7 Reasons Why Adopting A Pet Is Amazing

7 Reasons Why Adopting a Pet Is Amazing

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Joe and Dolly
Our Dogs 

The amount of happiness that our rescue dogs bring to our lives is off the charts. They have endless energy, and make us laugh every single day. They wake up in the mornings right along with us and are always eager to run out and play.  If you have been considering getting a pet, it’s a great idea.  And these are the 7 reasons why:

Number  1:  You Are Saving The Life of An Animal
Many pets are lost or left behind through no fault of their own.  They need our help and love
to live, survive and thrive.  There are thousands of animals euthanized annually, simply because shelters are over-crowded.  Many shelters just can’t supply all the money, food or resources for them.  In the ideal world, I wish it was possible for all shelters to be no-kill facilities.

Number  2:  Having A Pet Is Great For Your Health
It’s a known fact that animals are therapeutic for humans.  Study after  study shows that dogs help patients temporarily forget about their illness, and increase happiness.  Also, many prisons run dog training programs for well-behaved inmates, who benefit by working with them.  People with animals lowers blood pressure and lessens agitation.  See for yourself.  Take 20 minutes  of your day to go pet your dog, cow, pig, cat, or any furry you own.  You and your pet will be feeling great.  Read about the mental and physical health benefits here.  Ironically, as I was writing this post, our dog Joe stradled his front legs over mine as I sat!  I petted him and now it’s ten minutes later, and I feel better.
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Number  3:  You Help Discontinue Daily Cruelty
Throughout the country, there are thousands of puppy and kitty mills.  They are commercial breeders producing millions of animals for sale annually.  They are in it solely for monetary gain, and could care less about our furry friends in their facilities.  Most of these animals are living in filthy, deplorable conditions, in small tight cages.   My eyes are tearing up just thinking about those little souls.  They are forced to produce litter after litter .  Then, after they are no longer profitable, they are destroyed.  Adopting an animal means you don’t support such cruel practices.

Number   4:  You Pay A Lot Less
It is often common to see hefty price tags over $800 and up past the thousands.  At a regular shelter, the average range is around $150 to a couple hundred.  Furthermore, you are receiving a healthy animal, with all the proper medical treatments already provided.

Number    5:  Above and Beyond Dogs and Cats
Dogs and cats usually grab the headlines.  However, there are many shelters that rescue all sorts of animals.  Maybe you are better suited for a turtle, a snake, or a goat.  Others would rather have a rabbit, a bird, a horse, or possibly want to adopt a cow or pig.   Best Friends  is located in Kanab, Utah and they have 1600 different kinds of pets to adopt.  To visit their site, please click here.

Number  6:  Animals Are Amazing Companions
Animals that come into our lives makes us richer as human beings.  They are just excited and happy to be around you.  Therefore, they are the sunshine in our lives to bring us joy, love and companionship.  They will also entertain and love you unconditionally.

Number  7:  Safe And Healthy
Finally, a shelter is an excellent place to acquire a healthy and safe animal.  The shelters main purpose is to save, tend to and revive lost animals.  They want to alleviate any pain and suffering these innocent creatures may have endured prior to rescue.  Then they adopt out to loving person’s or families.  So, in conclusion, I urge you to please adopt and never shop. 

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Dolly and Joe Making Us Laugh

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”―  Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

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How To Practice The Art Of Gratitude

The Art Of Gratitude

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Honestly, how to practice the art of gratitude stumped me for a long time.  Especially when I was younger.  In addition, I never thought I had enough and always wanted more and consumed more.  But the fact is I never needed more than everything I already had.  

Slowly, and over time, I began to appreciate every single thing in my life, and have become a much less stressed person because of it.  Twenty years ago my beautiful, giving mother Helen gave me a book for my birthday.  This book drastically changed my thinking and in turn, my life.  The book is called Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach and looks like this:
Therefore, I highly recommend giving this book to someone else as it is very transformational.  Sarah wrote the book in a way that is easy to navigate.  The chapters focus on things you can be grateful for each month of the year and has hundreds of inspirational quotes.

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Sunrise by Julie Zbornik

Every morning I take our doggies Joe and Dolly outside.  I look and listen closely to the sounds of nature.  Consequently I am in awe that every single day the sun rises in a slightly different place.  The clouds are never the same.  The sky is always a vast array of beautiful colors.  Also, you never know if you will see some gorgeous wildlife, like deer, bears, coyotes, or racoons.  And all the glorious birds singing to their heart’s content.  

So now, every day when I wake up and am outdoors, I recite 5 things for which I am grateful.  Some of the things I am thankful for are as follows;  Clean drinking water.  Our funny dogs who always make us laugh.  Food in our fridge.  Just being able to walk outside. And so fortunate to be able to see and hear the sounds and sights of nature. You can find a list of 31 things to be grateful for here.

Finally, showing gratitude daily gives us the opportunity to open up and embrace ourselves and others with a new perspective.  Peter Economy wrote a great article about the proven benefits of gratitude and you can read his post here.  If you want to learn more, Lisa Valentine has a beautiful gratitude blog called “Habitual Gratitude” you can find here.

ALways carry gratitude with you.
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Quote by Barry Neil Kaufman

Here I Am As An Artist In The Blogging World

Stepping Into The Blogging World 

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Are there other artists out there besides me who have bloggerphobia?  The sheer thought of exposing myself in the blogging world is terrifying.   Sometimes as creative artists we have extreme writer’s block when it comes to blogging.  We know how to create, but we have no idea what to write about.  And that is the case with me.

The truth is I procrastinated starting a blog for the longest time.  I didn’t know what to expect or even how to get started.  All of it seemed daunting, difficult, and overwhelming.  There are countless number of blogs online but how were all these brilliant people doing this?  All the new things to learn for technically dysfunctional people like myself to build a new website.  Foreign words I had seen and heard before but no clue how to institute them.  Words that are simple and well known by the technological geniuses.  Learning the ins and outs of each one takes time in itself.  Easy words that contain a ton of information.  Words like cache, domains, hosting, html, SEO, plugins are all quite daunting.  And forget about coding!  I have serious admiration for those who have the knowledge to code.

So, I finally decided the best approach to beginning a blog was to be proactive and take the plunge and dive right in. 

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 It’s intimidating and slightly scary to say the least.  However I found that doing something is better than doing nothing.  You will never know if something is good or bad unless you take the chance.  And I discovered the more new things you learn and practice, a new skill becomes easier over time. You can read about some of the benefits of learning new skills here.

“An ant on the move does more than a dozing ox.” ~ Lao Tzu

5 Reasons I Love Drawing And Why It’s Good For You

 5 Reasons Why I Love Drawing

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1.  You temporarily forget about your worries
       The very minute you engage in drawing you are focused on what you are doing, and therefore, not on anything else.  Your emotions change and you feel a sense of relief.  Then, when you draw, your worries fly out of the window!  Start creating on that blank medium!

2.  You Learn To Really Look At Your Surroundings
       As a result in creating new pieces of artwork, you start to see all the beauty around you, and in every little thing.  In addition you pay attention to nature and the beauty in the simplest of things.  Like beholding the grand loveliness of a new bird on your bird feeder or really taking a closer look at a sunflower.

3.  You Override Racial, Cultural, Religious and Language Barriers
       Any piece of artwork created in this universe tells it’s own story.  Consequently art relays information and ideas by the creator that cannot otherwise be expressed in words.  Art is a universal language like giving flowers to someone to convey feelings.

4.  You Can Use Your Self- Expression
         Through creative self-expression you begin to grow and expand your existing world.  You begin to gain self-awareness.  It starts becoming easier to resolve problems and enhance your
 over-all well-being.

5.  You Can Develop Something That Never Existed Before And Be Proud Of It
       Whatever is inside your head transfers to your medium of choice.
  It skyrockets your self-esteem and nurtures your soul. You can proudly let the world know this is your artwork and unique only to you!

Hope you liked 5 reasons I love drawing and;

in closing, there are countless types of artwork.  Of course you might draw with pastels.  Or you may paint with various mediums, like oils, acrylics, or watercolor.  You could paint murals inside or outside.  Perhaps you like coloring books. Possibly you like to sketch with pencils or graphite.  Finally, and above all else, just remember to have fun with the process and enjoy!!! 

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Becoming Vegan for the First Time

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The Road to Becoming Vegan

I became vegan.  It wasn’t always that way though. Growing up on a dairy/beef/pork/chicken farm in the Midwest, I ate meat, dairy and eggs daily.  Everyone around me ate these animal products.  I thought those were the foods I was supposed to be eating.


It wasn’t until August of 2012 when all that started to change.  One evening I fried two large pork chops, mashed potatoes with pork gravy and a side of peas.  Loaded all on my plate and sat down to watch t.v.  I was flipping through the channels and was horrified when I came across a pig farming factory documentary.  Tears came to my eyes, and I threw my plate of pork chops out, and immediately became vegetarian.  No meat at all.  Slowly I started falling back into some of my old habits.  I started eating fish again and was still eating dairy and eggs.  When I met my boyfriend, he was a huge meat-eater.  I drifted back to the old ways of eating.

Forward four years to 2016.  I met Amanda Smith, a kind vegan, through her wonderful website www.createnplate.com  and she has been a great and continuous source of inspiration and support for me.

So, for almost a year now, with her guidance and help, I went back to being vegetarian, and eating meat only once in awhile.  After watching several food and health documentaries, (you can find the list here), I finally chose to become fully vegan for several reasons;  My entire body feels better.  I feel better physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.  But most of all I feel happy that I no longer need to hurt animals to live a healthier life.  

Why I Love Animals And Hope You Do Too!

October 1, 2017

Why I Love Animals

Here it is, a crisp and windy October morning and I have decided to start writing a blog about animals and animal rights because I love them so much.  All of them.  And all living breathing creatures.  I am new to this blogging world, so please be patient with me as I navigate and learn the process.

Animals are the kings and queens of this world.  They are kind, they make us laugh, they help us live and love.  They are innocent and sentient beings and have emotions just as humans do.  They are unpredictable, funny and we are lucky to be able to be in their lives, to speak for them, and help them along the way by providing a voice for them.

Please hug your pets today, and see how they make you smile.  Animals Dogs Pets Funny Laughter