Sunday, December 28, 2008

Please, help these gliders find a home for the New Year!

UPDATE: December 29, 2008: 12:43 a.m.

****Please, read this entire entry to ensure you have all necessary information! (the original post can be found here)****

We have additional homes in the great state of Tennessee who can offer great homes to these gliders. If you can assist in a railroad and/or a temporary foster situation - until we can move the gliders to their permanent homes, PLEASE SEND ME AN E-MAIL.


I am adding two additional maps from the Orlando, FL area to the two cities in TN. Sometimes, it just helps to have a visual. Of course, anyone working on this project must be glider-knowledgable and be fully prepared for anything that can happen along the way. Railroad volunteers should prepare themselves well in advance for the unexpected:

BE SURE YOU (and your vehicle!) ARE "ROAD-READY"
1. Travel with a backup emergency cage. Things just happen. You can't always count on the one cage to do the job. Be sure this enclosure is "escape-proof."

2. Travel with extra water bottles and bottled water.

3. Travel with a small cooler so that watery fruits can be offered to the gliders to prevent dehydration. Acceptable fruits would be: apples and seedless grapes (either red or green). Wash them well before feedling!

4. Travel with extra pouches and "glider blankies" - you never know when you'll need them!

5. Travel with a small stash of cable zip ties. They're very handy.

6. Remember, do NOT travel with the water bottles attached to the cage. You'll have water everywhere.

7. Make sure there is ADEQUATE VENTILIATION for the gliders in those pouches. I had a horrible tragedy in 2006, and I lost seven of the most incredible gliders - ever. A bit of my died that day.

8. Make FREQUENT STOPS to check on the well-being of these little pets.

9. Make sure to have the contact numbers of EACH of your partners who are also operating this railroad.

10. Lastly - MAKE SURE - that you have my contact number and e-mail address, and I will move heaven and earth to help you, if it is within my power to do so! If I can help make contacts for you, help you find the next roadside rest, hotel/motel, or even a restaurant - I'll do what I can to take some of the burden off of traveling off your shoulders. Your jobs are to ensure the safety of yourselves and the gliders!

NOTES: I'll add more items as needed!


SITUATION:

Due to a major unforeseen life event, it has become necessary to rehome several sugar glider rescues located near Orlando, Florida. All of the sugar gliders are healthy, and the males have been neutered.

Since I am involved with the All 4 Gliders Rescue Project, I decided to step up and see if I could lend a hand. I did a search of anyone who had completed the Rescue Application (from FL all the way to NC), and I reviewed each application and sent e-mails to see if those applicants were still available to lend a hand, either by offering a permanent placement, fostering, or "transportation-only" assistance. I sent out over 20 e-mails, and the response has been good. We have at least three homes able to take in these gliders on a permanent basis.

Now the trick is, how to make it happen?
We have the gliders ready to go, we have homes ready to adopt these neutered males, but we need some major intervention to get everyone lined up so the trip is as stress-free for the people and the gliders as possible.

Since I'm from the north, I'm not familiar with distance and drive times down south, but a quick Google search shows an approximate total drive-time of about 10 hours.

That's too much of a drive for anyone, and it's certainly far too long of a drive for rescue gliders. So, we need to break this trip into sections.

I'm placing the Google Map here for ease-of-reference for those involved. Our goal is to place these gliders before the first of the year, if at all possible.

For any questions, please send me an e-mail. I'll reply as soon as I possibly can.

Here's the map from Orlando, FL to Charlotte, NC:

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Orlando, FL to Wilmington, NC

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Orlando, FL to Chattanooga, TN:

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Orlando, FL to Clarksville, TN:

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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Announcement: Garnesy's Gliders 101 (or Garnesy's Gliders for Dummies) is launched!

It's finally here. I know I'm slow to get things done, but this has been a project that has been on my mind for some time. A quick and easy one-stop site for the person who is NOT going to spend hours in front of the computer doing the research they should before bringing a glider into their lives. Every glider owner who has been around for awhile knows that "newbies" should, but that doesn't mean they will. Anyway, what I've tried to do is to get a newby the basic information they need for a "quick safe setup" for their gliders, and access to good quality diet information. I am NOT promoting any one single diet. I simply presented those diets that I am most familiar with and have used in the past, myself. That's it. No diet debates, no drama.

Make no mistake, this is not to be the "end-all be-all of all glider sites," and I know that. However, I think this small site provides the answers a glider newby needs IN THE BEGINNING. They'll bring home a glider, and then think, "OK, now what?.

NOTE:
Garnesy's Gliders 101 (or Garnesy's Gliders for Dummies) is NOT intended to be a replacement for the detailed research that each glider owner should conduct for themselves.

My site is to simply serve as "a stepping stone" to help those glider newbies to begin to develop a long, lasting, happy and healthy lives for their gliders.

Anyway, it's a start, and I've linked plenty of good quality glider sites in one place to help the new glider owner get started with their required research.

If you have any comments or suggestions, I've linked my contact info on the front page.

Here's to you all! Every day, we work hard to make a positive difference in the lives of gliders everywhere. Now, let's do what we can to place the rescues, and help others, too.

All the best,
"Garnesy"


PS: Don't forget, Save a Glider: Complete the Sugar Glider Rescue Application - if you can adopt a sugar glider rescue!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Home for the Holidays! (a glider relocation project in the works)

SITUATION:
Due to a major unforeseen life event, it has become necessary to rehome several sugar glider rescues located near Orlando, Florida. All of the sugar gliders are healthy, and the males have been neutered.

NOTE: Updates to this entry can be found in this link.

Since I am involved with the All 4 Gliders Rescue Project, I decided to step up and see if I could lend a hand. I did a search of anyone who had completed the Rescue Application (from FL all the way to NC), and I reviewed each application and sent e-mails to see if those applicants were still available to lend a hand, either by offering a permanent placement, fostering, or "transportation-only" assistance. I sent out over 20 e-mails, and the response has been good. We have at least three homes able to take in these gliders on a permanent basis.

Now the trick is, how to make it happen?
We have the gliders ready to go, we have homes ready to adopt these neutered males, but we need some major intervention to get everyone lined up so the trip is as stress-free for the people and the gliders as possible.

Since I'm from the north, I'm not familiar with distance and drive times down south, but a quick Google search shows an approximate total drive-time of about 10 hours.

That's too much of a drive for anyone, and it's certainly far too long of a drive for rescue gliders. So, we need to break this trip into sections.

I'm placing the Google Map here for ease-of-reference for those involved. Our goal is to place these gliders before the first of the year, if at all possible.

For any questions, please send me an e-mail. I'll reply as soon as I possibly can.

Here's the map:

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UPDATES TO THIS POST CAN BE FOUND IN THIS LINK!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas, Tommy Lee!

Contrary to popular misperception, Sir Thomas is not a mini-gargoyle! Tommy Lee is my nearly 10-year old Min-Pin, and we had a fabulous Christmas at granma and granpa's house. We romped, we played, we growled, and then, we did it again! Oh, how he chased his toys (and growled at granma's poodle, Coco, when he got too close to his toys, which were purple). Although, if you look carefully, you can see in the background that Tommy is guilty of having stolen Coco's panda bear! Tommy Lee had purple toys. Coco had black and white ones. Boys!

My little boy is getting some gray whiskers, but he's still quite spry, and he's ornery as he ever was. While he was stealing all of Coco's toys, as soon as she could, Sprout was stealing Tommy's! Here, he's taking a break.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Chicago, IL: Male Sugar Glider Needs a New Home!

UPDATED March 1, 2009:
Too often, in hard times, it is sometimes to see the good in the world, and we have to look long hard and deep for some glimmer of hope that there is still goodness in the world and in people. This is especially true within the glider community, at times, and sometimes, we forget why we choose to remain involved.

Not that long ago, there was a glider who needed rehomed in the Chicago area, and I was called upon for assistance. Let this update serve as a reaffirmation - to those who doubt from time to time -that "the system works" - IF we remain true to our primary objective, which is to help any glider in need.

Here's a follow-up e-mail from "Rocky's mom" (the Chicago glider who I helped place just a few months ago):

"I just wanted to send you a quick e-mail to let you know that Rocky has his first vet appointment this weekend. He's not looking forward to it!!

Otherwise he's doing just great. His hours have gotten a little bit better. He only wakes up during the day for short periods. I think "Chubby" is just looking for snacks. He's also slowly getting to a more healthy weight thanks to a good diet. Of course his new stealth wheel could be responsible too. He has figured out how to shift his body weight so he can spin the wheel without running. Exercise is exercise I guess lol.

I'll send an update after his check up. Thanks again for all your help (and all you do!)"



My inbox is a mess, and I am sorry I have failed to provide a more timely update, but I just wanted everyone to see that "the system DOES work"!

There are those, within the community, who may begin to lose their faith in "the system" from time to time. I post this here, so that there is evidence that what we do for gliders in need DOES make a difference. Never give up.

Of course, I have removed the name of the adoptive home, for privacy, but as you can see, good quality homes ARE out there. We just need to be vigilant in helping those in need to make the proper connections.


UPDATE, 12/28/2008:
"Rocky" finally has found his new home! What a wonderful success story for this glider, his former family, and his new family! I received an update, and Rocky is settling into his new home and adapting very well.

His new owner sent me an e-mail, and she has said what a gentle little fellow he is - that he hasn't even "crabbed" (for those who do not own a glider - or ever heard this sound - it's strange little noise a glider makes when he is feeling threatened, insecure, or frightened). If you can imagine someone sticking an ice pick into an electric pencil sharpener, you'll have some understanding of what a "crabbing glider" sounds like.

CONGRATULATIONS to Rocky and his new owner! I hope you have a very Happy New Year, indeed!


UPDATE, 12/22/2008:

The male sugar glider in Chicago is now pending placement. He should have a new home this weekend!


UPDATE:
On the way home from work last night, about 4:20, I got a call from the lady in Chicago who is rehoming a male sugar glider (full details can be found here). However, due to the bad weather there, she said she did not feel comfortable heading out on a long trip in that stuff (she's from the southern California area). I totally understand that, so this pickup has been re-scheduled - UNLESS a suitable home can be found for this little guy in, or around, the Chicago area - or even in that general region.

Meanwhile, if you know of a suitable prospect, please share the Rescue Application link with them.

To download a copy of the Rescue Application, click the small "down arrow" on the far right of your screen once the page loads, and then return the completed application to me.

Thanks!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

What a beautiful concept - especially at this time of the year!

At this time of year, we need more of a focus on relationships. Positive relationships. Relationships that strive for the betterment of all of humanity, and each of us has a part that we should play in turn. Spread the word. As I sat here reading over all of the good this organization does, I kept thinking to myself, "what wonderful Christmas gifts these handmade one-of-a-kind beads would make for loved ones", which, in turn, would help these people on the other side of the world. If you can, please, do what you can to support this incredible organization.

The brief introductory excerpt, below, has been obtained from TAPP.org website and explains the beauty and the purpose of this fine organization.

BEGIN QUOTE:
Welcome to Ubuntu: The TAPP Network.

Ubuntu is an African philosophy that is most literally translated "me we" and loosely translated "I am because we are." It tells us that persons are persons only through other persons.

How does "Ubuntu" speak to you?

What would our relationships, our schools, our churches, our world look like if we lived with an awareness of our connection to one another?

"If we have no peace, it will be because we have forgotten that we belong to one another." -Momma T

When I am sick, we are sick. When you are hungry, we are hungry.
When she is oppressed, we are oppressed. I am because we are.

When you practice compassion, we learn compassion. I feel joy because we feel joy together.

LAUGH TOGETHER. GRIEVE TOGETHER. ASK HARD QUESTIONS. TELL STORIES. NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF CONVERSATION.

THIS REVOLUTION IS A CELEBRATION.
END QUOTE


Find more photos like this on Tapp

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Chicago, IL: Male Sugar Glider Needs a New Home!

UPDATE: 12/18/2008, 6:12 p.m.
I spoke to the owner of the glider today, and we have tentative plans to meet up over the weekend. This male glider is approximately two years old, and he is fed a diet of
mangos, papayas, nuts, seeds, mealies, veggies, bananas, crickets, Mazuri Primate Biscuits, and GliderAide. He will come with a 2' x 2' x 3' cage and all of his things.

UPDATE:
Here is the link to the original post on this little guy:
Glider Island: Chicago, IL: Male Sugar Glider Needs a New Home!

I spoke to the lady who is responsible for rehoming this little glider, and she is willing to drive within three to four hours for the right person who could offer him a permanent and loving home. A Rescue Application will be required, and vet/personal references will be checked.

If you are interested, please complete this application and return it to me, and I will process this application ASAP. The current owner will make the final decision on his placement. This glider will need to be neutered.

Merry Christmas, Zeus, from your ol' buddy, Fang!

It's been awhile since I have given an update on little Zeus, and his original story can be found here. Zeus' trial visit with his new family went very well! Kelly now has a new best friend, and he's there to stay (although I hear that he is also "Daddy G's special boy")! Zeus is such a playful little pup, and I am pleased to say that he has found the best possible home! As I was going through old photos last night, I found this one, and I think Fang still misses his little buddy (he loved Zeus, but Baby kind of bugs him). Fang pouted for awhile, so maybe we'll have to set up some doggy playdates over the holidays.

Meanwhile, here's Fang and Zeus when they were out doing the "guy thing" - hanging out in the backyard over chew toys! They had just taken a break from rompin' and stompin' and rasslin'! Guy things.

See?

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Chicago, IL: Male Sugar Glider Needs a New Home!

** This information came to me from a fellow rescuer in Florida who asked if I could help find this glider a new home. She was contacted by the person who needs to place this glider. DO NOT reply to this notice UNTIL you have completed a RESCUE APPLICATION! The actual glider owner will make any decisions as to who will receive this glider. I am only trying to assist her by finding a glider-knowledgable home**

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My daughter got a glider as a present from her boyfriend. It's not getting the care and love it deserves and I need to find a home for it. It's a full grown male, please help. I am willing to drive 3 to 4 hours if need be to find a rescue shelter. Please email me or call (name and phone number withheld by admin). Thank you, any info to help me would be appreciated.
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I will NOT share any information on this glider until I have a COMPLETE RESCUE APPLICATION on file, and I have posted this glider on several glider boards. Should you submit an application, I will share that information with the glider owner. If interested, click here.

UPDATE: December 14, 2008, 11:18 a.m.
This little glider will be needing a home this month. His current owner is willing to drive within 3-4 hours to meet with his prospective new owner; however, a RESCUE APPLICATION! will need to be completed and sent to my attention so that his current owner can make the decision as to who his new owner should be. This little man will need to be neutered. Please, complete the RESCUE APPLICATION! before expressing an interest in this glider.