Vickie Sam Paget

"If I were going to have such a short visit on earth, I had to do everything possible to experience it now. Hence all the travelling, all the romances, all the ambition, all the pasta." - Elizabeth Gilbert in Eat, Pray, Love. Me? I'm a Vancouver-based writer who's just grabbing this life. Grabbing friendships, grabbing horizons, grabbing sunsets, grabbing songs, grabbing mountaintops, grabbing wine and grabbing the good times.

Recent Posts

Malaysia: Wildlife Watching
Feb 27, 2015
Malaysia is a remarkable country split into two parts separated by the South China Sea. Peninsular Malaysia borders on Thailand to the north and shares a maritime border with Singapore to the south. East Malaysia is on the...
In The Wild
Gilroy, California: The Animal-Lover's Guide
Jan 4, 2015
Who doesn't love animals? The Gilroy region of California is home to some of the best establishments for animal viewing both in their parks and in their zoos and ranches. For the visiting animal-lover, be sure to pay a visit...
Florida Keys Turtle Hospital Treating Cold-Stunned Turtles
Dec 17, 2014
The Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital is caring and warming up 30 Kemp's Ridley sea turtles suffering from hypothermia just days after they were rescued from a frigid beach on Cape Cod Bay, Mass. Each cold-stunned turtle has had a full physical...
Merry Meerkat: San Diego Zoo Gives Enrichment Wreaths to Residents
Dec 17, 2014
San Diego Zoo Offers Extended Hours During Annual Jungle Bells Event Six meerkats tussled over wreaths placed in their exhibit last week at the San Diego Zoo. The wreaths were part of the regular animal enrichment activities planned by the animal care...
Reward Offered in San Diego Sea Lion Shootings
Nov 19, 2014
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is investigating the shooting and injuring of sea lions in the San Diego, California, area. The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a reward up...
Kitten Dumped in Grocery Store Toilet
Nov 19, 2014
A Royal Society for the Protection of Animals welfare officer in the UK got more than he bargained for when he arrived at Sainsbury’s to find an abandoned eight-week-old kitten. AWO Matthew Brown was called to Sainsbury’s, Rice Lane, Liverpool...
WWF Officially Opens Office in Myanmar
Nov 5, 2014
WWF opened its new Myanmar office November 1 in an event that highlighted the country’s vast natural capital, its efforts to develop a green economy and its diverse species such as tigers, elephants and Irrawaddy dolphins. The event featured representatives...
Humane Society Sends Funds to Sierra Leone Animal Groups Affected by Ebola Outbreak
Nov 5, 2014
Two animal welfare organizations in Sierra Leone in West Africa are receiving emergency grants to support their work that has been impacted by the Ebola outbreak. Humane Society International is making the grants of U.S. $6,000 each. Andrew Rowan, president of...
Are Cats Stressed Out By Cuddles?
Oct 29, 2014
Cat charity finds a lot of love, but little understanding, when it comes to keeping cats happy New research by the UK’s leading feline welfare charity, Cats Protection, has found that too many owners are letting their love for their...
The UK: Show Your Support for National Black Cat Day
Oct 13, 2014
The UK’s leading feline welfare charity, Cats Protection, is urging people to ‘paws’ for thought and show their support for National Black Cat Day on Thursday 30 October. Now in its fourth year, National Black Cat Day aims to...
Reward Offered in Stolen Pink Flamingo Case
Oct 10, 2014
The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­breaking into the Hattiesburg Zoo and stealing a pink flamingo. The...
Vet Uses Common Household Items to Repair Rescued Sea Turtle’s Shell
Oct 8, 2014
SeaWorld Orlando’s Animal Rescue Team received a juvenile green sea turtle recently that was found with a large wound to its carapace (shell). The sea turtle was rescued by the University of Central Florida (UCF) Marine Turtle Research Group in the...
Koalas Take Centre Stage at US Conference
Oct 6, 2014
Several universities across the United States are currently hosting the Pathyways 2014 Common Futures wildlife conference, which aims to integrate human dimensions into fisheries and wildlife Management. This significant global wildlife conference is setting the precedent for future research, innovation, and...
Are You Brave Enough to Walk with Wolves in Golden, BC?
Sep 27, 2014
Walking with Wolves is a unique, immersive wildlife experience in British Columbia’s Kootenay-Rockies offered by the Northern Lights Wildlife Wolf Centre. Located a short drive from downtown Golden, the NLWWC adopts and cares for wolves on-site — stewarding animals born in...
How Cute Are Three-Week-Old Cheetah Cubs?
Sep 24, 2014
Two cheetah cubs being hand raised by animal care staff at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park are receiving around-the-clock care and bottle feedings at the Park's Animal Care Center. The female cubs were born to a cheetah at the...
Louisiana SPCA Continues to Rebuild Nine Years After Hurricane Katrina
Sep 22, 2014
Almost a decade after Hurricane Katrina, the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Louisiana SPCA) is diligently working to regain the capacity lost when the former shelter located in the Upper Ninth Ward was destroyed beyond repair...
UK: 110,675 Strays Handled by Local Authorities Last Year
Sep 19, 2014
Sadly, the figures speak for themselves... The UK's Dogs Trust charity has unveiled its annual Stray Dogs Survey - and it doesn't make good reading for animal lovers. The survery reveled that despite falling numbers of stray and abandoned dogs, close to...
The Real War Horse
Sep 15, 2014
The gallantry and devotion of millions of animals that served with the armed forces during World War I have been honoured with the presentation of a prestigious Honorary PDSA Dickin Medal* – the animals’ Victoria Cross – to heroic war...
UK: Inhumane Badger Cull Starts Again
Sep 15, 2014
The UK government’s badger cull has started once again in Gloucestershire and Somerset, despite overwhelming scientific and expert evidence that last year’s pilot culls were both inhumane and ineffective. Mark Jones, veterinarian and executive director for Humane Society International/UK, said:...
Tough Times, Tough Love
Sep 11, 2014
Tia Torres is a firm believer in second chances. She's dedicated the past two decades to building Villalobos Rescue Center - the largest pit bull rescue center in the US. Torres gives a new lease on life to dogs that were...
Adopt Some Unconditional Love This Weekend
Sep 9, 2014
Fall is here and you know what that means: football season is back. Whether you cheer loudly for your team every weekend or simply jump on the bandwagon at the end of the season, it’s a great time to add...
Sons of Anarchy Star Launches Campaign to Protect Street Dogs
Sep 5, 2014
Theo Rossi, best known for his role on the FX series Sons of Anarchy as Juan Carlos “Juice” Ortiz, joins Humane Society International and The Humane Society of the United States to improve the lives of street dogs. Rossi unveiled...
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