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Describe a time when you stood up for what you believed in.

Thanks again to Plinky Prompts for this topic.Well, I am no shrinking violet.  I am very good at expressing my opinion to others.  I appreciate hearing their opinions.  I even appreciate a good debate on our differing opinions, but what I cannot stand is someone who cannot stop long enough to consider that even if they are not going to open their mind to change that there maybe, just maybe another way of seeing things.

I am not a believer in a higher power.  I will never tell someone who is that they are wrong.  I don’t expect to be told I am wrong either.  There has to be room for both.  I understand that when you live with in the rules of the church, synagogue, temple life is much simpler as you are judged every minute of the day by your ultimate judge.  When what is expected of you is laid out in front of you as “do this and you will go to heaven…” or “do that and you won’t…”  It’s very easy to be led.  That’s great for the people next door and if that gets them through the day that is all that counts.  There is no reason for me to argue, as long as they are open to the fact that I see thing differently.  They can turn around and say “Sheesh, she’s a little of kilter in her mind if you ask me….” as soon as we are done talking but they should respect my belief.  I am not saying that I am gonna run up and say “He, man you have a crucifix around your neck, lets duke it out over our difference of opinion.”  I am saying that if I am in a conversation I will speak my mind on this subject.

There aren’t may I won’t speak about, Mental Health debates with my Grandfather, are the best.  He is 83 and still believes that all who show signs of Mental Health issues should be locked away from the public and that is that.  He doesn’t understand that the men who came home from WW2 were suffering from PTSD, but they called it shell shock back then and well since they got up every morning and went to work, in his mind they weren’t crazy.  When I say “you don’t know if they woke up every night in a sweat, screaming hearing the battlefield in their dreams.”  He reminds me that I am “brainwashed by the do-gooders.”  Well, I try.

I will argue, debate, discuss, talk about many things, politics….  No I don’t hide my beliefs, we live in a democratic society, I have a choice and if I am going to make that choice I should be able to intelligently defend it.

HOWEVER…..  The one topic (and anyone who knows me, knows what this topic is…..) that I will literally lose friends over is Animals.  I cannot tolerate, any miss-treatment, mistreatment to me includes adopting and then neglecting, or taking back to the shelter as it’s too much trouble.  Or not giving that animal the best is deserves.  Or physically harming. 

I have walked up to people in the subway and told them to their face that they are not acting towards their dog as they should.  I shouted very loudly over crowd, so that a parent could hear (passive-agressively here) that I was getting to the point of taking a puppy away from their child that was hanging the puppy from its neck by its collar, in reaction to being told that she should sit down and hold the puppy’s leash instead of running around like the spoiled brat she was…  Oh ya…  spoiled brat might have actually come out of my mouth and well it might have been the loudest part of the speech. 

I don’t care.  I really don’t.  James gets mad.  Sometimes he abandons me like the time I stood outside of a car and waited for the owner to come back to tell him that I had called the police because he left the dog in the car with the windows closed. 

I can’t help myself and to tell you the truth I really don’t want to.  If I don’t do it who will.  They are mistreated, beaten, set on fire, dragged behind vehicles, left alone in the back-yard etc….. on a daily basis.  Someone has to be there for them. 

When I sleep next to my dog who has more than a lot of children have…  I wonder how he got so lucky?  Again it is just by the grace of….  Oooops that is another story!

LOL !!!! ; )  Have a good one.  Won’t wait so long between posts again!  Promise!

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I think I am finally back to being me!

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It has only taken….  Ohhhhh!  Five years!  Yes that is what happens to you, your head, your self esteem, your thought process when you have an experience in your job like I had. 




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It has been a very long hard road.

I once was a very passionate Animal welfare, rights, etc…  I won’t say activist, but I wasn’t scared to voice my opinion and make others see my point of view. 

Then well!  The worst experience I have ever had in my life (other than the loss of my Father) happened and I lost all intrest in everything. 

I have slowly seen myself come back to being who I was (I will never be the same!)  James came into my life, I got my job at CAMH, I got my head straight with the help of a Doc and some meds, I went back to school, I got my doggie….

But most of all I have noticed lately I am getting back to that outspoken stage when it comes to animals.

This is how I know that I am almost there! 

I can’t name every one that helped me…  Jennifer and Randy!  Wow would would I have done with out you!  Robynne, you bailed my ass out a number of times, James love you forever, Nan and Gramps for taking me in when I was a ball of crying nothing, Mom and Bren for everythign they did…  All of those who went through the same thing I did…  You all know who you are…  We are all forever linked even if we don’t want to be….  All of my friends that stayed with me even when I said no to your 17th invite to going out because I would rather wallow on my couch.  To my family who are mostly just as crazy as I am! 

It was my love for animals that brought me to the place that was in, it was my love for my animals that got me through the state I was in and it is the return of my love and fight for animals that lets me know I am allllllright!

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Life is really OK!

“An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.” ~ Martin Buber

“We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.” ~ Immanual Kant

“My little dog — a heartbeat at my feet.” ~ Edith Wharton

“A cat is a puzzle for which there is no solution.” ~ Hazel Nicholson

“The purity of a person’s heart can be quickly measured by how they regard animals” ~ Anonymous

“Who can believe that there is no soul behind those luminous eyes!” ~ Theophile Gautier

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” ~ Roger Caras

“There’s no need for a piece of sculpture in a home that has a cat.” ~ Wesley Bates

“Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this.” ~ Anonymous 

“You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us” ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

“A dog is the only thing on earth that will love you more than you love yourself.” ~ Josh Billings

“Until one has loved an animal,  a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” ~ Anatole France

“Old age means realizing you will never own all the dogs you wanted to.” ~ Joe Gores

“A canter is the cure for all evil.” ~ Benjamin Disraeli

“Dogs have owners, cats have staff.” ~ Anonymous

“Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.” ~ Ann Landers

“In the beginning, God created man, but seeing him so feeble, He gave him the cat” ~ Warren Eckstein

“A house is not a home without a pet.” ~ Anonymous

“I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul.” ~ Jean Cocteau

“If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans” ~ James Herriot

“I think I could turn and live with animals, they are
so placid and self-contained,
I stand and look at them long and long.” ~ Walt Whitman 

“There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.” ~ Ben Williams

“A dog maybe a man’s best friend but a horse made history…” ~ Anonymous

“No heaven will not ever Heaven be;
Unless my cats are there to welcome me.” ~ Anonymous

“Did you ever walk into a room and forget why you walked in?
I think that is how dogs spend their lives.” ~ Sue Murphy

“To err is human, to forgive, canine” ~ Anonymous

“To err is human, to purr, feline” ~ Robert Byrne

“A horse gallops with his lungs,
Perseveres with his heart,
And wins with his character.” ~ Tesio

“A Horse! A Horse! my kingdom for a horse!” ~ Shakespeare

“All of the animals except for man know that the principle business of life is to enjoy it.” ~ Samuel Butler

“You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look that says, ‘My God, you’re right! I never would’ve thought of that!'” ~ Dave Barry

“There is nothing in which the birds differ more from man than the way in which they can build and yet leave a landscape as it was before.”  ~ Robert Lynd

“The dog was created especially for children. He is the God of frolic.” ~ Henry Ward Beecher

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

“The Cat. He walked by himself, and all places were alike to him.” ~ Rudyard Kipling

“If I have any beliefs about immortality it is that certain dogs I know will go to heaven, and very very few people.” ~ James Thurber

“A hen is only an egg’s way of making another egg.” ~ Samuel Butler

“I’ve met many thinkers and many cats, but the wisdom of cats is infinitely superior.” ~ Hippolyte Taine

“Every boy should have two things: a dog, and a mother willing to let him have one” ~ Anonymous

“Love the animals: God has given them the rudiments of thought and joy untroubled” ~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“A dog has lots of friends because he wags his tail and not his tongue.” ~ Anonymous

“The dog represents all that is best in man.” ~ Etienne Charlet

“The bird of paradise alights only upon the hand that does not grasp.” ~ John Berry

“And God took a handful of southernly wind, blew His breath over it and created the horse.” ~ Bedouin Legend

“The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.” ~ Andrew A. Rooney

“A bird does not sing because it has an answer.  It sings because it has a song.” ~ Chinese Proverb

“Dogs come when they’re called; cats take a message and get back to you later.” ~ Mary Bly

“Animals are such agreeable friends – they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.” ~ George Elliot

“The Trouble with a kitten is
Eventually it becomes a
~ Ogden Nash

“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself, too.” ~ Samuel Butler

“I care not for a man’s religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.”
~ Abraham Lincoln

“If a dog jumps in your lap, it is because he is fond of you; but if a cat does the same thing, it is because you lap is warmer.” ~ Alfred North Whitehead

“…he will be our friend for always and always and always.” ~ Rudyard Kipling

“The best thing about animals is that they don’t talk much.” ~ Thornton Wilder

“When I play with my cat, who knows whether she is not amusing herself with me more than I with her.” ~ Montaigne

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The Most Pure Love!

pic of the day Friday Aug 21 2009

I chose not to use this picture as the pic of the day, yet I am choosing to write about how it makes me feel.  When I saw this picture, I was so moved by it, it actually made my heart ache! 

 The love, bond, need, will and support each of these beings needs and gets from the other is amazing! 

 It truly hurts me to know that these two have to live on the street.  It hurts me to know that they are both disposable to the rest of humanity.  It hurts me to know that people walk past them without noticing them.  I kills me to know that human beings are horrible to them. 

 However it gives me hope that at the worst time of this human beings life he still chooses to spend it with this little dog.  It also helps me to realize that dogs no matter what are still the most loyal being on this little planet of ours. 

 The way this person is holding this dog and the way the dog has given over and allowed itself to be curled into a little ball of affection is heartwarming.

 I hope this picture touches you in a way that will make you realize that those kids, men, woman, people who are unclean, people who have obvious mental health worries, are still human beings.  If you don’t want to help them, don’t pretend they are not there, don’t ignore their good morning.  Don’t be horrible to them.  They don’t need or deserve it.  Keep in mind it is only by the grace of luck that you sleep in your home, in your bed, with a heater, and food galore!  What if it was you…?  Or your family?

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Stigma of mental illness remains a serious problem…

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Employees on leave for mental illness return to work sooner when family doctor works with mental health professional: study

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