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


- Stewie


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


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.


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


Stewie to the Rescue!

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..."


- Stewie

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

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.

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


Stewie to the Rescue!

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.


 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

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


Sunday, November 21, 2010

More than just man's best friend???

Good morning and Happy Sunday to all.

We've all heard the adage about dogs being man's best friend, but did you know that they might actually even improve your health, too?

Yet another reason to love your dog.

Check out the article: http://www.usatoday.com/life/lifestyle/pets/2010-09-07-fivereasons07_ST_N.htm




Saturday, November 20, 2010

Why buying a puppy for Christmas is a VERY bad idea......

Happy Saturday to all.  We hope you're enjoying your weekend.

Today's edition of the blog focuses on puppies and the holiday season.  Despite what you might think, buying a puppy for Christmas isn't as good as an idea as you might think it is.  Actually...its a really...really...really...really (see where this is going?)...really bad idea.

Perhaps after reading this article, you might see what we mean: http://www.welcomepup.com/blog/buying-a-dog-for-christmas/

Please don't hesitate to comment or leave your thoughts with us, whether its on our blogs or at: www.stewietotherescue.org

- Stewie

Friday, November 19, 2010

Our Next Comedy Fundraiser!

Happy Friday, friends. 

We at Stewie To The Rescue just want to touch base and let you know about our next comedy fundrasier!

It's gonna be on December 22nd @ The Comic Strip (1568 2nd Ave #1) and would love to see you come down.

As always, we will be delivering the utmost in entertainment as we laugh, inform, and celebrate our animals.  Besides the usual fantastic activities, we will also be featuring a raffle and some other great surprises.  Please mark the date down on your calendar and check back for more updates regarding the show. 

In addition to the upcoming show, Stewie To The Rescue wanted to announce we have added a new Director of PR/Marketing to our group, Carl Catania.

Carl can be reached for any questions or inquiries at:  StewiePR@gmail.com

Finally, we want to appeal to anyone who can aid us in raising funds to help our furry friends.  We are always looking for sponsors, contributors, and volunteers to help us to continue to fight the good fight.

If you are interested in helping out, please contact Carl at: StewiePR@gmail.com  or visit our site:

Thanks and talk to you soon,

Your friends at Stewie To The Rescue.

This sucks...

Animals are wonderful.  I think anyone who has a pet can agree.  They are our friends, companions, and even become a part of our families.

Unfortunately, there are times when things go painfully wrong, as in the story at the link below:


Please, microchip your animal so this wont happen to you.


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Michael Vick Will Not Be Forgiven

Please check out the link below to read about a dog owner's feelings toward Michael Vick.


Personally, I will never watch a game he is a part of.

Harris Bloom
Founder and President

Items in the News (11/18)

From NYCDog about the effects of NYC's AC&C budget cuts:

We need to alert as many New York pet owners as possible to micro chip their pets and REGISTER the information and make sure their pets are wearing collars with updated identification tags at all times.
This includes pets lost or found on Long Island as well.  It is possible their pet would be picked up as someone was on their way to work and dropped off at a city shelter.

Due to the DOH budget cuts the New York City Animal Care & Control agency is no longer helping reunite lost and found pets.
-          NYCACC has closed its call center
-          NYCACC will no longer take Lost & Found reports for pets that have gone missing or animals that have been found
-          NYCACC will no longer assist reuniting lost pets that come into the city shelters with their families
-          People MUST visit the Animal Care & Control shelters in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island every other day to check all cages and see if their lost pet is there.  Even if a pet is picked up in Queens, it may be turned in to the Manhattan or Staten Island shelter.
-          Animals turned into the shelters will only be held for 72 hours
-          After the hold time is up, the animals will be put up for adoption or euthanized!
-          There is NO guarantee even if the pet is wearing a collar with tags, or has a micro chip, that NYCACC will contact the owner to come and pick up their pet.

NYCACC are directing people to file lost and found reports on line at the
Petharbor.com website.  A large problem is that many people misidentify dogs and many of the dogs posted on the AC&C website www.nycacc.org do not have photos.  There is NO ONE at the city shelters helping to match these reports to those animals that are at the shelter! 

Family pets will be killed or adopted if they are not found by their owners within the 72 hours that they are brought into the shelter!  It can take weeks, sometimes months before a pet is found and brought into the shelter.  Checking all three shelters every other day is not an easy task for a lost pet owner to do for weeks on end.

It is incredible that this is happening in the greatest city in the world! 

These pets are a part of people’s families!!  For some, it is their ONLY family!

We MUST push to get the Call Center reopened and have someone at each of the shelters doing match ups for these lost and found pets!

A Thank You.....

Good morning, everyone.  We at Stewie To The Rescue just wanted to thank all the good folks who came down to Gotham Comedy Club last night for our event.

We value your support and want you to know that together we can make a difference in animal's life.



Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Come out, SUPPORT, and LAUGH....tonight (11/17) @ 8pm!!!!

Please join us for our JOINT DakodaLove/Stewie to the Rescue comedy fundraiser tonight (11/17), @ 8pm!!!
We've assembled an All Star line-up of comics, including... VINNIE NARDIELLO (Sirius XM) YONAH WARD GROSSMAN (Gotham Comedy Club) ADRIENNE IAPALUCCI (Last Comic Standing) DANNY COHEN (Comedy Central) JOE DEVITO (Late, Late Show w/Craig Ferguson) and hosted by ... HARRIS BLOOM (Founder and President of Stewie to the Rescue!) The cover charge is $15 (all of which goes to Stewie to the Rescue! and DakodaLove) and a two-drink minimum. There will also be a raffle and an art auction! PLEASE, make reservations with:
208 W 23rd Street
New York, NY
Thanks and hope to ya there there! Stewie to the Rescue! www.stewietotherescue.org