Sunday, April 20, 2014

"Goodbye, Easter Bunny"

Above: Tully, available for adoption in Chicago

Aww! I didn't realize this is STILL a problem in this day and age!  People buy baby rabbits for Easter, and then the kids don't want them after a few days, the parents don't want to deal with caring for them, and then the most innocent party in this whole ordeal (the rabbit) gets abandoned :((((((.  NYTimes article here.

Things I didn't realize and learned from the article:
  • Rabbits require as much care and maintenance as dogs(!)
  • Once the rabbits hit puberty...male rabbits spray urine everywhere, while females grow territorial
  • It can cost $300 to spay or neuter a rabbit
  • Because determining a young rabbit’s sex is difficult, owners who thought they had two female rabbits can suddenly find themselves with litter after litter of bunnies
  • A rabbit can live more than a decade

Above: Ty, also available for adoption in Chicago

My cousin and his wife are huge rabbit lovers and have had three (that I know of) over the years, so I've seen how rabbits can be really great and beloved pets. They are REALLY into their rabbits, they even made a rabbit room in their house, and they spend a lot time of caring for them. Rabbits are awesome but you really have to be prepared to handle the work and responsibility that comes with along with them.  If you are ready and live in the Chicago area, check out the rescue where my cousin got his most recent rabbit: Red Door Animal Shelter. (That's also where I got the pics of the bunnies I put in this post.)  Here's the bun they adopted from Red Door:

BONUS: Rabbits are authentic, for-real 100% vegans (not just wannabegans!). I think they are popular pets with vegan humans because you can feed your leftover vegetable bits and scraps to the rabbits and they love it.

Friday, April 18, 2014

East Side Eating

I am firmly rooted on the West Side of Manhattan, but I do occasionally venture across Broadway and spend time on the East Side!  Last weekend, I wanted to check out an exhibit on Museum Mile (Masterpieces & Curiosities: Diane Arbus's Jewish Giant at the Jewish Museum), and of course all the walking around made me hongray so my husband and I wandered around in a totally new neighborhood in search of food.  

Right around the corner was a lovely spot that reminded me of my neighborhood favorite, Juice Generation.  It was called Juice Press!  

Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant and Juice Bar
1296 Madison Ave. (at 92nd St.), New York, NY 10128

They had similar pre-prepared vegan raw/dishes, and they were delish!  I found everything to be a tad bit pricy, but it's all organic, and according to the cashier, also raw, kosher, and vegan. We followed up our raw falafel and hummus wrap with a juice, I forget which one 

In other East Side dining news, I actually missed the Vegan Meetup at Organic Grill, but there is another NYC Vegan meetup coming up, and it's on the Upper East Side! 
When: Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 7:00 PM
Where: Ayurveda Cafe
706 Amsterdam Ave. (bet. East 94th & 95th Sts.)
New York, NY 10025
For complete information and to RSVP:
I already RSVPed, hope to see you there! 

Friday, April 11, 2014

April 26: Celebrate ASPCA Help a Horse Day

YES! It is the year of the horse, and they even have their own special DAY (April 26, 2014)!   Horse day in the horse year!  Why do I love horses so much?  Well, I had riding lessons when I was younger, and I loved that, but I think the real reason is because I loved playing with My Little Ponies when I was a child.

There are rescues all over the country that are holding special events where you can learn more about the work that they do.  Check out what is happening in your area!

Reminder: Next Wednesday is the NYC Vegan Meetup @ Organic Grill!