Dog beach in Brevard County? Hopefully soon, according to Sandy Paws, a non-profit group working to make it happen and asking for donations of time, money, and ideas from pet lovers everywhere. There are 70 miles of beachfront in Brevard County and dogs should be allowed to join their humans on at least a couple of them. Agree? Please be sure to add your name to the online petition.
Did you know? It's projected that Americans will spend $47 Billion on their pets in 2011. That means millions of dogs, cats, and other kinds of animals will be getting some new "stuff" this year. This intrigues me and so, I would like to ask you to drop me a note and let me know what you plan to buy for your pet or pets this year, NOT including regular vet care, heartworm or flea preventative, or food. I plan to compile a "Top 5 Products per FloridaPets.net Readers" list and post it on the site. As always, you can remain anonymous; I just want your input.
One of my freelance writing gigs is Jacksonville Pet Friendly Places Examiner for Examiner.com. You can find - and subscribe to - my page here and you are welcome to add your thoughts about my articles. Just look for the "Comments" section at the end of each one.
A group of USF St. Pete journalism students produced this short blog as their project. It's about St. Petersburg animal shelters, but really describes shelters and rescues all over the country. Take a look at Economy Affect Animal Shelters.
Free stuff for pets. Last month, I spent a few hours surfing the web and found more great items for our readers. Go have a peek at our Pet Freebies page.
Winter Park City Commission has voted to charge a yearly fee of $75 per dog for Friends of Fleet People's Park. This is a bummer but, with power comes responsibility - and accountability - so the City will be on the hot seat. Read more about it here.
Critter Magazine Gainesville did a nice article about FloridaPets.net in their November issue. Read it here.
One of my favorite animal-related resources is The Humane Scoreboard. Here's where you learn where U.S. senators and representatives stand on animal protection legislation, votes, and policies - as it all happens. The site also provides contact info for lawmakers so you can voice your agreement or disagreement with their actions. The "Find Your Legislator" tab has a quick "search by zip code" feature. Remember, there are several new members of Congress this year and we need to let them know what we - pet people who vote - expect of them.
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That's it for this month. We really appreciate everyone for continuing to "tail along" with FloridaPets.net. Please write us anytime you have comments or suggestions, or would like us to feature your pet or a pet friendly event in your area.
->~ Patricia ~