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First, I want to introduce you to some of my family. Everything I do is dedicated to them and the love we shared and to all animals that bring us joy every day, and especially to those animals that are suffering. everyday. The photos are of three of my babies. Going from top to bottom we start with Heidi. I found her in a bad neighborhood as a puppy. She was covered with mange and trotting behind two girls that were throwing stones at her. She was such a sweet soul, she thought they were playing and happily trotted behind them trying to catch the stones. My friend jumped out of the car and swooped her up. I took one look her and knew she was going to break my heart into a million pieces one day and when that day came, she took most of my broken heart with her.
Below Heidi is Sadie. She belonged to my husband's children and immediately became mine as well. I'll never forget the first time I saw her. I walked into their house. Sadie was at the top of the stairs. I looked up at her and she looked down at me. When our eyes met her tail started wagging so hard that it swung her body back and forth. It was literally a tail wagging the dog! She raised her head up and it would swing one way and her hips would swing the other way. It was like she was doing the twist. It was love at first site. She also took part of my heart when she left us
Below Sadie is Lenny. Lenny belonged to my step children's grandparents. When their grandparents passed away we took Lenny in. All you have to do is look into the big brown eyes and you can see what a sweet boy he is. It was love at first site again. And again, a piece of my heart is gone.
There are many more that I will tell you about as my site grows. For now, I will introduce myself, as well as my site.
I've always loved animals, but now I'm on animal overload. I became a vegetarian about 20 years ago, and I became a vegan about 15 years ago. To me, vegan means I don't eat anything with a face or a heart or parents. And I recently decided that I would no longer eat any byproduct of an animal, such as cheese and milk or eggs, unless they are certified "Cruelty-Free." You can read about certifications on my "Animals in the News" in the article, "Everyone Wants to Save this Little Girl's Steer." I use almond milk and tofu cheese. It has been an enlightening journey for me.
Of course, I do not wear leather and I do not use or buy any product from a company that tests on animals. This includes most cosmetics and skincare products that are sold in the US. However, there are many fantastic products that you can buy today if you know where to look. Visit my "Living and Purchasing Cruelty-Free," page for more information.
And also visit my "Cruelty-Free Fashionista," page.
You may also have noticed that I have written many articles regarding the thoroughbred racing industry. It does seem odd for an animal rights advocate to be associated with this sport. Read "My Association with Thoroughbred Racing " by going to "Published Articles " and then "Thoroughbred Racing. " In a nutshell, I have a love/hate relationship with the sport. I am aware of the abuses that take place. If racing wants to survive, the industry must make changes, big changes, just as SeaWorld has and it needs to go even further. I will be writing on this subject and I will be putting up my award-winning script, Justamis, about a racehorse, which is based on true events, and definitely makes a strong statement about racing, but not to the point that the sport should end.
I have also published my first book entitled, Virgil the Hound. Here is the link to Virgil's Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07H9HMF6D
Last but not least, I root for the underdogs in the animal kingdom, so if you're interested, you'll be learning about animals that get a bad wrap and/or are considered pests, when you visit my "Underdogs" page.
What I hope to do for my readers is help them understand animals, both wild and domestic, and their place in the ecosystem and their place in your home.
Please contact me wit any comments or questions.