Monday, January 17, 2022

WHITE OUT


Here we are again...Monday! Another relaxing weekend, and yet again, another winter snow ending this am.  But I'm not too worried, as I'm off today since the shop isn't open on Mondays.I plan to have a huge full breakfast. We have today a mood board of sorts, but more an ode to the late Betty White on what would have been her 100th birthday. As most of us know Betty White was a friend to countess animals throughout her legendary life. One thing I have in common with her. My love of animals. Some days, most days, I'd be very hard pressed to not take animals over humans. The internet and social media started the so-called Betty White Challenge upon hearing of her passing at the end of last year, and in anticipation of her 100th Birthday,  a virtual event will be held today to commemorate her birthday and do some good at the same time. The challenge event asks fans and animals lovers to donate a flat $5 to an animal rescue or shelter in her name. I couldn't think of a better reason to give to the creatures of this planet. Betty was a pioneering animal's rights activist who adored the furry ones and was devoted to saving endangered species and fixing conditions at many zoos. I plan to give to my regular four charities today, and a few more I came across. Here is a list of the four I give to and then some, or just google local animal shelters or wildlife preserves in your local area. I can't think of a more admirable thing to do today.


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  1. A light so bright that we may not see again soon. My donations will go to the sources of so much joy in my life, where my fur kids found me: Animal House Shelter in Huntley, and Midwest BREW (Beagle Rescue Education and Welfare). Shine on Betty!

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    1. Thank you, Huntley!!!! And now this comment explains part of your name.

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  2. I usually plonk for animal charities when I give. Nice Challenge!
    Sx

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    1. I'm the same Scarlet! It saddens me to say I barely give to any human charity. Very rarely

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  3. What a fabulous idea!
    We have a few local animal rescue groups that we donate to, but today I'll give for Betty.

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  4. A good day to donate to my local Humane Society and the Canadian Wildlife Federation. Thanks for the reminder, Mistress!

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  5. Stay warm and safe today

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  6. We have icy, snowy, slushy shit up here which needs to be cleared off, so it's now a day off of work.

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  7. I still can't believe she is gone some days and what a great challenge for the day. I had read about this. I already gave this am two the local dog shelters here but I will also give two donations to the Sheldrick Trust in both Betty and your name. I know it is a passion of yours

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    1. AGNES!!!!!!! I almost got teary eyed. No easy feat for this ice queen.

      Thank you thank you thank you!!!!! You're the one who got me all set up there in the first place!!! The more one learns of elephants, it's just mind blowing how anyone could violently kill an elephant for one part, let alone any creature.

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    2. Ms Agnes, you are quite the lady. Hugs.

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  8. Thanks for this post, Maddie. As you know, I've already donated to a sanctuary in Canada. A lot of animal organizations don't receive government funding so they rely on the public for donations to keep them going.

    I also give a big chunk of change at Christmas but animal shelters and sanctuaries are low on donations in January and February when everyone has spent their money during the holidays. So this is the perfect time to give.

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    1. That is just it...no government funding. I give to the same four at least every two months, and then at Christmas as well, and I also donate time when called in to my local BCSPCA to walk and spend time with dogs on weekends. It is so calming. I would love to do more and a ultimate dream would be to be a caregiver to the elephants at the Sheldrick Trust.

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  9. All good causes. That last picture killed me! Hit me right in the heart. I needed that. I saw a video last night of a police officer shooting a pit bull pup six times. It broke my heart. They were called out because of excessive barking. The video showed most of it and thankfully the actual shooting took place behind a fence, but still. Even I could tell that it was a pup and was greeting the man! It's little Maltese buddy was probably the one doing all of the barking (speaking from experience here) and it hauled ass back to the house. I joked with BH, that the Maltese was white and the pit bull was a dog of color (that gallows sense of humor of mine) then went to the bathroom and cried. Betty White's dimples and these precious fur people cheered me up immensely. Thank you, dear Maddie. Sorry for the dramatics :)

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    1. Its not it's, boy that bugs me!

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    2. That is an awful story. I hadn't heard it on the news. Why are they shooting a dog because of barking???? Fucking Bastards! Opps, sorry Anne Marie came thought me. But that is ridiculous. And your gallows humor seems to be right on target with the times. And to kill a puppy yet. This is exactly why most days I despise people.

      I loved some of those dog pictures. xoxox

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    3. The video shows the dog greeting the one cop and then running further down to the other (unseen) officer. Cop one may have thought the pup was attacking (pit bull bigotry) cop two. Cop one chased the dog and then shot it. Six times is overkill even if it was attacking (it wasn't). It was all in Spanish with subtitles. The dogs' owners were naturally devastated. Oh, so sad. This is just how I saw the video. I may be wrong, but I don't think so. I need to go look at some bunnies or puppies or kittens or meerkats or Candy Shop photos.

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    4. That is very upsetting. Yes, I may see you in the Candy Shop now too.

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    5. I'm so sorry Empress. I didn't mean to bring anyone down. I was just upset still, and this is a warm and comforting family here. I needed to vent, and I need the warmth. The Candy Shop helps too!

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    6. I agree Deedles. Most of us need met, but yet it seems like warm friends. A nice compliment you made too. I know feel warm and fuzzy.

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  10. Yes, donate for Betty today!

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  11. It will be done later today. I'm going to check to see if a local one needs it first before I decide where the money goes.

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  12. “You can judge a [wo]man's true character by the way he treats his fellow animals.”
    —Paul McCartney

    Betty , yourself and others here are good people.

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  13. I have an extra hundred bucks this month, so I am going to divide it all up and give to as many who need it. I heartwarming post Mistress. Great pictures for this Monday.

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  14. It’s a great, worthwhile, and meaningful challenge. And your photos are so good!

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  15. What a fantastic way to honor a woman with a "Golden" heart! Count me in, Im off to google some local animal charities.

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  16. I adored the picture of Betty with the Tiger. Further proof she will be missed not just for her acting but her work with animals. She was just the best kind of person in a world where people like this are far and few between or cease to exist anymore. Thanks for the links too Maddie.

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  17. That was one of the sweetest dying wishes one could have left. She really was a total doll. 28 dogs! And look at you! Doing your part, getting the word out, volunteering. Bravo, dear. If we all do our part, in whatever form that may take, we can help better the lives of our animal kingdom - wild and domesticated. Kizzes.

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    1. Thank you, Upton! Animals are my passion.

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  18. The giraffe eating the pie! LOL!!!! Excellent post and animals anymore are a far better cause you ask me. As she said herself- 'I just enjoy animals more than humans. I just do."

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  19. My next dog (Girl or boy) is going to be named Betty for sure!!! I did some donating today myself! Nice to see kind souls here today.

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  20. I have a crazy friend, Sara, a good person, who named her adopted cat Betty White. That was a few years ago, and it's never Betty , always Betty White.

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  21. Actually, it’s a very nice way to honor her memory, I think. I’m sure she would love it since she loved animals so much. I shall check out your links Mistress. Lovely pictures for today too

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  22. I love this!👍💞

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  23. I was really looking forward to the Betty White Challenge today. Donate, volunteer, foster, adopt- do something tomorrow to help animals in Betty's honor. Some great pictures Mistress. Warms my icy body today with what, the snow we're getting.

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  24. Excellent post and links! We will raise a glass to what would have been your 100th birthday tonight and
    will watch The Golden Girls. We made several donations today and the boy wants to do more.

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  25. I not much into these challenges, but if you're going to do one, this is the way to do and for a good cause...not just some brainless stupid act. Yeah, Im looking at you Tik Toc.

    Count me in Mistress.

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  26. Those Visuals, all Precious! Salud Betty White, a Life well Lived when at 99 people will say you left us too soon.

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  27. Love animal charities. I've lived in several college towns and it broke my heart to see all the little pets being abandoned.
    And I loved Betty White. I don't want to live to 99, but when people want more of you at 99, it means you've lived your life RIGHT!

    XOXO

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    1. Hell I didn't want to live past 40!!!! And I certainly don't want to live to be 100. But with my luck I will.

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    2. Maddie, you’ll grow into your crotchety, old bitchiness. 😎

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  28. I love this and will be donating dog and cat food to the local shelter where we got George. How I wish Betty could see all these donations celebrating her birthday! Wouldn't she be thrilled?!

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    1. Thank you Jennifer! Donations of that like are always welcomed as much as money donations. Im sure they will love it.

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  29. Betty White was referred to as America's Grandmother and that is a great description. Every generation loved Betty White. I hope there is some type of data that will come out after today as to how much was raised for animal charities in her honor.

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    1. I would too Gabriel! I do know that the BCSPCA where I volunteer brought in more today then they usually do. That's good news.

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  30. Such a sweet person, I'm sorry she's gone. But she lived a good life. Animal rights are very important to me. We need to support and care for animals, they are fragile in our cruel world.

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Go ahead darling, tell me something fabulous!