Thursday, September 29, 2005


Because the lovely Martine tagged me, and I simply love her and she made my template, and El is adorable, and I have nothing better to post, and I can't sleep, and I have 200 things I should be doing beside sitting here at the computer, but I don't want to do them....

10 years ago
Oh 1995. I was working as a motel manager, living with an idiot drug addict. All I did was work and go home and work and go home... Oh I bought my first and only new car that year a 1996 subrau. Kids and marriage were not even on my mind at that time.

5 years ago
I was knocked up for the 2nd time in 17 months. I was still working at the same motel, but I quit a month before Cam arrived. I was misserable and slept all of 2 hours a night between work, a baby, and peeing all night long. It sucked, but have Cameron now is well worth it.

1 Year Ago
Last year I was doing the same thing I am doing this year. Just being a mom, going to school functions, getting ready for hockey to start, and just normal mom stuff I do.

I was shopping with my mom. It was my birthday, and she came to take me out to dinner. I got ecards from my Aunt Joyce and Uncle Dusty, my Aunt Paula, and my mom, flowers from my sister, and a home theater system from mom and dad, and a new keyboard and mouse that I have yet to hook up!

I didn't do a thing. I played with Colton a lot, emailed my sister a picture of the flowers she sent. Talked to mom online for a minute, talked to Steve on the phone, put the boys to bed, and now this.

I have to take Cam to get his 5 year old shots because I am an idiot and I forgot. The nurse even sent me notes and I still forgot! Then I will do some laundry, and maybe take a nap or something, who know?!

5 songs I know the words to (these are without hearing the song)
Hear I am by Air Supply
Delta Dawn by Tanya Tucker
The Star Spangled Banner (our national anthem)
Leather and Lace by Stevie Nicks
Joy to the World by Three Dog Night
but I know the words to most every song in my cd collection once the music starts playing.

5 snacks
ice cream
peanut butter on a spoon
I don't really snack often although my butt says otherwise! I really don't keep anything around the house just for me to eat.

5 things I would do with $100 million
Invest it so my boys would be set for life.
Buy a new car
buy a new house
pay off my sisters house
pay off my mom and dads house

5 places I would run away to
China I have always wanted to see the great wall.
Alaska-I have never been
Hawaii- I loved it there
Neatherlands-to see Martine
Alanta- to see Tricia

5 things I would never wear
spandex pants, althought I did when I was younger, not anymore.
a tutu
hip hugger jeans
a bikini, well I hate swimwear in general.
padded bra's

5 favorite tv shows (currently)
Dead Zone
anything on the history channel
Discovery Channel
Animal planet
Forensic Files
I don't watch a lot of TV. If you were to visit you would swear my favorite show is spongebob or batman.

5 joys
My dogs, sometimes.
Cool nights and sleeping with the window open

5 bad habits
Smoking... your right Martine I need to quit too!
biting my nails
staying up to late
swear words

5 things I like doing
spending time with the boys
drinking my coffee on the back deck when it cool outside, and by cool I mean like 35 to 40 degrees F.
Sitting in the mountains and listening to nothing and everything.

5 movies I like
finding neverland
10 things to do in Denver...
Shaw Shankredemption
Usual Suspects
Spongebob Squarepants The Movie, because I coudln't think of a 5th and we watch it every freaking day. It's their master plan to brainwash me with the spongebob!

5 famous people I would like to meet
Honestly no one really comes to mind if it is just meeting them...

5 toys
Digital Camera
that's it really that I can talk about here...

Now on to Jennifer's meme.

The Rules:

1. Go into your archive.
2. Find your 23rd post.
3. Find the fifth sentence (or closest to).
4. Post the text of the sentence in your blog along with these instructions.
5. Tag five other people to do the same.

Little did we know we were their biggest harm.

I am not tagging anyone for either of these, but if you want to play please feel free to grap away.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

You think the price of oil is going up!

Cement Shortage? While everyone is running around with notions of our oil supplies running out, and wondering how we will drive our cars, heat our homes, and every other thing we do with oil, something I don't give a second thought to honestly, there are real issues surfacing.

Yes you read that first statement correctly. The Untied States is experiencing a cement shortage. How the hell is that even possible? Cement is a mixture of limestone and clay, which is everywhere, and when you mix that with water and sand you get concrete. I am sure there is more to it than that, but it can't be that complicated. So now if there ever is an oil shortage, which I don't see happening in my lifetime, it won't matter, because with concrete we won't have roads, or foundations for homes, or sidewalks, or a million other things we use cement for. There are 11 states, mine included, that are actually experiencing critical shortages. Does anyone else find this amusing?

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Showers and Flowers

I turned off the water and grabbed the towel, when all of a sudden someone is pounding on the door and all the dogs start barking. I wrapped the towel around me and stepped out of the tub, and pear down the stairs there is the fed ex guy standing there with a big box. Shit what to do what to do? I cinched the towel around me, and crept down the stairs. Opening the door just enough to peek one eye at this guy, I say "Yes" and he goes "Hi, Jennifer I have a delivery for you." Well duh, but I ain't opening this door any wider. He stands there smiling at me as I am still gripping the towel, and I reach one arm through the door, and he tells me I have to sign on line 3. I grab the clipboard and close the door sign on the line, crack open the door, poke the clipboard back at the guy, and he hands me a box, which forces me to open the door wider. I quickly grab the box and say thanks. He wishes me a nice day and wanders off laughing, as I close the door as quickly as I can. These are what were in the box. My sister loves me!

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Aging gracefully

It is said that with age comes wisdom, well I don't feel any wiser. The thought of another year going by is scarrrry really. It feels like this one just started. Did I blink and miss it? What happened in this last year? Where was I, because it sure doesn't feel like I could be another year older already. Time goes by faster with each passing year, and I can hardly keep up. I remember when I was younger and couldn't wait for my birthday to come around. As a child you can't wait for those gifts to come your way, and then for 16 to be able to drive, and then 21 so you can get in the bar legally... and then one day the birthdays seem to come quicker then you can keep up. I don't know when birthdays lost appeal for me, it was sometime in my 20's when I looked at my life and saw that nothing was how I expected it to be. All those youthful dreams left unfulfilled, all those big plans thrown out the window. I don't really celebrate my birthdays anymore, they come and they go, and it's just another day really. Honestly it is a day I reflect on all the failures in my life, all the goals I never attained, all the things that I said I would do, and still have not. I mean don't get me wrong I would much rather have a birthday, then not have one. I still have boys to raise and things I want to do. I just don't enjoy the reflecting back to things I can't change all that much, and that is what birthdays tend to do for me, that is what Monday brings for me...

Friday, September 23, 2005

Sensible Shoes

I heard that song today, you remember that song, you use to sing it to me, when you went off to california. Still even after all these years I think about you when it's playing. We really just had bad timing didn't we, but that never meant I didn't love you. There will always be a special place in my heart that belongs only to you. I think we both knew on some level that last weekend we spent together was going to be it. I think that is why it was so hard to let go of each other. We had been inseparable from the day we met and it was all ending so fast. I still have all those letter you wrote to me, and the tapes you made for me. Remember that time I came to see you after you moved back. I think about it a lot, and all the phone conversations we had afterwards. I know you don't have a clue what happened to me after that, but I met someone and we got married and have 3 beautiful kids now. He is a really good guy and I think you would like him. I hope you met someone too, and I hope she is all that I could never be. You were that one great love in my life, that soul mate everyone is always looking for, and I just wanted you to know that. I wanted you to know that I am content with my life, and it is a lot better than it was the last time we spoke. I hope that if you ever think about me it is with kindness in your heart, and you know that I did truly love you.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005


I have to come clean, and some of you may feel differently about me once all this comes out, but that is a chance I'll have to take. There are those of you that will laugh and think "Oh I knew she needed help long ago." I am a little off I will be the first to admit it, but honestly I am not insane. I have this fetish that borders on the edge insane though. I don't know how it started, but it has been going on for years. I don't feel that it has become enough of a problem to seek help, but it does teeter on OCD. Ok I'll just say it I love to buy paper and pens and pencils. No I mean I love it like some women love to buy shoes, or like some men love sports more than sex. I walk by the stationary department of any store and I get excited. I have this need to own more instruments for writing than anyone. I probably already do. I mean how many people do you know that have a drawer full of nothing but pens and then one for pencils, and one for paper. I have colored paper, flowered paper, flag paper, normal notebook paper (3 reams of it still unopened sitting under my desk), cloud paper, Christmas paper, Halloween paper, rainbow paper, pastel colored paper, copy paper. I have a forest of paper. Today I found spiral notebooks 10 for a quarter. I got wet on the spot at that find. I was elated, much more over joyed than one should be over paper. Now I have 75 notebook under my desk, some college ruled and some wide. It's the same with pens, I have gel pens in every color and regular bic pens, and pens of every shape and size, pencils same thing. If you can write with it I own it or think I need it. Some of my pens are only used for certain things, and my favorite pens are kept in a special place so no one gets them. I go into Office Max, and you know most people go in there and look at the electronics and stuff, not me I head for the stationary. It's the happiest place in the world to me, I can spend 4 hours looking at paper, feeling it and touching it, and give me a pen and I love the way it glides over the paper so smoothly it's sensual really, and the things you can create with just a plain piece of paper and a regular old pen... Word thousands and thousands of words, and stories, and just writing my name over and over makes me happy.

Today I got 5 boxes of pencils, 6 packs of pens, 50 notebooks, 14 boxes of markers, and 10 boxes of crayons. I got 5 packs of erasers, 4 pencil sharpener, and a nifty little stapler and 3 boxes of staples. Target had it all at 75% off. I didn't even spend 30 bucks on it all! I was walking on clouds when Colton and I left that store.

Monday, September 19, 2005


The darkness swallows my words.
A void
A huge black hole where nothing exists
no time or space just emptyness
I am hallow
and shallow of thought
blank and black as a moonless night
I long for the words to come,
some inspiration to fuel the fire that burns in me
but alas I am barren.

Saturday, September 17, 2005


Most people don't know a lot about Wyoming, we are just some place out west to many people. Oh sure people know that Wyoming is were the Teton's are and most of Yellowstone national park is here, but they don't know the people that make this place such a great state. We have more Pronghorn Antelope than we have people living in our state. The total population of Wyoming lingers around 500,000 people and we are like the 10 largest state in land mass, which means you can always find a place to be alone when you need it. We live in a land that is forgien to most outsiders, we just do things a little different here. I know that if I break down on the highway someone will pull over and lend a hand. I still feel safe leaving my doors unlocked in my home and my car. We still visit with our neighbors, and talk to strangers when we are standing in the check out lines at the store. We have managed to keep most of our small town values, because we don't have to deal with the crime the rest of the country sees. Oh we have our problems with kids shooting out windows with BB guns, and we have horrible problems with drugs, but we don't see a lot of murders, and we can walk from one side of town to the other at midnight and the only people that stop are the ones asking if we need a ride. We take pride in being Americans, and we are just as will to help the rest of this great country as we are to help our neighbors, and I think this article really proves that.

Over 1 million dollars has been raised from our little podunk state already to go to the Red Cross to go to the Gulf Coast. I know it doesn't seem like that much really to all the places that support a larger population, but it is over $2.00 per person that lives in our state, and the donations are still coming in. It makes me glad to know that we are doing what we can to help.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Some parents...

Ok people I am asking, no really I am pleading and begging here. Do not send your little girls to school in Laura Ingals dresses you have hand sewn from old table clothes! I am telling you if you do this your child is the "weird kid" in school, and to 200 other kids it doesn't make any difference that you made all little sally's clothes by hand and you just think she looks so cute in them, and they don't understand that your religion takes up a good chunk of the family income and your to broke to buy her "real" clothes. Come on there are second hand stores all over town that sell pretty good stuff get her some, because the other kids are laughing at her. I am serious it will only harm her social life.

There is a little red haired girl that goes to the boys school. We see her every morning, and today D man tells me "She is weird". I asked him why she was weird and he says "Just look at the way she dresses mom, she's weird" to which Cam says "She is weird mom". I, trying to be a good mom asked if they knew her and they both said "No". Then I asked them how they could know she was weird if they didn't even know her Cam says "Everyone thinks she is weird mom." I tried to explain to them that she couldn't help it and her parents probably made her wear those clothes. David looks at me and gets deeply serious and said "Boy mom I am sure glad you don't make us be the weird kids that no one likes! Some parents just don't have any good sense do they!" "No baby some parents don't have any good sense at all." I said as I kissed the 3 of them goodbye and told them to have a good day trying to hide my giggles until they closed the car door. It was so clear to him that it was not her fault after that.

I am sure the little girl is a normal happy kid, she is always clean and smiling, and I know my boys don't tease her, I asked them they said they just stay away from her, but there are other kids that tease her I am sure of it, and it will only get worse the farther in school she goes. I think I agree with D man some parents just don't have good sense.

Monday, September 12, 2005


Today was the fourth anniversary of the day that changed America as we know it.  I can't believe it has already been four years since radical religious fanatics' hijacked airplanes and crashed them into our buildings.   I am just as affected by it today as I was the day it happened.  I still see the burning towers and it moves me to silent tears.  I was watching the Discovery Channel, one of the few channels on television worth watching, last night.  They had some really good programs on about the families of some of the people who lost their lives in the tragedy, which left me deeply saddened.  One mother, a police officer, left behind a baby girl, and her father, a cop as well, was left trying to raise his daughter alone, and give her memories of a mother she will never know.  I hope she always knows her mom was hero, and I hope that she grows up just as carefree as any child should.  There were stories of daughters, mothers, fathers, sisters, sons, and brothers.  There were stories of regular people who thought they were safe going to work, and there were stories of the brave men and women who gave their lives trying to save other lives.  They put names and faces with the victims and did so in a heart touching way.  My tears fell uncontrollably as I listened to their stories.   It still seems so unreal, things like that are not suppose to happen in America, but it did happen and can happen again.  We as a people tend to forget and move on way to quickly, and the simple fact is that we must remember, and we must not let our guard down and allow something like this to happen again.  

I like most of US citizens have a hard time understanding how a group of individuals can take life for granted and strap on a bomb or hijack an airplane in the name of a God and kill themselves and others.  After the 9/11 programs were over they had Suicide Bombers: A Cult of Death.  I would recommend watching it if you didn't get a chance to see it.  It was a frightening program, but very insightful.  It really did a good job of showing how mindless we as humans really are.  Things like The Manson murders, and Jim Jones' cult, and those Haley's Comets nuts, and Hitler came to mind as I listened to the narrator, whose name I now forget, tell the story of how it all started.  It frightened me because there is always someone willing to die for their cause no matter what cause that might be, and there are always people who will use that to farther their own gain, even if it has nothing to do with the cause of the people.  It has happened time and again in the history of man kind, and will continue happening until mankind no longer exists.    

The suicide bombers are no different than the American's who kill doctors because they work in an abortion clinic; they believe with all their hearts that they are doing the right thing, and when you have a leader telling you your God loves you and you are going to walk hand in hand with him for giving your life in the fight against evil it makes it even more right.  If the Pope started telling people it was good and right to kill the abortion doctors, and everyone who murdered them would be at God's side, people would be lining up right here in the USA to do the same thing that is going on in the Middle East.  It would start with Doctors, and move on to killing anyone who didn't share your belief that abortion was wrong.  There would inevitably be someone who jumped on the bandwagon not caring either way about abortion, but saying they did, saying they cared deeply, because they see that they can get these mindless drones to do their bidding.  They start telling these fanatics that they have to get rid of all people who do not believe that abortion is wrong, these babies killers, murders who are doing the work of the devil.  They show them pictures of women getting abortions, and they tell horror stories and they make them believe that they will go to hell if they don't get rid of every person that is against them.  They tell them it is the only way to stop abortion.  They give them lists of names of people who are against them, they do the work they get rid of these people without knowing them, without checking the facts on weather they are for or against abortion, and they mindlessly kill because they think it is the only way to stop the evil.  They are working on the side of good, and yeah they have heard that this so called leader is just trying to farther his own gain, but if it helps their cause so be it, because he is on their side.  No one bothers to tell them that Mr. So and So on the hit list is pro life, no one tells them that he is the father of 4 small children, and a loving husband, and active in his church.  No one tells them that he and their leader had an argument about the price of milk, and that is why he is on the list.  Years go by and people start raising their children to believe they are fighting the good fight, and now we have generations of people willing to kill and die for what they believe is right.

That is the best analogy I can come up with to explain it to myself.  I can clearly see how these things happen, but for just as clearly as I can see how it happens I still do not understand why.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

School, tooth aches, and dasiy dukes

Colton has loved school. Everyday he is excited that he gets to go with his brothers. I talked to his teacher today, and she said he has done great. He had a minor break down today. Half the class went to the libary and the other half stayed in class and did a project then they switched off and the ones that were doing the project went to the libary... well Colton looked at his teacher and said "Oh I was suppose to go to the libary, it was in our plan." He thought he messed up and when she explained how they were doing it everything was all good again.

I have developed a nasty habit of clenching my teeth and grinding them in my sleep. If you do this you know that it causes great pain in your mouth! My teeth finally feel better today, but the last 2 day I could hardly bite down or anything. I guess will have to break down and go to the dentist and get fitted for one of those mouth guards as this is a problem that I have had in the past that just seems to be getting worse.

There are some things in life you can never prepare for no matter what, today that unpreparedness happened to me and Colton while we were at mini mart getting soda's. .Dasiy Dukes should not be worn by women over 40 that have not taken care of themselves. It is horrifying to see and something I never want to expose my child to again. We walked up and got in line and eye level with Colton was ass. He looked up at me, I looked at him, he reaches up touches her leg and politly tells her "lady I can see your ass checks and that is really gross. People don't want to have to look at that." It was lunch time and the store was packed and I thought the older man behind us was going to fall on the floor he was laughing so hard. The lady simply ignored him, with her cellulite butt checks exposed to the world. He then looked at me and said "Well mom it is gross." to which I said "Yes honey it is. Just don't look." and the lady was no more than a foot away from us so she heard it all. Maybe she will go home and throw those things out. After she left the guy behind us said he wished that adults could just tell it like it is the way children do, because he really wanted to tell her the same thing, and about 10 other people agreed with him

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

It's Tuesday

6:40 am "Moooommmm it's Tuesday."  "Yes baby it is, but we have an hour to sleep still." I mumble as he crawls under the covers by me.

6:50 am "Is it time to get up yet?" which I try to ignore.

7:00 am "MOM it's time!" and I go ahead and crawl out of bed, because I know this is going to last for the next half an hour.  

I got Colton some cereal while he woke his brothers up informing them that he got to go to school with them today!  He was excited, so excited that I didn't even get as sad as I thought I would be, but now my house is quiet and lonesome.  I can't wait until it's time to go get him!  I am excited to here how he liked his first day!

Monday, September 05, 2005

Ok its quiz time fol

Ok its quiz time folks.  Jack has invented his very on quiz.  The rules are very simple it's about you and the movies and the only rule is there are no rules, ok ok that isn't really true everything must have at least one rule and Jacks rule is you can't reuse movies, each one has to be unique and individual.

Name your five favorite movies.
1. The usual suspects
2. The untouchables
3. Finding Neverland
4. The Jerk
5. 10 things to do in Denver when your dead

Name five movies that made you who you are today.
1. ET
2. Nightmare on Elm Street
3. Winnie the Pooh
4.  Benny and Joon
5.  The killing fields

What five movies should everyone see?
1. Five People you meet in Heaven
2. Spanglish
3. National Treasure
4. A Walk on the Moon
5. The Lion King

Name five movies you think rock, and everyone else says they suck.
1.  Van Helsing
2.  Secret Window
3.  Basic
4.  Bark

Name five movies you think are over rated.
1. Pulp Fiction
2. Titanic
3. Moulin Rouge
4. Interview with a Vampire
5. The Terminal

What five movies scare you the most?
1. The Fog
2. The Shining
3. American Werewolf in London
4.  Silence of the Lambs
5.  Psycho
What five movies do you wish you had seen earlier in life?
1. The Notebook
2. To Kill a Mockingbird
3. Shawshank redemption
4. ?
5.  ?

What five movies do you love that you didn’t get the first time you saw them?
1. The Big Chill
2. What's Eating Gilbert Grape
3. Boy and his dog
4.  ?
5.  ?

I am still trying to think up answers for some of these.

Saturday, September 03, 2005

PAW E-Newsletter

This newsletter will help direct people who have lost their pet, or just want to help. I just copied and pasted the whole thing from the email, because it has a lot of great information on what they are doing to help the animals effected and contact information is you lost a pet, and resources that need donations ect...

Pets & Animals in Distress - Sept 3, 2005
PAW e-Newsletter Hurricane Katrina Rescue Update

Hurricane Katrina has dealt a devastating blow to the Gulf Coast that
has left people and animals in trying and frightening conditions that
will take years for the region to recover.

Pets & Animals in Distress volunteers have been of the phones
contacting shelters in the disaster areas that are taking in animals to offer
our immediate assistance to help with food and supplies that are needed.
This is a massive relief undertaking that will require relief
organizations, animal shelters, rescue groups and government agencies to
coordinate and network together to help in the relief efforts for the animals.
Pets & Animals in Distress is also in direct contact and working with
our friends at The Meow Mix Company along with Purina Foods to arrange
to get food and supplies donated and delivered to those disaster area
shelters and communities that need help.

Pets & Animals in Distress has received many distress calls and e-mails
about animals that were left behind in the disaster area - primarily in
the New Orleans area. Many people were forced to leave their homes
during and in the aftermath of the hurricane and couldn't bring their
animal friends with them. We know and understand the anguish these
caregivers are going through and want to assist in the rescue of these helpless

We are in contact with relief organizations like the SPCA in New
Orleans, Noah's Wish Foundation, Humane Society and several other animal
shelters that are on the ground in the disaster areas. We are immediately
passing on any information that we receive about any animals that need
to be rescued and saved. Many animals are now being saved and rescued
from homes and being reunited back to families.

We have spoken to Roger Smith Regional Disaster Relief Coordinator for
Noah's Wish Foundation organization who informed us that Teri Crisp,
Director of Noah's Wish is now at the Slidell Animal Shelter, in
Louisiana were shelter officials have put Noah's Wish in charge of helping to
oversee the relief efforts of the overwhelming influx of abandoned and
rescued animals that have come into their shelter that normally houses
about 50 animals and is now well over 300.

Pets & Animals in Distress has been making great progress networking
with many of these relief organizations and shelters, sharing information
and contacts and coordinating our relief efforts. We thank our many
volunteers and everyone that is working tirelessly a round the clock
making phone calls, sending out e-mails, coordinating and organizing relief
efforts to bring in supplies and to help rescue and save as many
animals as we possibly can. It is an overwhelming challenge that is ahead of
us for many months, BUT WE CAN DO IT!

I had the opportunity to speak with Laura who is with the SPCA of New
Orleans that is at ground zero that is surrounded by of all the chaos.
We have been told that city officials are now allowing them to go in
and rescue the many animals that were left behind in homes. I also have
spoken to a lady named Linda Coker from New Orleans that had been
visiting her family in Alabama when the hurricane hit. She had left her 2
cats and 2 dogs behind with enough food and water for a week but
couldn't go back because of the evacuation and has been very frantic and
upset trying to get her animals rescued. It was reported that the animals
were alive as of Tuesday from a neighbor. We have passed a description
of the animals and the address of where they are located to the SPCA in
New Orleans who will go to the location to see if they are still there
and rescue them.

There are still many animals that are left inside homes that need to be
rescued. We are putting out a SPECIAL ANIMAL BOLO ALERT and are asking
anyone that may know someone that had to evacuate the disaster areas
that had companion animals that they had to leave behind to please
have them contact Pets & Animals in Distress at: or call (954) 202-9991. We are compiling a
list of animals that need to be rescued to pass on to affiliate
relief organizations, rescue groups shelters and volunteers in those areas
who are already on the ground rescuing stranded animals.

When contacting us please ask them to include:

Contact/ Owners name

Contact phone numbers / e-mail address

Address where the animals are

Name(s) of animal(s)

Description of animal(s)

Please cross post pass this urgent message on to as many people as
you can as time is of the essence.

I also spoke to Danine who is the Shelter Manager with the Humane
Society of Monroe, Louisiana that is about 4 hours away from New Orleans,
who said that their shelter has been inundated with many animals that
were dropped off by pet owners because of the evacuation and are now being
cared for along with many other animals that have been rescued and
brought in on a daily basis and are in need of food and supplies. We have
contacted our friends at The Meow Mix Company who have offered to help
with food and will have several pallets of food delivered to their
shelter within the next few days. We are coordinating to have more food
delivered to help other shelters in other disaster areas. We are
asking any shelters that are taking in Hurricane animals in need of food or
assistance to contact Pets & Animals in Distress at

This is a massive relief undertaking that will require the help,
efforts and teamwork from many other animal relief organizations, shelters,
rescue groups, volunteers and agencies from all over the U.S. to
coordinate and network together to help in the biggest animal relief effort
that is ahead of all of us to help rescue and save the hurricane
animals. The impact of this disaster crisis will be felt for months and years
to come.

We would like to dedicate the very end of this e-newsletter to those of
you who responded to our urgent appeal to help us with their monthly
and one time donations, thus providing us with the funding that will
assure that we will be able to continue our ongoing vital relief work and
efforts to help the animals in the future.

Please keep the people and animals in your prayers. Thank you to
everyone for your generosity, support and prayers in these very difficult
times of need. We need you now. God Bless!


Brenda Beck, President
Pets & Animals in Distress
"Your Best Friends Helping Our Best Friends"


Organization Contact Phone/ Name

SPCA of New Orleans area: Laura 434-589-1499
Northwest Louisiana Humane Soc. Nancy 318-219-7387504-366-8972
Humane Society of Monroe Danine 318-387-9553
Humane Society of Central Louisiana 318-641-0458
Caddo Commission Animal Svcs. Anita Mills 318-222-6624
Lafayette Parish Animal Control 337-291-5644
Noah's Wish Foundation Teri/Roger 530-622-9313

Contact information for Animal Rescue Organizations In Mississippi

Mississippi Alliance 228-216-7729
Gulf Coast SPCA 228-872-5659

Contact information for Animal Rescue Organizations In Alabama

Greater Birmingham Humane Society Jackie/ Melissa

Contact information for Red Cross in Louisiana with Shelter that allows

NW Louisiana Chapter Red Cross Michelle Davidson 318-865-9545

Animal Evacuation and Recovery Plan for New Orleans Area

The Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
(LA/SPCA), the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association (LVMA), the Louisiana
Animal Control Association (LACA), and the LSU School of Veterinary
Medicine (SVM) are managing animal evacuations and recovery plans for New
Orleans pets and displaced animals.

Evacuees Seeking Pets That Were Boarded in Veterinary Clinics

At this time, animals from the following veterinary clinics are being
housed at the Parker Coliseum on the LSU Campus:

Metairie Small Animal Hospital
St. Tammany Animal Shelter
The Cat Practice (Metairie)
Southern Animal Foundation

This list will be updated as needed.

If you are a pet owner whose animal was at one of these facilities,
please call the Emergency Animal Shelter Hotline at (225) 578-6111 for
information about your pet(s). This number should be used only by owners
looking for their pets and people or shelters that need to drop off
pets. All others (those wishing to make donations, volunteers, those
seeking general information, etc.) should contact the LSU School of
Veterinary Medicine at (225) 578-9900.

The Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales is currently housing the

Companion animals owned by people who were in Red Cross-associated
evacuations (Causeway and I-10 bus staging area)

Stray companion animals (may include pets that escaped from homes or
were otherwise lost)

Clinics and Shelters That Need to Transfer Pets

Please call the Emergency Animal Shelter Hotline at (225) 578-6111 to
arrange for drop-off.

Pets Traveling With Owners:

The LVMA is currently accepting pets at the Blackham Coliseum in
Lafayette, LSU in Shreveport, the Monroe Civic Center for small animals and
the Ike Hamilton Center for large animals in Monroe, the Farmer's Market
in Alexandria, and the LSU Agriculture Center/Parker Coliseum in Baton
Rouge. Owners must be housed in a Red Cross shelter; owners are
responsible for caring for their animals, including feeding and cleaning.
Animals will be accepted 24 hours a day. Veterinarians will be on hand to
handle any medical needs.

While owners are responsible for the feeding and cleaning of their pets
at the Parker Coliseum in Baton Rouge, the SVM, along with volunteers
from the Baton Rouge Veterinary Medical Association, will provide
veterinary care. If for some reason, an owner is unable to care for a pet
sheltered in the Parker Coliseum (e.g., the owner is housed in a special
needs shelter), SVM student volunteers will provide primary care, such
as feeding and cleaning. The East Baton Rouge Animal Control Center will
be taking stray animals.

The Parker Coliseum will be staffed 24 hours a day by a supervising
veterinarian and student volunteers from the School of veterinary
medicine. Pets in the Coliseum will be given physical exams and Bordetella
(kennel cough) vaccinations. If a pet requires medical attention and
veterinary monitoring, it will be sent to the LSU School of Veterinary
Medicine's Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

People With Pets Who Are Evacuating New Orleans

The LA/SPCA will transport animals from pick-up points in New Orleans
to the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center. The pick-up points have not yet been
determined and are being coordinated with the agency charged with
transporting people from New Orleans to other areas.

The Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, 9039 St. Landry Rd., Gonzales, La., will
serve as the primary staging area. Once the shelter is full, animals
will be moved to temporary shelters in other areas of Louisiana and Texas.

The LA/SPCA Dorothy Dorsett Mobile Veterinary Center will be at the
Lamar-Dixon Center to treat incoming animals as needed.

Confined Pets Still in Disaster Areas

Beginning on September 1, residents who left pets in their homes may
call the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine Hotline at (225) 578-9900 or
toll-free at (888) 568-5557, to leave information about the number of
animals, species, and their confined location.

We have received news that an animal shelter at Blackham Coliseum in
Lafayette has been opened, right next to the Cajundome. Evacuees may
bring their pets their for housing. The shelter has PLENTY of food,
water, crates, cages, bedding and newspaper. BUT the owners are
responsible for feeding, watering, walking and medicating their own pets.
Interested parties may call Lafayette Parish Animal Control at 337-291-5644
for more information.

Mississippi Animal Rescue League (MARL)

There is a pet friendly shelter set up at the Coliseum in Jackson and
run by Mississippi Animal Rescue League (MARL) and staff of the
Louisiana SPCA, who evacuated to that area. MARL also took some animals in at
its shelter. As of Tuesday morning, the two locations were sheltering
over 100 animals for evacuees. The Houston SPCA has taken in 260 animals
evacuated from the Louisiana. SPCA and currently has those animals
available for adoption. Thankfully, many animal groups are rushing to

We are hearing about so many tame, stray, and feral cats in threatening
circumstances, and we know that more frightened, displaced cats will be
found. If you know of cats, caregivers, or a rescue group in need, call
Alley Cat Allies at 240-482-1980, ext. 125, and ask for Vanessa or
e-mail )

Many hurricane animals were also found with microchips in all the
States hit by Hurricane Katrina. There are several hundred already safely
placed and need the owners to call any of the following microchip
companies if you have lost your pet.





(Type in the state, city or zip code to find a shelter)

Go To:


Volunteers are needed on site at area emergency animal shelters, but
you must be fully self-sufficient. They need your help, but shelters
cannot supply any food, water, vehicles, lodging, or accommodations for
volunteers (at least for the time being). Supplies are critically scarce
or non-existent. Do not even consider volunteering unless you can fully
provide your own housing, transportation (including gas), food, and

Gonzales, Louisiana: The Louisiana SPCA has established a shelter for
animals rescued animals from Hurricane Katrina at the Lamar Dixon Horse
Expo Center off Exit 177 on I-10 in Gonzales. To volunteer, contact
director Laura Maloney at 225-413-8813.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Louisiana State University School of Veterinary
Medicine and Louisiana Animal Control Association are setting up an
emergency animal shelter at the LSU Ag Center. They already have some 500
animals there, with another 60-100 expected any time. The center is
open 24 hours a day. To volunteer, contact Cathy at or call 225-578-9900.

Other emergency shelters that may need assistance or supplies: at the
Animal Services facility and at the Lake Charles Civic Center.

LaFayette, Louisiana: The Cajundome is a shelter for humans only; pets
are being housed a block away at Blackham Coliseum. People are
responsible for caring for their own animals. To assist, contact Lafayette
Parish Animal Control at: 337-291-5644. The Cajundome is located at 444
Cajundome Blvd., Lafayette, LA 70506, phone: 337-265-2100.

Donate needed supplies

The emergency shelter at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge is
accepting donations of supplies. (They already have approximately 500
animals there, with another 60-100 expected to come in any time now.)

Today they report needing the following:

These items are always needed:
Pet food* Wet / Dry (Dog, Cat, Puppy, Kitten)
Cat litter*
Litter Boxes
Large/ Small Cages and carriers
Litter scoopers
Clean sheets and towels

New items also needed:

Amoxicillin / Clavamox
Flea preventative (Frontline, Advantix, Capstar, etc.)
Heartworm medication (Interceptor, Heartguard, etc.)
Cameras (to take pictures of the displaced animals)
Medicated shampoo
Fans and extension cords
Large trash cans
Can openers
Cotton balls
Waterless hand sanitizer
Baby wipes
Rubbing alcohol
Empty spray bottles
Trash bags
Disposable paper bowls

* Food and litter are needed immediately, but expect to get larger
shipments of food and litter donated within a week, so if you are sending
items from a distance, please select other items on the list.

To check on current needs, call 225-578-9900 or e-mail Cathy at:

Items can be sent or delivered to:
Disaster Relief-Companion Animal
Louisiana State University
School of Veterinary Medicine
Attn: Dr. Rebecca Adcock
Skip Bertman Drive at River Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone: 225-578-9900


Click the below link and go to our secure on-line donation page on the
following page.

Send Donation By Mail to:

Pets & Animals in Distress
C/O Hurricane Relief Fund
1511 East Commercial Blvd - PMB #129
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33334

Please visit our PAW website to look at our past hurricane relief

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PMB #129
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33334
United States

Friday, September 02, 2005

I am deeply saddened

I am deeply saddened for all of the people left homeless by the hurricane, but for just as much as I am saddened I am baffled.  Anyone who reads often knows that my mom and dad live in Wright, Wyoming.  They had a devastating tornado a few weeks ago, that destroyed over 90 homes.  I know that doesn't sound that bad in comparison to what is going on in the Gulf States, but the population of Wright is only 1400 people that is a lot of homes lost, but that is not where I intend to go with this post, so let me get back on track.  

I really don't know how to say what I am trying to say without just being blunt and to the point and I am sure that is going to offend some of my readers, so be it.  I turn on the news and it seems to be a bunch of people expecting everyone to give them stuff.  I am not saying we should not help them we should, but when I was in Wright after the tornados I was amazed by the fact that the people who where hit the hardest were the ones helping everyone else.  When my mom was talking to the FEMA guy he told her he was amazed at how the people of that one little town pulled together and got things done.  There were people who lost everything making donations to the red cross, the church of Christ was have trouble giving away clothes and other items because people were to proud to take hand outs.  The words were always the same "Oh I don't need charity", and the simple fact was they did, they do.  When you have a family of five and no home you need a little help.  I am not saying that there are not people like that down south, but the majority seems to expect a hand out.  I think that they need to do something instead of setting around at the convention center complaining that the buses have not shown up to get them out.  Start piling up the garbage that is littering the streets in front of you, gather up all the children and do something to entertain them for awhile, get everyone on the same page, have a pray group, whatever just do something instead of crying and complaining.  Start helping yourselves a little bit until other help can get there… and the people who have already been taken to shelters, get yourselves cleaned up and rested up and do something useful instead of sitting around saying poor me I lost everything… well so did everyone else around you.  Go offer to lend a hand in getting other people fed or clothed, find one of those Red Cross people and find out what you can do to make someone else have an easier time of things.   You are all in the same boat; help yourselves and each other, because that is the only way things are going to get better.  

On a side note something that keeps bothering me. Everyone is talking about New Orleans and I know those poor people are suffer beyond belief, but so are people in Mississippi, Alabama, Florida... lets not forget this was not just one town this thing hit the whole gulf coast, and it isn't just the people in New orleans who need help!


Thursday, September 01, 2005

The world is forever

The world is forever changing, but it seems for every step forward we take two steps back. We are no closer to peace in the Middle East, natural disasters are increasingly getting worse, people have forgotten how to band together and help each other out, and the world is quickly becoming more and more self centered. The words my sister said to me earlier tonight keep echoing in my ears "this is the beginning of the end". I asked her what she meant and she said the end of everything as we know it. I think she is right.

A little good news today
Anne Murray

A little good news today
Anne Murray

I rolled out this morning
Kids had the mornin' news show on
Bryant Gumbel was talkin' 'bout the fighting in Lebanon
Some senator was squawkin' 'bout the bad economy
It's gonna get worse you see, we need a change in policy

There's a local paper rolled up in a rubber band
One more sad story's one more than I can stand
Just once how I'd like to see the headline say
"Not much to print today, can't find nothin' bad to say", because

Nobody robbed a liquor store on the lower part of town
Nobody OD'ed, nobody burned a single buildin' down
Nobody fired a shot in anger, nobody had to die in vain
We sure could use a little good news today

I'll come home this evenin'
I'll bet that the news will be the same
Somebody takes a hostage, somebody steals a plane
How I wanna hear the anchor man talk about a county fair
And how we cleaned up the air, how everybody learned to care
Whoa, tell me

Nobody was assassinated in the whole Third World today
And in the streets of Ireland, all the children had to do was play
And everybody loves everybody in the good old USA
We sure could use a little good news today

Nobody robbed a liquor store on the lower part of town
Nobody OD'ed, nobody burned a single buildin' down
Nobody fired a shot in anger, nobody had to die in vain
We sure could use a little good news today

The mind of a child is a terrible thing to waste!

"Hey, Colton, bring mommy a towel would you?" I yelled from the shower.

"Sure momma!" I heard him say as the pitter patter of his feet run from the living room, where he had been watching nicktoons, to the linen closet.

"Here, mom!" he beamed.

"Thanks, baby! You are awesome cool!" I tell him.

"I take good care of you huh mom! It's just like a dream come true!" he states as he runs back to the television!

He has been a little bored without his brothers around to entertain him all day, and he is ready to start school next Tuesday. I however have enjoyed our time together this week.

Cameron and David are glad to be back at school to play with their friends. Thankfully they have each other. David protects his little brother and Cameron takes care of the things that need taking care of. The first day I sent lunch money with David and the next morning I asked if he turned it in. "oh, no mom I forgot!" so I get the money back from him and give it to Cameron. After school that day I asked if he turned it in.

"Yes mom I gave it to my teacher and I told her it was for lunch for me and David, and to credit half to me and half to David." He is five, but sometimes I think he is much older.