Category Archives: Opinion

Sunday Pause (Paws): Come Together

It’s Sunday! Time to kick back & relax and seriously you all we need to pray. Turning on each other is not the answer.

There is just too much going on in the world (in our country) to even try to fully write about right now.

There is hate, there is violence, there is illness, there is financial worry, and so much more. Aside of these recent global and local battles there has always been abuse. Abuse of animals and abuse of people. I’m afraid with all of the stresses these days this has most likely heightened. So many different challenges people are going through. Just this past week I have heard of two people committing suicide (too close to home). This is one thing that deeply breaks my heart. Thinking that someone felt that much despair that they saw no way out and chose to end their life is such an absolute heartbreaking thing.

A world with no more hate
For that day we can hardly wait
Until then love is what we’ll portray
And on our knees we’ll continue to pray

©LeeAnn Johnston/Animals Are Feeling Beings Too

Not sure what you’re going through but my prayer is you can have a Happy Sunday!

It’s Not Enough

You know it really gets to me when someone says all a pet needs is some food & water and they’re fine. Although it is true that they will most likely will be fine physically what people forget to think about is how they feel. To know how they feel all we have to do is listen.

That’s really the whole point of animal advocacy, animal empathy, and love for animals. It’s putting yourself in their shoes and paying attention to what they are trying to communicate. I think if everyone took the time to do that we would see that just throwing some food & water at them is not enough.

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Goodbye 2020, Hello 2021


Well Jack certainly is expressing exactly how we all feel! I just LOVE this picture and it is so appropriate. Everyone is so excited and anxious to say goodbye to 2020.

I am not one who makes resolutions but if I were it would be more of a wish this year. A wish that we start letting go of the hatred. With that in mind, I wrote the following poem to say goodbye to 2020 and hello to 2021.

LET ALL OF THE HATRED BE DONE

There has been so much happening
It has all been so very maddening
I blame you, you blame me, we blame them
Rather than love, it’s been easier to condemn
Yes, this year has been a tough one
Everyone is surely glad to see it done
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It Isn’t “Normal” To Everyone

From the day we are born we learn about our world by our surroundings. We learn from those around us; our family, friends, peers, teachers, etc. We pick up habits, traditions, and even beliefs from others. But one day we hopefully figure out who we want to be, think for ourselves (not necessarily just following the crowd), and that means we may come to see some things differently than what others may see as “normal.”

Because certain things in our surroundings/society are seen as “normal”, people don’t necessarily think about what they say, assuming everyone feels the same as they do.

An example of this is recently a delivery person who was bringing supplies to my place of employment started talking to me about how he was recently out bear hunting. I immediately tensed up. He went on to give me details about how it wasn’t easy but he got him. He explained how he set the traps and had to travel quite far to pursue him. He was so proud of this. All the while he is telling me this I am thinking “do I tell him I do not want to hear this?” and  “do I tell him that I am an animal advocate and that I care about all living beings?”

Black Bear, Woods, Wild, Wildlife, Outdoors, NatureImage taken from Pixabay

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Sunday Pause (Pause): Be Kind Because Kindness Is A Superpower

It’s Sunday! Time to kick back, relax, and spread a little kindness.

I came across a video clip talking about kindness and they called it a super power. 

Here is the video:

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Sunday Pause (Paws): Thoughts About A World In Chaos

All we have to do is look around to see that the world is in chaos. I don’t see how this will change things.

There is so much going on and yes, there is some good in there, but the bad and the ugly really seems to be coming out.

We’re battling a pandemic, there is looting and violence going on everywhere, and it’s election year.

Some say the pandemic is a hoax. Some are against wearing a mask. The truth is nobody likes wearing a mask. But if there is even a minuscule chance that wearing one will save someone else’s life (or your own), shouldn’t that be enough?

When it comes to elections I would be curious to see how many people actually learn the facts, views, and plans on both sides before they start criticizing the other candidate, the candidate supporters, and before they actually cast their vote. I suspect there are many people who focus in on one thing they are angry about or just listen to what others are saying without finding out the facts and making their own decisions. Elections in themselves never bring out the good in people. This is when you can see people at their ugliest. Everyone is so passionate about their beliefs which there is nothing wrong with. What is wrong is when people become so blatantly cruel toward those who do not believe the same as they do.

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Sunday Pause (Paws): Staying In The Moment

It’s Sunday! Time to kick back, relax, and stay in the moment.

Restaurants and stores are opening back up, people are going back to work, and people are starting to gather. This trying time is far from over but we’re getting back to our lives (somewhat).

Normally many of us find ourselves on a never ending merry-go-round finding it hard to rest and just be. Some are afraid to because if they allow themselves to rest or sit in quiet, instead of chaos, they may have to think about or face something they don’t want to but maybe should. I have been given the challenge before to just sit in complete silence, to just be, and to set aside all of my worries, focus on just one thing, or just clear my mind. Have you ever tried that? It is not as easy as you may think. Before you know it your mind is wandering back to the to do list or worrying about something. It’s amazing how hard it is to truly just be in the moment.

We can certainly take lessons from our pets on this as this image below wonderfully portrays.
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Sunday Pause (Paws): What Do We Do With That Darn Anxiety?

It’s Sunday! Time to kick back & relax! But who can do that with all this anxiety?

My sister brought over these three books for me. Cino’s veterinarian said “with your personality.” Is somebody trying to tell me something?

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Actually, I’m kidding. They don’t need to tell me, I know. I am an anxious person. I’m working on it though. But this post isn’t to be a downer or to focus on my anxiety. I am super appreciative of my sister and I am going to read those books. I also love my veterinarian and he’s right…I do have “that personality.” He was actually just trying to accommodate me.

I don’t know who has a harder time when it’s “that time of year” for an annual health screening, Cino or I. Anxiety tries to take over both of us. Continue reading

A Facebook Conversation About Barking Dogs

Hello all. I hope you are all staying healthy & safe!

When it comes to writing blog posts I get most of my ideas from life experiences. I have been in a bit of a dry spell lately but the other day I came across a post in a Facebook Neighbors Group about a guy yelling at another guy for yelling at a dog that was barking. I was interested in people’s opinions about a barking dog, which to me, tells me a lot about how they view animals in general. Most of the time I stay out of these group conversations because they can get ugly but I wanted to praise the guy who stuck up for the dog. I also saw it as an opportunity to discuss a little about how animals are animals and we need to respect them. I have snapshots of the actual conversation below with some editing for privacy. My comments are the ones next to the pink circles. I put “AAFBT” in them to make it easier to distinguish. This isn’t the entire conversation but a good portion of it.

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I’ve Got Chills, They’re Multiplying

Hello all.

This post is just for fun! It doesn’t have anything to do with animals other than mine is going to be giving me funny looks all night as I sing & dance along to GREASE. 💃🕺🎤🎶

This was one of my favorite movies when I was younger. Now I see it actually doesn’t have the best message but the music is alot of fun!

I‘ve got chills, they’re multiplying! How about you? Any of you fans and watching tonight?

Here is the trailer…