Baby Deer Rudie: A Must-See Feel-Good

Today I decided to plug back in for a minute and take a break from my blogging break to share this adorable video of Baby Deer Rudie, who was found at 2-days old, missing half his leg and given a new lease on life. Check out his amazing transformation as he settles in to his new home and grows to love his new family and furry friends.


I love this little guy! I want a Rudie in my life…

Now, didn’t that just warm your heart and make your day more special??

Animals have the power to bring out the best in people. May an animal bless your life today…


Notable Quotable: Loving Animals

“Until one has loved an animal a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”    –Anatole France

I use this quote in my email signature. It is so true. I’ve seen people completely transformed from experiencing the love of an animal. I’ve seen people who were hard and cold suddenly become soft and loving after having a dog for a while.

There is something about sharing heart with an animal that changes a person. Look at the success of programs that utilize the caring for dogs by prisoners. And the enormous triumphs with autistic and special needs children after they’ve spent time with therapy horses. More and more hospitals around the nation are instituting animal therapy for their patients, using dogs and cats. That has to tell you something.

There is an awakening of the heart and soul that is unmatched in these programs, dramatically moreso than in any other arena. The takeaway: loving an animal is good for you!

I’ve always said that I like dogs more than I like people and that’s essentially the truth. Dogs make wonderful friends–they don’t lie or deceive, they don’t judge, and they don’t hate. They love unconditionally. That is something you cannot get from another human being, I don’t care how much someone protests that they can love another person unconditionally. Not possible! There are always conditions between people. Period. But not so with dogs (and other animals). Their love is pure and absolute.

So if you haven’t experienced it already, do yourself a favor and love an animal. Your world will be better for it.

Have you witnessed someone change for the better after bringing a pet into their life? Do you believe that one’s life can be improved just by introducing an animal into it? Have you experienced the special love shared between people and their companion animals? If you haven’t yet experienced this, what’s stopping you?


A Significant Step Forward for Animal Welfare Legislation!

My posts often contain my opinions and attitudes about our egregious animal welfare legislation and how desperately I advocate for change. This is HUGE news and a giant step forward for animals everywhere…and especially so in New Zealand. Hopefully the rest of the world will follow suit now:

This article appeared in The Independent (U.K.) on May 17, 2015. Written by Sophie McIntyre:

Headline: Animals are now legally recognized as ‘sentient’ beings in New Zealand

(Sunday, 17 May 2015) – The New Zealand Government has formally recognized animals as ‘sentient’ beings by amending animal welfare legislation.

The Animal Welfare Amendment Bill was passed on Tuesday.

The Act stipulates that it is now necessary to ‘recognize animals as sentient’ and that owners must ‘attend properly to the welfare of those animals’.

“To say that animals are sentient is to state explicitly that they can experience both positive and negative emotions, including pain and distress,” said Chair of the National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee, Dr Virginia Williams, according to

“The explicitness is what is new and marks another step along the animal welfare journey,” she added

In addition, new material has been added to the section of the Act pertaining to animal testing for other research purposes.

The Government now demands that checks be made as to whether there has been ‘assessment of the suitability of using non-sentient or non-living alternatives in the project’ and ‘replacement of animals as subjects with suitable non-sentient or non-living alternatives’.

“Expectations on animal welfare have been rapidly changing. The bill brings legislation in line with our nation’s changing attitude on the status of animals in society,” according to the President of the New Zealand Veterinary Association, Dr Steve Merchant.



This is so significant. The absence of viewing animals as sentient beings has been a major part of the problem in animal welfare policies. Now maybe we will see considerable strides in how our world interacts with the animals with whom we share this planet.

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Questions: How long do you think it will take the rest of the world to incorporate the sentient nature of animals into legislation and policy-making decisions? How do you feel about New Zealand’s recent act (animal welfare amendment bill) and what effect do you think that will have on other countries? Will the U.S. be far behind?



So You Say You Want to Help Animals?

Here’s a quick way to do just that and it will only take a minute of your time. All you have to do is fill out a form with your name and address to show your support of  The Animal Welfare in Agricultural Research Endeavors (AWARE) Act, H.R. 746/S. 388.

From the ASPCA blog this morning: “This morning ASPCA President Matt Bershadker stood on Capitol Hill beside Representative Earl Blumenauer of Oregon as he introduced new legislation to end government-funded and -perpetrated cruelty to animals used in agricultural research. The Animal Welfare in Agricultural Research Endeavors (AWARE) Act, H.R. 746/S. 388, comes in response to the gut-wrenching animal suffering revealed by The New York Times at USDA’s Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC) in Nebraska—a tax-payer funded facility that performs research to make meat production more profitable.

The AWARE Act would require animal agricultural research at federal facilities to meet the minimal standards for humane handling, care, and treatment in the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). The bill would prohibit the type of disregard for animal suffering that is clearly ingrained at the USMARC.”

By filling out this simple form, you will be urging Congress to support the bill that will stop farm animal research cruelty. And that’s all you have to do. Your voice will be heard, your vote counted and your message delivered directly to your senators, congressmen and congress-women.

It’s important that these legislators know that the American people do not and will not condone or allow the kinds of cruelty and torture that is inflicted on these farm animals. The USDA must be held accountable. 

Please take a few minutes to fill out the form and hit the Submit button. Remember: You can make a difference.  

Rare Red Fox Spotted for the First Time in a Century!

This is very exciting news! Remote cameras in Yosemite National Park have recently captured images of a Sierra Nevada Red Fox (once in December and the most recent one this month). This is the first sighting of the very shy Red Fox in one hundred years!! This is a very endangered species – one of the most endangered mammals in North America in fact – and biologists and researchers claim there are less than 50 individual Sierra Nevada Red Foxes (also known as the High Sierra Fox) left in the wild. Considered to be “critically endangered,” the Center for Biological Diversity petitioned the federal government to protect the High Sierra fox under the Endangered Species Act.

Here’s a video clip of the image caught on camera with an audio announcement about the sighting:

What a gorgeous animal! 


photographed in 2010



photographed in Lassen Volcanic National Park in 2002


Please support wildlife and especially endangered and threatened species!

The All About Wildlife website is an educational resource and has a good list of ways to help wildlife and I encourage you to go take a look at what they suggest. There you’ll be able to discover how to plant a wildlife garden and you’ll also have access to a list of top wildlife and environmental non-profit organizations.

Please consider donating to local, national or wildlife organizations. Be sure you do your homework first, of course, but wildlife organizations are always in need of financial support. You might also consider donating your time: look into your local area wildlife organizations and volunteer. You’ll learn so much and be so enriched!

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog post. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section. Have you ever spotted a rare or endangered animal? Can you imagine how exciting it was when the reviewers of the camera footage saw that Sierra Nevada Red Fox?!