Category Archives: Opinion

Do You Talk To Your Pet?

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How many of you talk to your pet?

Not too long ago someone told me that they were talking to their dog and that someone else said “you know it’s just a dog.” “Just a dog”, oh how I hate hearing that. I feel it is devaluing an animal’s worth. Another time I overheard two people making fun of people saying “goodbye” to their cats. Continue reading

This Tuesday’s Tale: In Sickness and In Health

Vow, let’s look at the definition (taken from google search).

noun
noun: vow; plural noun: vows
  1. 1.
    a solemn promise.
    synonyms: oath, pledge, promise, bond, covenant, commitment, avowal, profession, affirmation, attestation, assurance, guarantee; More

    word, word of honor;
    formaltroth
    “a vow of silence”
    • a set of promises committing one to a prescribed role, calling, or course of action, typically to marriage or a monastic career.
verb
verb: vow; 3rd person present: vows; past tense: vowed; past participle: vowed; gerund or present participle: vowing
  1. 1.
    solemnly promise to do a specified thing.
    “he vowed that his government would not tolerate a repeat of the disorder”
    synonyms: swear, pledge, promise, avow, undertake, engage, make a commitment, give one’s word, guarantee;

    archaicplight
    “I vowed to do better”
  2. 2.
    archaic
    dedicate to someone or something, especially a deity.
    “I vowed myself to this enterprise”

I particularly like the following words used to define “vow”-promise, bond, commitment. 

I read all too often about people giving up their pets or simply abandoning them if they get sick. Continue reading

Are Animal Advocates Judgmental?

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I’ve heard people say animal advocates are “judgmental.” So, I look at myself and I think…am I? Let me tell you a few stories.

Years ago I worked at an animal hospital. It was a weekend job caring for the animals that were boarded there. I was so excited! I was still trying to figure out where I wanted to put my passion for animals to use. I was so excited to learn and see if this might be the type of business I would want to be in. But I didn’t like the veterinarian and in the end, he said I was always asking questions and “suspicious.” Well…you be the judge. Continue reading

Service Dogs, Do We SEE Them?

I‘m a “people watcher”, but I’m also an “animal watcher.” I always notice when someone has a service dog. I tend to watch them to try to pick up ques to see if they seem happy. I wonder if anyone else notices them. If anyone else worries about their well-being as much as the person’s well-being.

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This topic came to me when I was at the grocery store tonight. I passed a woman with a service dog. I watched him. It’s probably because they are working, but they always look sad to me. Continue reading

In Their Hooves

The rodeo…when I was a teenager I thought the idea of animals and cowboys seemed so exciting. I thought I might grow up to marry a cowboy one day. The movie Urban Cowboy was one of my favorite movies. Who could resist the cool Bud played by John Travolta?!

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Different Views, But Mine Can’t Be Wrong

Why I Am So Passionate About Helping Animals & Spreading The Word

Eye rolls, laughs, arguments, and comments; I’ve experienced them all as an animal advocate.

Are animal lovers rare? How would you define an animal lover? Can you be an animal lover and not get involved with animal welfare issues?

My opinion is animal lovers are not necessarily rare. Most people love them and have a pet in their family; a dog, cat, bird, or hamster maybe. I think most people are just simply unaware of the cruelty going on out there.

But there is another side, there are those who wouldn’t harm animals, but see them as “just animals.” “Just animals!” Because they are not the same as us, does not mean they have any less right to be here and to be treated with respect. Animals feel pain if you hit them, they bleed if they are hurt, they need food & water to survive, they get happy, sad, scared, stressed, & sick. I’m not seeing a lot of basic need differences. Continue reading