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Ewe Spin Me into Yarn


This new year has been spent spinning Vivian the sheep’s fleece into beautiful double ply yarn.

Can’t wait to knit with this stuff!

Here’s to Ewe in 2012.

The Apple of My Eye

One Tail at a Time

I love when I “meet” folks who commit to finding loving homes for animals in need.

This is Rudie, (isn’t he gorgeous?) a spokes-doggie for One Tail at a Time of Chicago Illinois, sporting a ballsy bandana and spreading the word about the importance of spaying and neutering you pet.

One Tail at a time is a no-kill shelter with this mission statement:

One Tail at a Time is a no-kill, all-breed dog rescue that serves to lower euthanasia rates in the greater Chicagoland area and provide education on the humane treatment of companion animals. The rescue concentrates its efforts on dogs that are in danger of being euthanized, or that are physically and/or mentally deteriorating in a shelter environment, works to rehabilitate them, and then matches each dog with a permanent home. Focused on the “pack mentality”, One Tail at a Time offers fosters and adopters continued support and education on how best to keep dogs happy, healthy and part of the family.

Kudos to One Tail at a Time rescue and the volunteers who give these dogs, and their humans, a second chance at finding love.


Going Under the Blanket

Yes, I admit it, I googled “balls are overrated” today.  I wanted to see if anyone agreed with me.

Turns out there are folks from near and far who agree, in fact they’re taking time out and blogging about Righteous Goods.


There is a lovely website with a great name, Blanket ID, who has recently reviewed our products.  Here’s a link to their awesome website and the really nice blog entry.
Blanket ID is a company who makes stylish pet ID tags, so you can be reconnected with your pet if he/she were to go astray.  They also work with non-profit groups to support animal welfare in general.

Here’s a quote from their site.

In addition to providing a great looking ID tag for your pet, we deliver a seriously effective solution to the problem of losing a pet. Regardless of how your pet gets lost, we strive to make sure that they get home safely and quickly.

We work closely with all animal charities and we welcome approaches from organizations that could use our help. Every ID tag and membership purchased generates money for animal causes and we all greatly enjoy being able to help.

We aim to become the preferred method of pet identification and a driving force behind building an online community to help support animal welfare.

Here’s hoping that you’ll join us.

So on those days I want to go back to bed and crawl under the blanket, I’ll know it’s absolutely okay.  🙂

Maybe I’ll even “google” myself again…

Man, what a bitch.


Happy Chicks

I’ve been thinking a lot about the happiness of my hens.

I really believe that the eggs my girls lay taste better and are healthier for me and my kids because my chickens are loved.

Every day they get to patter about the yard, fluff out their wings, take bathes in the dirt, eat bugs, grass, seeds and whatever their bodies’ tell them they need.

My hens are all unique with their own personalities, and they are great entertainers.

I’ve just learned that chickens recognize each other by facial features.  I know my birds have specific flock mates they hang out with.

Here are a couple of pictures of Trifle.  I know I shouldn’t have favorites among my flock friends, but you just can’t help loving Trifle as she wonders up to you and squats down for a special pat.  Trifle is part of our dessert flock, with whom we watched Peter Seller’s The Pink Panther.  Unfortunately, her sisters would meet a brutal destiny that happens in the world of free ranging chickens.  Hence, she is the sole survivor of a mama coyote and pups’ nighttime stop at our chicken buffet.  This smart and tenacious girl hid under the henhouse whilst her sister were eaten.

Often times I’ve thought about locking up my hens all day and thus protecting them from natural predators.

I just can’t do it, they are too happy living the life a chicken should.

Meanwhile, I now have Rocky the rooster protecting his flock. Let’s just hope he doesn’t “protect” them from me.

Please support local folks who raise eggs and chickens humanely and ethically.



Did Someone Say Philly Dog?

Last week the lovely Rebecca from, your online source for all things cool and dog in the Philadelphia area, blogged about My Animal Activist.

For those of you who missed out on her awesome review of our products, you can check it out here.  Congrats to Barbara who is the winner of the balls sack giveaway.  🙂

I was really flabbergasted by the wonderful outpouring of immediate feedback.

Honestly, it made my heart swell.

Sometimes I think that I’m the only one who thinks this stuff is funny…

Thanks again Rebecca and all the folks out east that are spreading righteous pet power all over the planet.  I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your support.

Kisses and wags!

Amy & Posh

Cuban Chicken?

I’m pretty sure no one will notice one more hen….

DOGood Event in Minneapolis Tonight!

I really wish Posh and I were able to attend this.

Deep sigh.

Instead of doing dog time, I’ll be judging a high school speech meet which I’m excited about, but sad to miss such an event nonetheless.

Wait a minute, hold the bully stick, you’re doing what?

Oh yes, I’m asked to do all sorts of interesting things based on my reputation for having a very vocal, “helpful” opinion.  Okay, some of the folks in charge, got wind of my B.A. degree in Speech Communications/Theater so I may be pretty qualified.  However, Posh will be home with Daddy and the kids, most likely pouting Mommy’s absence in her crate.

Meanwhile, if you’re able to swing it, and I highly recommend attending as you will be donating one hundred percent of your ticket price to sheltering homeless people and animals.

Also, I might add that with DJ Jake Ruhd spinning tunes, veg food from Killer Chowgirls, and prints from Adam Turman-he did the above poster and I’m a big fan, there is no way this event will suck it.

P.S. if you’d like to skip my ranting and get to the details you can scroll down and find all the pertinent information.  I might now admit the organizers had me at “local beer” and “twenty dollar one-of-a-kind artwork.”


This event is co-created by a realty, property rental and design/building firm called Metamorphosis, who are, I’m sure kick ass people and Killer Chowgirls catering who I know rock-I’m a wedding videographer sometimes too so I’ve taste-tested their food fare.

I bet you’re now thinking, ‘damn, she get’s around.’

I know, I know…

My assumption that Metamorphosis are awesome is based on the fact that they’re hanging out with really great MN creatives and are organizing something cool that they’re not directly benefitting from.

Dog lovers too?

What more could a girl ask for?

Posh is crossing her paws, and I’m a whirling chanting dirvish praying this is an annual event, because you know next year my big righteous butt will be there come hydrant or hell water!

Darling dogs and bitches get thyself to Shelter Me 2011.

“Because Everyone Deserves A Home”
A charity event to benefit both The Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless and Animal Humane Society.

We are so excited to present this event! In collaboration with our partners, Chowgirls and Metro Magazine, this benefit will raise much needed funds for our selected charities. And all we need now is you!
We’ve got amazing vegetarian fare from Chowgirls Killer Catering, the smooth tunes of DJ Jake Rudh, top notch beer from Harriet Brewing, custom posters from Adam Turman, pet sketches courtesy of Lintu Art, and the much appreciated support of Metro Magazine.
The first 25 guests through the door will receive a generous gift bag stuffed with goodies, including an event poster from Adam Turman and a Chinook Book!
Those of you who are pet owners, bring a picture of your baby, and have Sarah from Lintu Art create a high-quality pencil sketch on the spot! (Additional cost: $20)
100% of every dollar earned will go to charity. Please come, support our causes, and have an awesome time!
Doors open at 5:00 p.m. Music starts at 5:30 p.m.
Tix also available at the door. $15, cash only.


Balls Sack

Want to make a bold pro-pet statement while picking up your weekly groceries?

New totes available at our online store.  Click on images to order!

Teaching an Old(er) Dog New Tricks

Spending just a few minutes throughout the day to ask your dog to do something will seal the bond with your pet and may take your relationship to a new level.

Posh is almost four and “Poe” (short for the pokey little puppy) will be two on Saturday, and we are still teaching them new tricks. Poe is very food motivated, so she will probably get some of the tricks more quickly than Posh who is not only a righteous, but is very pedantic about her food.

Currently, Poe is learning the command “spin” where she whirls like a dervish, this is a very easy command to teach as the dog just follows your hand in a spiral as you hold a treat.  Eventually they will spin faster, and on their own without being “led.”

I’m working on “weave” with Posh.  I would eventually like her to be able to do a figure eight between my legs as I take steps.

Here are the girls nicely waiting for a treat from my mom.

Ask your dog to do something before you give him/her his dinner or a treat.  Whether it’s basic obedience commands like sit, down, stay or more challenging tricks like shake, you’ll be surprised how smart your pet really is and how much fun you can have teaching them new things.

You CAN and should teach an old dog new tricks.