working in the public sector for various federal agencies is not for her.  She is now a doctoral student. 

TGIQ loves the insect species, but don't get her near a spider.  They're not her type (she'll explain why later.) 

Other bugs are, though.  Let's hear why from The Geek herself.  Read how she waxes poetic on anthropod populations, below.

Why do you call yourself The Geek in Question? And do you think people who love bugs should be considered geeky??
 
TGIQ is a tongue-in-cheek pseudonym I adopted when I created the newest version of my blog, Fall to Climb.  I consider myself a geek; I don't feel there are truly any negative associations with the term.  I think geeks come in all flavours...I just happen to be a bug geek; there are music geeks and tech geeks and fashion geeks.  Being a geek just means you're passionate about something.   TGIQ is a silly name, and I think it's a good reflection of me; I like to laugh and don't take myself very seriously.

 
May262010
The Alaskan Zoo Volunteer
Written by Ava

Twelve years ago, Ruth Fitzpatrick walked through the Alaskan Zoon everyday to get some exercise after a bad back injury.  Little did she know that those easy walks would one day turn into a most favorite job. 
Today, Ruth gives tours, holds classes for children, and does outreach programs.  But above all, she gets to share her excitement for the animals of Alaska!

Ruth is a passionate traveler, hiker, and reader and little by little, is becoming quite the animal helper and rescuer too!  We heard all about Ruth through her great site: Blog of a Zoo Volunteeer and finally had the chance to speak to her about all that she does. 

 
Apr262010
Reminder: Free Feral Cat Spay Day
Written by Ava

Tomorrow marks the annual Free Feral Cat Spay Day brought to you by Alley Cat Rescue.

Over 100 vets across the US are participating in the organization's new campaign.  Other organizations involved include the South African Veterinary Association and the University of Pretoria's Faculty of Veterinary Science.  They will be holding their own project to inspire more of these types of programs as well as the humane care of feral cats.  

FFCSD goes international!

Participating vets are offering spay/neuter services of feral cats to the public.  Not all vet clinics are willing to work with feral cats and volunteer rescuers find it difficult to find vets.  But Alley Cat Rescue knows how important it is to have the vet community assisting feral cat caretakers.   The organization calls it...fighting homelessness!

This day was created to encourage more vets to get involved in sterilizing feral cats and heighten awareness about homeless cats and the importance of spay/neuter.  

 
Apr142010
Companion Keeper
Written by Ava

Kate Natrass Atema  is a companion in her own right.  As the Companion Animals Program Director for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) she's a best friend both to cats and dogs and to the people that benefit from the many community projects around the world which she coordinates. in order to help cats and dogs. 

More so, she's a teacher, who teaches her students, peers, and animal lovers how to do the same.  Still, what's one Companion Animals director with an organization behind her to see her through.  The International Fund for Animal Welfare was originally founded merely to stop Canada's baby seal hunt but now has grown worldwide to help animals (like companion animals) in 15 countries.

We had the chance to talk to Kate about her role at IFAW and how animals around the world are benefitting from IFAW treatment.

What do you do in your role as Companion Animals Program Director?

My job is to ensure that we are doing the best work for as many dogs and cats around the world as possible. 

 
Apr112010
Must Love Dogs
Written by Ava

As a dog rescuer, Amy Hunt sees abuse, neglect, and cruel treatment to pups on a daily basis, but she remains surprisingly optimistic about the rescue experience and its results.  While the world remains greedy and lazy about puppy mills and pet shops, she hopes to help educate communities on why dogs shouldn't be toted as trophies at a pet store.  

We talked to Amy about what makes the dog rescue experience so important to her, so much so that she's become the Ohio State Rep for Russell Rescue, a national network of volunteers dedicated to placing unwanted, displaced, or abandoned Jack Russell Terriers into permanent homes and at the same time, founded Multiple Breed Rescue, an organization for mix breed dogs that don't fall into a breed specific rescue.  

She's also started her own dog rescuer's blog in order to express the hardships she's encountered when fully throwing herself into the dog rescuing process.  

So far so good as Amy is on her way to being a true hero in the dog rescue area.

 


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