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It Matters To Me

8 Oct

It Matters To Me

As I walked along the seashore
This young boy greeted me.
He was tossing stranded starfish
Back to the deep blue sea.
I said “Tell me why you bother,
Why you waste your time this way.
There’s a million stranded starfish
Does it matter, anyway?”
And he said, “It matters to this one.
It deserves a chance to grow.
It matters to this one.
I can’t save them all I know.
But it matters to this one,
I’ll return it to the sea.
It matters to this one,
And it matters to me.”
I walked into the shelter,
The owner greeted me.
She was helping Misty learn to trust.
She was struggling I could see.
I said, “Tell me why you bother,
Why you waste your time this way.
Misty’s only one of thousands,
Does it matter anyway?”
And she said, “It matters to this one.
She deserves a chance to grow.
It matters to this one.
I can’t save them all I know.
But it matters to this one,
I’ll help her be what she can be.
It matters to this one,
And it matters to me.

Author Unknown

Magic the Miniature Mare

8 Oct

Magic the Miniature Mare

By Katy Steinmetz Monday, Mar. 21, 2011

"Magic" is a well known certified therapy pony

William Thomas Cain / Getty Images

Sometimes heroism can come in the quieter, more unassuming guise of a miniature therapy horse (such as the one seen above). Magic, a blue-eyed mare, regularly visited patients who needed comfort, whether in group homes, hospitals or hospice-care facilities, but one particular interaction gained her recognition as AARP’s Most Heroic Pet in 2010. Magic went to visit a patient who had lived in an assisted-living facility and hadn’t spoken to anyone during her three years there. But the moment she laid eyes on Magic, she said, “Isn’t she beautiful?” Those first words caused the staff to break out in tears, and she continued to communicate from that point onward. The Florida program that brought the two together, Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses, continues to work its magic in the Sunshine State.

“Toby” First dog to save a life using the Heimlich

8 Oct

 Golden Retriever Saves Choking owner

with the Heimlich Maneuver

“Toby” Golden Retriever

Debbie Parkhurst, age 45 was home alone when she choked on an apple. Parkhurst told reporters that she had tried to giving herself the Heimlich maneuver  (unsuccessfully) by beating her chest. She began to lose consciousness when Debbie’s Golden Retriever Toby took action. Maybe Toby got the idea from seeing her beating on her own chest. Toby started to jump on Parkhurst as she lay on the floor helplessly about to pass out. Well the quick thinking canines instinctual response was right on the money because the apple managed to dislodge from Parkhurst’s windpipe.

“As soon as I started breathing, he stopped and began licking my face, as if to keep me from passing out,” said Parkhurst.

Stray Dog in Nairobi Africa Saves Abandoned Infant

7 Oct

 A Stray Dog in Nairobi

Saves an Abandoned Infant 

Stray Dog in Saves Abandoned Baby in Kenya

In Nairobi, Kenya, a stray dog saved the life of a newborn baby girl abandoned by her 13yr old mother immediately after giving birth. The heroic stray upon finding the abandoned infant in a forest took action.  Being a mother herself the homeless hero somehow carried or dragged the infant across a busy road and through a barbed wire fence to a secluded spot where she lived with her litter of puppies. A nearby resident who was walking near by heard a baby crying and went to investigate. The concerned citizen crouched down and saw to his disbelief the small space with our heroic stray, her litter of puppies and a newborn infant. A dog with nothing and noone fending for herself in a harsh environment, dutifully raises her litter of puppies. With all that hardship and without help she cares for her litter, yet still has the strength and compassion to adopt the baby of another species, bringing the baby into her den with her puppies and caring for her like it was her own. Now that is my choice for the mother of the year. Beautiful what an amazing girl. 

“LuLu” Hero Pot Bellied Pig Saves Owners Life

7 Oct

Hero Vietnamese Pot-Bellied Pig

"LuLu" Hero Pot-Bellied Saves Owner


A Pot Bellied pig is being hailed a hero after saving her owners life. Jo Ann Altsman suffered a heart attack while vacationing in the North Woods of Presque Isle, Pennsylvania. Jo Ann was unconscious and in desperate need of medical attention. The only other soul with her was Jo Ann’s Vietnamese Pot Bellied Pig LuLu. Realizing her friend needed help the quick thinking pig sprang into action. LuLu ran out of the house somehome getting the gate opened. She then ran into the street and laid down in front of traffic. Several cars just drove around her. Not willing to give up LuLu tried again laying down in the middle of the street and stopping traffic. Finally a man got out of his car to make sure LuLu was not hurt. LuLu got up as he approached her and started towards the house. The concerned citizen followed LuLu to her home finding Jo Ann Altsman unconscious and called 911.

Jo Ann has since recovered from her ordeal and credits her baby LuLu with saving her life.

The Worlds Bravest Dog Born From Homeless Canines Love for a Friend

5 Oct

The Worlds Bravest Dog

A Homeless Canines Love for a Friend

A stray dog risks his life to rescue an injured friend on a busy Chilean Highway.

 A tragedy played out in the streets of Chile when a homeless dog roamed onto a busy highway and was struck by a car. He lay badly injured in the 3rd lane with heavy, fast moving traffic. When the worlds bravest dog runs up the shoulder of the freeway trying desperately to get to his injured friend. The homeless hero starts towards his injured companion then leaps back toward the shoulder narrowly avoiding being struck by the fast moving vehicle. Starting again towards his injured friend, risking his own life to save the life of a friend. The canine hero at one point appears to be run over by a truck then miraculously emerges unscathed. Driven by the love of a friend and super human courage the second dog makes it to his badly injured companion who lies “alive but motionless” in a center lane. He then raps his front paws around the injured dog’s body and begins dragging him across two lanes towards the safety of the shoulder. With every ounce of strength that he had, the homeless hero dragged the injured dog little by little across the road. All the while cars fly by narrowly missing the pair. Somehow our couragious canine gets his injured friend to the safety of the shoulder. A road crew witnesses the whole event and comes to help. Unfortunately our hero runs off when the road crew arrives. The injured dog was taken by road crews to a veterinarian and later died.

  Many calls came in with offers to adopt the homeless dog. A search was conducted for what the chilean people dubbed there hero dog. Months later officials called off the search claiming to much time had passed. The dogs were strays and probably one another’s only friends in the world. A homeless dog in an act of pure love and unflinching courage demonstrates his willingness to lay down his life for a friend.

Most people wouldn’t be fit to pick up that dogs poop

Watch the video  captured by a highway traffic cam

“Bella” A Staffordshire Bull Terrier Dies A Hero in Her Owners Arms

5 Oct

“Bella” A Staffordshire Bull Terrier 

Dies A Hero in Her Owners Arms

"Bella" Dies a Hero in Her Owners Arms.

 Nicole Russell, who lived in Johannesburg, South Africa, was about to leave for work one morning when a car pulled up and four armed men jumped out and demanded her keys and purse. Nicole held both arms out so that they could take her jewelry and keys. Scared and confused she rushed to comply with their demands not realizing that she had mistakenly handed them her house keys.

 The men became agitated and violent when the keys would not unlock the car. When one of the men grabbed her and began dragging her towards the car Ms. Russell (in fear for her life) screamed.  Russell’s mother, alerted by the screams pushed a panic button in the house and ran into the garden.

 There she was confronted by an attacker with a knife.

 Bella, the family’s 4 year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier, was with the mother and immediately lunged at the knife wielding attacker. Bella bit the man several times on the leg and was then shot in the head by one of the mans accomplices. In spite of her injury Bella continued to defend her family until the men panicked and fled.

 There was a point when one of the men (having just shot at Bella) turned his gun on Nichole and pulled the trigger. But either the gun misfired or Bella had taken the bullet intended for Russell.

 When the men were gone Bella sat down and rolled over and as Nicole held the hero dog Bella in her arms. Bella looked at her quietly for a few moments and died.

 An autopsy showed that Bella’s heart had been completely drained of blood in her fierce battle to protect her family.

On November 8, 1997 “Bella” was awarded posthumously a seven ring rosette trophy for her selfless heroism defending her family.

"Bella" Awarded Medal for Bravery

The Familiar Spirit! “poem”

3 Oct

The Familiar Spirit!


When feeling sad because I miss

my angel dressed in fur

I Close my eyes and feel you by my side,

right where you always were

I feel your love and see your face

with the light that shined within your eyes

Please Know, that a part of my heart belongs to you

You will always shine inside

A sign from the Bridge

A Thousand Horse but None to Ride!

3 Oct

A Thousand Horse but None to Ride

Painted Heart

A Thousand Horse but None to Ride

With flying tail and flowing mane

Wide nostrils never stretched by pain

Mouths bloodless to the bit or rein

and hooves that iron never shod

and flanks un-scarred by spur or rod

A thousand horse the wild the free

Like waves that flow over the sea

came thickly thundering on

written by: Lord Byron

Stray Pit Bull Saves a Woman & Child

3 Oct

Stray Pit Bull Saves Woman & Child from Attacker

Stray Pit Bull Becomes one families Guardian Angel


A dog came out of nowhere and stopped a knife-wielding robber from accosting a mother and her young son on Monday afternoon.

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — The wandering 65-pound Pit Bull mix might have seemed menacing to some passerby, but one woman will always remember him as her “guardian angel.”

The dog, which authorities think is lost and not a stray, successfully thwarted a robbery attack on a mother and her 2-year-old son, who were held at knifepoint Monday afternoon.

The Florida woman, who has been identified by authorities simply as “Angela,” was leaving a playground with her toddler son in Port Charlotte when a man approached her in the parking lot with a knife and told her not to make any noise or sudden movements.

Angela didn’t have to do either to protect herself and her child — a dog mysteriously ran to the scene and charged the man, who quickly fled.

“I don’t think the dog physically attacked the man, but he went at him and was showing signs of aggression, just baring his teeth and growling and barking. It was clear he was trying to defend this woman,” Animal Control Lt. Brian Jones told Pet Pulse.

“I don’t know what this man’s intentions were, but it is very possible this dog saved her life.” The exceptional part of the story, Jones said, is that the dog had never met or even seen the people it quickly jumped to defend.

“You hear about family dogs protecting their owners, but this dog had nothing to do with this woman or her kid,” Jones said. “He was like her guardian angel.”

After the alleged thief ran away, Angela quickly placed her son, Jordan, in the car and tried to drive off. Before she could, though, the dog jumped into her backseat, waiting with her for the police and animal control officers to arrive at the scene.

The dog was transported to a local shelter and if his owners don’t step forward within five days, Jones said, Angela and her family plan to adopt the savior she named “Angel.”

Animal control officers and shelter workers believe Angel is lost, and not a stray, because of his good health, sturdy weight and mild temperament.

“It’s funny, that someone’s irresponsibility could have saved someone’s life,” Jones said of Angel’s possible owners.

For Angela, it doesn’t matter where the dog came from, just that he was there when she needed him most.

“I don’t know what his [the thief’s] intentions were — I don’t know why he did it, but I’m glad that — we call him Angel — I’m glad that Angel showed up because I don’t know what would have happened,” Angela told NBC2 News.

For a small town with a population of 46,452, animal control officers were kept busy Monday afternoon. Jones says they department also responded to a report about a boa constrictor in a church parking lot.

The snake found its way into a car engine and was able to be removed without being harmed. It took three people to move the massive, seemingly random placed snake.

“It’s funny, because we aren’t a big place,” he said of the Gulf Coast town. “And we can go for four or five months without the media contacting us about a story. It’s been a busy week.”

Officers from the responding county sheriff’s office canvassed the area and were unable to locate

Priscilla The Hero Pig

3 Oct

 Priscilla The Hero Pig

Saves Drowning Boy

 Priscilla, a 2-month-old piglet, saves a young boy from drowning. One hot July day in 1984, Carol Burk and her 11-year-old son, Anthony went swimming in Texas, Lake Somerville. They were joined by Priscilla, a 22-pound, 2-month-old piglet they had raised. Priscilla loved the water and was a great swimmer, but Anthony, a mentally handicapped child, was not. For hours, Anthony, his mother, and Priscilla played hide-and-seek in the shallow waters. Finally, Anthony tired and his mom turned to get ready to leave. When she turned back, Anthony was far out in the water, struggling. She started swimming toward him, and so did Priscilla. Despite being very tired from swimming all day, the little pig reached Anthony first. He grabbed for her halter and leash. In his panic he pulled too hard and went under, this time taking Priscilla with him! Now both Anthony and Priscilla were drowning and he weighed almost four times more than she did. Priscilla struggled to get to the surface of the water. Finally, with enormous effort, she succeeded. With Anthony clinging to her small body, Priscilla swam back to shore.

Priscilla, like all pigs, has a very long memory. Years after the rescue, she still became upset whenever she saw young children playing near the water. For her heroism, Priscilla was honored with a “Priscilla the Pig” day in Houston, Texas.

Cat Quotations

25 Jul

Quotes about Cats

It is impossible to keep a straight face in the presence of one or more kittens. – Cynthia E. Varnado
There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.
In order to keep a true perspective of one’s importance, everyone should have a dog that will worship him and a cat that will ignore him. – Dereke Bruce
There are few things in life more heartwarming than to be welcomed by a cat. – Tay Hohoff
If cats could talk, they wouldn’t. – Nan Porter
There are two means of refuge from the misery of life – music and cats. – Albert Schweitzer
A catless writer is almost inconceivable.  It’s a perverse taste, really, since it would be easier to write with a herd of buffalo in the room than even one cat; they make nests in the notes and bite the end of the pen and walk on the typewriter keys. – Barbara Holland
If animals could speak, the dog would be a blundering outspoken fellow; but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much. – Mark Twain
Cats are rather delicate creatures and they are subject to a good many ailments, but I never heard of one who suffered from insomnia. – Joseph Wood Krutch
The cat could very well be man’s best friend but would never stoop to admitting it. – Doug Larson
There is something about the presence of a cat… that seems to take the bite out of being alone. – Louis J. Camuti
As every cat owner knows, nobody owns a cat.  ~Ellen Perry Berkeley
The problem with cats is that they get the exact same look on their face whether they see a moth or an axe-murderer.  ~Paula Poundstone
Cats can work out mathematically the exact place to sit that will cause most inconvenience.  ~Pam Brown
After scolding one’s cat one looks into its face and is seized by the ugly suspicion that it understood every word.  And has filed it for reference.  ~Charlotte Gray
A cat can be trusted to purr when she is pleased, which is more than can be said for human beings.  ~William Ralph Inge
The reason cats climb is so that they can look down on almost every other animal – it’s also the reason they hate birds.  ~K.C. Buffington
A cat is an example of sophistication minus civilization.  ~Author Unknown
There has never been a cat
Who couldn’t calm me down
By walking slowly
Past my chair.
~Rod McKuen
Your cat will never threaten your popularity by barking at three in the morning.  He won’t attack the mailman or eat the drapes, although he may climb the drapes to see how the room looks from the ceiling.  ~Helen Powers
Cats do care.  For example they know instinctively what time we have to be at work in the morning and they wake us up twenty minutes before the alarm goes off.  ~Michael Nelson
When I play with my cat, who knows if I am not a pastime to her more than she is to me?  ~Michel de Montaigne, Essays, 1580
Kittens are born with their eyes shut.  They open them in about six days, take a look around, then close them again for the better part of their lives.  ~Stephen Baker
I had been told that the training procedure with cats was difficult.  It’s not.  Mine had me trained in two days.  ~Bill Dana
If there is one spot of sun spilling onto the floor, a cat will find it and soak it up.  ~J.A. McIntosh
No amount of time can erase the memory of a good cat, and no amount of masking tape can ever totally remove his fur from your couch.  ~Leo Dworken
It doesn’t do to be sentimental about cats; the best ones don’t respect you for it.  ~Susan Howatch
A dog, I have always said, is prose; a cat is a poem.  ~Jean Burden
The cat is the only animal without visible means of support who still manages to find a living in the city.  ~Carl van Vechten
There’s no need for a piece of sculpture in a home that has a cat.  ~Wesley Bates
If the pull of the outside world is strong, there is also a pull towards the human.  The cat may disappear on its own errands, but sooner or later, it returns once again for a little while, to greet us with its own type of love.  ~Lloyd Alexander
One is never sure, watching two cats washing each other, whether it’s affection, the taste, or a trial run for the jugular.  ~Helen Thomson
I believe cats to be spirits come to earth.  A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through.  ~Jules Verne
A cat pours his body on the floor like water.  ~William Lyon Phelps
There is no more intrepid explorer than a kitten.  ~Jules Champfleury
A cat improves the garden wall in sunshine, and the hearth in foul weather.  ~Judith Merkle Riley
A cat’s got her own opinion of human beings.  She don’t say much, but you can tell enough to make you anxious not to hear the whole of it.  ~Jerome K. Jerome
I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.  ~Edgar Allan Poe
The cat seldom interferes with other people’s rights.  His intelligence keeps him from doing many of the fool things that complicate life.  ~Carl Van Vechten
Cats come and go without ever leaving.  ~Martha Curtis
Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask for what you want.  ~Joseph Wood Krutch
You will always be lucky if you know how to make friends with strange cats.  ~Proverb
The ideal of calm exists in a sitting cat. 
Are we really sure the purring is coming from the kitty and not from our very own hearts?  ~Terri Guillemets
Dogs come when they’re called; cats take a message and get back to you later.  ~Mary Bly
The cat is the only animal which accepts the comforts but rejects the bondage of domesticity.  ~Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon
The city of cats and the city of men exist one inside the other, but they are not the same city.  ~Italo Calvino
If you are allergic to a thing, it is best not to put that thing in your mouth, particularly if the thing is cats.  ~Lemony Snicket
My cat speaks sign language with her tail.  ~Robert A. Stern
Some people say that cats are sneaky, evil, and cruel.  True, and they have many other fine qualities as well.  ~Missy Dizick
In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this.  ~Terry Pratchett
Authors like cats because they are such quiet, lovable, wise creatures, and cats like authors for the same reasons.  ~Robertson Davies
The cat is domestic only as far as suits its own ends.  ~Saki
Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a purpose.  ~Garrison Keillor
Most cats, when they are Out want to be In, and vice versa, and often simultaneously.  ~Louis J. Camuti
Kittens believe that all nature is occupied with their diversion.  ~F.A. Paradis de Moncrif
What greater gift than the love of a cat?  ~Charles Dickens
Before a cat will condescend
To treat you as a trusted friend,
Some little token of esteem
Is needed, like a dish of cream.
~T.S. Eliot
People that hate cats will come back as mice in their next life.  ~Faith Resnick
Most of us rather like our cats to have a streak of wickedness.  I should not feel quite easy in the company of any cat that walked about the house with a saintly expression.  ~Beverly Nichols
Kittens are angels with whiskers.  ~Author Unknown
Even if you have just destroyed a Ming Vase, purr.  Usually all will be forgiven.  ~Lenny Rubenstein
You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat.  You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles.  Do you understand this?  And radio operates exactly the same way:  you send signals here, they receive them there.  The only difference is that there is no cat.  ~Albert Einstein
Purring would seem to be, in her case, an automatic safety valve device for dealing with happiness overflow.  ~Monica Edwards
It is in the nature of cats to do a certain amount of unescorted roaming.  ~Adlai Stevenson
A cat bitten once by a snake dreads even rope.  ~Arab Proverb
Cats have intercepted my footsteps at the ankle for so long that my gait, both at home and on tour, has been compared to that of a man wading through low surf.  ~Roy Blount, Jr.
Like a graceful vase, a cat, even when motionless, seems to flow.  ~George F. Will
When your kitty purrs to you, doesn’t it break your heart that you can’t purr back?  ~Terri Guillemets
You own a dog but you feed a cat.  ~Jenny de Vries
Everything I know I learned from my cat:  When you’re hungry, eat.  When you’re tired, nap in a sunbeam.  When you go to the vet’s, pee on your owner.  ~Gary Smith
Sometimes he curls up on my pillow during the night and I don’t know he’s there until I yawn and my mouth closes on a whisker.  ~Astrid Alauda
A cat isn’t fussy – just so long as you remember he likes his milk in the shallow, rose-patterned saucer and his fish on the blue plate.  From which he will take it, and eat it off the floor.  ~Arthur Bridges
Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk.  ~Henry David Thoreau
There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast.  ~Author Unknown
Kittens can happen to anyone.  ~Paul Gallico
It is impossible for a lover of cats to banish these alert, gentle, and discriminating little friends, who give us just enough of their regard and complaisance to make us hunger for more.  ~Agnes Repplier
No heaven will not ever Heaven be
Unless my cats are there to welcome me.
~Author Unknown
The cat is the animal to whom the Creator gave the biggest eye, the softest fur, the most supremely delicate nostrils, a mobile ear, an unrivaled paw and a curved claw borrowed from the rose-tree.  ~Colette
A cat is the only domestic animal I know who toilet trains itself and does a damned impressive job of it.  ~Joseph Epstein
Cats conspire to keep us at arm’s length.  ~Frank Perkins
I have studied many philosophers and many cats.  The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior.  ~Hippolyte Taine
There is, incidentally, no way of talking about cats that enables one to come off as a sane person.  ~Dan Greenberg
Although all cat games have their rules and rituals, these vary with the individual player.  The cat, of course, never breaks a rule.  If it does not follow precedent, that simply means it has created a new rule and it is up to you to learn it quickly if you want the game to continue.  ~Sidney Denham
People who love cats have some of the biggest hearts around.  ~Susan Easterly
Prowling his own quiet backyard or asleep by the fire, he is still only a whisker away from the wilds.  ~Jean Burden
The trouble with a kitten is that
Eventually it becomes a cat.
~Ogden Nash
Cats can be cooperative when something feels good, which, to a cat, is the way everything is supposed to feel as much of the time as possible.  ~Roger Caras
The man who carries a cat by the tail learns something that can be learned in no other way.  ~Mark Twain
When you’re used to hearing purring and suddenly it’s gone, it’s hard to silence the blaring sound of sadness.  ~Missy Altijd
Any conditioned cat-hater can be won over by any cat who chooses to make the effort.  ~Paul Corey
Keep an eye on the cat and another on the frying pan.  ~Proverb
Cats are dangerous companions for writers because cat watching is a near-perfect method of writing avoidance.  ~Dan Greenburg
Psychologists now recognize that the need in some people to have a dozen cats is really a sublimated desire to have two dozen cats.  ~Robert Brault,
It always gives me a shiver when I see a cat seeing what I can’t see.  ~Eleanor Farjeon
Way down deep, we’re all motivated by the same urges.  Cats have the courage to live by them.  ~Jim Davis
Cats speak a subtle language in which few sounds carry many meanings, depending on how they are sung or purred.  “Mnrhnh” means comfortable soft chairs.  It also means fish.  It means genial companionship… and the absence of dogs.  ~Val Schaffner
People that don’t like cats haven’t met the right one yet.  ~Deborah A. Edwards
Another cat?  Perhaps.  For love there is also a season; its seeds must be resown.  But a family cat is not replaceable like a wornout coat or a set of tires.  Each new kitten becomes its own cat, and none is repeated.  I am four cats old, measuring out my life in friends that have succeeded but not replaced one another.  ~Irving Townsend
I love cats because I love my home and after a while they become its visible soul.  ~Jean Cocteau
By and large, people who enjoy teaching animals to roll over will find themselves happier with a dog.  ~Barbara Holland
You cannot look at a sleeping cat and feel tense.  ~Jane Pauley
If by chance I seated myself to write, she very slyly, very tenderly, seeking protection and caresses, would softly take her place on my knee and follow the comings and goings of my pen -sometimes effacing, with an unintentional stroke of her paw, lines of whose tenor she disapproved.  ~Pierre Loti
You can keep a dog; but it is the cat who keeps people, because cats find humans useful domestic animals.  ~George Mikes
I named my kitten Rose – fur soft as a petal, claws sharper than thorns.  ~Astrid Alauda
If he is comic, it is only because of the incongruity of so demure a look and so wild a heart.  ~Alan Devoe
To err is human, to purr is feline.  ~Robert Byrne
Cat lovers can readily be identified.  Their clothes always look old and well used.  Their sheets look like bath towels and their bath towels look like a collection of knitting mistakes.  ~Eric Gurney
The cat loves fish, but she’s loath to wet her feet.  ~Proverb
  Do you see that kitten chasing so prettily her own tail?  If you could look with her eyes, you might see her surrounded with hundreds of figures performing complex dramas, with tragic and comic issues, long conversations, many characters, many ups and downs of fate.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
I don’t think it is so much the actual bath that most cats dislike; I think it’s the fact that they have to spend a good part of the day putting their hair back in place.  ~Debbie Peterson
The way to keep a cat is to try to chase it away.  ~E.W. Howe
Those who play with cats must expect to be scratched.  ~Proverb
To bathe a cat takes brute force, perseverance, courage of conviction – and a cat.  The last ingredient is usually hardest to come by.  ~Stephen Baker
I pet her and she pays me back in purrs.  ~Terri Guillemets
Cats are the ultimate narcissists.  You can tell this because of all the time they spend on personal grooming.  Dogs aren’t like this.  A dog’s idea of personal grooming is to roll on a dead fish.  ~James Gorman
The best kind of alarm clock is the purring kind.  ~Terri Guillemets
Cats as a class, have never completely got over the snootiness caused by that fact that in Ancient Egypt they were worshipped as gods.  ~P.G. Wodehouse
Some people say man is the most dangerous animal on the planet.  Obviously those people have never met an angry cat.  ~Lillian Johnson
Time spent with cats is never wasted.  ~May Sarton
A cat is a lion in a jungle of small bushes.  ~Indian Proverb
People meeting for the first time suddenly relax if they find they both have cats.  And plunge into anecdote.  ~Charlotte Gray
Any household with at least one feline member has no need for an alarm clock.  ~Louise A. Belcher
Who would believe such pleasure from a wee ball o’ fur?  ~Irish Saying
Dogs have owners, cats have staff.  ~Author Unknown
One must love a cat on its own terms.  ~Paul Gray
The sun rose slowly, like a fiery furball coughed up uneasily onto a sky-blue carpet by a giant unseen cat.  ~Michael McGarel
A kitten is the most irresistible comedian in the world.  Its wide-open eyes gleam with wonder and mirth.  It darts madly at nothing at all, and then, as though suddenly checked in the pursuit, prances sideways on its hind legs with ridiculous agility and zeal.  ~Agnes Repplier
Dogs eat.  Cats dine.  ~Ann Taylor
She clawed her way into my heart and wouldn’t let go.  ~Missy Altijd
Of all the toys available, none is better designed than the owner himself.  A large multipurpose plaything, its parts can be made to move in almost any direction.  It comes completely assembled, and it makes a sound when you jump on it.  ~Stephen Baker
No matter how much the cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens.  ~Abraham Lincoln
I enjoy many silent moments with my cat, a conversation always resumed exactly where left off.  ~Robert Brault,
The dog may be wonderful prose, but only the cat is poetry.  ~French Proverb
The cat has always been associated with the moon.  Like the moon it comes to life at night, escaping from humanity and wandering over housetops with its eyes beaming out through the darkness.  ~Patricia Dale-Green
Ignorant people think it is the noise which fighting cats make that is so aggravating, but it ain’t so; it is the sickening grammar that they use.  ~Mark Twain
Cats never strike a pose that isn’t photogenic.  ~Lillian Jackson Braun
Who hath a better friend than a cat?  ~William Hardwin
Nobody who is not prepared to spoil cats will get from them the reward they are able to give to those who do spoil them.  ~Compton MacKenzie
A cat is a puzzle for which there is no solution.  ~Hazel Nicholson
Always the cat remains a little beyond the limits we try to set for him in our blind folly.  ~Andre Norton
When a cat chooses to be friendly, it’s a big deal, because a cat is picky.  ~Mike Deupree
He liked companionship, but he wouldn’t be petted, or fussed over, or sit in anyone’s lap a moment; he always extricated himself from such familiarity with dignity and with no show of temper.  If there was any petting to be done, however, he chose to do it.  Often he would sit looking at me, and then, moved by a delicate affection, come and pull at my coat and sleeve until he could touch my face with his nose, and then go away contented.  ~Charles Dudley Warner
Even overweight, cats instinctively know the cardinal rule:  when fat, arrange yourself in slim poses.  ~John Weitz
In the middle of a world that had always been a bit mad, the cat walks with confidence.  ~Rosanne Amberson
Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.  ~Colette
The cat does not offer services.  The cat offers itself.  Of course he wants care and shelter.  You don’t buy love for nothing.  Like all pure creatures, cats are practical.  ~William S. Burroughs
One cat just leads to another.  ~Ernest Hemingway
Women, poets, and especially artists, like cats; delicate natures only can realize their sensitive systems.  ~Helen M. Winslow
Most beds sleep up to six cats.  Ten cats without the owner.  ~Stephen Baker
A cat is a tiger that is fed by hand.  ~Proverb
I put down my book, The Meaning of Zen, and see the cat smiling into her fur as she delicately combs it with her rough pink tongue.  “Cat, I would lend you this book to study but it appears you have already read it.”  She looks up and gives me her full gaze.  “Don’t be ridiculous,” she purrs, “I wrote it.”  ~Dilys Laing, “Miao”
Who among us hasn’t envied a cat’s ability to ignore the cares of daily life and to relax completely?  ~Karen Brademeyer
Cats only pretend to be domesticated if they think there’s a bowl of milk in it for them.  ~Robin Williams
Every dog has his day – but the nights are reserved for the cats.  ~Author Unknown
A kitten is so flexible that she is almost double; the hind parts are equivalent to another kitten with which the forepart plays.  She does not discover that her tail belongs to her until you tread on it.  ~Henry David Thoreau
Your cat may never have to hunt farther than the kitchen counter for its supper nor face a predator more fierce than the vacuum cleaner.  ~Barbara L. Diamond
One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat has only nine lives.  ~Mark Twain
A meow massages the heart.  ~Stuart McMillan
The domestic cat seems to have greater confidence in itself than in anyone else.  ~Lawrence N. Johnson
If a dog jumps into your lap, it is because he is fond of you; but if a cat does the same thing, it is because your lap is warmer.  ~Alfred North Whitehead
Cats are to dogs what modern people are to the people we used to have.  Cats are slimmer, cleaner, more attractive, disloyal, and lazy.  It’s easy to understand why the cat has eclipsed the dog as modern America’s favorite pet.  People like pets to possess the same qualities they do.  Cats are irresponsible and recognize no authority, yet are completely dependent on others for their material needs.  Cats cannot be made to do anything useful.  Cats are mean for the fun of it.  In fact, cats possess so many of the same qualities as some people (expensive girlfriends, for instance) that it’s often hard to tell the people and the cats apart.  ~P.J. O’Rourke, Modern Manners
It’s really the cat’s house – we just pay the mortgage.  ~Author Unknown
Cats are notoriously sore losers.  Coming in second best, especially to someone as poorly coordinated as a human being, grates their sensibility.  ~Stephen Baker
Does the father figure in your cat’s life ever clean the litter box?  My husband claims that men lack the scooping gene.  ~Barbara L. Diamond
Some people have cats and go on to lead normal lives.  ~Author Unknown
Cats have an infallible understanding of total concentration – and get between you and it.  ~Arthur Br
Four little Persians, but only one looked in my direction.  I extended a tentative finger and two soft paws clung to it.  There was a contented sound of purring, I suspect on both our parts.  ~George Freedley
We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it and stop there, lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove-lid.  She will never sit down on a hot stove-lid again, and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore.  ~Mark Twain
I have noticed that what cats most appreciate in a human being is not the ability to produce food which they take for granted, but his or her entertainment value.  ~Author Unknown
It is remarkable, in cats, that the outer life they reveal to their masters is one of perpetual boredom.  ~Robley Wilson, Jr.
The smart cat doesn’t let on that he is.  ~H.G. Frommer
If I called her she would pretend not to hear, but would come a few moments later when it could appear that she had thought of doing so first.  ~Arthur Weigall
I am as vigilant as a cat to steal cream.  ~William Shakespeare, Henry IV
If we treated everyone we meet with the same affection we bestow upon our favorite cat, they, too, would purr.  ~Martin Buxbaum
The cat was created when the lion sneezed.  ~Arabian Proverb
The cat is above all things, a dramatist.  ~Margaret Benson
Meow is like aloha – it can mean anything.  ~Hank Ketchum
An ordinary kitten will ask more questions than any five year old.  ~Carl Van Vechten
Cats were put into the world to disprove the dogma that all things were created to serve man.  ~Paul Gray
If the claws didn’t retract, cats would be like Velcro.  ~Bruce Fogle
A cat determined not to be found can fold itself up like a pocket handkerchief if it wants to.  ~Louis J. Camuti
  Most cats do not approach humans recklessly.  The possibility of concealed weapons, clods or sticks, tend to make them reserved.  Homeless cats in particular – with some justification, unfortunately – consider humans their natural enemies.  Much ceremony must be observed, and a number of diplomatic feelers put out, before establishing a state of truce.  ~Lloyd Alexander
God made the cat in order that man might have the pleasure of caressing the lion.  ~Fernand Mery
When a cat speaks, it’s because it has something to say, unlike humans who are the great refuse containers of speech.  ~Terri Guillemets
Cats are smarter than dogs.  You can’t get eight cats to pull a sled through snow.  ~Jeff Valdez
If only cats grew into kittens.  ~R. Stern
If there were to be a universal sound depicting peace, I would surely vote for the purr.  ~Barbara L. Diamond
“A cat is a puzzle for which there is no solution.” ~ Hazel Nicholson

Animal Angel Videos

22 Jul

A collection of videos about animals, animal rescue, animal activism, animal tributes etc.

  • angel animal acts of love, devotion, courage, compassion, intelligence, communication, grief and emotion.
  • Videos of Animal Activism and about Animal Rights.
  • Funny Animal Videos (Clips & Compilations)
  • Animal Tribute Videos
  • Animal Related Music Videos
  • Links to Full length movies about animals.
  • Cute Animal Clips & compilations
  • Animal Training Videos
  • Animals (giving there abusers what they deserve)
  • Wildlife Videos
  • Pet Videos

“Buddy” the Hero Dog of Knight Island Alaska

22 Jul

Buddy is a touching story with a tragic ending. Bill Hitchcock was the sole caretaker of a remote lodge on Knight Island, Alaska. While out cutting firewood, Hitchcock was struck by a piece of timber and died. For the next two weeks, his faithful four-year-old black lab, Buddy, paced between his owner’s body and the shoreline looking for help. He managed to survive the brutal February temperatures that reached -23°F before leading searchers to his owner.

After people heard of Buddy’s story, over a thousand letters, calls, and emails were sent by people hoping to adopt him. Finally, Bill’s neighbors, Roger and Marilyn Stowell, decided that Jim Brewer, the mayor of the Alaska Peninsula village of Chignik would get him.

Less than a month later, Buddy was dead. Brewer who had initially told reporters that “Buddy will just become part of our family,” had Buddy put to sleep. According to Brewer, Buddy had difficulty transitioning to his new life and, after the dog bit him, he decided to surrender him to Anchorage Animal Control. Buddy was labeled “ineligible for adoption” and euphonized. The Stowell’s, who had told Brewer that he could return Buddy if it did not work out, were heartbroken as were the 999 other people who had expressed an interest in Buddy.- Darcy Logan

Uncovering the Roots of Dominionism

12 Jul

Uncovering the Roots of Dominionism

An Interview with Jim Mason from No Compromise Issue 21

Jim Mason is a pioneering author within the animal liberation movement. In 1980, he co-authored Animal Factories with Peter Singer, which served as an eye-opening expose of the conditions on factory farms in the United States. Mason’s next groundbreaking book, An Unnatural Order, was published in 1993. An Unnatural Order traces the roots of humanity’s dominionistic ways back to the advent of agriculture. This startling link provides incredibly important insight into the root causes of oppression in our society.

In An Unnatural Order you talk about dominionism. What exactly is dominionism?

It is the worldview of the human supremacist: The view or belief held by one species, Homo sapiens sapiens, that it has a divine right—a God-given license—to use animals and everything else in the living world for its own benefit. This worldview is strongest in Western traditions, but it has spread to Russia, China, Japan and most of the rest of the world along with our industrialism, consumerism, and modernism.

How did the development of “animal agriculture” impact the way humans relate to animals, nature and each other?

Before animal agriculture began 10,000 years ago, people regarded animals with fascination, awe, and respect because they were lively and active, and were thought to harbor many of the powers and forces of nature. Those people had a strong sense of kinship with animals, which gave them a sense of belonging in the living world. Animal agriculture—or the enslavement of animals for human benefit—turned it all upside down. Animals had to be taken down off their pedestals so that they could be controlled, worked, and bought and sold. The old sense of kinship with the living world was replaced with fear, loathing, dread, and alienation. Western history and “civilization” began c. 3,000 BC in the land now called Iraq with wars, slavery, inequality, and women’s subjugation.

To what extent do you feel this is tied to how desensitized humans in western culture have become from the way our society treats animals?

100 percent. We couldn’t very well carry on the cruelties inherent in animal slavery if we clung to the old ideas of kinship with and respect for animals. So, early agri-societies constructed sets of myths to maintain animal slavery and the subjugation of the nature for agriculture. One set of myths I call “misothery,” literally (from Greek), hatred of animals. Misothery breaks down into all of the lies and denials about animals that we deal with every day: Animals are often vicious, dangerous, sneaky, threatening, or evil– and always beneath our regard. Misothery not only desensitizes us, it gives us false and unscientific ideas about animals and nature.

What sorts of lessons can anti-factory farming activists learn from the history you trace in An Unnatural Order?

That history is helpful not only to activism against factory farms, but all activism for animals. Our movement is struggling against some very old traditions, and I think it is helpful to understand those traditions from their roots. More specifically, two of the big issues in AR today are:

(a) Factory farming, handling, shipping, slaughter–which account for about 98 percent of all animal suffering–and killing. If we understand the history, then we understand the myths and other underpinnings of modern animal agribusiness. And activists on other issues should understand that animal enslavement for farming is the mother—or father—of all animal oppression, because it set up the many myths that make up the dominionist worldview.

(b) The property status of animals. Western concepts of property probably grew out of animal slavery in the ancient world. Animals were probably the first form of money, property, and wealth. For example: Capital, a word for wealth, derives from capita, Latin for head; the wealth of a herding tribe, such as the early Romans, was measured by the head count—how many cattle (or sheep, goats, camels, etc.) it owned. To this day, ranchers say things like, “We hauled a couple of hundred head to market yesterday.”

What impact has our alienation from nature had on the way we live our lives, and what sorts of problems does it present?

Too many to list here, but start with consumerism: People buy stuff like there’s no tomorrow—most of them not knowing or caring where it all comes from. People are oblivious to the mining, lumbering, damming, and rampant industrialization of the earth. Under dominionism, every living creature is regarded as either resource or pest.

For another, consider the problem of sex and our bodies. We have a tradition of shame and loathing about these aspects of life because they remind us of our mammalhood—our kinship with animals and nature. We deny and distort the most essential elements of human life in order to maintain the unbridgeable gap between our species and all others.

To what extent do you see racism, sexism, homophobia and colonialism as being rooted in dominionism?

Racism grows out of misothery—hatred and contempt for animals and nature. We transfer our misothery to people whom we regard as closer to animals and nature than us. Sexism, or male supremacy, is a fixture of the patriarchal culture invented by the warring, herding societies who dominated the rise of Western civilization in the ancient Middle East. Homophobia is one of the by-products of patriarchal culture, which sees human breeding as so all-important that every kind of sexual gratification is outlawed unless it places male sperm near female ova. Colonialism is dominionism applied to other peoples and their lands. In its earliest stages, Europeans regarded native Americans, Africans, Pacific Islanders, and others as “savages” and sub-humans—animals, in other words. The Europeans’ misothery guaranteed that they would be treated accordingly—as slaves.

What would you say to activists from other causes who are fighting various forms of oppression of their fellow humans, but who still dismiss concerns about animals as irrelevant?

Read An Unnatural Order, particularly Chapter Three, “Animals: The Most Moving Things in the World” and Chapter Nine, “Beyond Dominionism.” Animals are basic to our worldview—or any other worldview, for that matter. Misothery—hatred of animality and nature—feeds racism and fosters unhealthy attitudes about sex, gender, and our bodies. Intellectuals have been discussing the problem of alienation and other parts of the “Nature Question” for a century and a half, making no progress because they have a blind spot (because of hostility because of misothery) regarding animals. We simply cannot come to terms with nature unless we come to terms with animals, for animals are central to the entire Nature Question.

If all these forms of oppression are linked and so heavily integrated into our culture, how can we help foster a new ethic that will not be focused on dominionism?

Expose the lies and de-construct the myths about animals, nature, and human beings. Science can help a lot if we use it properly, so let’s not be anti-science. Science is already helping us (well, those of us who read and think anyway) understand our very real, biological and evolutionary kinship with animals. Of course this scares and infuriates a lot of people, loaded up as they are with misothery; they consider it the gravest insult even to be mentioned in the same breath with animals. Science also is telling us a lot about the realities of animals’ lives—their sentience, their emotions, their social bonds and many other aspects of life that we have historically denied in them and reserved exclusively for ourselves. Good science exposes the lies and myths about human and animal life that have built up over nearly 100 centuries of animal slavery.

Expose and destroy lies and myths about the living world, to include us—Homo sapiens sapiens—living in it. That’s what we must do. To destroy all of these is to destroy misothery, which props up dominionism (let’s just call it human supremacy) and maintains a void or a gulf instead of a sense of kinship between humans and other animals.

At the same time, we ought to think about some of our habits and traditions formed by a long period of dominionist (human supremacist) culture–things like our consumerism/materialism, our sprawling cities, our gluttony for water and energy, our urge to breed, our population growth, and all of our ways of living that are destroying forests, coastal wetlands, wilderness, the oceans, the atmosphere, and too many of the species of non-human beings who live therein.

If you would like a goal to keep in mind, let’s say bring the planet’s human population and consumption impact back to the levels it was on the eve of agriculture 10,000 years ago: five to ten million people using a very small amount of all-biodegradable stuff in a lifetime. That was the last time that the human species lived on the planet more or less in equilibrium with all other life. Of course, we would want to make this change humanely and fairly; no taking of lives–just good, effective birth control and industrial management.

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