Archive for February, 2015

Stray dog saved from freezing cold in New York park

Charlie is a shepherd mix who lived in Highbridge Park, New York for about 10 years

Charlie is a shepherd mix who lived in Highbridge Park, New York for about 10 years

New Yorkers have a dog-eat-dog reputation, but a few Good Samaritans recently showed that their hearts aren’t as cold as the weather.

Tina Imlet and several other Manhattanites saved a stray dog from the freezing temperatures of Highbridge Park in the city’s Washington Heights neighborhood.

“He knows me. When ever he sees me coming into the park he wags his tail. He barks. We howl,” Imlet said in an interview with Fox 5 News.

But she and others, who named the canine Charlie, started to wonder how the feral shepherd mix was holding up as temperatures in New York continued to drop.

“Those who know him love him deeply, we are devoted to saving his life. He once had a family to roam Highbridge Park with, but they were all trapped years ago. Charlie was always too smart to fall for our human tricks,” Denise Lauffer wrote on a GoFundMe page set up to help care for Charlie.

“A lot of people were going out, like 10, 11, 12, 1 o’clock in the morning. There was a whole series of people going to visit him, just to make sure, to see. And everybody was like, ‘Have you seen him? Has anybody seen him?’” Imlet told the news station.

On Feb. 15, Good Samaritans managed to get Charlie into a van to take him to the borough’s BluePearl veterinary center.

The animal hospital has a team of veterinarians dedicated to taking care of him around the clock.  He was malnourished, dehydrated, and unable to walk when he first arrived at the hospital.

Charlie has been vaccinated and will be neutered when he is stable enough

Charlie has been vaccinated and will be neutered when he is stable enough

Imlet decided to adopt Charlie so he would not be stuck outside in the cold again. Late Thursday night, she brought him back to her home.

Cassandra Williams, a veterinary neurologist at BluePearl, told NBC New York that they tested his blood for infectious diseases and were awaiting the results of a spinal tap.

“He no longer has his pack, he’s a slow old man now, and was not going to make it in this extreme cold,” Lauffer wrote. “He is a handsome mutt that was never dangerous. This stoic old boy needs some help with vet bills.”

Lauffer started the GoFundMe page to raise money to cover the veterinarian costs to get Charlie back on his feet.  As of midday Friday, the Highbridge Charlie GoFundMe page had raised more than $10,000 for the pooch.

By Michael Walsh February 20, 2015 11:41 AM Yahoo News

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February 21, 2015 at 10:17 pm Leave a comment

Caribbean Cruise – Rescue in the night

Crew members of the Excalibur coming onboard Zuiderdam after being rescued.

Crew members of the Excalibur coming onboard Zuiderdam after being rescued.

I couldn’t end my posts about our wonderful Caribbean cruise to the Panama Canal without mentioning that during the middle of one night while we were sleeping, our ship rescued a 90 foot craft that was sinking along with its 8 man crew!

By the time our ships officers heard the distress call from the Excalibur, it had already lost power and was sinking.  A crew member was desperately calling on a hand held radio.  The ship was pitch black and was not visible in the dark of night.  They were out of flares and running out of time.

The eight crew members of Excalibur were taken onboard after their boat started to sink.

The eight crew members of Excalibur were taken onboard after their boat started to sink.

Below is the article written about the rescue on the HAL website.

HAL’s Zuiderdam Rescue Crew of Sinking Boat

Submitted by: HAB Editorial Team

On a recent cruise, the Zuiderdam was called upon to assist a vessel in need of assistance.

At 2:10 a.m. Jan. 3, 2015, while en route to Oranjestad, Aruba, Zuiderdam answered a distress call from the Bahamian inter-island vessel Excalibur that was sinking with eight crewmembers onboard. Zuiderdam was approximately 15 miles away and the closest ship in the area.

 “Congratulations to the officers and crew onboard Zuiderdam for their quick response that saved the lives of eight people,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “We are proud to be able to come to the rescue when called upon, and it’s even more gratifying when everything goes as smoothly as this operation did.”

Zuiderdam altered course and was able to successfully execute a nighttime rescue of all eight crewmembers at 3:01 a.m. The ship brought them onboard and provided food and accommodations. The rescued crewmembers debarked in Aruba Jan. 5.

I’ve been on many cruises, but never one that actually saved lives!  Just one additional event that made this trip awesome!

February 13, 2015 at 8:41 am Leave a comment

Caribbean Cruise – Fun on the ship!

While cruising in the Caribbean on the Holland America’s Zuiderdam, we managed to have tons of fun on the ship between ports.  Mostly because of the really fun group of people we were traveling with.  There were ten of us joining my friend Karen to help her celebrate her 70th birthday.

If we weren’t sitting by the pool, we were playing card games in the game rooms, going to the casino, stopping by a seminar, or having our own little party.  We never got bored.

Karen’s friend Gail made a fun countdown plan for the 5 days before her birthday, so we had a five day celebration.  She supplied fun party favors for each day.  Every evening during dinner in the dining room, we announced her upcoming birthday and had fun with the party favors.  Soon the tables around us were joining in the fun.

Here are pictures of our evenings in the dining room.  Our two tables had so much fun!  It was contagious and many people told us how much they enjoyed our fun.

Announcing 5 days to Karen's birthday!

Announcing 5 days to Karen’s birthday!

Everyone wearing their flashing rings

Everyone wearing their flashing rings, the party favor of the day.

Tina was so much fun!

Tina was so much fun!

Karen is surprised!

Karen is surprised!

4 days til the big birthday!

4 days until the big birthday!

Karen with the party horns :-)

Karen with the party horns 🙂

It's getting closer!  Only three more days!

It’s getting closer! Only three more days!

There's the party girl!

There’s the party girl!

Donna, Terri, Eunice, Barbara and Gail

Barbara, Terri, Eunice, Donna and Gail

Gail announcing just ONE more day!

Gail announcing just two more days!

Tina blowing bubbles

Tina blowing bubbles

Look at those bubbles!

Look at those bubbles!

Susie, Charles & Tina having fun with bubbles

Susie, Charles & Tina having fun with bubbles

SO much fun!

SO much fun!

It's a party every night at dinner!

It’s a party every night at dinner!

One more day!  It's balloon day!

One more day! It’s balloon day!

Fun birthday week!  We loved our waiters!

Fun birthday week! We loved our waiters!

Tina gets to keep the balloons.  And off she goes!

Tina gets to keep the balloons. And off she goes!

It's finally Karen's big day.  Happy Birthday Karen!

It’s finally Karen’s big day. Happy Birthday Karen!

The wait staff singing Happy Birthday

The wait staff singing Happy Birthday

Me and Susie at dinner

Me and Susie on birthday night

Cheers!  Here's to a great cruise, and great friendship!

Cheers! Here’s to a great cruise, and a great friendship!

One night we went to the Pinnacle Grill restaurant for dinner.  A VERY fancy affair!

Dinner at the Pinnacle Grill

Dinner at the Pinnacle Grill

This was the first cruise that I had a verandah.  It was wonderful!  We opened the walls between four of our rooms so we could all enjoy our verandah’s together.  We spent our days enjoying the views, and in the evenings we sat and watched out over the beautiful water in the warm night air.

Karen enjoying the verandah

Karen enjoying the verandah during our party

Everyone watching us come into port

Everyone watching us come into port

Donna and Susie enjoying the sun

Donna and Susie enjoying the sun

All lined up on Tina and Charles' verandah

All lined up on Tina and Charles’ verandah

Karen and Jon checking out the Panama Canal

Karen and Jon checking out the Panama Canal

The evening activities were lots of fun, too!  There was a great show each night, and my favorite place to go was the BB King’s Blues Club.  Not only did I absolutely LOVE the music, but the fact that one of the band members reminded me of an old flame didn’t hurt a bit either!

We also hit the Northern Lights Nightclub and danced the night away!

Northern Lights Nightclub

Northern Lights Nightclub

Karen and I shaking a leg.

Karen and I shaking a leg.

Susie dancing with Charles

Susie dancing with Charles

Karen and Charles dancing

Karen and Charles dancing

One afternoon we had a little party in Susie and my room.  We had been given a complimentary bottle of wine in each of our rooms so we thought this was the perfect way to have a glass.  Susie and I gathered snacks to serve and everybody brought their wine.  It was cozy, but fun.

Having a glass of wind in our room

Having a glass of wine in our room

A nice gathering with new friends

A nice gathering with new friends

Me and Charles listening to funny stories

Me and Charles listening to funny stories

On Karen’s birthday we had a before-dinner party in Tina and Charles’ room.  I had bought a couple bottles of Original Curacao liqueur while we were in Curacao.  We served it along with chocolate covered strawberries that Karen’s sons had sent to her for her birthday.

Party in Tina's room

Party in Tina’s room

Curacao liqueur and chocolate covered strawberries...yummy!

Curacao liqueur and chocolate covered strawberries…yummy!

The girls visiting at our party

The girls visiting during the party

Susie and Karen.  We made Karen wear a wig for the party.  I think she liked it!

Susie and Karen. We made Karen wear a wig for the party. I think she liked it!  Isn’t she cute?

Another fun part of the ship was the Crow’s Nest.  We met in the afternoons to have a cocktail, but we also went to Karaoke night!  Oh my!

Afternoon drinks in the Crow's Nest

Afternoon drinks in the Crow’s Nest

Tina was the first to get up and sing.  And she actually is a really good singer!

Jon, Gail, Charles & Tina watching Kareoke

Eunice, Karen, Jon, Donna, Gail, Charles & Tina watching Karaoke

Tina singing her song

Tina singing her song

Susie and I getting ready to have some fun!

Susie and I getting ready to have some fun!

Oh yeah!  Karen, Susie and I singing "Girls just wanna have fun"

Oh yeah! Karen, Susie and I singing “Girls just wanna have fun”

Were we good?  Uhhh, not even close.  But we DID have fun!

Were we good? Uhhh, not even close. But we DID have fun!

I'm thinking Charles and Tina are laughing at us ;-)

I’m thinking Charles and Tina are laughing at us 😉

I couldn’t end the on-board fun without mentioning Susie getting all dressed up to watch the Seahawk game.  She brought it all the way from Washington state!  Now that’s a true fan!

Susie cheering for the Seahawks!

Susie cheering for the Seahawks!

What an absolutely amazing cruise!

My next post will be about our “Rescue in the night”.  Something awesome that happened on our cruise.

 

 

February 11, 2015 at 2:42 am 1 comment

How Urbane: Dog Rides Seattle Bus To Get To The Park

By Bill Chappell. Written on January 13th, 2015

Eclipse, a two-year-old black lab-mastiff mix, gets around Seattle on the D line bus.

Eclipse, a two-year-old black lab-mastiff mix, gets around Seattle on the D line bus.

“Did that just happen?”

That’s the reaction one bus rider had in Seattle, after realizing a dog had just joined him for a ride through the city, traveling several stops to her destination: a dog park.

The story comes to us from Seattle’s KOMO 4 TV, which reports that Eclipse, the black Labrador who is winning fans for riding a city bus by herself, lives very close to a bus stop.

Eclipse is owned by Jeff Young, who does not seem to be a control freak.

“It’s not hard to get on” the bus, he tells KOMO. “She gets on in front of her house and she gets off at the dog park, three or four stops later.”

Dog riding bus 3

It all started when Exlipse refused to wait for Young to finish a cigarette before getting on the bus that takes them to a dog park they regularly visit. Then she took the bus by herself again. In the past few weeks, the two-year-old dog has been noticed by many commuters, such as radio host Miles Montgomery of station KISW.

“She is most concerned about seeing out the window, and I couldn’t figure out what that was” Montgomery tells KOMO. “It was really just about seeing where her stop was.”

This week, the story of the well-mannered dog and her beguiled fellow bus riders is being embraced by web readers hungry for a bit of uplifting and interesting news (we confess: we’re in that group, too!).

"All the bus drivers know her. She sits here just like a person does," commuter Tiona Rainwater tells KOMO. "She makes everybody happy. How could you not love this thing?"

“All the bus drivers know her. She sits here just like a person does,” commuter Tiona Rainwater tells KOMO. “She makes everybody happy. How could you not love this thing?”

Pictures by Eric Jensen @EricJensenTV

 

 

 

 

 

February 7, 2015 at 7:30 pm Leave a comment