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August 9, 2008

Nature Break

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March 12, 2008

Spongebob’s Striped Sweater Song

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March 7, 2008

Rat Art

Filed under: art, critters, fun — Tags: , , — newshugs @ 5:53 am

arabian-rat.jpgThere is rat art.

And then there are rats that do art. Tony Blair, that’s the rat’s name, does advocado art and carves four leaf clovers. The ambitious and talented rat even has a blog.

March 5, 2008

Empathy For Bugs

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A teacher at a California elementary school is teaching empathy by assigning “bug monitors” and creating a “no stomp” policy in her classroom. When a bug is found in the classroom, the monitor will capture it andinsect-relocator.jpg put it outside. giant-house-spider.jpg

As a person who shoos flies out the door, scoops up spiders and escorts them out and carries snails from one side of the sidewalk to another, I think it’s a great idea. Every bug has a purpose. Cockroaches? I’d be conflicted.  

At, they sell insect relocators, above, for $18.

February 29, 2008

I Like Cows

cows1.jpgWouldn’t you rather eat beef from cows that were pampered as opposed to cows that are tortured? Same goes for eggs and chickens. I would much rather have the chicken come first, cage free and running wild. It seems common sense that eating the flesh or the offspring of an animal that has been well taken care of would be better to digest.

February 23, 2008

Ode to Mambo

Filed under: critters, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — newshugs @ 4:32 am

mambo.jpgMy beloved cat, confidant and friend of 20 years has passed on to finer kitty meadows.

It was a slow death, or so it seemed. 17 days. She became listless, then began to stumble around. She had been to the vet about two weeks earlier with a kidney infection but the antibiotics seemed to take care of it. She had only been sick once before when she was a few weeks old.

Next, she stopped eating. Soon she would only drink if I put water under her chin. Then four days before she died, she stopped drinking water. I wondered how long could a cat survive without water. Apparently, a long time.

She lost her vision. Lastly, she could no longer hear me. I just sat by her side and gently petted the top of her head. I wasn’t sure if I was disturbing her so mostly I just sat by her side. 

The last two days were awful. She let out small meows and on the final day, it seemed like she wasn’t even in her body anymore. I went to bed that night thinking it might be the night. I heard a small exhale shortly after I laid down. I got up and she was gone.

I scoured the web for information on the dying process but found only one site that offered solace. Every other bit of information suggested euthanasia as the only option. But I couldn’t see taking my cat to a sterile vet office and having him stick her with a needle. It seemed she would be happier to die naturally in her favorite spot, her purple bean bag chair.

For her burial, I bought a giant tree pot, filled it with dirt, put her in, covered her body up and planted beautiful flowers on top. She’s on the patio! If I lived in a house, she’d be in the garden.

She was the finest kitty ever! She had an M marking on her head and I named her after my favorite dance, the Mambo.

She was always there when I needed her. Furry and purry.

February 9, 2008

Surfers Save Trestles

Filed under: critters, environment, ocean — Tags: , , , — newshugs @ 3:37 am

Every once in a while the tree huggers or ocean lovers win.  

Various organizations banded together and stopped a toll road from running through the San Onofre Park and saved trestles, a favorite surf spot.

Save Trestles, Save San Onofre

This from WildCoast:


It was called the “Highway to Hell.”

Others called it the “The Road to Destruction.”

Most of us just called it “THE NIGHTMARE OF SAN ONOFRE.”

The proposed 241 private toll road that would have destroyed 60% of San Onofre State Beach Park was the subject of a hearing at the meeting of the California Coastal Commission yesterday at Wyland Hall at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

More than 3,500 people rallied to defend the park in the single largest pro-coastal rally in the history of California for what we are calling the “Woodstock of the Save Our Coast movement.”

Included in the crowd were surfing world superstars, Greg and Rusty Long, Evan Slater, CJ and Damien Hobgood, Peter Townend and international surfing ambassador Shaun Thomson who all turned out to support the park.

In the end the Coastal Commission–amazed by the record-breaking turnout by people of all ages, colors, and economic backgrounds many of whom hung out for 17 hours to defend our California State Parks–voted to reject the toll-road 8-2.

Can you say Historic?

WiLDCOAST was honored to have been involved in the Save San Onofre Coalition.

We are however, in are in awe of our partners at the Surfrider Foundation, Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council, Endangered Habitats League and countless other organizations for doing such an awesome job of building a movement to defend San Onofre.

We are also thankful to all of your who came to the meeting and responded to our requests to send letters, call and send emails. We were so proud of our grom squad team members present from Coronado Middle School, Mar Vista Middle School and Mar Vista High School and other schools throughouto San Diego County who were able to attend and defend the coast.

So from all of us here at WiLDCOAST we thank all of you and remind you that dreams do come true.


February 4, 2008

Red Squirrel Gray Squirrel

Filed under: critters — Tags: , — newshugs @ 2:54 pm

gray-squirrel.jpgIt’s red squirrel vs. gray squirrel in England, where the two critters are fighting over limited food. The red squirrel is a native and the imported gray squirrel is being dubbed the obnoxious American.

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