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I feel funny writing about myself here — and asking for help. Griffith Park Blog (formerly Griffith Park, Interrupted, started and named right after the devastating Griffith Park fire) was started out of my volunteer work for the Neighborhood Council for Griffith Park, and my newfound understanding of what needed to be done and fixed, to make the park better for everyone — and especially the wildlife and fauna.

After the fire, I started to run around Silver Lake and Ivanhoe Reservoirs, and became aware of the beauty and problems there, as well, so I started to write about that area, too. Yes, I’m just a hopeful fix-it gal!






















I live in between Silver Lake and Griffith Park, on the borderline separating Silver Lake and Los Feliz, and have been privileged to live with a very special little bird, a parakeet named Cupcake. He escaped a couple of weeks ago, to my great horror. Yes, his wings were clipped – very short (meaning the outer feathers were clipped – they will grow back, however.) He was a homebody, like most parakeets, preferring the comforts of his cage, and his toys, and the fun he had with my other bird, a canary.

Cupcake is the smartest, sweetest, most beautiful bird I’ve ever had. It breaks my heart to describe him now. I was always going to make an album on Facebook just for him, to share him, show how adorable and playful he was, and how much I loved him. Little lesson learned: share the good things, don’t wait.

Cupcake  had never gone near a window before, but this time he managed to glide just far enough to clear the windowsill and fly out. My wonderful neighbors helped me look by calling, and eventually with flashlights, with no result.


I was so shocked (and sleepless, and busy looking) that it took a couple of days to understand how best to search for him. I now have ads in Craigslist, and in the Recycler, told my Facebook friends, hung flyers all over the neighborhood, talked to dozens of neighbors, and more. Everyone has been so amazingly kind and helpful and hopeful.

I don’t know how long the ads in Recycler and Craigslist last, so this post will be just as, or more helpful, to find him, I think.





Yellow head, turquoise green body, light colored wings with a lot of white. More pastel colors. The photos here are accurate. (The flyers I had made up at Office Depot show him as blue, and I was in too much of a hurry to fix them properly. :( ) Last seen Waverly Drive and Herkimer, in Silver Lake, Los Angeles. This is just up the street from Ivanhoe School. He has his wings clipped, so he can’t fly too high.

You can call him like a cat or dog, by saying Come, Good boy, Cupcake, etc. He will step on your finger if you say Step in a firm voice.You can pick him up easily, or throw a light napkin or towel on him and then gently pick him up. He won’t bite, very gentle. He’s used to a woman’s voice.

Please look around – he is probably close to the ground, looking for food. He loves millet most of all, but can eat all bird seed, and is attracted to the sound of plastic toys clicking, or any plastic sound.

He is desperately missed. I am so sorry. Very large reward.

Here is my plea, dear readers: Please keep an eye out for Cupcake, and notify me of any sightings or if anyone has found a parakeet at all in the area!!!

Do you know anyone who has a bird feeder in Silver Lake or Los Feliz? Do you know anyone who breeds parakeets, or has an aviary, where someone might have taken him if they found him? Please let me know.

There are more photos up in the Recycler and Craigslist ads.

You can email me: pen.drawing (and then the @ sign) gmail.com

Or call or text: 323 898 and then 1148

Oh yes, and there is a big reward. Cash. Thank you, friends and readers and bird watchers and animal lovers!


This is a story about an old house, a Haunted House, haunted by inept city departments and sneaky flippers. Beware, Los Angeles, for developers are  amongst you. I had to dig deep into the murky clay of Building and Safety to find what developers and flippers can get away with in Los Angeles. Turns out, a lot!

2980 Waverly before re-inhabit got hold of it

2980 Waverly before re-inhabit got hold of it


Built in 1926, 2980 Waverly Drive was sold last February, and sold again, by John Aaroe Group, this September 2013, for twice the price. The 6 months in between was hell.

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My favorite event of the Halloween season is happening again this year: the Silver Lake Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Pageant!

pumpkin patch in Santa Clarita

Silver Lake Neighborhood council tells me they hung up 20 laminated flyers for this Halloween party all around Silver Lake this week, and someone took them all down! What kind of jackass would do such a thing??? TO THE POOR DOGS?!  So here’s more on the dog parade.

Event Dets for Dogs in Halloween costumes

Sunday, Oct 27, 2013

3Pm to 5 PM

Inside the Small Dog Park

Free, with lots of great prizes!

5th year of this fun event for dogs and dog lovers. The prizes I saw were pretty fancy, with some nice gift baskets, etc.

Fun even without a dog!

I don’t have a dog, but I have promoted shelter dogs on Facebook for years, so I’m a passionate observer. And I was anxious to try out my new cell phone last year, which has a really excellent camera – the best camera in the Virgin Mobile lineup: HTC One V.  And it didn’t disappoint!

pug in costume Howl-o-ween

fancy pug in Halloween duds
























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I’ve been hearing John & Ken talk for over a week on KFI about this poor man who was being kept in a Mexican jail because he was trying to move a gun across the border. Jon Hammer, a former Marine, had already been held in jail since August, and now his mother, Olivia Hammer, was all over the media, calling for his release.

immaculate antbird, from wiki

My ears pricked up when I heard them say that the gun was an antique, not really usable, and could only be used against small birds. Hmm, why say that unless he was planning to kill these vicious small birds?





Ex-Marine Jon Hammar headed south with fellow veteran Ian McDonough on what was supposed to be a few months of surfing and camping in a Winnebago in Costa Rica…

Hammar, however, had packed his great grandfather’s shotgun, a .410 Sears and Roebuck model nearly 100 years old.  Hammar had hoped to hunt small birds with it while living in Costa Rica, Olivia said.

Say what? Is that what Marines do when they’re on leave or discharged, go shoot tiny birds for fun?


public domain, from wiki, black-necked stilt

The two had recently finished a treatment program for post-traumatic stress disorder, which Hammar suffered after fighting in Fallujah, Afghanistan, according to his mother, Olivia.

Oh, it sounds like killing  is the new avant-garde way to treat PSD in rehab now. Just keep on killin’. Btw, I’m against gun control, but are these really men you want to be armed at this point in their lives?

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I learned about the LA County Animal Shelters through Facebook 2 years ago, but the first push to write this was either a chicken or her egg. Or her good friend, the duck. *

hen and duck at baldwin park

hen and duck lost at baldwin park shelter - photo by Elaine Seamans on Facebook

They were found together, wandering near the road (of course – the chicken wanted to cross it), and picked up by Baldwin Park Animal Shelter. Not too far, just east of Pasadena near the 605. The volunteer who took these pix and posted them on Facebook, Elaine Seamans, said they appeared to be bonded. They do look very friendly, as you can see in the video. The chicken has just laid a brown egg (the expensive kind), and is cackling, probably partly in distress, because she knows an egg rolling around on the cement floor of the shelter is bad news. :(

Elaine Seamans discovered the birds, and took the pictures. Thank you so much, Elaine! Here’s the youtube showing the chicken, the duck, and her egg. Jenny Burman, in Chicken Corner at LA Observed has the video up, too!

Please find it in your heart to adopt them, because if they are not claimed by the end of the day on Monday, they will be killed on Tuesday. And they have become so important to me. You can adopt each separately, of course…

And as if you need more incentive, I’ll send whoever adopts them a signed copy of one of my books: What Do Women REALLY Like? Chocolate! or Love Me or Go to Hell: True Love Cartoons.

Baldwin Park Shelter
4275 N. Elton Ave.
Baldwin Park, CA 91706
(626) 962-3577  code 3, 4
(626) 430 2378

Here are the ID#s: Duck: #4319821 and Chicken: #4319817. UPDATE: The duck and the chicken are now SAFE, ADOPTED!!! More at bottom of post.

Now, on with the show.

worst pic ever from a shelter - found this one a year ago. (all pix here were found from facebook pages, but taken at LA County Shelters) If this doesn't make you cry, nothing will.

worst pic ever from a shelter - found this one a year ago. (all pix here were found fonfacebook pages, but are taken at LA County Shelters) If this doesn't make you cry, nothing will.

A good third of my Facebook friends are volunteers and rescue groups all around the country, and I’ve noticed for some time that the worst horror stories (and the worst photos) were from the LA County Shelters. They are always labeled High Kill shelters, and there are terrible stories of dogs supposedly adopted, but PTS (put to sleep), dogs freezing to death in the kennels, 75 killed in one day (last Monday), animals killed before the due date, etc.

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A lot of people worry about what I worry about, it turns out: Why do people kill a horse with a broken leg? This is my most popular post on this blog by far, and it was researched and written from the heart.

Just today I found the greatest video of a miniature horse who got an artificial leg. He was born with a malformed leg, so he was probably never able to walk at all, but maybe he hobbled on 3 legs.

From the AP:

Ranch Hand Rescue feared Midnite (or Midnight, depending on how literate they are) would have to be euthanized after the North Texas horse rescue group received the 4-year-old horse from law enforcement officers who had seized him from a neglectful owner.

Size varies greatly among horse breeds, as wit...

Image via Wikipedia - full-size horse and a Mini! So cute!

Was the owner prosecuted? WHY is the owner not mentioned by name? On the video it said that he was in terrible shape. If they hated him so much because his leg was missing, why did they even let him live? If you know who the owner is, PM me, and I will be quite happy to post it.

In any case, the new owners, Ranch Hand Rescue, decided to try, and got a company to make an artificial leg for him. Obviously, full-size horses are different. But still…I’m very hopeful that a company will be able to do the same for regular horses, too, in the near future, and end all these horrible, needless, and endless killings on the racetrack and off.

Such a wonderful ending – well worth the $14,000 it cost to build the prosthetic. Watch the video and see him walk for the first time ever, and you’ll cry, too.

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