I don't proofread my posts before I publish them... cause I keep my thoughts au naturale.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sunday Facebook rant

"When buying or selling kittens and puppies, although people often want to "get rid of them" sooner than later, please keep in mind that for both puppies and kittens, they should not be rehomed until 8 weeks at the soonest.  Small breeds it is recommended 10-12 and kittens are generally 8-10.  The weeks between 6-8 are the weeks that puppies and kittens develop socialization skills.  If they are rehomed sooner than that, it is much more stressful for them.  Also, kittens are more able to find the litter box and hold their bladders at 8 weeks vs. 6 weeks.  And another reason is that puppies and kittens have sensitive stomachs and between 6-8 weeks their stomachs are sensitive to new foods and even new WATER sources!  In many states, it is illegal to sell a puppy under 8 weeks without a vet's written consent.  I know most people will ignore this, but please have a conscience about the health and well-being of your young animals.  They are just as cute and cuddly (if not more) at 8 weeks of age!"

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Iceman Cometh... with a bucket of water.

I posted this on my Facebook page tonight:

I'm soooooo torn about this Ice Bucket Challenge thing. It's not that I can't or won't do it... I'm as big of a fan of nipping as the next guy, but I feel like it is becoming more of a thing that all the cool kids are doing. Do I think that donating money to charity is a bad thing? Noooooooo. But, I'd rather donate money to the ASPCA or another charity that is closer to my heart. Not that ALS isn't a worthy cause to support. Secondly, I already think that we, as Americans, look likes selfish, arrogant assholes to most of the world (thanks in large part to the Kardashians), but when you have people in foreign countries who have no clean water to drink, it seems a little douchey to waste water and post it for the whole world to see.

Anyway, these are the reasons why I won't do it on a public forum. If you nominated me and feel like coming to my house and dumping ice water on my head, go for it, but no videoing allowed! Plus, you have to bring the water, lol. And I am also not putting down those of my friends (and Dave Grohl) who have done it, I am not God, I am merely one person with a skewed opinion. It's fun, it's kitchy, it's for a good cause. But I will continue to help our four-legged friends in my altruistic endeavors, while waiting for this fifteen minute fad to pass and 99% of people who did it won't mention ALS again in their lifetime. I do hope this money helps find a cure or eases suffering caused by the horrible symptoms.

Okay, ranty soapbox finished. Thank you Trish & Jaida for nominating me today! It's awesome to know that you ladies wanna see me in a wet tee shirt. Feel free to come by my house sometime and throw ice water on me... just remember BYOW... and no flash photography!!

PS Save the manatees already!!

Monday, August 18, 2014

I'm sorry, Cows!

One month when I was 18, I was a vegetarian.  I love animals and don't think that that should just include the fuzzy domesticated kind.

How cute are they??
Cows are adorable.  I lived next to a farm growing up and the cows would come up to the fence along the outside of our property.  I would feed them grass, attempt to pet them, heck, sometimes I would talk to them.  It broke my heart seeing them out in the freezing rain and cold.  I've often thought that if I ever get back to living in the country, I'd like to have a pet cow.

I want to be a vegetarian... couldn't do the vegan thing because I love cheese too much and I don't think I'd be able to remember everything that I'm supposed to avoid. 

I've seen the pictures and heard stories of how poorly farm animals are treated and how they are tortured right before slaughter.  Some of them that are sick or dying are left to die in fields and ditches.  I even watched a show once about a woman who had a farm that people would rescue sick or dying animals and bring them to her and she would try to get them better.  Occasionally she would get a call about a cow that was left to die and she would organize a covert mission in the middle of the night to rescue the cow.  Sometimes all it took was antibiotics to nurse that cow back to life.

How delicious does this look??
I can avoid pork, chicken, fish, etc.  Those aren't foods that mean much to me.  But I can't shake the beef cravings.  I go through withdrawal.  I have low iron and don't care for the supplements and I think that is part of my need for beef.  One of my favorite foods is cheeseburgers.  I love eating meat for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  I can't help it, I'm weak!!

So I wrestle with my moral dilemma.  I don't want to contribute to the cows suffering, but I don't think I could have a happy existence depriving myself of beef.  My conscience has no rest.