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YAY! ADOPTED! Peaches will keep you warm!

Got room on the couch for a cuddler like Peaches? She'll keep you warm at night and return your love tenfold.

She's a real Wisconsin peach! Miss Peaches is a Beagle who knows what she wants. Tummy rubs. And lots of 'em! This affectionate 3-year-old gazes adoringly into your eyes when you give her any attention, but she sighs with joy when her tummy gets a good scratch.

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Dogs Invited to Admirals game for WHS

Dog Day Afternoon on Ice

Bring your dog to an Admirals game on Sunday, February 15.   For every ticket sold, the Admirals donate a portion to WHS for this very special game. To purchase tickets for adults, kids and dogs, call John at (414) 227-0829. Tickets for dogs are only $2.00!  You must mention the secret password, "humane," to get these special tickets.To register online, write down these passwords and click on this link:

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Beer Choices for Football this weekend

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As everyone continues to face this brutal cold spell I thought I would give everyone some choices for beer selections this weekend for the continuation of the NFL playoffs.

1. Think Spring- Choices are starting to pop up that signal the beginning of spring.  Leinenkugel's 1888 Bock is now avaible and it is simply a great bock beer.  Full of flavor and gives us hope that Spring will soon be here.  Other spring beers that are beginning to appear are Sam Adams White Ale, Lakefront Big Easy( a celebration of Mardi Gras), and Blue Moon Spring Ale.

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Commercial Secrets of Serial Inventors

Next Inventors' Forum:
Downtown Inventors' Forum:  January 29th  - 135 West Wells - 5:30 -7:30 p.m. 
Four Successful Inventors tackle the topic of "The Inventors' Budget:  Patents, Prototypes and Beyond."  No advance registration required

Panel:  Patty and John Mueller, Reed Felton and Darrin Reasby

Supermodel Starlight

Brighten your winter nights with a superstar bunny like this strikingly pretty rabbit named Starlight. She's wishing on her favorite stars for a new home with a great family. Starlight is so gorgeous that she could walk the red carpet and leave a crowd of admirers in her wake. She's a 5.5-year-old Silver Marten/Dwarf mix sprinkled with silvery patches of soft fur that accentuate her best features, including her tapered paws and wiggly little nose.

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ADOPTED! Sophia's Video Debut

The folks at WHS just had to share this video of a sweet, playful, gorgeous black Labrador Retriever named Sophia.  Check out her video debut here:

This is Sophia:

Learn cool dog tricks

Looking for a good way to spend quality time with your dog and impress your friends? Learn how to elicit desired tricks and behaviors from your dog by participating in Clever Canine Tricks class, held Wednesday, February 25, 2009 from 7:30 p.m. to 8:20 p.m.  at the Wisconsin Humane Society, 4500 W. Wisconsin Avenue in Milwaukee. This class is a great introduction on how dogs learn and will expand your dog’s training foundation using reward-based methods. You will learn how to capture, lure and shape a variety of behaviors. The cost to attend four-week class is only $60.  To register, sign up online or call (414) 431-6156.

You Are Worth Nourishing


Do you feel too tired to cook after work?

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WHS Welcomes Dr. Patricia McConnell

Patricia McConnell Lecture - The Emotional Life of Animals
Milwaukee Public Library's Centennial Hall, Thursday, March 19, 7-8:30pm 

Join the Wisconsin Humane Society in inviting Dr. Patricia McConnell, Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist and noted author for this informative and entertaining evening lecture at the Milwaukee Public Library’s Centennial Hall. Dr. McConnell has hosted “Calling all Pets” on Wisconsin Public Radio for fourteen years, providing her intuitive and expert advice to animal-loving listeners. Now, it’s your turn to see Dr. McConnell in person!!!

The Emotional Life of Animals
Ever looked at your animal and wondered how much of her emotional life is like your own?  Learn the biology behind emotion in both you and your companion animal, and why it’s reasonable to believe that all mammals share the emotions of love, fear, sadness, happiness and anger. This entertaining and informative presentation includes slides and videos that illustrate what emotions really are, what emotions we share with our animals, and what ones we might not. Included is practical information about how to handle problematic emotions like fear and anger. The evening ends in a celebration of the amazing emotional bond between us and our beloved pets. The fee for this lecture is $15. Dr. McConnell will be signing books and DVDs after the lecture. REGISTER HERE!

Meet us at the Pet Expo

Tickets are now on sale at the Wisconsin Humane Society for the Great Lakes Pet Expo. Come visit animals and volunteers from the Wisconsin Humane Society at the Expo, being held at the Wisconsin Exposition Center at State Fair Park in West Allis on Saturday, January 31 from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm.

The Great Lakes Pet Expo will showcase hundreds of exhibits featuring cool products, live demonstrations and a parade of adoptable animals. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children under 8 years old. It’s a great way to have winter fun from the comfort of the indoors! Tickets can be purchased at the door, too.

Cooking Magic in WFB Library

The Whitefish Bay library means a lot to me and my family. When my children were growing up in Whitefish Bay, we used the library often. When the library was remodeled and opened a few years ago, my cookbook co-author Dr. Patricia Marquardt and I were invited to be featured authors during the opening ceremony. We felt honored and we met many residents from the community. We cooked a variety of foods prepared from our cook book for tasting. It was a memorable afternoon.

As the reader may know from my previous blogs, I am an author and a culinary instructor with a passion to help people discover the joy of cooking and eating healthful foods. Through my classes and other culinary presentations, I have found that Milwaukeeans, including children, are eager to learn about spices and legumes and to enjoy cooking with a variety of vegetables. Many students in my classes have indicated that even their children find vegetables and flavored rice dishes irresistible when cooked with spices and legumes. The message that I am communicating is that legumes (beans, peas and lentils) and spices can significantly enhance the appeal of a broad variety of foods.  Spices are flavor enhancers and have intrinsic health benefits. Legumes are known to be nutritional power houses loaded with protein and fiber.  With obesity and diabetes on the rise, discovering new ways to prepare and enjoy healthful foods is increasingly important.   

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An Open Letter To President Bush

An Open Letter to President George Bush:

 Mr. President,

 I am just one man, but I believe I speak for millions in this letter. When you step down as the 43rd president of the United States, I hope you do so with pride and without regrets. You did what was necessary to keep America safe. Thank you for your belief in the power of freedom, your support of our troops, and for placing the interests of America far ahead of fickle polls and feckless critics.  

You and I have not always been on the same side of political issues. The American border-guard heroes Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, the support and urgency you expressed for multiple government bailouts, your departure from certain bedrock conservative principles and philosophies, and the “compassionate conservatism” agenda which appeared to have been a failed attempt to broaden the electorate, are but a few. A 33% increase in government spending in your first term and an inability to control non-defense spending ever since have done considerable damage to the image of the Republican Party. History, however, will remember you for something quite different.

It was your steadfast leadership and unblinking courage after 9/11 which made it possible to prevent another horrific attack on American soil. As a result of your steely resolve and the bravery of our Armed Forces, America has been able to sleep soundly, safe from suicide bombers, biological warfare and collapsing skyscrapers, while the rest of the world has been on red alert.

 When you said “Bring it on,” America’s enemies heard you. They watched as you toppled the genocidal tyrant, Saddam Hussein, freeing 25 million people and giving them free elections. They took notes as you toppled the Taliban, pushed Osama bin Laden into a cave somewhere, and gave 25 million more people the right to vote.

 While the same terrorists who hoped for a Republican defeat in November bombed Bali, Spain, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, London, Madrid, Glasgow, Denmark, Istanbul, Algeria, India and others, they knew that taking on America again would mean the business end of your cowboy boot.

           You tirelessly trumpeted the Patriot Act, which allowed law enforcement to monitor communications of suspected terrorists within our country and compromise their plots. It worked, thwarting an attempt to bomb fuel tanks at JFK, a plot to blow up airlines bound for the East Coast, a plan to destroy the tallest skyscraper in Los Angeles, a plot to kill soldiers at Fort Dix, a plan to attack a Chicago shopping mall with grenades, an effort to attack the Sears Tower, and more.

         Your efforts allowed us to arrest and convict more than two dozen terrorists within the United States since 9/11. You froze assets of hundreds of individuals and entities linked to terrorism, doubled the Border Patrol, instituted a process to screen every commercial air passenger, and created a central terrorist watch list.

         You forged a new cyber security policy to improve the security of government and military computer systems, improved cargo and container screening, consolidated 22 agencies and 180,000 employees into the Department of Homeland Security, and shifted the focus of the FBI from investigating terrorist attacks, to preventing them.

         You defied the opinions of the pasty armchair generals who urged you to surrender in Iraq, just when victory was within our grasp. How wrong they were. Even our new president couldn’t bring himself to mouth the words, “The surge was a success.”

         Anti-American citizens of France, Germany and Italy, exposed to non-stop anti-Bush news coverage, have now begun voting for conservative, America-admiring leaders and ardent supporters of yours. History – assuming it is written by free men and women not intimidated into silence – will be exceedingly kind to you.

 You kept your chin up and soldiered on. You took the liberal media and blogger criticism in stride, reading a daily devotional and personally signing letters to the families of more than 4,000 troops who gave all in the War on Terror. You and Laura privately visited thousands of injured veterans, and met with many hundreds of families whose relatives had made the ultimate sacrifice defending freedom around the world.

 As a result of your efforts, more than 40 countries supported us in Iran and Afghanistan, including every NATO ally. In turn, they were joined by more than 90 nations in sharing terrorist-network information. You succeeded in expanding NATO membership and strengthening ties to China, Japan, South Korea, India, Georgia, Ukraine, Kosovo, Brazil, Mexico and Central America in the process. We now have another ally in the Middle East.

Even your harshest critics are beginning to realize you were right all along. "It is more difficult than I think a lot of people realize," President Obama recently admitted with regard to closing Guantanamo Bay. "Part of the challenge that you have is that you have a bunch of folks that have been detained, many of whom may be very dangerous,” he said. Shazzam! Last week, the 44th president even begun backing down on the much-maligned warrantless eavesdropping and executive orders saying, “Given the grave threats that we face, our national security agencies must have the capability to gather intelligence and track down terrorists before they strike.” It helps to know all the facts.

Fabricated stories about torture and flushing Korans down toilets didn’t deter you from thwarting nearly 5000 terrorist plots and arresting, imprisoning, or deporting untold numbers of America’s enemies. Even worldwide terrorist attacks have decreased 40% thanks to you.

In you, America has seen a man of unfailing modesty, character, decency, moral clarity and class. You were as consistently gracious to your critics as they were consistently rude and vicious towards you. Your faith and your principles emboldened you to never waver in distinguishing good from evil and freedom from tyranny. To you, the choice was simple, as you explained in your second inaugural, “the moral choice between oppression, which is always wrong, and freedom, which is eternally right.”

Shortly after 9/11 you told Congress and the American people, "I will not yield; I will not rest; I will not relent in waging this struggle for freedom and security for the American people." You were not as smooth-talking as some, but you had no puppeteers, you stayed strong and you kept your word. And for that, I am only one of millions of Americans who are eternally grateful.

Some years ago, while living in Houston, I walked out of Fuzzy’s Pizza near Memorial Drive, and my oldest son – then four years old – walked past several onlookers, past Secret Service agents, and up to a 72 year-old ex-president named George Bush, who picked him up and sat him in his lap. In his eyes and his actions I saw the goodness and strength of character which have served you well over the last eight years.

 I could not have felt more secure with anyone other than you as commander-in-chief. Thank you for being a man of integrity and an inspirational leader. You’ve made me a stronger person and America a safer nation.

Most respectfully yours,

Gary Wickert  

Poor Economy Causes Families to Surrender Injured Puppies


You don’t have to look any further than the ICU at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) for signs of a distressed economy. Just this week, three puppies with broken legs were surrendered to the shelter because the families couldn’t afford proper veterinary care.  As the economy worsens, WHS officials expect to see more cases of surrenders due to financial woes.

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ADOPTED! Great Pyrenees Gives Great Hugs

Meet Huggie, who is aptly named. Cuddly, lovable and huggable, this sweet 3-year-old Great Pyrenees mix will bring joy to his new family every single day. He's got a smile that lights up a room and a spirit that will wash away the winter blues. He's very focused and quite motivated by treats, so he'll be a great student, too. Do you have room in your house and heart for Huggie?  Click here to learn more about him!

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