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!pic(image description)!Today I received (for the hundredth time) and watched (for the zillionth time!) a video of a kitten just waking up from its nap. It stretches and then covers its eyes and its got this precious little innocent face and long, unruly silky fur.  

Every time I watch this - or watch my own cat play with her pink toy mouse - or watch my grand-dogs running just for the sheer joy of running - I feel a warmth deep in my bones, and that warmth sinks into my soul. It’s as real as if someone put an electric blanket over me. And I do believe that warm feeling is healing.

My sister work in hospice care. They regularly have dogs and cats come to visit the patients. Everyone loves it.  

When you hug a horse - say you put your arms around its neck and totally hug it. Well, when I do that I feel the horse’s love, I feel its intelligence, its strength. I feel warm.

There’s a reason the phrase “warm and fuzzy” is so popular. It totally describes what happens when we come in contact with animals. (Most of us anyway, and that’s okay too, as long as the non-animal lovers don’t hurt them.) I’m probably a total softee because I get the warm-and-fuzzies when I see videos of baby elephants!  

Here’s the thing. These creatures that we share the planet with can’t talk. They can’t say, “We have love to share.” or “We can help you heal.” So I’m saying it for them, as I’m sure many Fab40-ers say it for them.

They also can’t say, “Hey that hurts,” or “Why are you hurting me? Please stop!” so I’m saying that for them, too.

My plea on behalf of the big and little balls of fur (or feathers, or scales!) is: Please don’t wear fur. Please don’t buy products that have been tested on animals. Please don’t decorate in leather. Please don’t use makeup brushes that are made of animal hair.

For myself, and this isn’t for everyone, but knowing what I know about slaughterhouses, I don’t eat meat and I’ve found some vegan sources for shoes. When I used to color my hair I used henna, and at the health food store they sell vitamins that are vegan - meaning they‘re not coated in gelatin and the vitamins are not animal-derived. It can be done. It doesn’t have to be done 100% right away, but kindness to our animal “roommates” is worth putting at the top of the To Do list, don’t you think?

I know there’s a problem with medicines, because by law most of them are tested on animals. So what I’m doing is trying to stay out of the medical circuit altogether, by staying as healthy as possible - and I do realize that’s not always possible - by eating sensibly, exercising, and whatever else I can do to try to stay in one piece.  

There’s really too much to do to help our animal friends, so we need everyone who can, to pitch in a little bit. Whether it’s just choosing the salad instead of the hamburger for lunch, or whether it’s joining a local feral cat help group - whatever anyone can do, I think our little friends would say “Thank you soooo much.”

Namaste,
Suzann
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