Archive for the ‘Pets’ Category

Local view on tiger thing

flamingos We were sitting around the breakfast table- extended family of locals consisting of two sisters (who are moms), their kids, our parents- and reading the article on the Tiger Thing. Various responses:
- “It’s depressing even thinking of a tiger in the zoo. They need space. At the San Diego Zoo they have a huge pen, but it’s still not big enough. The tiger was pacing, pacing, pacing.”
- “Sad, zoo attendance is really going to be hit.”
- “That cat exhibit is old.”

I started going to the zoo quite a bit a few years ago. If you go around 4:30- right when those 3 kids went- it’s half off and you can do a quick tour. I enjoy seeing the variety of wildlife, the activities of the animals, and the giraffes are truly inspiring in their gracefulness and beauty.

I remember taking my niece, then around 4, to the cat house and her screaming at it, “Wake up kitty kitty!” You know- obnoxious in that cute kid way (really). I like the zoo- it’s a little depressing- but hoping its educational potential outshines the depressing factor.

Reading “Life of Pi” gives you a really different take on tigers- and I agree that they probably just shouldn’t be in zoos.

You can date your boss, but would you want to?

nine_to_five.jpgWith respect to the now widely-reported story about yesterday’s Board of Supervisors’ refusal to outlaw relationships between city managers and their employees, I have only this to say: When was the last time you had a boss you wanted to date? Either this notion is — like many of the ideas considered by our city’s governing body — strictly theoretical, or the managers of city departments are some kind of special breed of desirable bosses. I mean, I’ve liked a lot of the bosses I’ve had, but…

Consider this: A judge in Kentucky has ruled that a man who suspects his wife, a state employee, of having an affair with her boss can force the state to surrender copies of email between the two. (Courtesy PogoWasRight.org)

So many people were paying attention to the vote that they missed Supervisor Jake McGoldrick’s proposal to make enforcement of prostitution laws a “low priority” for police. Robert Anderson, an also-ran for McGoldrick’s District 5 seat in 2000 and 2004 predicted in June of this year that McGoldrick “wants to legalize prostitution” — I had to read Anderson’s screed a couple of times before I realized that Anderson was opposed to the idea — but that’s not what Sup. McG wants. He just wants prostitution to be a low priority, according to KCBS, because its “real victims are prostitutes themselves who fear reporting assaults and other crimes against them.”

PetWhorez

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Feel like having a four-legged fashion accessory for the upcoming weekend? As I’m sure some of you have already heard, the laughably “Web 2.0″ sounding company, FlexPetz is about to launch an SF location of their business. And I’m sure I’m not the only one who finds this utterly exploitive and despicable. (For a great, qualified rant, check out Tree Hugger’s recent article.) I know I’d kill to have a dog. But realize I currently can’t. Still, this? So, uhm… How about striking up new friendships with all the dog owners out there and becoming a doggy aunt or uncle? Or volunteering at a shelter or as a dog walker for PAWS? I can’t imagine how disorienting and emotionally up and down it is for these dogs. Or, in this town, how long it’s gonna take before some local group starts protesting them.

San Francisco based co linked to Pet Food recall

Wilbur-Ellis, a privately held San Francisco based multi-national importer has recalled all the rice proteins it had distributed to five U.S. pet food manufacturers. Melamine had turned up in sample lots brought in from China.

FDA scientists have found pet foods contaminated by melamine, an industrial chemical used in plastics and fertilizers. Melamine can also impart false positives in tests looking for high protein counts, and possibly a reason why it’s turning up in food.

Wilbur-Ellis noted that it obtained rice protein from a single source in China and shipped to a total of five U.S. pet-food manufacturers located in Utah, N.Y., Kansas and two in Missouri. No word on whether they advised anyone who may have consumed lots of their other distribution items like Shark Cartilage Powder, Trisodium Phosphate, or Mechanically Deboned Bovines.

The 80 year old Wilbur Ellis Co, was still being run by Brayton Wilbur Jr, son of the company founder up until his death last year. Wilbur Ellis issued a press release from their 27th floor offices at 345 California that you can read after the jump…
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Food Safety For Pets & People Alike …

While the poisoned pet food recall that’s equally affecting over 90 low cost & even supposed high end brands of pet food like Science Diet and Iams has consumers worried, the FDA has come to the Bay Area this week for a different sort of Food Safety hearing.
Menu Foods Dooms Dogs & Cats

The Food and Drug Administration hosts a public hearing on Tuesday March 19th in Oakland concerning the safety of fresh produce. The purpose of the hearings is obviously reassurance & propaganda but purports itself as a forum to share information about recent outbreaks of foodborne illnesses associated with microbial contamination of fresh produce. Much of the controversy recently came from pre-packaged spinach farms in California set near waste run off from neighboring factory farms & cattle ranches. deadly spinachLast fall’s back to back E. coli outbreaks sickened at least 350 people and killed a confirmed three.

Details on the FDA hearing, and where you can find out if you have suspect pet food produced by Menu Foods in your home after the jump…
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Leash the Anti-Leashers

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I read today’s Chronicle article on the new emergency dog leash law that is seasonally effective in stretches of Crissy Field and Ocean Beach. This law was enacted by the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) to protect the diminutive western snowy plover from the careless dogs (no blame there) and their careless dog owners (all the blame there) who put their canine run-and-be-free-and-shit-wherever-you-want concerns over that of the small local population remaining of the snowy plover–only about 100 birds. That’s right, 100 birds that need human oversight because the anti-leash humans can’t properly oversee their waggy wards.
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Skunks and B&Ts

Capt’ Dudley was waxing poetic in this week’s Central District write-up:

Finally last week, Officers Scott Korte and Norm Rice received an unusual call for service to aid a possible sick or injured animal near Hyde and Jefferson Streets. They arrived to find a distressed skunk with a yogurt container stuck on its head, running amok between the street and surf. The Officers successfully corralled the varmint until Animal Care and Control could respond to assist. Sometimes this job stinks, but in this case it didn’t.

“Corralling the varmint”!

Note on Bridge closure: Broadway was not the cruising strip it has been every other weekend:

The weekend Bay Bridge closure for construction seemed to put a calming effect on the Broadway Corridor. Although it was still busy, we did not seem to have the escalation of problems from previous weekends.

Goats in the City

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I was a little surprised to find a herd of goats in a small hillside right off of Chestnut Street (Russian Hill). It looked like there were at least 50 of them if not more, just grazing on the grass and hay. They don’t appear to be wild, as there is a fence surrouding the entire area, however I highly doubt they are pets either. If anyone has information regarding these odd goats, let me know…

Is SF Kid-Friendly?

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A while ago, this article came out about how kids and families are fleeing the city. “Child Population Dwindles”. I’ve always been a fan of raising kids in the city because my own experience in suburbia was boring, with a capital B. City kids got access to so many things without having to drive, they had a huge well-stocked public library, lots of diverse people, and specialists in anything they happened to be interested in, at their doorstep. Suburban kids were “safe,” but protected in a cocoon of dullness and with no access to anything. With all of the weirdos in my middle class neighborhood, I didn’t think it was “safe” at all, either.

My comments on a weekend with kids, after the jump.
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PigeonBlog-Will it Fly?

Pigeon.jpg While looking at the website for the upcoming ZeroOne/ISEA2006 I noticed an interesting event called PigeonBlog. The project uses homing pigeons wearing sensing devices that gather information about air pollution.

The birds will be released:
Aug. 8, 9, 10, 11, 12:
in San Jose, as part of the 01 San Jose Festival and ISEA.
Aug. 18:
in Irvine, as part of TechnoSpheres.
Sept. 18:
in Newport Beach, as part of Ubicomp.

From the Frequently Asked Questions on their PigeonBlog:

Q: While air pollution is an important topic, is this rough on the birds?
A: No. Our backpacks have been designed not to exceed 10% of a pigeons total body weight (the recommended limit) and we are only flying the birds over short distances. We also observe our birds very closely and they seem to adapt quickly to our device.

It does not seem that the participants conducting this experiment would knowingly harm the pigeons. Nevertheless, the Humane Society is raising an eyebrow. I also heard that the members of PETA are voicing their concerns. The Humane Society is doing its job, but in my opinion PETA is most likely just looking for anything to get in a flap over.

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