Passion and me don’t really sit comfortably together.
After all, I was brought up to think that emotion was something best left alone.
But we all move on in life, and, there are the odd few things I can be passionate about.
Should you choose to stick your head in the sand, I suggest you read no further.
Alternatively, if you do, you may wish to consider what a horrible species humans truly are.
If you plough through the bad bits, there is a reward with a good story to end on.
All posts courtesy of Stop Animal Abuse.
This is just dogs. I could equally have written about horses, cows, elephants, rhinos, panthers, cats – the list is endless.
Please don’t sit around and say it ‘it doesn’t matter to me’. Why not?
Either give money to an animal charity, rehome an unwanted animal, or like my parter did, when you see someone kicking a horse, tell them you will smack the fuck out of them if they don’t stop.
1) A frail puppy found abandoned in a box in a Fife town is so badly injured vets may have to amputate one of its legs.
Scotland‘s leading animal welfare charity was called to rescue the five-month-old male collie cross from an address in Methil Brae on Monday.
The residents said they found the pup in a cardboard box on open ground between Methil Brae and Ossian Crescent about 11.30pm the previous evening.
The little black and white pup had suffered two broken legs, leaving him in pain and unable to walk.
2) Guilty plea entered in Jonesborough dog torture-killing
The man accused of killing Honey, a four-pound Yorkshire Terrier mix that was his family’s pet, told a judge Wednesday during a plea hearing he had no excuse for his behavior but revealed he was using drugs and alcohol at the time.
In his description of what happened, Harrell told Cupp he threw the dog down the stairs, held her head under water and put her in the clothes dryer. He said the incident took place over 3½ to 4 hours.
“I killed and tortured my family dog,” Harrell said. “I could tell you what I did to cause my actions, but everything was a choice.”
3) Stray dogs are being rounded up and killed in the run up to Euro 2012 so that Ukraine can look spick and span for visiting foreign football teams and supporters.
Animal rights activists found animals were being shot, poisoned and hanged by “street cleaning” squads — with some even being taken to crematoriums and feared incinerated alive.
4) Blood Soaked Puppy, Found Wandering Streets With Horrific Bites & Burns – Bait Pup
Today TAF was called by Diane, the shelter manager at the Animal Welfare League’s Wabash facility, about a severely burned dog who had been used as bait. The blood soaked puppy was found walking down the street by police in the Englewood area of Chicago. Bridgid, from Project Rescue Chicago, went down to AWL and picked up the puppy, taking him straight to our vet at Animal Care Center of Chicago.
5) ‘Thinnest Dog ever seen alive’ by RSPCA
The Staffordshire cross was left to die in a cardboard box dumped in a lay-by — and when she was found she did not even have the strength to lift her head to eat or drink.
But – here – is a happy ending story. Why don’t they all end up like this? 😦
California group gives Texas dog national hero award
Three years ago, Bear was a 100-pound Shiloh German shepherd nobody wanted at a Texas shelter.
Debbie Zeisler came to his rescue. She has lost count of the times since then that he has come to hers.
Last month, Bear was honored with the 30th National Hero Dog award by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles.
Last May, Zeisler had a seizure, fell down some steps, hit her head and lost consciousness in her front yard. Bear scratched on every front door in their Millsap neighborhood but nobody answered. A Parker County animal control officer saw the frantic dog and went to help. Bear led the officer to Zeisler.
As a by-then conscious Zeisler was being loaded into an ambulance, Bear did not hesitate to jump in with her and accompany her to the hospital.
The dog recognizes the signs of imminent seizures and will lean on Zeisler’s legs so she can sit down before they happen, explained the society’s Ana Bustilloz.
Bear never had any training, but three days after Zeisler took him home he started alerting her to possible problems. “He figured it out on his own,” Bustilloz said.
The sometimes daily seizures started after a horse riding accident 18 years ago.
Zeisler said she initially went to the Weatherford Animal Shelter to get a German shepherd for her mother. When she asked about shepherds, she was told they only had one, but he was in the back because nobody wanted him.They brought out the dog and it was love at first sight, she said.
Zeisler has fallen a couple of times when she didn’t heed Bear’s warning. The dog will fetch her medicine or stay with her, whichever she seems to need, she said.
As National Hero Dog, Bear gets free dog food for a year, the trip to California for him and Zeisler, a stay at an oceanfront hotel in Huntington Beach and a plaque. The ceremony honoring Bear was held at the Nokia Plaza in downtown Los Angeles.
*Redgum – It doesn’t matter to me. Nothing to do with animals – just a song about general apathy that really sums it all up.