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Link of the Day: A New Day for Pit Bulls

Via: National Geographic

National Geographic: The Truth About Pit Bulls

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Pit Bulls have gotten bad rap due to the way they are used.  On account of their natural brute and strength, humans use this breed as attacking dog guards and fighting killers, and because of this Pit Bulls are subjected to breed discrimination on a daily basis.  However, it is not their breed that is harmful, it is the way they are raised and trained.

Yes, certain dogs are aggressive, and sometimes those dogs may be of the Pit Bull breed, however just because one dog of a certain breed is threatening, does not make the breed itself dangerous.  The majority of Pit Bull dogs are loyal and friendly animal companions, and even those who have been subjected to terrible abuse by humans may also be able to be rehabilitated.  It is not the dog that we should fear, but the human owner.

Click on the link above and read the truth about Pit Bulls.  And even though it is necessary to take certain precautions when around dogs you do not know – this goes for all breeds – make sure to keep an open mind and do not discriminate against any certain breed.

Happy Tuesday All!

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Quote of the Day: Fran Lebowitz

Link of the Day: Hachikō

Via: Wikipedia

Wikipedia: Hachikō

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I didn’t like any of today’s news, so the Link of the Day is going to be to remember – or learn – about a special dog.

My boyfriend and I just finished watching the movie Hachi: A Dog’s Tale and we both cried like babies.  It’s a beautiful movie about love, loyalty, and just how true it is that dogs are man’s best friend.  It’s based off of a true story, and after watching it, I just had to see the real Hachi.

Check out this marvelous dog’s story from the link above.  Even just reading about him will make you tear up!

Happy Saturday All!

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Link of the Day: War Dogs

The Huffington Post: Adorable War Dogs and Their Stories

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I do not agree that dogs should be deployed to war, and suffer the tragic outcome of such a thing.  However, these dogs are true heroes, and it’s great that a book has come out to tell their stories for them.

It’s definitely going on my TBR list and hope you check it out as well!

Happy Tuesday All!

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Cupid, Trixie, and Maggie: The Story of 3 Survivors

Cat Shot With Arrow

An orange Tabby was dubbed the nickname ‘Cupid’ after he survived an arrow shot through his shoulder.  He was taken to the Brittmore Animal Hospital where the arrow was surgically removed.  Luckily, the arrow pierced no major organs and ‘Cupid’ is underway to a full recovery.  

This article, which I found on The Huffington Post, really affected me in a personal way.  If you read the original article, it states that the veterinarian who operated on ‘Cupid’ believes that the incident “…definitely wasn’t an accident”.  

My family and I have had our own trials of our animals being abused.  The first incident occurred with our cat Trixie.  

We lived outside of Detroit at the time and Trixie was an indoor-outdoor cat.  She enjoyed going outside during the day and roaming the neighborhood.  During one day, Trixie came home and my mother saw dried blood on her face.  Trixie’s eye was swollen and shut so my mom rushed her to the vet.  The doctor looked at Trixie and said that she had been shot.  Luckily, however, the bullet went straight through and missed hitting her brain.  

From then on, Trixie only had one eye, the shot eye permanently sewed up.  My mother knew that it wasn’t an accident and someone had deliberately shot our cat.

The other incident involved our dog Maggie.  We adopted the fawn-colored Boxer from the Michigan Humane Society and loved her at first sight – even with her one physical flaw.  

You usually see Boxers with their ears straight up and their tails as stubs, even though they are born with their ears floppy and down, and their tails long.  However, many breeders and Boxer owners crop the dog’s ears – a procedure, which occurs when the dog is 7-12 weeks old, that involves removing some of the earflap and nerve endings.  It is usually done for “physical beauty” and something that I find to be a very cruel practice.  

When we adopted Maggie, she only had one ear.  The MHS did not know the details to what had happened but they speculated that Maggie had suffered through a terrible cropping job.  Soft, silky, hairless, black skin – which I would curiously gently touch when I was a child – took the place of her one ear.  Fortunately, they had not gone as far as cutting her tail to a stub, so she had a long hard tail which I vividly remembered she would whack us with when she became excited.

My family has been known to adopt and take care of “misfit” animals.  We don’t care about their physical deformations, and would rather have a loyal companion than a beautiful show dog.  However, we do care about what happened to them, and why it happened.

Why ‘Cupid’ was shot with an arrow; why Trixie was shot through the eye with a gun; and why Maggie was subjected to the pain of an ear-cropping that went totally wrong: these are the things I think about.  It is so sad to hear and see that animals are still treated without respect.  They are still abused, taken advantage of, and treated like “things” instead of sentient beings. 

Whether it was a teenager who just received a gun/bow-and-arrow for his birthday, or a bored adult who has no respect or love for animals, these kinds of intentional abuse are still happening.

Animals do have rights, and they have the ultimate right to be safe and secure in a world where humans still think they are superior to every other species.

Please, if you witness an animal being abused, do speak up.  If you are hanging out with a group of your friends and they decide to test out their new BB Gun on a bird, do try to stop it.  And please do not feel embarrassed for standing up for a “lesser being”; you could ultimately be saving a life.

Animals need a voice, and we should be that voice.  Animal abuse is still abuse.

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*Note:  Click on the links above to read the full articles and to check my sources.  The picture was taken from the source.  I, however, summarized the article (the italicized section at the top) in my own words, and the opinions, thoughts, phrases, and words in this post are my own: © Kalie Lyn, 2011.*

And You Think You’re Tired!

Have you ever been this tired?!

Smile!  It’s a brand new day!  

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*Note: These pictures were taken from a chain email.  Their © belongs to their photographers.*

Why You Should Always Carry a Camera

I got this cute email from my step-mom and thought I would share.

Enjoy!

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Why you should always carry a camera:

Because you never know when life will give you little moments like these.

Have a Wonderful Day All!

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*Note: The pictures above were taken from a chain email.  Their © belongs to their photographers.*