Añejo Mockingbird

Used to be this place was mostly about music and pop culture, but it's slowly morphed into a launching pad for finding our foster greyhounds new homes. So be it. We love the hounds and are more than happy to use our modest little blog page to reach out and snag some attention for these greyt dogs... Oh, we'll still post the occasional odd music review or rant at the state of the Redskins from time to time, but they'll hafta take a back seat to the dogs 'til further notice

Location: Pennsylvania, United States

Music geek who appreciates everything from power-pop to indie-rock and most everything in between. I especially dig Reggae and its predecessor, Ska.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Goin' To The Dogs Part 2

One of the most overlooked aspects of Greyhound adoption, at least for potential adopters, is the placement of senior hounds. Hey, most everybody wants a young dog to pal around with who'll hopefully be a companion animal for many, many years. So it's quite understandable from an emotional commitment standpoint that adopters would choose a younger dog over an older dog. To be brutally honest, it takes a special kind of steely-willed reserve to take a senior hound into your home with the realization that the hands of time are against you. Perhaps this is sounding too negative - it's not supposed to. Senior hounds have many positive traits as they've been through all of the trials and tribulations of learning how to be a housepet that younger hounds have to learn from scratch. They're housebroken and have long ago mastered the art of climbing up and down stairs and navigating the innumerable obstacles found in a typical home, like sliding glass doors and large windows, not to mention that they're accustomed to the myriad of strange sounds emanating from the home environment - hello lawnmowers and vacumm cleaners! Plus they realize and appreciate companionship - indeed they crave it. Adopters looking for quietly dignified, and seriously grateful companion animals, could do themselves a favor and take in a senior hound. With that in mind, here's 2 to consider:

This is Donavan. He's 11 and he's darn good looking!

Donavan is a very sweet senior boy. He is cat safe and greyt with older kids. He would be a wonderful companion for another hound or would be a greyt only hound.

If Donavan seems like your cup of tea, and you live in the Four state area - PA, MD, VA, WV, or D.C. you can contact the good folks at Greyhound Rescue Inc.

This is Mary. She's also 11 years old and hoping for some love.

Red Female - 11 yrs - Cat friendly - Very low keyed, crate trained

If Mary steals your heart you can contact the fine folks at The National Greyhound Adoption Program.

Anyone wanting more information on the plight of the Greyhound can click any of my sidebar links under the header: Greyhounds: Fast dogs, faster friends...

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Goin' To The Dogs

Stealing an insanely simple idea from my buddy Ironicus, I'm gonna do a weekly Greyhound post, where I'll be featuring a few dogs that are up for adoption.

First up: Snoops.
Snoops has been returned twice because he's got some separation anxiety issues. He'd be fine as an addition to a home that already has another Greyhound for him to hang out with.
He loves to play and is a glutton for affection. Snoops has a high energy level and is always the life of the party. Snoops has acclimated well to his foster home and is getting along very well with the other greyhounds. Snoops does have separation anxiety issues and must be placed in a home with another greyhound(s).
If you think Snoops would be right for you and you live in the Four state area - PA, MD, VA, WV, or D.C. you can contact the good folks at Greyhound Rescue Inc.

Next up is Ani.
Looks like Ani should turn out to be a good all-around family dog!
Fawn Female - 2 yrs - Cat Friendly - Extremely outgoing - gets very intent when she plays, responds well when called, very sweet.
If Ani rings your bell, and you're able to drive to Philadelphia, PA, you can contact the fine folks at The National Greyhound Adoption Program.

Anyone wanting more information on the plight of the Greyhound can click any of my sidebar links under the header: Greyhounds: Fast dogs, faster friends...

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Bush & The G.O.P. - Outta Ideas, Outta Gas, Into Mud-Slinging And Fearmongering

In a move that comes as a surprise to no one who's still capable of drawing breath, after almost 6 years of being the party in control of a government that's lost its way in every way imaginable, Republicans, the very caricature of piss-poor, out-of-touch, scandal-ridden losers, have settled on an unsurprising re-election strategy: Mud-slinging negative ads!
Recognized as a rubber stamp for an unpopular president who tells bald-faced lies to the citizens of this country on an almost daily basis, and whom apparently takes issue with such niggling ideals as checks and balances and constitutional limitations on presidential power, that he performs end-runs around anything that would slow down his continuing White House fiefdom, Republicans are being forced to admit by this re-election strategy that they've been essentially worthless as a governing body for the past 6 years. I mean, where's the list of accomplishments? Bueller? Anyone, anyone?
Fact is, the G.O.P. has blindly followed the fatuous policies of W right down the rabbit hole of feeble, illogical, and, quite frankly, immoral ideology. From shameful decision making on national issues, to horrendous international policy that's left us as an international punching bag of epic proportions, there've been no accomplishments to speak of.
In short, the entire administration is a cadre of weasels. Whether the preceding statement unfairly libels weasels, is a matter for another time. Continuing the strategy laid out above, Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, and Bush The Almighty have been engaged in a week-long period of partisan propaganda, that, even for such worms as themselves, managed to reach new lows. Rumsfeld started things off with the "appeaser" meme, and then hit the nitrous button straight into Godwin-ville. Cheney, as is his wont, and playing into the foundation previously laid by Rumsfeld, aligns critics (or appeasers, if you so prefer) with the terrorists:

"Suggestions, for example, that we should withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq simply feed into that whole notion, validates the strategy of the terrorists".

Not to be outdone, the president used the anniversary of our national tragedy to club people over the head with more blundering inanity about how well-served we've been, and are going to be, if only we stand together and embrace his failed foreign policies. Again, the suggestion was that opponents of our spectacularly horrific, and horribly wrong war-time machinations, were, and are, somehow coddling terrorists:

"Whatever mistakes have been made in Iraq, the worst mistake would be to think that if we pulled out, the terrorists would leave us alone," Bush said from the Oval Office, with a photo of his twin daughters and the American flag behind him. "They will not leave us alone. They will follow us. The safety of America depends on the outcome of the battle in the streets of Baghdad."

Fearmongering with the ghosts of 9/11 - why are we not surprised? Shameful as it is, what's more shameful is the fact that it's not even remotely surprising, these words from the man who's supposed to be the leader of the greatest country on the face of the planet, these words which are typical of not only him, but those he surrounds himself with.
Keith Olbermann has said it better, and more eloquently then I ever could: "May this country forgive you."