Louie’s Holiday Wish: A Loving Home

by Kathryne on November 30, 2016



Meet Louie!


Born February 27, 2016, King Louis, AKA “Louie,” is one of the sweetest
kitties you’ll ever meet. He’s also one of the most adorable! This young kitty is solid black with big, green eyes that pierce in stark condownloadtrast with his sleek coat. He’s also small in stature and will more than likely be smaller into adulthood as well. But personality is the icing on the cake with any pet, and rest assured Louie has plenty of it to go around.

If  you are th239662555e kind of person who loves a little helper following you around and keeping you company, Louie is your boy! He likes to crawl under covers and is very
helpful when sheets are being changed on a bed, likes to help you read the newspaper, likes to accompany you to the bathroom and then help wash your hands, and is pretty much game to be there to help you tackle all of your daily chores. As you can tell, he is handy to have around!
He is extremely active and needs some space to tear around in. Also, having a truly loving nature he loves hanging with his human as well as with a kitty companion, so he would do very well in a home that can provide a good stomping ground and companionship. While he is a little shy at first with strangers, he warms up quickly with soft-spoken people. And don’t forget the brushing! This is a cat who understands the value of a good spa treatment and absolutely loves to be brushed. If you or  your family enjoy having a cat on your lap every night, then you are exactly the kind of home this sweet boy would thrive in.

Just for a little snippet into a typical, Luoie-style pay session, check out this video of him playing with some of his friends!


Arguably one of the best known names in 2-wheeled cruising, Harley-Davidson has a long history of having a large following, and for good reason. Harley-Davidson is the iconic American motorcycle manufacturer. Founded out of a small shed in 1903 by William S. Harley and brothers Arthur and Walter Davidson in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Motor Company produces traditional cruiser motorcycles utilizing air-cooled V-Twin engines.

When Harley and Davidson produced and sold their first motorcycle in 1903, they were one of many small motorcycle marques springing up across the country. Flash forward more than a century and the Harley-Davidson brand is so rooted in American culture that the history of the company intertwines with the history of America itself.

Harley-Davidson incorporated in 1907, with William Davidson officially joining forces with his two brothers and Harley. Setting down roots in Milwaukee, Harley-Davidson began hiring employees and by the end of the decade were producing bikes using its signature 45-degree air-cooled V-Twin.

During the next decade H-D continued to expand. Many sales were generated by Uncle Sam, with the American military sourcing Harley motorcycles during the First World War. The rest is history, which can be read more in depth from MotoUSA.com here

And now in honor of the classic American name, we have compiled a list of some of the Harley-Davidsons available here on the Recycler.com!873323

First up, this 1992 HARLEY HERITAGE CLASSIC from Santa Barbara, CA. Excellent condition, garaged, two tone paint, white wall tires, saddlebags, rear seat, must sell, $8000. Definitely worth checking this one out.


Second is a 2010 HARLEY ROAD GLIDE Custom 103″ 107HP 103 Torque, Dave Mackey engine, Trans has a Baker reverse, Primo racing clutch, race tech front end, spalding sidecar, american legend cargo trailer, 600 amp 2 marine speakers in hack, serious inquires only $40,000. Plus that license plate…2194041


You gotta admit, it really does look good. And that aforementioned price is $12,591. Not bad at all.



See these bikes and many more on the Recycler.com!


November is Adopt-A-Senior Month!

by Kathryne on November 6, 2016

“My face may be gray, but my heart is pure gold. There is no shame in growing old.”



Perhaps the single thing we can fault our beloved pets for is having lifespans so much shorter than our own. Yet today, to the joy of all owners of well-loved furry friends, pets lifespans have actually been increasing due to factors such as better preventative health measures and advances in veterinary medicine. Nationally, the average lifespan for dogs is about 11 years while cats live for about 12.1 years. close-up-of-senior-cat-thinkstockphotos-483426531, the average lifespan for dogs is up about 4 percent (or about half a year) since 2002. For cats, the average lifespan has increased an entire year, or about 10 percent, since 2002, according to the 2013 Banfield State of Pet Health Report.

But unfortunately, for many animals this extra time isn’t all that golden. Millions of animals are admitted into animal shelters annually, and most people on the hunt for the newest family member have eyes only for the young and the spirited. According to Petfinder.com, one of the largest databases for adoptable pets in the nation, the average pet will spend about 12 weeks on location before finding a loving home. For senior pets, adoption can take up to 4 times as long!

And amazingly, families who have opted to adopt mature pets will tell you that the pros outweigh the cons. Most older pets are housetrained, aren’t out to chew up every brand new pair of shoes you bring senior-pet-carehome or tear the curtains up with their claws. Instead, they offer mild temperaments, lower-energy levels than their youthful counterparts and hearts full of love.

Owning pets has been scientifically proven to promote physical and psychological well-being, and one group of people who can benefit most from this is older persons. In one study of elderly dog owners who lived alone, 75 percent of males and 67 percent of females said their dog was their only friend. Studies of elderly people have also documented that dog owners spent an average of 1.4 hours per day outside with the dog. Since regular exercise plays such a central role in physical wellbeing — including helping to avoid hip fracture and increasing cardiovascular function — the benefits of pet ownership for senior citizens are obvious.how-long-do-cats-live-glasses

So when you next find yourself wandering into the local animal shelter, take a good look at all the animals. There are fewer things more rewarding than making an animals last few years of life their best ones.


All About Dog Agility

by Kathryne on October 20, 2016

Do you have a high-energy dog on your hands that you think would benefit fdog_agilityrom having a positive outlet for all that excess energy?

Dog agility might be the answer you’ve been looking
for. Combining speed, accuracy and obedience, this canine sport utilizes your dog’s physical and mental prowess while also building an even stronger relationship between you.

For those of you who are unfamiliar, dog agility is a dog sport in which a handler directs a dog through an obstacle course in a race for both time and accuracy. Dogs run off leash with no food or toys as incentives, and the handler can touch neither dog nor obstacles. Consequently, the handler’s controls are limited to voice, movement, and various body signals, requiring exceptional training of the animal and coordination of the handler.

In its simplest form, an agility course consists of a set of standard obstacles laid out by a judge in a design of his or her own choosing in an area of a specified size. Obstacles include jumps, tunnels, see-saws, weave poles and A-frames. Dog and handler must complete the course as quickly as possible, and any errors are faulted as added agility-course-500time.

Not only will regular practice and dedication to training in agility improve your dog’s physical and mental well-being, but you will also notice overtime a closer relationship between you and your pup. This sport builds a strong foundation in obedience, but also teaches your dog to attune to your every move and que, which translates to both on and off the course.

Getting started is pretty simple. There are plenty of DIY obstacle courses and training techniques you can find on the internet, but if you’d rather have the extra help and resources, look for a local class in your area. Classes can range from private to large groups and are led by experienced handlers who can introduce you and your dog to the world of agility.

Keep in mind, two or three classes usually aren’t enough to start running through an obstacle course perfectly. Agility takes lots of time and practice, not to mention patience! But the rewards are big and, who knows? Maybe sometime down the road this could be you and your faithful friend:


The Rewards of Fostering

by Kathryne on August 26, 2016

Adoption of an animal is an incredible rewarding experience. Not only are you saving the animal from a shelter or perhaps bleak prospects, but you’re also contributing to enabling the shelters to take in more animals that have the same potential to find loving homes. Yet for some people, fostering someone’s future pet can be even more rewarding.

What is fostering?

Fostering is taking an animal into your home while they are still adoptable animals in a shelter or organization. There are madog-crashny reasons that a dog or cat may need a foster home. It could be that the organization lacks a physical location and relies entirely on foste
r homes, or that the shelter is full and needs to find ways to take in more animals. In some cases a puppy or kitten may be too young to be cared for in a shelter, or an animal is recovering from a surgery or illness and needs a quiet place to recover.

Why choose to foster an animal?

There are many reasons why fostering has its advantages over adoption. Here are some key ones:

  1. The ability to help a greater number of animals. When you take a foster animal into your home, you’re only sheltering him or her until they find their permanent home. The length of time it takes for a dog or cat to be adopted depends on a wide variety of factors, but is more often than not less than a year. Some people find fostering even more rewarding than adoption becaustk203401rke-20-questions-before-you-foster-dogs-632x475se they can take in an provide a home for more than just one pet in a normal lifespan of an animal.
  2. To increase an animal’s chances of becoming adopted. More often than not, those who choose to foster animals are often experienced in owning a pet. Many people who come to shelters are first-time pet owners and are not as prepared or knowledgeable in adapting an animal into a suitable pet. If a foster home takes in a more challenging animal, socializes it, teaches it good behaviors and provides basic training, this increases an animal’s adaptability and can be a huge help in finding a forever home.
  3. Convenience. This may seem like a strange point to make about fostering, but it’s true that we as human beings experience varied times of availability and lack of extra time in the ups and downs of life. Fostering a dog or cat is a good solution for those with fluctuating periods of being busy as they can coordinate choosing to take in an animal with when they have more time available to devote to a pet. Also, fostering is not completely binding, so if life circumstances change, the organization you are offering your services to can make alternate arrangements for the animal. Additionally, many organizations cover all of the costs of owning a pet, such as food, toys and accessories.

How does one become a foster family?153449250-tips-for-giving-up-foster-dogs-632x475

Contact your local shelters. Chances are, the organizations in your area will have a foster program even if you haven’t heard of it before.

It’s also important to remember fostering isn’t for everyone.

It can be hard to s
ay goodbye, especially if you are someone who tends to fall in love with animals easily. It can end up being a slippery slope to be a person who continually takes on more and more animals because it is difficult to let them go, as there comes a point where all the divided attention between the animals makes it no longer the best home for an animal.

Also, remember tha1cd153106ef2f5b3d8e154e4da96782at the purpose of fostering is for an animal to become adopted. Sometimes this agenda can interfere with your schedule, as the dog or cat may be required to attend adoption events.


Fostering and adoption are both big decisions and require some prior consideration and planning. Both have their advantages, and are incredibly rewarding. The purpose of this article was to introduce fostering which is not as commonly talked about and to present an alternative to making an impact in the lives of shelter animals. Ultimately, whatever decision you make that is right for you is also right for the animals you want to help.



by Kathryne on August 18, 2016

rvWell here it is,one of the priciest vehicles you could find on the Recycler.com: The 2016 American Coach American Dream 45A.

If you need plenty of space and want a bath and a half, then the American Dream 45Arv3 motor home by American Coach is for you. As you enter this motor home, you will notice two slides right away. The first one has a sofa with a queen air mattress, double kitchen sink, two burner range, and microwave. Back inside from the slide, you will find the half bath with a toilet, a vanity sink and a medicine cabinet.The second slide offers a sofa, a 48″ LED TV mounted above the sofa, a dining table & chairs, a residential
refrigerator with ice maker, a pantry, a stackable washer and dryer, two wardrobes and a dresser with a 32″ LED TV above the dresser in the bedroom.

If that wasn’t enough, there is a 40″ LED TV mounted above the cab which can be viewed from anywhere in the front of the motor home.rv2 The master bath at the far rear has a vanity sink, a toilet, a full rear wall wardrobe, and a shower with a bench seat as well as overhead storage cabinets. The master bedroom offers a slide out with a king bed memory foam mattress, or choose an optional king bed with air mattress, with nightstands at each side and overhead cabinets as well as the items that are part of the full wall slide. Those include the two wardrobes, a dresser and a TV.

To sum up the specs: Bath and a Half; Rear Bath, 2071 miles, VIN: 4UZFCGBG5FCGY4618, StockNo: 203813.

Here’s a video review of an identical floor plan:

Apparently you really can buy the American Dream!


Calico Kalinda!

by Kathryne on August 16, 2016

Kalinda is a beautiful long-haired Calico princess, and she knows it! This pretty kitty is 6 years old and Kalindadefinitely appreciates some royal-style pampering. She is affectionate, tolerates other cats, but definitely will be the alpha. She has a colorful personality that will warm your heart and keep you guessing.

Calico cats come in many shapes, patterns and sizes, but did you know that in order for a cat to be a calico, it has to be female?

There is DNA carried only on the X chromosome called the Orange Mutant Gene.  As with humans, female cats have paired sex chromosomes, XX, and male cats have XY sex chromosomes. Because female cats have XX chromosomes, sometimes the chromosomes will take turns being dominant in different areas of the body. The biology of it may be a little confusing, but basically what happens is when a cat is developing, one set of cells where an orange coat is dominant will divide and create a patch of orange, while right next to it a patch of cells where the tortoise-shell gene has been activated will create a patch of tortoise-shell coloring.

Think about it, have you ever met a male calico? (It is possible with another mutation, but is extremely uncommon)

Here’s an article that explains the occurrence of a calico pattern in greater detail, for those of you who are interested.

Another unique thing about calico cats is that no two are alike! Seriously, when calico cats have been cloned, they still appear with different coat patterns. That’s because there is no way to control which and where an X chromosome will become activated.

Rainbow, a female calico, was cloned. Her clone, CC, developed with a significantly different coat pattern than Rainbow. The picture below is a picture of Rainbow with a young CC. And yes, they are really genetically identical! Their twin genotypes were even confirmed by a University of California, Davis geneticist.rainbow__cc__allie21

So if you are considering adopting Kalinda or any other calico for that matter, she (or that very rare he) will be unique to you in all the world.

Kalinda’s ad on the Recycler.com can be viewed here


Car, key and money

Labor Day. The holiday that has led TrueCar.com to boast 1.13 million unit sales last year, and is quite possibly infamous for being the most crowded weekend to possibly go and check out the local dealerships. But with any other highly-advertised string of deals that seem to promise everything but a complimentary parade, the reasonable consumer isn’t about to naively walk into the promise land unarmed. There are facts to check! Lists to review! Questions to answer! Perhaps the most important question to answer, however, is: “Am I really getting that good of a deal?”

Of course, “deals” are somewhat relative. There’s a lot that goes into purchasing the right car, and sometimes what you’re looking for isn’t going to be as easy to find as you might hope, or at the same price as the new-ish car you saw parked down the street with a “For Sale” sign plastered on it. So where to start?

We at Recycler.com love savvy shopping. Well, let’s be honest — who doesn’t? So no matter what you’re buying, the best place to start is with the $$$. That’s right, we mean budgeting. It’s the least fun part of beginning your car shopping endeavors (with the exception of getting stuck with an overly pushy salesperson). But hey, those payments you’ll be making for the entirety of the foreseeable future aren’t exactly a joy ride, either.

So that brings us to Step 1: Know Your Budget

Calculate your monthly or recurring financial obligations before coming up with a price you’re willing to spend on a car. Once you’ve determined how much your output is for bills and other regular expenses such as groceries and personal care items, consider your income after taxes. As a guide, a conservative range for a monthly car payment is within 10 to 15 percent of your available discretionary budget. A mistake that many rookie car buyers make is filling up the remainder of their available money stores with a massive car loan payment, without breathing room for essentials such as gas, annual registration, car insurance and maintenance.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, it’s time to suit up for negotiation! You’d never want to step blindly up to the competition without knowing what you’ve got to work with, right? Right! And with that comes Step 2: Check Your Credit Report. There are many free and no-consequence ways to do this, and knowing where your credit stands will let you know how much negotiating power you have. Purchasing a car involves a two-way negotiation, particularly when you’re financing a car instead of buying it outright. The reality is that loan lenders use your credit report and credit score as a basis for determining whether to even approve you for a new line of credit, what financing percentage of the vehicle purchase to offer, as well as what interest rate to charge on the loan. All of these factors affect the overall affordability of the car you’re eyeing.

It’s definitely not a bad idea (in fact, it’s a very, very good idea) to get a pre-approved auto loan.

Alright, now we can actually get to the car part. No more boring finance talk, we promise!

Step 3: Before You Shop to Buy, Shop to Fall in Love

You’ve already done the budgeting and credit-checking, yes? Good! So now you know exactly what you can afford to fall in love with. Remove yourself from the pressure and test drive some cars within your price-point. car-icons_1xWhat feels right? What features are most important to you? Because despite how the person who keeps trying to inch you closer and closer to closing a deal wants you to feel, you don’t have to buy a car right away. Take your time, smell the roses (or leather seats or ECO boost or whatever it is you want to smell)! Why? Because you can! Cars are big purchases, and if you’re going to take the leap you might as well do it right.

Another very important thing to remember are those features and add-ons. People often make the mistake of knowing the base model price of a car and not realizing how even the seemingly small upgrades can launch the price of the car beyond your budget. If possible, go online and do some research ahead of time on the websites of dealerships you may want to visit, and compare prices of different features to get an idea of what is important to you versus what will send your budget into a death spiral.Car-Buying-tips

Hooray! You’ve survived the precautionary tales and wallet-friendly advice! Now it’s time to get out there and discover the wonders of new car shopping. It’s supposed to be fun, so take your time and enjoy the test drives. Labor Day awaits, and if you know what to expect, you’ll be ready to take on the task of finding the best car at the best price!


Abner: the adventurer with a heart of gold

by Kathryne on August 13, 2016


If that face wasn’t enough to melt your heart alone, meeting Abner in person would probably seal the deal.

Abner is one of the sweetest boys you could ever meet! He is a collie and Great PyraneAbnerse mix and his age is about 2-3 years old. A social boy, he adores his people and lives to be petted and talked to. His current rescue has described him as one of the sweetest dogs that they had ever met. This is the kind of dog who would soak up all your love and adoration and return it back to you ten-fold.

In addition to being a large dog, Abner is a mixture of two breeds that love to have jobs. This means that he would make a fantastic addition to any family who loves to spend time being active. A busy bee, this boy would love a home where he can be free to roam and enjoy the great outdoors. He enjoys having the freedom of wide open spaces and can easily escape a kennel! He also loves to chase other animals, so he needs to be in an area where other small animals are not a temptation to him.

Both collies and Great Pyranees are dogs from the herding group. Highly intelligent, these dogs are often very trainable and make excellent protectors of their home. Like previously mentioned, they are very hard workers and very much enjoy keeping active. Great Pyranees, for instance, even have a reputation for being nocturnal!

Here’s a video from Dogs 101 if you’d like to learn more about the breed:


Abner is fully vetted and ready to find his forever home. If you are interested in making this lover a permanent member of your family, submitting an adoption application is the first step in the adoption process. For more details, please check out Abner’s ad for contact info and adoption questions.Abner3

Here is the link to check out Abner’s ad on the Recycler.com for more information!


Morgan — the whippet mix who was found in rags but is still looking for her rmorgan1iches — is a sweet 4-year-old girl. She weighs a mere 20 pounds and is good with people, dogs and cats (though it is not yet known how she is with children).

Morgan, from Danbury, CT, was found off Exit 4 on Sunday (7-11-10). She was full of fleas and ticks, covered in dust and extremely hungry. Her entire body was covered in scratches. She was found by someone who gave her food and water but would not let her come into the house to cool off. The woman called and stated that she had dogs and did not want them to catch anything from her, so the rescue met her halfway and took her home.

They gave her a medicated bath, something for the flea and ticks and a safe place to sleep.

She is currently not in any shelter, just foster homes.morgan2

Her previous owner never looked for her , so she has been spayed and fully vetted.

Morgan loves to play in a fenced in yard and is quite the little snuggler!

If interested, check out Morgan’s ad here