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Animal welfare

I read a blog recently which promised only one thing,  irregular blogs. I like the sound of that, so am adopting it as my own. I am only really writing this time to push the  ‘Ban Live Export’ movement. I turned vego at 11 once I made the connection between meat and animals and feel very strongly about animal welfare.  I have attached a great article by Jane Fynes-Clinton (Courier Mail) who has recently turned veg. Worth a read as it was published just prior to the Four Corners expose on live export. I admit I didn’t watch the Four Corners programme. Just reading newspaper articles  (with accompanying graphic photos) about the Indonesian abattoirs was enough to keep me awake at night.  Being a total wus when it comes to seeing pain and suffering (human or animal),  I am in awe of the wonderful work done by Lyn White and Animals Australia. Like many other Australians, I sent emails and letters of protest to politicians and the media.  I just hope that the suspension of live export will become a total ban.

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/opinion/going-vegetarian-has-become-a-real-barbecue-stopper/story-e6frerdf-1226058446320

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The Doggy Discussion Board

Sox, as the canine author of Dog Logic has been asked to lead a discussion board on Best Friends Rescue Facebook this Thursday night (21st April).  As you can imagine, he is very excited by the prospect of pontificating and philosophising with doggy obsessed humans.  Snowy has offered to do his Thursday night guard duty.  This is very generous of her, but I’m sure she will expect some type of reward, most probably a bone.  She may be small and very cute, but she’s a terrier after all.

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Post book signing relief

Mary Ryan's New Farm book signing

As you would realise, the very fact that I am blogging, means I survived the book signing. It wasn’t quite what I expected.  Due to space constraints at Mary Ryan’s New Farm store, I didn’t get to sit in the air conditioned luxury surrounded by wafts of brewing coffee. They set me up just outside, in the steamy Queensland heat.  On the positive side, the table was rather lovely; round and wooden with a certain old world charm.

Sox’s photo beguiled many as they walked past and as for the paw stamp!  This has proved to be a real success with the dog loving public. There were many ‘how cute’ gasps as I explained it was a genuine Sox paw print made from a genuine Sox paw.  While there were many who slowed and smiled, and even quite a few who actually stopped to flick through the book, sales were not brilliant. Maybe a number of the ‘lookers’ will return and purchase at a later date.  I live in hope.

Thanks very much to the lovely staff at Mary Ryan’s for inviting me along.

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Wet Wet Wet – good name for a band, but bad meteorological situation.

Clever, insightful words of wisdom for the second blog of my life ? No,  I am reduced to writing about the weather. And yes, through the vastness of cyber space, I can hear your sigh. But please let me explain.  Even though I live on the edge of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, famous for sun, sand and surf,  my antisocial bias leads me towards grey and bleak and overcast. Sunshine? Overrated and look what it does to the curtains. Blue sky? Hurts the eyes and blunts the emotions.  No, a decent spell of rainy weather is always welcome at my house…until now.  Even a sunshine grinch like me has had enough.  It has been raining forever. I am a Queenslander born and bred, yet this is more rain than I can ever remember.  As I write this, much of the state is either recovering from, or in the middle of floods and Gympie is now  preparing  for it’s time underwater.  We live on a hill, so there is no chance of flooding, but the results of the weather are obvious.  The floors are sticky with moisture, mould covers the fridge, the towels are permanently damp, as are the dogs, who have severe kennel fever. Much as I love my dogs, the stink of wet fur is not pleasant to the human nose. We have bought in the essentials – chocolate (me), wine (husband), beer (son), dog food (my furry, but fetid four legged friends).  The bridge to the rest of the world will be covered in floodwater tonight.  This should be perfect writing weather, but instead of creativity, I find myself obsessing over the mundane; rainfall totals, wind direction, river heights.

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