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Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday is Thanksgiving Day here in the US. We’ve all been taught the holiday was set aside by the Pilgrims to express gratitude for having survived their first year here in the New World. The truth is, the holiday, while touted as a sacred time to share with family and friends, has been a tool for … Continue reading

On Hearing the Dalai Lama Speak in Birmingham

So why would an agnostic such as myself get up at 3 AM on a Sunday morning and drive over 3 hours to listen to a Buddhist teacher and other religious teachers in a theater with poor acoustics and a bad sound system? I dunno, but I did it. And it was an amazing experience. … Continue reading

Killing Animals for God

This weekend, millions of animals will die in the name of God. Or Allah. Or whatever you call him, or her, or it. Why is God so bloodthirsty this weekend, you ask? Muslims and Jews are both celebrating major holidays that include ritual sacrifice of animals. On October 4th, Muslims will begin the celebration of … Continue reading

Adventures in Dog Exploitation- First World Edition

Thanks to social media, we now can watch lots of videos of cute dogs and cats doing incredibly funny things. But some of those videos make me cringe. Let’s review the latest craze- the videos of a dog in a spider costume scaring people. I am hoping those are staged, because I keep thinking it will only … Continue reading

Where Have You Been?

I’m sorry I haven’t been around. I am working a case that is taking a lot of my attention right now. Saturday night I got called out at 10:30 PM, and I didn’t make it back home until 10:30 Sunday morning. Needless to say, the gang was NOT happy. Rumpy refused to eat his breakfast. … Continue reading

Are We Animal Lovers? Or Users of Animals?

When I began writing about animal welfare issues, I naively thought that what was missing in the community was a lack of focused leadership, and that if only more people knew the truth about the plight of many animals around the world, we could join together and make positive changes. Oh, what a fool I … Continue reading

The Rewards of a Difficult Job

To some, the work of a child abuse investigator can seem filled with misery and despair. It’s true that it’s pretty dark when you’re up to your elbows in a sex abuse case. But there is also much joy to experience in this line of work, if only you look for it. Many of the families I … Continue reading

It’s a Question of Compassion

As an animal welfare blogger, I am often dismayed to read that some who advocate for animals can be quite cruel when it comes to one certain animal- humans. Whenever I write about product testing on animals, someone invariably comments, “Why not do that to prisoners and leave the animals alone?” Each time I read … Continue reading

The Miracle That is Dog

Did you ever stop and think what is this miraculous creature, Dog? Rumpy lives to please me. When I come home from work, he is the happiest living thing in all the world. When I’m angry, he is upset. When I am sad, so is he. Never once has he become frustrated with me and just … Continue reading

I Am A Superhero! No, Really!

I am a powerful person. How so, you ask? I have the ability to change the way people feel. Let me explain. Yesterday, I stopped to fill up the car before heading home. Soon afterward, a man came outside and began emptying the trash cans at the gas pumps. He didn’t seem to be in a … Continue reading

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