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Old 07-27-2009, 10:26 PM   #1
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Losing our jobs... but still went to Disney! A Halloween 2009 TR - FINAL Update 3/1

Here's the links to the individual updates:

PTR:
The Disney Commandments ** Look at how Terrible I am at Booking Airfare ** A "For-Real" Update (Sort of) ** A Mini Update ** Mail Call! ** A couple of things to share ** Plans for the F & W Festival** We're Outta Here!

Somewhere between the PTR and the TR:
More bad news ** The Flower Fiasco


The actual TR:
Arrival Day - added 11/20

Epcot; Day 1: My Very Own Drunk Story - added 12/18

DHS; Day 2: The Brown Derby is Overrated - added 12/27

MK; Day 3: We were on time for BOTH ADRs!! - added 12/29

AK; Day 4: Well we knew there would be a bonehead move in here somewhere... - added 1/11

Day 4 Continued: MNSSHP (Version 1) - added 1/14

Epcot; Day 5: Part 1 - added 1/22

Epcot; Day 5: Part 2 Dinner at San Angel Inn w/ pics! - added 1/22

DHS; Day 6: Lunch at Mama Melrose's - added 1/28

Side Note: more sad news added 2/8

AK; Day 7: Backstage Safari; T-Rex, and One of the Dumbest Things I've Ever Done


MK; Day 8 - Our last day and MNSSHP On Halloween!

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So does that title make me sound shallow??

Today marks one week since we got the news that we are going to lose our jobs.

And we both work for the same company so I think that makes it worse.

Here’s the deal. We work for a health insurance company and apparently the company has been losing money steadily over the last few years. They were discussing a sale several months ago and debating on selling versus bailing ourselves out. They were calling it the “Strategic Review Process.” There was a tentative deal made which fell through so we all just kind of forgot about it.

About a month or so ago, there was a press release posted to our website about the insurance industry as a whole. It was talking about how all of the CEO’s took massive pay cuts to save their companies.

Except one guy.

Guess which company he was the CEO of? If you guessed my company, you would be correct.

He took a TWENTY PERCENT increase in pay. TWENTY percent INCREASE.

Keep in mind, he is already on the Forbes List. And he just increased his yearly salary to 4.4 million.

Just as an FYI, a friend of mine broke it down and came to the conclusion that if he works 40 hours a week (HA!) he would make over $2000 an HOUR. I barely break $2000 a MONTH. And I have to work a lot of overtime to get there.

So last Monday, there was a company wide email that went out with the subject line “Successful Conclusion to our Strategic Review.”

Successful for whom?

Let me illustrate some minor details for you. If the new company bought our company in it’s entirety, then we would all get to keep working and we would just change names. Instead, the new company bought our membership only, which means that when all of the groups renew their coverage, they renew with a new name. The new company has made it abundantly clear that they have no interest in any of the 500+ employees.

At this point, they are telling us that we have more than a year, but less than 3. Which is good…I guess. Except I’m looking forward more to the severance pay (approximately 5 months worth of pay in one lump sum) than going to a job where no one is motivated to try. Everyone feels defeated and quite frankly, we feel played. Our CEO makes money off the sale, plus his 20% pay increase…and we all get a pink slip. If he had put in an honest effort to try and save the company and we still failed then that would be different. At that point I would feel like we really tried.

Don’t get me wrong, I really hate that job. Like, REALLY. But it was paying my rent (and for my WDW trips). All I can hope for is that the job market is better when my last day arrives. But in spite of our impending career doom, we are STILL going to WDW this year. Why? Well, for one thing it’s already paid off. For another, it may be a long while before we get to go again.

But I digress….is this a pre-trippie or what? I don’t want to be depressed… or depressing for that matter. So off we go into the juicy details.

OK so here is the cast. Be prepared, it’s long and you may get confused.

Me – Ali. Obsessive compulsive Disney planner and house cleaner. I hate cleaning. But it’s so fun to have a clean house! Unless of course, True Blood or Heroes is on. In which case, all eyes (all two of them) are on the TV and I don’t get jack crap done. Oh and I’m 26 and I love animals. I volunteer for a rabbit rescue, I have 6 rabbits of my own plus we foster when we can. And I have 3 zebra finches. And I really want a dog but SOMEONE who shall remain nameless is a big poopy head. Oh and this will be my 8th trip to The World. Oh and I’m terrified of spiders and I just found one on my printer and now I feel them crawling all over me and I’m totally freakin out.

DBF – (cough cough someone who shall remain nameless cough cough) - Lumar (we’ll call him Poopy Head, I mean Lu, for short). He’s 25 and this will be his 7th trip to WDW. He helps me clean at the rabbit shelter, and occasionally he helps me clean the house.

I tried really really really hard to get my brother and his girlfriend to join us on this trip. My brother is in the Marines and he gets a 40% discount on WDW resort stays, plus his park tickets would be free AND he can get discounts on airfare. I threw away my worksheet but I think the lowest price I worked out for him and his girlfriend for 6 nights at POP was $350 for the room only. Then his park tickets, again, would be FREE, and he would only have to cough up another $100 for his girlfriend’s park tickets. But apparently, you don’t make big bucks stocking produce at Stop & Shop. So, in a nutshell, he sucks. And for those who choose to travel back in time and visit my trip report from October 2007, the girlfriend in THAT trip report is NOT the same girlfriend.

So now that I have thoroughly confused you, here is some more brain fodder.

We are flying out of Hartford, CT on Friday October 23. We will land in Orlando around 6pm (assuming that the weather is acceptable and no one acts like a fool and causes some other kind of unnecessary delay).

We come back to CT on November 1 (barf). I have no idea what time because I really don’t care as much about coming back.

Oh and this will be our first time at Pop Century!

This past Saturday was our 90 day mark so I got my happy butt outta bed at 5:45am on a SATURDAY so that I could make my ADRs for the first time online at 6am. Just an FYI this was
SO

MUCH

BETTER than calling CRO (even though I usually like listening to Disney music as I wait on hold for 25 minutes). Seriously, I was DONE with my ADR’s by 6:15am and back in la-la land by 6:25am. I got all of the ADR’s I wanted although I have to be honest, we don’t eat at any of the uber popular places….

Next up: Our schedule that is 100% absitively, posolutely, set in STONE!

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I am in.....again. HA
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Old 07-28-2009, 01:13 AM   #3
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Oh yes! I am in... after reading a sad story I saw that you are a True Blood fan and I am in. I love that show!!!

Can't wait to read those set in stone ADRs!
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I am in.....again. HA
Jordy!! I was thinking about you last night when I was writing my first installment. I seriously actually typed out "hopefully i will have good trip mojo" and then i decided i didn't want to be a TR thief lol!! Glad you're here! I'm going to swing by you PTR today!

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OMG I heart Eric! Sunday's episode was so weird! I watched it again last night...that part when Andy came in and started screaming at Lafayette was so heartbreaking! But when Andy turned into Eric, that was just bizarre.... LOL I can't wait til Sunday!
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You can still any lingo or whatever from me....I don't care.....

I look forward to "hanging out" again!

I hope all works out with the job sit.
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OMG I heart Eric! Sunday's episode was so weird! I watched it again last night...that part when Andy came in and started screaming at Lafayette was so heartbreaking! But when Andy turned into Eric, that was just bizarre.... LOL I can't wait til Sunday!

Yes, it was weird... just weird. But oh well!

Eric is interesting to me, I heart him too but he's still... idk.

I can't wait until Sunday either
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Well hello girl! I'm so sorry about your job. It really sucks. I've been laid off since Feb. 1st. I seriously doubt I will be called back. I start school at the end of Aug. As I recall, I didn't like school and I'm guessing at 40, I still won't.

I was wondering if I was ever going to hear from you again!! But yaaaaaay, You are back.

For those who have never read a simba trip report I feel compelled to let you know, Lumar's favorite places to visit at Disney are, well, the bathrooms. You will find poor Simba sitting on a bench for undetermined amounts of time.

Poor Girl!

But that's okay. It gives her plenty of time to take notes to keep her trip reports VERY entertaining!

So, is there a MNSSHP on this trip??

You are going to LOVE pop. Have you requested an area. We got 1st floor, Hippy Dippy pool and I just loved it. It is so Disney.

I'm very excited for you! Since I won't be making it down any time soon, I will have to live through your report!
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The Disney Commandments

AKA Our Disney Schedule which is not open to interpretation. This is the way things are and this is the way they will remain. Even if it kills me!!

...or Lumar...

I even bought a WDW Passporter this year. Like, for real. I always wanted one because they looked cool, but I never actually bought one before. So far, it’s working out pretty well.

But I think I am defeating the purpose.

To me, the purpose of the Passporter is to keep all of your trip info written in one place so that you don’t have 500 papers floating around with little tidbits of information. So other night, I went through all my paperwork and filled in all of the information into the Passporter…

but I could not throw away any of the loose papers! I was afraid that I had written down a number wrong, or missed something altogether. I sat at my kitchen table for 3 hours double checking and triple checking all of my information to make sure I didn’t screw something up. At that point, I was finally able to get rid of some of the junk paper that I didn’t really need (the 25 pages that Disney sent me to confirm and reconfirm my reservations….)

Based on past experiences, I am 99% positive that SOMETHING will change. But I'm going to try my darndest!

Soooo…. Our flight to Orlando leaves Hartford, CT at 3:05pm on Friday 10/23 (please don’t hijack my plane). We arrive in Orlando at 6:05pm, catch the DME bus to POP and head to DTD for dinner at Planet Hollywood for our 9:30pm ADR. Planet Hollywood is a tradition for us....it's our first meal of every Disney trip.

This is our basic plan design for the week:
Saturday 10/24
Epcot
Dinner reservation at 9 Dragons at 6pm - although I would much rather try the new Italian place. I’m trying to convince Lumar to let me change our reservation. I like 9 Dragons but I want to try new places!

Sunday 10/25
DHS
Dinner at Brown Derby at 6:25pm. We’ve never been to Brown Derby before so I’m excited about this one. There is no Fantasmic this night but supposedly there are evening EMH. One website says there are, the Disney website says no.

Monday 10/26
MK
Breakfast at Kona Café at 9:20am. This is another new place and I am super-dee-duper excited to try Tonga Toast. I really hope it doesn’t suck. We have a dinner ressie for The Plaza at 4:55pm and then we get to watch Spectro and Wishes. Again, supposedly there are evening EMH this night.

Tuesday 10/27
AK
Breakfast at Boma at 9am. This will be my third attempt to obtain the ever elusive Zebra Dome. I had a dream about being in line at Boma to get Zebra Domes and the person in front of me bought the last ones. Horrible. We have an ADR at Yak & Yeti for 4pm then it’s off to MNSSHP! We haven’t decided if we are dressing up for this one or not.

Wednesday 10/28
Epcot
We have an ADR for dinner at San Angel Inn at 6:30pm. Again, I’ve been here twice and I kind of want to try something else but this is the one place that Lumar really wants to eat at so I’ll let it stay as is. And it is REALLY pretty inside. Supposedly there are evening EMH.

Thursday 10/29
DHS
Lunch/Dinner at Mama Melrose’s at 3:20pm. I wanted something later…like around 4:30 but it was either 3:20 or 5 and since they ARE showing Fantasmic this night, I wanted to make sure we were out the restaurant in enough time to get a good seat.

Friday 10/30
AK
We have the Backstage Safari scheduled for the morning. It’s a 3 hour tour (a 3 hour tour….. sorry I always get the Gilligan’s Island song stuck in my head when I say that), mostly walking, mostly outside. And you can’t take any kind of pictures in any of the backstage areas. I’m hoping that there are some non-backstage areas where I will be able to take pictures of some really cool stuff. AK supposedly has evening EMH this day. We have never been there for EMH and I really want to experience it so I hope this is correct. EMH would end at 8am and we have a dinner ressie at T-Rex for 9pm.


Saturday 10/31
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Breakfast at Ohana (my most favorite breakfast in the whole wide world even though you have to wait for-freakin’-ever to get a table even when you have a reservation. I think the whole character thing throws everyone off because the people with kids wait at the table long after they are done eating to make sure they meet all of the characters and participate in the little parade thing. Our reservation is at 9am but I might look into changing that to 9:30am. I didn’t make any ressies for dinner but we will probably go back to the hotel for a couple of hours around 4:30 or 5. Maybe grab dinner at POP and then we head back to MK for MNSSHP. We are definitely dressing up for this one!

So that’s what I have so far. Our flight leaves Orlando on Sunday 11/1 at 11:50am and we should arrive back in CT around 2:30pm. But who really cares about that part.

Since we will be there during the F & W Festival again, I tried to keep our days at Epcot “available” so that we can eat a lot but still make it to our ADRs. One person on another thread suggested eating breakfast only during the F & W Festival and just eating around the world for the rest of the day.

But I like to have a plan (in case you didn’t notice) so even if we don’t make it to our dinner reservations, at least they are there if we need them.
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hello i just found your PTR!! I am so sorry for the news about your job thats horrible this economy is so bad right now!! but at least you can de stress at disney I love your plans so far-- i see you are trying kona cafe for the first time-- we are too i gotta try that tonga toast i cant wait to read more!!
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I just found your PTR, I'm so sorry to hear about your job. I love your itinerary so far... Don't worry i love to plan too, I need to feel organized at all times. We are trying the Kona Cafe in exactly two days!!

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hello i just found your PTR!! I am so sorry for the news about your job thats horrible this economy is so bad right now!! but at least you can de stress at disney I love your plans so far-- i see you are trying kona cafe for the first time-- we are too i gotta try that tonga toast i cant wait to read more!!
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I just found your PTR, I'm so sorry to hear about your job. I love your itinerary so far... Don't worry i love to plan too, I need to feel organized at all times. We are trying the Kona Cafe in exactly two days!!

I"m in...
Don't feel bad! At first I was a little worried but I just think back to all of the days where they made us drive here in 3 feet of snow, and all of the days when I was ready to leave before I even started. I just can't help but feel like this is what I asked for, and now I'm getting it. We'll be OK! Everything happens for a reason! At least, that's what I believe.

I'm glad I'm not the only one dying to try Tonga Toast! Raecheal, enjoy your trip and let us know how Kona Cafe is!
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Look at How Terrible I am at Booking Airfare

We are flying Southwest for the first time ever. Every plane I have ever been on has been Delta. Of course, I've only ever flown to and from Florida....so I'm still a newbie when it comes to flying. And I just have to say that I really suck at booking airfare.

On all of our previous trips, I booked everything all at once. And I was paying butt-loads of money for our airfare. We've flown with layovers a couple of times to make the prices cheaper but that was just a huge PITA. It was hectic, and it turned a 3 hour trip into a 6 hour trip.

So last year, I was reading on the DIS about some people that got these amazing deals on airfare. I asked how they got them, and most people told me the usual: Sign up for all of the websites, emails and miles cards you can. A few people even told me "wait as long as you can to book as they usually have last minute deals."

Obsessive Compulsive Planner says No Way, Jose!

So I waited for as long as I possibly could and I finally booked our airfare a couple of a weeks ago. No layovers…and I get to leave out of CT instead of driving to NY (which would not be a good way to start or end my vacation). I booked two tickets roundtrip for about $500.

This past weekend, I got an email from Southwest Airlines, advertising a BOGO sale. Yes, you read that correctly….buy one roundtrip ticket, get one free.

Did I mention that the airfare I already purchased is NON REFUNDABLE?

Seriously, I’m horrible at this. Next time, we drive. At least I know that I will never miss out on a fantastic gasoline deal.


I was just reading on another thread this morning that several people checked their flights randomly out of boredom, to find that their flight times have been changed. Some minor changes, a few drastic changes…I was afraid to check the Southwest website but I went on just a few minutes ago and after wandering around the website like a little lost duck for about 10 minutes, I finally found what I wanted and verified that our flights have not changed….so far.

You know, this is completely off topic, but I realized last night that this will be the first trip in 3 years that we have not had breakfast at Crystal Palace. I wonder if I’ll miss it? We put the reservation at Kona in it’s place. I hope that Tonga Toast is worth it.


PS – I changed two of my ADRs today.

I’m glad I didn’t fill in all of that info in the Passporter yet.

I changed our 6pm dinner reservation at 9 Dragons to a 6:15pm reservation at Tutto Italia (Yay! I win!), and I changed our 9am reservation at Ohana to 9:30am. Nothing drastic but so much for written in stone, right? With Ohana, I figured that there is usually a long line to check in. If you get there right on time, then you have to wait in line and you end up checking in about 15-20 minutes late. Which means you getting a table is delayed 15-20 minutes, sometimes longer. So I changed the reservation to 9:30, thinking it will be easier for us to get there at 9am (to stand in line for check in) as opposed to getting there are 8:30am to check in.

Did I confuse you? Sorry.

Hopefully we will actually make it to our ADRs on time this year.

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I am sooo happy right now! I found a thread yesterday where people were talking about the discrepancies in EMH....the Disney website has different hours listed than what was on the wdwinfo site. People were recommending that you plan based on what's on the Disney site.

So last night I was having dreams about having to change my whole schedule around in order to be able to take advantage of EMH...

This morning, I checked the Disney website and THANKFULLY the days I had planned to attend evening EMH (one night at each park) are all on the schedule! I'm so happy I don't have to change anything!

I also just want to confirm that I STILL love my new job! OMG it's sooo great! And the best part is that everyone in my department leaves at 6pm but I don't leave until 7:15pm so I have a whole hour and 15 minutes where I can pretty much do whatever I want. Yesterday, I was looking at the Disney Tattoo thread on the DIS I even posted a pic of my own tattoo! There are people out there with some really amazing Disney tattoos!
Check it out here!

I have massive amounts of house cleaning to do today. We're having a tag sale on the 15th to benefit the animal shelter I work for, and right now all of my donations are just sitting in random piles in my hallway and living room. I can't even get the vacuum through... and I haven't done laundry in a very long while. But Ghost Hunters is on tonight....Guess I won't be doing any cleaning!
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So Ali, did you ever find some luggage?

I'm glad to hear you seem to love your job so much, I understand about alone time, I get an hour on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at my work and I love it, I usually blast the music and sing horifically loud.

And OMG Ture Blood is NUTS!!! I love it! I really like that Godric guy, he seems really wise... and I'm curious as to where they're going with Maryann, hm.......

Also I wanted to vomit when Tara and Eggs were eating that suffle.... so gross!!!
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So Ali, did you ever find some luggage?

I'm glad to hear you seem to love your job so much, I understand about alone time, I get an hour on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at my work and I love it, I usually blast the music and sing horifically loud.

And OMG Ture Blood is NUTS!!! I love it! I really like that Godric guy, he seems really wise... and I'm curious as to where they're going with Maryann, hm.......

Also I wanted to vomit when Tara and Eggs were eating that suffle.... so gross!!!

Maryann needs to go...I can't stand her! And yes, the souffle thing was digusting. It was the first time during this entire show (first and second season) that I ever had to close my eyes. Horrendous! And what ensued after they were done eating just relly bothered me.

I still have no found luggage however at this point, I can't afford it anyway.


OK so now for the update. I apologize because this is pretty much a "venting" post. Don't be alarmed. We will return to our regularly scheduled programming in a day or two.

Today is Tuesday 8/11. Not counting today, there are 72 days until we leave!

That’s the good news.

Now I go into spazz out mode.

Yesterday, I went and deposited Lumar’s paycheck, stopped by the post office to mail out the prize for the DIS Scrapbook Challenge winner, and went to Target to buy a giftcard for a friend of mine who is getting married on Saturday.

On my way to work, a little rock, about the size of a lemonhead candy, jumped off the road and hit my windshield. And left a crack/pit in the glass about the size of a nickel….right smack dab in the middle of the drivers line of sight.

I came to work upset – not because the crack is all that big – but because that was the first time that has happened to me in the 12 years I have had my license, and because I have been hit by bigger rocks (and some chunks of tire after an 18-wheeler had a blowout on the highway while he was driving directly in front of me) and never had that happen.

Oh and my insurance just went up about $20 a month because we moved out of my mom’s house and no longer get the discount for having the homeowner’s insurance and multiple cars on the same plan.

Sooo…. Lumar got out of work at 6 last night and went to visit his mom for a few minutes who lives about 10 minutes from where we work. When he came back to get me at 7:15, there was a loud squealing noise coming from under the hood and it was VERY hot in the car. He told me that A/C stopped working and for some reason there was heat coming from under the steering column. All of this started when he left his mom’s.

So we’re driving home (keep in mind it was over 90 degrees yesterday) with no A/C and HEAT pouring out of somewhere onto my legs as we were driving 20 minutes home.

We got home at 7:45, I called the dealer to see if I could bring my car in today. I didn’t want to go the dealer because they were going to charge me a lot of money, but at least they would give me a loaner for the day. They closed at 7pm.

I called my mom and she told me I could borrow her car for the day, so I dropped mine off at the mechanic this morning. I’m waiting for them to call me and tell me how much money they want.

Keep in mind, I haven’t paid bills yet.

And when I got to work, I realized that I left my lunch in my car. Which is now in the shop.

So anyway, to back track just a little more, my friend called me Thursday to tell me that they were up here in CT visiting and they were having a birthday party for her daughter (my God Daughter) on Saturday. She called me Thursday to tell me about a birthday party that would be held within the next 48 hours. So on Saturday morning, The Lumar and I get up and run to Toys R Us to look for gifts for a 6 year old. What does a 6 year old girl like these days? Hello Kitty, Wizards of Waverly Place, and of course, The Jonas Brothers.

So we run around the store like mad for about an hour. I found a Hello Kitty purse/beach bag, a Hello Kitty t-shirt, a Wizards of WP t-shirt, and a Jonas Brother’s stationary set. Then I saw the Jonas Brother’s t-shirt. It was perfect. I wanted it.

I walk over to the rack….

And some skinny little twit jumps in front of me and grabs the LAST ONE in a size small. Which, of course, it the size I need for my God Daughter. I was about to tackle her, but decided against it. So I sadly sulk my way up towards the registers and I’m in the wrapping paper section looking for a gift bag, when I see the Skinny Little Twit walk by, WITHOUT the shirt! I whisper to Lumar “she ditched the shirt, find it, find it now!” We backtrack and I spot it, in all it’s baby blue glory, hanging from a random shelf in the musical instruments aisle. I snatched it and ran to the register. But not before I picked up a Hello Kitty purse for myself….

$75 later we were leaving Toys R Us and now trying to pack everything into the gift bag while sitting in the car in the parking lot baking in the sun. The party had started at 12. It was now 12:30 and we were 20 minutes away.

So we arrive at the party and are like, the 3rd people there. We stand around talking and catching up, when I notice there is a little dog in a crate under the porch. My friend tells me it’s hers. A little long hair Chihuahua named Alexis. She’s 6 months old, I’m told.

For those of you new to my trip reports, I am an animal rescue volunteer. I have been in the “business” (the non-profit type lol) for about 4 years. My friend, has known me for 10 years so this is something that she is well aware of. She got her dog from a breeder. Then she tells me (and a few other people who happened to be standing around) that she will get the dog spayed…after they breed her.

For someone who works in animal rescue, this the equivalent of finding out that your best friend is sleeping with your mortal enemy. Talk about a stab in the back. Approximately 3 – 4 million cats and dogs are euthanized every year because of overpopulation. Because there are already homeless pets out there who breed because it’s natural. Then we add in all the people who breed for money or because they want a “status” pet (the cockapoos, and labradoodles, and puggles, and what have you). People would rather CREATE a breed then adopt from a shelter and risk getting a “mutt.”

3 – 4 MILLION. Put to sleep simply because there is not enough space in the shelters, and not enough available homes.

So I try not to think about it because all it does it make me sick to my stomache.

Oh and I got sunburned at this party and it hurt really bad and now it just itches like crazy. Just to add insult to injury. Or injury to insult. Either way.

So then I come to work on Monday and another friend of mine who I’ve known for about a year, tells me that he was at the mall on Saturday…and bought a rabbit from a pet store.

I’ve been volunteering for 4 years at a rabbit shelter. We just rescued 16 rabbits from a hoarder who had all 16 divided into 5 cages. There live rabbits in cages with dead rabbits. No food. No water. Living on piles and piles of excrement. This is the 2nd times in two years we have taken animals from the same family. The last time, it was 17 rabbits. On both occasions they had other animals in there as well. Not to mention, the garage was packed FULL with garbage bags (probably containing more dead animals). Oh…and they have small children.

My friend knows that I work for a shelter AND we had discussed it ON FRIDAY. Only 2 days ago!

Oh, and I got an email on Saturday morning telling me about a Petland Discount employee in Ohio who drowned two rabbits at the store and then smiled for a picture with the two carcasses (a picture which the store manager took) and then posted it on her facebook.

After all of this, I am about ready to have a complete and total meltdown. Add in the crack in my windshield and now the over heating car with the non-working Air Conditioning and I’m in SERIOUS need of a vaycay.


So now that I have totally spazzed out, I would like to thank you all for letting me vent.

I think I need to extend my trip to Disney by about a week.
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