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Resist the temptation to take the Easter Bunny home

In Health and Safety, Help the Animals on March 31, 2010 at 8:56 pm

Around every holiday, countless organizations around the country get the word out to make sure people are being responsible when considering whether to get a pet. Easter is no different and, in fact, drums up a bit more support for the cause.

Around this time there is a great increase in the purchase and adoption of rabbits and baby chicks, the two symbols of Easter and spring. However, it as been shown that the novelty of these animals wears off quickly as many of the cute and fuzzy “gifts” are returned before too long. Others are simply abandoned or face a life of neglect.

The problem is that some people look at these animals and assume they are not as much of a responsibility as a dog or a cat. In some cases, they can be more work. The truth is that the adorable little, yellow chick will grow up to be a real-life clucking chicken who requires space to roam, food to eat, supplies to stay healthy, and nearly constant cleanup. The same goes for any bunny you happen to bring home.

These are not animals you can stick in a cage, leave in the basement, or put out in the garage and forget about. Rabbits require vaccinations and vet checkups, objects to chew and scratch, areas to run free, and a clean living space. The last is quite challenging, as rabbits tend to produce more waste because of their inefficient digestive system.

Rabbits can be litterbox trained, but it takes much more work, patience, and dedication. As far as having a chicken roam about the house, between the feathers being shed and eggs being laid and waste being dropped, these animals are notorious for being carriers of salmonella.

The cost is also something that the prospective guardian needs to be aware of, especially in this economy. Many people would believe that it is cheaper to keep a rabbit or a chick, but according to the ASPCA, the yearly cost of a rabbit ($1,055) is just slightly cheaper than that of a small dog and actually a bit more than that required to care for a cat. For a chicken, there must be a coop with the proper bedding. For most people, that cost alone would be far more than originally expected, as it could range anywhere between $300 and $2,000.

All of these factors need to be taken into account before you surprise your child with that fuzzy ball of cuteness. No one is denying the fact that they are cute or saying that a person should not adopt a rabbit or a chick. They can make great pets if under the supervision and care of well-informed people. However, this is simply advocating for responsible decision-making based on a thought process where all of the information has been taken into consideration.

Remember that these are not stuffed animals. These are living, breathing creatures who look to us as the provider when we decide to take them home. We become their source for food, water, shelter, and companionship. Their lives are in our hands, and that is a responsibility that should not be taken lightly or undertaken without a great deal of thought behind it.

For more information about rabbit and chick guardianship, you can visit HumaneSociety.org. — Brendan Quealy


TAILS is on Rosie O’Donnell’s blog!

In Just for Fun, Tails Press on March 22, 2010 at 4:53 pm

Rosie O’Donnell’s new radio show on SiriusXM has quickly become my “go-to” show when I am getting ready in the morning. I find her views on everything from politics to social media, and life in general are interesting and entertaining. In addition, having 4 kids of my own, I definitely relate to her commentary on her own life with a houseful of kids, and what challenges and adventures she goes through on a daily basis. Last week I had the opportunity to call in and chat with Rosie–and it was oddly normal! It felt as if I was just talking to an old friend about marriage and other issues (the topic at hand.)

As our conversation wrapped up, and after she rewarded me with a dozen delicious Crumbs cupcakes, I mentioned how happy I was that she had a rescued dog, and let her know that we’d love to have her and her animals on the cover. She told me she’d check us out, and true to her word, she did. She went as far as to include TAILS in the wrap up of her show, and put a link to the magazine up on her website.

We are extremely proud that she enjoyed the magazine enough to include us, and we do hope to be able to bring you more about Rosie and her pets in an upcoming issue!

Check out Rosie’s blog for yourself!

Janice Brown, Founder

A behind-the-scenes look at our interview with Bonnie Hunt

In Animal News on February 23, 2010 at 5:15 pm

Melissa Wiley, managing editor at Tails, spoke with actress Bonnie Hunt about life, laughter, and the comical dogs who make Bonnie’s life whole. Here Melissa reflects on what it was like to interview Bonnie, who in addition to actress is an inspiring animal rescuer, writer, comedienne, and oncology nurse.

As seasoned a performer and comedienne as Bonnie Hunt is, there was nothing “on stage” about her demeanor when I spoke with her—no one could have been more down to earth. One of the first things I detected from her voice was real pathos, which only deepened as she spoke in more detail about the rescued dogs in her life.

Then, as she told me the stories of how she had rescued various dogs in her life, a lesser-known aspect of Bonnie grew in intensity—the writer. Her verbal wit was delightfully versatile. By equal turns, she created images both comic and heart wrenching. And as we continued to talk, I realized more and more how truly her ability to celebrate life through comedy comes from her extraordinary empathy with suffering. So when she briefly relayed her professional transition from oncology nurse to improvisational comedian on the Second City stage, it hardly came as a surprise, but seemed refreshingly consistent with Bonnie’s giving nature.

And true to character for someone like Bonnie Hunt, the resounding theme of our talk was her appreciation for the dogs in her life. She even remarked toward the end of the interview how dogs have “rescued” her many times. To which I responded that laughter too—which Bonnie specializes in eliciting from audiences everywhere—is often the best medicine, for any ailment. Bonnie graciously agreed, launching into further moving anecdotes about past dogs of hers who used to serve as therapy dogs. As the end of our talk drew near, I definitely got the feeling that there was no end to these stories.  Of course, the interview ended in a note of humor and praise—for who else?—Charlie, the endlessly entertaining four-legged love of her life and co-cover star on this month’s issue of Tails.

Read Melissa’s interview with Bonnie—which appears in our March issue—here.