Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Adopt A Pet.com ~ Find Easy Online Pet Adoption!

If you're looking to adopt a new pet presently or sometime in the future, Adopt a Pet.com is a great place to start. Initailly you"ll be able to preview, screen, and shop for your pet online before even stepping into a shelter! I used an online service in my area to pick out my own cat OP. You"ll find adorable online photos and each unique pet story, which is an invaluable aid in choosing your new pet.

I've teamed up with Adopt Pet.com to bring more awareness to homeless pets, and their new online adoption services available across the nation. The website is very easy to navigate, and a cool feature I found they also list dogs in breed resue! Here are some excellent insights to this wonderful non-profit online pet adoption organization:

What is Adopt-a-Pet.com ?

Adopt-a-Pet.com is the world's largest non-profit pet adoption website. We are like an ad agency for shelters and shelter pets. Sadly there are 4 million healthy adoptable companion animals killed in shelters each year due to overcrowding. We do our best to relieve that problem and put pets from shelters in the homes of pet seekers all over the country.

Our website makes it easy for anyone with an internet connection to find profiles and pictures of adoptable animals by location, breed, gender, age, size, and color. Over 8,000 shelters posts pets on our website displaying over 125,000 pets available for adoption at any given time. We also help volunteers connect with shelters, and currently host over thousands of people listed in our volunteer database for shelters.

What Makes Adopt-a-Pet.com Unique:

- On our website, people can use something we call “Search Saver.” This feature will notify users by e-mail when a particular pet of their specifications in available for adoption. For example, I can tell “Search Saver” where I live, and what type of breed I am looking for. When that animal is available, I am notified the next time a pet matching my search is added on Adopt-a-Pet.com.

- As of this summer we have now made it easy for our visitors to find pets and then recommend them to friends and family via Facebook, Twitter and other social applications. We are calling the idea “Social Petworking.” Here is how it works; once you have searched and found a pet in need, on the pet details page simply hover over the button labeled “SHARE,” there you can send the pet details page to any of your friends. For more information visit this page http://www.adoptapet.com/socialpetworking/signup.

- In addition to dogs and cats, we now feature all kinds of pets for adoption, including rabbits, farm animals, ferrets, hamsters and other small animals, horses, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and even fish. This was a major initiative that took many months to research and program into the site, and it is being well-received within the shelter community.

- By teaming up with the renowned street-artist Shepard Fairey, who designed the iconic Obama "Hope" image, we have available a number of stylish ways to promote pet adoption. Shepard was able to translate his work with Obama to an image that can be used to represent pet adoption support. Merchandise can be found at http://www.muttslikeme.com/

- We have begun blogging and created a Twitter Page along with a Facebook Page. Our blog is located at http://blog.adoptapet.com/ there you can join our Facebook Group, or follow us on Twitter.

Blog Highlights:
Adopt-a-Pet.com has recently begun blogging, and every week we publish posts from two separate columns. On Tuesday we blog about pet care tips, and on Fridays we do our best to find heartwarming stories about adopted pets all over the country. Here are a few highlights from our blog:

10 Ways To Help Homeless Pet, Even If You Can’t Adopt
What To Ask Your Veterinarian
Good News In Pet Adoption – A Weekly Post
10 Things To Consider Before Adopting

I'm very impressed with the Adopt A Pet.com website. Thanks to Jeff Howard author of the blog adopt a pet.com for sending and allowing me to share with you vital information about their tremendous online pet adoption service. If we all work together, we may one day erradicate homeless pets, I'd love to live long enough to witness that day! If you're an animal lover like me, you'll want to adopt them all!

Interested in placing an Adopt A Pet.com link or banner on your blog or website you can find them here:


The shepard fairey one which I love and have on my sidebar can be found here:


Literally in the Moment is a non-profit Arts and animal advocate website!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Fall's Sutle Color Emergence Photo!

Peering out into our woods, you can see Fall is making a suble entrance. We've had a hot dry spell most of September. A lot of leaves are just turning black mostly due to the lack of water! I can't believe that I've had the chance to wear my shorts all month long! Our luck will be changing with the wind in the next few days!

The skies have been very loud and crowded overhead with all the military planes flying around for the Pittsburgh G20 Summit! Yesterday three black military helicopters were flying pretty low. I didn't grab my camera fast enough! Makes me glad that we don't live right in the city. I could hear the planes flyiing over all night long! I'm sure it was much louder in the city! A quiet weekend planned around home! Have a great weekend! Enjoy the sights!

Monday, September 14, 2009

My Zebra Ornamental Grass Blooms Photos!

If you're looking to add great height and color to your landscape, Zebra grass will fill a bare spot perfectly. The green foilage is very popular in Japanese gardens, and becoming a quick favorite here in the U.S. Zebra grass a low maintenance perennial can grow 5 to 8 feet tall, loves the sunlight, and thrives in dry conditions! My sister gave me a small plant two years ago, and it 's now at least 7ft tall! Just plant and the grass will take off on it's own! I do water mine when the weather gets too dry!

The yellow stripped bands on the long fronds give the leaves a nice patterned color, as seen in the photo above. The long blade like leaves are also a bright green color, and the plant itself can grow to width of around 5 feet! You'll want to plant your zebra grass with enough space in between or they'll grow into each other.

The pink and bronze flower tips reach for the sky, resembling wheat tips! The blooms usually come in early fall and turn completely brown in winter. Torrential hard rains have plowed these babies down, within a day later there're back to their wonderful form!
I usually prune old fronds in the Spring, to welcome new growth for the season! Along with my rhododendrons, zebra grass is the tallest plant I have in my flower garden. One of my favorite decorative plants which come back year after year so beautifully, with so little care! You can't go wrong with zebra grass, they never disappoint the eyes!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Summer's Close~ Summer Poem And Photo!

Summer’s Close

Lone endless roads I walk along,
lay always outstretched to greet me.

Sweet Summer enshrined in all her green,
bounty enraptured warmth and beauty.

For her brief encounters pass by swiftly,
wild bitter Winter winds will soon blow.

I’ll yearn for life’s sounds to bide me,
reflecting my world within her sun’s glow.

Season upon season relentlessly ceasing,
gazing on nature’s flawless exuberance.

Year after year my eyes never grow weary,
eagerly waiting capturing one more glance.

Lone endless roads I walk along,
radiance withering closing shadows dispel.

Witnessing Summer’s incessant rebirth,
reluctantly I bid a melancholic farewell.

©Jo A. True-Burkholder 2009

My photo "Summer's Endless Road," I shot of the road beside my home before Summer season is gone! I'm sure going to miss the hot weather! We put the winter cover on our pool. The weather is in the upper and middle 70's, but the nights are too cold to keep the water temperature warm!

I caught a cold from my nephews, so it's my first Fall cold! Time to check for remnants from my vegetable garden! Tomatoes are still turning slowly!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Grand Funk Railroad Rocked Pittsburgh Ribfest 2009!

We drove for an hour and a half and arrived in Pittburgh last Saturday September 9, 2009. A beautiful Pittsburgh sunset greeted us as we headed toward Heinz Field to the Ribfest!

Jill West and Blues Attack was rocking out the Blues as we walked through the enormous Heinz Field entrance. I shot the photo sign above last year during the Ribfest 2008! Last year it was stifling hot!

The SIX Pittsburgh Steeler Lombardi trophies were on display for everyone to photograph in the exibit! Here are photos of them building the huge super bowl replica trophy exibit!

Grand Funk Railroad an old favorite rock band of ours appeared on stage at 9:00 P.M. They rocked the huge crowd and summerlike air with their trademark songs: Locomotion, I'm Your Captain, Shinin On, Some Kind Of Wonderful, many more and lastly their signature song We're An American Band. Was a great trip into my past remembering listening to these songs on the radio! 2009 marked 40 years for Grand Funk Railroad. 40 Years Of Funk! We had a great time good eats and entertainment! There's a lot of rock and rollers in the Pittsburgh area!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Yellow Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly Pollinates My Zinnias Awesome Photos!

As the hint of Fall arrives here in Pennyslvania, a beautiful tiger swallowtail pollinates on my Zahara scarlet zinnias. My zinnias have finally grown fuller, a whole 28-30 inches wide. Took all summer for them to reach maturity, due to all the crazy PA weather! Seems I see monarchs in my area usually in the Spring and Fall! This fellow was the first yellow monarch I've ever seen!

I shot several photos of the yellow swallowtail fluttering against flowers, and the wind blowing his delicate wings. His stunning colors were beautiful against my bright scarlet zinnias. I was surprised the closeness he let me come within! My header displays the yellow monarch on my Double cherry zinnias. I thought very fitting for Fall! Isn't he just awesomely equisite!

Fall has descended quickly here in PA, especially the past few evenings. Lows have been in the high 40's. I do fear swimming weather is over in our region. We'll still experience Indian Summer, but the night air cools the pools temperatures even with a solar cover on! Sadly it'll be time to close our pool! School has started, back to an earlier schedule!

I've been busy freezing vegetables from our garden. We've had an abundance of green beans this season. Our corn did well, and I'm still picking salvaged tomatoes saved from the blight. Our cherry tomatoes did well, I love them in salads, and they're good in soups too!

Looking forward to Labor day weekend, we may catch a rock concert in Pittsburgh! We haven't been to a concert in awhile, love outside rock concerts!

Enjoy the beautiful Fall sights,stay tuned for more exordinary photos to come! :)
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