I wound up at Animal Friends when my previous owner’s lifestyle changed. They started traveling in a trailer and while they tried to take me with them, I hated riding in the trailer and would get sick. Now, don’t get me wrong, Animal Friends is a great place, but I can’t wait to meet my new owners and go to my forever home!
At first I’m very shy and hide around strangers, but once I get to know you, I’m quite affectionate and love to sit on your lap! I’m rather chatty as well; I have a lot of opinions and am looking for someone to share them with! I love to be brushed; it keeps my calico coat looking nice and shiny.
I haven’t spent any time with young children, but older kids might be all right. Since I’m a bit shy, I would prefer a quiet household where I can be the only cat. So what are you waiting for? Come talk to an adoptions counselor at Animal Friends to see if I’m the cat for you!

pomegranate sparklers

An oh so delicious festive holiday drink to celebrate!
•1-1/2  cups  pomegranate seeds (from 1 large pomegranate)
•1/2  to 3/4 cup  brandy
•1  750-ml bottle  sparkling wine, such as Prosecco, Asti Spumante, or brut champagne, chilled
1. In a bowl place pomegranate seeds and enough brandy to cover. Cover; let stand at room temperature 4 to 24 hours.
2. For each Sparkler, pour 5 ounces sparkling wine into a champagne glass. Add a few brandied seeds. Makes 5 servings.
Note: Prosecco is a variety of white grape grown in the Veneto region of Italy, and also gives its name to the sparkling wine made from the grape.
nutrition facts
•Calories186, Sodium (mg)1, Carbohydrate (g)9, Total Sugar (g)5, Protein (g)1, Vitamin C (DV%)3, Iron (DV%)1, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Clothing Optional by David Uhl

As you probably know, David Uhl’s Vintage Pin-Up series features some of the most sought-after pieces in his portfolio today.  On this one, David decided to make a departure and go with a simpler, light background which was the popular choice of most traditional vintage pin-up artists.  David also wanted to pay tribute to his favorite painter in this genre, Gil Elvgren.   See the whole series at his site

Test Drive a Saab to Help Make a Child’s Wish Come True

Seems auto dealers are all trying to figure out a way to get you in their doors these days and take a spin in one of their new cars. Some are offering donations to a charity of your choice if you purchase a car.  Saab has recently announced it will make a $50 donation to make a wish for every TEST RIDE taken!  Thats right, test driving a Saab before January 3 can help make a wish come true for a child with a life-threatening medical condition thanks to the Saab Drive to Give program and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Saab Cars North America will donate $50 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation each time one of its vehicles, including the all-new 9-5 sedan or iconic 9-3 sedan or sport combi models are sampled, thus helping enrich the lives of children facing life-threatening illnesses, their families and those who love them.
“The Saab brand has always been about social responsibility, both to the environment and the communities in which we live,” said Michael Colleran, President of SCNA.  “This is a natural partnership for us, our dealers and our family of Saab owners.
The process is simple: a licensed driver comes to a Saab dealership, completes a simple registration form and test drives an all-new Saab vehicle.
“The Make-A-Wish Foundation fulfilled the wishes and dreams of nearly 200,000 children since its 1980 inception,” said Colleran. “And a wish experience is often more than a dream come true. It’s the catalyst that can rekindle a child’s belief in themself and the promise of their future.”
For a list of local dealers in your area, please refer to


8 year old domestic shorthair
Fozzie is a confident and friendly girl who is eagerly awaiting a new forever home and an owner who can give her all the attention that she craves.

Initially shy around visitors, Fozzie will soon warm up and you will find that she loves to be petted and groomed. While she is mellow most of the time, she also enjoys letting her wild side out during playtime. Just pick up a feather toy and watch Fozzie let loose!

Fozzie dislikes other cats and would love to go to a forever home where she can be the center of attention. Stop by Animal Friends and meet her!


3 year old tabby domestic shorthair

Motto is a delicate lady.  She started her life surronded by other cats but found herself at Animal Friends when her owners couldn’t no longer care for her. A humbling experience, for sure, but she is ready to get back in the spotlight and claim the love and adoration she deserves. She is comfortable with cats and would appreciate having a friend or two in her new home. If you want to give a sweet little kitty a second chance, stop in at Animal Friends and see Motto . We are sure she will win your heart.

Spread Some Holiday Support

Model/Actress and friend to Garage-Girls, Jennifer Gimenez is asking for your support this Holiday Season. Please take a minute to head on over to the Pepsi Refresh project page and vote for Camp Laurel. Camp Laurel has been providing support services to thousands of children, youth and families for the past 18 years.   The mission is to provide year round educational support programs to over 500 children, youth and families affected by HIV/AIDS annually. Jennifer has been involved with Camp Laurel for some time now.
“Please help me in wishing this Wonderful charity a Happy Holiday by clicking on the link and casting your vote!!!! It only takes a minute of your time and they can really use the help!!!! xoxoxoxo Jenn”


7 year old domestic shorthair
This handsome fellow, Mahoney, was returned to Animal Friends because he did not get along with the children in his former home. He’s waiting patiently for a new forever home where he can enjoy lots of quiet time, love and attention.

Mahoney prefers to show attention on his own terms and does not like being picked up or carried around. He is aloof but friendly and will head-butt you to show you how much he likes you! He is not a lap cat, but he will happily sit next you while you watch TV or read a book.

Mahoney is afraid of loud noises and loves peace and quiet, so we think he will be a great addition to a home with no children or other pets. If you’re looking for a handsome, friendly cat, then Mahoney could be the cat for you!
Stop by Animal Friends and say Hi!

Winter Driving, Oh what fun it is………

Ever wonder why so many accidents occur during the winter months? Your first thought might be the road conditions, but stats show most drivers on the road don’t prep their vehicles for these conditions, and that is where most of the problems/accidents stem from. We compiled a list of things you should be doing to get your every day driver ready to handle the roads this winter.
Many vehicles are designed for all-season driving but it is your job to get that auto ready for the extreme weather that you will experience.
Check the owner’s manual: you need to be on top of your vehicle’s maintenance.  Have you had the fluids changed according to the manual? Nine out of 10 drivers have something wrong with their vehicles, according to the Car Care Council’s studies.
Check the coolant or antifreeze: It should be flushed and refilled every two years in most vehicles unless you have long-life coolant. This fluid is what helps your vehicle give you heat and not freeze the engine.
Check the battery: If the engine starts slow, that is a hint that the battery needs to be replaced. Also, carry a set of jumper cables or a self-enclosed battery jumper .
Make sure everything works: Air filters should be changed to keep your vehicle breathing properly and improve fuel economy, too. Also, be certain the heater and defroster (the mechanical portion) are working properly — warmth is the key if you get stuck!
Fill ’er up: Keep the gas tank at least half full; this will decrease the chances of moisture forming in the gas lines and possibly freezing.
Check tire-tread depth and tire pressure: Winter tires will give you the best braking, handling and safety in the cold temperatures. If you find yourself sliding around more than usual, check your pressures. For every 10 degrees of air pressure you will lose 1-2 pounds of pressure, which will give you poor handling and braking and wear out your tires quicker. Check tire pressure against the number inside your driver’s door for the correct tire pressure for your auto or refer to your owners manual.
Be prepared more than usual: A winter prep kit should include:
Jumper cables, 
Ice scraper, 
Windshield de-icer fluid, (fill yours and keep a spare in the trunk)
Tire inflation product, 
Flashlight with extra batteries, 
Aggressive snow brush, 
Extra clothes, (hats, winter jacket, scarf, gloves and winter boots) 
LED light source instead of flares,  
Bottled water, 
Snacks, (not sugary ones) 
Necessary medications, 
First-aid kit, 
At least 4 hand warmers per person
Few of us are educated and practiced in how to drive in heavy rain, snow or on slippery road surfaces.
For a safe drive, use these tips:
Adjust your speed to the current conditions 
When driving in challenging conditions, slow down. By decreasing your speed you will allow yourself more time to respond during a difficult situation.
Anticipate difficult situations 
Many studies have shown that 80 percent of all accidents could be prevented with only one more second to react. This one second can be gained by looking far enough ahead of you to identify problems before you become a part of them.
Use grip effectively 
When roads are slippery, always brake in a straight line before the curve in the road. Taking your foot off the brake before you steer into the corner allows you to use the entire grip available for steering. Don’t accelerate until the steering wheel is straight.
Drive with your headlights on 
Whenever daytime visibility is less than clear, turn on your headlights, to be seen by other drivers. Remember this rule of thumb: “Wipers on, lights on.” When traveling in snowy weather, remember to clear tail lights, turn signal lights, and turn on headlamps regularly.
Anti-lock brakes can’t perform miracles 
ABS braking systems give you the ability to brake and steer, though they are still limited by the grip available on the road and the type of tires on your vehicle. If you’re driving too fast into a corner and then try to brake, even ABS won’t keep you on the road.
Get help from your headlamps 
Leave your headlamps on low beam when driving in snow or fog. This will minimize the reflection and glare, improve visibility, and will help reduce eye fatigue.
Wear quality sunglasses 
Good-quality sunglasses help highlight changes in the terrain and road surface even in low-visibility conditions. Polarized lenses are your best choice.
Last, be safe, enjoy this time of year and the weather!

Gratitude Time of year

How to Stay True to your lifestyle and STILL enjoy the Holidays. By, Share Ross of Raw Pirate Gourmet
We have found out that more than a few of our readers are Vegan or RAW foodies and some of the traditional food post/recipe’s we post might not appeal to them…. So we decided to “share”  with you some of the postings from Share Ross’s Raw Pirate Gourmet.
Being a raw foodie and going to holiday parties and all the socializing events of the season can be challenging to say the least! But ultimately, it’s all about gratitude. So instead of getting stressed out, I’ve made a short list of how to let your love shine and stay true to your intentions.
BRING SOMETHING When you’re going to a party or event at someone else’s house, the easiest way to ensure you will have something ‘you can eat’ is to make it yourself and bring it along. Usually the host or family member will be thrilled that you offered to help out. What’s happened to us is that more often than not a couple of people end up tasting the dish we bring and suddenly a conversation sparks up and there is a lot of interest in the raw vegan lifestyle! So you may be feeding more than just your tummy. You might be feeding someone’s curiosity, too!
GET ACTIVE One key way to keep your hand out of the cookie jar is to help out wherever and however you can. Don’t even wait to be asked, just start clearing up plates and dishes. Start washing up. Ask who wants to go for a walk. See what the kids are up to and join them in a video game. Offer to give a neck massage to someone who might really need it. We rawbies tend to have more energy from our food choices so put your energy to good use! Share the love inside of you in a helpful way and that will keep temptations at bay.
SMILE AND SAY THANK YOU Finally, there are just situations where you partake in food that you’re not used to. Cooked veggies, cakes, cookies, whatever it may be. When you’re in that situation, rather than making a huge fuss, I simply say a silent blessing over the food and ask the universe to put it the best use possible and then smile and thank my host. Obviously, I don’t put my health at risk and am not suggesting you put yours at risk. But within reason, there are times when I would just like to enjoy the company and after all, the holidays are truly about love and friendship.
I hope you are having a wonderful start to your holidays. If you’re in the  South Florida area, please check out site for info on our local Meetup group in Lake Worth the second Wednesday of every month at Darbster at 6:30 pm. We welcome all stages of raw foodies to discuss, enjoy and inspire!