Friday, August 22, 2008

An Open Letter to Our Place to Paws Readers

Dear Friends:

Our Place to Paws has been online for a year and a half now, and we've so enjoyed providing both information about animals and a fun place for people to read our columns, view reader photos, research fun animal art projects for kids, and more.

The Web is huge, and technology advances quickly, and we're just a small little site hoping to offer a place where people can enjoy their love for animals online. We can't afford a lot of the fun things other sites have, and unfortunately we haven't had a huge readership...we have a steady number of visitors each month, but the number has remained small. Although we occasionally get new subscriptions to our monthly e-newsletter, they have fallen off, and we're not getting many entries to our online contests (doesn't anyone want a free T-shirt?).

We'd love to keep Our Place to Paws online, but at this point your editor is basically drawing money from her own pocket each month to keep it going. She'll be happy to continue doing that if there is enough interest...but if few people are reading the newsletter and the site, there will come a time when she has to take down our beloved little project.

If you are interested in keeping Our Place to Paws alive, please let us know...send us an email, post comments on the blog, send in your animal photos or enter our Cats vs. Dogs essay contests.

We hope to be here for you...and the animals...for as long as you want us to be.

- Paws

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Fiona's eye is all healed

Well, many weeks of eye drops, a trip to the kitty opthalmologist and one contact lens later, Fiona's eye infection and cornea tear are all healed (yay!). The vet said that everything had been caused by the herpes eye infection she arrived with as a kitten. Now we have to crush a 500mg L-Lysine pill into her wet food twice a day with the hope of minimizing future outbreaks and eye problems. Poor girl! But it's worth everything to see her happy and healthy!

Monday, August 11, 2008

This was just one of those "I don't believe it" moments. Tribbs (the black and white cat) and Duncan (the tabby-colored Scottish Fold) are generally arch rivals. They want each other's territory, they want each other's food, and they sometimes spend hours on the staircase just daring the other to try to go up or down. I couldn't believe it when I walked in the room and they were actually curled up and sleeping within a foot of each other, as if they didn't have a care in the world.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Mike and Carole S. from Michigan in their Our Place to Paws T-Shirts!

From the BBC:

Primates 'face extinction crisis'

A review of the world's primates says almost half of the world's species face extinction, and the majority in Asia are endangered. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species claims habitat loss is the main threat to species.

Sunday, August 3, 2008