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February 16th, 2009 5:31 pm by Kelly Garbato

Update, 2/18/09: Want further convincing that the HSUS is undeserving of your financial assistance? Done and done.

For those too lazy to click through, the HSUS led a raid on a dogfighting outfit in North Carolina, “rescuing” 127 pit bulls, including 60 puppies. With the HSUS’s blessing, the Wilkes County court ordered all 127 “rescued” dogs destroyed – murdered. By the time the court order was obtained and carried out – several months after the initial raid and “rescue” – some of the dogs had given birth to more pup. These pups had never even been exposed to the fighting ring, and yet they, too, were deemed “dangerous” and slaughtered. As of this writing, 146 innocent lives have been taken.

With the HSUS’s blessing.

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The deadline to enter the HSUS’s Spay Day 2009 contest is fast approaching – February 27th, to be exact. I finally got around to submitting photos of my furkids. Aside from my slow internet connection, it was fairly easy – you just have to create a profile, then you can submit a photo for each of your companions. There are a few cutesy questions for you to answer, but nothing lengthy. I was under the impression that they wanted a mini-essay, which is why I kept putting this off, but the longest field is a brief 200 characters long. True to form, I had trouble staying within the maximum.

As for prizes, a panel of celebrity judges will choose a Grand Prize Winner, 10 Finalists, and 25 Honorable Mentions; the Grand Prize winner gets a $1000 shopping spree to HUMANE Domain.

The HSUS also uses this contest as a fundraiser. In addition to the celebrity judging category, members can “vote” for one another’s photos by making a cash donation. The prizes in this “fundraiser” contest are way cooler (including a session with a professional “pet” photographer and a custom painting of your animal), BUT – if you’ve got money to spare, I highly encourage you to make a donation to a local or grassroots animal rescue/rights group instead. Trust me…most likely, they’ll make much more efficient use of the funds than the HSUS, which in the past has hoarded Katrina relief funds and offered a reward to help the FBI catch so-called eco-terrorists – among other offenses. Ahem.

Naturally, I’m totally using this as an excuse to whip out the furkid photos. Here are my entries – all six of ’em!

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Ralphie – dog

My person: Kelly, Plattsburg, MO, United States

Nickname: Ralphie Bear

Favorite thing to do: walking, hiking, digging, eating, sunning

Most endearing bad habit: bossily barking at me while I prepare his meal.

Ralphie loves to dig, so we’ll go out to a pasture behind our house, and I’ll let him dig for a few hours while I read, nap or just enjoy his company. He’s my silly little cuddle bear!

My Charity: Kansas Humane Society (Wichita, Kansas, United States)

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Peedee – dog

My person: Kelly, Plattsburg, MO, United States

Nickname: The Peedee Monster

Favorite thing to do: play chase, hide and seek and tug-o-war.

Most endearing bad habit: stealing tissue (preferably used).

Peedee is the smartest dog I’ve ever met, but he’s a sort of evil genius – always plotting and scheming. He loves to eat poo and steal tissue. Hence his nickname, The Peedee Monster.

My Charity: St. Charles Humane Society (Saint Charles, Missouri, United States)

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O-Ren Ishii – dog

My person: Kelly, Plattsburg, MO, United States

Nickname: Rennie

Favorite thing to do: chase the tennis ball ’round the back yard.

Most endearing bad habit: smothering me with kisses!

she’s a ridiculously silly and sassy lil’ girl. She never stops – she’s like the Energizer bunny – and her lil’ body reminds me of that of a piglet. She’s snuggly and kissy and all that good stuff.

My Charity: Heart of Jackson Humane Society (Holton, Kansas, United States)

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Kaylee – dog

My person: Kelly, Plattsburg, MO, United States

Nickname: Miss Piggy

Favorite thing to do: give and get belly rubs in the sun.

Most endearing bad habit: barking for breakfast as soon as the sun comes up.

Before we adopted her, Kaylee had at least a few litters of pups – and she has the big belly and droopy body to prove it. She’s our “momma sow” to baby “piglet” Rennie. The two are adorable together!

My Charity: Vernon County People for Pets (Nevada, Missouri, United States)

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Jayne – dog

My person: Kelly, Plattsburg, MO, United States

Nickname: Janie

Favorite thing to do: stiff snuggling (she’s a shy one!)

Most endearing bad habit: stalking the cat, Say Anything style.

Jayne’s a shy, nervous little girl. It’s been 2.5 years since we adopted her, and she’s still warming up to us. Watching her grow, open up and learn to relax has been a real pleasure. Baby steps!

My Charity: Boonville Humane Society (Boonville, Missouri, United States)

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Ozzy – cat

My person: Kelly, Plattsburg, MO, United States

Nickname: the Ozzman

Favorite thing to do: sleep in the sun.

Most endearing bad habit: drinking from my water glass.

We almost lose Ozzy this year – he had stones lodged in his urinary tract. Luckily, he pulled though, & he’s like a kitten again! He’s loud, bossy & demanding – and we wouldn’t have it any other way!

My Charity: Paws to Love, a dba of PAW County Animal Response Team, Inc. (Paxico, Kansas, United States)

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