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2018 Year of the Dog

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Chow Chow

I grew up with Chow Chows!   Such beautiful unique dogs.  Tammy was just like a teddy bear, and Tina was short coated.  I loved those dogs.  They were loyal and brave and good for hugging.  I am interested in ALL animals, and said to be a “bit of a David Attenborough”.   I met him once, which you can read about by scrolling to the bottom of my Blog Post here  if you like.

I watched an interview of Sir David once and he was asked “Do you love all animals?” and he replied “No, how can I love a parasite that causes a disease, but I am interested in all animals.”

Well, this year the Chinese New Year starts on 16th February and is the Year of the Dog.

The best source of information about the Chinese New Year that I have found is below.

The Chinese Fortune Calendar

 

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Polar Bears are Starving

National Geographic has released heart-breaking video of a polar bear about to die of starvation.   I am sorry to have to post this and these scenes make me physically ill, as do the scenes of the big cats being abused ……..  HOWEVER  perhaps this will galvanise at least one person reading this into action —   to  address   CLIMATE CHANGE.

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW

video.nationalgeographic.com/video/news/171207-polar-bear-starving-iceless-land-vin-spd

 

READ THE FULL STORY HERE

WHAT CAN YOU DO??

1. Research Climate Change

2. Write to as many influential people as you can about this – need an urgent Solution

3. Discuss this with people

4. Join organisations that campaign for Climate Change awareness and real immediate Solutions –  just google or search  Climate Change Groups  and find some to join.

5.  Read relevant books, e.g. Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” and “An Inconvenient Sequel – Truth to Power”

6.  Pray

Harambe – a rallying cry for tolerance

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Harambe” is said to be an African chant, a rallying cry for unity and co-operation, used in Kenya.

Harambe is also the name for a rare & endangered 17 Year Old Western lowland silver-back Gorilla that was moved to Cincinnati Zoo back in 2014 from the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville.

He was sadly killed on May 28th, 2016 at Cincinnati Zoo in Ohio.

He was killed due to a young unattended child falling into his holding area due to a negligent inattentive parent.

The zoo director, Thane Maynard, confirmed the gorilla did not appear to be attacking the child, but he described it as ‘an extremely strong animal in an agitated situation’.

‘You’re talking about an animal that’s over 400 pounds and extremely strong. So no, the child wasn’t under attack but all sorts of things could happen in a situation like that. He certainly was at risk.’

Given time and the right ( calm ) environment, some animal behaviour experts say, that Harambe would have handed over the child.  I think that Homo sapiens or human beings excel at not trusting or having faith in what they can do, and instead they stereotype the situation “big animal, we can’t control him, the boy may be hurt by the big strong animal, let’s kill the Gorilla, rather than try to subdue the situation and try a little longer to rescue the boy, while keeping the gorilla alive”.

During a press conference on Monday, Maynard said Harambe was ‘behaving erratically’, before adding: ‘The child wasn’t just being endangered, but dragged around by the ankle and hurt.’  The gorilla is or was intelligent and dragged the boy away from screaming on-lookers to protect the boy.  Anyone can see in the stills that the Gorilla did not intend to purposely harm the child.  The child, of course, was hurt when he fell in.

News reports say the zoo will review whether the enclosure is secure enough, and the Zoo Director has said “what do you expect from a 4 year old child”, when the real issues are the enclosure was not doubled up to prevent this from happening  AND  the parents took their eyes off the boy.  The parents thank God for keeping their child safe and for having the right people there at the right time – which is pretty ironic –  as they were there too and supposed to be actually keeping a close hold of their four year old.

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Soon all the fuss will die down, Harambe whom grew up in captivity, will be missed by his primate family.   Another rare and endangered animal willfully destroyed, because of careless parents and short-shortsightedness with not having the enclosure child proof.
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The parents had 4 children and could have been looking after the youngest properly, especially because he had said he wanted to play in the water, and the Zoo or someone in the Public could have asked sometime before 28 May 2016, for the enclosure to be made more secure.   A quick acting zoo visitor could have scaled the fence and grabbed the boy.

On the day of Harmabe’s death, someone clear headed about having a calm environment with the situation at the zoo ( yes it is possible ) could have cleared the area away from shouting panicking on-lookers.

Yes, so many COULDS or SHOULDS, with the moral of this story being for the Cincinatti Zoo to do the right thing regarding its responsibilities toward its captive animals welfare and toward the zoo visitors.  Issues around whether we should have Zoos at all will arise, for example, why not just have them as Conservation Centres not even open to the public?
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I for one don’t want to go to a “Zoo” to stare at animals.
The End  ( of Harmabe’s short life – Gorillas can live to 60 years of age )

Mother and Child Re-union: Police save Gosling

9 May 2016.  A Mother Goose asks the Police for Help!

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A Cincinnati Police Officer was astonished when a Goose walked up to his car door and pecked at it and honked.  He went to investigate and the clever mother Goose walked off honking and looking back at him, so he decided to follow her.

The good Mother led him right to where one of her poor babies was well wrapped up in some string from a balloon!  Another Police Officer tackled the tangles and although it took a while, managed to free the Gosling – much to the delight of the mother Goose.

Read more:

http://www.boredpanda.com/goose-asks-help-police/

Monty’s Mothers Day Gifts

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Monty cat is a special little boy born with chromosome abnormalities and adopted from an animal shelter when he was three years old. He is very gentle and he is not afraid of anyone or anything he just loves attention. By raising attention to the fact that looking different doesn’t mean you can’t be fantastic, Monty has now become an ambassador for animals and humans world wide who may not look perfect in everyone’s eyes.

Head over to Monty’s Facebook Page for his story and the sweetest photos and videos that will make your day.

https://www.facebook.com/Montyboycat

Here’s the Link to the Monty website:   http://www.montyboy.net

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MONTY BOY –  facebook.com/MontyBoyCat

Last but of course not least, is of course the Link to Jewellery and Gifts endorsed by Monty, for Mothers every day  –   there is never NOT a Day to give your Mum ( and that can be a mother of kitties too )  a gift, especially a Gift that keeps on GIVING.   Monty’s gifts go toward saving abandoned animals.   How nice is that?

Monty’s Jewellery & Paw-some Stuff

I have the Monty Ultimate Fan Pack and I love LOVE it – the Pawsome Calendar has no days in it, so you can use it  FUR-EVER  –   I just remember for each month what the day is for the first day of the week in each month, easy peasy.  It has stickers, cards and a charm for one’s handbag.

Monty is  MAGIC.   Thank you to Monty’s Mum and Dad for treating sweet little Monty like the Prince that he is, and thank you to  MONTY  for being so PAW-SOME.

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Collective Hearts save abandoned Pup

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A deformed puppy was abandoned in a Skip or a Dumpster in Western Australia recently, out the back of a “Hungry Jacks” restaurant.  Luckily for this little fellow, whom has been named Jakk, an employee heard his cries and took it upon herself to look in the bin, where she rescued this cute pup.

Jakk may have “swimmers syndrome” – one of his front legs is crooked and the other has a paw with only a few toes.  WA Pet Project took him on, and Jakk’s temporary carer Edith has said she has no hard feelings against whoever dumped him, who MAY be backyard breeders.  For a lovely photo of Jakk and more on this story, click on the Link below.

https://www.communitynews.com.au/news/Dumpster-puppy-Jakk-getting-shot-at-life-thanks-to-WA-Pet-Project/7685166

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Shandy’s song – Love never ends

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a Pass-Along Card !

 

You know I love you, I always will,
My mind’s made up by the
Way that I feel
There’s no beginning,
There will be no end

This Song is dedicated to all Cats and Cat carers  from –

Cats Remembered Forever

&  of course to  ALL cats and their carers everywhere!

Our beautiful boy Shandy   passed away  on 24 February 2016 at 2.34 pm.

Those who know me well, understand that I believe in a “bigger world” than what there seems.  I believe all Life forms are spiritual beings or sparks of consciousness from the “Divine” or the Source, incarnated into physical forms.

I believe that our Shandy cat was a special Be-ing sent to us, to keep us together and to teach us responsibility and how to Love.  One month has passed now since he departed us, and his messages are still coming in strong.  First of all, let me say that I once experienced a cat that had crossed over, returning in Spirit form, to let us know she was okay and in spirit form.   That was a long time ago, when I began looking into our spiritual essence and connections.  I am positive that Shandy cat will also visit me in Spirit, if I call upon him!

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