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Some Things I Find Disgusting #2

Okay so rolling with things I find horrendous…

 

 

If you don’t have another food source, fine. But I feel the same about eating every species of animal – kill them quickly and painlessly! What is wrong with people??? How can a person call themselves human when they can torture another creature? How can a person be so heartless? What would it take for them to FEEL, to join the human race?

And pardon me, but you don’t have to be an “animal lover” to show respect for other living beings. You don’t have to LOVE dogs to care enough to not kick them. If you don’t like dogs, fine. Don’t like dogs. I don’t like monkeys. I still want them to be happy, healthy, and unharmed by humans’ cruelty and/or indifference.

 

Anywho, can I just say, this guy is amazing. I don’t know how he does it.

And honestly, how could someone eat a dog? I just couldn’t do it. They’re domesticated animals who exude loyalty and compassion. That’s more than I can say for a lot of people I’ve come across. Besides, a diet heavy on meat isn’t good for you.

 

 

Here, have some puppies howling. Because I need a break from that.

 

 

I’d love to hear what you think about all of this…

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Some Things I Find Disgusting #1

Hi there!

How are ya?

I don’t mean to rain on your happy parade, but one of the things in life I love, is happiness.

For people. And animals.

If you’ve been patient enough to stick around with me and my random babblings, you’ve probably picked up on how deeply I love animals. And how outraged I am that they are so routinely harmed for fun, out of indifference, to preserve traditions, or peer pressure.

The only way to fix our world is to first become aware of some uncomfortable truths.

 

Scooby-Doo teaches us this truth every episode: humans can be monsters.

We’re not going to touch on the “why” of this or the “how” or any of these other things.

Sometimes I simply want to foster awareness.

Awareness, a cold hard look at reality, is the only way we can jump to…

Acceptance, when we can still love life and accept at the same time, that there are horrendous things that also exist at the same time – is the only thing which can lead to…

Action. Nothing big. If you’re one of the amazing athletes who have recently spent thousands of dollars on helping animals or a You-tuber who spreads awareness in hopes of donations to help the animals in your area – I commend you. You have my awe and hope restored. But most times, us everyday people can do little things to help. That is what changes the world. The combination of all different kinds of people doing what they can, small or outlandishly huge.

Lift where you stand. That’s all any of us can do.

 

So here is one thing I’d like you to be aware of. Perhaps you can pass it on and help illuminate others.

Also, I promise there will be adorableness at the very end too!

Because happy animals is the whole point of spreading the awareness. 🙂

 

 

This guy breaks down what the Running of the Bulls is. Once they get into the pin at the end of the run, he breaks down what ALL bull fights are.

If you don’t want to watch the video – which is graphic and you see animals bleeding and in pain – I’ll break it down pretty simply. In a bull fight, the bulls are stabbed repeatedly so that it will be hard for them to work the muscles in their back, hence making it hard to raise their heads. They are in shock, in extreme pain, their organs are stabbed and slowly shutting down, they’re losing lots of blood, and basically slowly dying while a man waves a red piece of cloth at them and stabs at them, and the crowd cheers.

This is a horrible piece of culture which is beloved to many people.

I don’t personally care what color you are, what your culture is, what personal choices you make. People are all people. We all matter. But so do animals. And anyone using the excuse of tradition, your behavior is disgusting to me.

These animals die alone and afraid, in intense pain and confused. Cheered at, jeered at.

 

So knock it off!

Do what you can to end this disgusting end to an animal’s life.

 

And now, moving on to the cuteness…

 

Here are two rescued bulls showing that they’re lovely little sweeties. Also, I know the last one isn’t a bull but that cow is just adorable. They really are souls. They feel and they love. They’re not here for us to torture. They’re here to live their lives alongside ours.

 

Now, I’m certain you’re wondering if I’m a vegetarian. I am not. I do eat meat. But I LOATHE the way our animals are kept, tortured, and finally killed. There is a better way to do this. There is a humane way to gain the food we need from living, breathing animals. They deserve a life, one free of misery and pain, before they feed our way of nutrition. And their deaths should be quick and painless.

I agree with this man:

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What do you think? Are you a vegetarian? Are you disgusted by the routine torture of animals, whether in a factor farm or in the suburbs?

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The Worth of Souls

(I know I just posted, but get over it, people. I typically forget to post for a week instead of posting 3 times weekly. You’ll survive……still grumpy if you can’t tell)

Today is a painful day.

 

I’d like for everyone to send Brian some love.
Speaking of fuzzy babies, Brian’s dog passed away this week. Buck is an adorable, sweet boy who loves snow and his dad, Brian.

I say “is”, because the only solace I retain is that all my fuzzy babies are in heaven, waiting for me.
I don’t believe a soul can die. We just move somewhere else. And dogs are most certainly the sweetest of souls.

 

What to do when your animal passes?
Cry.
I cried like a psycho when my last two dogs died, and that for once, is not a joke, exaggeration, or me being sarcastic. I got a migraine I cried so hard.
The idea that your dog (or whatever your beloved animal is) died in pain and confused is enough to crush one’s heart.
But at least he died quickly.
And I am so glad that I was there to hold my dog’s hand as he passed.
I will forever look forward to the day I get to see my dogs again.

 

Isn’t it funny that that’s what we do, as humans? Try to look for the “well, at least”s in terrible situations.
At least it was quick.
He still died. He still hurt.
You still hurt. I still hurt.

 

But I believe this is a good thing. I think its the two things we should do when a dog (pet) dies.
1. We cry. We hurt. We rage.
2. We remember. We love. We look forward to reuniting.

 

So let’s all take a moment to remember our pets, the pets of our friends, and send some love Buck and Brian’s way.
Rest in peace, Buck.

Descent Into Slushland

A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself.” – Josh Billings

The last two years have been really shitty for me. As bad as 2016 was, 2017 has just eclipsed it as the shittiest. Four days ago my dog suddenly stopped walking. Seriously, he was fine most of Sunday and in the afternoon he changed. He was in pain. So. Much. Pain. He hurt so much that he didn’t even want to lay down.

We took him to the vet for tests. They had trouble finding the cause. Eventually they said he had arthritis. Buck is ten, and a Lab, of course he has arthritis. They gave him anti-inflammatory medication…which did absolutely nothing. In fact, he got worse. The next day he would stand around panting (even though it wasn’t hot) and later whining non-stop. It broke my heart to…

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Justice Served

Hi again.

Not feeling particularly chatty today.

Honestly, I feel like a dump truck ran me over, caught my clothing and dragged me down a long stretch of empty highway (why would  a dump truck drive that far? let’s say a semi truck), before dropping me in a patch of nowhere-dead-grass, where a bunch of vultures circled and pecked at me until I was forced to get up and drag my ZombieDaph self back to my house.

Due to this unfortunate week I’ve been having, I’m just going to throw these videos at you with very little explanation.

Basically, don’t hurt animals or I’ll have the urge to tie YOU to the back of a semi and record your demise as you’re dragged down a paved road. While laughing. Also while planning on how to keep the day’s activities from my therapist.

 

I don’t break these videos down at each time code because there aren’t any surgeries or traumatically open wounds to cause gagging, nausea, tears, or homicidal urges toward animal abusers. Though the latter two might come without the gargantuan wounds and dripping bodily fluids.

 

Today I’m centering on The Human Society of the United States.

In short, they’re awesome.

 

 

 

When the brave men and women of the Human Society aren’t off saving dogs, cats, and every assortment of  helpless, voiceless animal – they’re also informing the public and trying to appeal to their compassion so they will treat politics concerning animals in an empathetic, humane way.

For example:

 

Since the above videos are an assault to the soul, I also now provide you with pure cuteness.

 

If you feel so moved as to throw money at The Humane Society of the United States, click “like” on their videos, and/or share their videos – then you can help them save more fuzzy lives.

And I will virtually hug you with all the joy I encapsulate (even when I’m in a bad mood, safety and happiness toward animals snaps me into joyous).

 

For more information on The Humane Society of the United States, here are their links. Check them out.

Youtube

Website

Twitter

If you would like to donate money, click on their website above and click on the large red button on the top right hand corner which reads, “donate”.

 

And now, I’m going to take my grumpy self back to the container of mini frosted cupcakes in the kitchen.

Treat ALL the fuzzy creatures with kindness, respect, and compassion.

Good day.

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No More Eye Jokes

Alrighty – strap yourselves in people because I love animals.

Dogs are THE BEST. I also adore kittens. Cats are cool and I LOVE to love them. I’m not big on having cats at home though, just because they’re not big lovers. At least, all the cats I’ve had weren’t lovey-dovey. At all. I wanted to love them! They just wanted me to feed them. *sobs*

ANYWHO – I love all animals. I think they deserve the absolute best this life has to offer. They’re sweet souls, so trusting (mainly dogs), and they love so purely. They’re goofy and fierce.

 

You know what I hate?

People who hurt animals. I know, I know, not very Christian of me, but I’m in therapy. Get over it.

But seriously. Animal abuse disgusts me. Enrages me. Outrages me. I sometimes cannot understand how human beings can be so cruel to animals. It makes me wish we could round them all up and do to them what they did to the animals.

Since that’s not legal and I’m about the size of a stuffed animal (a really small one), I’ll stick to what I can do.

Loving the animals I can help.

That means enlisting you.

 

You guys know me by now. I don’t do anything 100% happy, fluffy, sweet, and sugar coated.

The reality?

Animal abuse is disgusting and can be pretty graphic. I’ve started with the vet and nonprofit organization VetRanch, as they’re extremely upbeat, feature happy music, and only feature the animal once it’s made it safely to the vet. I’ll provide all their links at the end.

I believe, if these animals can suffer these traumas, then we can respect them enough to suffer through witnessing their pain. If we’re the type built for it. If you’re not, I’ve provided times to skip ahead to the happy parts. There’s nothing to be ashamed of if you’re not the kind who can stomach it. Animal abuse is a terrible thing to witness. A disgusting act of humans. We’re not all built the same and some can’t handle even the thought of a sweet animal being hurt.

My family asked me how I can stand to watch these videos. I’m so easily attached to animals and animal abuse is a real issue with me. I cried like a baby and imagined terrible things when I had to take this sweet little puppy to the animal shelter last month. I was horrified. I cried so hard when one of my dogs died that I got a migraine which would only go away once I’d been adjusted because I’d thrown a bone in my neck out so far.

I cannot stress enough how much I love animals.

But the thing is, I am built with a certain darkness in me. I always take things to the most depraved, painful places. Probably my childhood but probably also simply part of who I am. I struggle with depression. I write urban fantasy and horror. The things in my head are pretty twisted. 😉 SO, I know there are dogs and cats and all types of fuzzy babies out there suffering horrible things. I know this. I hate it. It eats at me.

So watching these videos fills me with a hope I also cannot explain in words. It tells me that there are people out there searching for these animals, getting them safe, healthy, and loving them. It tells me they are not all alone. They are not destined to die in pain and frightened. There are beautiful people helping in every way they can, re-shaping these animals’ lives into something magnificent and loving.

Something painful and terrible is turned into a worthwhile and carefree life. I already know there is pain. These videos prove to me that there is also kindness, love, peace, hope, and a solid determination to change the world for every single animal there is.

 

I will tell you under each video if there’s going to be any surgery footage, at what time stamp, and where to skip. Or, if you simply want to see the end result of the now happy and healthy animal, I’ll give you that time stamp too.

Is it time stamp? That the right term? *shrug* I dunno.

 

And if you make it to the end – or if that’s all you want to see – at the very end I give you two animal videos that are stress alleviating. Just to wash your brain of all that animal cruelty and stuffing it full of adorableness. Not that there isn’t adorableness in the rescue videos. There is. Loads.

 

Let’s Change This Girl’s Fate

This video is of a dog with a totally messed up eye. The beginning shows her eye, so if you want to skip to where it looks relatively normal, skip to 1:24.

The end result of surgery, while he is stitching her up, begins at 1:55 and ends at 2:05.

If you want to skip to where she is happy and bouncing around like a crazy adorable dog should always be, skip ahead to 3:12.

Dr. Matt thanks some kids who wrote/drew in and sent some donations to VetRanch. So if you want to skip that part, it goes from 3:45 to 5:03. At which point you get to see a very happy dog once again.

If you watch to the end of this video, you will understand why this post is entitled ‘no more eye jokes’.

 

 

Tiny Kitten Barely Survives

Surgery footage starts at 1:55 and ends at 2:37.

If you want to skip through to how he ends up, skip to 9 minutes.

 

 

Hedgie the Hedgehog 

You see this little guy’s eye, which is all messed up at 1:33. If you don’t want to see it, go ahead and skip ahead to 2:23.

If you want to skip to healthy cuteness, go to 3:36.

 

 

Those fuzzy little guys and gals went through so freaking much! So not fair. But they got rescued, all fixed up, and are now loved and happy.

So, if you made it through all of that, I figured maybe you’d want to see a few videos of JUST the cuteness that happy, healthy, safe, and loved animals have to offer.

 

I give to you an adorable baby bat eating watermelon and an equally adorable husky wearing boots…

 

 

You guys still with me?

Okay.

Whew.

Feel so much better.

All fuzzies in this post are happy and healthy and soaking in love.

So. The point of this post was in the hopes to raise awareness of how many suffering animals are out there and to inspire you to help animals in need, to volunteer at local shelters, and/or to donate money to VetRanch. Or even to simply watch the videos, like, and/or subscribe to the channels. It helps!

Go love your dog or cat or whatever you have.

I’m going to go pet my dog.

 

Vet Ranch Youtube Channel 

Vet Ranch Website 

Vet Ranch Facebook

Vet Ranch Twitter

These doctors seem to genuinely love these animals and strive to give them a great quality of life. If you’d like to donate, it doesn’t need to be anything big. Every $5 makes a big difference. Once I have a job again, it’s definitely one of the places I’ll donate money.

I hope you guys and your animals are doing fabulously! Me and Lucky are doing great.

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What Do You Feed Your Dog?

My dog is itchy. Poor little guy. I’ve tried everything.

So.

I came along a website which claimed dog food could be making your dog have allergic reactions. Then I found another which said the same thing. I started talking to dog owners I know and came up with the same answer, over and over again.

I looked up my dog’s dog food.

I did not like what I found.

In particular, there’s one website which breaks down what is in your dog’s food, what it means, and if it’s good or bad, in their opinion.

You can find it here: DogFoodAdvisor

(I do suggest researching the dog food brand beyond this website; on other sites, your preferred vet, and with people you know, because no one source is ever 100% accurate in my experience. And what may be right for one dog breed may not be right for another.)

 

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SO.

*shakes head vehemently back and forth*

I am not going to be feeding him the same dog food anymore.

I’m on the hunt for healthy dog food brands.

My vet suggested I look for one which is AAFCO approved. (Click on the name for the website.) Their site also has a page dedicated to helping you understand What is in Pet Food.

My vet also told me that the whole, “grains are bad for dogs” thing isn’t true.

I haven’t made an appointment with my vet yet to run certain brands by her, but I’ll get there. She gave me the AAFCO advice while I was scooting my dog on in to get his shots. I like to have all my ducks in a row before going to the experts.

 

Meanwhile, I’ve been changing things up with Lucky.

I’m not certain how much I should be feeding him (something else I’ll ask my vet when I make an appointment. It depends on weight, the dog in question, and their breed, as far as I know.) so I’ve been feeding him two to three times a day, depending on what I feed him, how much, and how he’ acts.

I’m only feeding him his dog food once a day now, and it’s the smallest meal.

For breakfast and lunch, I feed him human food I’ve cooked for him.

FYI: If you’re going to change your dog’s diet, you need to do it slowly. Their little systems are sensitive and it can hurt them to switch from one type of food to another instantaneously – especially if you’re introducing human food into their diet. I started out feeding him much smaller amounts and only once every other day.

 

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Okay, now stop freaking out! I can hear all you dog owners shouting warnings. I know, I know.

I don’t feed Lucky anything that can hurt him. I’ll get more into that in future posts. I love my baby, I’m not going to do anything that can hurt him.

And anyone reading this, please know that dogs can be hurt or even killed by a lot of human food. So don’t attempt feeding them anything until you’ve talked to your vet or someone else who knows what they’re talking about when it comes to dogs and food. Oh, and keep in mind that certain breeds can or cannot have certain foods.

 

I plan on really digging into my dog’s choices and health from now on. I’d like to delve into what he can eat, what he can’t eat, why, dog food brands that are healthy, how food needs to be cooked for him, and anything else dog related I find important along the way (food related or not), etc.

And of course I plan on sharing with you guys what I find . 😉

(Just keep in mind I’m in no way a professional.)

 

What do you feed your dog(s)?

Has your dog’s food ever caused health problems?

 

(Wow, there were a lot of parenthesis in that post.)

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You Make Me Angry

You – 

who say you’ll never own a dog because they can maul a child or grown person to death.

Okay.

A human can beat you to death and laugh about it.

A human can shoot you and walk away, indifferent to your death.

Children will kill for less than a Klondike bar, in the real world.

 

I am in sooo much pain right now. Not.

I am in sooo much pain right now. Not.

 

But hey, dogs are so dangerous that they shouldn’t be around your children or your neighborhood.

Because they could maul you.

They’re dangerous animals.

Unpredictable.

They have different morals than yours.

 

You just described 50% of the human population. So do you keep your sister away from your family? Because, you know, she could beat you to death, she’s human, she’s by definition unpredictable if there are emotions involved. And being human, she feels emotion.

You keep your children separated, right? Because given the right genetics and circumstances, they will literally kill each other and move on. It’s happened, and if one dog has done it once, that means they’ll all do it, riiiiiight?, so…

You make sure you keep all human contact at a minimum, right?

 

Animals only have base instincts, true, but if a dog’s owner falls on hard times, not enough money to keep a house or buy food, they’ll stay at their side. Warm their bed, even when it’s only a gutter backing a garbage bin. They’ll never complain for having scraps, they’ll always warm your heart, lick your hand, watch you as you go about your day.

But humans? If they feel like it, they’ll leave their animals to starve and die, alone and frightened. Pack up and move, cutting their ‘losses’. You can leave animals at shelters. For free. It’d take five minutes of your life, but hey, the animal who lives for you, is only brought happiness and entertainment by you, they’re not worth your time or love any longer. You can’t afford them and so they cease to exist for you.

Because money is always more important than five minutes of your day and definitely more important than an animal, according to some humans.

 

Flame and Mom. The uber lap dog.

Flame and Mom. The uber lap dog getting loves.

 

Animals have only base instincts. Yes. The feel fear and love, kill to stay alive and kill for food. They don’t have human morals.

But humans do know better, we know the difference between right, wrong, and indifference. We have the potential to become the most compassionate and giving species, the ability to inspire and bring to pass so much greatness.

And what do we do?

We abandon love for money, sex, social standing, the newest phone. We, as a species, torture, hate, hurt, rape, and murder for nothing more than a dollar.

We have the potential to be great, yet we choose to become something horrid and selfish.

Dogs? They do well with what they’re given. If a dog’s owner dies and they had a healthy happy relationship, the dog will literally stay with their owner’s corpse, heartbroken.

They love and loyalty is not something faded and brushed aside to them, it is the base of their being once they’ve decided to trust.

 

I’m not saying all humans are horrible, the world is not filled with only ugliness.

I’m trying to say the exact opposite. Just, you know me, I take the long way around.

We can love, embody compassion, bring so much amazing greatness to our world and those in it. And that includes bringing love, safety, and compassion to animals.

Most of the time, there are two reasons why a dog is mean, and would therefore maul your children.

ONE: their owner treated them or trained them poorly. Bad things are done to dogs and those dogs then, in turn, are cruel.

TWO: The dog is inbred by too many generations and it messed with their disposition.

 

An animal cannot control their genetics or who owns them. Don’t inbreed them, don’t fight them, don’t treat them badly, and you won’t have to worry about it.

 

Flame and my brother.

Flame and my brother.

 

This world is beautiful and there are millions of good people filling it. But just like humans, there are good dogs and bad dogs. There are human beings who are more likely to shoot you then help you.

Every species has its cruel members and its compassionate members. There are Jeffrey Dahmers and Mother Theresas. There are dogs who are sweet and loving and dogs who are damaged, and some who need to be put down to keep others safe. Just as there are serial killers who should be put away from us, to keep us safe.

 

So do not tell me that bringing a dog into your home would endanger you because they could bite you to death and they’re so dangerously horrible.

I could bite you to death. Seriously.

There are humans who eat other humans for crying out loud!

Do not condemn an entire species because you made the bigoted mistake of deciding for an entire breed of dog (or dogs in general) that they are dangerous because they have large jaws and pointy teeth. Going by those rules, everyone and everything is dangerous. Because everything can be used for good or bad, to help or to hurt.

You are spreading an opinion which isn’t true, bringing others to believe you and turn their backs on a species who are kicked into the streets and abandoned on a daily basis. Animals suffering because of human cruelty.

 

Flame was my second fuzzy baby. He never once hurt me. Only brought me happiness.

Flame was my second fuzzy baby. He never once hurt me. Only brought me happiness.

 

And to all you who have been attacked by a dog. I am sorry. I do understand the terror. But go yell at a human. I know three people who have been bitten and attacked by dogs. My mother was chased down by a dog when she was younger.

But do you know what all four instances included, for all four people?

There was animal cruelty before there was a cruel animal. In one instance, neighborhood children tormented the dog on a daily basis, went into the dog’s territory and hurt it before the dog did anything.

Stop fearing something because you do not understand it. Dogs can bring you joy and save your life when another human threatens you.

Yes, they are animals and you should not apply human standards to them. Don’t grab them around the neck, don’t get in their face when they’re eating, etc. If you’re going to love an animal, you need to do it responsibly. You wouldn’t have a child without knowing how to take care of one would you?

 

There are always bad apples.

But there are murderers. Does that mean all humans are evil and should be abandoned to a sad, lonely and miserable life?

No. It does not. If you don’t want a dog, don’t get a dog. But don’t give “they’re dangerous” as the reason. A stapler is dangerous.

 

MoJo, my first fuzzy baby. THE most tolerable creature I've ever met.

MoJo, my first fuzzy baby. THE most tolerant creature I’ve ever met.

 

Okay, rant over. 😉

What do you think about people and dogs and biting?

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