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It’s World Rabies Day!

Today the world is being reminded that it takes all of us, ESPECIALLY those of us who love animals, to keep us all safe from rabies. What is rabies? It’s a very old contagious disease dating back to the 23rd century BC. The name is derived from the Sanskrit word rabhas meaning to do violence. … Continue reading

I’m Privileged and I’m Proud!

He was driving down a rural road. He saw a snake slithering across the road, and swerved so he could run over it and kill it. And I know it happened, because I was in the vehicle with him. I asked him why he did that. OK, I kinda did more than just ask. His response … Continue reading

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

Wednesday is National Dog Day….. Whatever….

Oh, how exciting! Wednesday is National Dog Day! We’re going to celebrate all that’s right with the world because of dogs. And spend money. We’re going to show our dogs how much we love them by buying them treats and toys. We’ll get them groomed and smelling good. We’ll commission art so the world can remember our … 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

Divide and Conquer: How Animal Advocates Always Manage to Lose

Divide and Conquer. It’s one of the oldest and most effective strategies for getting and holding power. Divide and Conquer works by creating in-fighting within a group of people. Take animal advocates, for example. Our numbers are staggering. If effectively harnessed, we are a force to be reckoned with. But the movement is divided between animal welfarists and animal rights … 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

Calling out a Killer of a Much-Loved Lion

We now know that the hunter who lured Cecil the lion away from Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park using a dead animal tied to a vehicle, put a spotlight on him, shot him with a cross-bow, tracked the injured Cecil for 40 hours, then shot him with a rifle, skinned him, and cut of his head, is none other … Continue reading

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