Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year's Eve!

Tonight's the night.  Big anticipation.  Most of us will be getting together with friends and family to usher in the new year.  Some of us will be randomly hoping to hook up.  Others, going to sleep early.  Whatever you decide to do, make it safe, okay?

Ever see the movie "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective?"  The one with Jimmy Carrey?  I did and I thought it was awesome.  Even the sequel.  The reason I ask is because we happened to find an article that features a real pet detective and thought you'd find it interesting.

CLICK HERE to check it out.

Also, we want you to get your calendar out.  Whether its old-school or electronic, get it out, okay?  We'll wait.  Not all day, though.  C'mon!  Got it?  Okay, mark this date down: January 18th, 2011.  Got it?  Excellent!


We're going to be having a big comedy fundraiser on the 18th and we want to see you there.  Its going to be a lot of fun and will help make a lot of needy dogs happy, so please do what you can to be there.

CLICK HERE for details on the event and how to get tickets.

Okay, 2010 is almost in the can.  Let's make 2011 count big time, guys.  Lets make a difference.  Have fun tonight, but be smart and be safe.

See ya next year....

Stewie
www.stewietotherescue.org

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Michael Vick: Presidents Praise? Huh?!?

Good morning, everyone.

I have good news....its going to get warmer.  Seriously...its going to be in the 40's in the next few days.  Goodbye snow, you bastard. 

Sorry...had to get that off my chest.  I like to get my emotions out.  Speaking of expressing emotion...I have a video for you to watch.  It involves our President, Mr. Obama, and some things said about Michael Vick. 

Bernadette Pauley will be on our next comedy fundraiser (January 18th @ Gotham Comedy club in NYC)! Watch her here argue on fox news about whether obama was right about commending the eagles about vick.  CLICK HERE TO VIEW VIDEO.

What are your thoughts on what was discussed?  We'd love to know.

Also, try to make our upcoming Stewie get together coming up on January 6th.  For details, CLICK HERE.

TTYS,

Stewie
www.stewietotherescue.org 





Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Drinking for Stewie! (say what?!?)

Good morning, near afternoon, everyone.

Besides getting loads of Christmas cheer and some crazy food passed my way this Christmas, I also received a gift that I'm unfortunately unable to return...a massive head cold and sinus infection.

That being said, I apologize for the lateness on the blog, but hey, I'm a trooper.  Snow, nor sleet, nor immense congestion can stop the plight of Stewie, so get ready for a sweet announcement.

If you like fun, good company, and enjoying some choice spirits, you're gonna love this event.  Sound good?  What if I told you that your patronage would be aiding in our mission to help dogs in need?  Even better, right?

I'm glad we're on the same page.  Its like magic or something.

Here's the Event:

Friend of Stewie, Erin Garmont, is guest bartending at Fiddlesticks Bar and Grill on Thursday night, January 6th -

Even awesomer (?), she is donating her tips to Stewie to the Rescue!!

So, come out for a drink or seven (and tip well! - Biggest tip gets a $25 bar tab to be used at another time!)

Where - Fiddlesticks bar and grill
54-58 greenwich ave (between 6th avenue and 7th avenue)

http://www.fiddlesticksnyc.com/

thursday, january 6th. 7:30 to 10:30

*please try to arrive between 7:15 and 7:30 to kick off the event.

drink specials - $4 house cocktails, beer and house wine



Good deal, right?  For more info: CLICK HERE.

See you there....

Stewie
www.stewietotherescue.org

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Obama and the Eagles (not a new folk band name)

Morning all. 

I have an up to date weather report for you.  It's cold.  There's a lot of snow on the ground.  Its not going anywhere.  There you go.

Seriously though, Harris (founder of Stewie to the Rescue), posted this article on our Facebook page, but in case you missed it, I thought I should put up a link for you. 

Its involves our president, Mr. Obama, and a certain call he placed to the Eagles.  You can view it HERE.

What are you thoughts on this?  We'd love to know.

TTYS,

Stewie
www.stewietotherescue.org

Monday, December 27, 2010

Jack Frost has a sense of humor....

Good morning, everyone.

 If you live in the NYC area then by now you'd likely know that we've got a bit of snow on the ground this morning.

Snow.  Used to be the best thing in the world when you were a kid.  It closed school, it gave you an excuse to throw snowballs at people, and some would say it's "pretty."


As a grumpy adult, my opinion of snow has significantly changed.  Its cold, it prevents me from getting where I need to go, and I have to break my back shoveling it because I don't want to get sued when someone falls in front of my house.



Another challenge snow presents is by restricting your dog's mobility.  Now we all know dogs come in all shapes, sizes, and breeds, but some of the smaller dogs are really effected by the elements, especially several feet of snow.

We've been posting tips as how to safeguard your dogs from the elements (see prior blog entries) and urge all you dog owners out there, especially those will small dogs, to get out there with your pooch, shovel, and make their lives easier.  Keep an extra special eye out.  Jack Frost has been naughty.

Stay Warm,

- Stewie
www.stewietotherescue.org

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Damn it, Santa, not a blizzard!

Morning to all.  Hope everyone enjoyed the holidays (and hope you still are if they're still going on for you).

For me, the last two days have consisted of hardcore family get-togethers and eating an abundance of food.  Way too much food.  Italians don't play. 

If you are ever invited to an italian family's house for dinner, pace yourself.  Never, ever, clean your plate quickly or you will be subject to berating and peer pressure to have more.  Even though I'm italian, I do often overlook this rule and still for whatever reason think I'll get out unscathed.  The very definition of insanity.  Too much food. 

Anyhow, if you've been listening to the weather reports in the NYC area, you'll know that we are theoretically due to get bombarded with a snow storm.  Generally, I take weather people's predictions with a grain of salt, but they are barking very hard about this one.

So, with the impending weather, I found a safe guard list to protect your pets from the nasty weather.  You can check out the article HERE.

Stay warm and stay safe.

TTYS,

Stewie
www.stewietotherescue.org

Friday, December 24, 2010

Is My Dog Sick?



Morning, everyone.  We're bearing down on Christmas and I know many people are scrambling for last minute gifts, getting their dinner menus together, and taking the next flight out of town. 

Bottom line:  everyone seems to be busy, even if you're not necessarily celebrating the holiday.  There's a rush of busy in the air.

With this kind of mode, we can very well overlook things in our immediate environment.  One such thing that we must pay close attention to, is our dog's health.

I know our furry friends do take up a good deal of our time, but sometimes if you're not paying attention, they could be trying to tell you something...like they're sick.

What am I saying?  Take a break and check out your dog.

I found an article that highlights some signs that would indicate that your dog is under the weather and I wanted to share it with you HERE.

Check it out.  Keep your eyes open.  Love each other.  Love your pooches.  Love your holiday cookies...not too much though...you still need to fit in your pants.

Happy Holidays,

- Stewie
www.stewietotherescue.org

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Take a look...

Good morning, everyone.  Hope you're all having an awesome day. 

First off, want to thank the fine folks who came down to the Comic Strip Live last night for our comedy fundraiser.  We appreciate your help, but we still have a lot of work to do, so please tell your friends...tell you family...tell your co-workers...even tell a complete stranger by approaching them in a non-threatening way identifying yourself as a friend.

Anyhow, thanks again.

For those who might not have visited our site lately...shame on you...I've attached a link of some means of helping us with our mission and some pups who desperately need your help.  Click here to view.

ttys

Stewie
www.stewietotherescue.org

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Its All About Tonight....

Tonight's the night, everyone.  Increase your laughter levels, celebrate the holidays, and help us continue our mission in saving dogs who desperately need our help.


CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE EVENT DETAILS....

See you there,

Stewie
www.stewietotherescue.org

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Holiday Love

Morning, all.

Today's blog, I'm keeping simple.  Just happened to come across this really cool video with a dog that's gorgeous and has a special message.

CLICK HERE to watch the video.

Also, tommorrow is our big comedy fundraiser.  Please come down, laugh and support our mission.






Much Love,

- Stewie
www.stewietotherescue.org

Monday, December 20, 2010

Exorcising the Hum-Bug.

Hello and good morning.  I know each of us celebrate different things during this time of year, but as your Blogmaster General, I happen to celebrate Christmas.

Christmas is a holiday best enjoyed as a child, as when you get older things become more jaded and certain magics just don't appear anymore....at least not to me.

One also must note that I used to work in retail for almost 10 years and was hearing Christmas music in October. In addition, seeing the masses of people flood the stores, then more people come back bitching about the quality of their gifts takes its toll on you.  This kind of conditioning and experience can potentially make anyone into a massive Scrooge.

That being said, I'm trying my best to salvage this Christmas.  I have a new nephew celebrating it for the first time, I have a 91 year old grandmother still going strong, and I'm not working retail anymore....so I want this Christmas to be a good one.



I happened to be exploring online and came across this relevant and topical holiday article in regard to dog owner's tree preferences and some holiday safety tips.  I am a big fan of opinion polls and statistics, so I found it interesting.

I think you might, too.  CLICK HERE to check it out. 

A safe dog is generally a happy dog.

Also, yet another reminder, we have a big holiday event happening this Wed. the 22nd.  Please come down if you can.






TTYS,

- Stewie
www.stewietotherescue.org

Sunday, December 19, 2010

The Week Ahead....

Good morning and a very happy Sunday to you.

So last night I got dragged out to seeing the new Reese Witherspoon movie.  Generally, I'd avoid her movies like the plague, but I was out with a friend and am working on my control issues, so I decided to give it a try.

The movie itself was filled with stars like Jack Nicholson, Paul Rudd, and Owen Wilson, but they couldn't make it watchable.  I don't think anyone could.  It was a 2 hour snooze fest of cutesy romantic "what if's?" and convoluted business tripe.  It was no Saw 3D, in other words (just kidding).

Let's just say, I could've used the time I spent better.  Speaking of which....

I'm looking at this week and seeing some home holidays down the pike, but right before an amazing event on Wednesday the 22nd.



Now I know what you're thinking.  These guys are really pushing this event hard and all that...but there is a reason behind it.  We NEED your help.  Actually...both WE and THEY need your help.

We've had a good amount of SUCCESS STORIES,  but we can do it alone.  We need the people's support in helping us continue our mission and that's where you guys come in.

So, that being said we have an amazing night of comedy in store for you this Wednesday that will ultimately go to helping some great animals.  Come down, laugh, drink, and get into the holiday spirit knowing that you are making a difference in an animal's life.

For details on the show, CLICK HERE.

We hope to see you there.  Also, consider yourself informed on that Reese Witherspoon flick.  Instead of wasting two hours of your life there, come celebrate and have some laughs with us.

TTYS,

- Stewie
www.stewietotherescue.org

Saturday, December 18, 2010

And Now....A Nice Entry....

Good morning to one an all.  Hope you're having a splendid day and enjoying the warm, tingly embrace of the holiday season.

This morning's entry is going to be nice.  Not naughty.  It will tug at your heartstrings and set the tone for a good weekend.

I know that sometimes as a Blogger I can get stuck focusing on the negatives, but today, today I clear the palate and unleash the love.

Seriously, though...this is a nice story.  I think we're entitled to a nice entry once in a while and here it is.



Read all about the dog gone lost and then suddenly found.  Happy ending guaranteed.  Smiles and triumph of spirit brought to you by Stewie to the Rescue. lol.

Check out the article HERE.

Have a great weekend and don't forget...next week...Dec. 22nd....its PARTY TIME!!!  Be there!!!






TTYS,

- Stewie
www.stewietotherescue.org

Friday, December 17, 2010

Why We Matter

All animal rescues are important.

Let's get that out of the way first. Spending time, and often our own money, trying to save animals (and speak on their behalf), is doing God's work. There's no doubt about it.

In that respect, it's silly to "rank" the various rescues on some "Importance Scale." But I will say, if there was such a thing, Stewie to the Rescue, would rank extremely high. Why?

We don't only help rescues with their dogs (by providing funding for medical care and training), but, we help pet owners keep their pets.

How are we doing this? We work with the Low Cost Vet Mobile that is stationed outside the Manhattan A.C.C. twice a week and the Brooklyn A.C.C. once a week.  I visited them a few weeks ago. Here is my blog about that visit...

http://stewietotherescue.blogspot.com/2010/12/our-new-pet-cause.html

The owner has told me that many times, the people who can't afford his already discounted medical treatment (which is 25 to 35% of a regular vet), end up surrendering their pet to the shelter. Since these pets are sick, surrenders (so the shelter knows no one is going to come looking for them), and at least middle aged (making them harder to place), they are often immediately killed.

So, not only has the pet died, but the owner has lost their companion and family member.

While we take pride in helping rescues keep animals alive, we take special pride in keeping animals alive AND with their family. We are helping people too.

If you have the means, you can donate to us through a link on our homepage. If you are in the NY area, you can donate just by coming to one of our fundraising events. Please join our mailing list, also located on the main page of our website.

Have a safe and happy holiday.

Thank you.

Harris Bloom
Founder and President
http://www.stewietotherescue.org/

Holiday Pet Safety...

Good morning and T.G.I.F., everyone.

We've been all enjoying the holiday season, but there are some things that while we're out shopping for gifts, decorating the house, and preparing the awesome food, we might be forgetting.  One such thing is safety for our dogs.


I came across this list of some holiday pet safety measures that might be good for a look over.  Let's keep our furry friends safe, they'd do the same for us.  You can check out safety list by CLICKING HERE.


Also, for those you in the NYC, NJ, CT, or Long Island areas...we've got an amazing show coming up next week.  Come celebrate the holidays and help us in continuing in our mission....





TTYS,

- Stewie
www.stewietotherescue.org

Thursday, December 16, 2010

"F - YOU", Michael Vick!!!!

So, here anything interesting in the news lately?  Anything that really caught your ear?  Um...well we have.

Heard of a guy named Michael Vick?  Football player.  Guilty of viciously torturing dogs and abusing them and making their lives hell on earth?

Ring a bell?

If all of that, him getting off of the charges essentially, and him getting reinstated so he can resume making millions of dollars playing football doesn't piss you off enough....CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO.

Okay?  Are you sufficiently pissed now?

I am.  I can't see how you couldn't be.



That smug, piece of s*&t just sits there and with a straight face says that he'd love to have a dog again?  Are you serious?!?  Really?!?

It's like Jaws being forced to undertake therapy then requests a human swimming buddy to help him get through his rehabilitation.

Immediately after viewing the interview I thought that the boundaries of reality had snapped and time and space had crumbled apart, but then the true horror was, it didn't.  This was real.  Unbelievable!!

I know its the holidays and all, but am I wrong in hoping something really bad happens to you, Michael Vick?  Something really...really bad.

Happy Holidays, everyone, and F - YOU, Michael Vick!!!

TTYS

Stewie
www.stewietotherescue.org

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Movies That Have Gone to the Dogs....

Good morning and once again, Happy Hump Day, everyone.

Hope everyone is having a great week and doing their best to stay warm, despite the arctic-like conditions that have been thrust our way by Mother Nature.

With the weather being as it is, and in an effort to relax, today's blog is going to concentrate on an awesome cold weather alternative, watching a movie.



Now, we all know that we're all about dogs over here, so, that being said, I've done some research online and found a listing of the top 10 dog related flicks, ever.

The list, CLICK HERE to VIEW, is made up of some great classics and some other films you might have a "bone to pick" with (yes, I went there).

Check it out and see if you agree with it or not.  Maybe you can get find some good ideas to put on your queue and you can make it a Netflix night with someone special..or just there by yourself...whatever.

TTYS,

- Stewie
www.stewietotherescue.org

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A Special Invitation....

Have you heard about our next event? Our Holiday Spectacular? Say what?!?  You didn't?!?  Well, consider this your invite and wake up call.....





 After fighting with the holiday crowds, please join us for a few hundred laughs at this AWESOME show…

Stewie to the Rescue’s next Comedy Fundraiser!

December 22nd, at The Comic Strip at 8:30 (doors open at 8)

1568 2nd Avenue (btwn 81st and 82nd Street)

Only $20 admission (plus two-drink minimum) – THE ENTIRE COVER WILL GO TO FUNDING OUR MISSION!


Scheduled to perform -

HARRIS BLOOM (Founder of Stewie to the Rescue)
ANDY PITZ (Late Show w/ David Letterman)
TIM YOUNG (Last Comic Standing)
MARINA FRANKLIN (The Jay Leno Show)
JIM DAVID (Comedy Central Presents...)

and more!

Hosted by RAY ELLIN ("LateNet with Ray Ellin)


PLEASE – make reservations at 212-861-9386
Thanks!
www.stewietotherescue.org
www.comicstriplive.com

 


Be there or be Square.


-Stewie
www.stewietotherescue.org

Monday, December 13, 2010

Michael Vick is not welcome in many places, especially E-Street

Good morning and a very happy Monday to all our friends and readers.  Hope you had a fantastic weekend and are enjoying the holiday season thus far.

This morning's blog is going to seem somewhat repetitive in nature, but I (Carl) haven't really tackled the subject that fully or really given my opinion on it in absolute terms, so, cut me a drop of slack, okay guys? lol.

I'm an avid Howard Stern listener.  Some love him, some hate him.  That's all good.  This is America and we're given the ability to choose.  God bless it.

Anyhow, as I said, I'm a big fan (and very happy he signed an extended 5 year deal with Sirius) and was listening to the other day as he was speaking about an article written by musician Nils Lofgren from the E-Street band (the guys who back Bruce Springsteen) regarding Michael Vick.



Howard has stated numerous times he's against Michael Vick and started reading Nils' article on the air.  It caught me as pretty interesting and I thought I'd dig it up for you folks to read and give your opinions about.

You can check out the article RIGHT HERE.  I'd love to get your feedback and opinions on what he said and any further thoughts on the topic.

Speaking for myself (Carl), I think Michael Vick is a piece of s*&t and should be rotting away in a jail cell somewhere.  The guy, despite whatever nonsense excuses somewhat might dig up about him regarding his background, knew what he was doing and because of his "Celebrity" status and football skills has been given a pass.  Its bulls*&t, plain and simple.  If he was a mediocre player he'd be in jail and nothing but an afterthought.

That's my two cents.  What's yours?

TTYS,

- Stewie
www.stewietotherescue.org

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Bad Reputations breed poor treatment for Pits'

Ever have a day where you just don't want to get out of bed?  Today is that day for me.  After a night out and the sampling of an adult beverage that tasted incredibly delicious, yet packed a massive punch, I lurch over my keyboard and hope to pump out a winning blog on this soggy Sunday.

Coffee is not helping, nor did the sleep, but I'm a trooper.  I just took some vitamins and am getting my brain warmed up as I write....almost there....okay.  Now I'm ready.

So...you know how Pits' get a bad rap in the news and such?  Well, I stumbled on an interesting little quiz online that challenges the user to pick out the Pit. 

More often than not, other dogs are confused with Pits' and because of this, the breed's reputation has been wrongly tarnished.

To take a look and see how you do on identifying the pits', CLICK HERE

Facts often get convoluted when there is a flood of misinformation. 

TTYS

- Stewie
www.stewietotherescue.org

Saturday, December 11, 2010

An article of interest.....

Good morning, everyone.  Hope you had a fantastic night out last night.  I spent mine sucking down Nyquil and blowing my nose...then ultimately passing out on the couch.  I am a party animal, no one may contest this.

Anyhow, morning is here and as the coffee and lingering Nyquil battle on, I decided to share an article that our founder, Harris, had made a point of interest. 

It involves Denver / Aurora and the legal issues involving owning pitbulls there.  Its an interesting article and definitely worth a look.

Check it out by: CLICKING HERE.

Also, for all you NYC/NJ/Long Island people who are looking to have some amazing fun this holiday season, we urge you to keep 12/22 free on your calendars.

We are going to be having an awesome fund raising event at the Comic Strip!!!  For further details, Click on this link and look at the run down for Dec. 22nd!!!

Its going to be a great show, for a great cause, don't you dare miss it!

Anyhow, the weekend is here, go out, enjoy your day and don't forget to wear your gloves.

TTYS

- Stewie
www.stewietotherescue.org

Friday, December 10, 2010

One Stop Holiday Shop....

Morning, all.  It's Friday.  We made it.  Just a few more hours and most of us will drift into the happiness of what is the weekend, while others (our friends who work in retail, especially) have the honor of catering to a hoard of weekend shoppers looking for holiday deals.

The holidays are upon us.  A very happy Hanukkah to friends already in the midst of celebration and a shout out to any of our friends celebrating any other holidays, too.

Christmas is right around the corner and I just happened to be exploring the internet (as that's what I do when I don't want to leave the house to face the cold) and found an interesting video on youtube.com.

The video features a very interesting "shopper" who happens to have an affinity for chew toys.  It's fun and just shows how amazingly smart animals can be.  Take a look by CLICKING HERE.

For the record, we are by no way condoning theft in any way, shape, or form.  Bad dog!!! lol.

TTYS,

- Stewie
www.stewietotherescue.org

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Hot dogs? Not today...

The weather outside is frightful.  Really, it is.  I know from the last two days I'm starting to sound like some sort of demented, blog writing weather person off their meds, but there is a method to my madness.

If we as people are cold, most likely your pup is, too.  I know I might've touched on some cold prevention tips in a prior blog, but this article: CLICK TO VIEW , will give some further insights on how to protect your dogs from the very snippy, Jack Frost.

Anyhow, keep warm, be well, and don't forget to drink your cocoa.

- Stewie
www.stewietotherescue.org

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

A joke for your Hump Day (Pun totally intended)

Happy Hump Day, folks!

Just for any of you who haven't been outside yet...its still cold.  Consider this your weather report.  Forecast for later?  Cold.  Ha.

So, I woke up this morning, checked some emails and who did I get one from other than Stewie's founder and resident funny man, Harris Bloom.  Harris passed along a joke he happened to like and I shall now pass it on to you....

A dog lover, whose dog was a female and "in heat', agreed to look after and house her neighbors' male dog while they were away on vacation. She had a large house and believed that she could keep them apart; but as she was drifting off to sleep, she heard awful howling and moaning sounds, rushed downstairs and found the dogs locked together, in obvious pain and unable to disengage as so frequently happens when they mate.
 Unable to separate them and perplexed as to what to do next, although it was late, she called the vet, who answered in a very grumpy voice. Having explained the problem to him, the vet said. 

"Hang up the phone and place it down alongside the dogs. I will then call you back and the noise of the ringing will make the male lose his erection and be able to withdraw".
"Do you think that will work?" she asked.

"It just worked for me. " he replied.


Enjoy your hump day, everyone.
Until next time....

Stewie

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Love Beyond Sight and Sound....

Good morning.  You made it.  Monday is way over our shoulders and now we're ready to face the rest of the week.  Kudos.  We knew you could do it.

This morning as I sipped my coffee I found a really great story online.  It involves hearing impaired children who receive a visit from a very special hearing impaired dog, who just happens to be able to interpret hand signals and other non-verbal cues.


To check out the full article: CLICK HERE

This article reminded me of my grandmother's poodle she had for over 14 years named Cindy.  Cindy was attacked by the neighbor's dog and lost the majority of her hearing, yet she adapted and responded to several non-verbal cues and probably was one of the smartest dogs I've ever experienced.  Great dog.

In other news, Do you know what tonight is?  Yes, I know you have a calendar...its Tuesday, December 7th.  That being said, its also Trivia Night!


Its going to be a fun night and we want  you to come out and join us!!  Come put on your thinking cap and support our mission.

For details, CLICK HERE

Hope to see you there!!!

-Stewie
www.stewietotherescue.org

Monday, December 6, 2010

Our New Pet Cause

Remember the call I got, and Daisy's sad story?

http://stewietotherescue.blogspot.com/2010/12/three-day-too-late-sorry-daisy.html

I hope you do...it was last week.

ANYWAY, I visited the mobile vet unit outside ACC (Animal Care and Control) on Saturday.

Even though it was 35 and windy, there were a bunch of people milling about with family members and dogs (though dogs are family members). I hung out on the perimeter of the group, watching as every few minutes someone emerged from the back of the vet truck, clipboard in hand, calling out another name.

I struck up a conversation with a gentleman, there with his wife and his dog (mutt). He told me he didn't know what they would do if not for this service, as there was no way they could afford a regular priced vet. When I told him my reason for being there, he got a little weepy, thanking me, and even wanted me to take five dollars (I refused - anyone waiting two hours in that weather to see a low-priced doc shouldn't be giving me money)

The next time the assistant came out to call another dog in, I told the guy who I was (ahem) and after alerting the doctor*, he re-emerged and directed me to come in.

I met the doc, and his four assistants, all cramped in the trailer. He told me they've already seen over 2,000 dogs this year. In the summer, he and his team worked sometimes from the crack of dawn till 2 AM. He said it's getting more popular as the word is being spread.

He charges bare minimum (for example, $25 for the visit - my vet charges three times that), but some people don't even have that, and while he can eat the 20-25 bucks for meds if someone doesn't have it, he cant afford to eat the 500-750 that surgeries cost (which is waaaay cheaper than any vet would charge). When I asked him, he said there are about 20-25 cases like that a year.

I gave him my number and told him to call anytime cause I can't hear about another Daisy...the next time, Stewie will come to the rescue.

Harris
Founder and President

* I didn't name the vet or his organization as I'm not sure he can handle any more patients than he has anyway. As it is, he doesn't promote this business, but if you are in need, write me.

Welcome to the "M" word.

Monday.  Garfield hates it and he's a cat.  Monday...the return to the work week.  Monday....not my fun day. Whatever the case, its Monday, and we want to wish you a happy one today. 

We can get through this together.  Lets just drink a few cups of coffee and optimize our positive thinking.  If that doesn't work, just call in sick and strike the day from the record (kidding of course...maybe).

Well, what helps me get through a Monday is a story that stresses the positive and I have one that might do the trick for you.



It features Phyllis Taiano who's heroic dedication to saving animals is very inspiring.  Check it out at: http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/queens/2010/12/05/2010-12-05_she_finds_a_way_to_collar_lost_pets.html#ixzz17FvHuvm8

Its an article that can help you get over your case of the Mondays.

ttys -

Stewie
www.stewietotherescue.org

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Know thy dog's collar...

Good morning and a very happy, chilly Sunday to you.

Was passed an article that I think would be a great read.  It involves the wrong type of collars for use with our best friends and makes some recommendations as to what a better choice could be.

You can check it out here: http://blogs.dogster.com/dog_tip_of_the_day/?utm_source=dog%2Btip%20email&utm_medium=top%2Bbanner&utm_campaign=tips%2Bemail%20v2%20oct09

Also, this week we're going to have a very fun trivia night....



You definitely come down and see us!!!  Click for details: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/event.php?eid=177696472240843

ttys

- Stewie
www.stewietotherescue.org

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Help is a great four letter word.....

A hearty good morning to all of our friends.  Its a crisp Saturday morning that's ripe with momentous possibilities.

You can throw on the old winter coat and go to the park.  You could get a posse together and accept the challenge of shopping at your local mall.  You can watch Netflix, order chinese food, and be a shut-in all day.  So many options.

Another option could be lending a helping hand.  As you folks probably know by now, Stewie to the Rescue aim's to make a difference and and we couldn't do it without your support.  You are the life-blood that makes the Stewie body tick and we more than appreciate that.

That being said, we are often asked by friends and supporters what can be done in helping us with our mission.  Well...there are a few things:
  • Come to our fundraisers and bring your friends – We make it fun to donate by sponsoring trivia nights, wine tastings, and monthly comedy shows, where the proceeds go towards funding our mission. Please join our mailing list on our home (link) page to find out about upcoming events!
  • Donate an item for one of our raffles – We raffle items at many of our events. It’s even tax-deductible!
  • Volunteer to foster - Stewie will pay for all of the pet’s expenses, including food, toys and grooming! Write us at stewietotherescue@gmail.com if interested.
  • Create and run a fundraiser.  Are you an artist or photographer who can create portraits of pets?  Do you manage an event space?  Know someone who owns/runs a winery? Again, contact us at stewietotherescue@gmail.com with your ideas. 
 Please take the time on this potentially awesome Saturday and help out if you can.  As far as four letter words go...help is one of the best and we totally appreciate all of it from our friends and supporters.


Thanks and ttys

- Stewie

www.stewietotherescue.org

Friday, December 3, 2010

Murally Offensive?

Morning and T.G.I.F, everyone.  The week has finally crawled to a near-close and the weekend is peeking around the corner.  Thankfully.

Today I wanted to point you in the direction of an article I came across online.  It features an artist, a dog park, and some objections about the art featured.

I think the world is already filled with strife, conflict, and heated opposing viewpoints, so I don't understand why some things are subject to such scrutiny....but decide for yourself: http://www.myfoxdc.com/dpp/news/offbeat/business-owner-barks-back-after-dog-mural-censored-120210

Also, just as a reminder, we have a fun Trivia Event coming up on Dec. 7th: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/event.php?eid=177696472240843

Try to make it!!!  Bring your smarts!!!

Before we go, we wanted to wish all those celebrating Hanukkah a happy holiday.  Enjoy everyone!


ttys

 - Stewie
www.stewietotherescue.org

Thursday, December 2, 2010

America's Most Hated....


I have something to admit.  This something can be construed as somewhat shameful, but I feel in writing this blog, I need to be honest....I like professional wrestling.

There...I came out and said it.  I've watched it since I was a kid, and still check it out from time to time as an adult.  This is my guilty pleasure and now my public shame.

If you've ever watched pro-wrestling, you'll come to find that there are the heroes (good guys) and the villains a.k.a. the heels.

The heels' job is to get the people in the audience to hate them.  They say horrible things.  They commit horrible acts.  They essentially make the heroes lives a living hell.

They do all this with the hope that people will hate them.  They want to hear the "boo's" and rants.  They revel in it.

Of course, most people (including myself) realize that pro-wrestling is mapped out and predetermined.  They know what they are doing.

In the game of life (meaning reality) the ultimate heel we have as animal lover's is Athlete turned animal abuser and defiler, Michael Vick.  He didn't do what he did because he was trying to be hated, he did what he did because he's a disgusting human being and in truth, really didn't want anyone else to know what he was wrapped up in.

The difference between Michael Vick and the world of pro-wrestling is that Michael Vick is genuinely hated.  Its not his "character", but him himself.  The heinous acts he's committed, the atrocities he's managed to get away with, he is nauseating and I'm not the only one who thinks so.

Forbes' list gives him the dubious honor of being the most hated athlete (to view article, go to: http://www.ajc.com/sports/michael-vick-tops-forbes-554412.html) and if you do any kind of search for him online, you'll likely see an abundance of disdain.  It is unavoidable, but very deserved.  VERY deserved.

As I put together this blog, I did some exploring online.  In doing so, I happened upon an interesting article featuring a focus on Michael Vick and the author's faith in terms of forgiveness.  I found it very interesting and think you might too.  Check it out here: http://onfaith.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/guestvoices/2010/11/forgiving_michael_vick.html

I'd be curious to hear what  you thought about the article, so feel free to put up some posts about it.  We love feedback.

Until next time....


- Stewie
www.stewietotherescue.org

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Three Day Too Late (Sorry Daisy)

I got an email from someone whose dog was ill, but she couldn't afford to take him to the vet. I offered to pay via Stewie to the Rescue and she gave me the vet's name and number so I can make payment arrangements.

As it turned out, this woman had also asked people on Craigslist to help and some other kind person had already called to pay. But I got to talking to the vet.

He runs a low cost operation which isn't publicized, due to an agreement he has with NYC (it helps keep people who don't REALLY need a low cost vet out). He told me that for example, a surgery that may cost $1500, he does for $700. He operates a few of these mobile units on various days of the week. There are usually lines of owners with their animals outside, waiting to be seen.

Due to financial constraints, he can't do lower his prices any more than he has, which can become a problem when an emergency comes in, last this past Friday.

Daisy's owner had read on the Internet that while you can't give a dog chicken bones, you can him them beef bones. They were obviously wrong, and thanks to the "treat" they gave their dog, shards of bone were impacted in her intestines. Immediate surgery was necessary, but they didn't have the money, so they went home.

The doctor got a note on his car the next day from the owners, thanking him for his help, but Daisy died during night.

If I had spoken to him three days earlier, she'd still be alive.

He will call me in the future.

Harris
Founder and President
www.stewietotherescue.org

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Good morning, everyone. Welcome to Tuesday. We did it. We got through the harsh Monday and before you know it, it's "weekend-city."


Many people surrender their pets due to the high costs of owning an animal. Its always good to understand what's ahead.

Knowledge is power, so check it out: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/27/your-money/27wealth.html?_r=1

ttys

- Stewie

www.stewietotherescue.org

Monday, November 29, 2010

Damn you, Jack Frost!

Hello everyone.  Welcome to Monday.

The long weekend is over.  The turkey is gone.  The cranberries are dried up.  Its cold out.  Very cold.

It seems like yesterday it was summer out, but now Jack Frost is baring his gruesome, icy fangs.  Its time to put away the shorts and tee shirts and pull out the itchy sweaters and thick winter coats.

If you're paying attention at all, you're picking up I'm not a big fan of winter.  Truth is, every year around this time I say to myself that I've had enough and that I wouldn't be here this time next year.  Every year, I'm still here.

So, since I'm once again subjecting myself to the frigid weather, I think we should talk about how our pets are also affected by the elements and how to protect them.  Ready?  Keep them inside.  Just kidding...sort of.

I happened to find an interesting and informative article (from the ASPCA) that gives an overview of some preventative measures you can apply toward your dogs to keep them warm and protect them.

Go to: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/pet-care-tips/cold-weather-tips.html , I think its definitely worth a look. 

You love your dog.  Your dog loves you.  Keep your best friend warm and safe.  They'd do the same for you.

- Stewie

www.stewietotherescue.org

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Don't go, weekend...please don't go!

Morning, everyone.  It's Sunday.  Our fun day.  Our, "I don't have to run day".

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekends.  Unfortunately, like all good things, there is a beginning and an end (Matrix reference).  Monday is looming, but seize the day and enjoy this Sunday before the shadow of Monday gets too close.

That all being said, let me ease into a a video that both impresses and depresses me. 

 Let the dance begin: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rq99pAYIGvg

I have often been accused of having two left feet.  To be frank (as opposed to Carl), I am a very poor dancer.  I accept this.  Some things are just what they are.

This dog is purely amazing.  He puts me and several other uncoordinated geeks to shame.  As if I didn't have enough reminders of my vast imperfections, now I have to be served by a canine friend.  Jeez.

Also, as a reminder....







Please join us for our FIRST Trivia Night!

Each player on each team will only have to pay ten bucks.

The winning team will get a $50 bar tab (maybe $100) and each member will get a Gold Pass to Chelsea Piers.

Each Gold Pass includes...

1 - A Day Pass to their Health Club (Swimming pool, sun deck, basketball court, cardio equip, etc)
2 - $15 pre-paid ball card and club rental for their golf driving range.
3 - Admission and skate rental at Sky Rink.
4 - 5 batting cage tokens at the Field House (50 balls)
5 - Free shoe rental with purchase of game at 300 New York (Bowling)
6 - Admission for one child and one adult at The Field House's Toddler Adventure Center.

Wow.

So, please join us - It'll be fun, it's for a great cause, and you could win a cool prize.

Thanks,

Stewie to the Rescue!
www.stewietotherescue.org

Saturday, November 27, 2010

They build heroes in all shapes and sizes...even with fur.

Good morning and a very happy Saturday to all our friends.

I don't know about anyone else, but I'm still full from Thanksgiving and somewhat shell-shocked from the incredible traffic I experienced yesterday aka Black Friday.  Its been quite a week, but its been fun.

Despite the good times, I do happen to have a peeve directly related to Thanksgiving.  

I hate it when people after just consuming a small amount of turkey, claim its made them sleepy and all that.  They go on and on about it.  Make jokes and such. I wouldn't mind so much if just about everyone didn't say it with a chuckle while embracing their laziness.

Yes, turkey does contain an amino acid called L-tryptophan, but for it to actually impact someone, they have to eat an enormous about of turkey...nearly a whole bird.  

A few plate fulls will not be enough to "drug" someone, what will is eating such an enormous amount of food that digestion is over taxed and blood flow is slowed down considerably.

These same people then plop on the family couch and release a bevy of audible body noises and then pass out.  It wasn't the turkey's fault!!!

Okay, thanks for letting me vent.  Now back to topic.

Over the weekend I had an article brought to my attention by our founder, Harris Bloom.  The article features a dog named, Cassius, who was saved prior to be subject to euthanasia and later went on to become an amazing rescue dog.

This fantastic animal was awarded the Humane Fund Award for Canine Excellence by the American kennel Club and his valuable sniffer helped find sign of life after the earthquake in Haiti, in Sri Lanka following the 2004 tsunami, in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina flooded the city. 

Plain and simple, yet another story of a man's best friend rising to the occasion.  Pretty amazing stuff.


Have a great weekend...and keep digesting.

- Stewie

Friday, November 26, 2010

Anger on Target.....

According to Merriam Webster's online dictionary, anger is defined as: a strong feeling of displeasure and usually of antagonism.


Many people think negatively about the word and the expressions it conveys, but in truth,  anger isn't necessarily a bad thing.


Anger allows people to express their frustration and shows that we have the capacity to be passionate about a person, cause, or situation.  It illustrates that we have feelings that are well rounded, as we can't always be content or composed all of the time.


There's a story that I never got a chance to blog about that really stuck with me and the details made me angry.




The story involves a dog named "Target", who has been credited in saving several soldiers from a potential bomb attempt in Afghanistan.


As Target settled in with master Sgt. Terry Young, a National Guard Member, she slipped out of the yard and was picked up as a stray.



After being held, the horrific happened, a shelter worker mistakenly took Target out of her pen instead of another dog and euthanized her, even though the dog was not scheduled to be put down.


Let me make clear...I think ANY dog being put down is totally wrong and disgusting.  An animal being silenced is atrocious, whatever the circumstances.


What happened to Target is just a story that happened to show up on my radar due to its media exposure, as opposed to the thousands of cases that go unrecorded.  (To read full article, visit: http://www.aolnews.com/nation/article/hero-dog-is-euthanized-by-accident-in-ariz-shelter/19719549 )


Despite horrible stories like this, there are also positive ones, too.  There are people who aim to change things.  Those who use their anger in a positive way, to fuel their efforts towards making things better.


We aim to contribute and join our passion towards this cause with others who share a love for these animals.  We truly think that together beneficial changes can be made and lives can be saved.


Anger isn't necessarily a bad thing, especially if its presented and used in a way that aims to work toward something good.


Just ask the band Rage Against the Machine....they'll tell you that "Anger is a gift..."

TTYS

- Stewie
www.stewietotherescue.org

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

So...we've made it.  Its another year.  Another November.  Another Thanksgiving.

Now, I know when you think Thanksgiving, you think turkey, stuffing, family gatherings, and football (especially this year...some really interesting match-ups happening).

These are all positive and delicious things, but in embracing them, we should try to reflect upon the other reasons why we're thankful.

We should count our blessings.  We should relish in the amazing families, friends, and pets in our lives.  The ones that are always there, that we might overlook and under appreciate.  We should give Thanks and appreciate what we have and hold them close to us. 

As we roll up our sleeves, pull up our chairs, and prepare to chow down, we should also keep some things in mind in regard to our pets.  Though, we're prepared to pig out, our dogs shouldn't be joining us.



Here's an article you should check out regarding the do's and don'ts relating to your dogs and holiday meals.  Give it a look: http://www.doghobbyist.com/articles/DogHobbyist/Thanksgiving.html

Have a great Thanksgiving!!!!

- Stewie
www.stewietotherescue.org

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

NYC: Mark 12/7 down on your calendars and put on your thinking caps!


Please join us for our FIRST Trivia Night!

Each player on each team will only have to pay ten bucks.

The winning team will get a $50 bar tab (maybe $100) and each member will get a Gold Pass to Chelsea Piers.

Each Gold Pass includes...

1 - A Day Pass to their Health Club (Swimming pool, sun deck, basketball court, cardio equip, etc)


2 - $15 pre-paid ball card and club rental for their golf driving range.


3 - Admission and skate rental at Sky Rink.


4 - 5 batting cage tokens at the Field House (50 balls)


5 - Free shoe rental with purchase of game at 300 New York (Bowling)


6 - Admission for one child and one adult at The Field House's Toddler Adventure Center.

Wow!!!
So, please join us - It'll be fun, it's for a great cause, and you could win a cool prize.

Thanks,

Stewie to the Rescue!
www.stewietotherescue.org

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

They DESERVE a second chance....

Of course everyone knows about Michael Vick and the atrocities he committed in regard to his pits, but what about the dogs now?  Where are they?  How are they doing?

Well, remarkably, instead of being put down, they are in the process of being rehabilitated.  This is a great thing.  They've been given a second chance that they truly deserve because they were a victim of circumstance and horrid, disgusting, blatant abuse.

It wasn't their fault!

What's frustrating is that the person who put them through so much turmoil, who callously abused and manipulated them, is off collecting a big salary...doing his best to sweep his marred, tattered, and criminal past under the carpet.

Disgusting.

 To get a little more insight as to what's happenings with the dogs, visit: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/09/20/earlyshow/contributors/debbyeturner/main6884094.shtml

The bottom line?  Treat your animals right and don't feel bad hoping that Michael Vick takes a serious beating on the Football field. 

On a related note, for more on fellow dog lovers who aren't okay with letting that piece of crap (aka Michael Vick) off the hook, check out this article: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=%2Fg%2Fa%2F2009%2F11%2F03%2Fpetscol110309.DTL


Until next time....

- Stewie
www.stewietotherescue.org

Monday, November 22, 2010

Case of the Mondays? (11/22)

Good morning and happy Monday to everyone.  In many cases, Mondays are generally the most dreaded day of the week.

Most of us watch the clock on Friday, waiting for 5pm to come around, then we openly embrace the weekend, doing our best to leave the week behind us.  Monday is spoiler.  Monday is the official end of fun and merriment and means a return to the workforce.

Despite the negative stigma that Mondays bring, I happened across a video that really moved me.  It features a downed dog in the middle of a busy intersection that is pursued and eventually saved by another dog.

This dog risks life and limb to combat the deadly traffic conditions to save his fellow canine friend.

I don't know about you, but I think there's just something great about that.  On my part, it certainly helped me ease into my Monday a little better, maybe it can help yours too.

Check out the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgjyhKN_35g

Enjoy your day.  Only 4 more to go til' the weekend..lol.

- Stewie

http://www.stewietotherescue.org/