My Mom and Betty White adore animals of every species and support their
lives with their extra money. My Mom has always been part of the ones who
would donate to any and all causes for animal preservation, prevention to
cruelty and local humane societies. They both use their humor and their
love of animals to ‘keep on going.’ Betty White is often on talk shows, in
movies and recently Hallmark featured her in a movie about a woman who
was waiting for her husband to come back from WWII. It is called, “The
Both women, although far apart in their professions, my Mom and Betty,
were widows and kept on their toes, with causes and interests. Betty has said,
she would have retired long ago, except that she wanted to continue to be able
to donate for animals’ rights. Both of these over 80 year old women, Mom and
Betty, live purposeful and meaningful lives.
Oh, and if you didn’t know this; both women ‘love’ Cleveland! You may see
Betty White performing and cracking her audiences up in, “Hot in Cleveland,”
on TV Land on Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. (Ch. 38- Central Ohio time)
If you were to live in Cleveland area, here are some extraordinary animal
supportive entertainment projects being carried on, forwarded from last
Sunday’s Cleveland Plain Dealer, via Mom.
Everything from hummingbirds’ research and studies, which you may be
willing to observe and participate to “cat karaoke night,” are included in
this list of 10 upcoming events or fundraising projects!
1. On Friday, September 262014: The group named, “tails from the city,”
will hold “Karaoke for Cats,” at Paddy Rock Superpub. This is located at
16700 A. Lorain Road. The group will take questions or donations at:
2. The Northeast Ohio Circus Boycott Committee can be found on Facebook.
This organization promotes animals living in their natural environments.
They believe that animals should not be made to perform, should be able to
utilize their natural instinctive behaviors and not trained behaviors. Forcing
animals to perform is considered, “mistreatment.” There also is a phone
number for this organization: (440)-213-6342.
3. There is a New APP for smartphones that will inform the public of how to
help orphaned or injured wild animals. Free guidance can be found for the
group, Animal Help Now or
4. Do you want to show your appreciation for animals with a variety of
t-shirts with slogans?
The two organizations support animals:
5. This is so cool! Did you know humane societies and animal shelters collect
package weight circles from Purina Pet Food bags and products? Apparently,
Purina is like the Campbell Soup labels for education program and will reimburse
different non-profit shelters by their receiving labels for dogs, cats, bunnies, and
other domestic animals.
6. The National Audubon Society is asking for information about the hummingbirds
in your area. They are offering a free APP for people to contribute to their study of
7. The Volunteer Vets and Valley Save-A-Pet organizations in Cleveland, Ohio are
working together by offering free spaying and neutering surgeries for dogs and cats
of low income owners. This outstanding joined forces group helped to perform more
than 1200 surgeries last year. Their program is titled, “Have A Heart.” They request
the participants fill out income guidelines and the animals be younger than two
years old and at least 35 pounds. If you wish to participate or donate: Please Call:
8. September 21st the Annual Rainbow Bridge Walk and Run will begin at 1 p.m.
to honor and remember pets who have passed on into heaven. This is located in the
North Park, 3595 Grafton Road, Brunswick, Ohio.
Details for the Rainbow Walk can be found at:
9. The Medina Pet Pantry is accepting pet food donations, leftovers from animals who
have died or newly purchased at: 6335 Wedgewood Road, Medina, Ohio.
10. Going along with the #s 8 and 9, St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Cleveland, Ohio
will be holding their Pet Blessings service in remembrance of beloved pets who are living
and also, ones that have passed on, October 5, 2014 between 1-3 p.m. More details at:
If you are an animal lover, you may already know about the fantastic veterinarian and
author, James Herriot. I loved his longer, autobiographical adventures for anyone from
middle school and older. They are rich in English countryside, customs and anecdotes.
Here is his beautiful list of books, which I have treasured for years:
1. All Creatures Great and Small
2. All Things Bright and Beautiful
3. All Things Wise and Wonderful
4. The Lord God Made Them All
There are several more, including The Best of James Herriot but I am not sure, unless
you are a parent whose children adored animals and you were in the juvenile books area,
that some of you are aware of these special and meaningful story books. Each is illustrated
beautifully and my own children chose one of these to focus on in their growing up years:
1. Moses the Kitten (1984).
This was our first James Herriot book we invited into our home.
2. Oscar, Cat About Town.
3. Only One Woof.
4. The Christmas Baby Kitten.
This is kept in our Christmas book collection huge basket.
5. Bonny’s Big Day.
Horse lovers, this is about a special horse!
6. Blossom Comes Home.
People who have affection towards those doe-eyed cows, should
check out this sweet story.
7. The Market Square Dog.
There may be more books, your own personal animal stories you may wish to share
in our comments and responses. We all like animals, it is a true fact, babies and pets
are sometimes what bring smiles from even the ‘grouchiest’ people!
I will be shortly walking out of the library to see one of the biggest horse parades in
the United States. (Delaware, Ohio at 3 p.m. on September 7th.) I will be running into
a number of my friends, church members and neighbors. I will be sitting on a curb
soon, enjoying the community sense of fellowship and high expectation. In the past,
there have been diverse costumes, including Native American, (some represent the
history of this area, as descendants of the Mingo tribe), KISS band member look-alikes,
old-fashioned period costumes, Servicemen and women, Amish men and women with
their bonnets on, guiding their wagons and Clydesdales.
I will keep my eyes peeled, my camera ready to capture the horses with my coworker
and friend Amy, her ex-mother in law and daughter, riding together as a Trio entry in the
parade. The parade committee and guest judges will be choosing Best of Show, Most
Unique and other categories of winners for varied entries in this annual parade.
I have written about Amy’s horses, Spirit, Lokie and Sapphire. I have not been sure of
which ones they will be riding, one in all turquoise, another in all golden colors and the
third one, still up in the air, as of Friday. This means the headdress and blanket under the
saddle are of a chosen color, all in the ‘regalia’ of horse finery!
I am wearing this cowgirl on a horse, fall colors shirt, you can see in my avatar photo. No pants
today, since it is quite sunny and pleasant. Will be sitting on West Winter Street, with some
members of the family waving at the cowboys, cowgirls and children who are in this
All Horse Parade.
Supposedly, it is still considered, “The Biggest All Horse Parade East of the Mississippi!”