Sunday, December 11, 2011

Alex super vet tech!!

This week sees the departure of an amazingly inspirational volunteer. She came in from the States with Kinship Circle the first time round, went home after 3 and a bit months, came back again and has been doing the massive rounds that the volunteers of the Inawashiro shelter do with nothing short of vim and vigour!!
She is headed back Stateside to get back to life that she put on hold by selflessly coming out here to volunteer for 6 months. She is bringing a little bit of "Made in Japan" back with her a mom cat and two of her babies and a pound dog. Thing is, she wasn't expecting to bring back the doggie and the costs associated with doing so  are creeping up. A friend of hers created a chip in for the venture and I have posted the link below. I hope you if you have any spare change knocking around you could send a little her way and help get this 1 year old pound baby out, and over to the States with her. Thank you

Friday, December 9, 2011


Where on earth does the time go? I've been very remiss with regard to my blogging. The semester started in second gear and quickly revved up to 5th. Life is coming at me hammer and tongs and I'm thoroughly engaged in deflecting, delegating, defying and deliberating over all the curve balls with my name on them. 3 more months sees me at the end of my 6 year stint at this institution of 'higher' learning. Time to move on, not far, just a realignment of what matters in life here. While my brother is calling this readjustment my mid-life crises, I'm calling it prioritising :-)

I haven't given up on the Northern furbs (or the ones in Okinawa either, having picked up two kittens in the last 4 months). I was able to negotiate a donation of $15,000 worth of science equipment for our volunteer vets in Fukushima and continued to collect donations of pet food and pet items. In my blog hiatus I was able to send over 100kg of food North and what seemed like a billion kennels. I am now very well acquainted with packing tape and cardboard boxes. While I thought  I would eventually have mastered "a technique" I'm sorry to report the packing gene did not get passed down and I suffer greatly every time I come near the sticky stuff :-) "Sure it is for a good cause" I console myself.

So I'll keep it brief for my re-entry into the world of blogging and leave you with a little Okinawan lad we picked up in an awful state at a 24 hour charity Mararthon for Tohoku.