Doggone Dreams!

I awoke from my dream earlier this week and thought “What the *#%$?” In it, I had just learned that the large golden-colored dog I had sent for processing was ready to be picked up. Yes, processing, as in meat processor. I had sent a sweet dog to slaughter, WTH? Why in the world would I dream of such a horrible thing? I felt sick to my stomach as the thought of doing such a thing began to sink in.

While eleven other countries eat dogs the same as we eat pigs and chickens at some point, America decided that they were pets and not food. We got that part right.
I have had a dog for the first time in my life now for just about a year, and she is the main reason for my shifting perception around consuming animals and the main reason I no longer can eat cows, chickens, lambs or pigs.

As humans, we do not require animal flesh to survive, and no we are not carnivores it is a survival thing and now for generations, it has become a cultural thing. We are raised believing we need to consume animal flesh and dairy, to survive, and both are lies perpetuated by profits.

Compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full breadth and depth if it embraces all living creatures and does not limit itself to mankind. - Dr. Albert Schweitzer (2)

I will be expounding upon this further over the coming weeks and look forward to sharing more insights into our nutritional requirements and how we have been sold a bill of goods when it comes to eating meat. Funny I just used the industry standard term for what should be called flesh or muscle.

While my dog’s hind legs reminded me so much of a pig’s rear legs, I am grateful that is so as that is what finally brought me to this point. Once I stopped eating cows, pigs, lambs and chickens my relationship with them changed, and I no longer have an internal conflict around it. Plus the health benefits from removing animal flesh from the diet are undeniable and besides heart attacks and cancer can be killers, so a double win there.

There was a time not too long ago when I couldn’t imagine eating a meal without meat so if you’re a meat ten times a day person I understand. If you’re a dairy all day girl and love it I understand. My sharing this information is only to share my experience since it is all so new to me.

Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend! Share as you care to and Be Well!

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On Love

Many moons ago I worked with a fellow named Bob Bell who was twice my age and would share various bits of information on life with me and one day while talking about relationships he wrote down the following poem for me. I found the original yesterday made a few adjustments and wanted to share the poem with you.

Made Over
She had seen him and she liked him; He was single- so was she;
She grew interested in him- such a case you often see.
He reciprocated promptly, and it gratified the maid-

In a thousand modest manners her delight the maid displayed.
He was certain that he pleased her, to the turning of a hair,
And was sure that e’en his failings seemed to her as virtues rare.
But within her heart the maiden softly murmured, day and night,
“With a little making-over he’d be exactly right.”

Week by week the two kept meeting; day by day their friendship grew;
Each was certain that the other had a loyal heart and true.
He was sure she was perfection, sure she thought the same of him,
and the trust he thought she carried kept the man in moral trim.

His belief in her perfections made him ask the maid to wed,
And she gave no hint of doubting in the tender “Yes” she said.
Yet this thought was interwoven with her new-found loves delight:
“With a little making over he would be exactly right.”

They were wed. She made him over. He’s another chap to-day;
But in lopping off his failings other things were cut away.
He has lost the faults she censured, but the scars are plain to see,
And she’d like to have him back again just like he used to be.

For she learned a costly lesson: That when God has made a man
He is founded, framed and finished on a pretty careful plan.
And this one-time maiden murmurs in her sorrow, day and night:
“If I hadn’t made him over he would be exactly right.”
Strickland W. Gillilan

This poem could certainly apply to the opposite gender, and you will find some truth in it. I learn things from many people along the way and am grateful. Reminds me of the adage “If you’re having a hard time being grateful for the things you have then try being grateful for the things you don’t have that you don’t want.” No matter, enjoy the poem, feel free to share, have a great weekend and Be Well!

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