questionsare you aware of amazon smile?

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Seems to me someone around here mentioned it before, but a search doesn't turn up any post about it.

At any rate, thanks for mentioning it. We spend a lot of money on Amazon, and I just enrolled for my local humane society.

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@magic cave: You're welcome. I also checked before I posted the question. I didn't find anything either.

Coincidentally, I am supporting an animal group as well. It's called House With A Heart Pet Sanctuary. With what I purchase from Amazon they could wind up with a somewhat nice donation.

I found out about AmazonSmile by accident. My 15 year old dog died in November. I am planning on getting a rescue dog. From the web-site of the rescue group I found out about House With A Heart and AmazonSmile. I immediately signed up.

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@jnissel: Perfect example of a win-win situation. Pictures, please, when you get the "new kid."

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@magic cave: Please go here; http://www.midatlanticpoodlerescue.org/id7.html to see the one I am attempting to adopt. His name is Howard and as of a week ago he was still in the hospital.

Scroll down a little and stop when you see a poodle with a towel/blanket covering him except for his face and front paws. Right below the picture is some information on what happened to him.

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@jnissel: what a handsome baby! Thank you for sharing both the pending (hopefully) adoption, and about a great way to help a worthy cause! Too cool.

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@jnissel: Hope the adoption goes well. He is adorable.

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@jnissel:
There are other shopping portals that donate to charities. Maybe that was mentioned before? One of the oldest, is (iGive.com). You can shop at hundreds of stores through them,including Amazon, and have your charity benefit. If you don't see your charity on the list, ask them to sign up !
It's easy to sign up and click through the portal to your fav. store to shop.

They were originally connected to The Hungersite , where you can go daily and click to donate to a handful of groups. Only takes a minute to do a good deed !

They are also connected to (http://www.goodsearch.com/) a search engine that donates to your charity of choice.

There are many ways to do good deeds on the net that are easy and only take a minute.
It's always nice to see one more .

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Cool link.. I've passed it on to friends..

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@ceagee: Thank you. I will let all of you know how it goes.

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@ceagee: Thank you very much for the links. I have bookmarked them, and later today I will be signing up.

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@hobbitss: This is a great way to give. Like magic cave said, it is a win-win situation.

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Wonderful! Double Up-Votes! With so many worthy charities, it was hard to decide. It's good to know you can change your charity from time to time and spread the love!

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@jnissel: That is indeed a sporty sweater Howard is wearing! He's a beautiful color, and he sounds like an ideal guy. I'm glad to read that he's healing well and hope you have him in your home very soon.

P.S. If the rescue folks want suggestions, tell them someone said it's obnoxious and totally uncool for any website to play music automatically, especially with no evident way to turn it off. Some people may be at work when they surf, while others just like peace and quiet. I have never run into anyone who likes the auto-play stuff.

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@magic cave: Thanks for the kind words. I really hope I am the one that gets Howard.

You might find this hard to believe but I have never heard any sounds, including music from that sight. I just went there again, right after reading your post and again heard nothing.

I did some digging into this and it seems because I don't have the Apple Quicktime plug-in I don't hear the music. Maybe you could turn off the sound through Quicktime. I, too, find auto-play VERY annoying. I will pass along your suggestion to them.

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@jnissel: That was a great idea,so I checked it out. I deleted Quick TIme and rebooted. Running FireFox, the website gave me an error message saying "a plug-in is needed to display this content" and asking if I wanted to install the plug-in. Nope.

When I went to the site through IE, I also got an error message saying the page was trying to open Windows Media Player and asking if I wanted to open it. Nope.

Somewhere on their site an MP3 (or something similar) is definitely trying to play; I'm not tech-savvy enough to know why you're not seeing the messages or hearing music. I appreciate the suggestion though, and I'm eager to hear how your effort to adopt Howard works out.

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@magic cave: I'm glad I could help. I don't get any error messages and I am also running Firefox. When I am on that site I do have a small box on my screen that tells me a plugin is needed to display the contents of that box. That gave me the clue I needed. When I clicked on "Install plugin..." a new window opened up showing me what plug-in was needed. It was Quicktime.

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@magic cave: Music comes in LOUD and clear on my computer and I'm not a big Abba fan. -sigh- (I'm using Chrome.)

@jnissel I hope you get to adopt Howard. I'm sure you will give him a good home.

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@jnissel: In the last few weeks I've had a problem with automatic opening of news videos while using Firefox and (at least on huffingtonpost.com) the "pause" option not working and the sound just going on and on and on... Unnstalling Quick Time fixed that, too! Many thanks for your keen eye in spotting the little "plug-in needed" box.

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@barnabee said: "I hope you get to adopt Howard. I'm sure you will give him a good home."

I really appreciate you saying that. After having my 15+ year old "puppy" pass away on November 11, 2013 I wasn't sure if I could deal with getting another one. I say that because of how painful it was, and still is, to lose a beloved pet. I felt I couldn't bear to go through that again.

My grown son, and the veterinarian who I have known for over 20 years convinced me otherwise. The vet told me that he believed, because of how well I took care of my pup, I added a few years to his life. My son told me it would be selfish for me not to share the love I have for animals with another pet. I will admit what my son said really hit home.

Now I am just waiting and hoping I am the one the rescue group chooses to get Howard.

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@jnissel: I think your vet and your son both gave you excellent advice. When my first poodle passed away at age 16, I was devastated. Although my home had always had a dog in it, she was my first dog as an independent adult. Our little house felt so empty, though, that a few weeks later I acquired a pair of infant poodles; our house felt alive again! One of them lived to 15, the other to almost 17, and shortly after she died The Spouse and I brought home two half-sibling poodles, who are now 14-1/2.

It is indeed dreadfully heart-breaking when such a big part of your life is wrenched away, but opening your heart and home to a new furry kid is remarkably curative. And even better, it's restorative not only for you but also for a dog who desperately wants and needs a home and family. It's that win-win thing.

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@magic cave: Growing up I also always had a dog. Four days before my late wife and I got married we found a miniature poodle. There was no tag and also nothing in the newspapers "Lost and Found" section (we looked for over a week) so we kept him. I had him for about 12 years. The vet said he was about 1-2 years old when we found him.

My second dog, also a miniature poodle was almost 14 years old when he died in August 1998.

That led me to the most recent one. My current vet told me about him. He was born to a family whose dogs were being taken care of by my vet. He was the first of three born from the last litter the family allowed to happen. He was born 4 weeks before my second dog died.

As you said it is heart-breaking to have a big part of your life taken from you. I have never completely recovered from losing any of my pets but I believe the last one was the hardest. And, as you said, getting another "pup" will help both of us.

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@jnissel: Found this on the web and liked it:

It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my
heart with them, and every new dog who comes into my life gifts me with a
piece of their heart. If I live long enough all the components of my
heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are.
- Anonymous

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@magic cave: GREAT!...and so true. Thank you for sharing that.

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I've been crediting all my Amazon purchases to the House Rabbit Society since early December. They've been a big advocate for education and support of rabbit owners (which is a actually euphemism describing humans owned by rabbits) and I've been a proud member for close to 12 years.

We don't have a local chapter around here but there are a couple of unaffiliated rescue groups that take in a lot of buns and get them to good homes. I just lost my 13 year old rex recently but I'll probably adopt another in the near future.

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@samstag: That's fantastic to hear. I love to read "feel good" posts like yours.

We need to spread the word about AmazonSmile.