How Often Baby Poop
- A very young child, esp. one newly or recently born
- a very young child (birth to 1 year) who has not yet begun to walk or talk; "the baby began to cry again"; "she held the baby in her arms"; "it sounds simple, but when you have your own baby it is all so different"
- pamper: treat with excessive indulgence; "grandparents often pamper the children"; "Let's not mollycoddle our students!"
- The youngest member of a family or group
- A young or newly born animal
- the youngest member of a group (not necessarily young); "the baby of the family"; "the baby of the Supreme Court"
- nincompoop: a stupid foolish person
- crap: obscene terms for feces
- (of a wave) Break over the stern of (a ship), sometimes causing it to capsize
Every Slot Is Taken in the 9th Life Retirement, Assisted Living And Psychiatric Center
Here's 16 of our wonderful residence, from top to bottom, left or right:
Top row: Hazel, Alley Cat, Bam Bam the Fearful Feral, KiKi the Other Fearful Feral
Second row: Lucky, Jacqueline, Mickey, Merlin
Third row: Baby, Meg, Clementine, Tinkerbell
Bottom Row: Sweet and Sour, Gideon, Al Churchille, Taco
People always think I can fit one more in. After all, they figure, 638, what's one more. It's a very small percentage to you. But if I have one, and I take in this stray I found, I've doubled my population. So I think I better take it to Rikki's Refuge.
Unfortunately, space, at truly no kill facilities like Rikki's Refuge is seriously limited. Why? Money. The answer is simple. Money. Every day everyone must be fed, cleaned up after, preventative medicine must be given, and when they get sick they need to be cared for. And all of this requires money. There are very very few people who are willing to clean up poop and puke and be bitten and scratched while giving medications, every day for eight or ten hours for free. There's a few of us, but the numbers are very small. Much too small to maintain even Rikki's Refuge small population of 1,207 animals. So you have to add a paycheck to that bribe of karma.
This country alone still kills 6 to 8 million perfectly healthy adoptable animals every year. Nobody knows what the real statistics are, because if you fall outside the realm of adoptability, you don't get counted. If you're too young, too old, are sick, even with something easily curable like ringworm or fleas, you can be counted as sick and in dire need of medical euthanasia.
I bet every one of you would be shocked to know how many facilities that advertise and bring in most of their income by claiming to be no kill, euthanize vast percentages of their animals, by putting them into the unadoptable category.
At Rikki's Refuge, no kill does not mean we never use medical euthanasia. There are certain circumstances but we believe it is appropriate. When the time comes many animals can die comfortably at home in their own time. They are not in pain. They may look awful to us, as they often get skinny or drool. But they are happy, and still enjoying their life. But some will die of unpleasant diseases, and be terribly uncomfortable in the last few days. These are the times that we accept medical euthanasia as a necessity.
No shelter who does not work in partnership with sanctuaries can possibly be a no kill facility if they do not limit their intake to adoptable animals. A shelter is a facility where animals live in cages or kennels until they are adopted. Obviously certain types of animals are not high on the adoption scale. Diabetics, older animals, animals that have been rendered unattractive in our human eyes, perhaps missing a limb or an eye, or animals that probably for very good reason, don't wish to be social with humans. These animals cannot live in a cage in a shelter for the rest of their lives, they must go somewhere. And if it is not too a sanctuary environment, it is probably somewhere we don't think about.
Once at a sanctuary, most animals will stay there for life. A few of the elderly or chronically ill or those missing limbs will find loving homes of their own. But the vast majority of them never will. So we make as close to a homelike environment as possible at Rikki's Refuge. And the turnover rate is slow. For those of us here who love the animals, the slower the better. Usually the only way to get a new slot in the 9th Life Retirement, Assisted Living and Psychiatric Center, is when one of our friends passes away. We'd love to be able to keep the same crew forever.
If you decide to adopt an animal, make it a commitment for life. And make sure yours are neutered and spayed, and urge everyone you know to do that. It's our collective responsibility to stop disposing of animals thru murder. Leaving an animal at pound that will be forced to kill it, does not wash the blood from your hands.
It's hard to choose, but I think this may be my favorite photo of Ali EVER!
She was the most interesting little person... so smart and strong willed... always in a land of pretend in her mind, which is serving her so well now. She is a writer... not out of college, no graduate degree, hasn't published a book, doesn't really know what kind of writing she'll fall into, but... she's a writer and she's GOOD! I'm amazed when I allowed to read her "stuff." Really amazed! She's got a special way with language and reaching into her soul when she writes and pulling the reader in with her. I get lost when I read her work and I actually forget I'm reading my own daughter's writing... when I remember, I get goose bumps and think, "I know that person!" Authors have always been like rock stars to me... and to her!
Ali has no idea how good she is, she worries about it, but she's good... and life will steer her the direction it needs her to go, I have no doubt about that! She, like all of us when we are young, just needs to follow without hesitation, procrastination, or asking questions, like "Why?" Ali... sometimes we don't understand the why... and that's ok!
Don't you think that's the hard part of life... following where life leads us AND making smart decisions! We are what we are, but sometimes we get in our own way by worrying, asking too many question, resisting the flow, and not following where life leads.
So, to my amazing birthday girl I say...
Today and every day hold possibilities... find them and follow them! You'll never muck things up so bad that you can't work it out and very often, good things come from mistakes!
You always have a soft landing place with your dad and me, so GO FOR IT!
Love you, ALI!!!
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