Saturday, April 30, 2011

My Foster Dog - Sophie Girl

This is Sophie, the pure breed Chihuahua I am fostering. Animal rescue programs often have limited space for dogs and depend on volunteers to provide temporary homes.

Why fostering an animal? For instant, I encourage you to foster a dog, adopt a homeless dog and maybe even welcome Sophie into your family. She really is a sweet, calm dog. If I didn't have 4 guinea pigs, I would consider adopting her.

12 reasons to foster a dog:

1. You increase that dog’s chance of being adopted.

By fostering A dog, You are the link between the dog and potential homes. I can spread the word about what a good dog he/she is, how he
/she loves people and how he/she walks nicely on a leash. When a foster dog live with you, the dog will be a part of your family. For an example, my Sophie has the chance to learn behavior that will make her more appealing to other families. If you foster a dog, you have the ability to transform that barking, out of control mutt at the shelter to a dog someone would be honored to live with.

2. Your own dog will learn more social skills.

3. It’s a good way to see if you are ready for an additional dog.

It’s not always clear whether a second or third dog would fit in with your family. Sometimes an additional dog is a disaster. Other times it couldn’t be better. With fostering, you have a chance to see whether or not another dog is right for your family. Maybe providing temporary care is better for you.

4. You help the rescue learn about the dog’s personality.

I will interact with Sophie every day, learning about her unique personality and behavioral issues. It’s hard to know much about a dog when she is living in a shelter environment with 15 other dogs. Placing dogs in foster homes help rescues learn if the dogs like children, beg at the table, chase cats, bark when crated, know basic commands or have high or low energy. The possibilities of what a foster family will learn about a dog are unlimited.

5. You are saving a dog’s life.

6. You will appreciate your own dog’s good behavior.
Many rescues are full to their limits and cannot take in more dogs until additional foster homes open up. When you foster a dog, the rescue can save money on he/her boarding fees and use it to save another homeless dog.

7. Many animal shelters can’t function without foster homes. Most of them depends entirely on foster homes because it does not have a shelter. If it weren’t for all the generous foster families, this program would not be functioning.

8. You might end up with a new family member.

Many foster families realize the dog they are fostering is a perfect fit for their family. This is a happy ending for both the dog and humans. If you don’t foster a dog, then you will never know what you are missing. You might never meet that special dog that could add to your life.

9. The dog gets to live with your family rather than at a shelter.

Dogs get stressed from shelter conditions. Shelters are noisy with limited one-on-one interaction. The dogs don’t get enough exercise, training or socialization. With time, many dogs develop psychological issues as pent-up energy, frustration, aggression or boredom builds.

10. Any volunteering makes a person feel good.

Fostering a dog is a way to give back to your community. If you love animals, there is nothing more rewarding than helping a homeless dog.

11. It’s a way to help without spending money.

12. Found a new best friend for yourself

If you don’t have the money to donate to animal shelters, you can donate your time by fostering. Some programs require foster families to cover all the expenses of the dog’s supplies. Other rescue organizations cover everything for you, providing food, a crate, bowls and veterinary care. In my case, I have to pay only food and treats for Sophie.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Spring in New York

It was supposed to rain all day today. My plan was to stayed home and get lazy, but I am getting so much done today. Is it the sun? It's finally broken through the darkness that has pervaded the heartland for.......weeks? What a difference it makes! I can't blame myself for enjoying the weather so much. Tomorrow I'm going to upstate for a short break from the city life, will probably stay in Marco's friend's house for a day or two, then head straight up to Cobleskill! Yeah! You heard me, Coby! I might be getting a puppy tomorrow?! Or probably not, we'll see.

Tons of things to do today! I will have to clean my guinea pig's cage, clean the tank, laundry, clean the apartment, start packing, get a hair cut, load up the dishwasher, stop by in the animal shelter to ask about the doggy foster program..... Wow.....

I have a lot of this and that to post but I'm going to take a shower and take a walk outdoor before this beautiful day is gone. The rest can wait for now.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Make a Pledge for Upcoming Earth Day

The weather may still be freezing, drizzling, sunny or cloudy. But Spring is here, and Earth Day is just around the corner! On April 22, people all over the world will join together to celebrate our planet; don’t miss out on the celebrations! Be a part of your local community, help out others and do " green" acts. How far would you go to make a pledge? Would you start recycling or become a vegan eater? For me, I would start saving energy and say no to plastic bags. I can't imagine how many sea turtles had lost their lives because of it. How about you? You pledge to what kind of green acts?

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Rainy Days

I hate rain, I really do! I hate drizzling rain. I just don't like the clinginess of wet clothing and the inconvenience (especially when I'm trying to hold an umbrella, carry a backpack, take out my bus pass, and change the song on my iPhone all at the same time)

Thundershowers are strong and angry, but at the same time soothing and relaxing. I hate drizzling rain because I never know what to do with it. I look stupid if I use an umbrella but if I don't I end up being really wet. Just don't know what to do with it... also, I get all these water droplets on my glasses and I can't see. Stupid drizzling rain.

I hate the annoying inconvenience of rain and fumbling around to get stuff out of bags and stuff whilst carrying a stupid umbrella that has just been turned upside down by the wind. Another thing I don't like about rain: how it wets my clothes and then my clothes starts clinging onto me. Especially socks, because my socks get wet, I'm at school, and I have to be stuck in wet socks and shoes for the whole day. Plain awful. I also don't like how it splashes all over the place when i walk, the back of my leg ends up being all wet.

I hate how dumbass drivers deliberately drive into giant puddles next to you while you walk on the sidewalk, minding your own business, and BAM! you've been hit by a giant wave of dirt and brown water... fun. But thunderstorm I definitely not against it. Just lovely natural phenomena. Lightning, thunder, crashing of rain against the window. Yes. I am in fact describing a thundershower as I hide safely under the protection of my roof. I do enjoy going outside with an umbrella sometimes just to hear the raindrops hit my umbrella, it's a nice sound. Of course, I don't mind getting wet at that time, because I could just walk right back in and change into new and dry and warm clothes whenever I feel like it.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Apple IPad 2 Review

I waited 3 hours at Flushing Best buy to buy the IPad 2, pretty crazy huh?! That should tell you how excited I was about Apple’s latest device. I'm blogging on it right now. This thing is real sweet, much better than the first version. I didnt expect the thinness and speed to be that big of a deal, but it is. Also, the screen seems a lot brighter and crisper than the first version.

Since I bought it on the launch day (March) , I can’t seem to be able to let go of it. I want to touch it all the time, In fact I'm able to replace my Asus Eeepc 1000 HE netbook for daily use.

The design of the iPad 2 is a beauty, but in speaking of art, IPhone 4 is the winner. Since iPad 2 is not a dramatic design change from the previous model, I was pretty disappointed. I was expecting it would be the same concept like iPhone 4, the aluminum design and matching color in the back, even though it didn't meet my expectation, but it is definitely thinner and lighter. But still too heavy to hold in one hand for more than a few minutes.

I never though the camera on iPad 2 could be use as a regular camera, turns out it's not as bad as I thought, but still can't compare to iPhone 4. But it doesn’t matter whether the camera is good or not because the iPad 2 wasn’t made to be used as a camera.

The battery on the IPad 2 is amazing, up to 10 hours wifi use without charging, but note: it takes a while to fully charge, I would say take the whole night to charge the iPad 2 up to 100%. Overall the battery life is great!

I can't tell you how much I love apple products, especially latest Mac Pro, IPhone 4, and now my new pet, IPad 2. Since I paid over $500 for both the iPad 2 and apple smart cover, I have to invest in some body protection and productive apps. I bought Zagg full body protection for the front and back of the IPad 2. Note: Beware the little black towel that came with the box, it put few scratches on the front cover. Overall the smart cover is brilliant, very practical for intensive usage of the iPad, especially great for lazy bum. The magnetic design on the upper bright hand corner will automatic turn off and on for the iPad 2.

There are few apps is a must for the iPad 2, such as Quick Office (I am able to create doc and power point with it), Smurf!, CNN, IlovMozart, Pageonce And Blogger+ (if you're a blogger like me)

At the end of the day, the iPad 2 is an amazing device that could replace a netbook. The iPad 2 is evolutionary, and definitely can make your daily life become easier.