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Cora says, “I want to tell my mom that I feel like she is doing me a really good service by talking to me all the time. I feel like I know a lot about what is going on in the world.”
This is important to remember. The more we talk to our animals (picturing what we are saying in our minds), the more intelligent they become.
In this picture Clovis was 19 years old.
She says about her person, “I have always felt loved by him.”
Clovis has since passed away. May her spirit fly high and may her person feel her when she visits him. Many blessings to Clovis and her dad.
I don’t know how long our house had been the color yellow. When I bought the house in August 2002, that is the color it was. I had always planned on painting it green, but I never got around to it. There is a house in my home town in New York, just across the river and down the street from the famous “balancing rock,” that I swore one day I would match.
I left the owners a note a few weeks ago. They never responded. My father, a high-end contractor who recently built my parents’ house, said, “I don’t even know what color I used on my own house. Nobody will remember. Just forget about it and move on.” When I asked him to please go over and knock on the green house’s door, he refused.
I liked the green color of the house of one of my clients, but when I painted a trial area on my house the tint turned out much darker. A nice man up in the Del Oro neighborhood of Ojai answered my note in his mailbox by emailing me the brands and names of the green colors of his house, but they all turned out darker than anticipated as well. I bought trial samples of three other greens. None of them felt right.
Nick the painter told me that my house had once been blue, red, green, yellow, and even purple. He urged me to paint it a neutral beige color. Pretty; but I wanted green. He told me to go to knock on the door of a neighbor down the street. “That is what you are looking for,” he said.
It was true, but I replied, “I am not going to paint my house the same color as the neighbor’s. That doesn’t feel right.”
“Take your time.” Nick advised. But I didn’t want to take my time. The front of my house had fives shades of green streaked on it and my master workers, Nick and Abraham, were planning to leave soon for Los Angeles. It might be awhile before they returned.
I was standing on the front porch, frustrated, when Makia, my pure white, 16-year-old cat, rounded the corner from the back yard. Makia has lived with me in eight different houses, three states, and five towns. “Makia, I don’t know what to do? Do you have any advice for me? Do you see the colors we have on the house? (I pictured them all in my mind). Do you like any of them?” I am not sure what my full intention was when I asked my cat this question. I look back on it now, and I don’t think I expected that her answer could actually help me. But I should have know better.
Makia rubbed her body up against me, meowed, and looked me in the eye. “Paint it the color of catnip. That is pretty color green,” she said matter-of-factly and then began to purr.
“Which color of catnip?” I asked. “Catnip when it is dry or when it is growing?”
She answered with, “The color of catnip when it first grows, and it is fresh to eat.”
“Hmm. That is a pretty color.” I stroked her for a moment and then went inside to my laptop. I Googled, “exterior paint color catnip.”
There was one match, by Pittsburg Paints. On the computer it was pretty enough, and, to my surprise, Catnip green was indeed the color of fresh catnip. Nick drove down to Lowe’s to pick up a sample. Then he painted trial strips on two sides of the house. Nick, Abraham, and I examined the catnip-colored streaks and compared them to the other shades of green.
We nodded our heads and smiled.
Because of Makia my cat, our house is now painted Catnip green.
Fair Meeting March 22nd
Orange County Fair Board voted 6 to 1 to ban elephant rides at the fair – effective immediately!
Thank you Alison Stanley & all that spoke!
Fair and Tender Elephants
by Laura Stinchfield
Animal Trainer and Pet Psychic at thepetpsychic.com
On Thursday, March 22, there will be a meeting of the Orange County Fair board, which will talk about discontinuing the elephant rides provided by the company Have Trunk will Travel.
Have Trunk Will Travel owns the elephant that was in the movie Water for Elephants. This company has been in the news due to shocking video footage that appears to show gross, inhumane training methods. These methods include beating elephants with bullhooks and electrically shocking them to get them to obey commands.
I imagine that the argument for offering elephant rides at a county fair is because we humans enjoy this activity – we as individuals are in awe and in gratitude that such beautiful massive creatures allow us on their backs. As a child, I rode several elephants. I have felt their steady sway beneath my body, stroked my fingers over their sensitive toes, and entwined my arms with their hairy expressive trunks. I remember grasping onto my mother’s soft hands as we walked away and telling her, “The elephants are so sad. Did you see their eyes?” When I close my eyes today I can still see them – wrinkled and dull-looking, a bit like my old babysitter’s eyes after she had a heart attack and told us she couldn’t babysit us any longer.
Today we might argue that we allow this cruel pastime for the pleasure of the children. But if we ask children today to look into the eyes of these elephants and to tell us how they feel, the children will almost always respond with phrases like, “The elephant is sad,” “Is the elephant mad?” or “I am scared.”It does not matter to me how the company Have Trunks Will Travel responded to the allegations that they abuse their animals with harsh training methods. The fact is that the humane training of exotic animals is a very new field; shocking elephants in their genitals and beating them with bull hooks are the methods most experienced animal handlers are accustomed to using.
Almost all of Have Trunks Will Travel’s elephants are over 30 years old. That means that there is a high probability that these animals were trained inhumanely. When you train an animal with abuse, the animal does not have time to process new information; this leads to confusion in taking on new stimulation in the present and in the future. These animals can have post-traumatic stress syndrome.
The elephants’ greatest sense is their sense of smell. Imagine the stress of trying to decipher all the smells at a county fair. Perfumes, unnatural foods, the rides, gas and oil … Can we guarantee that a smell, sight, or sound at a county fair will not bring back an old memory that will elicit an elephant to react into fight or flight mode? Indeed, all you have to do is Google elephant attacks and you will see numerous elephants exploding at zoos, circuses, and fairs.
What if, after 30 years, one of the Have Trunks Will Travel elephants just can’t take it anymore? What if an elephant just snaps, and takes off with someone on his or her back? No company can guarantee the safety of onlookers.
Elephants are the largest land mammals on earth. They are designed to live their lives in the wildlands of Asia and Africa. Can we really convince ourselves that animals created to roam great distances rooting the earth and eating the bark off of trees – either as loners (the males) or involved in close and complex social interactions (the females) – enjoy carrying complete strangers around a crowded smelly fair?
Our common sense will tell us they do not. But most adults must have become so busy in their lives that they have lost their empathetic eye for sadness and anger in others. Or perhaps these same adults make fantasies in their heads that these elephants are happy – and that the younger generations also delight in this cruel, miserable pastime. This is not based on reality.
If you have any questions on this matter, take your children to see these animals live and up-close, and ask your children, “What do you think of the elephants?” Then listen and take to heart their answers.
Laura takes her dogs for a walk in the rain. They have a run in with a Coyote! Learn how to explain to your animal about how coyotes can be dangerous.
Photos on this vlog by Jeff Muth. Check out more of his photos at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jdmuth
warning: In this video the sound and focus is not good. I am sorry.
Cosmetics Testing on Animals
For most of my life, I never cared much about beauty and beauty products. I didn’t really like people looking at me, anyway. Even as a child, I could see deep into someone’s psyche via his or her eyes, and glances in my direction often made me uncomfortable.
It was not until my mid-30s that I decided to become “the voice of the animals” in front of a camera. I was advised by someone I highly respect that “people, especially men, will not listen to what you have to say about animals unless you are nice to look at.” I have wondered at times if a higher power graced Wayne Pacelle, CEO of The Humane Society of The United States, with a handsome appearance just for this reason. It was not long after that that on important workdays, I started to pay a little more attention to my nails, my hair, and my clothing.
I am not a vegan. I will admit that I own and wear some leather accessories, eat some dairy products (always from a humane source), and feed my animals raw meat (free range and hormone free). But the thought of testing on animals makes me cringe with internal pain. When I look at an animal or an animal’s photo, and I can see their eyes, all their emotional and physical pain runs through my body, heart, and mind. That is the way my “gift” works. Everything they feel I feel. It is what makes me be able to be so accurate. Pictures of animals that are in laboratories or have once lived in laboratories leave an uncomfortable imprint on my psyche and body for days. I cannot even create words that would give those animals’ suffering justice.
A couple of weeks ago, I was in New York City preparing for my first appearance on a national talk show. I had a seen a Chanel lipstick color that I loved, so I wanted to go and purchase it. I quickly Googled, “Does Chanel test on animals?” and read on Chanel’s website that it does not test on animals. I was good to go. I bought the lipstick.
As the day went on I had a very unsettling feeling about my purchase. For some reason it just didn’t feel right. So I went onto the computer to research. Chanel itself does not test on animals – but Chanel uses ingredients to create its products that have been tested on animals by other companies. So, to my dismay, Chanel is not a humane company! You could let yourself imagine lipstick smeared on bunnies’ lips to see if they get a little rash, or mascara put on rabbits’ long eye lashes to see how long it lasts as the bunnies hop around in large cages with hay and vegetables – but that is not what goes on.
Do we animal lovers choose to remain ignorant and unconscious so that we can enjoy our beauty? We are in a time of awakening consciousness. We have to ask, “What is actually happening to these animals?” These rabbits, rats, and mice (on some websites it looked like cats, dogs, and monkeys are used as well) are suffering immensely as “scientists” force-feed or inject chemicals and poisons into their small bodies. These scientists also drip the chemicals into their small, frightened, aware eyes [in the Draize Test, for example] and rub these chemicals into the animals’ raw skin. They scream and struggle so much that their necks sometimes break from the device that holds them still.
These companies either don’t believe animals suffer or they don’t care. Chanel, Avon, Mary Kay, and Estee Lauder along with many other companies apparently lack compassion, and believe that it is OK to cause suffering. What do we do as consumers?
You must ask yourself: Is your attachment to your beauty products more important then the suffering of these animals? Do you choose to remain unconscious? Are you willing to research to find a company that will help you be beautiful while being kind to animals? I know what it is like to be attached to my products, and to have a hidden desire to close my eyes so that I can enjoy them. But I find that people, myself included, are beginning to wake up and become more compassionate and conscious consumers. It is a personal choice.
I am curious. What do you think I should do with my Chanel lipstick? Should I keep it because it is already paid for? Should I give it away? Throw it away? Send it back with a letter? Return it used? Feel free to email me, at firstname.lastname@example.org, to let me know your thoughts.
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