Zoo-notable: Animals in Translation

Looking at those animals I realized that none of them would even exist if human beings hadn’t bred them into being. And ever since that moment I’ve believed that we brought these animals here, so we’re responsible for them. We owe them a decent life and decent death, and their lives should be as low-stress as possible.

Temple Grandin ~ Animals in Translation

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20 Days of Eco-Wellness, Day 10: Save a Life with Cuddle Therapy

Yesterday I talked about other animals which are good Cuddle Therapists. Rabbits, horses, and other domesticated animals have the potential to be very therapeutic, relieving stress and releasing oxytocin. This led me to think about a big issue which is becoming more and more prominent in today’s world. Read More “20 Days of Eco-Wellness, Day 10: Save a Life with Cuddle Therapy”

30 Days Wild- June 2: Kitty Playtime

Our cats have become obsessed with going down to the yard below our apartment.  The Kid just wants to eat grass, but Sully wants to explore all over.  They both can get into trouble so it actually takes the two of us to watch them while they explore and seek out their favorite spots.

Today I decided to see how the cats would react to our vegetable garden.  It’s fenced in to assist in deterring (mostly) deer, but the border helped us keep the cats corralled and still give them freedom to go where they like. Read More “30 Days Wild- June 2: Kitty Playtime”

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 8: Something Worth Writing About

I thought I might be on a role today.  I finished my grocery shopping and did NOT buy unnecessary snacks (although I was tempted more than once).  I stayed within my calories, drank a pre-workout, took all my supplements, and went to a new gym to do a 20 minute interval on the elliptical and a 20 minute round of Death By Goblet Squats.  I did cave and snack on some corn tortilla shells while making Teriyaki Tofu Lettuce Wraps for dinner. But all I needed and wanted to do this evening before I wrote my post was to complete my Glute Exercises so I would have “something worth writing about”. Read More “100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 8: Something Worth Writing About”

Lessons from Winnie

I’m dealing with my cat who is 17 years old and not doing all that well.

Again she’s 17. But I’ve been thinking back to my life with her and I came to the realization how much this feisty feline has taught me over the years.

  1. Do NOT take shit from people. Ever. Even if you tolerate their presence on occasion.
  2. Pick your fights. But when you get in them, do not go half ass.
  3. Stare at blank walls for random periods of time. It’ll make people wonder. Or you can smile. Does the same thing.
  4. be very picky about the company you keep.
  5. when you get old, you can eat whatever the hell you feel like. Until then, take care of your body. Eat right.
  6. do not be impressed with the latest most shiny toys. They usually won’t live up to your expectations anyways.
  7. DO NOT TOUCH THE WHITE PAW! I don’t know what that is a comparison to. I just know I learned early on in Winnie’s life to NOT. TOUCH. The WHITE PAW.
  8. don’t just eat whatever is put in front of you. You deserve to put good food in your body. Expect only the best.
  9. never underestimate the amount of fun one can have with a (shoe)string (budget).
  10. Speak up for yourself
  11. Make deep impressions on people. Deep deep impressions that don’t heal for 5-8 years.
  12. Just because it’s beautiful doesn’t mean you should reach out and touch it. That’s an excellent way to get your hand ripped off. And leave deep deep impressions.
  13. Only accept the finer things in life.
  14. Be aloof. It draws people in.
  15. When you look back on your life, be sure to show appreciation for those who matter the most.

Chris says Winnie is just like me. Hardly. I can only hope to live my life like Winnie.

She’s doing a lot better this evening but gave me and Chris quite a scare earlier. At least she’s eating a little better. And she still has some fight left in her. And I think she has a few more lessons in life to share with me.

Love my Winnie-vere.