Welcome to my blog!
Since childhood, I’ve loved animals. Advocating for animals, I primarily reblog and share news and newsletters from animal organizations and animal welfare experts whose organizations I support and/or blogs I follow on a regular basis. People like Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, who has so eloquently opened my eyes to myriad animal welfare issues. Other organizations I support are Animals Asia who rescue moon and sun bears from bile farms and dogs and cats destined for slaughter for food in Asia, PAWS (Performing Animal Welfare Society), Farm Sanctuary, PETA, wild horse sanctuaries including Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, Panthera Corporation devoted to preserving big cats and their ecosystems around the globe, Rhino Orphanage, GRACE who save gorillas, Chimfunshi Home for Chimpanzees in Need, and many others.
I strive through my blog to spread awareness of animals in crisis, the ways in which people can help animals, and heartwarming stories that illustrate the positive difference made in many animals’ lives by compassionate people who care deeply about animals and their rights as sentient beings. I omit grisly, shocking videos which can readily be accessed on several animal activists’ sites and blogs, while at the same time I hope in my way to bring awareness of all the important issues concerning the welfare of animals around the world. I rarely lend my own voice or opinions to posts, by design. I’m here to share information only and hope some readers are moved to join the fight, raise funds, or otherwise act in some way on behalf of all the animals that are suffering.
You’ll also find here plant-based recipes, my favourite quotes, poetry (mine and others), and a selection of articles I’ve written over the years as a freelance writer since 2000.
Since 1984, I have been involved in wildlife rehabilitation; raising orphaned animals such as raccoons, squirrels and over one hundred backyard birds, including robins and finches, various sparrow species and birds that I’ve discovered few people like, such as starlings who are a clear favourite of mine and bursting with personality. Most were raised from hatchlings, fed every 20 minutes from dawn to beyond dusk. All mammals and birds were released back into the wild when they were ready.
My most recent rehabilitation were two little coonies named Basil and Dusty, raised in the summer of 2012 in my front porch, then into a specially constructed ‘coondo’ then soft-released (their wild diet supplemented with food from me, as required) on my five-acre property in sprng 2013. Basil comes back to visit every spring since and from the cutest little raccoon I’ve ever seen as per the photo here, he’s become a big, beautiful and healthy adult.
My husband and I share our country home with Chip, a wonderful collie cross, a few glorious cats and a striking, multi-pastel-coloured lovebird I call Scrunchy Monkey; all these critters enrich our lives in countless ways. Eleven dogs and sixteen cats who have now crossed the Rainbow Bridge have called this old house home over the last 20 years.
Through my business, The Phoenix Art Shop, I sell framed First Nations, equine and wildlife art prints through catalog by telephone and mail order. My own collection of handcrafted jewelry will soon be featured online.