THIS AND THAT for October 20th


The ancient Egyptians mummified their animals and considered them as not inferior to humans, and they would appreciate today’s rescue efforts. The Humane Society has rescued hundreds of pets, but the Sierra Club goes one step further: Wild animals whose homes were disrupted.

Wildlife Rehabilitators: The Hidden Heroes of Hurricane Season

By  Meredith Brown, Sierra Club National Newsletter

“But what about the wild animals whose habitats have also been destroyed? That’s where wildlife rehabilitators, or “rehabbers,” come in—specially trained and licensed individuals (often working as volunteers) who typically work in collaboration with local wildlife centers to retrieve and rehabilitate mammals, birds, reptiles, and other species in distress.”

Great photos–see end of this post


And the ancient Egyptians would appreciate current-day Halloween celebrations:

“The National Retail Federation, as reported by Consumer Affairs, estimates that 9.1 billion dollars will be spent on Halloween costumes, decorations, accessories and whatever.”

By Sarah D. Young, Consumer Affairs

Costumes for people, but what about pets?

By Sarah D. Young, Consumer Affairs

Of that 9.1 billion, some will be spent on pet costumes.

Of the nearly 200 million Americans planning to celebrate Halloween this year, 16 percent will dress their dog or cat in a costume. And this Halloween, Fido and Fluffy might bear a resemblance to one another.”

The most popular doggy costumes:

Pumpkin, Hot dog, Dog(?), lion or(?) pirate, Bumblebee, Devil, Batman character, Ghost, Cat, witch, Star Wars character. [Listed as a column.]


This concerned animals we like. The next item concerns the ones we don’t. lists every congress-thing and the legislation they ferment. I found this site through a Washington Post Article from Govtrack about congressional donations received from the NRA, providing an excellent state-by-state and rep by rep of how much each was given. In New York, only one democrat was listed as having received $5,000, Rep. Brian Higgins. I hadn’t been able to find anything more about him until I checked his Facebook page.

” For over five years, I have refused to accept contributions from the NRA, and while I have not chosen to return previous donations, I have instead chosen to donate those funds to local and national organizations fighting for common sense gun safety policies.”

So, he used to but he doesn’t now. He’s upstate, office in Buffalo, NY.  

Here’s the WP article:


By Aaron Williams, Washington Post

And thank you, GovTrack:

Also on Facebook

I’ve been barking up this tree long enough, so this is that for This And That for October 20th. 

Here’s  baby Raccoon, squirrel, bats and baby rabbits.  I haven’t posted Higgins’ picture.




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