Finally! My nonstop pet and animal related photos are being put to good use besides annoying my friends on social media! I’ve contributed content for the Animal Connections social media channels, so be sure to check them out on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. You may see some familiar furry faces.
Presented by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, Animal Connections: Our Journey Together is a traveling exhibit that introduces visitors to the human-animal bond and inspires the next generation of veterinarians. This exhibit marks the 150th anniversary of the American Veterinary Medical Association, and you should definitely check it out if you’re a sucker for interesting animal photos (like me).
If you’re an animal lover like me, this scenario may sound familiar to you. When I’m lying in bed at night and can’t sleep (and also because I’m practically addicted to social media), I scroll through Twitter and Facebook on my phone looking at pictures posted by animal rescue groups. I laugh, I cry, and I typically end up donating a few bucks before I pass out from exhaustion. When I came across a post made by Corridor Rescue Inc. (CRI) out of Houston, I was totally struck. I’ve been a supporter and volunteer for Austin Pets Alive! for years now, but didn’t think often of animal problems outside of our great town. CRI has totally caught my attention, and hopefully will catch yours too.
Corridor Rescue Inc. is an animal rescue organization with primary emphasis on rescuing dogs and cats from the Corridor of Cruelty in Houston, Texas. Their goal is to end animal suffering whenever they can, and they do the best they can with limited resources and funds. You see, there is an area in Houston just east of I-59 off Little York – apparently the dividing line for the county and city Animal Controls. This mile strip of road is called the Corridor of Cruelty. There are abandoned and starving dogs just dumped there on a regular basis. It’s horrible and sad. They’re working to make it better, and need help.
Please check out their website if you’re interested in learning more about CRI and their efforts. I’ll be guest tweeting for them for a while, so please follow them on Twitter! (Any RTs and mentions are appreciated, hint hint.) You can also check them out on Instagram and Facebook. If you can donate, adopt, or foster, please consider doing so. They are also in need of donations such as cat and dog food (check out a list here). Thanks y’all.
Crystal Cook and Sandy Pollock, also known as the Casserole Queens, combine three of my favorite things (vintage clothing, food, and cocktails) into one. Recently Danny and I have collaborated with them on some exciting projects, so it only seems right to include the Queens in my first blog post.
The Casserole Queens, Sandy and Crystal, have resurrected the classic American casserole and put their own spin on the dish. A few of my favorites include Spicy Mac and Cheese, A+ Asparagus, and Corn Dog Casserole (I recommend putting veggie dogs in this dish!). Starting out as a food delivery service in Austin, the Queens have expanded their empire to include a delicious cookbook, fresh new channel on Hungry YouTube, and a monthly recipe column in Woman’s Day Magazine. Being friends for over 10 years, Crystal and Sandy embrace 1950s kitsch while bringing fun and flair to their recipes. (And I must mention, they were on Throwdown! with Bobby Flay a few years ago and if you look closely you can see me doing the twist in the background as an extra. Yes, that’s right.) You can connect with the Queens on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Pinterest to catch their latest endeavors.