25, 2009 - 2nd update
Anyone who lost a pet knows how hard it can be. Losing your pet in tragic circumstances makes the emotional stress even more intense.
Today I couldn't take it anymore, so I went to an animal shelter and
adopted a dog. It's a good dog with calm demeanor and sad eyes, but
looks pretty healthy and nourished, which is important! I decided on
the name "Chunky".
I was told that Chunky was found on the street and probably abandoned by previous owners. Now Chunky is feeling quite comfortable at my home. I'm sure we'll get along just fine... oh, I already feel how Chunky can be of great replacement to my dear lost Fuzzy.
You can see some pictures of Chunky at the Pictures section. I hope you'll like Chunky just as I do!
I decided to address some repeating questions regarding Fuzzy's demise. My goal was to bring bring Miley back to Twitter, and it was not achieved. Since I haven't decided what I should do next, and there's nothing new to update about at the moment, I've updated the FAQ section.
Now, I don't enjoy commenting on speculations and theories, but this time the levels of ignorance and plain stupidity in people's comments were so amazing that I find myself responding in bewilderment. If there's any comfort in this, Fuzzy's death wasn't in vain after all. This campaign enabled me to learn a great deal about human anatomy as well. In particular, how little cranial activity a modern homo sapiens can have and still successfully master such nontrivial tasks as going online and putting letters from the English alphabet into sentences. Thank you, Internet, for this education!
Ever since this campaign started, one major question was in the
center of everything - Will Miley save Fuzzy?
This question has been answered. Sadly, the deadline has passed and Miley decided not to save Fuzzy. She is not on Twitter, and so Fuzzy is no longer with us. You can read the full story on Fuzzy's Demise. Please be advised that the section contains some very disturbing content and is not recommended for minors or sensitive people. Read the disclaimer carefully before proceeding!
First of all, you can all relax, for now. Fuzzy is still alive and
Before I explain, allow me to clarify something:
November 22 is now the absolute FINAL deadline. There are no more ways to extend it.
Since day one I've been offering everyone a way to get a one-time deadline extension through a Trending Topic on Twitter, but it didn't come to be. In my last update I added a second way to get the same extension, the Sing for Fuzzy 'contest'. I have since received several video submissions, some were pretty impressive.
Unfortunately, as it turned out, changing the lyrics of a copyrighted song, re-recording and publishing it, is not perfectly legal. Like I previously pointed out, I don't want to be unlawful. I will not be able to go on with the contest as planned - but since many girls cared enough to make the effort and sing for Fuzzy, I will grant the extension for their sake. I would especially like to thank Katrina for her beautiful and touching performance. She's my winner and the one who gets the credit for the extension. However, she eventually decided not to be publicly revealed, and I respect her decision.
I'll admit to one thing: This extension isn't only for you and for Fuzzy, it's also for me. I do need some more time. I need more time with Fuzzy so I can come to terms with having to say goodbye to him. I also need more time to make all the necessary arrangements to ensure that Fuzzy feels absolutely no pain or even discomfort when the time comes.
I would like to add that the trending topic offer is now retracted and no further extensions to the deadline will be possible.
Once the deadline expires (November 22 at 10PM EST), Fuzzy's fate will be determined. Assuming nothing changes by then, the actual meal will probably be prepared the day after it expires. Right now, Miley is the only one who can stop this from happening. I'm fully prepared to stay true to my word. Yes, it will be difficult, and yes, I'm happy that I have more time with Fuzzy, but this must be resolved. Either way, it will all be over next week.
Come on, Miley! "Your thoughts" are with Fuzzy, but one just one single tweet could extend his life by a whole week!
Fuzzy and I only hope that of all the girls who volunteered to Sing for Fuzzy so far, at least one will care enough about Fuzzy to upload her song before his deadline expires.November 12, 2009
As most of you probably know by now, Miley is now aware of this campaign, and she said that she will not be coming back to Twitter. This was really difficult for me to hear, and it took me a long time to get over it.
As of now, this is Fuzzy's last full week ever, as the deadline
November 16. It looks like nobody cares enough about Fuzzy's fate, and
at the moment I do not foresee #mileysavefuzzy becoming a trending
topic. Thus, even that one time extension doesn't seem
quite likely to occur. Or is it?
Another thing I'd like to mention is a weird event that happened not too long after Miley's interview (the first one) and it gave me some hope. On November 7, at approximately 6PM EST, Miley's original Twitter account (http://twitter.com/mileycyrus) was suddenly active, complete with her old tweets (except her last one about leaving), her old background, the people she used to follow, etc. The only thing missing was her 2+ million followers. She had about 60,000 followers, and the list was growing rapidly in a short period of time, up to about 75,000 followers. Many Miley fans that were online at that point also got excited and discussed it on Twitter. Shortly afterwards, the account was suspended and a few minutes later it went back to being a non-existing page - the same page shown ever since she deleted her account. As expected, the fans got disappointed again. The whole thing went on for about 4 minutes.
This really made me hopeful, as I found it hard to believe it was a coincidence. I was hoping Twitter or someone else would explain what exactly happened that day. The timing, at least, was very interesting.
A lot of you seem to be bombarding PETA and other Animal Rights organizations with spam about MileySaveFuzzy, but neglecting to actually read their feedback. I decided to help everyone out, so people can spare their valuable time and help conserve some network traffic on the way.
The main organizations you've all been
whining complaining to are PETA and The Humane Society.
responded. I took the liberty to bring you their official responses:
The Humane Society:
This is a very disturbing site, obviously, but as of now no crime has been committed and likely no crime will end up occurring. Despite claims that this is “not a hoax,” most often that is exactly what it is. Regardless, I have passed this site along to our Director of Animal Cruelty Issues to see what steps, if any, can be taken.
Sadly, animal cruelty is a crime that really isn’t an offense until it occurs- threatening is not criminal.
PETA:(Short version: We can't do anything, contact the Chinese ambassador)
Thank you for contacting PETA with your concerns regarding MileySaveFuzzy.com.
Sadly, some people regard the Internet as a medium for sick jokes. Often, those who develop or contribute to hostile or otherwise abusive Web sites do so simply to draw attention with offensive content. Of course, such sites are in very poor taste but, unfortunately, are usually legal.
Since these heartless people are encouraged by attention, the most effective way to discourage them is to avoid visiting their sites and to urge others to do the same. To learn more about actions you can take in response to Web sites depicting cruelty to animals, see http://www.PETA.org/actioncenter/onlinecruelty.asp.
Only seven states in the U.S. have laws against eating dogs and cats. Please write to your local and state lawmakers and urge them to ban this practice. For letter-writing tips, please see http://www.HelpingAnimals.com/res_letterWriting.asp. For instructions on lobbying, please see http://www.helpinganimals.com/Factsheet/files/FactsheetDisplay.asp?ID=74.
You can also help by writing letters to prime ministers, agriculture ministers, and ambassadors of countries that have live-animal markets, including China and South Korea. Urge them to develop enforceable animal protection laws that explicitly prohibit beating, hanging, electrocuting, burning, scalding, and torturing dogs and cats in other ways both before and during slaughter.
If killing cats and dogs for food upsets you, please remember that the billions of cows, pigs, chickens, and other animals more commonly raised and slaughtered for food also suffer terribly. PETA fights to protect all animals from being killed for their flesh and encourages people to adopt a vegan diet. To learn more, please visit http://www.GoVeg.com.
Thank you for your compassion for animals.
The PETA Staff
Sorry, guys, but only Miley can save Fuzzy.
A week after MileySaveFuzzy.com has
gone online, I'm delighted to present my very first followup. Before I
go on, I'd like to thank everyone who took their time to promote
#mileysavefuzzy on Twitter, publish stories, send descriptive feedback
by email, post videos on YouTube and more! You guys are helping to do a
good thing and together we will succeed! I find it reassuring that I am
not the only one interested in saving Fuzzy's life!
Since I've been asked a lot of
questions, I decided to publish a small FAQ to
sort some things out. I
hope you will forgive me for not being able to disclose many details
that some of you find curious, such as my age and whereabouts, but I
don't think it matters!