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THE MODERN FLY – An Interview with Artist Jerry Tanner

I guess it’s been awhile since I’ve last mentioned Jerry Tanner and his artwork with The Modern Fly.  Months ago, I asked Jerry if he’d answer a few questions for a interview on T.F.M. and then his answer back was more or less was lost in my inbox. 

From the first time that I first saw his artwork, I was struck by the fun and freestyle of his interpretation of flies that I have in my own fly boxes.  I enjoyed reading his story and hope that you will as well.  I figured a Sunday morning was a good time to get this interview published and thank Jerry for his time with his thoughtful answers.

What was your first exposure to art and your realization that you could tap into it?

Thank you for inviting me to your interview, Cameron. Great first question! Coincidentally, my wife and I were

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“Woman’s Best Friend” Project Celebrates The Bond Between Women And Their Canine Companions

Dogs are often called “man’s best friend,” and it’s no mystery why. Their loyalty, affection, and energy makes them great companions. Now, a project from author and photographer Kristen Kidd is looking to expand on that definition and you can get involved!

The “Woman’s Best Friend” project started in 2019 when Kidd was photographing animal shelter workers and their furry friends in Philadelphia. As she worked with the largely women-led staff of the shelters, she heard story after story of tragedy, triumph, and comfort that the women credited their dogs with helping them survive.

Kidd was inspired to collect these stories and profile the women and their pets in a photo book, which raised over $7,000 for Harley’s Haven Dog Rescue in Perkasie, PA.


A second volume followed shortly after, the proceeds of which were again donated to an animal charity — this … Read the rest

Breaking! U.S. Congress Is Urged To Increase Funding For Endangered Species Conservation By $300 Million Beginning In 2022

More than 170 groups urged the United States Congress to significantly increase the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s budget for endangered species conservation from $291.7 million to $592.1 million. This marks an increase of approximately $300 million from last year’s budget.

According to the U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service’s data, hundreds of endangered species receive less than $1,000 per year for their recovery. Many species receive no funding at all from the agency.

“We can’t possibly begin to combat, let alone reverse, the global extinction crisis if our nation’s strongest conservation law is operating on a shoestring budget,” Stephanie Kurose, a senior policy specialist with the Center for Biological Diversity, said in a statement. 

As yesterday’s letter notes, to make up for lost ground and support the Biden administration’s commitment to address the threat of climate change to biodiversity, the Service requires a budget of $592.1 million, distributed across five

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Cat Gives Kittens Unconditional Love, One of Them Clings to Her and Insists on Being Her Little Shadow

A cat was rescued just in time so her kittens could be born in a safe home. One of them was very clingy and insisted on being her little shadow.

Mélia and Karine, twin sisters and volunteers of Austin Animal Center, took in a pregnant cat who needed a foster home. “She was so friendly. She constantly purred and made so many biscuits (kneading with her paws) even when she was drinking water,” the sisters shared with Love Meow.

Soon after her arrival, the tabby cat, Aurora, went into labor. Her foster family was with her throughout the difficult delivery. Five of her kittens survived and began to thrive.

“This is the last time she will ever have to go through this, and I can’t help but wonder what would have happened if she gave birth outside.”

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T.F.M. Caps Pre-Order Update & Superfine Outfit Giveaway Teaser

First, I want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who’s reached out and placed a pre-order for the Comrade and Retro Fly patched caps.  Honestly, all these pre-orders are making this project a reality.  
I still have some space to take a few more dozen orders if you are interested but will soon be sending the order off to the shop.  We’re still waiting for the woven labels and patches to arrive but need to get all the caps ordered so we’re ready to put all the pieces together.

I’m hoping that everything will be in motion by the end of the month and that I’ll be shipping ordered caps out in early April to everyone who’s placed a pre-order.  I’ll keep posting progress on this as it goes along and won’t ask for payment until your order is ready to ship.  Sound fair? 

Second, as I
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Toys, Supplies, Life-Saving Formula: Here’s How Our Readers Are Helping Us Save Shelter Pets

Sometimes, you just need cute kittens to demonstrate how your daily clicks, donations, and shopping at The Animal Rescue Site store makes a big difference to rescued animals.

These cute photos were sent to us by the McPherson County Humane Society in Kansas, where rescued cats Bella and Hawk helped unwrap a delivery of toys, supplies, and life-saving kitten formula from Greater Good Charities and The Animal Rescue Site.

Photo: McPherson County Humane Society

But this generous gift wouldn’t have been possible without the support of Animal Rescue Site readers, whose daily clicks on our website, donations to our causes, and shopping at The Animal Rescue Site store helped us shower this non-profit rescue with provisions worth thousands of dollars.

Photo: McPherson County Humane Society

In addition to a wide selection of cat toys, the delivery also included litter boxes and scoops, wire pet crates, and 45 cat castles — … Read the rest

Breaking! Largest Dog Meat Auction House In South Korea Closes Following Lady Freethinker Investigation

Before and After: L – Dogs at the Nakwon Auction House, photo from Lady Freethinker. R – The Nakwon Auction house has been shut down, photo from City of Namyangju

In a major victory for animal advocates, what is most-likely the largest remaining dog meat auction house in South Korea, Nakwon Auction House, closed this week, following an inspection by Mayor Cho Kwang-han of the premise’s illegal dog meat farm and auction in the city of Namyangju. The dogs have been removed from the facility, and the owner has voluntarily reported the business’ closure to the government.

Photos from City of Namyangju

The closure follows an undercover investigation in the summer of 2020 by animal rights nonprofit Lady Freethinker that captured footage and images of captive dogs kept and sold at Nakwon Auction House. As reported by WAN last year, the investigation found more than 200 dogs being

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Kittens with Cute Goatees Never Leave Each Other, from Wandering the Streets to Having Dream Come True

A pair of bonded kittens have never left each other’s side since they were found on the streets together.

Chatons Orphelins Montréal

At the end of last year, a shelter in Montreal reached out to a fellow cat rescue, Chatons Orphelins Montréal, about two bonded kittens needing help.

Earlier that month, rescuers were at a location to retrieve an injured stray who had been hit by a car. Not only did they find the cat, but also they found her two little kittens.

The feline siblings were huddled together and wouldn’t leave each other’s side. They both have adorable goatee-like markings on their chin, as if they have a permanent smile on their face.

Rescuers couldn’t leave the kittens to fend for themselves. They scooped them up and brought them along to safety.

Chatons Orphelins Montréal

While the cat mom was rushed to the vet to have life-saving surgery, … Read the rest

Dog Sleeping Positions And What They Mean

Are you a side sleeper or a back sleeper?

Just like humans, dogs sleep in a variety of positions but usually have a favorite. Some prefer to sleep on their sides, others curled in a ball, and some with their paws in the air. There are 7 common sleeping positions with each meaning something different.

Your dog’s favorite sleeping position can give you insight into how they are feeling and their personality. Learn more about each position below.

Lion Pose

Photo: Pixabay

While this may sound like a yoga move, it actually means the dog is just resting with his head on his paws and is not in a deep sleep. Dogs who often sleep this way are protective. They can jump up at a moment’s notice from this position.

Side Sleeper

Photo: Pixabay

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Breaking! Beyond Meat & JUST Egg Partner With Peet’s Coffee To Launch The All Vegan ‘Everything Plant-Based Sandwich’ Throughout The United States

Photo from Peet’s Coffee

Yesterday, Peet’s Coffee, together with Beyond Meat and JUST Egg, announced the launch of the Everything Plant-Based Sandwich as part of its 2021 Spring menu, harnessing the plant-based movement. The fully vegan twist on a traditional breakfast sandwich, which boasts 21 grams of protein, is now available at participating Peet’s coffee bars throughout the United States.

“We are thrilled to join forces with Beyond Meat and JUST Egg to bring Peetniks a delicious breakfast sandwich made with all plant-based ingredients,” Lori Fulmer, Senior Food R&D Manager of Peet’s, said in a statement. “As consumers continue to demand more plant-based options, we have expanded beyond alternative dairy, setting our sights on a plant-based breakfast sandwich that is not only better for the planet, but also every bite as delicious as your typical animal-based breakfast sandwich.”

The plant-based food market is booming. With 79% of millennial consumers

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