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Remember Me Thursday

Light a candle to raise awareness for pets.  Orphan pets need your voice.  Let’s be their voice.

Each year, over 3.4 million shelter pets lose their lives without finding a forever home. Only 30% of pets in US households  come  from a rescue facility. (100% of our dogs come from a shelter)  Animal-lovers and animal welfare organizations across the globe unite on today, Thursday, September 26, 2013 (the fourth Thursday of September, annually) with a Remember Me Thursday pet candle-lighting ceremony. The candles, which will be lit on the exact same day across the world, will honor the millions of pets who lost their lives without the benefit of a loving home and shine a light on the millions of healthy pets who are still awaiting adoption. The Remember Me Thursday global awareness campaign encourages individuals to light a candle this day (literally or virtually) and to opt to adopt, reducing the millions of orphan pets euthanized each year.

Millions of shelter pets lose their lives each and every year. Join the awareness campaign – be a light for pets by promoting awareness about pet adoption. By remembering those we have lost, we can shine a light on the ones we can save.   Together we can make a difference.  Join the movement to save lives.

Be a light for pets today.  #LightforPets

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Blue
My Shelter dog, Blue
Buddy
My shelter dog, Buddy

  

You will notice me

I’ll be leaving my mark

Like initials carved in an old oak tree
Just wait and see

Maybe I’ll write like Twain wrote
Maybe I’ll paint like Van Gogh
Cure the common cold, I don’t know
But I’m ready to start cause I know in my heart

I wanna do something that matters
Say something different
Something that sets the whole world on its ear
I wanna do something better
With the time I was given
I wanna try to touch a few hearts in this life
Leave nothing less than something that says
I was here

I will prove you wrong
If you think I’m all talk, you’re in for a shock
Cause this dream’s too strong
And before too long

Maybe I’ll compose symphonies
Maybe I’ll fight for world peace
Cause I know it’s my destiny
To leave more than a trace of myself in this place

I wanna do something that matters
Say something different
Something that sets the whole world on its ear
I wanna do something better
With the time I was given
I wanna try to touch a few hearts in this life
Leave nothing less than something that says
I was here

I wanna do something that matters
Say something different
Something that sets the whole world on its ear
(I wanna do something that matters
Say something different
Something that sets the whole world on its ear)

I wanna do something that matters
Say something different
Something that sets the whole world on its ear
I wanna do something better
With the time I was given
I know that I will do more than just pass through this life
And leave nothing less than something that says
I was here
I was here
I was here

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Blackfish

I so want to see this documentary.

Running on Vegan

Blackfish Movie Ticket

As I sat in the theater waiting for the movie to start, I tapped my foot with anxiety unsure of what was about to be revealed. I was rattled with nerves, anticipating a horror scene to unfold before my eyes. Within two minutes of the documentary starting, my eyes welled up with uncontrollable tears of grief.

When I first heard about Blackfish, I knew I had to see it while also realizing that it was going to be extremely devastating. I bought tickets ahead of time because I wanted to see it on opening night with the main reason being Dr. Lori Marino, a neuroscientist and professor at Emory who was featured in the film, planned to do a Q&A after the movie.

Blackfish is a documentary that reveals the extreme cruelty and unfortunate reality of what happens to mammals at marine parks, specifically SeaWorld. The whole film was very…

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Crystal Lake Memories

Crystal Lake Memories

I got my copy of Crystal Lake Memories in the mail today! I am so excited!

Even if you are not a horror movie / 80’s slasher movie fan you should get the reference to Camp Crystal Lake otherwise referred to as Camp Blood from the FRIDAY THE 13TH series of films. So yeah this is a long awaited documentary about The FT13 series brought to us by the same guys who gave us the NEVER SLEEP AGAIN Nightmare on Elm street documentary. I have high expectations for this documentary because NSA was so great!

Previewing interesting facts about Friday the 13th.

  • Betsy Palmer said that if it were not for the fact that she was in desperate need of a new car, she would never have taken the part of Pamela Voorhees. In fact, after she read the script she called the film “a piece of shit”.
  • The movie was filmed at Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco in New Jersey. The camp is still in operation, and it has a wall of Friday the 13th paraphernalia to honor that the movie was set there.  They refer to the film on their website. They sometimes offer private tours of the normally closed to non-boyscout public.
  • There is a township named Voorhees, New Jersey, which is about eight miles away from Haddonfield, New Jersey, which was inspiration for the fictional town where the movie Halloween took place. The documentary _Halloween: 25 Years of Terror (2006)_ shows a picture of a road sign that lists Voorhees right under Haddonfield. The township was named for Foster McGowan Voorhees, the governor of New Jersey from 1899 to 1902. The surname “Voorhees” is of Dutch heritage, and is also a common family in New Jersey.
  • Often thought of as Kevin Bacon’s first film, which it is not.  It was Diner. (1982)
  • This is the first of two films in which Jason is not the killer.  Can you name the other?
  • There is actually a Camp Crystal Lake in near Starke, Florida.
  • 48 seconds were cut from Friday the 13th part 2  by the MPAA to avoid an X rating.
  • Friday the 13th part 2 takes place five years after the first, which was set in 1979 according to Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter. Meaning that this film takes place in 1984. During both summers, both the Friday the 13th’s occurred in July making this film take place exactly five years after the events of the first film.
  • Friday the 13th Part 3  was the first of the Friday the 13th films to use the hockey mask, which has been in every sequel since.
  • Friday the 13th part 3 actually Actually takes place the day after the events of Part 2, making it Saturday the 14th. While the beginning of the movie takes place on the evening of Saturday the 14th, when the store owner and his wife are killed, the majority of the movie takes place on the following day, making it Sunday the 15th.
  • Friday the 13th The Final Chapter Takes place on Sunday the 15th, the second “Friday” film to not actually take place on a Friday at all. While the beginning with the coroners takes place during the night of Sunday the 15th, the rest of the movie takes place Monday the 16th and Tuesday the 17th being the climactic night.
  • In Friday the 13th The Final Chapter ,according to Corey Feldman, the screams he made when Jason  grabbed him through the window were genuine; he was truly terrified.
  • Friday the 13th A New Beginning was written for Corey Feldman to star at Tommy Jarvis but he was working on the Goonies at the time and could not film. He had a cameo in this film.
  • This is the first film in the Friday the 13th series where Jason is actually referred to by his full name: Jason Voorhees. In Parts I & II, he is only referred to as Jason, while he is not referred to by name at all in Part III.
  • A New Beginning is the second movie in the series in which Jason is not the killer.
  • Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI was filmed in Camp Daniel Morgan, Covington, Georgia, a suburb about 30 minutes outside of Atlanta.
  • Jason lives has the highest body count (18) until Jason X which has 28.
  • Jason Lives is the first and only”Friday the 13th” film (including New Line Cinema’s three “Jason” films as well as the 2009 remake) which features absolutely no nudity, though there is a sex scene.
  • Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood was originally intended to bring Jason Voorhees and Freddy Krueger together onscreen for the first time. But when Paramount Pictures (at that time was holding the rights to the “Friday the 13th” franchise) and New Line Cinema (who holds the rights to the “Nightmare On Elm Street” series) couldn’t agree behind the scenes, the script was rewritten to pit Jason up against the telekinetic Tina Shepard instead.
  • Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood was the first of the series to feature stunt man Kane Hodder as Jason.
  • Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan is set in Manhattan. The prologue of the film foreshadows all the places that Jason will chase the teenagers: downtown with the gang members, the diner, the alley with the drug addicts, and the subway.
  • Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday was the first film in the series to be handled by New Line Cinema after the series was moved from Paramount after dismal box office returns from the last installment.
  • The original title of the movie was “Friday the 13th Part IX: The Dark Heart of Jason Voorhees”.
  • Jason Goes to Hell At the end, when Freddy’s glove grabs Jason’s mask, was meant to be an inside joke, referencing the fact that a screenplay putting Jason and Freddy against each other had been in the works since 1987, and had been intended to be Friday the 13th part VII. However, it took too long to come up with a good script for that film, so another film (Jason X ) was produced in the interval. Since New Line owned both properties, a joint project should have been easier to develop, but Freddy vs. Jason took several years (and sat untouched after several false starts) to come to fruition.
  • Jason X takes place in Space.
  • Jason X is the first film in the Friday the 13th series to rely on digital effects for death and gore shots. All the previous were practical effects
  • Freddy VS Jason pits New Lines Freddy Krueger  and Jason Voorhes together in battle.
  • The call letters of the news station shown on the TV in the hospital are KRGR, obviously a reference to Freddy Krueger. It is also the name of the radio station that Glenn (Johnny Depp) is listening to right before he dies in A Nightmare on Elm Street.
  • Kane Hodder did not play Jason in this film.
  • A sequel was planned but never materialized. Wildstorm did publish a six issue comic series in late 2007/ early 2008. This added “The Evil Dead”‘s Ash Williams to the mix.

I can’t wait to watch this documentary which also came with a Bonus Disk.  I have no idea what is on it.

See also Horror Series Friday the 13th

Book:  Crystal Lake Memories

Documentary: Never Sleep Again

Documentary: His Name Was Jason

Final email results

The practice manager said that she sat down with the lead Chemo tech and the front office manager and read them my email so they could see what was happening from my perspective as a customer. Then she heard their side. They said they were at the mercy of the lab, They said Buddy’s lab work was more extensive than before (CBC and a Chem 12) and they knew it would take longer. But they had some emergencies come in, (understandable) along with scheduled appointments

She addressed directly with the one receptionist,Leah and then the other receptionist who was at there (the one who told me Buddy was having chemo a while back.). She said they used my experience as a learning tool as to a client,s perception of their body language and how they need to be more careful with the information they are presenting to clients and not to be so quick with assumptions.

She went on to say that they have implemented a couple of more policies that they hope will help with communication between the front office staff and the tech’s in the back.

She mentioned that their goal is for their clients to have as positive experience as possible while there with their pets.
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Well, I hope my speaking up about my experiences does not earn me the reputation of being difficult or one client they don’t want to see coming. You know what I mean?? I totally understand what it is like to see someone they just don’t want to deal with coming. I also hope that my next experience is better with them.

In fact, it actually was.  They called me to let me know that they were going to mail the extra Palladia that we needed for Buddy but there was the little matter of $84 that we needed to provide them before they would mail it.  (Like I’m never coming back to the practice and they could make me pay then).  So I called them and gave them a credit card and that went smoothly so I decided to push my luck and ask if I could make Buddy’s next appointment for October and she said “Sure.”  No hassle as to who can make an appointment, or whether I can even make an appointment., etc.  I got my appointment for October 21, 10am.  I hope not to be there until 2 pm like last time again.

Results

Regarding Monday’s visit to the oncology vet I sent that email that I talked about in my previous entry. I was happy to see a response from the actual hospital manger herself.

I am not going to quote from the email because it is business/personal correspondence. She did however thank me for bringing my concerns to her attention. She apologized for the amount of time my previous appointments have taken and to find out what can be done to make Buddy’s visits go smoother. She also said that she wants to sit down with the front office manager to address with her my concerns with the front desk.

Maybe I won’t have to spend half my day at Buddy’s next appointment. I hope my email helps the situation. She promises a follow up email before the weekend.

Buddy update 9-9-13

I am not happy right now. We had an appointment for 10 am an we didn’t arrive until 10:30 due to a motor vehicle accident on the interstate. I called them to let them know I was stuck on I-4 and would be late. They said that many people are stuck in I-4, I take it that others with appointments are also late. I saw this fact in the sign in sheet when I arrived.

So I get there and they but me in a room and I talk briefly with the vet tech and then I left.

I return two hours later and Buddy is still not ready. We are waiting on blood work. Okay

I get a call at the three hour mark saying that Buddy was ready to go home. I go to the counter and am waiting for someone to acknowledge me. No one does so I sit back down and call the main line and tell them
I received a call saying my dog was ready and that in have been sitting in the waiting room for an hour.

Finally I get Buddy 20 minutes later. Then I ask of I will be speaking with the doctor and she says “No did you want to?” At this point I was beyond pissed and I said “You know what? No, I’m ready to leave.” And she looks at me like I am crazy and says “sorry for the wait. bye.” Like they just don’t care. Sickening.

A little while later the doctor himself called me and left me a message because he heard I was a little upset when I left. (God bless him.) That was nice. I’m not even upset with the doctor it’s the terrible staff and poor service I am not happy with.

It completely disgusts me with the poor level of service especially with an oncology vet! I mean people love their dogs or they wouldn’t seek cancer care for them so obviously emotions may be high there.

The receptionist there, Leah, didn’t even look ate when I came through the door only a half assed well be with you in a moment. When I stood there at the counter she saw for to walk right by me without so much as a “CAN I HELP YOU?” Then when she took my nearly $400 for the appointment she didn’t even so much as look at me once.

So Buddy’s lymph nodes are the same and there is still thickening where his anal gland used to be. There is some type of abdominal caudal mass which the doctor wrote didn’t seem painful for Buddy. So I don’t know what is up with that because the doctor didn’t talk with me. It might have been important to do so after something new like that.

The doctor stretched out rechecks out to six weeks. Only the vet office only gave us enough palladia to last 4 weeks. How do ya like that? I hope our next visit will be better. I plan in writing an email to the office manager letting her know of our experiences and poor service.

I actually found a clinical trial that trains the patients immune system to kill cancer cells by marking the cancer cells with some type of vaccine. I called to inquire about it but Buddy does not qualify because he has already been in treatment. It is in Tampa. I’m kind of sad about that.