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Jan. 11th, 2009

spider

Stupid, stupid people.

I just have to say once and for all that I HATE P.E.T.A.! I'm all for animal rights, don't get me wrong, I just think it's stupid to do things like ask a school to change it's name from Spearfish High School to Sea Kitten High School because 'sea kitten' more accurately describes the spearfish's attitude. Who freaking cares?! People have been naming schools and sports teams after animals for YEARS, it's SUPPOSED to make them sound more tough than the other guys. Can you even imagine going up against the South Dakota Sea Kittens for the state championships? It's just ridiculous. Or how about trying to get ice cream companies to use milk from WOMEN instead of cows. Cows, for one, make a lot more milk than women do, using it would not only change the taste of the ice cream, production would be so limited and that it would hardly be worth doing. Nothing makes a human feel better than being used as an animal, which, by the way, are designed for it.
Or how about making a man's death by beheading, who was cannibalized, relate to the slaughter of animals? That's ludicrous to even compare the life of a human with that of an animal.

Yes, I do believe that all life has value, and every living thing has a part to play in this world, but some things just taste so damn good. The leader of P.E.T.A. uses INSULIN which is still made from eggs, after saying she's a devout vegan. Her reason? 'I need my life, so I can save theirs.' Lame. And what if P.E.T.A. got their way, hm? Not only would everyone not eat anything that comes from an animal, goodbye my favourite sources of protein, there would be no pets or even service animals, AT ALL. That means that every seeing-eye dog, or assistance dog, cat, horse, whatever would be released. Including the police dogs that help take down dumbasses with GUNS who would otherwise have shot a HUMAN. Every hamster you see in the pet store, every domesticated cat, dog, rat, bird, what have you would be released into the wild to fend for itself. Well guess what? THEY CAN'T! That's what domestication does to animals, it breeds out most of their instincts and replaces them with a dependence on us to take care of them, and I love it. Most cats wouldn't survive out in the wild because unless they're taught by their mother to hunt, THEY DON'T KNOW HOW. It's a learned skill, not an instinct. Yes, they'll chase lasers, or try to get the fish from the tank, but they couldn't hunt and kill enough to survive, let alone thrive.
Dogs are close to the same. They need us to provide their food for them. Yes, they will/can form packs with each other and hunt that way, but have you -looked- at those dogs? Covered in fleas and ticks, probably carrying worms, and other diseases. Usually aggressive.

And what about disease? Without us taking care of the domesticated animals they would be running around getting wonderful diseases like rabies, feline leukemia, feline herpes, feline aids, cancer, kidney failure, or, at best, an UTI. Dogs have nice things like rabies, cancer, leptosporosis, giardia, chlymidia, and not to mention how many animals get, or are born with worms. It may not seem like a big deal, but kittens and puppies, or even adults with worms is awful, the worms eat all their nutrition they get from eating so the animal gets very little if any, and give them a distinct distended belly and the animal usually ends up dying from malnutrition without treatment.

They need vaccinations, they need shelter and food, they need to be fixed to not only help in the 'pet' overpopulation, but also to decrease their chances of mammary, ovarian, or testicular cancers.
Yes, animals have worth, but they shouldn't be put above the needs of people. I agree with them that say the animals who are usually kept for slaughter are in deplorable conditions. Free-range everything is much better not only for us because they weren't given corn, which really isn't good for anybody, or chemicals that could POTENTIALLY be passed to us, but it makes me feel better to know that the lovely steak I'm enjoying came from a cow who had a happy life on a ranch or farm and got to run with his buddies and eat healthful food that made him strong naturally.

Not to mention the thousands of animals (over 19,000) that they killed in 9 years by euthanization. A lot of which were handed over to P.E.T.A. by loving owners who were convinced that the pets were going to a better place, but were euthanized before the truck even pulled away from the house. Perfectly healthy, good tempered animals who were, in essence, slaughtered.
This country gave us free speech, and we have the right to voice our opinions about everything and anything, but please, don't just be jackasses. THINK about what you're saying before you say it. THINK about how what you say and how you say it is going to reflect back on your entire organization.

Sep. 20th, 2008

spider

Great news!!

the spider ball python I'm going to get from my brother-in-law hasn't eaten once since she was hatched 7 weeks ago.. they've tried everything, and she was basically on her way out.. BUT today K got a mouse pinky and gave it to her and she ate it!! She's on the road to recovery! Well... she's at the entrance ramp... I just hope she DOESN'T take that left turn at Albuquerque.

So, given that she was (is?) so near to being no longer alive, I think I've thought of a name for her.. Serendipity. Or perhaps even Vicissi or Vicissity from vicissitude, yet another synonym for fortune (not that any of you didn't know that). She's the most beautiful spider ball python I've ever seen and I hope she survives and likes living with me. ^_^ Yes, Ken, I may even put up with feeding her live rodents if it will keep her alive....

Sep. 16th, 2008

spider

stupid fucking ignorant people

I'm really fucking tired of people making snap judgments about me and the way I live my life just because I've spoken to them a couple times or work with them. You don't know me, you don't know why I've made my decisions. I've always done what I've thought was necessary to make sure I have food on the table and a roof over my head. No, I haven't always made the 'right' decision, but I'm a stubborn bitch when you try to tell me that. DON'T tell me how to live my life, although suggestions on ways to IMPROVE it are usually welcome. I'm very sensitive to criticism and tend to go off on people if they offend me or someone I'm close to. Two of the things I absolutely abhor the most are people thinking I'm lying when I've told the truth, and people who continue to call me a 'whiner' when I'm only trying to explain why I haven't done something. I'm not whining, I'm telling you WHY, and you have no right to call me a whiner, or a liar or anything of the sort when you don't even know me well enough to judge me appropriately. I'm a terrible liar, and it's blatantly obvious when I am lying. Just because something SOUNDS like an excuse doesn't mean it is one. Sometimes the truth is just a little hard for YOU to believe.

Sep. 9th, 2008

spider

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So since Tempyst has a bad heart and can't be put under anesthesia he can't be neutered... which leaves me with an intact male... ew. He's been marking stuff for a while and I finally have had enough of it and bought a diaper for him. Needless to say he hates it. But that's okay, because it means he'll no longer be peeing on my coffee table or my BED, yes.. he's peed on my bed.. and my pillows, which have been replaced about 3 times...

He walks like there's a stick up his butt, and lays down every few steps, but that's okay. at least he's not peeing everywhere.

Hopefully he'll learn that when he goes inappropriately (which is almost every time) the urine just sits against his body and gets uncomfortable for him. i'll never leave it on enough to cause any potential damage, but he does tend to mark at certain times (like when the boy is home), so we'll mostly leave it on then. My theory is that he's picking up on the testosterone that the boy puts out and is feeling threatened, so he marks everything that he's near or on. He actually started marking around D's groin area on the bed, which is what started my theory. I have no real 'proof' of this, but it makes sense to me. Especially that he mostly does it when the boy is around, or there's a strong scent of him somewhere.

Anyway, i'm going to bed. Goodnight all!

Aug. 8th, 2008

spider

warning: contains cut drama

Sorry to bore you all with more drama so i'll make a tagCollapse )


I'm thinking of doing something in science in college... maybe majoring in animal biology or something so I can start working to be a vet tech. I really like working with animals and, while it may be tough at times, I think I may be able to handle it if I know that I'm making a real difference in their lives, not just selling them dumb little hamsters or fish.

On another note: I stapled my thumb today! I was playing with the stapler and it went straight into my thumb, the whole length of the vertical side... It didn't hurt til I took it out, lol.

Jul. 30th, 2008

spider

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Yay, I got a new book! Books always seem like such a treat to get; i can't wait to get home and start reading. I really hate going back to work after i've just spent a glorious day sitting in bed reading a book and snuggling with kittens. It always seems much more boring than the places and people in my books...

Jul. 29th, 2008

spider

things

it was the coolest thing, i was picking up my baby corn snake the other day to feed her and she was all sorts of pissed off at me so she started rattling her tail like a rattlesnake, but her tail was wrapped around my finger so i could feel it. That was pretty awesome. I'm surprised she can eat pinkies as big as she does since she's still really small; she's only about as big around as 3/4 of a pencil and the pinkies are older than they should be technically to feed a snake that young but she gets them down okay. The bulge she gets from them makes her look funny though. She's gonna be really pretty when she's full grown though since she's a blizzard corn.
My poor Tempyst kitten how has bloody stool, on top of the hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, weakened lung lobe, slightly deformed hind legs, and not being there completely mentally.. I just don't know how much more his little body can handle.. he's a lot smaller than he should be, but i think that's partly due to his heart. At least he's still really energetic and runs around with the other cats. I just want him to have the best possible life he can.

Work is going well, though. I have some dissention in my team even though I'm always polite and say 'please', 'thank you' and 'when you get a minute' to my employees they still say i'm mean. I just don't get it. *shrug* oh well.. I'm very excited to get my new ball python from my sisters clutch that just hatched a little while ago. He's a spider morph and is sooo pretty!! I'm way excited to get him. :)

On a sad note, I'm trying to find an adoptive home for my foster kitten... he's really sweet and lovable and playful, like any kitty would be, but no one will take him, lol. The girl who was going to take him changed her mind about wanting another cat so she decided not to. I want him to go to a good home with another kitty to play with or someone who will be there all the time so he won't have to be alone since being here in this zoo is all he's ever known and it would be traumatic for him to go somewhere with no one else to play with for most of the day. I'll be sad to give him up, though. He sleeps with me every night, tangled up in my hair and purring loudly in my ear. Makes it hard to sleep sometimes but he's so cute! he's just like my other tom, though, full of energy and charisma. He's got long legs and will be a big boy when he's full-grown. Just more kitty to love! :)

Okay, I guess that's all for now....

Jul. 22nd, 2008

spider

Stupid boys

so my friend who's been my best friend for 8 years is being a total dweeb. he got a gf and now she's completely controlling his life! he won't talk to me because she gets jealous, everything she says is the final word... ugh... so because he finally gets a girl (who's 18 by the way) he has to change his whole way of life? it's ridiculous. boys are so fickle... i'm glad that he's found someone he likes to be with that much, but not talking to me who's been through just about everything with him just because she gets jealous? that's so dumb...

i can't believe what you boys will do and put your friends through just because you're getting sex.

Jun. 13th, 2007

spider

Stupid People...

My manager really pisses me off. She's worked there for less time than I have (despite my 2 month excursion to Arizona), quit, came back and asked to be pet care manager.. The store manager only let her do it because we needed a manager and the only actually qualified person can't work mornings cause she has to take her daughter to school (a dumb reason if you ask me). She has no clue what the fuck she's talking about and gives customers wrong advice, acts like she's the Queen of Sheba, admits that she smokes pot, gets drunk (she's a year younger than I am), and is cheating on her boyfriend and doesn't give a fuck that it's going to hurt him. Granted, it's her choice to do those things and I personally don't really care if she fucks up her life, but she's come to work high before, and with a hangover and it greatly affects her work performance.
I have no problem with a manager being younger than me if they know what they're talking about, how to actually manage people and don't have obvious favourites and literally tell everyone else that they suck at their job. She won't listen to anyone except Cody (who also doesn't know what the hell he's talking about) and she's admitted to 2 people that she wants to get rid of the entire current pet care team because we 'don't know what [we're] doing' and it's really fucking frustrating having to put up with this person...

Jun. 11th, 2007

spider

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A very good friend of mine died wednesday, the 30th of May. He was born with lung and heart conditions and wasn't supposed to live past 10 years, but he managed to make it to almost 30. A lot of people came to his funeral, the majority of which I didn't know, but that's to be expected. I feel kind of bad that I couldn't even really look at him, he just looked so... unnatural, his skin was grey despite the make-up they always put on them. I hadn't been to a funeral since my grandpa's when I was 8 I think.. I could look at my grandpa, even go right up to the casket, but I could only glance at Daron. His wife seemed very calm for the most part.. She only cried a couple times during the funeral, but you could tell she was dealing with it.. I'm glad that at the reception she was able to laugh and talk about other things.

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