Back again – from a new home

Bentsen St. Park, Hidalgo Cty

I know that many have wondered if this blog is still alive and, if so, what’s happened to it.

The answer is that I’ve been in the midst of a major move – one that’s taken me 2,550 miles across the country. Preparing for such move was a BIG undertaking and took much effort and focus. Sad to say, this site suffered my neglect in the process.

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Costa Rica dog sanctuary’s creative unique “breed” campaign skyrockets pet adoptions

Photo courtesy of Territorio de Zaguates

Photo courtesy of Territorio de Zaguates

The desire for “designer” pet breeds continues to grow. Eager consumers seek out breeds that were unheard of years ago like Ratese (American Rat Terrier and Maltese cross), Bagle Hounds (Basset Hound and Beagle cross), Spanadors (Cocker Spaniel and Labrador Retriever) and Golden Newfies (Golden Retriever and  Newfoundland) to name a few. Yet there are literally millions of stray dogs desperate for homes around the world, leading to the unnecessary euthanasia of perfectly healthy adoptable pets on a daily basis.

But a sanctuary in Costa Rica has come up with a brilliant and unique marketing strategy that’s turning this tide and capturing the imagination of would-be dog adopters.

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Fantastic “solution” from the Brits to America’s political squabbles

Got a super funny email this morning that I had to share. No clear idea of its author but the scope of it will definitely tickle your funnybone.

“To the citizens of the United States of America from Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II:

“In light of your failure in recent years to nominate competent candidates for President of the USA and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective immediately. (You should look up ‘revocation’ in the Oxford English Dictionary.)

Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will resume monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths, and territories (except North Dakota, which she does not fancy).
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Fake trees to fight climate change – really?

Photo by Deep Root, flickr

Photo by Deep Root, flickr

Trees are a really good defense against climate change. They sequester a large amount of CO2 and add oxygen to the air. They also help prevent erosion and add nutrients to the soil, along with providing habitat to a variety of birds and other creatures.

And adding trees to an urban landscape also helps provide shade, cool and beauty to an urban jungle. So why promote the idea of adding fake trees to cities as a potential and partial solution to climate change?

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News of Ringling Brothers’ plan to retire elephants could be a slippery slope

The news yesterday was excitingly hopeful. Ringling announced plans to retire its elephants this May rather than wait another year and a half as originally planned.

They are going to retire like everyone does – to Florida,” said Stephen Payne of parent company Feld Entertainment, ABC News reported. Payne said that the 11 elephants currently on tour will travel to roughly 14 more cities before May, at which time they will be transferred to the company’s 200-acre Center for Elephant Conservation in central Florida.

Ringling Bros Circus elephant act

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Will Costa Rica be the first carbon neutral country?

Costa Rica pic

Sandwiched between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean, Costa Rica teams with biodiversity, stunning beauty and contradictions. With a national motto of “Pura Vida!”, it’s also committed to sustainability.

Costa Rica is striving to become the first nation certified carbon neutral by 2021. Currently it’s within twenty percent of achieving this, but must deal with some large challenges first.

Costa Rica, a country with a big vision, is also a country full of contradictions . To learn more about its sustainable tourism, its pesticide use, efforts in sea turtle conservation and its success with reforestation, click here.

What will it take to prevent disastrous oil spills?

Oil spill in the Nigerian Delta

Oil spill in the Nigerian Delta

Just read this sobering fact: According to Amnesty International, in the past year, Royal Dutch Shell reported 204 oil spills in the Niger Delta. During that same timeframe, the Italian multinational oil giant ENI reported 349 spills.

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