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January 28, 2011

#FollowFridays to Improve Your Health! 1/28/11

One of our Amazon CARES volunteers was hospitalized this week with severe anemia.  She required four blood transfusions.  Now, in addition to working to continue to raise her hemoglobin count, doctors must figure out where she is bleeding from!  Thus, this #FollowFriday I am highlighting organizations that provide health advice for humans!  All of us can benefit from the daily or occasional tweets that may improve our personal well being, so follow these pre-screened tweeters today! 

To see all of my #FollowFriday lists for 2011, click here.  Today I present 7 Twitter accounts that could make you healthier!  In alphabetical order they are:

Be sure to read more below!

January 21, 2011

Nine to #FollowFriday 1/21/2011

In August of 2010 I attempted to take a stand on #FollowFriday on Twitter.  Read that blog entry here. To supplement my research, please take my short poll about #FollowFriday.  The poll ends Jan. 22.   In accordance with my prior attempts, I am recommending people to #FollowFriday, today, January 21, 2011.  In alphabetical order, I present 9 accounts worth following on Twitter!


Be sure to read about them in more detail below!

January 15, 2011

Be the Change for Shelter Animals & Teeny!

With alarming increases in the numbers of animals entering shelters and even more alarming high euthanasia rates, Katy McDougall and her dog Teeny came up with a very creative solution.   How to decrease euthanasia?  Get more dogs adopted?  How?  Make them more adoptable!  And also make them happier and more comfortable until they find a permanent home.  You can help!  Teeny's Friends is in the running for a 5K grant from Pepsi.  Her category is really tough, as she is competing in a category where schools and community associations have mobilized to get thousands of votes!  Katy runs her charity while working a full time job and volunteering for two HIV/AIDS charities.

WE CAN BE THE CHANGE FOR ANIMALS!   Anipals unite!  If anyone met Katie at BlogPaws Columbus then you were surely charmed by her dedication and positive attitude.  Although we may not physically live in the same neighborhood, we are a strong community.  Let's mobilize and vote everyday between now and Jan. 31!  Can you take a pledge that you will do this?  If so, tell us in the comments below.
from Modern Dog Magazine.  Click to Enlarge.

Vote every single day (you can vote for 10 ideas daily) and you can even text your vote to Pepsi (73774) and type in 104976. 

January 14, 2011

A Week of #FollowFriday Recommendations.

There is a website,, that names a person's top followers on Twitter.  I liked it so much I actually created a page of their analysis on this blog!

In August of 2010 I attempted to take a stand on #FollowFriday on Twitter.  Read that blog entry here. To supplement my research, please take my short poll about #FollowFriday.  The poll ends Jan. 22.   In accordance with my prior attempt, I am recommending people to #FollowFriday, today, January 14, 2011.  In alphabetical order, I present 7 people worth following on Twitter!

January 12, 2011

Is #FollowFriday working?

I have my own opinions about #FollowFriday on Twitter. Perhaps if we didn't also have #MeowMonday, #CharityTuesday and #TunaTuesday, #WoofWednesday as well I would feel better about #FollowFriday.  As it is, if I am busy or out of town on a Friday I feel guilty.  No matter how much you support #FollowFriday, most must admit that at times it can be a burden.

I want other opinions, and am running a short poll to learn how others feel about this topic. The poll closes on January 21, and the more opinions I gather, the better I can present those opinions to you.  By answering the poll you are also entered into a contest for a prize *if you chooseto disclose your Twitter name in the poll. It is not required.

I am trying an experiment that I started last year, but did not have time to write my #FollowFriday blogs when I traveled to Peru for 4 months.  I am going to try again.  In August 2010 I announced my "#FollowFriday Terms of Service"  I followed through with two great, comprehensive blogs.  One was Humanitarians to #FollowFriday and another was a #FollowFriday list for August 13th.

I am going to try again.  Starting this Friday I will serve up several people to #FollowFriday.  I hope you will read about these people and learn more about them than just their Twitter handle.  Let's see what happens!!

January 7, 2011

In Masusa "healthy pets in a safe neighborhood"

In Masusa "healthy pets in a safe neighborhood"

The NGO Amazon CARES, Community Animal Rescue, Education and Safety, is holding its first free veterinary campaign of the year, from 5 to 15 January. CARES decided to give priority to the disadvantaged Masusa area and its inhabitants, often forgotten by the authorities, and so will be giving free care for 6 days in the 3 human settlements in the area: today and tomorrow Thursday at the AH Archimedes Santill├ín (March 23rd Street), Friday 7 and Saturday 8 AH Alejandro Toledo, on Monday 10 and Tuesday 11 in the AH Santa Rosa and Santa Maria.
This campaign, explains Bruno Antoine, director of the organization in Peru, includes primary veterinary care, sterilization of  owned and street animals, treatment for fleas, ticks and mange, as well as the distribution of an antiparasitic (albendazole 400 mg) for the human population, from 9 am to 2 pm.

January 6, 2011

Featured Activists Award: My Parents

My First Award for "Featured Activist(s) 2011 is awarded to my parents, Bob and Betty Mednikow.

Bob Mednikow with Loxley - RIP
 My father wrote this beautiful response to my previous blog entry about Fiona, an abandoned cocker spaniel with health problems including blindness.  His email so touched me that I felt it was worth sharing.
Dear Molly,

You might remember when we adopted Loxley who was a Golden Retreiver about 10 years old who was deaf and had been abandoned in the middle of winter, and would have frozen to death if we hadn’t taken him in.

January 5, 2011

Blind Cocker Rescued from the Street

On January 2, 2010 we rescued this cocker spaniel, abandoned, We hope to find her a home soon. It is an outrage that somebody would abandon an older, handicapped animal such as Fiona.

This is a translation of a current discussion thread occuring in Spanish on Facebook right now. I wanted people to know more about everyday situations with Amazon CARES.

"Fiona is a cocker spaniel around 7 years old, recued from the street, and looking for a new home.  If you live in Iquitos, Peru and can provide her with a new life, please call the Amazon CARES clinic.  At the very least we are looking for a foster home until we encounter a permanent homw.  If you know someone that would like to adopt a dog, tell them about Fiona and this will be of great help to us.  Please post a flyer in a visibale place.  Thank you." 

"This dog (Fiona) is not fixed, because the operation would be risky. She has a kidney problem that causes her to drink a lot of water and urinate quite a bit. Apart from this, she is fine. Well, except that she is mostly blind, but I don't believe this affects her much, because her nose is her guide. Fiona is very gentle and friendly. Owing to her health and her age, she only has a few years left to live. We only want that her final years are peaceful and happy. We will also provide food for her."
Obviously, I don't expect people reading this blog to have the ability to adopt her.  However the story is so poignant to me that I wanted to share it.

Originally writted by Peru Director of Amazon CARES, Bruno Antoine.  Translated from Spanish by CARES Executive Director, Molly Mednikow.

January 3, 2011

TOP 10 AWARD! BZTAT's Art for a Cause

Artist Vicki Boatright, also known as BZTAT is the FIRST recipient of an Amazon CARES "Top Ten Award" for 2011.  This Award rewards her creativity, and we hope to find 9 other worthy honorees during 2011.

Numerous studies have demonstrated the line between an animal abuser and those that committ human abuse. Amazon CARES works in severly poor areas. Sadly, domestic violence is so common as to be widely ignored. We have worked with local schools, church leaders and police to teach them to recognize signs of domestic abuse. Despite initial complacence, we have helped create an awareness that animal abuse and domestic abuse go hand in hand. This fine line is more than most people care to consider.

This is one reason a current project by artist BZTAT aka Vicki Boatright has caught our attention.  The project is called Okey's Promise:  Art for a Cause"  PLEASE visit the website link to learn more and to make a pledge of any amount.