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Friday, August 21, 2015

Man and His Three Mules Not Allowed to Pass Over Golden Gate Bridge – Again

Posted By on Fri, Aug 21, 2015 at 3:05 PM

PHOTO COURTESY JOHN SEARS
  • Photo courtesy John Sears

John Sears' rough stubble and weathered face invite comparisons to the pioneers who settled the American west. Perhaps that's intentional, because pioneers and wayward wanderers greatly inspire Sears.

Sears, a.k.a. "Mule," is a roamer of California, on a one man (and three mule) journey to reclaim natural spaces and public byways for those on two feet. Or four hooves.

"The way of life, this nomadic lifestyle, which is hundreds of thousands of years old, we brought it to the megatropolises," Sears says, comparing his journey to a lifelong protest "to San Diego, San Francisco, and LA."

The "we" is he and his three mules. According to Sears, Little Girl, the 26-year-old white mule, has been with him for 23 years; Lady, the 36-year-old brown mule, has been with him for 31 years; and Who-dee-doo, the 11-year-old palomino, has been with him since February.

Together, they meet barriers head on: seemingly impassable freeways, bridges created for cars only, and a constant slipstream of automobiles. Sears has been arrested, fined, and otherwise legally smacked many a time, he says.

Now, he's stuck at the Golden Gate Bridge, which he wants to cross to en route through San Francisco. But, hey, at least he's got his mules for company.

Although his mules are also the problem, according to the Golden Gate Bridge Authority.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Make a Dog's Day During the Dog Days of Summer

Posted By on Tue, Jul 28, 2015 at 10:24 AM

click image This is Clifford. He needs a forever home. You can adopt him in Oakland.
  • This is Clifford. He needs a forever home. You can adopt him in Oakland.

The Oakland animal shelter is waiving adoption fees for the month of July and launching a foster program for large dogs, the East Bay Express reports.  Oakland Animal Services is at 200% of capacity, in part because the rise in evictions and displacement is forcing families to part from the furry friends. 

These furballs of love need you. And, to be honest, you need them. 

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Monday, July 27, 2015

$10,000 For Whoever Has Information About Sacramento's Serial Livestock Murderer

Posted By on Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 11:26 AM

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It’s been a troubling year for livestock in Sacramento. As the Sac Bee reports, the remains of a decapitated goat were found in a paper bag on Saturday, the latest in a string of more than a dozen animal mutilations that has baffled and disturbed the city.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Where San Francisco's Mountain Lion Has Been Spotted

Posted By on Wed, Jul 8, 2015 at 10:00 AM

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For the first time in many years, a mountain lion is roaming San Francisco. A joint press release from the Presidio Trust, the National Park Service, and San Francisco Animal Care and Control announced yesterday that four wildcat sightings have been reported recently, although only one was confirmed by video surveillance camera.

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Puppies to Walk the Catwalk at SPCA

Posted By on Fri, May 29, 2015 at 12:25 PM

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If you love animals, you can't possibly have anything better to do tonight than go to a doggy fashion show and cocktail party at the San Francisco SPCA. There will be drinks and vegan and vegetarian treats starting at 5:00 PM at the SPCA (201 Alabama Street). But the real fun starts at 7:00 pm when puppies take to the catwalk to model canine couture. (There will be human fashions too, but who really cares when there are pups around?)

All of the animals will be available to adopt—for free. If you can't make it, the SPCA will be waiving adoption fees for the rest of the weekend. 

Here are some of the amazing pups you could take home:

Brandi, 2 years, 8 pounds, female

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Today in Whales

Posted By on Tue, May 19, 2015 at 3:38 PM

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Whales are beautiful and majestic creatures, but the local whale news is all tragedy all the time. 

Earlier today, the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department and the City of Pacific began the process of burying the two dead whales that washed up on the beach in Pacifica earlier this month. According to the SF Chronicle, the decision to bury the massive animals was made because their decomposing bodies smelled very very bad. 

Now the Chronicle is reporting that another dead whale—this time a 30-foot gray whale—has washed up on the beach at Half Moon Bay. According to the Chron, scientists are on their way to the scene and hope to perform a necropsy to determine the cause of death. 

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Help Name the Oakland Zoo's Baby Baboon

Posted By on Thu, May 7, 2015 at 9:33 AM

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  • At least we can call this one Pickles

The Oakland Zoo is hosting a contest to name its brand new baby baboon. The baby boy was born April 1, and he's the first ever male baboon born at the Oakland Zoo. You can vote for his name at the Oakland Zoo's website, for a donation. 

The options are all Swahili names—Muriu, Maliki, and Mazi—which is cool but sad, because the only reasonable names for a terrifying monster like a baboon is Pickles. 

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Jurisdictional Disputes a Whale of a Problem When Dealing with Whale Carcasses

Posted By on Tue, May 5, 2015 at 10:29 AM

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  • Vintage engraving of a beached whale in France

A dead whale has washed up on the shores of Pacifica, the second in just a few weeks, NBC Bay Area reports. The whale, which was found last evening and will undergo a necropsy tomorrow to determine the cause of death, is a female hunchback (sorry!) humpback. It is about half the size of the sperm whale that's been rotting on the same beach since April 15. 

The first whale is still decomposing on the beach—and attracting the attention of taggers—due to a jurisdictional dispute. 

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Virgin America To Help Homeless Chihuahuas Make It In New York

Posted By on Tue, Mar 17, 2015 at 9:29 AM

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Virgin America is playing hero to 12 Bay Area chihuahuas — again: The airline is partnering with SF Animal Care and Control to evacuate the pups to New York today in an airlift dubbed 'Operation Chihuahua'. 

Why do these chihuahuas get to fly to the Big Apple and you don't, you ask? Because Bay Area animal shelters are still suffering from an overload of the purse pups. And purse pups go well in New York City. 

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Kun Sun: San Francisco Man Charged With Starving Friend's Dog to Death

Posted By on Thu, Mar 5, 2015 at 2:37 PM

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The San Francisco District Attorney's Office says a 26-year-old San Francisco man is responsible for starving his friend's young Bichon Frise to death and dumping the pup's body in Pacifica. 

On December 21, 2013, the San Mateo County Peninsula Humane Society was alerted to a dead dog that had been dumped near Palmetto Avenue in Pacifica. The pup was found in a shoe box with a small plush toy and a folded towel. Officers scanned the dog and detected a microchip which linked the dog “Penny” to her owner in San Francisco.

Seeing that the dog appeared to be severely underweight, investigators requested a necropsy to determine the cause of death while staff attempted to track down Penny's owner. They learned that the owner had moved to China and had given the pup to a friend six months prior to the shocking discovery.

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