Archives for October 2011

Tell Ohio It’s Time to Ban Dangerous Exotic Animals

GraceyYesterday, not too far from my habitat, innocent animals that had been living in deplorable conditions were set free from their cages and their owner was found dead on the farm where he kept these animals. The media began reporting that lions and tigers and bears were on the loose in Muskingum County.  But the truth was that most of these animals were still nearby their habitats. I bet they were frightened and confused.

In total there were 56 animals. 48 were killed right away:  18 tigers, 17 lions, 6 black bears,  3 mountain lions, 2 grizzly bears, 1 baboon and 1 wolf.  While many were criticizing the Sheriff’s department for putting the animals down, with only one hour of daylight left, and the possibility of  large carnivores escaping into the night, the Sheriff did the best that he could do. The safety of people in the surrounding area had to come first.

The Columbus Zoo was able to transport  3 leopards, 2 monkeys, and 1 grizzly bear.  For a period of time the news reported that only 1 grizzly bear, 1 mountain lion and 1 monkey were still on the loose but last report in, all the animals have been accounted for; 50 animals dead and 6 being cared for by the capable staff at our Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

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Help The Tiniest Tiger Feed Our Cousins in Need! Each Comment = 50 Meals!

Super Hurrah! Our 2011 total is:

47,025 Meals to Feed our Cousins in Need!

Thank you for uniting our small paws to make a big difference!

Iams Home 4 the Holidays 2011 is Underway!

It’s One of  The Most Wonderful Times of The Year here at our The Tiniest Tiger’s Conservation Cub Club, because we are able to help feed our cousins in need!!

Iams Home 4 the Holidays banner

Helen Woodward has partnered with Iams to make Home 4 the Holidays a worldwide movement. This year’s goal is to adopt 1.5 million animals and donate 5 million bowls of food to shelters in need and we  can be a part of this movement again this year!

Last year we did a super terrific job by providing 32,375 Meals for our Cousins in Need! Everyone pitched in andIams Home 4 the Holidays Donor Alumni Badge helped by leaving a comment and uploading cute photos of your furry loved ones on The Tiniest Tiger’s facebook page.

In fact, we did such a great job last  year, our Friends at Iams are doubling the donation from 25 Meals to 50 Meals donated when you post a comment here on our Conservation Cub Club below  this post.  That’s all you have to do honest!

Here are the ways you can help feed our cousins in need.

Each comment is worth 50 Meals:

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Compassion For Cats Coast to Coast National Feral Cat Day

Today is National Feral Cat Day and we here at The Tiniest Tiger’s Conservation Cub Club care for all cats big and small. Our Friends at Alley Cat Allies work hard to help our feral cousins and they also try to help humans learn the truth about our outdoor cats. Here are some of the facts from our friends at Alley Cat Allies.

National Feral Cat Day

Discover the Truth about Feral Cats

10 Little Things My Parents Love About Me

Today my parents were working away cleaning and carrying on and I was feeling a little neglected. After a couple of hours, I had to put my paw down.  I walked into the office and  meowed with all my might. They both stopped dead in their tracks and looked at me. I was like, well, are you going to pay attention to me?

So my mom came over and scooped me up into her arms and my dad scratched me behind my ears.  Then we came out into the kitchen, and I got a treat.  They even  let me sit at the counter with them.  Then they told me how special I am and how much they love me.  I started to purr because then I knew we were going to play a game that always makes me feel better. They make a list of some of the little things that they love about me. Here is what they said today.

Gracey, The Tiniest Tiger

10 Little Things My Parents Love About Me.

  1. The way I wrinkle my nose  up when I am eating my dinner
  2. The “crunch crunch crunch” sound I make when I am chomping my treats.
  3. When I chat with them.  I am quite talkative.
  4. How I curl up on the sofa slanket and put my paw on their hands.
  5. When I curl up on their bathrobes and refuse to move so they can use them.
  6. When I come running and meowing to the door when they return home.
  7. My mom likes it when I come to get her at the end of the work day. Enough is enough and I tell her so by placing both of my paws on her leg and very gently extend my claws.
  8. My dad likes it when I trot beside him with my tail up and curled on our way to the kitchen for our tea time.
  9. They really love my whiskers. When they find one somewhere in the house, they pick it up and place it in a special box.
  10. When I give them the slow blinks.  That is how I tell them I love them too,

What is a little thing that you love about your cats that share your habitat?

Mike Arms Iams Hero Award Given to Austin Humane Society

Mike Arms is one of my heroes. He is a super smart big hearted animal lover that has led the way by setting the bar for the highest of standards for animal centers. As president of the Helen Woodward Animal Center in San Diego, Mike has been at the forefront of changing the lives of animals for the better through his tireless efforts and passion.

For the past 12 years Iams has joined forces with Mike Arms and the Helen Woodward Animal Center for the annual adoption campaign to help raise awareness of orphaned animals in need of forever homes around the world.  The program has created  increased public awareness about orphaned animals, increased the number of pet adoptions, lowered euthanasia rates and  is educating record numbers of people in the humane treatment of animals. He is the founder of the Iams Home 4 the Holidays pet adoption program that our The Tiniest Tiger community supports with our own annual Iams Home 4 the Holidays  comment-athon.

So it is fitting that on Monday, October 10, The Iams Company and Mike Arms, presented the first annual Hero Award in recognition of Austin Humane Society’s extraordinary relief efforts in the Austin/Bastrop wildfiress in September of this year.

Mike Arms-Iams  Hero Award to Austin Humane Society

Mike Arms. President, Helen Woodward Animal Center, Frences Jonon, Executive Director, Austin Humane Society, Michel Brousset, Marketing Director, Iams North America

Austin Humane Society led the way  in coordinating the disaster relief efforts for the animals displaced in the Austin/Bastrop counties as a result of the recent Texas wildfires. This widespread disaster destroyed over 1,400 homes in the Central Texas area.  The Austin Humane Society helped create a temporary triage unit in the Austin and Bastrop areas providing food, refuge, and medical care for the displaced animals.

Thank you  to Austin Humane Society for their dedicated service to enhancing the quality of life for animals and their families.  Truly our heroes and deserving of the first ever Mike Arms-Iams Hero Award.  Super Hurrah!

3 Easy Steps Cats Can Take to Avoid Getting a Time Out.

I thought this would be a perfect time to teach some of our less experienced kittens on how to avoid getting a time out when you are just about to get caught in what might appear to be an act of mischief.

I have the technique narrowed down to 3 Easy Steps.

  1. Stop
  2. Drop
  3. And Curl!

Here is an example.

As you know, the Office Cactus and I have an ongoing rivalry.  The cactus insists on teasing me whenever the wind blows and I do my best to ignore the long dangling branches that dance just above my head.  Today I have been super well behaved but I have to tell you that I am giving the Office Cactus one more chance to stop teasing me, and then it is going to be “tiger time!”  I must be super quiet while I stalk, I mean wait patiently for the plant to make one more move.

Gracey, The Tiniest Tiger hiding

Here I am. Patiently waiting. One more move from the cactus and I attack!

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Top 5 Halloween Costumes for Cats by Bossy Backyard Blue Jay

Recently Bossy Backyard Blue Jay came to visit me in the  Sun Room to  turn in his bird food inventory request list for me to give to my parents. As the weather turns cold, our bird friends rely on us to fill their feeders with all kindsGracey, The Tiniest Tiger and Bossy Backyard Blue Jay of treats including, sunflower seeds, peanuts, suet cakes, cracked corn and more.

Well when the birds are more dependent upon the feeders, something else happens. Our outdoor cat cousins start to go on the prowl.  My little feathered friend wanted me to remind all of you to keep an eye on the cats that share your habitat.

Bossy Backyard Blue Jay mentioned that it is already October and that means we are fast approaching Halloween!  Many of our human and canine friends wear costumes to celebrate Trick or Treat night but most felines, myself included are reluctant to don apparel whether for Halloween or for any occasion.  I especially do not like anything that restricts my ear movement. ~shiver~ I can’t hardly stand to think about it. In any case, Bossy Backyard Blue Jay told me he had come up with a list of what he considers to be both creative and outstanding ideas for cat costumes this Halloween season. He asked me if he could guest post again on our Conservation Cub Club and I obliged.  Remember, his opinions are not my own.  I asked him to narrow his bird brain ideas, I mean his clever costume list to the top 5.  Without further adieu, here is his list.

The Top 5 Halloween Costumes for Cats by Bossy Backyard Blue Jay

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Following the Footsteps of Francis- Happy World Animal Day

st. francis and gracey

“If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men”

– Francis of Assisi

Happy World Animal Day!

Today we celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.  It is also appropriately and perhaps because of St. Francis that we celebrate World Animal Day.

This day, in many ways, is like every other day for most of us, meaning that we love and care for animals every day.  But today, let’s try to do one extra thing to help out an animal in need.

Maybe you could say a little prayer, or drop off a bag of food or a toy at a shelter, write a letter in protest of the mistreatment of animals, or help spread the word about one of our cousins in need.  Maybe you just scoop up your little loved one and take a little extra time today to express your love and appreciation for your friendship.

And maybe you can do the same to your fellow humans today too.   Just be a little bit more patient, kind and understanding.

I know I want to be more like Francis.

So today and every other day, I will continue to try.

“Start by doing what is necessary, then do what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible”

-Francis of Assisi

Iams Home 4 the Holidays Blogging 4 Bowls Kickoff Blog Hop

Attention Bloggers!

Super Hurrah!

We generated 10,200 Meals for our cousins in need!

When You  Show Your Support by Joining  the  Iams Blogging 4 Bowls Blog Hop

Iams will Donate 100 Meals!

Iams Home 4 the Holidays Blogging 4 Bowls

Iams Home 4 The Holidays Kicks Off Its’ 13th Annual Pet Adoption And Bags 4 Bowls Program

Iams Home 4 the Holidays, one of the world’s largest pet adoption programs, kicks off its annual adoption drive today in partnership with Helen Woodward Animal Center, with the goal of finding homes for 1.5 million orphaned pets.  Now in its 13th year, the program, which runs from October 1, 2011 through January 3, 2012, has helped 5.8 million pets find loving homes all around the world.

Iams and Helen Woodward Animal Center are teaming up again this year with more than 3,500 animal organizations worldwide to encourage pet adoption.  In addition, Iams will also donate 5 million meals to animals in need at adoption and rescue centers through its Bags 4 Bowls program.

While finding loving homes for orphaned pets is critical and the core of the program, the campaign is also designed to provide shelters and rescue centers with much needed food donations. With the help of consumers, the Iams Bags 4 Bowls program aims to donate 5 million meals to animals housed in participating organizations.

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