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History Through Philately–Happy birthday to the ASPCA!

History Through Philately stamp

With my WordPress problems of these past three months now firmly in the past (see WordPress problems resolved!), I seem to have more time to do the things I like to do, such as blog camping (see May I camp out in your blog?) and blogging.

Long-time readers know that I am a big fan of serial blogging, too, but serial blogging takes a lot more effort than just putting up a pretty picture every day, or a cute quote.

Scott #776, Texas centennialSome of my blog series include

I have always had a love of history, with war history being at the top of my list. I find it amazing that humans can be so cruel to other humans, usually under the guise of religion. Right now I’m reading The Crusades by  Zoé Oldenbourg. Just a sampling of how cruel the crusades were: “The Aemenian nobles of Edessa who were plotting to overthrow their new lord were punished in the Byzantine fashion by mutilation–having their eyes put out and their feet, hands, or noses cut off.” The Crusades were in the Eleventh Century, yet killing in the name of religions continues to the present.Scott #993 Railroad Engineers of America

Philately, or stamp collecting, by its very nature encourages the study of history, so it was only natural that I became a philatelist, or stamp collector. At one time I had a huge stamp collection, include Railroad Postal History (RPO), but it was sold when I evacuated Texas in April 1993 and wound up here in San Diego.

I still collect stamps, virtually (much less financial investment), and subscribe to daily emails from history.com. Coupled with Wikipedia’s On this day section on their front page, I get my fill of history each day.

So without further adoo (that’s Texan for adieux), on this day in 1866….

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was founded in New York City. It is entirely separate from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), which was founded in England in 1824 to prevent cruelty to carriage horses. The ASCPA’s mission is “to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States.” It’s motto is, “We are their voice.”

One might wonder why anyone would be cruel to a defenseless animal, and perhaps even if their mission might be outdated. All one has to do is pay attention to the news, and it’s easy to see that their mission is not outdated, and that if humans can be cruel to other humans, they certainly can be cruel to defenseless animals. Examples include dogfighting and cockfighting, not feeding an animal enough (often happens to dogs and horses), not giving them clean water, keeping them outside in very hot or very cold weather, hitting an animal (another way to “train” an animal). Some that were recently in the news include setting cats on fire, shooting cats and dogs with arrows, drowning newborn dogs by throwing them into fast-moving rivers, abandoning newborn cats by “throwing them away” in a dumpster.

In celebration of the founding of the ASPCA, here are some United States postage stamps featuring cats, dogs, and horses, the three most commonly abused animals:

Scott #2372, issued February 5, 1988Scott #2372

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Scott #2373, issued February 5, 1988Scott #2373

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Scott #2374, issued February 5, 1988Scott #2374

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Scott #2375, issued February 5, 1988Scott #2375

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Scott #3232, issued August 20, 1998Scott #3232

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Scott #3670, issued September 20, 2002Scott #3670

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Scott #2098, issued September 7, 1984Scott #2098

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Scott #2099, issued September 7, 1984Scott #2099

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Scott #2100, issued September 7, 1984Scott #2100

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Scott #2101, issued September 7, 1984Scott #2101

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Scott #3230, issued August 20, 1998Scott #3230

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Scott #3671, issued September 20, 2002Scott #3671

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Scott #4451-4460, issued April 30, 2010Scott #4451-4460

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Scott #2155, issued September 25, 1985Scott #2155

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Scott #2156, issued September 25, 1985Scott #2156

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Scott #2157, issued September 25, 1985Scott #2157

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Scott #2158, issued September 25, 1985Scott #2158

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In the master bedroom?

Out & About

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Yahoooooooooooooooooooooo!

More about that in a minute.

Zoey the Cool Cat is a very sociable cat. She likes to be where Jim and I are, so if we’re in the office, she’s probably lounging on the printer between our two desks:

Zoey the Cool Cat

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Sometimes, though, she disappears, and when I take a break (10-minute break every hour), if she’s not close by, I’ll go look for her.

Around 3:00 this afternoon, she was not close by, and I didn’t find her in her usual places in the garage or living room.

I went into the master bedroom and saw this:

Zoey the Cool Cat

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Three o’clock is about the time that the sunshine is fading from the master bedroom—you can see some sun on the floor at the right—so I have no doubt that she was lounging in the sunshine on the bed, and when the sun moved, she did, too, eventually winding up in that position.

Since I often carry my camera from room to room with me, just for times like this, I took a couple of pictures while I was laughing at her.

If she heard me laughing, I’m probably due for a rude awakening around 3:00 tomorrow morning………….. :)

Now back to Yahooooooooooooooooo!

I got official word today that I get to be a vendor for the Cat House on the Kings fundraiser on May 3 in Fresno. This will be for my Photographic Art enterprise. I’m excited, especially since I’m going to drive, which means I’ll be able to stop here and there and take road-trip pictures as well as spending Saturday with a few billion cats!

Yahoooooooooooooooo!

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Butterfly Jungle at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, April 5-27

San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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They’re back!

The butterflies, that is.

Butterfly Jungle at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park opens in just two days! Running from Friday, April 5, through Sunday, April 27, Butterfly Jungle is one of the most popular events at the Safari Park, so popular that a couple of years ago they started requiring you to check in first and get an entrance number and time.

Rumor has it that too many butterflies were getting killed by the masses during the first week, thereby leaving few butterflies for the masses during the final week. And, of course, photographers like me were hanging around all day! Now you check in, pick up a ticket with your entrance time on it, and you get to spend a whopping 15 minutes in Butterfly Jungle.

You’ll find that if you try to go through a second time on the same day, the entrance times can be four or five hours away. If so, you can always explore the other fauna and flora during those hours. Just make sure you’re back at Butterfly Jungle for your entrance time because if you’re not there, they’ll let someone else in and you’ll be outta luck.

Following are some of my favorite butterfly pictures from Butterfly Jungles past.

Butterfly Jungle at the San Diego Zoo's Safari Park

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Butterfly Jungle at the San Diego Zoo's Safari Park

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Butterfly at Buttefly Junle, San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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Butterfly Jungle at the San Diego Zoo's Safari Park

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Butterfly Jungle at the San Diego Zoo's Safari Park

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Butterfly on a lavender flower

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Butterfly Jungle at the San Diego Zoo's Safari Park

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Butterfly at Buttefly Junle, San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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Butterflies at Butterfly Jungle at the San Diego Zoo's Safari Park in April 2012

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Butterfly at Buttefly Junle, San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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Butterfly at Buttefly Junle, San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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2013 Butterfly Jungle at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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2013 Butterfly Jungle at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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2013 Butterfly Jungle at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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If you’re coming to San Diego, give me a call! I often can play docent for a day—Zoo, Safari Park, SeaWorld, Scenic 59-mile Drive, etc. And if you fly into San Diego, sit on the left side of the plane; the view of downtown San Diego as you’re landing is awesome!

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Since they are dead, they won’t mind

How I Did It

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Back in the 1960s when my wise old grandmother was helping me find my place in the world, she would often say, “Don’t re-invent the wheel.”

The first time she said that, she also had to explain it to me. After that first time, though, I was always looking for the wheel that someone else had invented. I never felt guilty about using someone else’s wheel when appropriate, legal, and ethical because, as my wise old grandmother told me, “There have been a few billion people on Earth before you. It’s highly likely that they invented something that you can use, and since they are dead, they won’t mind.”

Recently I found several wheels for Photoshop that someone else had invented and is selling for what I consider reasonable costs. Those wheels are called Actions, and the ones that I have fallen in love with are by PanosFX.com.

You might remember me mentioning them fairly recently when I tested their photo corner Action (see Ready? Set? Action!). I did wind up buying all of the Photoshop Actions that PanosFX.com offers.

Here are some of my favorites, demonstrated quite ably by Zoey the Cool Cat, of course.

FanZoey the Cool Cat fan

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WristwatchZoey the Cool Cat wristwatch

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WeaveZoey the Cool Cat weave

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BookZoey the Cool Cat book

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Light bulbZoey the Cool Cat light bulb

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Film stripZoey the Cool Cat film strip

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Wanted posterZoey the Cool Cat wanted poster

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Spiral-bound bookZoey the Cool Cat spiral bound book

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Magnifying glassZoey the Cool Cat under the magnifying glass

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And lastly for this post, a Zoey the Cool Cat cube which you can print, cut, and glue to get a real cube to set on your coffee table or bookshelf!

Zoey the Cool Cat cube

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A lesson in customer service

SeaWorld

Back at the beginning of March, SeaWorld sent me a gift, which was a free $39 Dine With Shamu meal. It could be redeemed only online. Unfortunately, online redemption has been giving me an error for the past two weeks when I have tried to redeem my gift.

Since the gift expires at the end of my birthday month, which is in just a few days, I printed out the error message and my birthday gift email and went to Guest Relations at SeaWorld.

First person couldn’t resolve the issue and called his supervisor over.

Supervisor couldn’t resolve the issue and called his supervisor over.

Supervisor II couldn’t resolve the issue but commented, “I think I now know why Dine With Shamu hasn’t been selling out.”

Supervisor II didn’t resolve the issue while I was there, but what he did do was practice customer service of the highest order. He simply made reservations for Saturday (that’s today!) at 6:00 p.m. for Jim and me, and then comped both tickets! So Jim and I are Dining With Shamu. Free! An $78 value!

Jim and I dined with Shamu two years ago, and it was awesome, not to mention that the food was far superior to what I was expecting for a theme park event. Following is a picture of Shamu from when we dined with him in May 2012, up close and personal:

Dining with Shamu at SeaWorld

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P.S. I’m not impressed with the new picture editing functions that WordPress instituted a couple of days ago, and I’m still having problems when I visit the blogs of other people, those problems being most noticeable when I try to comment or LIKE blogs whose URL ends with wordpress.com. About half the time I cannot comment, and LIKE buttons never load, so I can never LIKE!

The WordPress crowd in their Forums ignore me. Thus, I’m pretty sure that when my WordPress.com upgrade expires, I won’t be renewing. I’ll be taking my money to my own server.

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Eye to eye & nose to nose

SeaWorld

This past Sunday I renewed my annual pass to SeaWorld, this time for two years (they have a cool EZ Pay monthly payment plan!) at the Super Duper Platinum level, and took off to spend four hours at SeaWorld.

SeaWorld San DiegoThe construction they did in preparation for their 50th anniversary here created a really amazing time, especially at the new entrance where there are seven or eight (I lost count) touch pools. I touched the horseshoe crabs and the mantas.

What I like most about SeaWorld is the excitement of the children. I have no doubt that they will grow up with a greater appreciation of wildlife than if they had just seen pictures in a school textbook.

The 50th Anniversary version of SeaWorld also has three flamingo exhibits. One of them is the bestest flamingo exhibit ever because the flamingos walk right up to you, separated only by a fence. You can be eye to eye and nose to nose with them. In fact, I was thinking that the public can get too close to them. If one of those big flamingos decides to go bad, to go rogue, and peck someone in the face, SeaWorld’s going to have problems. Nonetheless, here are a couple of pictures and a video of the new bestest flamingo exhibit ever:

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Flamingo at SeaWorld San Diego

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Free Photographic Art for the first 20 respondents, dogs and cats only

Photographic Art by Russel Ray photos--taking photographs, making art

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Our pets are very personal creatures in our lives, so for the first 20 respondents, I am offering to create Photographic Art, for free, of your pet, but it must be a cat or a dog. This is a $20 value, which is price at which I sell digital files.

First, leave a comment expressing your intent to be one of the first 20. In years gone by when I have done these types of events, I have been accused by the 21st respondent of not counting correctly, not liking him, etc. So you must leave a comment so that everyone who knows how to count can count!

Then, email me (photoartsd@aol.com) a high quality picture of your pet and I’ll create one reflection. Your choice of single or triptych reflection. See the three examples below (triptych on the bottom).

Zoey the Cool Cat

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Zoey the Cool Cat

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Zoey the Cool Cat

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I’ll email the high resolution picture back to you. They can be huge, so if your email server rejects the attachment as too big, I’ll upload the picture to my web site and provide you a link so you can download it at your convenience.

I will upload my creation to a special Photographic Art gallery at Fine Art America so you could have the art printed, framed, matted, etc., at huge sizes, or small sizes, at a reasonable cost.

The triptych above at full size is a whopping 23.7 MB at 8231 x 7622 pixels, which means you could have Fine Art America print a version on canvas, acrylic, or metal that would be about 82 inches by 76 inches! Or greeting cards! Wouldn’t your pet love that?

This offer is for dog and cat pets only. I’ll have other offers in the future, so stay tuned.

Thanks to Zoey the Cool Cat for her modeling expertise here.

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Daddy, mommy, & baby

SeaWorld

If someone will adopt me, feed me, care for me, and keep me free from killer humans in the wild, I promise I will entertain you each and every day!

Here is a video of three Orca whales—daddy, mommy, and baby—enjoying a nice swim on Sunday, March 23, 2014:

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I’m off to see the Orcas, the wonderful Orcas of….

SeaWorld

Dining with Shamu at SeaWorldI have no problem saying that I’m a big fan of SeaWorld, Zoos, and Aquariums. Those who thought that Blackfish was a balanced documentary are the same people who DID NOT think that Bowling for Columbine or Fahrenheit 9/11 were balanced documentaries. And it’s true. There is no such thing as a balanced documentary because they are told from the point of view of the director, producer, and/or writer. Documentaries have a story to tell, even if it is only part of the full story.

Porcupine at Seaworld San DiegoI have watched a lot of documentaries in my life, and I have done a lot of research to get the rest of the story (smile if you remember the famous person responsible for always giving us the rest of the story).

Documentaries are one of my favorite genres because I love history and reality, except that type of reality that television gives us with The Bachelor, American Idol, and other crap (can I say crap on a family WordPress blog?).

Recently a friend with opposing views said, “Look what happened to Keiko!” Keiko was an Orca whale which starred in the movie, “Free Willy!” Knowing that said friend had no idea what happened to Keiko, I decided to help him improve his knowledge base. Here’s what happened to Keiko:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/19/freeing-willy-documentary_n_3957369.html

SeaWorld San DiegoFor those who don’t want to spare time watching an 11:43 documentary video about a whale, here’s the Cliff Notes version (smile if you remember Cliff Notes):

After $20 million and many years of teaching Keiko to hold his breath for long periods, catch his own food, and swim in harsh waters, Keiko wound up seeking out people wherever it went in the vast and free ocean. Keiko loved people.

SeaWorld San DiegoThe many whales at SeaWorld also love people. All you have to do is go watch a show at SeaWorld to see the love that is shared between the SeaWorld staff and trainers and the whales.

What people fail to realize is that Orcas are pretty big. If one is not careful, an Orca can kill you, even unintentionally in an accident. That is true with all life, though. Dogs kill people quite often. Cats can kill people with their bites and scratches. Heck, even people can kill people! So to use four accidental deaths in SeaWorld’s 50-year history and millions of shows is disingenuous at best, stupid at worst. Dogs kills more people each year than SeaWorld’s Orca whales, so carrying SeaWorld opponents’ thoughts to their logical conclusion, we should not have dogs captive in our homes or yards. They should all be released back into the wild from which they came. Cats, too. Not to mention all the marine life in aquariums, wildlife in zoos.

Starfish at SeaWorld San DiegoThe two most important reasons why I support SeaWorld, the San Diego Zoo, and the Scripps Aquarium :

  1. A great deal of the money they make each year goes to rescue marine life along the Southern California coast (beached whales, yes; dolphins, porpoises, sea otters, turtles) and injured wildlife in the interior, such as eagles, osprey, owls, big cats.
  2. Without the aquariums and zoos, I would never have had the opportunity to see elephants, giraffes, octopuses, bears, whales, tigers, jaguars, flamingos, spoonbills, eagles, leopards, penguins, and most of the other species at zoos and aquariums.

Since I go to the Zoo and SeaWorld quite often, I can also tell you that many people have told me that they have a greater appreciation for wildlife after they visit the Zoo and SeaWorld, and that’s important for the survival of species in the wild.

Here are some more pictures of SeaWorld:

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Flamingo lagoon at SeaWorld San Diego

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SeaWorld San Diego

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SeaWorld San Diego

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SeaWorld San Diego

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SeaWorld San Diego

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Monitor at SeaWorld San Diego

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Beluga whale at SeaWorld San Diego

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Sea turtle at SeaWorld San Diego

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Orca whales at SeaWorld San Diego

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Sea lion at SeaWorld San Diego

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Walrus at SeaWorld San Diego

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Polar bear at SeaWorld San Diego

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Sea turtle at SeaWorld San Diego

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Penguin at SeaWorld San Diego

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Starfish at SeaWorld San Diego

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SeaWorld San Diego

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Now I’m off to see the Orcas, the wonderful Orcas of SeaWorld! Happy Sunday to everyone!

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Happy National Puppy Day!

Did you know?

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National Puppy DayDid you know today was National Puppy Day? It is usually held on March 23, but that would have been Sunday, and many animal shelters are closed on Sundays. So National Puppy Day is today but will be celebrated throughout the weekend by everyone who loves dogs and wants to see each and every one in a forever home providing unconditional love.

My top 15 ways to celebrate National Puppy Day:

  1. Adopt a puppy from your local shelter or pure breed rescue organization.
  2. Donate money, food and toys to your local shelter.
  3. Have a puppy party and invite all your friends and their puppies!
  4. Host a community event to raise money for your local animal shelter.
  5. Volunteer at your local shelter and offer to walk a puppy or play with a puppy, clean cages or anything else they need help with.
  6. Have a tee shirt made with your puppy’s photo on it.
  7. Two women and two dogs at the beachTake your puppy to the beach.
  8. Hire a pet photographer to capture your puppy’s fleeting moments.
  9. Microchip & I.D. Tag your puppy so the shelter can locate you if he gets lost.
  10. Teach your children and their friends to be kind to your puppy by never pulling on his ears or tail.
  11. Pledge to walk your puppy every day for proper health and behavior management.
  12. Take your puppy to an elderly community and spread some love.
  13. If you like your puppy to snuggle in bed with you, buy him some puppy steps to make it easy for him to join you.
  14. Pledge to never chain your puppy to a tree or doghouse. Always include your puppy in your family by letting it live inside the home with you.
  15. And last but not least, pledge to never yell at or hit your puppy, to be patient and kind, and give your puppy lots of love and praise every day.

Here are a few of my best dog pictures, all available for purchase at Photographic Art by Russel Ray Photos at Fine Art America. Use code FTNSD at checkout to get a 20% discount, good through April 14, 2014.

A Man and His DogA Man and His Dog

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Where’s He Going?Where's He Going?

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Waiting PatientlyWaiting Patiently For His Return

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And a couple of other pictures, currently documentary pictures, which will eventually be available as Photographic Art by Russel Ray Photos at Fine Art America.

Where To?Where To?

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Finally! There’s the Beach!Imperial Beach Surf Dog Competition

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