Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Sgt. Reckless - Korean War Horse Hero

In 1953, during the Korean War, Reckless joined the ranks of our military forces.  She delivered ammunition to the front lines.  Usually, by herself and under enemy fire.

During just one battle, she made 51 trips - most of them by herself. “It’s difficult to describe the elation and the boost in morale that little white-faced mare gave Marines as she outfoxed the enemy bringing vitally needed ammunition up the mountain,” Sgt. Maj. James E. Bobbitt said.

Reckless’ decorations include two Purple Hearts, a Good Conduct Medal, a Presidential Unit Citation with star, a National Defense Service Medal, a Korean Service Medal, a United Nations Service Medal, and Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation.  She proudly wore them all on her scarlet and gold blanket. But the awards she liked most were cokes and beer and cake and chocolate bars—even a little whiskey or bourbon occasionally. 

Reckless was retired at the Marine Corps Base in Camp Pendleton where a General issued the following order: "She was never to carry any more weight on her back except her own blankets." She died in 1968 at the age of 20. 

There is a plaque in her honor at the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton stables.

How Many More Innocent Family Pets Will Die?

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Great Idea for "Little" Dog Owners - The Pet Sling

How cute is this?  If you have a small dog (20 lbs. or under) what a neat way to take your pup wherever you go!  They come in a variety of solid colors or fun prints.  Check them out at

Friday, January 11, 2013

My Furry Valentine - Super Pet Adoption Event!

Hundreds of adoptable animals from shelters and rescues throughout the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky areas under one roof!

Saturday, February 9, 2013 from 11:00AM to 5:00PM
Sunday, February 10, 2013 from 11:00AM to 4:00PM

Tim Gunn Exposes Fashion Cruelty

Tim Gunn of Project Runway and Tim Gunn's Guide to Style talks about the incredible torture animals endure in the fur industry.  This new video, produced by PETA2, shows extremely graphic footage of "producing fur" for fashion.  Although unspeakably horrific, many times that is what it takes to educate consumers, fashion designers, buyers and others who really may not be aware of where and how that fur ended up as a coat or fur trimming.

Personally, once that part of the video started, I had to fast forward.  I already know how these animals "live" their short lives and end up being brutally electrocuted, beaten and many times skinned ALIVE.  I cannot handle seeing the atrocities. I have been well aware of the cold hard facts for many years and have always advocated for alternatives to using real fur.  I have never bought, worn, much less touched, a fur garment of any kind.  I am not shy about voicing my disgust to anyone who does make that insanely selfish, aberrant choice.  Again, it's possible they had no idea.  However, those that do know and choose to buy/wear fur anyway are, in my book, nothing less than accomplices to murder.

Woody Harrelson Says NO to Cruel Fashion - Go Woody!!

Watch the video here featuring Woody Harrelson, then SIGN THE PLEDGE to be fur-free.

Behind the Scenes With Dave Navarro and peta2

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Paul McCartney Wants to End Animal Testing

I've always loved Paul McCartney's music as well as his compassion for animals.  The former Beatle is backing the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International’s “Be Cruelty-Free” campaign, the largest-ever global campaign against cosmetics and personal-product manufacturers from testing their products and ingredients on animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs, and mice.

Animal testing for cosmetics such as lipstick, hairspray, and moisturizer is banned across the European Union but it’s still permitted in most countries around the world, including the United States and Canada. In regions such as China and parts of South America, such tests are required by law, a fact that has led companies like Avon, Mary Kay, and Esteé Lauder to ignore more than 20 years of “no animal testing” policies.

McCartney wants to see a world where “no animal has to suffer and die” for the sake of cosmetics.

“The ugly truth about testing beauty products on animals is that it causes them unimaginable pain and suffering,” he says in a statement. “If every cosmetic tested on rabbits or mice had a photo on the packaging showing these animals with weeping swollen eyes and inflamed skin, I believe everyone would leave cruelty on the shelf and go for the cruelty-free option instead.”

 Bravo Sir Paul!