(PCM) Hilariously the mother of New York Media producer Kenny Wassus, Cheryl Wassus accidentally brought her therapy dog name Link to a “furry convention” in the city thinking it was an event for actual dogs and cats, not just people dressed up like them!
When Cheryl heard that the Motor City Furry Convention was headed to New York and the proceeds from the event ticket sales were going to Pets For Vets (a charity that pairs dogs with veterans) she jumped to the conclusion (a little too soon) that the event would be one that was for animals. They are furry … right?
Cheryl immediately signed up to volunteer at the convention, as she works for Pets For Vets and brought her dog Link along as well! Well, the two of them were a big hit, just not quite in the way that Cheryl was expecting.She absolutely no idea! Kenny thought his mother’s experience was hilarious and shared several photos of her experience.
Cheryl claims she ended up learning quickly what the event was all about, however she ended up being completed fascinated by the convention overall and took time to educate herself about the “furry” culture. She told NY Mag, “I had no idea I was walking into Furry Con. It was a little embarrassing at first because Link was just a little curious why people were wearing tails, so he was doing some serious tail-sniffing and checking out people. They weren’t offended, though, they just embraced him. It was all good. Just a real interested community.”
The convention ended up raising about $10,000 for Pets For Vets which is amazing and Cheryl even participated in a panel or two during her visit to the con. Definitely a funny misunderstanding. We are so glad to hear it worked out in the end!
(PCM) It is a horror story come to life for individuals who have buried their beloved pets in the pet cemetery at the Delaware SPCA. The Stanton branch of the Delaware SPCA has recently closed down their Stanton location and are in the process of making a sale on the large 21-acre property, however there is one major issue. There are over 1,000 pets and animals buried on the property which is where owners believed was to be their pet’s final resting place.
Due to the proposed construction and renovation of the property, the SPCA told several pet owners that they had only until the end of the month to remove their pet’s headstones and if they choose, exhume the remains and relocate them to another location. Yes, that is as gruesome as it sounds. Already, several individuals have visited the property and made an attempt to dig up their animals, however due to the amount of time that has passed and other external conditions some of the animals buried in the cemetery can not be located.
In fact, even the Delaware police force cannot located the remains of “Captain”, the county’s very first police dog. Also buried in the cemetery are the remains of “Igloo” a bear from the local Brandywine Zoo, a goat named “Minnie Pearl” and a pair of poodles named “Brigitte and Babette”. Here’s where things take an even creepier and more problematic turn for the Delaware SPCA, as it has also been reported that there may in fact be human remains buried on the property as well.
It seems that a woman named Miss Ligon had her ashes interred on the property so that her final resting place would be near her beloved dog, a Border Collie named “Lady”. Miss Ligon was a nationally recognized sculptor and an avid dog lover. When “Lady” passed away in 1973 she was buried in the the Delaware SPCA pet cemetery, according to a pet cemetery contract that was unearth by the Delaware News Journal. The New Journal also went on to uncover notes from a 1980 board meeting which approved Miss Ligons’ ashes to be interred in the cemetery.
The Delaware SPCA claims to have“no knowledge of any human remains on our Stanton property”, however most of the evidence points to Miss Ligon being buried alongside her pet, as she had no living relatives at the time of her death in 1980. Pet cemeteries are not regulated by federal or state governments because animal remains are considered “solid waste” under Delaware law. But human cemeteries fall under the state’s authority and that could be a game changer for any plans the Delaware SPCA had for selling the property. If it turns out that a human is buried on the property, the SPCA would need to register that specific plot as a cemetery and follow a new set of protocol for exhuming the remains and relocating them.
Individuals who have been visiting the property for more information and to make an attempt at relocating their pets were being turned away by the guard on-site and told to contact the Delaware SPCA board or Georgetown location by phone. Thus far the Delaware SPCA has not returned any phone calls or commented about the issue, which has been absolutely heartbreaking for pet owners.
There is currently an online petition beginning to pick up steam, as pet owners want answers and would like to prevent the sale and save the building and surrounding pet cemetery. It has already reached over 2,000 signatures and continues to grow. Many pet owners who have buried their animals at the Delaware SPCA pet cemetery also claim that the Delaware SPCA is in breach of contract, as they have signed documents that prove “the Delaware SPCA guarantees continued use and upkeep of the grave site for the period of twenty-five (25) years.” That particular contract was signed in 1998, however the shelter stopped the pet burial process about 10 years ago.
(PCM) It was truly amazing to watch the evolution of Grumpy Cat explode onto the internet and flood social media after a single meme was created using her adorable frowning face. Ever since her first appearance Grumpy Cat has held her reign as a viral sensation, but there is a new animal in town that is already conquering our news feeds with his adorably sour face. Meet Grumpy Earl, the puggle with the face of a grumpy-looking 80 year old man!
Grumpy Earl is only five months old, but has already become quite the internet sensation, as there are already hundreds of memes featuring his gloomy little face being posted all over the place. Grumpy Earl’s owners are amazed by how quickly he has become a viral hit after only posting a single photo of him on Reddit. Despite Grumpy Earl’s sour expression, his owners say he is just as energetic and lovable as any normal puppy. He loves his snacks and enjoys chasing a ball around the house.
The vet claims that Grumpy Earl’s expression is due to his underbite, wrinkles and dark complexion and he is just as healthy as any normal puppy calling him both relaxed and actually content!
(PCM) A black Labrador mix named Eclipse from the Seattle area, loves the city’s dog park so much that she will often times hop on the public transit bus and ride there all by herself.
Her owner Jeff Young claims that the habit started one day when he was taking too long to finish a cigarette and Eclipse just hopped on the bus a rode to the dog park without him. Ever since then it has become Eclipse’s habit. Sometimes she is with her owner and sometimes she is not.
All of the city bus drivers know her and commuters claim that Eclipse rides the bus sitting in a seat just like a person. Her owner Young also says that Eclipse will get on the bus without him and then he will catch up with her later on at the dog park. She picks up the bus right in front of their home and then hops off at the dog park about three or four stops later.
Young also says that about once a week he will get a phone call from a local business in the area telling him that they have found his dog and he has to explain to them that she is just fine and knows what she is doing while heading to the park.
A representative for the transit company says that they enjoy having Eclipse as a rider, but definitely feel that she would be safer with her owner and a leash along for the trip.
(PCM) Ever since GoPro cameras were released people have taken to attaching them to their dogs and cats to get a first hand view about what things look like from their pets perspective. But have you ever wondered how your pet behaves right after you leave the house..
Many people would assume that you might discover your pet digging through trash cans, ripping up the couch, chewing your favorite pair of shoes, however on Youtuber named Mike the Intern discovered that they also get very, very sad.
Mike the Intern strapped a GoPro camera on his dog right before he left the house. The video he discovered upon his return is absolutely heartbreaking.
(PCM) Having solved all other problems, the state of New Jersey now wants to ban pets from being both tattooed and pierced. Somehow, we just never saw this as being such a big issue…we ask you…how many people do you know that have tattooed or pierced their pet?
Currently, three New Jersey lawmakers feel that it is a big problem and have introduced a bill that would clarify under New Jersey law that tattooing and/or piercing your pet would be considered an act of animal cruelty.
They feel that tattooing or piercing an animal is needless mutilation and those individuals need to be penalized for their actions. The lawmakers claim that the need for a bill was brought to their attention by animal rights groups and a similar bill is on its’ way to being passed through New York legislature now.
Both the New Jersey and the New York bills do take into the consideration the branding, tagging and marking that sometimes occurs with various livestock and exemptions will be made for those particular cases.
Residents in New Jersey are a bit baffled by the bill as to their knowledge there have been no publicly documented cases of animal tattoos or piercings taking place in the state. The only well documented cases were that of a Pennsylvania woman who was selling “gothic kittens” that had pierced ears and New York tattoo artist that tattooed his dog while the dog was unconscious due to another surgical procedure.
Back in March, the ASPCA said that it would condone the use of small tattoos on dogs or cats to mark them as having been spayed or neutered and the currently bill does not offer an exception for those types of tattoos.