Our latest addition.

jack the spaniel

My husband and I have been looking to foster a pet for quite some time now — Jack, is lucky number one. This super friendly guy was found wandering around in the streets with no collar, no microchip, and in serious need of a bath. His ears, legs, feet, belly, and even a small section of his mini mohawk is matted and dirty, but it’s nothing a good grooming can’t fix.

He didn’t come with a collar, hence he didn’t come with a name. Since my husband loves the White Stripes (Jack White), and I have a small-ish obsession with the TV show Eureka (Jack Carter), it was a pretty easy decision.

Jack is an American Cocker Spaniel and the vet estimates him to be about 2 years old. Although I’m sure he has seen better hair days, the vet says he’s perfectly healthy and he’s now up-to-date with all of his vaccinations. He knows how to sit, listens to commands fairly well, and walks well on a leash. My two dogs seem to like him and thankfully he was smart enough to leave my cat alone. So far, so good.

In the next few days he’ll get the haircut he desperately needs, the neutering he should have received as a puppy, and lots of pets and love. Jack will be available for adoption through Lost Our Home Pet Foundation in the next couple weeks. If he seems like a good fit for you, be sure to contact LOH soon — full breed dogs are adopted very quickly.

As I type this now, he is sitting under my chair nestled up against my feet. Jack is going to make a great pet for one lucky family.

In the meantime, my family are the lucky ones.

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If a new pet isn’t in the cards for you right now, please consider donating to Lost Our Home. This incredible pet foundation focuses specifically on pets that have been abandoned or surrendered due to foreclosure. They also help homeowners who are struggling to keep their homes, by supplying them with pet food, litter, and other supplies, free of charge. Just one bag of food or litter can make a difference. Jack, and many other pets just like him, will thank you.

Geek is in the air.

San Diego Comic Con, known to most as The Comic-Con, kicks-off tomorrow. And for those lucky enough to attend, it holds in store four unnatural, and completely unbalanced  days of awesome.

Sadly, I am not one of those fortunate souls. But I like to day dream of the sheer joy it would bring to frolic among 130,000+  attendees, all prepared to let their geek flags fly.

Too much jaw-dropping, kick-ass gaiety for one event? Perhaps.

If geekery were visible, this is what I imagine it would look like from space:

Geek Radiant Energy System

Have fun everyone! Maybe next year…

Earth image credit: NASA – Photoshop credit: ME

Ignited by Phoenicians

I was lit on fire. Not in the stop, drop & roll sense. But more in the holy-crap-I-really-wanna-DO-STUFF sense. Ignite Phoenix is billed as “an information exchange for fostering and inspiring Phoenix’s creative community” and it is truly one of the most inspirational, entertaining & educational events I’ve ever attended. It’s very much like a one-night, mini, TED Talks convention. (NOTE: If you haven’t heard of TED Talks, quit reading this blog immediately and do your uninspired soul a huge favor: watch some jaw dropping videos now. Just don’t forget to come back later.) Except instead of the typical 18 minute TED presentation, Ignite Phoenix gathers up 18 passionate speakers and packs them into one crazy-fun night.

YOU: 18 SPEAKERS IN ONE NIGHT, YOU SAY?!

ME: Yes. 18, I say.

Each speaker gets 20 slides and only 5 minutes to talk about the things that get them out of bed each morning, all with the goal of fanning the flames in others. Topics range from the love of fast food, to restoring Route 66, and from choir geeks to Japanese music. And those were only 4 of the 18 topics presented when I attended.

Their next event, Ignite Phoenix After Hours, is an uncensored, adults only version, which comes complete with a line up of taboo topics. The night of naughtiness starts at 7PM at the Radius Nightclub in Scottsdale on Friday, July 29th. The list of presenters has already been released and tickets are on sale now.

However, if you’re a timid kitten, and this unrated event seems too much for you, don’t let it scare you away from the next Ignite Phoenix event in October.

Be inspired. Get ignited.