Benny Kisses!

Benny Kisses!
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Thursday, November 15, 2012

It's not Happy people who are Thankful. It's Thankful people who are Happy.

Here I am, peacefully enjoying the beautiful autumn sun with my pack.

This Thanksgiving:

May humans learn to tolerate their differences and cooperate for the Peace of All beings on this planet,
May humans grow in courage and compassion towards each other and all beings,
May humans and the planet begin to heal.
Wishing you a Peace Filled 'Thanks' giving,

Thursday, October 4, 2012

The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds. -Dalai Lama

Doug was cleaning out the water pails when who should come running up?
Benny!           So, Benny stares at Doug:
and Doug finally gives Benny his wish:
Oh Happy Day!
The planet does not need more 'successful people'. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds. It needs people to live well in their places. It needs people with moral courage willing to join the struggle to make the world habitable and humane and these qualities have little to do with success as our culture has set. " - H.H.The Dalai Lama

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Dog Days of Summer

It is important to start our days with kindness and to find a cool spot in the heat of summer.

Wishing you all cool sprays on sunny hot days,

Monday, July 23, 2012

The Heartbreak of Spindletop

Many people have heard about the raid of Spindletop Rescue and the heartbreaking discoveries. I have been following the press releases and information being given and have noticed a consistent behavior that happens with many devastating revelations, the behavior of scapegoating the people who trusted their animals to Spindletop Rescue. It is the same scapegoating behavior that the brave victims of Jerry Sandusky had to endure when they came forward, countless rape victims endure this, and victims of child abuse (especially when it involves priests as the abusers).
From Wikipedia:
a scapegoat may be a child, employee, peer, ethnic or religious group, or country singled out for unmerited negative treatment or blame.[1] 
We want to trust  that an Animal Sanctuary is actually a sanctuary, we want to trust that Priests would never molest children but will protect them as will parents and coaches.
Unfortunately we live in a culture where bullying is embraced.  How can I write this?  Doesn't everyone 'disapprove' of bullying?  Bullying is the imposition of your will, your desires, your wishes, on another human being (or non human) by force or intimidation.  It is making someone do what you want them to do because you are stronger.  Being 'stronger' may be accomplished by: money, physical strength,  status, job position, age, intelligence, beauty, being part of a group, skin color, gender....etc.
How do atrocities like Spindletop happen?  Bullies are in charge.  Bullies tend to have an unrealistically high self esteem, they are narcissistic, and they feel that their needs can and 'Should' be met by others.  They have an inflated sense of being superior to others and being entitled to special privileges.  They have a lack of empathy.  They demand unconditional approval and support from their followers.  If their followers do not give them unconditional approval they are bullied into line.  All of us want to belong to a group, we are not designed to live alone.  Anyone who has been  in a group situation where there were unspoken rules, conflicted messages, hinted recriminations, and emotionally abusive behavior understands the message of that group is," Accept a certain amount of pain and guilt and you too can dish it out when you have the leverage."
What happens to those who refuse to play along with this group?  They are scapegoated and often this has the result of, because we need to be part of a group, them learning to be a member of this unhealthy group by blaming themselves for being not being okay rather than continuing to take a stand or leaving.
What happens when a leader who has been abusing those 'weaker' such as happened at Spindletop get found out?
Often this 'leaders' collaborators make excuses for their leaders behaviors (there was flooding at Spindeltop), providing advice and insults to others in an effort avoid their own discomfort while adding merit to the bully/leaders behavior.  Defending a bully removes the collaborator from the bullies line of fire (until the bully wants something from this collaborator).
Should the people who brought their dogs to Spindletop for the promised sanctuary and help be the ones who are held as 'guilty'?  Well, in a culture where bullying is embraced they will be.
They are the people who did everything possible to help and protect dogs who needed help.  These are the brave people we need to be supporting not tearing down.  They took action to protect those who have no voice.
They are the individuals and small rescues in our culture today who believe in helping and supporting those who are weaker not preying upon them.  They were sadly, preyed upon by the leaders of Spindletop.
They are heroes who are heartbroken because of their empathy for all living creatures.  They are devastated by what occured at Spindletop.
Let us support, not scapegoat, these brave, hearted people. 



Saturday, June 16, 2012

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. ~Mark Twain

This morning, Tommy and I were whispering about what to do for Father's Day.  I mean, how do you thank someone who has totally turned your life around for the better?  Who has given you friends, food, a warm bed, and so much love that all of your heart overflows?

After much whispering in each others ears we decided to all get together and say:
Happy Father's Day Doug:
Wishing everyone lives touched by compassionate courageous men,

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

May Showers

Here is Benny enjoying one of many May showers:

And here is Billy tending to Benny after his shower:

"In North America we do not have a problem with pet overpopulation, stray animals, nuisance or vicious animals - we have a problem with responsible ownership. Virtually every animal that ends up in a shelter or on the street is there because a human relationship failed them....It's always the animal that pays in the end." -Bill Bruce

Wishing you all gentle May showers,

Monday, April 16, 2012

Benny's Eye

Here is information from Doug about Benny's eye and why he needed surgery:

 "He had Entropion on his left eye. It caused his lower eyelid to grow inward causing his eyelashes to constantly rub against the eye. It's why he was always squinting with that eye(giving him that popeye look) and why that eye was so watery all the time. You can imagine the discomfort this would cause that he had been living with his whole life. It was actually a rather simple procedure that my vet was able to do while he was under getting neutered. He's now fully healed and I can tell he's feeling much better and has done wonders for his overall disposition. For the first time in his life he has both eyes wide open. Attached is a pic I just now took. "

Wishing you all the gift of open eyes!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Walking this humble path together

Well, Benny's path has lead us to the place where he was finally healthy enough to get neutered and have his eye fixed.

Here is Benny leaving the vets a bit wobbly:

Here is Benny's eye after surgery:
Here is Billy taking care of Benny after his ordeal:

Benny's health being this good is a huge success.  We have all walked this humble path with Benny together.
May we all have loving friends on our journey through life,
Thank you,

Friday, March 9, 2012

and all about you will be beauty.....

Look at this beautiful coat of hair:

Walk on a rainbow trail; walk on a trail of song, and all about you will be beauty.
There is a way out of every dark mist, over a rainbow trail.
- Navajo Song -


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentines Day

Wishing you a heart filled day
where your attention is on giving love
and you express gratitude
for love given,