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Tabby Grabbing

scared kitten

photo credit: https://unsplash.com/@miklevasilyev

When tabby balks at being picked up, it could be as simple as how you lift her (or him)
or/and how you hold him (or her) afterwards.
Tabby grabbing could be called pussy grabbing because it can seem as invasive as sexual assault to your cat. One thing you always need to remember in handling a cat is that an angry sounding "meow," a hiss, or a growl is as valid as a human, "No!"

The Right Thing

shnauzer love

As I walked our Airedale Terrier, Bailey, I especially enjoyed watching my neighbor walk her Miniature Schnauzer. I've missed seeing them lately. Although her dog was 14 years old and blind, he still had the Schnauzer independence.

Indigenous

Earthday

I saw the above picture on Earth Day. I added the caption, but after I did, I realized that while it is a nice sentiment, it is in error. Earth was not created for anyone. Earth is a magnificent biological system. We are each blessed to be a small part of it.

World Without Walls

Hot Air Balloon Fest
Photo credit: Alfred Lichtenhauer

"Imagine all the people, sharing all the world. John Lennon"

Guns for the Money

bullets on Ben Franklin currency

So yesterday, another school shooting. This one at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Brower county Florida. Dozens of hearts were broken yesterday by the deaths of 17 of their loved ones and dozens of children, teachers, and parents were unnecessarily terrorized.
"Thoughts and prayers" have become numbing over the years. A sign on twitter reads, "Policies, not prayers." I agree.



The Case Against Docking and Declawing

puppy and kitten

Some practices that we once considered standard and traditional we now see as intrusive and hurtful. In the United States, both the tail-docking of dogs and the declawing of cats are two practices that are still all too common.



America Under the Gun

Under the Gun

Up in Arms. Many of today’s gun owners are up in arms. They see a government that seeks to disarm its citizens and is willing to twist the facts and turn them inside out to accomplish its goal.



Ammunition Notes

good guys on subway

News today focused on National Security. However, security should begin at home. With the ongoing turmoil in the Trump White House, it is easy to lose sight of many of the issues that remain unattended. One of those issues is comprehensive gun legislation, which would be a major step in improving the safety of the American public.



Woman's Reproductive Rights:
Ain't Nobody's Business But Her Own

barren earth

Pro choice is just a shorter phrase for "Mind Your Own Business." It is neither pro-life nor pro-abortion. It as much about birth control as it is about deciding whether or not to end a pregnancy or continue one. Here's why:



Animal Exhibitors: No Laughing Matter

mother hyena and cub on the Masai mara

"[Hyenas] are very important to the health of the ecosystem," says Marion East of the Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research in Berlin. "As scavengers, they clean up a huge amount of dead matter. As hunters, they probably help maintain the genetic health of the great herds."



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