Friday, February 20, 2009

Animal Control

(Thanks to "Da Mouse" for today's photo.)

Ever lost a pet? What do you do? Scour the neighborhood, maybe knock on a few doors?

Well, now you can send a postcard with a picture of your pet and some details about it to 1,000 people (or more) in and around the place you last saw your animal.

Lost Pet Cards provides this service for $450 and up - depending on how many cards you want sent. That seems like a lot to me, but some pets are more beloved than others and may certainly be worth it.

Thanks to list member Corinne J. for the link and the heads up.



10. "Hamsters! Why does it always have to be hamsters?!"

9. "No sweat. I saw the solution for this problem on an X-Files rerun."

8. "Ummm, now would be a good time to run."

7. "Well, it's not like you actually *use* your attic much, is it?"

6. "The rescue is free, ma'am, but the truck, gas, uniform, and net costs $720."

5. "Oh, I see. It's just a toupee. Well, I'll just take these traps back to the truck, then."

4. "Have you considered just letting the raccoons stay? Maybe charging them rent?"

3. "Next time, sir, remember that kittens and revolvers don't mix. Especially at bath time."

2. "Sorry, ma'am. Honest mistake. Here's your baby back."


1. "No, I wouldn't worry. If it was rabies, by now you wouldn't be able to understand a single word I'm ghtydu thrints jornturlyoppy."

[selected from Chris White's Top Five on Pets; some small edits and a wee bit of additional material by Mark Raymond]


Well, my son got that job for which he was interning! Woo hoo! By this time next week he'll officially be an "Associate Software Engineer" with a big company about an hour from here. That means we have a week to get him moved, set up with his own apartment/household items/furniture, etc. And he's purchasing a much-needed new car, as well. Some of our belongings are going with him, so we're also on the lookout for replacements. Things are a bit frantic here. At the same time, I've once again begun editing the newsletter my Union puts out, and my wife is still seeing a couple more specialists for consultations and tests.

I think I'm beginning to understand why we don't have time or energy to dust. Hey, I'll see you on Monday.



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