Monday, 28 November 2011

ANIMAL TAIL @ The Catalina 13th-22nd December!

ANIMAL TAIL by Sandy Bigara
- Bookings are now open for this fantastic fun-filled children's show! -

Sing with Durban's very own DandyLion, listen to gorgeous stories, laugh out aloud at silly animal characters, sing-a-long, dance-a-long and more! Ages 3 and up.

Bookings: Catalina 031 3056889 or

Time: 11am daily (excl Mon 19th)

Dates: 13th – 22nd Dec.

Price: R45 (Added boat ride: R60)

Block Bookings: 10ppl or more: R40 (Added boat ride: R55)

Click link below:

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Kittens Needing a Good Home

Click on the link to view the info and pictures of each kitten, if you're in Durban, South Africa and you'd like to adopt one of these little ones, please don't hesitate to contact Shanyn.

Shanyn took in the Mother cat Gem and has helped her with her litter - Gem and her Kittens need to find homes now.

The following album is "public" so you can share it with anyone that you think would be interested:

Sandy Bigara

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Second Chance Donations Appeal - S.A.

Dear Friends of Second Chance

As many of you know, Second Chance is currently going through an extremely difficult time. We have been hit with a terrible outbreak of Toxoplasmosis – we have a strain that is deadly and we have already had one casualty since the outbreak was diagnosed yesterday, we have some more that may have to be hospitalized and we are going through a lot of medication, the medication that we are currently using does not seem to be effective, so we are trying to source an alternative – we have been told that the alternative medication is extremely expensive. Our vet bill is starting to climb extremely high although our vet is trying to assist us as much as possible on welfare rates.

We are therefore left with no other alternative than to ask for assistance – whether it be financial or with donations of food (food donations will assist us because we can use the finances that would have been used for food towards the vet bills). We would also need donations of Bleach and other cleaning equipment if possible.

At Second Chance we pride ourselves to keep the casualty numbers as low as possible by acting fast and trying to gain control of the situation as fast as possible, we, however have never seen such an aggressive outbreak and we are seeing more infected cats by the hour. Within two days we have 32 cats that are showing symptoms, 6 of these are severely ill. We simply cannot take on this huge task without assistance and prayer.

I have listed the details of our vet below, as well as Second Chance's banking details – please note that it is extremely important that you let us know that a donation has been made into the vet bill so that we can consolidate the payments with them. Also, feel free to contact them on the listed numbers for any questions you might have.

Second Chance's Primary Vet Banking Details:
Brighton Beach Veterinary Clinic
Contact tel 031 466 2449
Nedbank Bluff
Branch Code 130826
Account Number 1308119453
Ref: Second Chance Sanctuary

Second Chance Banking details:
FNB Bluff
Branch Code 250135
Account Number 62239003578
Ref: Name and Telephone number

The following foods are used by Second Chance:

Wet food (any of the following):

Pets Mince from Bluff meat supply
Chicken Livers and/or hearts
Pampers Tins (Saucy Mince)
Petley's Tins
Lucky Pet (for the sick ones that do not want to eat)
Cape Point Mackarel Tins (in the human food isle)
Pilchards in Tomato Sauce

Cleaning Equipment (any of the following):

Tile cleaner
F10 foggers
F10 SC disinfectant
Dishwashing liquid (also used to clean the floors – hehe)

We thank you in advance and hope that you will be able to forward this mail on to anyone that may be able to assist.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Spam Spammity Spamspam

We've all seen them. We have all ignored them at some point, and shamefully, we have all copy-pasted at one point or another.

Let's delve into the inner workings of no-doubt troll-created BBM and Facebook status spammys.

What are the best/worst you've ever seen? There are some really funny ones out there.

The next topic I will address is the "Photograph with inspirational message" phase that most women over the age of 35 seem to indulge in.

I've tried to create a hybrid, it's an ugly stupid beast of a status spammy but here goes...

Let's break it down now:

"Would you do me a favour and post this as your status for one hour?..." (Notice the personalisation here, works every time *not really but anyway*)

"...If you believe that everyone should reach their dream..." (Keep it random and open ended, emotional status copiers love this, they'll be like 'sob!' 'sniff!' "Let me help someone reach a dream by posting this kak status!")

"...Then repost this..." (Obvious reiteration here, remind them why they're even reading this kak status.)

"...Make sure you post it on my wall..." (Yes, Facebook friend, I have the time to do all that and still post it on your wall. Gotcha. Sure thing. See you there.)

"...I already know who will..." (Peer pressure at its brightest, friends will think "ohmaigah! She'll just know I didn't do it!")

"...If you don't repost..." (See the change in tone here? It's the twist in the tale, er, in the kak status.)

"...Then giant llamas will sit on your face, and a child with a mild hernia will die..." (Let's just be creative here, why not? If they're still reading they might just copy paste...)

"...You have 42 seconds to repost this (More randoms, adding random time frames seems to be a winner, it shows that your kak status is legit. For reals. They skrik because it's taken them 20 seconds to read it so time is min.)

"...Just do it and see who will give you money..." (Adding a money hook always works. Heck. I love money.)

Let's keep the spam coming. No, really. Stoppit.

Sandy Bigara


Here it is if you'd like to try it out on FB or BBM :o) Lol!

"Would you do me a favour and post this as your status for one hour? If you believe that everyone should reach their dream...Then repost this. Make sure you post it on my wall, I already know who will... If you don't repost, Then giant llamas will sit on your face, and a child with a mild hernia will die. You have 42 seconds to repost this. Just do it and see who will give you money..."

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Fireworks: Pet Advice

It's *that* time of year again.

The time of year when people forget all decency, and feel the overwhelming need to set fire to things that go **bang**. I, myself, cannot fathom the obsession, and feel that the fear and trauma inflicted upon our poor pets is just not worth the pop and whizz of a firework display. Diwali, Guy Fawkes, Independence day, New Years... I don't give a shizz whether it is religious, celebratory or society induced: fireworks are selfish and unnecessary.

But, my feelings aside, here are some helpful tips with regard to assisting your beloved family pet during the crazy season.

Forewarned is fore armed - watch your calendar's, be aware of 'Firework' nights and take precaution. Because, fireworks will continue, the people funding and utilising these noisy crackers are not in the least concerned about *your* pet. They want a bang and a bang they shall have.

Some tips for 'Firework' nights taken from:

1- Make sure your dog has his collar and ID tags on.

2- Make sure you have a current photograph of your dog available to hand out to neighbors should he become lost.

3- If possible, stay home with your dog – especially if he is prone to storm anxiety or has shown signs of anxiety with fireworks in the past.

4- Do not take your dog to a fireworks display.

5- If at all possible keep your dog in a secure area indoors. If he is used to being crated, that is the best place for him. If not, crating him could actually increase his anxiety. If your dog will be loose in the house, it is a good idea to close the shades and curtains and turn all the lights on so that he will not notice the flashing of the fireworks. Also turn the TV on and increase the volume a bit so that the ka-booms and whistles will be muted.

6- If you are unable to keep your dog indoors or he is not used to being inside, make sure his outdoor area is secure. Dogs that do not normally jump over, dig under or chew through fences have been known to do this when fireworks begin. Tethering your dog during fireworks can be dangerous. In a panic, he may become entangled in the tether and choke.

7- If your dog does get out and becomes lost start looking for him as soon as you discover he is gone. Because he will be in a panic, he could go farther than he normally would in a much shorter period of time. On the contrary, he may be hiding under a bush on your front porch – too scared to come out.

Another fantastic site is: Worth looking at if you are an. Animal lover.

I also enjoyed the practical approach given at: A lot of the time, it is the owner's behaviour that starts the 'fear cycle' in pets.

I hope that you all see through to the New year with no lost or injured 'furry family members' :o(

Take care

Sandy Bigara