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Archive for February, 2008

Can you help this puppy?

Uber is a sweet, likely purebred Doberman and is crate-trained, housebroken and trained in basic obedience. She adores people and other dogs and is spayed and up to date on her shots.

Uber was abandoned in the night drop box at Berkeley Animal Control several months ago. She had a severely infected broken jaw. She was only 7 weeks old.

She was taken to the Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society (BEBHS) veterinary hospital where she was treated for her broken jaw and infection. Unfortunately after her jaw had healed, they discovered her left rear leg was growing abnormally.

Uber needs specialized surgery beyond the humane society’s capacity to fix her injured leg. They are raising money for her surgery, which could cost up to $4,000. They are also looking for a home for Uber with someone who can care for her. She could develop problems with her leg or jaw as she grows, but that can’t be predicted right now.

** If you are interested in learning more about Uber, please contact Mary Giuffrida at 510-845-7735, or mgiuffrida@berkeleyhumane.org

** To make a donation toward the cost of Uber’s surgery, please visit http://www.berkeleyhumane.org and click on Emergency Medical Fund link, or contact the BEBHS Development Department at 510-845-7735, ext. 19.

The Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society helps hundreds of animals each year needing medical care to ensure they are healthy and adoptable, Please visit http://www.berkeleyhumane.org for updates and to learn more about their many special programs.

Thanks for caring! /Gary

Posted on Monday, February 4th, 2008
Under: Doberman, dogs | 1 Comment »

Elephant to predict Super Bowl winner by kicking field goals

Sometimes you get the strangest press releases when you work at a newspaper.

“ …SIX FLAGS DISCOVERY KINGDOM WILL ASK AN AFRICAN ELEPHANT TO PREDICT THE WINNERS OF THE SUPER BOWL BY KICKING FOOTBALLS OVER A SET OF GOAL POSTS. … “

After all the grief Six Flags in Vallejo has taken over the years for its mishandling of elephants and other wild marine and land mammals, it’s hard to believe they would set up a stupid, degrading publicity stunt like this. Completely insensitive.

Hey, maybe if the elephant is any good, the New England Patriots will draft it to be their field goal kicker for the 2008 season. /Gary

Posted on Friday, February 1st, 2008
Under: Elephants, Stupid Stunt | No Comments »