Pork Chops or Tiger Cubs?

Posted on April 22, 2011. Filed under: 1. Daily Life | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

I got this in an e-mail and had to share it! Michelle Brubaker

In a zoo in California , a mother tiger gave birth to a rare set of triplet tiger cubs.

Unfortunately, due to complications in the pregnancy, the cubs were born prematurely and due to their tiny size, they died shortly after birth.

The mother tiger after recovering from the delivery, suddenly started to decline in health, although physically she was fine.

The veterinarians felt that the loss of her litter had caused the tigress to fall into a depression.

The doctors decided that if the tigress could surrogate another mother’s cubs, perhaps she would improve.

After checking with many other zoos across the country, the depressing news was that there were no tiger cubs of the right age to introduce to the mourning mother.

The veterinarians decided to try something that had never been tried in a zoo environment.

Sometimes a mother of one species will take on the care of a different species.  The only orphans’ that could be found quickly, were a litter of weaning pigs.

The zoo keepers and vets wrapped the piglets in tiger skin and placed the babies around the mother tiger – would they become cubs or pork chops?

Now, please tell me one more time why can’t the rest of the world get along?

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My Heart is with Shelter Pets

Posted on October 31, 2010. Filed under: 1. Daily Life | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Today I went to the shelter with my sister to help her find the perfect little dog.  I volunteer at the San Diego Humane Society and absolutely love it, but as I walked through the halls today and looked at all those beautiful faces with soulful eyes looking back at me, it just broke my heart to know they were all waiting for homes. I wish I could adopt them all. It makes me sad to know that for whatever reason, these innocent pets were given up. I don’t want to judge anyone who had to make that difficult decision, and I respect the fact that they took their pet to a shelter, which is the responsible thing to do. However, it still tugs at my heart strings when I see these homeless pets. I wonder what their past life was like – What was their home like? What have they experienced before they arrived at the shelter? What are they thinking now? When I see them in their habitats, I envision them in a loving, warm home, wagging their tails with a smiling family. Pets are my passion. I want every one to be happy and healthy and experience a full life. Our shelters do the best they can, but it’s not the same as a home. I will continue to volunteer at the shelter – one of my favorite things to do – and encourage anyone looking for a furry family member to adopt a rescue. This is my way of doing what I can to make a difference in an effort that means the world to me.

Both my dog and cat are rescue pets, and I’m proud to say that! Rescue pets are the best – all they want is to be loved, and they love you unconditionally. I truly believe that they know they were rescued. If you are thinking about getting a pet, please consider rescuing one. BTW, the two dogs my sister loved have already found homes, which is wonderful, so she is going back this week to look again. Stay tuned!

– Michelle Brubaker

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The Storm and the Hummingbird

Posted on January 22, 2010. Filed under: 1. Daily Life | Tags: , , , , , |

I knew our week of San Diego storms brought plenty to worry about, from flooding to power outages and mud slides, but I have to admit, what I found myself the most worried about was the mama Hummingbird furiously hanging on to her little nest. Not much bigger then a thimble and stuck to the branch of a fairly flimsy palm tree, she did not waiver. The little bird can’t weigh more than a few ounces, but she did not fly away, she did not blow away, she did not abandon the nest and the tiny eggs inside. She rode out the back to back storms without budging once, not even while being pelted by marble sized hail. She was truly an amazing sight.

Now, this mama Hummingbird is no dummy, she knew exactly where she was building that nest two weeks ago. The small palm tree is tucked just under our front porch. Still, those 30, 40, 50 mile hour winds found their way to my door just the same. At one point during the peak of the storm, I grew so worried I even went out and held on to the branch to try and help keep her steady as the wind whipped over us and stray branches pounded over the nest. She held on. If that instinct to protect her unborn isn’t a testament to motherhood, I don’t know what is. The Hummingbird also reminded me about something else, storms in life will come and go, but we have to hold on and stay strong. Just about everyone I know is going through challenges, and everyone I don’t know too, like the people of Haiti.

Late last night, the intense lighting and wind started up again. I thought for sure that was it, and the nest and mama Hummingbird would be gone this morning, but no, there she was, as calm as could be, relieved as anyone the storm had passed.

-Nina Jimenez

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