Saturday, November 29, 2014

Dogs are being skinned, butchered & boiled alive. We have to stop this NOW!

Help shut Down the Illegal Dog Meat Trade in Thailand Now!
Dogs captured and caged waiting for slaughter.
Earlier this week, exactly two days before Thanksgiving, I discovered something horrific that occurs in a great many countries in this world. In Switzerland, 3% of the population eat cats and make dogs into sausages.  In Nepal, thousands of animals are gathered every five years and slaughtered in accordance with their religion. In Vietnam, dog’s meat is a delicacy. After their fur is skinned off of them while alive, dog’s throats are cut and the blood is drained to make them into a meal. The worse atrocity of all I have never heard of before is what is occurring in Thailand. Just when I thought I heard the most horrible and inhumane acts of animal cruelty such as dog fighting and factory farming in the United States, along with the previous I heard about this barbaric practice:
More captured dogs awaiting slaughter.

    In most Asian countries, dog meat is a delicacy where dogs are kidnapped from loving homes or picked up along the roads where they were abandoned. In Thailand, these dogs are collected and smuggled from Thailand by criminals to neighboring countries such as Vietnam where the dogs undergo the worst torment I’ve ever heard of and it must be stopped now! Once picked up and thrown into cages, instead, of being given love, food and shelter, these dogs are stacked into cages on top of one another where none of them can move. Some of them are crushed to death or suffer internal injuries from the weight of the other dogs on top of them. Then when the human monsters decide it is time, some in Thailand, others sent to Vietnam and neighboring countries, these helpless, abandoned dogs are beaten, boiled and skinned alive because these people believe that fear tenderizes the meat. I had nightmares about this ever since I saw the story on Facebook. I went immediately to the SOI Dog Foundation to sign the petition to put a halt against this barbaric practice. I also donated funds to put up billboards in Thailand to advertise the need to stop this. At $25.00 a billboard, I put the money to good use. I then went to the web site and made a donation to the actual charity that rescues, treats and homes these animals.
Dog injured and rescued. Many dogs suffocate slowly or die from hideous injuries on their way to primitive slaughter facilities. They are the lucky ones.

    Imagine what these poor dogs are thinking when they see a human and instead of being rescued, the dogs are thrown, not put, slammed into a cage. If it’s the first dog, others are thrown into the cage on top of this one and all the others squashed in with him/her. None of them can move. None of them can protect themselves. The only way out of this cage is being skinned, beaten and boiled alive for human consumption.

    This entire practice makes me sick. It makes me dislike humans more every day. It is up to you and me to stop this. Words are useless at this point and no matter what I say here, I think the people at SOI Dog Foundation, an animal rescue facility is Thailand says it best:
More dogs stuffed into cages & awaiting a barbaric fate.
From SOI Dog:
    “The trade’s terrified victims, many of them family pets, are crushed into cages and suffer horribly on the prolonged journey to slaughter.
They are transported to primitive abattoirs that should be called torture chambers.
There, these poor animals are not just killed. Instead, they are often systematically and brutally beaten, skinned alive or boiled alive.
These horrors are inflicted because of the barbaric belief that when they are in pain, their bodies release adrenaline that softens their meat.
Terror, torture, then a painful death. This is quite possibly the worst form of cruelty humans could inflict on innocent animals.
This is a dog spared from death with the help of Thai people. But we need to harness much wider people power to shut down the dog meat industry.
You can put a stop to this. Add your name to the petition now:

In Thailand, this hideous industry is illegal. Most Thai people don’t even know it is going on in their country – because dog meat traders are increasingly secretive. Thai criminals kidnap dogs from their homes and along the roads in order to smuggle them over the borders illegally. It is generally not Thai’s who eat dogs and the majority are not slaughtered in Thailand. This mainly happens in the countries north of Thailand such as Vietnam. A lot of dogs from Thailand are victims of this trade however as criminals from Thailand collect street dogs and peoples pets and smuggle them over the borders illegally. There has been some evidence of slaughter in Thailand, but certainly not to the scale of the other countries.
Soi Dog is a charity that works with authorities on the ground in Thailand and other countries to flush out traders and care for rescued dogs.
The more social and political pressure we can put on dog meat traders, the more dogs will be spared. That’s why we want the support of the highest levels of leadership, and why your name on the petition will really help.
Soi Dog and our partners have already managed to intercept trucks carrying the dogs to slaughter. The condition of the animals was heartbreaking.
Dogs being rescued by authorities from a barbaric death preceded by torture.
By working with Thai police and government, Soi Dog has saved 1000’s of dogs from death and brought dog meat traders to justice.
There were terrified dogs crammed into each cage - packed on top of each other. Some had suffocated under the weight of the bodies above them. Others had horrible injuries – broken bones and ruptured internal organs. Some had open wounds or their paws ripped off. We know that trucks like these often travel for days, in sweltering heat, and that the dogs receive no water or food.
There’s so much more to this story and so much you can do to help.
Please start by signing this important petition and sending it to as many people as possible. 

Want to do even more than just sign a petition? I did. I bought 5 for $25.00 each.

Buy a billboard that tells Thai people about the dog meat trade and offers a reward to help shut it down.

Every Billboard = 1000's More People Against The Dog Meat Trade
Captured dogs rescued get their taste of freedom with food and water. 

The dog meat trade in Southeast Asia is the most disgusting form of cruelty that humans inflict on animals.
Yet most Thai people don’t even know it is going on in their beautiful country.
Will you please buy a billboard to tell them about it, and recruit them in the global campaign to shut down this horrific trade?
When anti-dog-trade charity Soi Dog put up trial billboards, local people passed on information that lead to arrests – and the lives of hundreds of dogs were saved.
Please help us take this campaign even further. Buy a billboard that will go up in a town or along a highway on the dog-smuggling route in Northern Thailand.
It’s a powerful and effective way you can personally stop the suffering and torture of dogs.
Buy a billboard and help take the dog meat campaign to the streets.
With just a few dollars, $25.00 to be exact, you can magnify your impact – and spare many more dogs from this horrific trade. 

The majority of Thai people would be shocked and appalled if they knew what was happing in their beautiful country.
But they don’t know because dog meat traders usually do their deadly business in secret. And they’re getting better and better at hiding it.
That’s why these billboards are so important. They not only alert local people to the horrible trade, they tell them what to look out for, and what to do if they see suspicious activity.
Billboard telling citizens to alert authorities about suspicious activity.
This is what the billboards say:
To report dog or cat snatcher trucks, areas where dogs are collected or slaughterhouses call the Hotline 088-302-7556 open 24 hours a day.
You can stop the illegal dog and cat meat trade!
Reward of 5,000 baht for information leading to an arrest.
When making a report please:
  1. If possible photograph the vehicle, including the registration plates.
  2. Provide vehicle registration number, type of vehicle (brand/model), location and estimated number of dogs or cats involved.
Eating or killing cats and dogs is ILLEGAL!
The billboards also advertise a 5,000 Thai Baht reward for information leading to arrests.
It’s a really practical, effective and low-cost way to squeeze dog meat traders out of business.
With your help, we can buy more billboards to go up on major trade routes through Thailand, and in the towns where dogs are often stolen from.
It doesn’t cost a lot by our standards to buy a billboard, but this strategy can make a big impact – in the short term by leading to arrests, and in the long term by educating tens of thousands of people.
Ultimately, the biggest impact is on the dogs that will be spared from disgusting and unnecessary cruelty.
Take your care for animals to the streets of Thailand.
Buy a billboard and help shut down the dog meat trade. 

     Ricky Gervais, Judi Dench and other prominent celebrities are lending their voices to this campaign against the horrific dog meat trade in Thailand. Now that you know about it, will you?

Special thanks to our friends Environment Films for donating their time, expertise and for producing this film.

     The History of the Soi Dog Foundation

Soi Dog was founded in 2003 by Margot Homburg Park and John and Gill Dalley. Phuket was growing rapidly at the time and the stray dog population was increasing at a fast pace. Witnessing the suffering endured by street animals John, Gill and Margot held Soi Dog’s first clinics utilizing volunteer vets from overseas. 2004 saw numerous clinics held around the island, the foundation began to grow. When no volunteer vets were available dogs would be taken to local vets, who provided low cost sterilization for the foundation.
Dog rescued.
Same dog after being rescued and cared for by Soi Dog Foundation.
A lovely boy, 2004 was an unlucky year for Soi Dog with Gill Dalley losing both legs from septicemia contracted while rescuing a dog from a flooded water buffalo field. Less than a week after Gill’s release from hospital the Tsunami struck. Leone Cosens a major volunteer was killed while going to the aid of tsunami victims.
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Thanks for stopping by. Don’t feel bad about not knowing about this horrible practice. Many haven’t including the celebrities involved in making the above video. I'm one for the animals. Are you? Remember, all it takes is just one to make a difference.

    Until next time….hug your animals. Tell them you love them. If you don’t have a pet, adopt one. Make adoption your first option when seeking a pet. Adopt. Don’t shop. Can’t adopt. Please consider fostering one. Donate or volunteer at your local shelter. Whatever you do, however you do it, please be a voice for the animals large and small. All it takes is one to make a difference, good or bad. I’m one for the animals. Are you? Thanks for visiting. Stay safe. Be strong. Be happy. Smile. Show compassion. Be nice to one another. Pass it forward.


    S.J. Francis
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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Don't Treat Your Cat Like a Dog; so the experts say. I don't agree.

          Don’t Treat Your Cat Like a Dog; so the experts say. I don’t agree.  

I recently read an article that stated, if you’re a cat owner you shouldn’t treat your cat like a dog. “Treat cats like cats,” it said. “Cats aren’t dogs.” Well, of course they’re not. Anyone can see that. They’re cats. Call a cat a dog and they’ll throw a tantrum. At least mine would.  But in my home, the dogs say the cats are honorary dogs and vice versa. I think that’s how they get along.
Seriously though, according to the article, the writer claimed that pet owners shouldn’t treat cats like dogs, because by doing so we’re stressing them out. While dogs are sociable creatures by habit, pack animals that follow one another around and hate to be alone, cats are the opposite. True, to an extent. Cats are the opposite, the article noted. They don’t like feline company and hate sharing space. Not so, I say.  Apparently, British researchers used infrared cameras installed in homes to observe cats’ nighttime activities and found cats hissing at each other and fighting over a spot on the bed. Two common ailments found in cats, dermatitis and cystitis have a “strong psychological component” often induced by stress. “Unlike dogs,” John Bradshaw, director of anthrozoology at the University of Bristol in England said, “the cat is still halfway between a domestic and a wild animal, and it’s not enjoying 21st-century living.”
   Au contraire, I say to all of this. Nonsense, I add. For some cats it might be true, but to say it’s true of all cats doesn’t cut it for me. In my experience as a cat owner I have found all of this to be false. I may not be an anthrozoologist, but I am a long time animal lover and pet owner. I live with my pets twenty four hours a day every day a week. Through constant observation, I have a constant study in progress. At one time, I owned four large dogs: German shepherd, Siberian Husky, Rottweiler and Black Labrador Retriever. I also owned four domestic shorthair cats. Despite the evidence presented by the British study, the eight animals, these dogs and cats lived harmoniously together. Not always. The boy cats liked to chase and harass the youngest girl cat, Princess, but that was all. The girl cats cuddled together and sought each other to sleep together.  The boy cats liked to seek out and sleep with the oldest girl cat. Even when I placed a video camera in the house to spy on them at night from time to time, as the experts did, their habits continued as in the daytime.
Princess now 20.
I currently now am the proud parent to two large mixed breed dogs: a Rottweiler/Beagle male, and a German Shepherd/Siberian Husky female along with the same twenty year old domestic shorthair cat, Princess that outlived all her prior siblings. As the last survivor of the cat family, Princess goes throughout the house yowling, which she never did before until after the death of her younger feline ‘brother’ Charlie. Charlie died a couple of years ago from lung cancer. Charlie was one of the two boy cats that harassed her and chased her about the house. He literally drove her crazy and she detested him. Yet, now that he is gone she goes about the house looking for him. She yowls in hopes of finding him and my heart aches for her because she doesn’t understand and I can’t explain it to her why he doesn't answer.
     Princess and Damon.
    Treat a cat like a cat: Don’t treat your cat like a dog? It depends on the cat. Scientific studies are useful, but are limited and thus, never ever tell the entire story. I say, do for your cat what your cat wants you to do. No one: No expert knows your cat as well as you do, not even your trusted veterinarian, but that is for another post. Listen to your cat. Observe him/her. Believe it or not, if you’re paying attention; if you’re watching and listening closely, you’ll soon learn what your cat wants from you. I know I have. It took me a while, but now I must say that my cat Princess has trained me well. I still make a mistake now and then at misjudging her current need, but all in all she’s happy with me. Treat your cat the way your cat wants to be treated and both of you will live quite happily. I am. All of us. What do you think? What is your opinion on all of this?
    Until next time….hug your animals. Tell them you love them. If you don’t have a pet, adopt one. Make adoption your first option when seeking a pet. Adopt. Don’t shop. Can’t adopt. Please consider fostering one. Donate or volunteer at your local shelter. Whatever you do, however you do it, please be a voice for the animals large and small. All it takes is one to make a difference, good or bad. I’m one for the animals. Are you? Thanks for visiting. Stay safe. Be strong. Be happy. Smile. Show compassion. Be nice to one another. Pass it forward.
    S.J. Francis
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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Rest in Peace Excalibur & all victims of Human Kind.....For all those without a voice:

Before too much time goes by, I’d like to take the time to take this post and dedicate it to all the animals wronged by human kind, especially an innocent dog named Excalibur that until just a few days ago lived happily with his human mommy and daddy in Spain. Unfortunately, his human mother, Teresa Romero, a nurse in Madrid contracted Ebola while caring for a Spanish priest that returned home with Ebola from West Africa. He died. The nurse contracted Ebola despite wearing protective gear. Excalibur didn’t have Ebola. He wasn’t even tested, but the Madrid authorities felt it necessary to euthanize the dog despite this.  Despite the fact, that there is no proven scientific evidence that Ebola is transmitted from dogs to humans and vice versa, Excalibur was put to sleep, to death. There was no isolation for this dog to be watched whether he developed Ebola. There was no studying the dog at all. Perhaps, just perhaps, we could have learned something about fighting Ebola from Excalibur if he did or didn’t develop Ebola, but the Spanish government didn’t see it this way. So, not only was the dog unnecessarily put to sleep, Excalibur died in vain. As with many animal deaths, his death served no purpose at all. The following is a photo of Excalibur looking down from his balcony.

 Decision to Put Down Ebola Victim's Dog Sparks Protests in Spain
More likely, if the dog did have Ebola, it would have come from his human mommy from her exposure to the Spanish priest. His human daddy Javier Romero was asked for permission to put the dog down, but he refused. Animal activists started a petition on, which I was proud to sign. Despite 400,00 signatures, the Spanish authorities went against his will with an order to euthanize Excalibur. Imagine what poor Excalibur went through. First, his mommy disappeared, then his daddy. He was left plenty of food and water and then, some strangers show up at your home. They take you away to a place and you have no idea what is going on. You feel a sharp prick in your arm and then, you feel woozy and nothing else. This is what happened to Excalibur, if he was lucky.
Photo of Spanish Nurse Teresa Romero with Excalibur.
      'Save Excalibur' fails: Madrid euthanizes Ebola patient's dog
     (CNN) -- Madrid health authorities have put down Ebola patient Teresa Romero Ramos' dog, Excalibur, despite protests to save the animal's life.

The dog was sedated before being euthanized, according to health authorities. Its body was moved, following protocol, to a place where it could be cremated.
Excalibur's death comes despite a public push, including a petition signed by about 400,000 people.
"It would be much easier to isolate or quarantine the dog just as they have the victim's husband," the petition stated, rather than forcing Romero and her husband to lose "one of the family."

Sadly, Excalibur wasn’t the first animal to be killed, and won’t be the last. Every minute of every day across the world, animals are killed as victims of poaching, neglect, abuse, willful intent, their time runs out and space in the kennel/shelter has no room. This is wrong and needs to stop.
As I close this post, I dedicate this post to Excalibur, a dog put to sleep for no real reason except out of fear and ignorance by humans. Rest in peace, Excalibur and all the other victims of human kind. The following was the final photo of Excalibur: This is an undated image released on Wednesday Oct. 8, 2014 by Spanish animal rights organization PACMA.

Until next time, tell your pet you love him/her. Give him/her a tight hug. If you don’t have a pet, consider adopting one. Just be sure to realize the responsibility involved. When you adopt a pet, you take on the responsibility of loving, caring for and protecting that animal. More about that in a later post. Be nice to one another. Smile! Show compassion! Cheers! S.J. Francis
Stay safe. Be happy. Show compassion. Smile. Regards,  S.J. Francis

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

This Husky Throws a Tantrum of Toddler Proportions ...

When It's time to Leave the Dog Park  via @BarkPost:

This Husky Throws a Tantrum of Toddler Proportions When It’s Time to Leave the Dog Parkhusky dog park

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Please March for Them! Poaching is Killing 35,000 + Elephants Every Year & More than 1,000 Rhinos Every Year!

We will march for them on October 4th 2014! Will you join us?

An Elephant is killed once every 15 minutes for ivory. A Rhino is slaughtered once every 9-11 hours for Rhino Horn. March on Oct 4th so they may LIVE!

Global March for Eles & Rhinos
We will march for them on October 4th 2014! Will you join us?

An Elephant is killed once every 15 minutes for ivory. A Rhino is slaughtered once every 9-11 hours for Rhino Horn. March on Oct 4th so they may LIVE!


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On October 4th people in cities throughout the world will march as one voice to save Elephants and Rhinos. The countdown to their extinction has begun - unless action is taken now, we will lose these majestic, highly intelligent, and emotionally sentient creatures FOREVER.

Up to 50,000 Elephants are being killed every year so their tusks can be carved into ivory trinkets. A Rhino is slaughtered once every 9-11 hours for Rhino Horn. Their only hope for survival lies in an immediate end to the ivory and rhino horn trade (both "legal" and "illegal") and a meaningful opportunity to recover from decades of mass slaughter.

Please join the global march on Oct 4th to call for an end to the killing and a ban on ivory and rhino horn before it's too late.
Me: I joined this event because I love animals; all sorts of animals. I read a story a short time ago that I felt deep  in my heart and dreamt about for several nights. A baby rhino was found wandering in an animal preserve next to its mother. His mother was murdered, tortured for her horn. She fought to protect her baby while trying to fight off the poachers to no avail. There was no video of this horrific rhino attack. Nevertheless, I saw the image in my head for days. That baby rhino was orphaned and saw the entire attack and lost its mother. I can only imagine what kind of nightmare the baby endured.
But we can make a difference; you and I. It was humans that started and profit from this unnecessary and illegal slaughter. It is only humans that can stop it.
Please make a difference and march for the elephants and rhinos on October 4, 2014.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Who Will Speak Up for the Homeless and helpless on four paws if we don't?

 I’m an animal lover and advocate from way back when. I’ve loved animals all my life and even once wanted to be a veterinarian. I even went as far as studying agriculture in high school and getting a certificate in animal science, but the thought of all that math and science changed my mind. Whenever I pet my dog or cat’s head, I wonder what goes through the minds of those that dump, or harm an animal. Why? Why do such a thing? How can you do that? What kind of evil, sick and twisted individual one must be to do such a horrible thing? If you or I was to treat another human in this manner, we would be arrested, charged and sent to prison.  Not so with animals. Animals ask nothing from us. They want nothing. They have no voice. Out of loyalty, they’ll stay near the side of their owner until they die on the spot. Why then are people so mean and selfless in treating them the way they do? The horror is so rampant that mistreating an animal is now a felony in all fifty states. It’s about time and way too late. What does that mean? It means that if you or I witness any animal cruelty we should report it to local enforcement agency and follow that charge through so that the criminal gets the maximum punishment. I, for one have no problem doing so. Don’t accost the abuser, if you don’t have to. Write down their license plate number. Get the make and model of the car. Take a photo of them from a safe distance, especially if it’s of them harming/killing an animal. Call law enforcement right away and follow it through. You don’t even have to get involved, if you don’t want to, but please, please make the report. It’s the only right thing to do.

(My boy was a rescue. He survived a house where the husband beat the wife, and most likely him too. She surrendered him and two other dogs to a rescue and left her husband.)
     I moved down to the southern part of the United States a few years ago and love the beauty of it. I learned that the south is different than the North in a great many ways. One way that I can't tolerate is how animals are treated, which prompts me to ask, who exactly speaks up for animals? Who cares? In the city I reside, evidently not enough and to those that do, on behalf of all animals, I say thank you. It is obvious in more ways than one that many in the south do not care about anything or anyone else so why should they care about animals? Not all, but enough to make it a huge problem. I live in a small city where trash that is tossed alongside the roads and around the dumpsters. No one goes to city or country meetings. Street signs in both the city and county are illegible; ditches and roads are crumbling. The new Mayor drives while intoxicated and nothing happens. It's shoved under the rug. Members of the County Board of Supervisors fight with one another during public meetings. The Mayor and Chamber of Commerce can't get along, which prompts the Chamber to relocate. The Mayor, it seems is a bully. One alderman worries about too many beer signs while the city has an ordinance in place to keep local restaurants from selling carry out cold items for fear of a lawsuit against the restaurant? How ridiculous can things get? Frankly, I don't care about the town and its politics. What I care about are the animals that are abused, abandoned, tortured and murdered, which leads me to repeat my question, who will speak up for the homeless and helpless on four paws if we don't?   Most towns don't care about the endless amount of dogs and cats that are thrown away, discarded like trash and worse. Certainly, not down south. A week ago, a young female pit bull was found by a neighbor tossed behind and left to die. The poor, helpless dog was shot in the head with the bullet coming out of her eye. Obviously, she was left to die. Fortunately, she was found and taken for medical care and now has a forever home. I can't believe how often this kind of thing happens in my small city; how often it happens everywhere in the world. A few days later I drove by another dumpster to look for wounded/homeless animals and found two dead, stiff carcasses of black dogs tossed away on top of one another behind the dumpsters. I was saddened, angry, and sickened to my stomach, and the sight of it is with me still.
    A word of advice to those who no longer want their pet: Don't abandon them in the country or anywhere else. There are a number of animal rescue shelters located throughout the U.S, Canada, and abroad that would be glad to make accommodations for the animal you no longer want rather than finding your dog, cat, horse, whatever on the road, starving to death or worse. You don't have to make a donation, but it should would help. You can also let your friends, co-workers and neighbors know that you're looking for a new home for your pet There is no reason to abandon your pet. Pets, and horses, goats, whatever the animal that were loved can not survive on their own in the wild very long. They are not wild animals and will eventually succumb to starvation, getting hit by a car, shot or something else such as torture. Need to locate a shelter?  try
    Cats you may find around dumpster may be feral cats and can not, should not be taken to a shelter. Kittens can, but not adult cats. Feral cats taken to an animal shelter will be euthanized because they can not live indoors. They're not used to it. Trap Neuter Return for them is a much better plan. For guidance in taking care of feral cats, or what you may think is a feral cat, please call Alley Cat Allies at Phone: 240-482-1980, Fax: 240-482-1990, or check out their website   for guidance.

(My girl was another rescue from a kill shelter in Colorado twenty years ago.)

    I write this post and began this blog to speak up for those that have no voice and cause no harm.  I never knew that such heartlessness and cruelty existed in such a beautiful town. I’m from New York and thought I saw and heard it all and where I expect things like this, but not where I now live. re. I found a beautiful story in a local newspaper that is both touching and accurate and written by an animal lover from an abandoned  dog’s point of view and I think it says it best. It touched me and broke my heart and I'd like to share it with you below. I’ve rescued/adopted 12 dogs and cats during my lifetime and wish I could save them all.  I proudly support a number of animal shelters and charities in order to make a difference. I would like to do more. I’ll be driving around and checking around dumpsters and try and rescue those that need help in my area. Should I catch anyone harming an animal, I will ensure they are arrested and hope you will too. We can fix this problem by working together, and speaking up for those that don’t have a choice or a voice, but as with anything, it will be a long haul. Unfortunately, I don’t know of any other way to start than to simply begin. Who will speak up for the animals if we don't?
     Thank you for stopping by and reading this post. Perhaps, you can help out in your area with rescuing an animal or making a donation to a local rescue shelter. Please feel free to leave a comment and share this post with others.
    Until next time, read on for the tale written from an abandoned dog's point of view. I hope it touches you and moves you into some kind of action, as it did me:
    Sentenced: A story by Cat Tails and Waggin Tails:
     I don't know when I became unwanted, maybe my owners decided I wasn't so cute and cuddly anymore, or that I eat to much or maybe
    It's because of my current predicament due to their negligence in not getting me neutered.
    Anyway I'm here and unwanted. What to do with me? They could make the effort to find me a forever home. NAH, that would be too much like right.
    They could drive to the big city and take me to the local animal rescue group. But that would cost gas and their time plus those folks at the shelter might want a donation. Then a flash of brilliant stupid strikes...let's take me to the country and drop me off.
    I will have plenty to eat like the farmer's chickens and goats. Besides they know how much I like to go for a ride in the truck. It would be a family outing. Their treat! But where in the country?
     Another epiphany! The Dumpsters.  There's plenty of food there and someone might even want me. Like a dog fighting ring. Now which Dumpster has the best smorgasbord? Some of those folks who use those dumpsters are either blind or drunk, they just can't seem to get their garbage in that big opening on the Dumpster.
    And in deer season, those proud hunters just throw those bloody carcasses all over the ground.
    Who could ask for more! After congratulating themselves on their genius plan, they grab a couple of six packs, pile in the truck and off we go.
     At last we arrive. I jump out to explore and they drive off. Wait! Wait for me! You forgot me! I run after them until I am exhausted.
    They probably just went after more beer, they'll be back to get me. I return to the Dumpsters, plenty of friends. Let's see I count seven dogs and nineteen cats. They say they have been here awhile and as evening comes a sad realization begins to creep over all of us. We are not wanted and no one is coming back for us. Our owners have given us a death sentence and we are going to die by starvation, a bullet, poison, speeding car or in a dog fight.
    Please pray for us.

(This little girl is our latest rescue. She was rescued from an Indian reservation in Minnesota where the average life span for a dog there is two years old. She's thriving with us and will turn 4 this November.)
If you think you can't make a difference in a homeless animal's life, you are wrong. All it takes is one human to make a difference. I should know.  In the words of the Beatles song, all you need is love and what better form of love than a loyal, snuggable and protective fur ball.
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