Category Archives: Animals

“PIGLET” BEING PIGLET | Welcome to Tofino Photography

Meet Piglet! Wayne at Tofino Photography has captured the most adorable images of a bear cub he dubbed Piglet. We as yet don’t know the gender of this little sweetheart, but do we care? No! Cute is cute. Please visit Wayne’s site, like and share (links are below) 🙂

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Piglet by Tofino Photography

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Bear Cub Piglet and Mum Playtime by Tofino Photography

Piglet with Mum, Peggy

Piglet and Mum by Tofino Photography

Chester with Mum, Crystal

Bear Cub Chester & Mum Crystal by Tofino Photography

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Tofino Photography ~ Maggie Girl

Wayne of Tofino Photography captures the most exquisite wildlife photos. This is the bald eagle he has dubbed Maggie Girl. After visiting his website, your eyes, your heart, your soul will never be the same … ♥

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239 DOGS SAVED FROM KILL SHELTERS WITH THE HELP OF THE PROFITS FROM ALL MY BOOK and PRESTIGIOUS AWARD FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS

Those of you who know me are aware of my advocacy for animals and my intolerance of neglect, cruelty, abandonment. Paulette Mahurin has helped save 239 dogs from kill shelters with the profits from her books. This is commendable. I cannot abide abuse and wish to thank Paulette for her generosity and compassion  ♥

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The Seven Year Dress awarded BEST BOOK 2016 by the very talented author and blogger Grant Leishman.

“Every one of these books I’ve mentioned this year was superb and as a reader, I have been truly blessed by the quality and depth of talent I have been exposed to this past year. I am sure that will continue into 2017.”

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The Supreme Grunter Award for Indie Authors of Excellence for 2016 goes to: 
THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS
BY PAULETTE MAHURIN
Congratulations Paulette 

(For full post click on link below)

http://www.grantleishman.com/my-blog/its-time-its-time-for-the-supreme-grunter-awards-for-2016

I’m deeply grateful for everyone who has purchased, read, and taken the time to review my book. In the name of tolerance, a special thank you also to everyone who has spread the word to help promote this book.  All profits from my books go to help get dogs like Harvey, Barkley, Chello, Paxton and Blinky (see photos below) out…

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Smorgasbord Christmas Party -Food and Drink – Dinner for the fur family.

Oh, the goosebumps … and the tears ~ of joy. Sally Cronin‘s post on feeding our fur families is exquisite. She includes multiple tips and links, as well as some delicious-sounding homemade recipes. The clincher, however, is the video. Thirty homeless fur balls are given a holiday feast, and several are adopted; the perfect critter holiday video   

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Smorgasbord Christmas PartyThis is an updated post from a year ago today with new videos and information.

Apart from the recipes there are some health issues that are important if you are not going to have sick pets during the holidays. Many human foods, especially packaged full of chemicals can be very harmful.

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During our thousands of years of our relationship with dogs up to around 30 years ago, pets were fed on scraps from our own dinner. Then the billion dollar a year pet food industry was born…. and the majority of our domestic dogs and cats went from eating natural food to dry pellets. (Almost 24 Billion dollars in the US alone!).  http://www.americanpetproducts.org/press_industrytrends.asp

I appreciate that most of the animal foods available today may be touted as being rich in nutrients and full of vitality but I am afraid that I steer clear of dried food and its additives…

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Vital conservation – Seal Rescue Ireland in Courtown -A chance to make a difference!

I became actively involved with animal welfare 25 years ago and started 2 of my own organizations. I say “actively” because I remember beating up the neighbor kids if they so much as looked at an animal the wrong way. We humans are meant to be stewards of our planet Earth, not spoilers and warmongers. In her post on the Seal Rescue Ireland centre, Sally Cronin educates us about harbour seals, what to do should we find a pup that appears to be abandoned, ways to educate our children, and much more. Complete with engaging photographs, this beautiful post is not to be missed . . .

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Now that we are through the major work on the house we will be exploring the local area in more detail. Both of us were brought up by the sea, and on our travels around the world, we have seen some incredible wildlife. We were therefore delighted to find that there is an opportunity to see Irish marine wildlife up very close and personal on our doorstep.

Last Sunday we visited the Seal Rescue Ireland centre just off Courtown Harbour. We had heard that the centre was in desperate need of towels; as these are used continously in the care of the seal pups that are rescued from all around Ireland. We had wrapped all our china and glass in 36 years of an accumulated collection of towels during our recent move, and rather than throw the older and slightly tatty ones away; we were delighted to put them…

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Zoe and Burt…

Zoe the Fabulous Feline relinquishes her guest spot on The Story Reading Ape this month to Burt, the daring and non-chatty (he likes to think) adventurer. And what a tale he has to tell! But Zoe couldn’t resist commenting on Burt’s post, so you’ll still have a chance to interact with our favorite fun and furry feline 🙂

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Dear Friends, Zoe here but not for long! I’ve been preparing to take this trip, you see, and have been so busy that I neglected to write up a wonderful new adventure for you. So, I’ve asked a friend to take my spot this month. I’ve told you about my human, Emily, and I’ve told you about my friend, Bella, but I’ve never told you about my friend Burt. Or how I met him. That is a tale for another day. Let’s just say that Burt owed me a favor. Big time. I’m happy to call in my chips today, probably happier than he is to be called on to do this favor for me. At any rate, here is Burt. I hope he entertains you well but don’t get too enamored, for I will be back next month!

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Hello, Everyone. My name is Burt. I’m a friend of Zoe’s…

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The Eagles Have Landed~

The eagles have landed on Vancouver Island, and Cindy Knoke has captured their exquisite beauty with her brilliant photography. Visit her gorgeous website and indulge your senses ❤

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Soaring Eagles,

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touch earth,
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for a time,
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but never really,
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leave the sky.
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Their home is always,
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in the clouds.
Cheers to you the stunning eagles of Vancouver Island~
(Note: Dark colored eagle is a juvenile)

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Afternoon Video – Inspiring Beings – Humans saving animals in danger.

A heartwarming video shared by Sally Cronin… Taking a little time out of our busy lives to help an animal in trouble is a small thing to do. Bless these caring people and all those who share a little of themselves to help another ❤

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Thanks for stopping by… and thanks to all these amazing beings.

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Tofino Photography

The majestic eagle in brilliant color. Visit Tofino Photography and enjoy striking images of Mother Nature and her critters, from A to Z. Well, almost. The list ends with Y. Gotta get a zebra in there, Wayne! 🙂

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Pet of the Week – Meet Therapy Dog Gabby and blogger Susan Palmer Gutterman

Companion animals give so much in return for so little. Animals who participate in therapeutic settings offer so much more. This is the story of Gabby and her person, Susan Palmer Gutterman

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Pet of the week

Today our pet of the week is Yellow Labrador Gabby who lives in San Jose in California. Gabby has a very important job as a therapy dog bringing love and healing to children and their families at the Ronald McDonald House.

Gabby is a therapy dog at Ronald McDonald House

Ronald McDonald House creates a home-away-from-home and supportive community for families of children with life-threatening illnesses receiving specialized treatment at local hospitals.

Gabby and her close friend Hibachi.

Hibachi (top) is staying with us for the summer. He is a career change dog from Guide Dogs for the Blind and his owner is Lizzy Kemp. He is super well-behaved and we have fallen in love with him and Gabby (right) is soooo happy to have a buddy to hang out with!!

About Susan Palmer Gutterman

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I would love to tell you that I am a blithe, free-spirit who will captivate you with my amazing adventures.  Alas, in reality…

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Smorgasord pet Health – 56 homecooked recipes for your fur family.

Cooking healthy food for your dog or cat companion need not take more than one hour per week. Visit Sally’s blog for recipes, and more…

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Smorgasbord Pet Health

Sam was sent home as a puppy with a bag of food that he had been weaned on. Even at 8 weeks old he was determined to educate us as to his food preferences and declined to eat it at all. I have always prepared dog food previously for my other two collies so decided to go that route. Being a little chap it was minced chicken and starchy veg to begin with but by the time he was two years old he would eat basmati rice with a protein including beef, chicken, salmon and offal as well as a hard boiled egg for breakfast. Offal is cheaper and whilst not the most pleasant cooking task, a whole heart from the butcher would cost a few Euros and cooked off and frozen would feed Sam for a couple of weeks.

The pet food industry is worth billions of dollars and…

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Afternoon video – Amazing Beings – Koko the Gorilla and Robin Williams.

After watching this, I don’t see how anyone could think that nonhuman animals aren’t sentient. They think and feel as deeply as we do. Thank you, Sally, for sharing this amazing video. It went straight to my heart ❤

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Here is two amazing beings.  One human who made us laugh and cry and a gorilla who has learnt sign language so that she can communicate with us. One of my favourite videos of all time. Robin Williams meets Koko

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