Today I was able to say for the first time to a parent that we are adding RedRover Readers to our curriculum. I’m so excited!
I have talked about this program in other posts, but for those who may not know, it is a program that teaches children empathy for animals. It is taught by reading specific books from the RedRover Readers program and asking children questions to promote critical thinking. They are not told “this is how the animal feels” but by looking at the animals posture, face, ears, eyes, tail, etc. they can then discuss how THEY think the animal feels. Other discussions may be about their personal experiences with animals, what is happening in the book, and even how the person feels.
There is a training for teaching this program that is through redrover.org. I took the training and when we won the RedRover drawing in March this year I was able to get many of the books to get this program going.
Here I am talking with some of our teaching staff about the books & curriculum to give them a better understanding of it. Continue reading →
I came across this post and was so moved by it, I had to share. Tiya Ivy wrote this post after the tragic death of her cat, Henry. She poured her heart out about the pain she was in over Henry’s death and how it happened.
Here is a paragraph from Tiya’s post:
“You see, Henry wasn’t just a run of the mill house cat. He wasn’t just a fixture in the background of our home that came in for feeding and kept to himself. He was an ever-present, loving and very involved member of our family. The night he died, his final act in this world before sneaking past my husband’s feet to get out far too late that evening, was to calm our 4-year-old daughter (who was having a meltdown because she was overtired and didn’t want to go to bed) by laying peacefully beside her until she finally drifted to sleep – as was his way. Every time I had a migraine, he never left my side until the storm had passed, even when I was puking my guts up and writhing in agony. When he came for a cuddle, he didn’t just lie next to you, he insisted on having his paw held. Despite the numerous times they certainly deserved it, he never once raised a claw to either of our girls. The amount of times he would make us laugh on a daily basis is innumerable. He was the physical embodiment of love and patience. He gave us everything he had to give and your actions robbed us of the chance to thank him for choosing to share his life with us before he left this world.”Continue reading →
This is a bit of a different Tuesday Tale. It’s about a human being, but it’s also about a dog she loved.
Our family received some devastating news this past weekend. My sister passed away at only 53 years old. Her name was Lisa.
We are still on an emotional roller coaster and still have the funeral to come. I considered skipping this Tuesday’s Tale post, but writing is a healing thing for me, an outlet.
My sister was very sick, although her death was still unexpected. She had a hard time taking care of herself, let alone a dog. But when her friend would visit she would bring this little dog with. The dog would stay with my sister often while the family had various things going on and it seems Lisa had fallen in love with this little dog named Eli.
There is a new hit reality tv show in Iceland called “Keeping Up With The Kattarshians.” This is a live-stream show following four kittens that were found abandoned in a factory. They are Guoni, Briet, Stubbur and Ronja. A local animal shelter nursed them back to health. Continue reading →
I did this training online earlier this year. This is an awesome thing. Its teaching children empathy for animals! If you’re an educator you know this also teaches empathy to humans. Studies have shown connections. If have teacher friends, share this with them. The more schools this program is in, the more the world will start treating animals with the respect and care God intended for them. The more we will be a part of making a change in the world.
As temperatures rise, it’s important to keep pets cool.
The following tips are from the Humane Society of the United States:
Never leave your pet in the car
Don’t put your pet in the back of a truck
Watch out for fertilizers and deadly plants
Recognizing the Signs of a Heat Stroke Signs and symptoms of heat stroke include: collapse, body temperature 104° F or above, bloody diarrhea or vomit, depression stupor, seizures or coma, excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart rate, salivation. Continue reading →
There is a new APP available from the Animal Legal Defense Fund called “LiveSafe.” It’s a mobile APP that allows you to easily and quickly report crimes against animals. I was so excited to see this. You just download the APP, follow the instructions on the ALDF website (link below) and then select a tip type to report a crime, and attach a photo or video along with your detailed observation. Below is an image of what the main screen looks like.
There has been a lot said recently about Pamela Anderson not
taking the ice bucket challenge for ALS because the organization
experiments on animals. There has been some support and there has been some criticism. Here is something she said; “Trying to cure human diseases by relying on outdated and ineffective animal experiments isn’t only cruel—it’s a grave disservice to people who desperately need cures.” This is true! Check out the following links that will take you to an organization called “Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine” where this topic is discussed: Animal Testing Alternatives, Research.
This just shows the loyalty animals feel for their family. There’s a great movie about this. If you haven’t seen it, check out Hachi. This is a movie based on a true story about the relationship between a dog and a man. I don’t want to give away what happens, but the dog feels extreme love and loyalty for this man. Check it out!
I received a letter in the mail today from “The Animal Legal Defense Fund” and as much as this is going to bring me to tears once again by typing this, this is some of what it said. Two men in Tennessee tortured a puppy for fun. The puppy died after 4 hours of suffering. They kicked her repeatedly until her ribs broke. One of the men stood on the puppy’s head, pushing her into the ground. They wired her mouth shut….tied wire around her neck….and hanged her from a tree, trying to choke her. Then stabbed her in the back with a knife.
The men’s punishment for torturing and brutally killing the innocent puppy was two years of probation and 200 hours of community service.