SparkPeople Animal Lovers Team Messageboard Those who love, respect, and support all creatures! SparkPeople Animal Lovers Team Messageboard I'm new Hello! My name is Joellen, but I prefer to be called Jo. I just rejoined SP yesterday and I'm a huge animal lover!! I stumbled upon this team page and wanted to join!! Thu, 4 Jun 2020 11:37:07 EST Piglets & A Baby Goat! Our 2 Potbellies had their babies!!! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And one of our Goats had a baby girl! <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 17 Mar 2020 07:47:54 EST Hello - New to the Team! Hi everyone! I'm new to the team! Was looking for an "active" team &amp; found you guys! So excited! So, I run a small 5 acre Farm Animal Rescue. I currently have and care for 18 goats, 4 Rabbits, 4 Potbelly Pigs, 3 Miniature Horses, 2 Full Size Horses, A Donkey, 2 Geese, 10 Ducks, 6 Barred Rock Chicks, 2 Red Hens &amp; 2 Roosters, 3 Cats &amp; 5 Dogs! Needless to say... they keep me busy! I absolutely LOVE what I do, but it can be quite stressful a lot of the time. Anyhow, I'm so glad to be ... Sat, 14 Mar 2020 07:33:10 EST Pet-Sitters/Dog Walkers: Professional Training How many of you on here have received professional pet/sitting training? If so, with what organization? If not, what were your selling points? <em>239</em> <em>200</em> <em>338</em> <em>172</em> <em>586</em> <em>583</em> Wed, 11 Mar 2020 21:52:34 EST Animals that Crossed this Log in a Year A repost from the Birds Across America Team. <BR> <BR> For the last few years, Robert Bush Sr has set up a remote camera by ‘the log’. Located over a creek in the mountains of Pennsylvania, an incredible range of animals cross this log each year and it’s fascinating to just appreciate nature in all its diversity. It's 5 min. long, but worth it! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>mals-crossing-log-compilation/?fbclid=<BR>IwAR2BIpEn81Da7P3a2GL85fNtOOsqLC_535kQ<BR>15gu8T... Wed, 11 Mar 2020 17:36:01 EST Hello Fellow Animal Lovers My name is Janet and I am a retread to Spark People and new to the group. I have 4 dogs - 1 is a Labrador mix named Debra, 1 is her son, a Lab/Newfie mix named Gideon, 1 is a Hound mix named Sasha, and our oldest is a Heeler mix named Rizzo. All are rescues. We currently live in Nevada but are preparing to move our family to Oregon at the end of the month if all goes as planned. I am 56 years old and am ready for some change in my life. I want to make better choices related to food, I wa... Tue, 11 Feb 2020 02:17:35 EST Old School Vs New School animal Treatment Hi I am new to the forum. I grew up with a sheltie in my childhood and had cats for most of my adult life. I also do pet-sitting and dog walking as a side hustle. <BR> <BR> I currently walk a 15 and a half year old male cocker spaniel and I have done this 3 years and 4 months. I also walk an 8 year old golden retriever. I have known him for 6 and a half years. In the second scenario I am assisting a disabled adult, helping her walk her dog by going with her, as a form of exercise or I have... Tue, 21 Jan 2020 21:47:19 EST Wish List for an Animal Shelter Hi all, I am the PR/ Volunteer Manager/Event Coordinator for a small local animal shelter. I would love to hear others input as to what you would want as a wish list for an animal shelter. No idea is too big or too small. Thu, 19 Dec 2019 19:45:40 EST Animal lover- especially the hippo! Hey team, <BR> <BR> New to this, but thought I'd give it a shot. I am a huge animal lover. There are however a few that I am scared of, so maybe I don't love them all equally? I know I love hippos the most. We sadly can't have any pets at our apartment, so I am severely lacking from animal interaction, but I do enjoy the videos I find online sometime. Growing up we used to rescue any animal that came to us. In fact, up until recently almost every animal we ever had...found us somehow. It's ... Sat, 30 Nov 2019 15:11:40 EST Hi, New here. I am new to this forum. I have been with SP a couple of weeks now. I have two dogs. Missy and Tiny. They are a mix between german shepherds and siberian huskies. They are 4 months old. I am starting to train them. It is hard as I am the only one who can do it as my husband works all the time. I love taking care of my dogs. They are like babies to me. They are outside dogs. They have a kennel that is 20 x 10 x 6 ft. I have a paddling pool for them and shelter with shade. They love playing in t... Sat, 17 Aug 2019 22:39:06 EST What traits do you like in your favorite animals? In my dogs, unconditional love, loyalty, waging tails, <BR> In wolves, mate for life, beautiful, pack oriented, smart Wed, 10 Apr 2019 21:31:14 EST Hello everyone I am new to this page and was very happy to see it!!! I LOVE animals~no doubt. If I had my choice I would have a couple of each! My main thought on animals is that in my eyes, they love me unconditionally, they don't judge and they have a heart, feelings, spirit and soul!! I feel this with animal, birds, reptiles …… I currently have 2 dogs, 4 cats (3 inside/1 outside) 3 chinchillas, 13 adult goats and as of today 17 baby goats and waiting on last doe to deliver! 4 peacocks, 3 jacobin an... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 00:36:27 EST Hi I'm new to the forum Hi I'm Janet and though dogs are my favorite animals (I have 4 of them), I truly have a passion for all animals. It would be nice to meet other animal lovers here. Please feel free to add me as a friend if you would like. Sun, 4 Mar 2018 17:50:19 EST broken toe nails I have a pit bull that is 2 years old and is on 25 mg of azathroprine every other day for immune-mediated polyarthritis. Her toe nails keep splitting and breaking. She doesn't walk on cement. My back yard is soft dirt. She lives inside with me, with carpet floor. We might run after the ball and jump for the ball for about 5, to 10 minutes if the weather is not too hot or cold. My vet isn't worried about this, but it concerns me. I can't find any relation to the polyarthritis and brittle... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 20:39:05 EST 'Bone Treats' for Dogs 'Bone Treats' for Dogs Linked with 90 Pet Illnesses, 15 Deaths <BR> <BR> "The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning dog owners that pet products known as "bone treats" — which are real bones that are processed and packaged for sale — could cause serious illness and even death in pets.... <BR> <BR> These treats may be dried through smoking or baking and may contain preservatives, seasonings and other flavorings. A number of different bone-treat products were described in the rep... Wed, 29 Nov 2017 23:39:03 EST another newbie on here Hi, I just joined this team. I'm a vegan living on a 9-acre property and last night I adopted 15 two+ year old hens! Within the last month I also adopted 9 half-grown khaki campbell ducks (all ladies), and 2 chihuahuas from CA. So I am officially full up around here! The little ducks were more than half wild but are calming down. One of the dogs is pretty feral too, but is already going off the leash on walks (I live in a remote area and we don't walk on roads). <BR> <BR> I couldn't decide... Thu, 14 Sep 2017 07:29:18 EST Hello everyone! Hi everyone, new to Spark here (day 5). I had an injury to my feet in 2008 (they were the victim of a 500lb pallet dropping on them) and ever since, I just kind of let myself go. I used to be a healthy, active person but I lost interest in taking care of myself for a while. After I weighed myself recently and saw myself in a picture, I realized I needed to make some changes. So here I am! I've lost 2lbs (with the help of my walking partner/furbaby, Jake) since I started and I'm feeling really... Fri, 14 Jul 2017 11:25:33 EST Team Points-- -They're back! 3 pits. Sat, 8 Jul 2017 13:18:47 EST I have a cat that bleps She will stretch and arch her back and her tongue will just kinda fall out and she sometimes forgets to stick it back in her mouth. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> She is my emotional support animal and has been incredible in that department. As soon as I brought her home my baseline mood lifted. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here is her rescue st... Tue, 2 May 2017 18:45:12 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 26 Nov 2016 14:31:44 EST Rescue Mom I am new, LOL! I guess everyone in this topic is.. Tue, 22 Nov 2016 13:00:18 EST Silly pet nicknames Pinkytoosh Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:40:10 EST New little friend On saturday when I was in my yard a little surprise approached me from under our RV; a small, half starved and dehydrated, pregnant kitty. I did what I could to find the owner and still waiting to hear from the local animal shelter to see if anyone has called. We decided to feed and water her and she ate and ate and ate like she hadn't in days. We took to our vet yesterday to find out that she is due in about 2 weeks, has ear mites, eye infection and she's approximately 2 years old. Needl... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:49:14 EST Hi I'm new here Hello I'm Shannon I have 4 dogs and fostering 3 more dogs and 2 cats. Fri, 30 Sep 2016 19:12:16 EST new to this team Hi. I'm new to this team. I have a German Shepherd and a long haired cat, but I love all animals. <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 3 Sep 2016 23:29:56 EST HI, may I join your team? My name is Dorothy, but am called Nena by my 6 Grandkids. I am married and we live in Wisconsin, I have 3 dogs and 6 cats that call our house their home. Our 6 cats were all rescues, one a rehoming, three new babies abandoned and two that were adopted from our vet, when they stole my husbands heart. We have two new puppies that joined our house this past Easter, our first little size dogs. We have always had rescued big dogs but wanted smaller to be easier to take along with us on our c... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 13:20:32 EST Oxymorons - contradictory phrases fine mess Tue, 21 Jun 2016 08:51:51 EST Homophones - words sounds the same but different Spring / spring Sun, 19 Jun 2016 08:38:29 EST 2 legged and 4 legged babies! Hi all, I'm new! I have 2 two legged kids and a four legged one. My four legged baby is a Husky and I was curious if anyone has any grooming tips/tricks aside from seeing a professional. He sheds all the time and is miserable under all that fur :( My poor baby! Tue, 7 Jun 2016 10:31:41 EST Smile <img src=""> Mon, 30 May 2016 11:54:36 EST Bird Lovers Here? I only have two indoor pets, a sun conure and a parrotlet, but I've really gotten into watching the birds that come to our yard. Just in the past two weeks, I've seen an eagle fly over--a first to me--and a beautiful new blue bird at the feeder who turned out to be a gnat catcher. We used to have chickens, but after the Great Raccoon Massacre we just called it quits. I can only take so much loss and we've had raccoons, skunks, hawks, and foxes that caused problems. <BR> <BR> I'd love to hea... Thu, 26 May 2016 16:09:34 EST Siriradha Redux! I'm back on the SP wagon again! It's been 5 years and when I knew I needed to lose weight, I knew who to visit. <BR> <BR> I brought along some friends this time: high blood pressure, thyroid problems, sugar addiction, lack of energy, dry mouth, and esophageal spasmst to name a few. I'm looking forward to ditching those guys ASAP! <BR> <BR> All encouragement welcomed! Free hugs whenever you want one! Thu, 26 May 2016 15:50:44 EST cushings disease in cats Hi SparkFriends, <BR> <BR> I just found out this morning that my elderly male cat has Cushings Disease - likely caused by long term use of steroids. Have any of you had any experience with this or do any of you have any tips, advice or info to guide me through this process? <BR> <BR> Many Thanks! <BR> Jen <BR> <BR> Fri, 18 Mar 2016 13:28:33 EST My problem children So the other day I made a list of things my cat Ed has eaten: <BR> ~Silicon Pastry Brush <BR> ~Silicon Spatula <BR> ~the rubber thingy on your crockpot lid <BR> ~aluminium foil <BR> ~dry pasta <BR> ~flour (yes plain flour) <BR> ~Stole a pork chop off of the stove top (it was on a sheet pan) before going into the oven while my roommate's back was turned. <BR> ~Chicken breast (garlic too *sigh*) that was cooking IN the crockpot <BR> ~Raisin brand cereal <BR> ~Potatoes <BR> ~dry tea leaves <BR> ... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 03:37:01 EST Hello All! I'm new to this team but not new to Spark People. My name is Jackie and I have 4 or 6 cats. Ed (3) and Crash (3) are here with me in FL, JD (8) and DiNozzo (11) live in NH with my uncle and mom respectively, and Shiva (11) and Ifrit (7) are the boyfriend's cats (FL) but I love them as my own even though they don't love me :( <BR> <BR> I put their ages in (), I have a wide range of Cattitudes of each of them but I love them all even though sometimes they make me super angry especially Ed Tue, 1 Mar 2016 03:24:02 EST Guinea Pigs for pets Does anybody have guinea pigs for pets like I do ? I have 2 girl guinea Pigs and they are friendly and love attention . Sun, 28 Feb 2016 20:49:29 EST What Is Your Animal Personality? Are you curious to discover what your animal personality is? Are you a wise owl, a loyal dog or maybe, an independent cat? Take this fun short quiz and find out and then let us know. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>id=19480 </link> <BR> <BR> I'm a Sweet Bear! <BR> <BR> You are a very warm and loving person. You love to enjoy quality time with your friends and family, venture out and laugh at every opportunity. You have a big heart, you love to help, and people a... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 14:47:59 EST Hi I am new And I am not good at this. I have 3 dogs and 4 cats they are all rescued. I have 2 parrots also. They are over 20 years old. My dog Booboo saved me when I was in real need. Animals are there for you always. They make you move. They need to be walked. I make all there food, and care for them like children. Wed, 17 Feb 2016 14:28:16 EST I'm new Hi everyone. I'm new to all of this. I'm 35 with 2 kids. My furbabies run the house though. I have 6 cats Jo Jo, Leo, Scaredy, Ramsey, Pancake and Ellie. Each of them have a story about how they adopted us. Most of them were homeless and found their way to our house. And I couldn't turn them away. Ellie I adopted as a surprise for my fiance after we lost our precious Dolly to leukemia. Then we have Rufus, Todd and Echo. Our dogs. They're the protectors of the home. Even though one is a Chihua... Mon, 15 Feb 2016 21:01:32 EST Hello Hi everyone! I'm a returning member. Let's see. I love music, animals, and crafting. I work nontraditional hours (overnights, holidays, weekends) and I'm trying to eventually lose about 60lbs. Sat, 23 Jan 2016 23:58:54 EST Hi, new here Hello, I am new here. I have 4 dogs - two rat terriers, a german shepard and a Rottweiler/coon hound mix. You would think this crazy household would keep me active but winter is very hard for us since I get home after dark everyday. Just wanted to saw hi and see what this "team" thing is about. Thu, 21 Jan 2016 15:28:18 EST Hi! My name is Tennille and I'm a 40-year-old female living with my boyfriend Don. We live in Michigan. We are daily YouTube vloggers. We have several pets: a border collie named Tug, 3 tabby cats and one black cat. The young cats are all children of Tiger. The kittens' names are Dotty, Sammy and Stuart. We rescued Tug from a friend of my parents. She kept the poor guy outside in a kennel for 2 years after she found him wandering around. Later on she ran across his previous owner, who had... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 15:41:27 EST Favorite Animal Story We all have our favorite animals, but we need to continue this.... tell us a favorite animal story! What I like to hear when someone talks about their friends are their names! It makes the story much more colorful! It is sometimes amazing how the name fits the animal, don't you think? <BR> <BR> So you are on this spark team about being an animal lover... tell us a story! Tell us your favorite story! Tell us your animal stories! If the animal is personally acquainted to you... names! Wed, 2 Sep 2015 14:26:38 EST What is your favorite animal? You love animals! You are on this Spark Team! What is your favorite animal? Do you have a picture? Please post them! They are our unconditional friends! Let's share them!?!??! Tell us a story! Tue, 1 Sep 2015 19:14:53 EST Jumpy Hyper Dog Does anyone one else sometimes want to (not literally) kill their dogs? More explain to them that jumping onto the bed and thus onto mommies quite tender mammary glands? <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> Yes I know he needs exercise but I'm recovering from surgery. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 11:09:00 EST Noah's Ark / A-Z Antarctic Fur Seal Sat, 27 Jun 2015 13:09:55 EST A 30-Day Challenge for Pet Lovers SP announced today: <BR> <BR> "There's no question that owning a pet can be great for your health. Our pets melt away stress, make great workout buddies, and are constant sources of unconditional love. So, it's only fair that we return the favor and treat our four-legged companions with as much love and care as possible. Our friends at Nature’s Recipe believe that all pets deserve to live long, vibrant lives. That's why they focus on providing real, delicious pet food at a real value. We are... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 00:16:35 EST First time here Hi team <BR> <BR> I am new at this Spark Team Forums, I am single mom of 2 teenage children and I own several pets (Golden retriever, Schipperke, 3 guinea pigs and my big old fluffy kitty. Mon, 1 Jun 2015 23:18:14 EST A lot older and wiser since my last post Hello everyone <BR> <BR> It has been several years since I have posted here. I'm now 69 and 22 pounds lighter since my last post. I'd like to think I'm healthier now. I'm definitely more active but I'm nowhere near where I need to be. I'm now retired so time is no longer an excuse for not working out or eating right. Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:32:29 EST Cat Allergy and Natural Treatment So, last night Louie and Lily had their visit to the vet. It was probably more traumatic for me, although Louie would disagree, I'm sure. I would have put it off a bit longer, but Louie has been pulling the fur out from his front legs more than usual. He had this issue when I first got him from the shelter. They said it was from a bad declaw job (don't get me started declawing!). It left his little foot a bit deformed also. As the fur had grown back and he didn't seem to do it anymore, I kept... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 10:18:17 EST Hello fellow pet lovers! I'm new to the team. I've got lots of furry, feathered, and finned kids. I've been struggling to get my weight down for about 8 months after a medication put 40 pounds on me. I have a wired ankle and a blown shoulder so exercise is painful. I've had lots of stomach issues and just found out my stomach no longer works properly and I have to go on a low fiber/low residue diet. Does anyone else on the team have diverticulosis and gastroparesis and if so, what is working best for you? <BR> B... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 14:12:40 EST Introduction Hi <BR> I am also back and looking to lose some weight and get healthier. I have struggled as my job is a sit at your desk all day kind of job and have gained so much weight from lack of the normal physical exercise I used to get. <BR> I also raise livestock and do chores every day but seems that when you get older takes more exercise to keep it off. I do really well at work. I'm not a snacker at work and eat healthy but at night sometimes I have fallen into a later night snacking problem. ... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:06:05 EST Food for cats with kidney disease My 13 y/o cat is in the very early stages of kidney failure. He does not act sick, the only signs are more water drinking and more peeing. Blood tests showed everything normal except for kidney function. The vet said that at this early stage, there is still a possibility of reversing it with the proper diet. <BR> <BR> Have you ever tried to educate a cat about "proper diet?" HAHAHA... yeah.... <BR> <BR> He will not eat any of the prescription foods. He has been on canned food for years, b... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 11:05:47 EST Adoption Day! At my church when someone adopts a child there is a party/celebration to welcome the new family member into its new family and into the church. I know the excitement of adopting a new family member but there was no party for me. Instead, there were people who said, "are you crazy?" "Are you sure you want to do this?" "It is a big responsibility?" <BR> I didn't care what they thought....wait...I am getting ahead of myself. <BR> <BR> On my Facebook page, I am "friends" with my ... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 10:10:06 EST Hello everyone I'm new to this team <em>524</em> My name is Dawn.I'm 49 year old,I have two kids and a wonderful husband who I been married to for 26 years.I have two dogs,a black lab and the other one is a mix of a lab and boarder collie.We love to go camping. Hoping to loss some weight and get healthy once a for all.So I feel better and can do more things.I live in Lancaster,Pa.Glad to be on the team. Fri, 6 Feb 2015 13:23:27 EST Thank you everyone for such a warm welcome ! As you know, living in N.W Pennsylvania, we have a lot of snow, the freezing rain hardened the snow on the ground and my Aussie Fergus cut his paw on a rough edge. Poor boy, we just started to get back into walking too, now I've lost my fitness partner for 2 weeks. The vet said to consider buying him a set of "Nylaboots" I think is what she called them, so that will be my next purchase. I guess for now I'm on my own !! Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:46:32 EST Hello there I thought I would join this animal loving bunch as I myself love animals. I have an Aussie named Fergus and 2 cats Zoe and Juels, Juels is my baby that I hand raised since she was 2 days old, I TRY not to show favoritism !! oh, and I need to lose weight. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 05:21:19 EST Hi everyone! My name is Heather and I am a 34 year old mom of 1. My son is 7 and has aspergers syndrome, my husband is a truck driver and is out 2 weeks at a time, and my mom (who lives with us) was just recently diagnosed with cancer. Life around here is pretty stressful right now and I don't get alot of time to focus on working on me. When I'm not stressing out about everyone else I like to play video games, mostly sim type games or tycoon games.I am also going back to school to get my high school diplo... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 02:43:22 EST Hello fellow animal lovers! Hey! My name is Renee and I am a big animal lover! I grew up with all kinds of animals around me all the time. I currently inherited 2 dogs, a Shih tzu and very old Chichuahua, and 2 cockatiels. I look forward to chatting with you all and learning new things. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Fri, 16 Jan 2015 14:19:23 EST This is me... I'm a 32 year old mom with a full time job. Recently separated, now going through a divorce. <BR> <BR> I figured it time for me to focus on me! So eating right and exercising at a gym and with a personal trainer... Lets see where this goes! Fri, 16 Jan 2015 13:20:23 EST New to your group Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I am glad to be part of this group. I am a dog person and an animal and environmental activist. <BR> <BR> I cant wait to see what the discussions are going to be. <BR> <BR> Have a very safe and happy new year. <BR> <BR> Ilayna Wed, 31 Dec 2014 13:11:05 EST Hello fellow animal lovers! Happy to have found this group! <BR> My name is Nikki and I am married to my best friend and we have one son who just started college this past Fall. We live in Texas but lived in Alaska for 13 years prior...however I am a New England girl first and foremost. <BR> <BR> I'm the proud and lucky fur-mama to Vivi, a Chihuahua/Dachshund/we think a little terrier too. We rescued her 4.5 years ago and her age was estimated to be 3 or 4 years old so she could be 7 or 8 now. She is pure joy. We f... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 14:45:15 EST hello and good walking I have just joined and I have a nine month old lab and a 3yr old cat. both them to bits I need to lose a lot of weight. Hopefully a little motivation and lots of dog walking will help I also want to get back to swimming and the gym. <em>249</em> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 08:25:18 EST Hello! Hello!! <BR> Regardless of what my user name says, my name is Leigh. I live in the mountains of western Maryland with 2 dogs (Indiana & Ziva) and 7 cats (Muff, Lil, Mac, Grizzy, McTabbish, Stellie and Gibbs). All are rescues or strays except Indy.I'm also fortunate to be surrounded be an abundance of wildlife including deer, bear, turkeys and big cats.A long time ago, in a galaxy far <BR> far away, I used to train and show horses in the midwest. After a career ending injury, my time now is ... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 19:45:31 EST Hello I'm K, and I think this group is perfect for me! I currently have: <BR> <BR> 9 goats: Siggy, Flloki, Bambi, Sindel, Sarabi, Moose, Winifred, Rotten, and Zoey <BR> 3 dogs: Parker, Harley Quinn, and Rogue <BR> 8 cats: Suki, Ziva, Cap'n Jack, Simba, Betelgeuse, MiniMuffin, Jasper, and Leo (Leonidus Lando Charismo) <BR> 10 Rabbits: Hank, Cotton, Mopsy, Aster, Flopsy, Dahlia, Pervical, Window-Licker, Crazy, and Boy <BR> 10 Ducks: Darth Sidius, Bro, Ugli, Jean-Luke Picard, Hexxus, Jedi, Rubidium, ... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 13:53:07 EST another newbie Hello, everybody! <BR> New to the team, not to sparkpeople! Love animals, grew up dogs & cats, along with occasional outdoor animals on a little farm(6acres). Now, live in a rowhome and have one cat. <BR> I still appreciate all animals! <em>240</em> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 14:29:21 EST Another new member :) Hi everyone, I am fairly new to sparkpeople and completely new to this team. I have one cat, a 14 year old tyrant named Hail Mary who I adore. I also recently started fostering for the Humane Society here. My first foster cat, who is here with me now, is a black Persian with copper eyes. He is recovering from a URI (people shouldn't breed flat faced Persians!!!!). He also has a neurological condition which makes him very wobbly and about 1000000 times more adorable. RIght now I am debating wh... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:35:50 EST Hi Everyone Hi I am Ann from Pennsylvania, <BR> <BR> I live on a dairy farm with my family we have of course lots of cats at the barn and a dog Sherman and we also have our in house babies, Fox a pommeranian, Skully and lab/pit mix and OD a schnauzer dauschand mix. We also have 3 cats, Mayhem, Cookie and Ditzy they all keep us very busy and love each and everyone one of them for their personalities. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to meeting other animal lovers. <BR> <BR> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:01:27 EST 13 year old cat too thin My Turkish Angora is way too thin, and a very picky eater. I bought her Kitten food today, and I'm wondering if it will help her gain some weight. I free feed her, and she seems to like the Kitten chow. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any tricks to get her to gain a few pounds. Obviously this is not a problem for us, or we wouldn't be non this forum, but I'm worried about her. The vet said that she only weighs 6.8 pounds and should weigh about 8 pounds. I tried to feed her weight gain gel... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 01:38:28 EST Aug 23 Indianapolis Spark Rally Indianapolis Area SparkPeople Member Rally 8.23.14 <BR> <BR> August 23rd from 9 am to 5 pm <BR> <BR> Baymont Inn Conference Room <BR> <BR> Address: 9790 North by Northeast Blvd <BR> Fishers, Indiana <BR> <BR> Phone:(317) 578-2000 <BR> <BR> <BR> Presentations By: <BR> <BR> Tina Wiseley aka Hoosiergirlindy lost 207 <BR> <BR> Beth Donovan aka ~Indygirl lost 240 <BR> <BR> Brad Milligan aka Bradmill2922 lost over 200 <BR> <BR> Robert Wadhams aka OntoVictory lost 110 <BR> <BR> Lucy Herri... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 08:36:52 EST Hiiii. I'm Amy. =) I have three dogs, two cats, and two hermit crabs. lol. I'm looking to lose 100 pounds in a year. Add me if you'd like to be spark buddies! Wed, 6 Aug 2014 12:27:24 EST Doing great but... My husband and I have been doing this together for the last 3 weeks now. We are both feeling so much better and losing weight, so we know it is working. My husband is losing weight pretty fast and looking great! He is losing probably 2-3# a week, eating slightly less strictly than me and exercising about the same. I have to fight for every 1/2# I lose. I am so happy for him and glad he is getting healthier! It is just slightly frustrating (not sure that that is the right word) to see him losi... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 09:39:43 EST Labor Day Weekend (Yikes!) Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any good ideas for foods that travel well and make good snacks for in the car or while away from home? Basically, we are visiting some relatives for about 4 days over Labor Day weekend. We know the people we are visiting don't eat very well (a lot of eating out, tacos, pizza, sloppy joes and the M&M bowls are ALWAYS out on the counter). I am looking for some good ideas for snacks and healthy, filling foods that my husband and I can keep in our bedroom... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 11:36:00 EST New Member :) Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Emily and I am 30 years old. I have been happily married to my hubby Andy for 8 years now. We have 2 very active chocolate brown Cockapoos (Tucker and Piper). No fur-less kids as of yet. :) <BR> <BR> In addition to my husband and 2 dogs, I have unfortunately added some extra pounds over the years. :( I have been struggling with my slow weight gain ever since getting married. Before Andy I was eating right and exercising and in much better shape! I had... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 10:22:53 EST Another new member! Hi everyone! My name is Martinne and I am mom to a 14 year old calico cat name Nicole and a 3 year old Pitbull named Leah. Both were rescues and they are absolutely amazing. On top of that we have 4 human children! Our boys are 18 & 14 and our girls are 9 & 6. I think I need my head examined some days lol. Needless to say, I am ready for school to start again! I am excited to be a part of Sparkpeople and really glad that I found this group <em>334</em> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:13:58 EST Clingy Cat For the past month, possibly two, my cat has been coming to sit by me and then can't seem to stop "kneading" her claws. I used to be able to stop her by petting her or telling her to lay down, but now nothing works and it even seems out of her control. I don't know if this could be an emotional issue since I've been busy exercising and babysitting. I don't feel I'm any more busy than I was doing my schoolwork and babysitting a couple months ago, but maybe she feels neglected. <BR> <BR> She's... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 20:01:06 EST Hey Everyone Hello, my name is Lily. I have one kitty, she is 9 months old and her name is Ebi <BR> (means shrimp in japanese). I grew up always having at least 2 cats in my family home, since graduating high school and moving out on my own, 7 years ago, I hadn't had the time or means to have one of my own. I got my baby girl back in January and she is the love of my life and I spoil her everyday :) <BR> <BR> About me, I've been struggling with my weight for as long as I can remember. From my highest of ... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 19:05:18 EST Another Newbie I live with my parents and am the main caretaker of their 5 year old cockapoo named Daisy. I take her out at least two-thirds of her outings and feed her once a day (my mom does the other). My stepdad is disabled and my mom has had back and neck injuries and surgeries over the past fifteen months, but even before her problems, I was the main one doing so. <BR> <BR> I also have my own pet, an 11 year old tabby pt. Siamese mix named Katie. She is really my baby, when everything else seems blea... Thu, 29 May 2014 00:36:44 EST New Member Hello everyone! <BR> My name is Joanna and I'm 22 years old. I have 2 dogs; a beagle mix (not sure what a mix of) named Fluffy, and a lab/rot mix named Bear. I love taking them on walks and letting them run...especially since Bear loves to jump in the river lol They both love to watch me workout. Bear especially loves to climb on top of me when I have to lay down for any exercise like crunches! I dream of one day becoming a veterinarian, so yeah I love all animals (except bats). I've been at ... Tue, 27 May 2014 22:36:51 EST Famous Animals Name a real or imagined animal, i.e. cats, dogs, horses, mice, monkies, etc. I'll start us off. <BR> <BR> Mr. Ed - talking horse with his own show Fri, 9 May 2014 18:12:20 EST welcome new member I am happy you joined animal lovers welcome Fri, 25 Apr 2014 11:01:24 EST my laptops Have cat Billie and dog Coco in my lap in recliner. Too bad their BTUs don't burn calories. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:11:55 EST Introduction Hello everyone! My name is Emily. I am currently going to college for business admin. I joined this group because I do have a big love for animals. Sadly, I cannot have one at my house right now because the landlord doesnt allow it but I have love for all animals. I can't wait to be able to have animals again! Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:15:34 EST Change a Word love animals Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:34:59 EST hows it going today Welcome new members and how are you doing today? Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:22:38 EST welcome to shutterbug671 Welcome to animal lovers shutterbug671 glad you are joining us <em>235</em> Wed, 9 Apr 2014 10:43:45 EST Hello My name is Patricia and I am very new to the Spark family. I have seven dogs (all came here as strays but are strays no longer). I have a very understanding husband, who loves animals as much as I do. I need support (a little push) into a great weight loss program. ...I think I have found it. Thanks Mon, 7 Apr 2014 11:14:01 EST WELCOME TO ANIMAL LOVERS! <em>229</em> <em>223</em> Hello, and welcome to ANIMAL LOVERS! You will be surprised at how much we have in common! I'm excited today because I applied to an animal rescue association to adopt another pup! My faithful four-legged best friend is a Havanese named Abby Rose. She is Seven. I'd like a boy pup, and one may be available who is part Havanese and part Bischon. SparkPeople and Abby BOTH help me lose weight, Lol! SP provides the information and support, and Abby likes to walk her p... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 13:42:48 EST hows your day Hows everybody doing today I would like to say Welcome to any new members and hope that everyone is having a great day today along with their pets <em>41</em> Fri, 4 Apr 2014 08:54:49 EST Hi , I'm a new member to this team My name is Robyn. I have a cat named Abby and she is the queen of the house.She loves to sit in my lab and follow me around the house. Tue, 1 Apr 2014 09:48:02 EST howdy Just wanted to give a nice welcome to all the new animal lovers that have joined recently <em>244</em> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 10:29:05 EST New Me! Hi, my name is Jessica. I am an avid animal lover and currently have 2 of the best dogs a girl could ask for: a 6 year old Rotty names Bear Jackson and a 6 year old German Shephard/Collie mix name Melody Lynne (yes, they both have middle names). They are my two best friends and basically do everything with me. <BR> <BR> After graduating college and starting up a new job full-time, I have a lack of motivation to do anything when I get home because the work day just drains me so much. So,... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 07:47:51 EST Hi from Trev - a composer from the UK Hi all fellow animal lovers, <BR> <BR> I am Trev and presently reside in the South West of the UK. I will spare you my details in here as they are all available in my blog so please feel free to look in there. <BR> <BR> I believe in the power of music and the way it can lift us and motivate us. It can mentally steer us towards many better directions in life too. <BR> <BR> I don't know if I am the only composer in sparkpeople but I have yet to see anybody else load up any of their work in... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 06:56:19 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 26 Mar 2014 17:53:00 EST sheltie hey ,guy and gals, I was wondering if anyone owns shelties? I have a male names Leo he is 19 year young,so was wondering if anyone had one as old as mine I can't seem to find anyone with one that old thanks Tue, 11 Mar 2014 22:17:44 EST New to the forums This may have been asked time and again, but I'm wondering how you all get the goal meters in your signatures. I think that is a really awsome way to let people see your progress. Fri, 7 Mar 2014 21:26:03 EST Maltese Looking for a support buddy, Pleeasese <BR> I am new at this after trying everything in the world diet wise, I just decided to exersize more and eat less. I am not sure why that is sooo difficult and my husband has never had weight issues and really, I mean really, just does not get it at all. Thats a problem long term and makes it difficult to stay on any plan. I really need someone to help me stay on track. <BR> I am 56, and have about 65 pounds I am trying to lose. <BR> FIrst goal is to... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 19:45:16 EST newby Hello everyone, I am new on day 4 not doing to bad, <BR> I PASSED UP THE DONUTS IN THE BREAKROOM ! do you believe that? I would usually eat 2 or 3, love donuts. I am so proud of myself I should get some points for that. I just wanted to tell someone. <BR> Thank you. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 19:37:02 EST Tales of 4 tails. While the household here has 6 dogs and a cat, only 3 dogs and the cat belong to me. These are their short tales about how these 4 tails became part of my life. <BR> <BR> I shall start with SC, the cat, as he is my oldest and he traveled across the country with me. <BR> One bitter January afternoon a group of we student in a mid sized city in Michigan happened to be working in the theatre scene shop. As we had been painting he had the doors open to let fumes out, in walks this little, saw ... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 16:55:12 EST 'Ello My name is Brianna. I'm 25, engaged, living in Phoenix with my fiance, future mother in law, our 6 dogs and our cat. <BR> Four of the dogs are what we call walkables the other two are not. <BR> So a big part of my plan is to walk the dogs daily. <BR> There is Diesel an Aussie Shepard/Rottie. Twinkie, who is a Yellow Lab/Pitbull. Reeses Peanutbutter Cup, an Aussie Shepard/Pitbull. And Xena, pure blood German Shorthaired Pointer. <BR> <BR> The unwalkables are Bella, a YorkiePoo. And Cinnamon... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 16:33:38 EST welcome welcome the new members of animal lovers and hope you enjoy spark people as much as I do Mon, 3 Feb 2014 10:03:13 EST Hi, fellow animal lovers Hi all, <BR> I am new to the Team and the site as a whole...looking forward to mutual motivation and sharing of anecdotes of our successes and failures (not that there will be many, just being realistic)...Again thanks for adding me and hi to all. <em>524</em> Sat, 1 Feb 2014 19:27:53 EST New year, new me, new team! Hello to anyone who reads this! I am Amy, a 28-year-old wife, mother of three. My family and I currently live with my parents and my youngest sister. As if eight people wasn't enough, our house has three cats and two dogs. Never-ending fun! I've gained a lot of weight over the last year or two and I'm working to get it off and be healthier so I can keep up with my kids.. and my dog. We have a miniature pinscher named Rosie who thinks she is about the size of a mastiff. Our family seems to al... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 14:42:49 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 9 Jan 2014 14:27:15 EST CHIT CHAT ROOM Hello team leaders, <BR> <BR> Instead of a monthly chat room, which doesn't always get updated, I am adding just a "Chit Chat Room" that will be ongoing for all to comment on when they want to. I have a chat room like this on 2 of my other teams. The leaders chat frequently, and it is a good way to encourage others. <BR> <BR> I am asking if you would put a "sticky" on this topic so it will stay at the top. <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> Sun, 5 Jan 2014 19:58:56 EST new here Hi everyone, new to this site and just starting out with my diet and exercise program. I want to lose at least 50 lbs by summer. I work out two hours a day, an hour before I go to work, and an hr when I come home and then I walk my dog for 1/2 hr. I am also watching everything that I eat plus also drinking alot of water. I need friends to help me stay as motivated as I am right now. Thu, 2 Jan 2014 18:07:03 EST new to sp Hello. New to SP. have about 130 lbs to lose. Have my own little zoo here at home by accident of course. Two old dogs, a few housings for darkling beetles/mealworms, a land and aquatic turtle. (the last things are the daughters as she went through some science or another in school and guess who ended up getting them....) <BR> <BR> Here for support/friends, love all my babies- even the beetles (they were supposed to be turtle food but the daughter named them and you can NOT eat something that... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 10:21:24 EST We have a toy fox terrier/rat terrier mix We have a toy fox terrier/rat terrier mix and he is having a hard time settling down at nights. He is only still a puppy of 14 months. He's kenneled from 7a-3pm M-F. When he gets out he acts all crazy and goes straight for the cats food (i digress). He has very short coat but we bought him a nice down coat for him to wear when he is outside. . My question is - any clue how long of a walk i need to be giving him? I took him for a 15 minute walk last night and he was still wound up at 10:15. Thu, 5 Dec 2013 09:56:04 EST New to SP :) Hi all, I just started Spark People this week and I'm really enjoying it so far. My name's Kimberlee, I'm 27, and I currently live in WV but I also consider NC my home as I lived there for ten years. My goal is to lose 20 pounds before my birthday in June. I am hoping to get to know some of you as support and motivation are what I need to keep going. Obviously, I'm an animal lover (which is why I joined this team) and I have a dog & cat that I love very much. <em>524</em> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 15:31:16 EST Hello All / Stressed and no Will to go. I've been linked with Spark People for quite some time, haven't had much luck with losing weight though. I just can't get up the will to help myself anymore. it has been very depressing and i'm not sure how to push myself to get back into the swing of things. I was going to the gym often for about three months and then I got a scare. they found a nodule on each of my lungs. since lung cancer runs in my family it kinda scared me. I guess I got the attitude of who cares now, but I know there co... Tue, 12 Nov 2013 21:55:29 EST October Chat Hello All, <BR> <BR> It is a little bit cold here, but we are suppose to be use to it. I like the summer months better. <BR> <BR> I am doing sort of ok this morning. Was able to sleep better last night. I was really happy with that. My stomach is cramping up this morning, too. It started to do it yesterday afternoon. I wasn't doing anything heavy or anything too intense. I do have a lot of gas so that might be the problem. I am hoping that it goes completely away before Wednesday. I have to... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 10:28:59 EST upcoming surgery I found out that I will need to have surgery for a deviated septum and also to remove a birth defect or growth inside my nose... I am freaked out about this and worry that maybe I shouldn't have this done. Has anyone ever had this done? I need some advice. I'm afraid I am going to back out. <BR> <BR> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 14:40:01 EST Animals in Song/Band Names You ain't nothin' but a hound dog-Elvis Tue, 3 Sep 2013 01:05:39 EST Animal advocate Hi, I'm Kim <BR> I've had many animals and volunteered for the P.A.W.S WIldlife Center. I've also raised and Breed reptiles for 5 years but that ended in 2005 when I became disabled. I've had many dogs, cats, rats, birds, & fish. We currently have a dog (Australian Sheppherd/Borzoi) named Mya and 3 cats. I've been a canine behavioral specialist for shelters for the past 5 yrs. but with my current health condition I mostly just do consulting. I love animals, I feel I'm more in tune with them t... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 15:08:10 EST New to team and site :) Well hello everyone! I'm Kellie, a current Kansas University Business Student, who is getting married to my airman in January :) and yes I'm only 18 lol <BR> I joined this page because I love animals, my 2 bunnies are my everything. I have a female lionhead and a male dutch who constantly make me laugh. I've owned many dogs and I'm firmly against breed discrimination as the best dog I've ever owned was a male Rottie who never even so much as growled at anyone. <BR> I'm not a big reptile per... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 23:23:07 EST 2 Bunnies and a...Snake? So I am a bunny fanatic, I love my buns more than most people and I would do anything for them but recently my fiancé and I have come to a problem. He bought a Woma PYTHON! A snake! A rather large (4 ft) snake! Not to mention he's leaving in a few months for basic training so guess who has to handle it? oh bunnies caught sight of it and freaked, ofcourse I don't blame them! So I went from being a proud bunny mom to a bunny defender. It's gonna be a long 30 years...(he's suppose t... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 23:12:49 EST I LOVE MY DOGS BUT THEY ARE MAKING US CRAZY... Can anyone offer up some advice for me? I just moved along with my husband, 2 kids and 3 dogs into a rural area. We have only been there about 2 weeks and have not installed a fence for them yet so we have to walk them for bathroom breaks. The problem is when we are home they are either in the house or confined to our deck...(which is quite large) but they are constantly whining or barking... We don't want to upset the neighbors and really don't know what to do to stop this annoying behavior.... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 13:05:48 EST July Animal Chat Hello All, <BR> <BR> <BR> I have been turning on the ac every morning for a while now. Mushka has gotten so use to it and enjoys it so much that most times he doesn't want to stay outside very long. If we have to go somewhere we leave it on for him and for us when we come back home. It does make a world of difference too. <BR> <BR> Mushka is also going through his shedding stage. It is just aweful when he sheds. His hair is so thick. He won't let us brush him so we pick him. We just pull t... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 17:41:19 EST SCAM ALERT I received a Sparkmail from another team I am on, and wanted to pass it along, just to be on the safe side. I did not find the Sparkname. <BR> <BR> Someone who is a Spark member calling him/herself FRIEND4YOU5. She calls herself <BR> Princess Sameera Michel & is asking for help in getting a very large amount of money out of her country and also for her to relocate to our country!! <BR> <BR> SCAM - I guess he/she thinks that sending through Sparkmail - you might think its genuine !! <BR>... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 14:06:36 EST Independence Day Puppy I found a yellow lab mix puppy about 4-5 months old today on the busy road in front of our apartment building. Since it is the 4th of July, my sweetheart is calling him "Independence" or "Indy" for short. We can't keep him but we certainly didn't want him hit by a car. We live near a very busy highway. We already have a dog and a cat and we're really only supposed to have one pet but the landlord is letting it slide. We have a big basket of toys that have been keeping Indy busy. He was... Thu, 4 Jul 2013 13:36:22 EST introduction Hello everyone. I'm sitting outside with my Newfoundland after taking my <BR> Morning walk. Trying to get my health back in shape. I have 2, 150 lbs dogs, a parrot and five cats. They are my children. I'm into rescues and fostering. I go to college full time and sew for a living. Check out some of my stuff at Glad to be here! Thu, 4 Jul 2013 09:21:19 EST introduction Hello everyone. I'm sitting outside with my Newfoundland after taking my <BR> Morning walk. Trying to get my health back in shape. I have 2, 150 lbs dogs, a parrot and five cats. They are my children. I'm into rescues and fostering. I go to college full time and sew for a living. Check out some of my stuff at My name is Deborah and I'm glad to be here! Thu, 4 Jul 2013 09:02:42 EST Hello there I'm looking for support in anyway I can get it and maybe a friend to go along for the ride with. I've been slacking for a while now and never been particularly good at motivating myself. Truthfully, exercising is really dull for me all alone. I've had a lot of life changes and now just moved to Maryland. Looking to stop all the negativity and kickstart something great. Thanks for reading and best wishes to all. Thu, 4 Jul 2013 00:41:07 EST hey all! :) Hello everyone! I'm a returning Sparker who just hit an all-time-high weight (164, and I'm 5'0) and came back for some support and friendship. I'm always here for support if anyone needs it! Thu, 27 Jun 2013 16:29:03 EST Hi! Like all of you, I love animals. All animals! I will admit to being slightly AFRAID of some animals (anything with wings except ducks or anything that slithers in the wild), but I still love 'em all. <BR> <BR> I have two cats, Chloe and Logan. They are both around seven years old, which is horrifying to me because I feel like I got them yesterday (they were six months when I rescued them). I volunteer at the local Humane Society 1-2 times a week walking dogs. When I was young I always wante... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 15:09:15 EST New to the Team Hey everyone, my name is Emily and I just joined the team :) I do love animals of all kinds, and I have been a vegetarian for 20 years. I have 2 precious ferrets- one boy and one girl (both rescued), and they make me smile everyday! Watching them have fun and be curious is inspiring to me. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to meeting some new people here & finding others who love animals! Have a great day everyone :) Sat, 1 Jun 2013 18:34:24 EST Shaking a Tail Feather Aw c'mon, if this little guy can get up and dance, so can you! <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 25 May 2013 14:28:50 EST Backyard Chickens? Anyone have any experience with backyard chickens? Apparently, this has been a trend for urban/ suburbanites - anywhere that you can keep chickens :) My sister started raising chickens and she is having a blast. It is work though, but she says its FUN work. Cleaning out a coop can be a good way to burn calories :) <BR> <BR> Thoughts, experiences to share anyone? :) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 17 May 2013 17:05:27 EST Hello all! New here and excited! Hello everyone! :) My name is Breyanna, I am 20 years old and have decided to really embark on my weight loss journey. I have been overweight most of my life, have dieted off and on, but never truly dug my heels in to just DO IT! I joined a gym two weeks ago and have totally changed my eating habits, but I needed somewhere like SparkPeople to help encourage me to KEEP GOING! So a little bit about myself outside of that, I ride, train and show horses. They are my passion! I love animals of all... Mon, 13 May 2013 14:54:13 EST Cool sustainable idea or animal cruelty? Chicago has hired a herd of goats to keep vegetation in check around O'Hare airport, reports the Tribune. An estimated 25 goats will arrive in about a month to chow down on 120 acres, with a focus on hard-to-mow embankments and areas with dense brush. <BR> <BR> The air traffic at international airports can be extremely loud, as anyone who has ever stood out near the runways can attest. Is it an acceptable risk that the goats might suffer permanent hearing loss? Does this outweigh the susta... Wed, 8 May 2013 19:13:19 EST Hello fellow animal lovers! Hi! My name is Rachel, I'm returning to SparkPoeple after a few years of chaos! ... Hoping to stay motivated this time!! Just wanted to say hi! <BR> <em>30</em> Mon, 6 May 2013 20:14:26 EST Horseback riding! Horseback riding, when done correctly, can be a great form of exercise. If you’ve never ridden, it’s not too late to start. Most riding academies have quiet, dependable school horses that they pair up with beginning riders. You don’t have to own a horse to take riding lessons. <BR> Many stables also have the option to lease a horse or to board a horse. While giving the new rider the chance to see if they would enjoy owning a horse, it also gives the potential horse owner (and horse) the b... Sun, 5 May 2013 16:48:13 EST Who Will Be America's Next Top Gerbil? For those who like small cute rodents: <BR> <BR> "Gerbil pageants: they are a real thing. In fact, the American Gerbil Society is holding its annual pageant this weekend, with rodents from across the country descending on New England to vie for the title of "top gerbil," reports the AP. The gerbils race through an obstacle course while judges assess their body type and ability." -newser <BR> <BR> check out the story here: Gerbil pageants <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 5 May 2013 16:34:18 EST Pet Food Stamps Nice article from the Wallstreet Journal about Pets on Food Stamps and the privately funded program that makes this possible. People who are already on government assistance can apply for free pet food. <BR> <BR> <BR><BR>127887323335404578445151930126638.html<BR>?mod=googlenews_wsj <BR> <BR> <link><BR>887323335404578445151930126638.html?mo<BR>d=googlenews_wsj </link> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 19:04:42 EST Adventures of Climbing Kitty Photoblog of a little black and white cat that follows some rock climbers to the crest of a rocky summit. Totes adorbs :) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 07:02:32 EST Looking Forward to Meeting You All Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm excited to find this particular team! I've worked at our local animal shelter for almost 10 years now and have 6 rescue dogs of my own. <BR> <BR> One of my dogs that I just adopted needs to lose weight so he is on a weight loss journey with me. I need to lose about 60 pounds (so that I can safely have surgery) and Guiness needs to lose about 8 pounds. We are taking daily walks (about a mile to start) and both of us have completely changed our diets. He isn't as t... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 21:22:48 EST Intro Hello! My name is Crystal, and my nick name is CC. I am from New Jersey. I have a 8 year old lab mix, and name is Angel. Sat, 13 Apr 2013 22:30:28 EST Conga Line, start new word with last 2 letters... EG: animAL - almanAC <BR> <BR> actuAL - Fri, 5 Apr 2013 08:32:21 EST Happy to have found this site Hi, my name is Dennis and I started with sparkpeople on 1/8/2013 because I liked this sites goals of helping people lose weight and in the process change peoples lives for the better. My goal it to lose 60 pounds over this year which would put me under 200 pounds for the first time in 20 years. I started playing tennis which has been a great aid to my weight loss to date. In the first three months I've lost 22 pounds which puts me a third of the way to my present goal. I hope to meet ma... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 21:58:58 EST lmk What to do when you are 65, bad back, no energy, weigh too much and can't stick to anything??? Thu, 21 Mar 2013 19:37:51 EST Building a Better Me Hi, all you wonderful Sparkpeeps! My name is Anna and although I am on a new "journey", I'm not entirely new to Sparkpeople. I have learned that each time I stray from this wonderful site, I stop holding myself accountable and the weight come back on. Actually, I have tried many other sites/programs and have not stuck to it or seen results like I have with Sparkpeople. I live in the wonderful state of CO and want to lose about 15 lbs. I love the outdoors, hiking, biking, running, photogr... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 17:02:33 EST I'm new Hey, my name is Michelle. I am a 21-year-old college student in California. I have used SparkPeople before (for varying reasons). Currently, my intention is to lose 59lbs so I can enter a police training academy and feel more comfortable with myself. I hope Sparkpeople will help keep me focused and give me tools to be successful. <BR> <BR> I joined this team because I am a major animal lover hoping to connect and discuss with like-minded people. I am the proud "parent" of two Chiweenies (Ste... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 00:52:13 EST Back Again It feels better when you can see how you eat with the food tracker and also now that I joined the gym I can add that to my excercise tracker. I like the journal portion because I can write my feelings each day and read it over and see if I can pinpoint areas that I need to strengthen. Life is so wonderful and I look forward to everyday!!! Mon, 4 Mar 2013 15:23:40 EST A New Me Today is the first day of my journey to lose 50 lbs by Sept. I know this is going to be one hellava journey but I'm ready and dedicated. Given the fact that potato chips, dive bar food and eating out are all my weakness I am determined to beat the enemy (lol, good tasting unhealthy food). I have a very social life that includes eating out so I guess I'm going to be taking ALOT of rain checks in my near future. I am happy and excited to be on a healthy weight lost journey. Mon, 4 Mar 2013 14:03:42 EST Hello Fellow Animal Lovers I use to be IZZYBEBOP but opened up a new account. <BR> <BR> I have two cats, Izzy (female Tortoiseshell) and BeBop (male combination Toyger and Tabby), both 3 years old and adopted from the same shelter, and a female 4-month-old Blue Heeler named Lorelai whom we got when she was 6 weeks old. <BR> <BR> Past pets, in chronological order, who now reside at the <em>437</em> bridge, include ... <BR> Shorty, male Dachshund <BR> Ty Lynn, female Siamese <BR> Ruby, female Doberman Pincher <BR> S... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 10:08:27 EST Hello! Hello to all the animal lovers here!! I am a new Spark member and have been exploring the site. I was glad to find this team!! I am a crazy animal loving person, if you could ask my family they would all agree!! I live in northern wisconsin where the animals are abundant!! I love watching and feeding any animal/bird that will let me. I have had the pleasure of feeding deer everyday, watching beautiful birds come to my birdfeeders. I love seeing the new birds come in the spring. I have... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 15:58:05 EST Let me introduce my pets . . . . Hi, I'm Valerie <BR> We have three wonderful pets. <BR> Our parakeet of 4 years is named Metallica. Named after the great band. He's a beautiful blue and sings like, well, like a noisy parakeet ! ALL THE TIME ! We love it ! <BR> <BR> Our kitty cat is named Zeppelin. Yes, named after my husband's favorite band, Led Zeppelin. He's a wonderful indoor kitty - black and gray tiger striped with a white bib and four white paws. He's only 6 months old and showed up on our doorstep when he wa... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 20:17:58 EST Hiya fellow animal lovers! Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm brand new here on Spark People, hoping to loose 20-25lbs and have fun doing it on the way. Thu, 14 Feb 2013 10:11:33 EST Hello! Hi Everybody! I'm Tara. This is my fourth time on Sparkpeople and i'm just 4 lbs. shy of having lost 100 lbs. since 2006. I'm really hoping this time I can keep my internet more than two months after making this account. Wed, 13 Feb 2013 19:12:18 EST Hello! Hi Everybody! I'm Tara. This is my fourth time on Sparkpeople and i'm just 4 lbs. shy of having lost 100 lbs. since 2006. I'm really hoping this time I can keep my internet more than two months after making this account. Wed, 13 Feb 2013 18:45:26 EST The New Girl!! I'm sooo happy there is a team for Animal Lovers!! I have 5 dogs & 2 cats! Me and my husband rescue stray dogs with the intent to find them a new home but we usually fall in love with them. We have a lot of land so they have lots of room to roam. But my sweet boy Dusty stays inside with me. He is almost 10 years old and has been the greatest dog I've ever had, he his just like a child. I love him very much. I joined the team challenge to donate to a shelter once a month...I was so glad that w... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 00:38:36 EST Veggie in GA Hi. My name is Heather, and I'm here from Georgia. I live in deer huntin, BBQ eatin, pork rinds crunchin country. Yet I am on a vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free diet and somehow I survive! I love animals like you all. I rescued a fly from my OJ as a kid and cried when my sisters killed ants. My mom took in every stray, and I've made a habit of rescuing cats. Happy to be here. I joined Spark to help be more accountable for how I treat my body and lose a few pounds/ increase my fitness at th... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 20:31:18 EST Hi Everyone! I am a total Animal Lover! I am happy to be apart of this team while I am on this journey to lose weight! Go Team! Wed, 6 Feb 2013 18:12:06 EST Servant and NEW to Animal Lover Team Hello those who Love Animals. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I'm MB and have been a long time caregiver to what I affectionally call "Roadkill Rejects". <BR> Grew up in the country working on our neighbors farm. <BR> Have taken care of every critter from injured raccoons to one eye cats. <BR> Am deeply spiritual and believe in animal guides (native american) <BR> At the moment we have 5 insided rescued cats (pics in photos) <BR> A vast number of feral cats <BR> Coyotes <BR> A possium <BR> birds <B... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 10:11:07 EST Greetings~ Just signed up today with SP. Figured I would join here since I am quite the animal lover~ <BR> <BR> I have a dog, 2 rabbits, a whole lot of guinea pigs, and 6 gerbils that keep me quite busy! <BR> <BR> Anyway, I am looking forward to being a part of the group and can't wait to hear about all your pets =) Sun, 27 Jan 2013 17:08:00 EST Hi! Hello, I am Gloria. I have been on SparkPeople before, now I am back and I am really trying to utilize the community support this time. I am a huge animal lover...all kinds, even snakes and spiders. I just think that they are all here for a reason and we should respect them and let them do their thing, and even protect them! Sat, 26 Jan 2013 22:35:25 EST Hi I'm Betty You know it's a daily struggle for me to stay on a diet. I have the best intention but I just don't make it, I signed up for a 5k in April to keep me motivated. I really need some hard support I hope I'm on the right track Fri, 25 Jan 2013 10:40:31 EST Just saying Hi! Hey there everyone! <BR> My name is Brandi and I live in Washington. <BR> I'm really determined to make 2013 my year for health and fitness I don't want to spend another new year with a body I'm not happy with. <BR> <BR> So right now I'm starting out with the Leslie Sansone Walk At Home program, and so far I love it! I later want to incorporate step aerobics, yoga, strength training with kettlebells, and maybe some other things that sound fun too! I've tried dancing(Zumba) and Kickboxing(... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 16:01:57 EST Missy I am back again and need some support. My children and my husband need to loose weight too. My son feels so bad about himself and it scares me. He is way overweight and is depressed. I'm also going to college and my schedule for studying and work is going to be hard to get me started back. I feel like I should spend all my time studying. I feel like I need to be in better control of my time. I'm not sure how to do that. Any suggestions would help me. Thanks Sun, 13 Jan 2013 23:59:39 EST 2nd time around Hi, my name is Teresa! This is my 2nd time to be part of sparkpeople....due to some health issues, I wasn't able to be active on here for the last 4 or 5 years. BUT, I'm now able to move forward, and this year I will be 50 and I want to be fit & fabulous. BTW Jazzy and Tabby are my 2 fur babies!! Thu, 10 Jan 2013 12:33:39 EST First timer!! Hi, this is my first time actively being a part of any kind of weight loss suport group. So far I've stuck to my goals and it's 4 days into the new year!! Very Proud of myself. Fri, 4 Jan 2013 23:37:20 EST Reached my goal today! Happy New Year 2013! Hello All! I reached my goal weight today! Happy New Year 2013! Linda from bean town Tue, 1 Jan 2013 12:05:11 EST Hi, newbie here Hi just wanted to check in and introduce myself. I'm Lydia, I'm 22. I've been a member here for a little over a week now. I'm looking to lose about 100lbs total. I am a huge animal lover, cats, dogs, birds, horses, reptiles, amphibians, and other furry creatures. Fri, 28 Dec 2012 23:02:31 EST Hello! I just joined this group and I LOVE LOVE LOVE animals. I have a cat, a snake and two dogs. I've been raised with cats so i've been around cats all of my life. I've had frogs, hamsters and a rabbit. I'm 22 y/o and if I could have a zoo I would, lol. :P Tue, 18 Dec 2012 17:32:31 EST New and improved attitude Hello everyone! <BR> My name is Robin I am 22, I am determined to loose weight for my wedding, and I would also like to run when I take the 4 dogs that I live with out. I say that I live with because I live with my fiancé and his parents who have been nothing but GREAT to me. there are 3 great Danes and 1 germane shepherd mix, I am grateful to everyone who takes there time out of there busy day to create this site and make it better I never could do it alone and i have ... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 13:06:42 EST Bird Lovers site - Operation Migration My husband and I like this site called Operation Migration. This particular rescue group devotes its efforts to restoring the Whooping Crane population. They even use human controlled flying machines to teach the migration routes to the new cranes. You can follow the progress of the new chicks as they are tracked throughout their lives. <BR> <BR><BR>html <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>nes.html </link> Tue, 13 Nov 2012 10:36:55 EST New Member in Florida My husband and I live in a small apartment on the Gulf of Mexico and we have three "babies". Jasmine is half-Sheltie, Zeppelin is our tiger-striped kitty, and Metalica is our blue parakeet. Jasmine and Zeppelin wrestle together all the time. It's so cute. Our kitty loves to play "fetch" also. He is having a hard time learning to leave the bird alone. I have to walk Jasmine three or four times a day so that helps give me a little exercise. <em>252</em> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 22:04:38 EST introducing myself <BR> <BR> I'm finally writing to introduce myself. Probably like everyone else here I have tried it all, from WW to HCG (which worked great but I never could maintain) to Dr Furman ( I would love to be able to stay committed to this lifestyle but washed out on that) to countless others. Many times I have gotten down to my goal weight (and immeditaely rushed off to have pictures done) only to bounce back plus some. I've been doing HCG on and off for about 3 years and while I am good at being... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 19:56:28 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 30 Oct 2012 15:29:00 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 25 Oct 2012 21:59:24 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 25 Oct 2012 01:28:50 EST Help My dog has to have an operation to have stones removed from her bladder, has anyone had to have this done to their dog? if so can u tell me what I can expect? I am very worried b/c I read that she will be in pain for a few days and also heard that she may not lay down to sleep b/c of the surgery, I would appreciate any advice or tips , Thanks Ann Mon, 22 Oct 2012 15:12:19 EST Spider By Janet Nutt First warm day <BR> You make your way onto <BR> The windshield wiper of my car <BR> Frightened for a moment <BR> At the sight of you <BR> I drive away <BR> Leaving you to fend for yourself <BR> Against wind and fate <BR> You hold on for dear life <BR> I am amazed at <BR> How strong you are <BR> And perplexed by your <BR> Determination to live <BR> As I stop for a red light <BR> I find myself rooting for you <BR> And hoping that you will make it <BR> The short distance to my h... Fri, 19 Oct 2012 17:21:38 EST The Tail of a Cat Interesting article on dogs tail wagging! I wonder if there are similar messages to be understood from a cat's tail movements? Any one know anything about cats and their tails (and maybe whiskers too) ? Sat, 13 Oct 2012 20:15:31 EST Hello :) Hi, I've been a Spark member for 3 months now, belong to the UK team and the cat lovers team. <BR> I respect and honour all animals (including humans, though that's tricky at times!). I truly believe that if animals could talk and have a collective memory of their treatment at the hands of "homo sapiens" through the ages they would correctly refer to us as The Devil. I try in my own small way to alter that perception through my interaction with any animal I am fortunate enough to meet, or h... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 08:07:10 EST Tail Wagging I came across this article in my email today. I thought I would share it with everyone. I found it pretty interesting. I knew my "babies" tails told me different things. I just didn't realize just how many. :o) Happy reading and let's all "wag our tails" and burn more calories. :o) <BR> <BR> <BR><BR>terpret-your-dogs-tail-wag?xid=nl_Ever<BR>ydayHealthPetHealth_20121011 Thu, 11 Oct 2012 03:29:04 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 10 Oct 2012 16:24:08 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 8 Oct 2012 15:01:21 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 5 Oct 2012 10:03:00 EST This is very late I used this site last year for a while, then gave up on my weight loss! I'm back on track now, and finally getting around to using the full site. It's very helpful! I'm stefanie, I'm 21. I work at a retirement home as a caregiver and a cook :) my work is extremely rewarding. I have piercings and tattoos, and photography and music are big passions of mine. I'm about 30 pounds heavier than where I want to be (I weigh 172 right now) and I'm 5'6. Anyone looking for a conversation buddy or anyone ... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 20:15:27 EST New Member Hi, my name is Valerie and I love our pets. My husband and I have Jasmine who will be 4 years old on Thanksgiving day and is 1/2 Sheltie (but with short hair). We have a new 4 month old kitty named Zeppelin (because my husband loves Led Zeppelin ) and he is at the vet right now being neutered. We have a parakeet named Happy because he sings all the time and a Siamese fighting fish named Crimson who is obviously red. We live in an apartment so I have to walk the dog three times a day. I ... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 10:58:07 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 4 Oct 2012 08:52:43 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 25 Sep 2012 20:59:49 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 22 Sep 2012 19:56:02 EST If you buy Acana/Orijen Their plant had a fire. They are only running at 40% capacity - there will be extreme shortages soon. Get 3 months worth of food - they expect to be back to normal within 3 months. Sat, 22 Sep 2012 17:43:10 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 20 Sep 2012 15:21:19 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 19 Sep 2012 21:57:55 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 17 Sep 2012 10:11:52 EST New to Spark! Hi all - I'm Sarah and from West Mi. I started my weight loss in January and am now working to motivate my husband! We are both very career focused and lost track of ourselves along the way and need to get back on track so that hopefully we can start a family (with real kids instead of our 2 furry ones - our cats!) <BR> <BR> I started by adding a spin bike to the living room and just recently started "running" which is a very slow jog! But it's feeling great and I love to see the small pr... 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Mon, 10 Sep 2012 17:18:30 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 10 Sep 2012 14:21:36 EST Want to pass on a volunteer oportunity Please take a second to take a look at the link below for the Underground Railroad Rescued Kitty Network - it's a group of folks around the nation that sign up to transport kitties to their new forever homes - thus opening a needed spot in a rescue (or reunite lost pets). I finally go to sign up for a leg today and I am so very excited to be able to do this! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 9 Sep 2012 12:43:13 EST Hello I am a 56 year old female that has had a double cerebral brain stem stroke with damage and has diabetes i have been on Metformin 2 times daily for over 5 years and as of recently have been also put on the Levemir Flex Pen 1 time daily. After the stroke I lost alot of the ability to exercise normally and as for walking i can but maybe a block stopping 2 to 3 times to rest. I would like to do this walk without stopping. And I always use a walker. So needless to say I put the weight on and for ... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 12:05:09 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 1 Sep 2012 23:39:29 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 23 Aug 2012 17:06:52 EST Weenie Round up hey! So I have a precious little weenie dog, his name is Al. He's just a wonderful little guy. Anyhow, I have a page on facebook where I like to try and get play dates for weenie dogs together in the Nashville area. It's so stinking adorable to see a group of weenie dogs at the dog park. I mean, they obviously prefer to be around other weenie dogs...or at least Al does. And after a little while, I like to take Al on a walk around Centennial park. If a whole pack of weenies (8 would be ... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 14:16:12 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 16 Aug 2012 16:14:33 EST needing a boost was doing well with eating and started to exercise. that first (and only week) I exercised, my feet started to hurt. I have plantar fasitis (sp) and I work on concrete floor 8 hr/day. I was doing fine til I lost 10 lb and started to exercise on my nordictrack. its been all downhill since. Now I need someone to kick start me again. anyone up to that challenge? my eating habits are going back to the way they were. too much junk food. and I need to at least do situps, etc to tone up som... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 20:34:17 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 12 Aug 2012 16:52:07 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 12 Aug 2012 11:31:36 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 10 Aug 2012 22:00:56 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 7 Aug 2012 18:16:50 EST Dumped Dog Saturday my dh and I went by a old church. It is in the country in a neighborhood where I grew up. As we stoped a dog came out. Today I went and checked on it. It was still there. Nails were trimmed and water there. Collar was removed. Nice dog. My dogs got out by accident and it was friendly. I have 4 dogs. 2large and 2 small. We live in town. I don't see how I can take it in. Our shelter will lock it up in a tiny pen. Which will make it all hyper and nobody will ever see what a good dog it.... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 20:41:13 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 5 Aug 2012 17:58:48 EST Not a normal animal story yet very true When we bought our first land, we bought 13 almost 14 acres, four miles out in the country from Petoskey, Michigan, this was 31 years ago now, <BR> we built our home and had 3 children 2 girls and a boy, we have a creek in the back of our property, one day my mom came to see our place. <BR> Our children ( old enough then to not ever forget the event I'm about to tell), myself and my mother went for a walk on our property all was well till we were heading back across the field ot tall grass ... Sat, 4 Aug 2012 22:05:55 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 4 Aug 2012 07:55:37 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 1 Aug 2012 17:46:46 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 26 Jul 2012 16:18:49 EST Coming back... again! :) Hi Everyone!!! <BR> You may have seen my name come and go from this community over the past 4 years countless times. Every time I come back I get excited, motivated and focused. I've looked back at myselft and noticed how all that goodness lasts only a few weeks. I'm 29... I'm determined to be the best 30 year old ME by January! That's 6 months that I need to use wisely. And I'm here today to ask you guys (anybody?) to support me, and with your own success stories, advice and encouragement I ... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 17:18:23 EST Greetings Hi there. I joined Sprakpeople to help me in losing weight and living a healthier, more active lifestyle. I used to live in a city where I walked a lot and I had an active lifestyle so I ate what I liked. I had healthier habits back then, but then I moved to a farm and had a baby and now I eat almost twice as much as I should and I don't get out to walk about. Things have been crazy the past three years and I feel that my head is spinning. I hope that with tracking and reading about othe... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 04:00:18 EST Hi and I am returning member I am not sure if I said Hi to this group. Sorry one of my many glitches is poor memory. I am a returning member I joined in 2007 and lost 50 lbs. I have since regained that 50 and then some. Only now I have many health problems that basically make exercising almost impossible for me. So I am going to be trying to lose weight through eating right which I have no motivation for or love to do. <BR> <BR> I have 4(5) lovely kitties. One kitty has been with me for the past 16 years. I have ... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 09:11:08 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 23 Jul 2012 23:46:57 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 23 Jul 2012 12:37:10 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 23 Jul 2012 09:12:40 EST 24 Hour Puppy Cam Holly's Half Dozen This is a link for a Golden named Holly and her half dozen pups. <BR> They will be trained as Service Dogs for wounded combat Veterans. <BR> These pups are so cute. <BR> Plus if you click on the pics below the puppy video you can see live puffins, pandas, aquariums, etc. It's pretty neat. <BR> <link>!/live-cams/player/serv<BR>ice-pu ppy-cam </link> Mon, 23 Jul 2012 04:09:33 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 23 Jul 2012 04:00:04 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 21 Jul 2012 18:33:48 EST Hi and I am returning member Hi All, <BR> <BR> I started SP in 2007 and between SP/weight watchers lost 75 lbs. I have gained that 75 lbs plus since I developed a major chronic pain condition that makes exercising nothing but a torture session that lasts for days afterwards. My way to weight loss is going to be through diet and I find it very hard to be motivated to eat right. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 08:39:00 EST Any animal lovers in San Diego? I'm just starting to do volunteer work at the shelters in SD again and would love some company if anyone local wants to join me! Also if you have a favourite group that you love working with, please let me know and I may sign up. Tue, 17 Jul 2012 13:51:55 EST grammalinda48 I am renewing my committment to lose weight. My husband and I were encouraged to start a "plant based diet" and have done well until we got off course. I am back. He- not so much. I have another 30-40 lbs. to lose. At my max I was 200 in April of 1999. I am at 170 today. Goal is 130-135. We have no insurance,and my "good" knee is hurting and I haven't been able to do Zumba anymore :( It is the only exercise I found that I liked. I am a sedentary person by nature. I live in central Florida an... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 11:37:11 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 11 Jul 2012 23:10:38 EST Here I Go - Again! I'm hoping Spark People with give me th spark I need to lose 50 pounds by next March. I started Weight Watchers several times but lose interest after a few weeks. I lost 35 pounds back in 2006 but have gained it back. This time, I want to finish and keep it off. My biggest challenge is exercise - I already get up at 5 am to go to work, and I have a twelve-hour day every week day. Any helpful hints would be greatly appreciated! Wed, 11 Jul 2012 15:25:45 EST Digging! Can I stop it? Okay, I've watched Caesar Milan, I have read all the books that say this is natural, but my dog always digs a MASSIVE hole at the bottom of our steps to go outside. This makes the steps unstable (concrete, but the dog is digging partially under them), and the railing practically falls down when you touch it - which is going to make someone fall butt over tea kettle. <BR> <BR> So every week I am raking dirt back into the hole and tryingto get it all packed in and such. I had tried the follo... Wed, 11 Jul 2012 12:19:37 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 7 Jul 2012 15:06:16 EST rescued a cocker spaniel Thank you all for your kind words of sympathy for putting my beloved dog down in <BR> December, 2011. We rescued a cocker spaniel from Louisiana, Gandolf. He is brown and white and has freckles on his face. He is our joy. He is very different from Rusty. Very cuddlly and loves to play tug of war and sit with Dad on the couch. <BR> My grandchildren cannot have a dog due to allergies, but I give my grandson benadryl and he plays with Gandy and they love it. He is now 9 months old and grew... Sat, 7 Jul 2012 09:21:58 EST Karl Lagerfeld’s Siamese Cat Choupette This is a cute article about Karl Lagerfield's cat, who has personal maids who attend her :) <BR> <BR> <BR> Karl Lagerfield's cat <BR> <BR> <link><BR>gerfelds-siamese-cat-choupette-has-mor<BR>e-personal-maids-than-you/ </link> <BR> <BR><BR>-lagerfelds-siamese-cat-choupette-has-<BR>more-personal-maids-than-you/ Fri, 6 Jul 2012 19:33:33 EST Remember to keep your animals safe today 7/4! Remember to keep your animals safe from fireworks today. If you have outdoor pets, bring them in tonight or make sure they have a safe outdoor shelter to go to. Many dogs and cats are scared of the sounds and bright lights of fireworks and may be likely to act erratically. This can cause them to run away, run in front of vehicles or other things they may not normally do. Keep them safe, they are members of your family! <em>304</em> Wed, 4 Jul 2012 08:03:05 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 3 Jul 2012 15:31:17 EST love being with sparkpeople I have 10 donkey, 2 dogs, 1 cat 1 chicken they keep me busy , i love every second i spend with them. i am 62 yrs old and working hard to get fitter just stared useing the computer great to be with sparkpeople Sun, 1 Jul 2012 08:30:22 EST I love 'em all ;-) Hi! <em>213</em> I'm Erin, a 34 year old special education teacher living in south TX. I love animals of all kinds. Currently I have goats, a donkey, chickens, 2 dogs, 3 cats and a cockatiel. The goats, donkey and chickens live with me, but belong to my ex - doesn't mean I love them any less! They are so much fun, but a lot of work! I've also had reptiles in the past, but unfortunately had to find other homes for them. I can't wait to hear all the fun animal stories on this team! <em>239</... Thu, 28 Jun 2012 20:43:52 EST Stay at Home Mom getting on her feet Now that my toddler is toddling laps around the house, I thought I'd get back in shape to keep up with him once he's running. That means establishing all those healthy life habits I want him to learn from me. Thu, 28 Jun 2012 10:21:24 EST Puppy Problems I feel like my dog will never take to training. He's a 7 month old walker hound mix and admittedly he's a lot better than he was when we first got him in February, but it's impossible to get him to focus when we go on walks. He doesn't pull on his leash as much as he used to (unless there are people or other dogs around) but his hound nose stays on the ground pretty much the entire time we're walking and I'm convinced he's tracking other dogs on the trails. He stops at every wet bush, leaf, o... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 11:55:12 EST Hey All! Trixy here, and I'm attempting much of my fitness with my very sweet, very rambunctious, and very naughty hound-mix pooch called Sherlock. I also have two cats, one of which we just rescued from a barn three weeks ago, and an iguana. I hope to find some dog-savvy people on here to help me with my hound issues and also just to chat about crazy dog antics. Same goes for cats! I love all my animals dearly. Wed, 27 Jun 2012 00:16:21 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 25 Jun 2012 12:12:13 EST Need help with doggies un-nerving habit o.k. this is gonna be kinda um <BR> Well anyway........I have a wonderful little poodle......she's got some habits that we have been working on and she is doing fairly well........all well and good........that said, this is one that I really need help with........It's not that I don't know about the pecking order, jelousy, etc........I don't need to know why.......I need to know how to make her stop........Last time I watched my 2 1/2 year old grandsom, my dog (spayed 4 1/2 year old female) ... Sun, 24 Jun 2012 16:42:59 EST Heading to the Fosters... I have gone through my home and found every non-matching sheet, or the ugly ones I no longer want, to take to 8 C's Big Dog Rescue here in Callahan, FL I think I'll throw in a few comfoters and bedspreads also. They need these things all the time and this is the first time since geting Max that I have been able to give back to this rescue. The foster parents are wonderful and the dogs that come through are all larger breeds that people aren't so willing to take. Google them and check out ... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 11:02:22 EST Haunted Haven Hello. I'm Vinia from Michigan. I'm 31, I've never been married, but currently have a boyfriend, and I have no kids. I've been overweight since I was 8 years old and i'm just looking to change that. My highest weight was back in 2006 when I was at 283. I think my last weight in was 209. So i'm just hoping to find support and maybe speed up the process a little. I'm really looking forward being 130 lbs. Fri, 22 Jun 2012 09:45:23 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 21 Jun 2012 22:54:58 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 20 Jun 2012 20:37:55 EST I am striving to be the person my dog thinks I am! My dogs have lots of energy - even the one with arthritis - so I am trying to be the person they want me to be. More active, more time spent in the yard playing. Heck, more time outside period. I have become somewhat of a hermit since my accident. That helped me pack on the pounds, and I lost my 10-year old Dobie last year. But my rescue dogs are trying to bring me back from a pit of pain, desperation, and depression. <BR> <BR> I have a bulldog/Eng Springer Spaniel Mix (Mr. High Energy)... Tue, 19 Jun 2012 19:30:54 EST Hi Everyone! Hi! <BR> <BR> Just wanted to take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Lois just joined last night. So excited to find this website! Ok now on to the most important subject my pets, all together I have 4 critters, since I live with my 85 year old Mom I consider her 2 pets mine also. We each have a greyhound and a cat, who amazingly get along with no issues. My greyhound is named Tebow Lin J and my cat is Jeff Gordon. As I said I share my Mom's greyhound Alberta the Alligator and he... Tue, 19 Jun 2012 13:07:50 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 17 Jun 2012 23:10:16 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 16 Jun 2012 01:03:25 EST Banker Saves Ducklings & Helps Lead Them To Water! Great story to warm your heart. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 12 Jun 2012 19:26:00 EST Hello! Hello, just joined a few days ago. Ironically, I am about to leave a county that has come nice farmland (and therefore, farm animals) to go to a cheesy form of crime-urbia (suburbia), but really, I WANT A FARM. Or at the very least, live on one. So I will be back to this county, if not another much like this one, SOMEWHERE. But I do love animals, and it seems to be getting "worse." :P Tue, 12 Jun 2012 15:16:40 EST Life is a Zoo! I have owned and loved; a boa constrictor, an iguana, a red-head parrot, a box turtle, an oscar fish, goats, chickens, a horse, many dogs, cats, rabbits, a tarantula, rats, many fresh water fish including koi. I think I would be happiest living in a zoo. All animals are wonderful and amazing to interact with. Currently I have 5 chihuahuas and they are my kids. Mama cat "Paws" just had kittens out in the back yard. The birds visit my feeders regularly. I worked in a pet store and was the only ... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 14:40:17 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 11 Jun 2012 17:29:45 EST HI Hi I'm Jo and I am new to this site. Mon, 11 Jun 2012 15:17:15 EST CATS I rescued a Russian blue cat who was abuse and almost died. Both hips were broken and has a fracture skull. Her name is Mercy. She healed ok, but inside she had some behavioral problems. Mercy would not allow men to touch her, she would hiss and strike out. Also I could only hold or touch her for a short period of time. After two years of adoption, she has become the most loving cat I have ever had. She will cuddle with me wherever I am and will allow my husband to touch her. Animals can al... Sat, 9 Jun 2012 00:34:00 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 6 Jun 2012 18:09:33 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 6 Jun 2012 13:09:34 EST Newbie :) Hey everyone! I'm obviously new on here and am super exited about this animal lovers team! I am looking forward to losing weight and meeting some new friends/weight loss buddies who also love animals as I do! <em>41</em> Sat, 2 Jun 2012 22:15:09 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 30 May 2012 13:05:21 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 28 May 2012 09:56:15 EST New and Excited! Does anyone know how to add fitness event you're doing to your profile for tracking? I'd love some help and teammates if you'd like! Sun, 27 May 2012 02:38:20 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 26 May 2012 14:11:18 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 25 May 2012 00:03:49 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 24 May 2012 20:51:22 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 24 May 2012 15:14:34 EST Embarrasing dog/amimal circumstances I adopted a toy poodle who had been abused for years. The foster mom got the dog out of the abusive situation and I adopted her. She is wonderful in many ways and I just adore her.........but........for the past 4-5 months I have been trying to potty train her to go outside.....go inside on a potty training pad, etc............working myself to the bone and getting irritated that I have to clean messes each and every day..............finally I just decided to keep her in diapers when she is n... Thu, 24 May 2012 06:51:39 EST Starting Over Again, Hello!!! I adore all animals, I do mean all..........everything from spiders and snakes to bats and cats. I love spark people and all the teams that I was previously on. I am a pet care provider and will be starting vet tec classes (online first) soon...........and then going from there. When I learn how to use this computer (it has a camera on it), I will take pics of my four legged family, which consists of a toy poodle (love her) and an american shorthair/bombay cat (love her). <BR> <BR> Hello Eve... Wed, 23 May 2012 21:37:32 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 21 May 2012 12:00:13 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 21 May 2012 11:18:10 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 21 May 2012 10:53:20 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 20 May 2012 17:43:03 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 20 May 2012 05:40:35 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 19 May 2012 12:45:00 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 16 May 2012 14:04:11 EST New to the group Just wanted to say hello since I am new to the group. I am 32 and was born with a birth defect. Because of this I use crutches 90% of the time. So very hard to exercise. I have high bp as well. So looking for quick, easy, low sodium recipes. I am definitely an animal lover. I have one cat but hoping to move into a bigger place, so I can have a dog. Wed, 16 May 2012 01:07:30 EST I'm going to get myself back! Age and pounds have slowly crept up on me, but the pounds are something I can actually do something about. I never really had to watch my weight or what I ate until I hit 42 and then my metabolism just stopped. I kept doing what I had always been doing, eating and drinking what I wanted and not exercising much and now I look awful which makes me feel awful. My daughter kept telling me to check out and join this site and today I finally did. Can't wait to find my old self! 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Would love to hear from anyone with advice, stories of success and just a friend with an "ear" to lend. <BR> Thanks for listening. Tue, 1 May 2012 11:07:51 EST Big animal lover Hi everyone I'm Catherine! I restarted Sparks a few days ago and thought I would join this team because it's part of my ultimate goal. I currently can only do active things 10-20 minutes at a time because of body pain. My ultimate goal is to be able to walk miles and donate my time at our local San Jose Animal shelter. <BR> <BR> A little about me: <BR> I have 300+ pounds to lose <BR> I have muscle to gain <BR> I have challenges to meet <BR> I'm a California native and currently live in San J... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 15:10:09 EST HI! im new.... 19, i love animals! I am currently studying to become a groomer. I have a cat named Declan and a dog named Shemp. Animals have been there for me when others weren't...i dont think I am the only one who thinks that. ANYWHO....I also need to lose the weight that i have gained due to medications. Sun, 29 Apr 2012 17:23:29 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 29 Apr 2012 09:26:28 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 28 Apr 2012 12:59:10 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 27 Apr 2012 06:59:25 EST New Member to Spark New to Spark. Saw the amazing weightloss on Yahoo and decided to try Spark. It's affordable to me as well. I'm in my 40s. I have a college aged girl and elementary aged girl. Work odd, days and times for a family as a PA/Nanny Mgr. Needing to Spark and Kick Start a new way of living. I'm a stress eater. I have past and present medical issues that have prevented or hampered my exercising and eating right. Hello everyone. Very nice to have the support and advice and help. I'll need it! 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