This is my last guest-blog this week on Long & Short Reviews, and I'd like to wrap-up my pro-animal posts with a call to celebrate your four-legged friends. If you have birds, snakes, fish, etc, they count, too! Pets bring so much joy into our lives that there are holidays throughout the year just for them. From National Dress Up Your Pet Day (1/14/11) to National Mutt Day (12/2/11), there's a year's worth of special dates for our furry, feathered, and finned friends.
Some of the holidays are pretty silly — such as If Pets Had Thumbs Day (3/3/11), Hairball Awareness Day (4/30/11), and Dogs in Politics Day (9/23/11). Others are very important — such as Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month (April), National Homeless Animal Day (8/20/11), and National Feral Cat Day (10/16/11).
My favorite animal holidays are those that encourage people to save abandoned dogs and cats. For example, June is Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month and October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month. In addition to the pets who find themselves in shelters thanks to owner indifference or death, there are now an amazing number of pets being given to shelters because their owners are losing their jobs and/or houses in this economy. The Humane Society, breed rescue groups, organizations like Best Friends Animal Society, and others are trying to save and place as many homeless pets as possible, but it's an uphill battle.
We can all help reduce the unwanted pet population by spaying or neutering our cats and dogs. I couldn't resist posting the cute photo of the dog who's a little reluctant to go through with the neutering procedure. But this is a serious topic. The Humane Society has declared February to be National Prevent a Litter Month and holds a Spay Day (2/22/11) to get out this vital message. [For a full list of animal holidays, check Chase's Calendar of Events.]
Smokey, my author logo and the Chinese crested hairless drug-sniffing dog from my first book, At Her Command, was an adopted shelter dog. And, if I were to give him a point-of-view, he would mention that many of the animals who act in television and film came from shelters. For example, Morris (aka Lucky), the "spokescat" for 9 Lives cat food — and his stunt doubles — were all shelter cats.
Here’s Smokey’s Top Ten list of canine actors — all of whom were rescued from animal shelters:
1. Benji (aka Higgins), the Poodle, schnauzer, cocker spaniel mix star of the Benji movies
2. Old Yeller (aka Spike), the mixed breed whose breakthrough role was the lead in the movie Old Yeller
3. Sandy, the Airedale-Collie mix from Little Orphan Annie
4. Fang, the drooling Neapolitan Mastiff from the Harry Potter movies
5. Bruiser (aka Chico), the Chihuahua and Rufus (aka Chloe) the Bulldog, who starred in Broadway’s Legally Blonde
6. Kelly, Chip, Topsy, Stella, Zelda, and Bo, the six mixed breeds who played Max in How the Grinch Stole Christmas
7. Lucky, the mixed breed from the Dr. Dolittle movies
8. Happy, the terrier mix on the TV show, 7th Heaven
9. Papi, the tiny star of Beverly Hills Chihuahua
10. Most of the canine cast of the movie, Hotel For Dogs
Here's a link to a funny YouTube video of an inventive shelter dog: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gk3cVBhAmMQ
I’d love to hear your favorite pet stories – rescued shelter animals, remembered childhood pets, funny animal anecdotes, etc. In addition to LASR's weekly prize, I'm giving away five copies of my At Her Command e-book this week (one a day) to a reader chosen randomly from each day's comments.
Thank you, Long & Short Reviews, for this opportunity to guest-blog for five days on favorite topic: dogs and cats!
— Marcia James
here. For an extra chance, leave a comment.