Yay we are back up and restored!

Woo Hoo.
Bluehost restored the database, and so my right menu bars are back and good as new. It would have been a pain for me to mess around in the raw backup code to get them out. I would have done it, but it would have been a pain in the rear and time consuming.

Bluehost got the backups. I had backed up my posts between now and their last backup, so they are also restored.

The Bluehost servers have been down for four hours, though, so if you tried to reach me and couldn’t, that was why. Hopefully they are fixed up and no more down time! If you may have commented and don’t see it anymore, probably it didn’t get restored… I backed up a while ago so sorry about that. 🙂

*runs off to do my own backup*

Doggies and Geekies

Well! Another person who loves animals and is also a geek. 🙂 Too much fun. PyroWinter has pictures about her very, very cute dogs and cats. 🙂 The dogs are little ones. I’m amazed at little dogs a lot of the time, as mine are considered medium or large. And her kitties are gorgeous.

The She Geek has very cool techie information from a woman’s point of view. And ooo that GPS looks nice! I have one, but it’s an older style black and white, and I’d love one with color. 🙂

Pet Adoption Portal

Pet Adoption Portal A friend told me, a few months ago, about the Pet Adoption Portal. I am running Utah Collie Rescue, Inc., and have a Petfinder account where I list the collies for adoption. There are also some other places you can list rescue dogs for adoption on the Internet. And going to a number of different websites in order to post the dogs’ information gets tedious and time consuming.

Pet Adoption Portal All In One

When I first logged into the Pet Adoption Portal I was thrilled. Not only can I update Petfinder, the dogs I list in the Pet Adoption Portal also update to accounts with Pets911 and SaveAPet. Awesome. I can update my dogs for adoption in one place, and the Pet Adoption Portal takes care of the rest for me.

The Pet Adoption Portal uploads all of the pet’s information to all three of these rescue sites. So you add/edit in one place, the Pet Adoption Portal, and it takes care of updating all three sites. It is a great time saver! I have saved a lot of time using the Pet Adoption Portal. I haven’t logged into Petfinder.com for a long time now.

Pet Adoption Portal Easy Setup

The Pet Adoption Portal has very easy setup. The volunteers who help out take care of most of the technical stuff. You just have to sign up and go through the process of activating your account. When I signed up, I didn’t have a Pets911 or SaveAPet account. The Pet Adoption Portal set those up for me and just asked for my approvals along the way. The passwords and login information was all set up. And this process only took a couple of days to get going.

Update Rescue Animals in One Place

Once set up and logged in, you can see a list of options to the left. The website is very easy to navigate and understand intuitively. I didn’t need any help to surf around and enter my first dogs that were up for adoption.

Pet Adoption Portal Pets

Here you can see the Adoptable Pet Listing… currently I have Sam and Mac up for adoption. You can add new animals here, delete them, edit them, and change their status. Then automagically, a little bit later, they get uploaded to all three of the Pet Rescue Sites! It’s very nice!

You can also include a header and a footer to be included in each of your pet’s descriptions. So if you have contact information, or information about your rescue, that you want posted in all of your listings, you have the header and footer to utilize.

Excellent Customer Pet Adoption Portal Support

Also, if you have problems or questions when using the Portal, the support is excellent. I believe it is staffed entirely by volunteers. And sometimes volunteers can be busy.. but each time I have had a question or concern, I have received an answer within the day.

The people are always friendly and happy to help out with any questions I have. I have not experienced any problems yet, and I don’t think I ever will.

The Pet Adoption Portal is a free resource for Animal Rescue Groups wanting to post up their animals for adoption on the adoption sites. We get most of our inquiries from Petfinder, and a few from Pets911 and SaveAPet, too.

I highly recommend this great resource!

[tags]pet adoption portal, dog rescue, pet rescue, animal rescue, pet adoption, collie rescue, collies[/tags]

Do Animals have Emotions?

I think it interesting, and a little bit funny, that some people still wonder if animals have rich emotional lives. I read an article in The Bark magazine yesterday about it. Fortunately, it’s a progressive magazine and they understand animal emotions, and so did the article (I don’t remember who wrote it).

Living with dogs, very closely, emotions in them are obvious. They feel love, anger, frustration, joy, happiness, curiosity, and the whole range of emotions. They don’t react the same as humans do to different things, and they think differently, but they still feel emotions.

The world is starting to realize this. Those of us who have lived closely with animals already know it, and don’t need any scientific studies to prove it. Though maybe for the rest of the world to reach the point we are, some good studies would be a good thing.

It is my belief that emotions evolved in all animals, human and non, as survival techniques. We love our young so that we protect them and they live and continue the species. We feel fear when we are threatened so that we will run from a threat, or fight it, to survive. We feel anger when our rights are compromised. Dogs, just as humans, have very rich cultural interactions, too, and their societies have evolved emotions to deal with these.

So it surprises me when people wonder if animals have emotions. Of course they do. Human animals, and non-human animals. We all feel things very intensely. And so, we all need love. Dogs are pack animals. They need a family, just as humans do. That’s why we live together so well. I feel bad for the dogs that are stuck outside their whole lives with nothing to do. They get bored, they find things to do, then they get in trouble for it.

Dogs should be inside, part of the pack-family. Well socialized and given lots of fun things to do, and have lots of good interactions. We are all living beings, not so different from each other. We all deserve good lives.

[tags]animal emotions, animal feelings, dog emotions, dogs, emotions[/tags]

Earthlike Planet?

A new planet has been discovered, circling a red dwarf sun in the constellation Libra. From what I’ve been reading, today, over 220 planets have been found orbiting starts in recent years. Most, however, are gas giants. The gas giants are big enough to make their stars ‘wobble’ slightly from the pull of their gravity. This new planet, which is considered more ‘earth like’, is smaller. And it is estimated that surface temperatures may be between 32 and 100 degrees, which would be a good temperature for liquid water.

I find it interesting that this planet is circling a Red Dwarf star. These are the most common type of stars in our vicinity. Though they are much smaller than the sun. So if you were to live on this planet, the sun would be huge in the sky. I wonder how much light this sun gives off? What would it look like? Feel like? Interesting thoughts.

The planet is over 20 light years away. So if we could travel there, it would take over 20 years at the speed of light. But as our technology increases, and we get better and seeing further out, and more detail… maybe, just maybe, we’ll be able to actually see other forms of life on other planets. That excites and thrills me. I would love to experience that in my lifetime. Even if it were only plant life, or bacterial life. I am fascinated by other forms of life. What would they look like? What sort of DNA would they have? How did they evolve? Everything on this planet, basically, is related if we go back far enough. To see something that evolved totally separately… that would me amazing.

Though maybe we would be the same… like in Star Trek, or Stargate. My theory, actually, is that we evolved from the garbage of aliens. Some aliens threw their trash down on this planet, and a few million years later we came to be. 🙂

[tags]planet, astronomy, red dwarf[/tags]