Thursday, February 11, 2010


Good news! So far, Gizmo has left his new harness on. I was half-expecting him to have chewed it off by now, but he's left it in place. He also hasn't minded the recipe-change in his food. He's still getting the same amount, but due to the changes I've made it's lower-calorie.

Well, today while we were playing, I broke one of Gizmo's rules. The all-important rule that I'm only allowed to play with one arm at a time. I grabbed him with one arm, and used the other one to tickle his belly.

Well, Gizmo let out an offended squawk, and wriggled free. He then walked about three feet away, and sat down with his back to me. I called him back over, and he pointed his ears back at me, but wouldn't look. This went on for a few minutes, until I finally got up and walked around so he was facing me. He whined and turned his back again.

I left and then came back with a hardboiled egg, and then all was forgiven, but it was still pretty funny. I'm not used to getting the "silent treatment" from him. Next time I'll be a good girl and not break the rules of the game.

Sometimes you train the fox, sometimes the fox trains you.

Gizmo, using the bath-avoiding techniques he learned from the cats.

On a more serious note, please help Gizmo and animals everywhere by signing this petition to remove the HSUS's tax-exempt status. Few people who trustingly donate to them realize that they are an anti-pet animal rights extremist group.

Click here to read the petition.

Confused? You can learn more about what the HSUS is up to in this profile report by the Center for Consumer Freedom.

Also, take the time to read this fine article by Alice Fix:

Do You Know the Real PETA and Humane Society of the United States?

Here's a brief snippet from the overall article:
People donate millions to the HSUS each year, thinking that their money is going to save the lives of millions of animals. Nothing could be further from the truth. The HSUS does not own a single animal shelter anywhere in the country. Although many shelters have the words Humane Society in their names, they are not associated in any way with the HSUS. The HSUS does not sponsor any spay or neuter clinic anywhere in the country. They do donate a very small percent of the annual budget to a few local humane societies, around $2 million annually, which just happens to be less than the amount that they spend in travel each year. Their major money is sent on fund raising and legislative activity. In 2005 they spent $28 million for public mailings, $6 million in vegan education, $10 million in legislative campaigns and litigation. Their income for that year was close to $125 million.


  1. I'm slightly confused.... I thought the humane society did provide shelters... or at least they do in Nevada.... along with several non-profit animal aide programs.... is this a site piggybacking on the humane societies name or is the petition against the actual humane society? I'd never heard about any terriorisium they were involved in.... what have they done? is their anyway to get more information?

  2. There's a difference between your local humane society, and the "Humane Society of the United States".

    The HSUS is an anti-pet animal rights group that is closely linked with PETA. They run NO shelters and NO rescue groups. Less than 4% of their annual income goes to helping animals. The rest of it goes to padding their executives pockets and lobbying the government to support ban bills against exotic animals like Gizmo.

    To learn more about what the HSUS is actually up to, please read this fine article by Alice Fix. I'll work on getting some more links up, as well:

  3. This gives a rather nice overview as well...

    Fairly disturbing in all honesty... I had never known that their agenda was more animal rights then animal welfare... makes me glad I never donated.... o_0

  4. Thanks for the link! I'll post that one up there as well. What's scary is how many people don't know about this, and donate thinking that they're helping animals or local shelters.

    If you want to help animals, keep your money away from the HSUS. Instead, go to your local animal shelter, and ask them what they need. A specific brand of food? Dog toys? Litter pans for the cats? Make a donation of supplies, and you KNOW your money is going towards bettering the lives of animals in need. :)


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