Blogathon 2011 starts in ONE WEEK. That means I have one week to catch up on sleep before I throw it all away on yet another ill-advised all nighter yammering on about whatever in the hopes someone will be listening long enough to toss a few pennies my way.
And by “my way”, I mean of course this year’s beneficiary, San Diego sanctuary Lions, Tigers, and Bears.
They’ve been first to offer help whenever it’s needed in the US, be it the Oklahoma circus bears, offering space for animals rescued from the Ohio situation (though sadly all but a handful wound up dead), and most recently, volunteering to give Tony the Truck Stop Tiger a good retirement home. Founder Bobbi Brink built this place from the ground up with no background in animal rescue, creating a world class facility that is a model for standards of care.
I chose Lions, Tigers and Bears as the Blogathon beneficiary before all the craziness went down in Ohio, and I’m glad I did. It always kind of works out that way for me. I try to pick different sorts of causes every year, and this is the year to remember that despite all the horrific, stupid, terrible things we do to exotics in the name of our own amusement, there are tremendous people out there who are putting their hearts and soul into cleaning up other people’s messes and trying to let these wonderful creatures live out their lives in peace and health.
I’ll talk more about them next week, but in the meantime I am putting out my official
CALL TO ACTION
or, as we like to call it:
or, in this case:
ZOMBIE SURVIVAL PRACTICE RUN
Because as it so happens, this place is out in the boonies, and I’m going to be spending the night there. That’s right, I get to camp out at the animal sanctuary and do my blogathon live with the big cats! I’ve heard that in a zombie apocalypse one should head for the hills, and if the hills also happen to have large carnivores, well, all the better for me. Because they can eat the zombies, you see. And nothing would tickle me more than taking a post about internet zombie attacks and turning it into a theme to help actual animals, you know, in a real way.
So this is what I’ll be doing starting next Saturday at noon:
- live blogging;
- chatting with my friend and overall kickass person Star, who just got back from a trip to Chernobyl and (though she doesn’t know it) is going to be extensively interviewed by me about her gorilla trek;
- seeing what happens when you give a big lion some catnip- and yes, we’re taping it-
- and getting to know Blossom and Delilah, the little black bears who were about to be sold to a big game ranch to be hunted, when Bobbi stepped in and drove them from Oklahoma to San Diego.
- Watching out for zombies
So let’s see….catnip, raw chicken….what am I supposed to bring again? Water, crossbow, and SPAM? Index finger for the ban button? What about beer?