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.

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.

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. 

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.  

Green Acres: Northwest Style
Written by Denise   

Not long ago, in a far away land, I grew up in a place where Heather Locklear was a cheerleader at the rival high school and the smiling, very skinny checker at the local hardware store, Builder’s Emporium. It was a place where “Charlie’s mom” was Jodie Foster and Kim Basinger was the woman with a margarita in the next booth at Casa De Carlos. The West Valley, Calabasas, Hidden Hills, Woodland Hills five miles from Malibu as the crow flies, a place where everyone’s family was “in the business” and by that of course I mean the “industry” – television and film production. I had a purse collection, wore Estee Lauder™, was blessed with one quirky son, had a housekeeper who did laundry; a six-figure income, a standing hair appointment and automatic sprinklers.

Today, I live in the middle of nowhere have forty-six assorted farm animals, countless bees, my son and someone else’s moody teenager, two pairs of coveralls, three vacuums, and a tractor. I do my own roots, darn my woolen socks, press my own cider, have piles of laundry, but still manage to wear my Estee Lauder™. After all, a girl can only go so far.

Man's Best Friend?
Written by Ava   

Lisa from Petsblogs won’t let her kids have a pet monkey.  Not even after watching Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian back in December, when they started bombarding her with requests for one. 

It was all because of Crystal, the Capuchin money who played Dexter in the first edition of the movie back in 2006 and was back for the sequel this year. 
Having one as a pet was a no-no.  But it was all for good reason.  Lisa and her kids learned all about Crystal and Capuchins when they did some research after watching the movie.  

We don’t have the time, the space, or the resources, she wrote in a post where she described the situation.  And here’s what else
Capuchins live pretty and it’s likely to be at least a 30-year commitment (that means you must know that if you start taking care of one now, you may as well be taking care of one 30 years later!)


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