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For the Love of Animals

With the ongoing government tyranny within our borders, and fears abound about an indivisible pandemic, we often overlook the needs of those around us who are other than ‘human’.  Yes, I am talking about animals, of course, as this is what this site is all about. Throughout time, animals have had a bad rap. They are the last to be recognized in times of crisis and the first to be used in experimentation. Once revered with deity status, their veneration has now been confirmed to be lost and forgotten in the past.

After the plandemic of 2020-2021, I began to question whether or not the humanitarian, innovative, and creative side of our human condition is progressing or diminishing, particularly with our thoughts and actions on animal welfare. The question came to the forefront when during the early ‘lockdown’ phase of the plandemic people in the United States where adopting pets at a rapid pace, only to return them once the lockdown (and their fears) started to subside and people started getting ‘back to their lives’.  It made me sad to think, that we as a species – who are supposed to be caretakers of the world – are so superficial with self-satisfaction being the norm.

However, I like to hope that after our long history of animal welfare dictates, and all our humane and environmental educational efforts, our attitudes and empathy toward animals, and nature in general, might have shown some growth towards communities having a more compassionate viewpoint when it comes to nature and the animals in our care. Oppositely, we are finding this is so. We are still ignorant children in the Garden of Eden, intentionally disengaging ourselves from the millions of animals that suffer each day at our portrayed ‘kind-hearted’ hands – and we are still happy at the claim of ignorance.  

There is no doubt that all animals, including humans, have empathy. But are we at the top of the pecking order, so to speak, with our empathic abilities? There is on-going research into that, and we are beginning to see where humans fall. Studies are showing that humans are experiencing a drop in their empathic abilities than their natural counterparts. Without getting into the specific differences between us and our fellow sidekicks, the philosophical question must be asked; are we, as humans, slowly losing our empathic abilities, and if so, are animals now more empathic than humans? And does this decline relate to our moving away from an agriculturist lifestyle to that of a technocratic one? Humm, just something to think about.

When I was a little girl, I enjoyed the long ride along Route 20 to my grandmother’s farm in Richfield Springs. The whole ride, other than messing with my brothers and sister, was a scenic one of agricultural farmland. It was one of those family trips that bonded us together, singing and talking all along the way – with the occasional “tone-it-down” from my father.

As we drove through the small town on the outskirts of where my grandmother lived, we were welcomed with hand waves and hellos and the honorary stop at the local food joint, we were met with lots friendly banter. Later, when we pulled into my grandmother’s farm, we were met with pigs, dogs, chickens, roosters, ducks, swans and cats. Grandma was there, always greeting us with a smile upon arrival.

One of the special things about my grandmother’s farm, apart from the trip ‘out of the city’, as my mother called it, was the relationship that I had with nature. I would often trek up the tall grassy hill, behind grandma’s house and into the woods. I would follow the stone fence deep into the woods and just sit upon an old log. Deer, squirrels, chipmunks and all sorts of critters came and left. They were just as inquisitive about me as I was about them. We looked at each other longingly with great curiosity. It was a special time for me; creative thoughts abounding. I felt nothing but admiration for those that were there. The hectiveness of life, just melted away and I found myself pulled into the calmness and serenity of being.

I honestly believe that humans are born with a sense of empathy and ethical values already assembled, but both need to be refined through community and family. It seems that technology and the fastness of our society today, get in the way; and because of this we, as a society, have forgotten the basic occupiers of empathy – which is essential for working and living together. We are wrapped up in the tech, that we have forgotten to slow down and sit upon that log and reflect on what it truly means to be human.

With that being said, when I see breakthroughs of empathy it gives me hope for humanity. We all have that drive to help where we see injustice, wanting to be a part of the solution. We want to help when we see an animal in distress. We are drawn to the birds feeding on the feeder, the chipmunks playfully running across the patio, the dog barking incessantly, or the purring of the cat in our lap. We cry when an animal we relate to passes away. And we give money to Charities that help those in need?  Unlike animals, who base their life on emotions, we have the natural ability to overcome our fears and all other challenges that lay before us. These innate abilities give us the power to put the oppressive emotions of fear, anger, hate, indifference, … behind us, engaging ourselves in becoming; playful, enjoying the fullness of life, getting back to independent happiness, and thus shaping our own future. 

It will be hard, I know, due to the fact that we have become such a technology-based society, and we have forgotten how to feel and relate to and connect among other humans, let alone with other sentient beings. I disagree with many scholars and writers that our world is quickly becoming a desolate place, where computer screens and cold science beliefs now control and separate us. If anything, it our tech has provided us with an awakening; toward seeing things as they really are – that we have lost touch with ourselves, with nature, with reality and with each other. One good thing is that we are empathetic beings and will be always; we just need to put tech in its place and treat it as a tool not replacing it for our humanity.

It took a multitude of generations to get where we are. Communities have been slowly moving away from independent empathic individuals connected to the natural world, towards producing clusters of dependent disconnected workers belonging to a greater technocratic whole. Everything we have been taught throughout our life is on rejecting individualism towards a mindset of social production (consumer/product).  Like our bonded brethren, when we are born, we are assigned a number in the agriculture market as a “product”. Our number is bought and sold on the open market on how much labor we will produce. Although we are equal in that we are ‘products’ with other sentient beings, our movements as humans are a little bit more gilded. The only difference between us and our comrades is that we can make laws and fight back to make our lives a little bit more comfortable.

So, getting back to the question on whether or not the humanitarian, innovative and creative side of our human condition is progressing or diminishing, particularly with regards to animal welfare. With our eyes now wide open, it all comes down to us. Sit on that log, look around with wonder. Reflect on your own humanity. Teach our children respect for each other, respect for animals, respect for differences of opinion, respect for different species, races, religion, or whatever! Look at animals as ‘equal consideration’ – and that comes from each individual looking at their own ethics and morality.  

Refuse to look at the world as a product – but as symbiotic comrades.

On Being Human

The past year made me rethink a lot of things. One of which is the re-evaluation of what is to be truly human.

When I think about last year, I see myself at the beginning glowing with optimism. Life was wonderful.  I had just gotten married, bought a house, great job, wonderful husband, good friends, and loyal family. Life couldn’t seem to get any better. I felt that I was living the American Dream, opportunities available for all those who wanted them and worked for them. Life was good! …. Until, I fiound myself in the midst of the great awakening of 2021 …

Part of this awakening is looking at our humanity. When I talk about humanity, I am talking about beings who have awareness in all things; reflective, intuitive and cognitive. Dalpe believes that it is the abstract that makes us human (Dalpe, 2018). For me, humanity is all about the individual rooted to the natural world; curious, creative and naturally technological. What makes us human is not in our technical applications, per se, but in our ability to form synergistic symphonies with millions of year’s of evolutionary systems innate within our own being; each one being exceptionally unparalleled at what they do.  To have humanity is to find the balance between all of our evolutionary extremes, and shine where we can shine; in our own unique and creative way.  As so eloquently stated, “where reason is balanced perfectly by feelings and where mind and body come together in perfect unity, a whole new quality emerges, a quality that is neither feeling nor reason, but something deeper and more complete” (Ventegodt , Andersen, et. al).  Being Human is having an awareness of ourselves, in all that makes us unique, the good and bad, and through this awareness find our deepest joy of being alive – the symphony of life.

 Unfortunately, one of our greatest human attributes, ‘en-framing’, is also our own demise. Humans need to understand what the relationship with technology does to their humanity. As with other human attributes, there needs to be a balance. As Martin Heidegger states, “The relationship will be free if it opens our human existence to the essence of technology”. Once understood, humans “shall be able to experience the technological within its own bounds”, i.e., having tech work for them and not overtake them (Heidegger), thus averting the supplantment of their humanity.

For generations, Humans have moved, either intentionally or un-intentionally, from being a harmonious self-aware individual to that of an unbalanced idiosyncratic human with fervor of for their technological self. Take for example, the current onslaught to get “the shot”, and the abounding scientific renditions, and political plays surrounding the shot and the rush of those to get it. Not only are there big questions of the ethics behind it, but there are so many unanswered questions as so the future consequences. Does it help humans or hinder, does it change our DNA, is their shedding from those that are “vaccinated” and if so does it attack the unvaccinated, does the shot cause sterilization, does it affect the brain with magneto nano particles or biosensors, create 5G distortions, remove creativity (Dalpe). Does it change your behavior, our entire genome (Tennpenny)? What would humans look like in 2 years’ time, 10 years, or 500 years?  How is our evolutionary trajectory changed by this and other subsequent shots?

Yes, this is the most dangerous time in our existence. Not because, of our social, environmental or economic concerns, but we, as humans, are rapidly being instrumentality transformed into biotechnology. So rapidly, in fact, that it will change humanity on the most basic level. And if we don’t learn to balance tech, without it controlling us, we will forever be change us on an evolutionary level.

Up until this point in time there was still hope. Although each generation was being prepped for this technocratic course via chemtrails, fluoridation, injected chemicals, radiated foods, prescription drugs, behavior modification, etc., our human biological systems had a way to flush it and overcome these obstacles by our natural immunities to the onslaught.

Humans are slowly stripping the layers of self-awareness away. Ironically, this leaves us fighting for or own self-identify and a sense of purpose, which we had to begin with but is now lost to us. We now try to fill the void with more tech, drugs, immediate gratification, psychobabble, therapy, hate, consumerism, and want-a-bees. We lost the well rounded, curious and robust nature of ourselves. And the further we get from our humanity, the more confused and inhumane we become.  The more confused and inhumane we become, the less we know how to find our way back and the more psychotic our society becomes.

I have now got my eyes wide open, it is apparent that we are now at the tipping point where individuals must decide if humanity is worth fighting for. It is a human-technocratic dilemma, one of our own making.  The dilemma is, do we fight, or do we rip out out humanity completely, thus evolving us into a Humtechian, as you will?  For once we start down this path, there is no going back, ever.

To be human is partially to understand our place in and around own universe, to experience life in all its colors and all its potential. To celebrate our diversity as individuals. To find strength in ourselves, to celebrate our humaneness – the awe of being alive, delving into our abilities as individuals and the thrill of discovery. Let’s go back to what it means to to truly be ‘human’.

References

Dalpe, Edmund. Dream Duet

Heidegger, Martin. The Question Concerning Technology, Source: The Question Concerning Technology (1977), pp 3–35

Ventegodt S, Andersen NJ, Kromann M, Merrick J. Quality of life philosophy II: what is a human being? ScientificWorldJournal. 2003 Dec 1;3:1176-85. doi: 10.1100/tsw.2003.110. PMID: 14646012; PMCID: PMC5974854.

How to add back ‘Humane” Thinking in our Schools.

With all this talk about remote learning, it has me wondering how, going forward, our children will view the natural world around them. Will it be a vision in their mind? Like living inside a 3D virtual machine? Where nature has become a memory.

Yes, it seems that technology has taken over, like a vice. And while it appears that other animals are evolving naturally by adapting to the environment around them, the evolutionary trajectory of humans seemingly tends to gravitate towards modifying their environment and not adapting to it. I wonder, is this drive toward virtual environments just a natural advancement of our human evolution or is it an evolutionary modification that is forced upon us? The answer is the same as in the nature vs nurture debate. Each person can go on evaluating throughout the ages, with both sides having compelling arguments. Here is my take.

The rapid changes in the global economy, and the United States Department of Education’s attempts at finding a one-size-fits-all solution for American education, has thrust schools towards making STEM subjects—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – high on the list when it comes to teaching and testing. This shift is not entirely a bad thing as it provides our students with the ability to become competitive in an ever changing technological global market and must be included in our school systems. And this push forward in technology is nothing new. The discovery and inclusion of technological advances has steadily been going forward since the first humetech learned to speak and write on the cave walls. But I have a question. Does this shift to a totally ‘technological’ mindset diminish the importance the Humanities (and nature) plays when it comes to the whole student?

I would like to note, schools that have a symbiotic balance with all assets of the education system (administration, curriculum and instruction to teachers, students, family and community) provides a balanced and true outlook, looking at the qualities that our unifying self (natural and technological) have. We cannot dismiss that we are of both worlds, with no disconnect. We cannot take one over the other. I think this is most apparent as with our current Coronavirus bug, water shortage issues, or the current global warming crazes.

Therefore, when it comes to education and the ‘whole’ adolescent, we need not diminish the importance of technology (science, math, engineering, etc.). However, we need to put the tech with equal footing with all other parts of the education system that are just as important. By doing so, we strength the individual and broaden their intellectual foundations. Teaching them that the tech combined with their creative side can help promote critical thinking skills which can solve current personal, societal and world problems. It also makes them engaged as citizens and thinkers, reinforcing ethical responsibilities and values which helps them understand the impact that they have on their environment and society. By equal footing of humanities and tech we create well-rounded academics, students and thinkers that will continue to learn, grow and contribute throughout their entire life.

In closing, this methodical ‘tech only’ view has now created a humanitarian crisis. A worldwide madness of “indifference” toward our society, nature, animals and our fellow human beings. Humans are now detached, explosive and distasteful towards anything “other”. This could be in the form of destroying a person’s reputation because they hung up colorful lights to that of killing their own children because they were using video games too much. The rigid science of today has no feelings, no ethical codes, and no humaneness. By encouraging and teaching the human race within this sterile ‘mode’ of ‘science’ we ignore all that makes us human and thus creates just mindless bots – ready for any command.

When Thinking About Adopting Consider This ….

So you want a pet? There is a lot to choose from. There are more than 6.5 million animals in the US that need forever homes. It is not easy and you need to know the right answers to ask yourself before you make that leap in adding another mouth to feed in your home.

There are many reasons why people choose to adopt. It can be a way to prepare for parenthood, a loving and playful companion, to relieve stress, or specialized placement for people who have specific needs or lifestyles. I even heard one potential parent, say that the pet went well with her curtains. Ugh!

Regardless of the why, choosing to adopt a pet has all sorts of stressful, yet exciting, feelings! Although excitement abounds in the idea of having a new pet (the cuddling, the cuteness, the newness of it all), one must remember that it is not for the immediate gratification of having a new kitten or puppy but a life long commitment. They are with you for life. Are you ready? Have you done your research?

There are a few questions one must ask when looking to adopt a pet.

How do you envision your life in 10 years?

Pets can live 15+ years, so envisioning how your life will be in the future is very important. As I mentioned, adoption is for life, so consider whether you’re likely to be married, have children, move, change careers or undergo other major life changes. How will you help your pet cope with these life changes as you and your pet go through them? How will you deal with medical issues with your pet? Are you prepared to pay for upcoming vet bills, to keep your pet safe? Keep in mind that as pets age, their needs will change as well.

Are you adopting the pet with someone else?

Make sure that everyone is on board with adopting a new pet. And even if everyone is on board with the idea of getting a pet, it’s important for all in the household to express concerns ahead of time.

How much time can you devote to your pet each day?

All pets require time and attention. Though dogs generally require more time and attention than other pets, you should be able to give your pet at least two hours of personal love and attention per day. Also, think about energy levels. How much energy does your pet require? Are you able to keep up? Do you need an older less active pet? What about daily routines? Are always away from home? Do you travel? Do you come home late at night and drop down in front of the TV? All pets need and deserve real engagement with their families, such as playing and walking, in addition to cuddles and snuggles. If you find that you are out, more than home — and the pet cannot travel with you — maybe a pet is not for you.

Can you afford to own an animal?

Outside of the cost to get the pet, pet owners should expect to spend about $1000 on vet bills (spaying, neutering, vaccines, health checkups, etc.) and $2000+ on food, toys, training classes and other items for their pet during the first year of ownership.

Also, contemplate costs that may be coming down the line. For example, pet injuries, pet medical equipment and diagnosis, boarding, pet insurance, buying special or premium pet food? Realizing that as pet’s get older the more care they will need.

Do you have support groups in place?

What will happen to your pet when you are away. What happens to your pet, if you get pet allergies, are working late, traveling, or if something happens to you? Many pet owners have problems as a result from not having a reliable system in place to take care of pets in these situations. Before you adopt a pet, you may want to put into place daycare plans or support in these situations and have your trustworthy ‘best buddies’ support network group lined up to help when you need help in a pinch.

The Young and Restless. How much household destruction can you tolerate?

Pets have accidents, they destroy items in your house. As a pet owner, you must understand that accidents are a given when you bring a pet into your life. How prepared are you? Can you handle the cleanup and costs associated with destruction? Do you have the patience to figure out the problems behind the behavior? Or do you plan on returning the pet as soon as something is destroyed?

There are any number of reasons why pets act out. Young pets need potty training, they go through teething, etc. Older pets have a hard time holding and have to go often. When pet’s get sick they act out by urinating out of the kitty box. Bored pets act out and chew on everything to release the energy. Some of it has to do with training; i.e. garbage raiding. Some of it is a medical problem. There are also behavior problems through misunderstandings and miscommunications. Do you have the patience to understand your pet’s needs? A pet who has the attention of their owner, who knows what their pet’s need, is happier — and so is the family.

Adding more than one pet to a household.

The good news is that most pets, crave companionship — multi-pet households tend to reduce stress and anxiety and foster healthy inter-species behavior. Again, do you have the patience to introduce a new pet? Can you take time off to be with your pets during this transition process? New pet’s cannot be brought home and placed down in the middle of the room and forgotten in a multi-pet household (unless you want the new pet hurt and incur major medical bills). There is a two week acclimation period for all new pet’s added to the household. For further information on how to acclimate a new pet into a multi-pet household, click here.

Why are you adopting? Make a list.

Oh! She is so cute! I want her. She goes so well with my curtains!

Too many pet owners get a pet only to complain that the pet does not fit well with their household lifestyle. Before you adopt, create a list of the activities / questions about your families health, your activities, pet perks (such as playing ball or going for car rides) and pet cons. Write in what you expect from your new pet and what you have to offer your new pet. Truth is in the pudding. Identify expectations and remain realistic about the relationship. Compare and see if it can be done.

Do you have small children?

How will your children react to a new pet? How will the new pet react to your children? Do their personalities go well together or do they clash? Not all pets are created equal. If you have children, show them the rules of safe pet conduct: No teasing, pulling, pushing or climbing on animals. You’ll also need to spend ample time with your children in meeting different animals, so you can observe tolerance levels, responsiveness to training and the ability to bounce back from jarring incidents. The pet will tell you if they are up to the task or need to run for their lives.

Pay attention and trust your instincts

When you meet a potential new pet, pay attention to your gut. Observe the behavior and health of the animal, and pay close attention to any other signs that could be telling you something. You want to bring home a healthy, happy pet that fits in with your family.

An Unforgiving World!

After all these years, I am still awed by how each moment becomes a special memory. Yet, it is only to be experienced by those that are living within the moment as words cannot express the moment to the clarity of the viewer’s experience to the general audience.

As I sit upon my porch, looking around enjoying life, I noticed a wobbly baby sparrow jumping on the ground, and then onto a low growing leaf. She snuggled into a small spot, encasing herself in the safety of a large sunflower that was hovering over her, as though protecting her from the onslaughts activity above her. A crow squawked overhead and she hunkered down hiding within the leaves.

I sat throughout the day watching to see if her parents came to her rescue. I noticed in the flower beds that there were numerous babies with their parents, wings flapping and mouths open. Parents were fluttering around finding food and bringing it back to their offspring in numbers. However, for this little babe, nothing. Every time a parental bird stopped nearby, she too flapped her wings and opened her mouth. But unlike the others, there was know-one. It was heart breaking when nature slates one and not another for survival.

This little bundle of joy was not going to survive, unless somone stepped in to help. As we rehabilitated a wild bird before, and already had the knowledge, we decided to take it upon ourselves to help this little one. From sunrise to sunset we went out and fed her. We had to feed her every hour. After a week, she would recognize our movements, and with excitement, she’d jumped onto the railing, flapping her wings, with mouth open waiting for us. Another week went by and she began eating on her own. It did not take her long before she started to fly. It was small at first. Flapping her wings from plant to plant in the front flower garden. Then she went from a plant to a small tree and then from the small tree to the large oak across the street. With each flight her bravery grew and so did our pride.

With each night she flew across our suburbia road to her “sleeping tree”. It is a gigantic oak tree, full of leaves and other sparrows chatting away. Our little baby was growing up. As any parent, we would cringed as fast cars drove by, oblivious to her flying around.

For months, the whole entire summer, we watched her. She became self-sufficient and independent. Awww! We sighed a sign of relief as our baby was now on her way.

As morning broke, we noticed her on our porch. She was excited and happy. In the next breadth she took to flight across the road to her favorite tree. However, this was a memory that would be burned in my mind forever. As she flew low, a fast car came around the corner and hit her head on. She had no chance. The person driving, oblivious to this little life around them, continued on.

It broke my heart to have to bury this innocent soul. I often was asked the question of whether or not the fate of this tiny bird was slated at birth and was I was only extending the inevitable?

Someone asked me, if it was worth it. I stated with absolute clarity, “Yes”. Our existence effects others lives and create ripples that can be felt throughout time.” Although her life was short, she filled ours and will never be forgotten.

Because It’s My Nature

One thing we can learn from our furry friends is the insurmountable ability to overcome major obstacles and put their eyes, or in Choon’s case, ears forward in every situation.

Kit (aka Choon) was born with no eyes, only eye sockets. Much to my surprise he has the extraordinary ability to not miss a beat when it comes to enjoying life. In fact, I have found few precautions that one needs to take when housing a blind cat to a sited one. As with any feline, a blind cat will enjoy playing, jumping and getting into all sorts of mischief: hogging your pillow, laying in the warm sun, begging for food, and just wanting to lay in your lap 24/7.

It was late summer when we got Kit. My husband and I were outside, and saw him get tossed out of a car at the end of our street. Just a side bar; I never understood how inhumane people can be toward each other, the environment and other beings. Which begs the question, is that a learned behavior, an environmental influence, or are they just born that way? Stay tuned for an article on this subject, now back to the story. He was a small thing, not even a year old when we saw him turning in circles, trying to find his bearings — a whiff of anything familiar.  He eventually honed in on our chirps and clicks and we called him to us.

As I picked him up, I was taken immediately to him. There was something about our first contact; maybe it was his warm welcoming head butts along with his incessant purring that bonded us. Whatever the reason, the relationship was there and nothing could stand in the way of an overbearing mom when it came to his care.

Yes, there was a period of adjustment after taking Kit in; new surroundings, smells, other pets in the household and behavior do’s and don’ts (boundaries). As new blind pet owners, we also had to adjust as well toward making sure there was a safe environment for a blind cat; i.e., toilet seat down, curtain pulls cut/taken down, doors closed, unsafe objects picked up; even down to the choice of toys. It was like bringing an adoptive child home for the first time. The crying, confusion, wanted to be held, circling, trying to adjust to new surroundings.

There are a few things to keep in mind, if you are housing a blind cat; or even thinking about getting one. This can also hold true if you are adding a new sighted cat to your household. Remember that cat’s (and all animals have feelings and often feel what you feel). So remain positive and supportive at all times.

  1. Day 1 – Put him/her in a small room with food, water, and a litter box. You need to take a few days off of work to sit with him/her and bond. If you cannot do this, then you should not get a blind cat. This room will become their home base. They will run to this room when ever they feel scare or frightened. This will be their room.
  2. Days 2-4 – Open the door and allow the blind cat to explore the rest of the house, don’t push but encourage his / her exploration. Stay always behind him /her so he / she feels safe. After about 4 days, the cat will wean off of you to the point where he / she is able to explore on his /her own. It is important to remember that blind cats get disorientated easily, DO NOT PICKUP YOUR BLIND CAT AND PUT IN A DIFFERENT SPOT. This causes excessive disorientation and can cause the cat to panic. PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE! Instead call the cat over to the spot where you would like him/her to go. Treats are wonderful for this. A blind cat senses are heightened. No problem smelling food from 6 feet away.
  3. Day 5 – Move the cat box out of the room and into the appropriate spot. You will need to train him / her all over again to the litter box. Every hour or two show the cat the box to familiarize him with its location and smell. Just as a fyi – blind cats do not like sharing litter boxes; they need to have their own, if not, it causes major headaches, if you know what I mean.

With a normal cat, it takes two weeks to acclimate to new surroundings. Not so with a blind one. It takes a good month or two before they are familiar with their surroundings before they start jumping and playing and getting into all sort of cat mischief. When a blind cats gets disorientated (does not know where he/she is) they often turn in circles, trying to get a whiff of something familiar. It is important to make sure that the cat remains calm and given lots of support during these times. If they start panting, then pick up the cat and put him/her back into their home base until he/she get calm.

Once acclimated, your blind cat will jump, climb and crawl in and on everything. Watch out! They love to get up high. Make sure furniture is soft and there are no hard edges, as they bump into things a lot. And when you are going to rearrange the furniture, be aware that your cat might need to go the initial process all over again.

Our Newest Addition

I could not resist. I had to have her. Who could resist this sweet young girl rolling around in the cage, looking up at you with those beautiful green eyes? I fell in love, even before I held her in my arms. I knew she was mine. So I took her home.

The past year we have had our share of heartbreak, losing our loved ones to various ill’s, from heart problems to old age. A family of 12, we are now down to two. Coming home from work each day, the house seems spiritually quiet and my purpose in life seems to have escaped me, that is, until Baboosi entered our lives.

Drawing her out of her shell wasn’t easy. When we brought her home her first instinct was to hide. She found a good spot away from all of the noisy routines of the day and for the first couple of days just listed to the sounds around her. She came out every once in a while to use the cat box and to eat, but all in all she was very scared. It took all of my might not to pickup her up and kiss and cuddle her, letting her know that it would be ok. But I know that this would do more harm then good. I had to be patient. Letting her come out on her own steam.

After the third day, I periodically went into the room to talk with her. I did not want to violate her space or her security or faith in me, so I did not pet her or touch her. On the 4th day, she came out and laid on the bed with us. We approached her to pet her she ran back to her safe spot. This was remarkable, her coming on the bed. On the the 5th day, she started playing with my toes under the covers. What a surmountable amount of trust. I was finally able to pet her.

The next few weeks Baboos began to show her personality. She loved to run, lay in my Christmas cactus, watch the birds outside my window. She would run up to you with her tail straight up, then bolt as soon as you reached down to pet her. She loved her small mouse, throwing and catching it around the house. Another couple of weeks, she now comes into the bedroom, jumping between my husband and I. She would “plopp” herself down as to announce that she his here and “pay attention to me”. She purred very loudly as we petted her and she loved to get kisses on the head. When she got her fill show would bolt off the bed, as if she had something better to do, her tail strait up in the air – stating her proudness.

After a good couple of months, Baboosi runs the house. She announces herself when she enters a room and runs onto our bed every night to say good night. She has brought a lot of love and noise back into our house and we are very excited that she has welcomed us into her heart.

Tatooing, docking & clipping, Oh My!

Tattooing and/or giving your pet a piercing has become a trend among pet owners.  There was one case of pet tattooing in NY by a Brooklyn tattoo artist on his dog. He posted pictures of the dog on various social media sites, which, of course, went viral. He claimed he did it while the dog was sedated in the vet’s office after surgery, but that didn’t make any difference to animal activists. ASPCA was outraged over this incident. Yet, where are they when a vet can tattoo a dog under the guise of identification purposes?

New York and Pennsylvania, to date, are the only states to specify tattooing and piercing as acts of animal cruelty and therefore have made it illegal. 

Our question to ask is should tattooing and piecing of pets be considered animal abuse and why?

Pet Fashion Industry – Where to Draw the Line?

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In February, the New York Pet Fashion Show — the largest pet fashion and animal rescue benefit in the country —  returned to kick off New York Fashion Week and the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. PetsPyjamas rolled out a Petwalk for their Pet Fashion Show. The runway show, featured Made in Chelsea’s Rosie Fortescue and her miniature Dachshund, Noodle, showcasing the latest Pet-a-Porter trends.

Since ancient Egypt Pet Fashion shows have been the thing. What was once hidden at fair’s and playgrounds are now right up front on the internet where pet parents showcase their fashionable displays of cute pets decked out in a number of creative outfits. And, as you can image, these shows have driven the growth of whole new fields in the pet fashion industry – one of such is the pet style expert.

While we start from a place of enjoyment and entertainment, some people place concern for the well-being of pets, implying that fashion shows go too far. Claiming that pet parents, and their fashion accessory partners, put undue stress on their charges. Should be put certain regulations on the Pet Fashion Industry to make sure that pets are property cared for?

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