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Killing Bears- For Humanity’s Sake #SparetheBear

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Last Friday Stephanie Rivkin went hiking in the Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area in Connecticut, and had an encounter with two black bear cubs. She videoed the event and posted it to YouTube. . Now at least one of the bear cubs will be put to death by the state’s Department of…

Killing Bears- For Humanity’s Sake #SparetheBear

Last Friday Stephanie Rivkin went hiking in the Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area in Connecticut, and had an encounter with two black bear cubs. She videoed the event and posted it to YouTube. . Now at least one of the bear cubs will be put to death by the state’s Department of Energy and Environmental. Well, … Continue reading

The Soothing Sound of a Purring Cat

This morning I woke to find June Buggie lying on my chest purring loudly. Immediately a feeling of peace washed over me. How is that? Purring happens when cats contract both their laryngeal and diaphragmatic muscles. That’s how they can purr while inhaling and exhaling. Purring happens at low frequencies of between 25 and 150 hertz. This … Continue reading

Emergency Planning: Katrina Taught Us it’s Essential

Today marks the ten-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. According to the ASPCA’s Olivia Melikhov, Katrina left 600,000 pets dead or homeless. Almost half of the people who did not evacuate during Katrina said it was because they didn’t think they could bring their animals with them. Yet, even after all that, 35% of you DO NOT … Continue reading

When Your Dog Needs Veterinary Care You Can’t Afford…

I told you all about Phoebe, a certified therapy dog and the mascot for Working to Halt Online Abuse, and how she needed help paying for cateract surgery, but I didn’t tell you the whole story. I’ll rectify that right now. Phoebe is an 8-year-old Siberian Husky. She spent the first three years of her life … Continue reading

Remembering Lara Sobel

Friday evening, Vermont Department of Children and Families social worker Lara Sobel walked out of her office building in Barre City, Vermont, and was gunned down by Jody Herring. Lara was a 14-year veteran of the agency. She was married and had two young children. Herring was also a veteran. According to WCVB5 Boston, Herring was well-known … Continue reading

What We’ve Learned About Ourselves Since Cecil was Murdered

Unless you’ve been hiding from social media for the past few weeks, you know that Cecil, the beloved African lion of Zimbabwe, was lured from the Hwange National Park and killed by Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer to become a trophy on Palmer’s wall. So what’s happened since? The world has learned that the numbers of animal welfare advocates … Continue reading

People Let Me Tell You About My Best Friend

Harry Nilsson wrote a song about friendship called, appropriately, Best Friend: People let me tell you ’bout my best friend, He’s a warm hearted person who’ll love me till the end. People let me tell you bout my best friend, He’s a one boy cuddly toy, my up, my down, my pride and joy.  People … Continue reading

Monday at Jelly Roll Dog Park- A Review

Kid’s books are aplenty, and these days, they’re often about animals. Dogs and kids are usually a lucrative combination. So here we have writer Jennifer Schreiber using dogs to teach us how to handle bullying in her children’s book, Monday at Jelly Roll Dog Park. What did I think of the book? I don’t like … Continue reading

The Joy of Non-Judgmentalism

I’ve just gotten home from a law enforcement assist. A caregiver is going to jail, and I was needed to watch a young child until a relative could come pick him up. As we waited together in the parking lot of my office building, the little one asked me to hold him, and I did. We talked about the dark … Continue reading

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