All creatures great and small, . . .



“All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.”

~ Cecil Frances Alexander

Text & image Contemplative Monk

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20 Adorable Dog-Friendly Interior Ideas

Koby Kepert

Today?s list is one of the interior designs that I love most. This is dedicated to all pet lovers, specifically for dog lovers. Yes! Dog lovers, brace yourselves because these spaces you are about to see were distinctively done with so much love for dogs.

Okay, I know what you are thinking. You may think that this will contain those out of this world, impractical homes created for our canine cuties by famous celebrities and people.

Hold your horses. I hate to disappoint you but I am not going to show you those. Are you getting a little skeptical now? Yes? Good! I love that!

I will not be dwelling on those interiors that we, ordinary people, may never get to achieve. Of course not! I am all for giving inspiration and hopefully ignite your creative and innovative ideas and make your lives and eventually make our world a better…

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A mother grieves : Orca whale continues to carry her dead calf into a second day (Washington state, USA – Canada)

The ocean update

Biologists say orcas mourn the loss of newborns as any family would. On Wednesday, J35 was still carrying her dead calf for the second day straight. In 2010, L20, photographed in Haro Strait, did the same thing with her dead newborn in a behavior biologists say is a common expression of grief. (Robin W. Baird/Cascadia Research Collective)

July 25th, 2018 (Linda V. Mapes). For two days she has grieved, carrying her dead calf on her head, unwilling to let it go.

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Petition · Brian Sandoval: Change Nevada Law to Protect our Pets like we do our Children ·

Change Nevada Law to Protect our Pets like we do our Children
Save Our Animals in Nevada started this petition to Governor Brian Sandoval and 8 others

In Nevada it is illegal to leave a child or animal in a hot vehicle, however, according to State Law you can ONLY break in the vehicle to save the child. You can be held civilly AND criminally liable to saving the animal. It’s time that changed!

Even on a perfectly lovely 70°F day, it only takes 20 minutes for the internal temperature of a car to rise above 100°F! And on a sweltering summer day where tempts can reach 110°F, it’s pretty much immediately too hot for an animal to be left in the car as temps can reach 150°F within minutes!

In Nevada, the “Good Samaritan Law” protects Law Enforcement, Fire Fighters, Animal Control and other “First Responders” from any civil liability should they break a vehicle window to rescue a pet in distress that has been left in an extremely hot or cold car unattended. (NRS 202.575).

What we need is a law the protects a private citizen, like you or I, should we come face to face with this situation. As it is now, a private citizen is required to call 311 (or their local non-emergency phone number) to report the situation. A call to 911 is ONLY allowed when the pet is in serious danger of dying. You are NOT PERMITTED to touch the vehicle!

So, how do you know if there’s enough danger to the animal to require action?
1. How hot is too hot?
* In areas like Las Vegas, even 70°F is to hot, because in a vehicle with the windows rolled up, temperatures can fly well past 100°F in a matter of minutes!

  1. What can and should you do to help an animal in a hot or cold car?

* According to Nevada State Law, you can’t do ANYTHING, except call the police, and if and when they show up, hope the animal hasn’t died by then.

  1. Not to mention, what can you legally do to rescue that animal, and is it legal to break the car window?

* It is ILLEGAL in Nevada to attempt or break into a vehicle to save an animal.

How State Rules Differ About Rescuing Animals From Hot Cars
In many states, (AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, IN, MA, OH, TN & WI) ordinary citizens are granted legal immunity if they damage someone’s vehicle to rescue “an animal.” There is pending legislation in AL & OR. Other states, like Nevada, DO NOT have “Good Samaritan” laws that protect ordinary citizens who rescue animals that are trapped in hot cars.

Does this mean that you could or should run around, willy-nilly, smashing car windows with rocks if you live in a state that grants you legal immunity? Of course not. What it does mean is that Nevada needs to get in line with several other states and protect our animals. Citizens can break a car window to save a child, but not an animal. This does not make sense!

Sign the petition to send a message to our Elected Officials that it’s time to protect our animals like we do our children. Because to some, our animals ARE our children!


Closing in on 50,000 Supporters!!
Thank you all for signing, sharing and making our voice heard! We are nearing an amazing 50,000 signatures…
Save Our Animals in Nevada


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Petition update · WE DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ·

Jul 26, 2018 — Today ( 7/26/18 ) Disney announced that by Mid-2019, all plastic single use products will be banned at all Disney Parks, Hotels, and Cruise Ships! They said that they decided to ban plastic products after both Starbucks and McDonalds announced that they would also be banning plastic single use products. Bob Chapek, chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences, and Consumer Products said ” Eliminating plastic straws and other plastic items are meaningful steps in our long-standing commitment to environmental stewardship.” Thank you to EVERYONE who signed my petition and bought my straws. I will still be fighting for the environment and am still selling reusable straws at to raise money for the Pacific Marine Mammal Center. I have sold 50 bags of straws and need to sell 50 more to reach my goal! I recently visited their center and they said that they care for many animals affected by plastic pollution. Let’s keep fighting for what’s right and our environment!

Animal Altruism: Animals save other animals

Strawberry Lemonade Pie

Tuesday's Horse

Hello there. I am back with a wonderful dessert idea.

Need a super delicious sweet treat to take to that summer potluck? Or to serve at your next get together?

Strawberry Lemonade Pie by Feasting on Fruit. Strawberry Lemonade Pie by Feasting on Fruit.

This is tangy and sweet, gorgeous to look at and probably not like any other dessert you have tasted summer.

It’s easy. It’s Vegan. Naturally! To get you started, here’s what’s in it.

1 ripe banana
1/2 cup non-dairy milk
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup evaporated cane juice (I did not use coconut sugar for color purposes, but you can substitute if you wish)
1 tsp lemon zest
1 tbsp cornstarch
4-5 strawberries
1 cup quick oats (or rolled oats pulsed in the blender)
3 tbsp water
2 tbsp coconut sugar

You can get evaporated cane juice at Trader Joe’s and order on

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Veteran’s service dog has a touching reunion with the inmate who trained him

It takes a lot of guts to be a part of the military, you have to be physically fit, mentally stable, and emotionally strong. The time that soldiers spend in the battlefield, away from their family, friends and loved ones surely have an adverse effect on our honorable military men.

In the Vietnam war alone, 15 percent of the Vietnam veterans were diagnosed with PTSD or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. PTSD is a mental health disorder acquired after experiencing a traumatic, shocking, scary or dangerous event.

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, there are a lot of ways to help one cope up with PTSD. The site advises people with PTSD to consult a psychologist or psychiatrist for professional mental health care. It also encourages people with PTSD to engage in positive activities such as sports to distract themselves with. Another way to overcome PTSD is to surround yourself with a support group and as well as acquiring the help of a service dog.

A 47-year-old veteran named Sgt. Bill Campbell who suffers from PTSD, chose to be assisted by a service dog called Pax. The veteran who also suffers from memory loss, and fear of crowds, was given a yellow Labrador, Pax, to help him cope.
According to the veteran, Pax has been a great help especially when he’s having an episode of PTSD. Without the yellow Labrador, he would have a lot of difficulties. Hence, Sgt. Bill was really interested to meet the trainer who nurtured Pax with the skills he has today.

Wanting to express his gratitude in person, Sgt. Bill reached out to Pax’s trainer, who turned out to be a woman named Laurie Kellog. After learning that Pax used to live at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, taken care of by a number of female inmates, as a part of the service dog training program, Sgt. Bill made his move.

The veteran traveled to meet Laurie, Pax’s trainer, to express his sincere gratitude for nurturing Pax. There, Sgt. Bill learned that Laurie had taken delight in training Pax to be a PTSD service dog. According to the trainer, she too suffered from PTSD after being a victim of domestic violence.

Laurie admitted that even when Pax was still in training, the dutiful dog had brought her back to live in the present when she was having a PTSD attack. She recalled how the service dog made her feel safe around him. Thus, when she found out that Pax would lend his assistance to a soldier who also suffered from PTSD, she was more than happy.

Laurie was not the only one who was thrilled to be reunited with the dog who changed her life. Evident in the way Pax wagged his tails upon seeing his old trainer, the dog was happy and excited as well. Pax, remembering Laurie, wasted no time and ran right up to her, showering her with lots of kisses!

With both of them understanding how it feels like to have a PTSD, Laurie, and Sgt. Bill greeted each other with an embrace. Pax also had the best moment of his life when his former and present owners, bonded with each other.

True enough, any baggage carried by more than one person, gets lighter and easier to carry. Fortunately for us humans, we have our pawed pals to entrust our life and share our problems with! Indeed, dogs are man’s best friend!

Watch the heartwarming reunion between Pax and his inmate trainer Laurie that will surely pull strings to your heart.

Photo and Video l The Ophra Winfrey Show