Thursday, December 8, 2011

Whoops! Lo siento, avid readers

Between work and Uno cuddles, I seemed to have missed almost 2 days of posting.

Things have actually settled a lot. Uno is sleeping through the night on the bed with us, he's still kind of mastering potty OUTSIDE, and the best news of all is that he's learning to PLAY!

Yesterday morning, while getting ready for work, I heard playing growling and a lot of tapping (we have hardwood floors). I realized Uno was playing with my Maine Coon, but as soon as I acknowledged it, they stopped. A little while later they resumed and I attempted to video it and, again, they stopped. I will attempt to get video of it some day.

But while you all wait patiently for the happy photos and videos, I'm going to get up on a new soapbox. Living with Uno has changed our lives. For the better, but also for the more compassionate and knowledgable. I have been a HUGE animal lover and advocate since I can remember. I had wanted to be a vet, I still have dreams of opening up my own non-profit to rescue senior pets from kill shelters, my heart was born for animals.

I also knew that companies tested on animals, but, for some reason, it just didn't feel like it was a big deal. How that never connected before, I will never truly understand, but when Uno walked into our life - it did. My first breakdown (as noted in my earlier post here: an overwhelming realization) was seeing his scars and how little he even knew how to be a dog.

Over the course of the week, I decided to stop living like a person with their head stuck in the sand. My husband lovingly went on the journey with me and what we have found is shocking. We watched a video made by the lovely and talented, Shannon Keith, called Behind The Mask. The movie interviews many influential people apart of the Animal Liberation Freedom movement about how they aim to raid labs and testing facilities to do monetary damage so they have to close.

My purchasing decisions were causing animal testing to continue. How could I call myself an animal lover?

S. and I have decided to wipe meat from our diet. I attempt vegan where I can, however the area I live in has a really horrible selection of vegan restaurants. At home it's easier to control, though. After the movie I ran to my bathroom because I could NOT put bath soap (make up, face wash, shampoo, etc.) on me knowing the company tests on animals. We both threw away a small garbage can full of products.

Everything we buy now takes a little bit longer to review because we check to see if the company tests on animals. I can not and WILL NOT support this horrific industry.

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  1. I can't tell you how much I look forward to your posts! My daughter and I fell in love with him when we met him last week and are hoping to be able to bring him to his Forever Home, soon. I don't know how you'll part with him but we hope you can! You've been amazing and thanks for letting us take this journey with you.

  2. I had that same Ah-ha moment this Spring. I watched the video on the first rescue from Beagle Freedom Project. Then I started googling. My eyes were opened to a whole new world. It was at that moment I firmly decided to no longer support companies that are not cruetly-free. Luckily, most of my beauty care were from companies that were animal friendly. It was my cleaning products that really got me. I was like you, how could I claim to love animals if I was buying product that tested inhumanely on them all in the name of beauty or making my floor clean. But it didn't stop there. I had to tell everyone I knew. Knowledge is power. And now you too have the power to make that consciense decision. Congratulations! And as always, you are doing great work. Keep it up!