Friday, June 13, 2008

Vasha's blurb

S/F, 2 1/2 Years, German Shepherd Dog, 70 lbs.

Hey there!

I'm your typical AWESOME German Shepherd Dog! If you know our breed, you know what a fantastic package you're getting! If you don't, let me tell you what a treat you're in for!

I'm beautiful, of course! And smart, adaptable, athletic, intelligent, loving and loyal to my family, dependable, clever, energetic, brave, and, ummm ... smart! Are you up to the challenge?

I have more pictures here on! You might notice that I need to learn "Drop it!" And most of the other "tricks" that make life go smoothly for a doggy gal and her family, like "Heel," "Down," "Stay" ... you get the picture.

But never fear! I can learn these things easily! I'm very treat-motivated, and did I mention that I'm smart?

In fact, breeds like German Shepherds that have worked for humans for centuries must feel useful and know that they're doing things for their people. If we don't, we'll think up our own projects. Like digging up the yard. Wouldn't it be better for me to learn fun stuff with you? I think so too!

I've been reported to be good with kids that I know but not able to get along with cats at all. Dogs that are unfriendly to me make me mad, and we can't be together. With other dogs, we'll have to meet and see if we get along.

I'm not a nuisance barker. I am house-trained, of course, and need outdoor activity, but like all dogs I also need to be inside with my family, especially at night.

There are good times ahead for the family that takes home this young, "interactive" (and smart!) dog! Let's meet! Come throw a ball for me!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Saturday Night Massacre at MaxFund

[Thursday]  This post is a duplicate of the one I put on Tucker's blog, which is why I mention doggies.

[Later]  I've invited MaxFund volunteers to come here to discuss this situation or actually any other that's too controversial for the official volunteer forum.

Essentially nobody else knows about this blog, except that it's been mentioned all of twice, I think, on Tucker's blog. So it should be relatively safe.


mr_ed:  Sorry, doggies, but I gotta butt in here.


Saturday Night Massacre?


35 years ago, President Nixon told Attorney General Elliot Richardson to fire Archibald Cox.  Richardson had appointed Cox independent special prosecutor for the Watergate break-in.

Richardson had promised Congress that he wouldn't interfere with Cox, so he refused the President's order and resigned in protest.

Nixon then told Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus to fire Cox.  Ruckelshaus had made the same promise to Congress, so he refused and resigned as well.

Nixon finally got satisfaction from the number three man in the Justice Department, Solicitor General Robert Bork.  Bork hadn't made any promises to Congress.  Cox was fired.

The media dubbed the loss of Richardson, Ruckelshaus, and Cox in one weekend the Saturday Night Massacre.

Details are sketchy at this time, as they say in the media, but it sure sounds to me as though MaxFund had its own version of the Saturday Night Massacre, but on a Tuesday night.

MaxFund apparently has an Advisory Committee as well as a Board of Directors. I hadn't heard of the Committee before, but it seems to hold the trump cards.

As told to me, the Committee decided to fire Lori Moss, who's been something like the operational head of MaxFund and also its shelter manager.

- The Advisory Committee told the Board of Directors to fire Lori Moss;

- The Board of Directors refused;

- The Advisory Committee disbanded the Board of Directors

Lori hadn't been fired as of 10:19 Tuesday night, but....

Full disclosure: I like Lori, I consider her a friend, and I strongly disagree with firing her.

I've volunteered with MaxFund for maybe a year and a half, and this isn't the first or second abrupt dismissal of top people that I've witnessed. Never mind the ones that I've heard about happening before I started there.

But this one takes the cake ... if, indeed, there's any cake to be taken.

Since MaxFund politics have nothing to do with Tucker or Sinjin, I won't make it a cause célèbre of this blog. But I'm really steamed and wouldn't have been able to get to sleep without working off some energy on the issue.

Since I'm Volunteer of the Month and all.

Now what do I do?

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p.s. - it's snowing