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Eight Belles’ Noble Gift

[A version of this article appeared in The Press Democrat on May 10, 2008.] At the 2008 running of the Kentucky Derby, a three-year-old filly named Eight Belles taught millions of onlookers about the other side of horseracing. Just after she crossed the finish line—second in a field of colts—she fell to the ground with [...]

2017-05-11T20:43:30+00:00 May 8th, 2008|Advocacy, Society|0 Comments

Making Choices

Choices. We make them every day. Some have become habit, like the way we make our sandwiches with Tofurkey slices instead of something made from the flesh of a feathered friend. Some choices are a little tougher, like the first time we say no to a pair of leather shoes. Still others are painful, but [...]

2017-06-22T21:42:39+00:00 February 21st, 2007|Advocacy, Health|0 Comments

Everyone’s Talking

I met Savannah at the pound, and from very beginning we began to talk to each other without talking. I sat against a tree in the yard behind the concrete-block shelter building, and watched her sniff her way along the cyclone fence. I wanted to get a sense of who she was, and let her [...]

2017-06-22T03:44:00+00:00 January 10th, 2007|Society|0 Comments

A Season of Joy for Everyone in the Family

The holiday season brings fun and festivity, gatherings and gift-giving with family and friends. It’s a special time, and like everything else it’s more special when our animal friends participate. Holidays can be stressful, too, but with good attention and a bit of creativity, we can maximize the fun and minimize the stress for everyone. [...]

2018-05-08T16:23:51+00:00 December 13th, 2006|Society|0 Comments

Savannah Blessings

Early last Thursday morning, just as the light was breaking over the mountains to the east, Savannah passed away. I believe that everything that lives is a container for the sacred. Each blade of grass, each squirrel and bug, every dog, cat, horse, fish, ape, human, and all the trees in the forest—everything is a [...]

2018-06-13T18:57:44+00:00 October 18th, 2006|Advocacy, Spirituality|0 Comments

Not in My Backyard

What if you’re passionate about compassion, but still working on building your heart into the nuts and bolts of everyday life? What if you care deeply about the forest, but keep forgetting to bring that canvas grocery sac to the store when you shop? Do you write letters to your representatives every time a new [...]

2017-06-22T22:33:56+00:00 September 20th, 2006|Advocacy|0 Comments

Where Do We Draw the Line?

In Jingling, China, sixteen humans have died of rabies since the beginning of the year. The governor issues an order to kill all dogs within five kilometers of each of those deaths. Rabies squads arrive with clubs and pitchforks, pull dogs from their families, and cart the bodies away. In Petaluma, California, diners clink glasses [...]

2017-06-24T01:47:11+00:00 August 9th, 2006|Advocacy, Society|0 Comments

Supporting the Immune System for Good Health Today—and for Many Years to Come

Every year about this time, Peña Adobe Park near Vacaville, California, fills up with thirty or forty dogs or more, most of whom outweigh the average human teenager, and all of whom have endured abandonment, abuse, or in some cases imminent execution. This is the annual Great Dane Walk sponsored by Great Dane Rescue of [...]

2017-06-24T02:26:27+00:00 July 26th, 2006|Advocacy, Bodywork, Health, Nutrition, Rescue|0 Comments