To gossip is like playing checkers with an evil
spirit: you win occasionally, but are more often
trapped at your own game. —Hopi

protecting animals

Senate Votes to Criminalize Animal Fight Attendance

Thursday, June 28, 2012 – 10:15am
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Great news for animals nationwide! On June 21, the U.S. Senate took a huge step toward strengthening federal laws against animal fighting by approving the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act, which had been a stand-alone bill in the Senate (S. 1947), as part of that chamber’s version of the Farm Bill.

This humane measure would make it a federal offense to knowingly attend an organized animal fight and would impose additional penalties for bringing children to animal fights. Violators would face up to one year in prison for attending a fight, and up to three years in prison for bringing or causing a minor to attend.

While organized animal fighting is a federal crime and is illegal in all 50 states, the issue of spectators at these events has not been fully addressed on the federal level—and laws against spectatorship vary from state to state.

“This measure would help law enforcement by allowing them to pursue and punish the spectators who drive the market for animal fighting,” says Nancy Perry, Senior Vice President of ASPCA Government Relations. “Furthermore, children need protection from the spectacle of animal fighting, as well as its dangerous and illegal associated activities, including drugs, weapons and gambling.”

In order for the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act to become law, the U.S. House must add the same language it its version of the Farm Bill, which is still being crafted. The Farm Bill is expected to be finalized by the end of summer.

For more information on the ASPCA’s efforts to tackle animal fighting, please join the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade.

yield to the present

‎”Mindfulness meditation is a way of returning to beginner’s mind again and again. It also offers an extraordinarily profound and healing insight: that all phenomena and experiences are ephemeral. Understanding that everything is impermanent–that “this too shall pass”–helps soften difficult experiences and build acceptance. At the same time, it heightens the awareness of just how precious each fleeting moment is. -Bob Stahl & Steve Flowers, “Living With Your Heart Wide Open”


Putting the Little Pain to Sleep

The rain is falling softly,

I  listen deeply to the sorrow within myself.

Please go to sleep, my dear little pain.

Let me embrace you tenderly and let my

in-breath and out-breath continue to lull

you to sleep.

Day and night I water the seeds of compassion

and forgiveness, so that tomorrow the

flowers of joy can bloom.

Go to sleep, my little knots; tomorrow there

will be a transformation and we shall be

able to help love to be reborn again.

Thich Nhat Hahn-



  • Dear Brave Souls: This is the final image for tonight, the most of the most of the least of the least creatures. This firefighter saved this fawn from the fire. It’s little delicate hooves and ankles have been burnt from running like mad through the burn to try to get away. This soul and the firefighter … let me just say, like the firefighter from the horrible fires in our beloved sister continent, Australia, who bent to give his water from his water bottle to a poor little koala bear who also had horrible burns on his paws…

    both their lives, the fawn and the firefighter,
    the koala bear and the firefighter,
    and all others who were and are able
    to save wildlife that clung to the humans
    like the true relatives they are…..
    the lives of all are changed from that moment forward…
    from feeling a creature of Creator cling to you
    because in those moments, you became
    the manifest Mother Herself.

    With love to all, with peace and comfort –may these be made visible and hearable by and to all souls in small and large ways.

colorado wildfires


Hendrick Boards Supports Colorado’s Animal Shelters, Rescues with Limited-Edition Tee

June 28th, 2012

Marking the worst fire season in Colorado history, three major blazes are burning out of control, destroying hundreds of homes, prompting mass evacuations in Colorado Springs and threatening the city of Boulder 100 miles away. Our hearts and prayers go out to the wildfire regions of Colorado, where more than 36,000 people have been evacuated from their homes. Over 300 homes have been destroyed including historic landmarks.

What is often underreported and forgotten are the hundreds of animals, including pets, horses, livestock and other large animals that have become displaced due to the fires. In Colorado Springs and the surrounding communities, local rescues and shelters are working around the clock to ensure the safety of all animals. Animal shelters are beyond capacity, and stories of local businesses and residences creating make-shift shelters abound.

Hendrick Boards wants to make a difference for animals by supporting the local rescues and shelters in Colorado. From now and until July 4th, Hendrick Boards is offering a limited-edition tee that sparks a $10 donation to animal shelters and rescues in Colorado. Called “Be the Person”, the animal-saving, rescue loving tee will directly support the efforts to save, care for, house and feed abandoned and displaced animals in the fire-ravaged areas of Colorado.

“Our hearts go out to the animals affected by the fire-ravaged areas of Colorado,” said David Hendrickson. “We want to make sure that the frontlines of animal welfare and protection in Colorado are given the resources needed to protect all animals and hope that a simple tee can make a difference.”

To see the tee, please go to: http://www.hendrickboards.com/shop/colorado-fires?tracking=4fec723134c63. All purchases made using this link will trigger donations to Colorado’s animal shelters and rescues.

Eleventh Hour Rescue

wildfires out west-animals in need


Thoughts and product going out to all of those working so hard to get everyone out of harms way in Colorado! What can you do to help? Check out the list below of those accepting assistance!

PLEASE SHARE – *This is critical information for pet owners in the fire zones.*

As you probably already know, Colorado is on fire. There are 3 major fires right now. The shelters and rescues are overwhelmed and need money & supplies. This is the information we have compiled so far for all area affected. Please give what you can and if you cannot give then please share, the animals are counting on you:


The High Park Fire in Fort Collins – Most destructive fire in CO history, has burned 257 homes and 87K acres.

Larimer Humane Society
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Donate online at https://www.larimerhumane.org/donate/online-donation
or mail checks to 5137 S. College Ave., Fort Collins, CO 80525.

Society currently coordinating rescue of all animals in High Park Fire area, providing water to animals that have not been evacuated, reuniting owners and pets and sheltering evacuated animals: 970-226-3647, ext. 7.
Urgent Need: kitty litter


VCA Animal Hospital in both Fort Collins and Loveland are offering free boarding if pets of evacuees need a place for their furry friends to stay. They will also update evacuees’ pets’ vaccinations for free if need be. The Loveland location is open 24 hours a day (970) 278-0668. Call the Fort Collins location to find out their hours at (970) 204-4567
Urgent Need Towels and blankets


The Moore Animal Hospital is also offering free boarding to evacuees.

2550 Stover Street
Fort Collins, CO 80525
(970) 416-9101
Urgent Need: towels and blankets


Wolf, a wolf sanctuary near Fort Collins has had to be evacuated, and they desperately need monetary donations, please donate at:



Flagstaff Fire in Boulder, CO
Just started yesterday, relatively small but could grow.

Humane Society of Bouler Valley
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Cash Donations Needed: “Our greatest support needed at the shelter is for cash donations to support our operating expenses while we’re providing free services to our community members affected by this disaster.”
Call them at (303) 442-4030

You may donate online at:

or send your donation by mail or in person to:
2323 55th Street, Boulder, CO 80301.
Urgent Need: kitty litter, blankets & towels



Humane Society Pikes Peak Region
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Here is their latest status:
“We are so very appreciative of all the donated items we have received for the animals in our care. The outpouring of support from our community is phenomenal. At this time, we do not need any additional items, should our in-kind needs change we will let you know! Our greatest need is monetary donations to support our operations. (719) 473-1741, ext. 8723

Donate online at https://www.hsppr.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=1015

Or by mail to:
Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region
610 Abbott Lane, Colorado Springs CO 80905


A Cut Above Pet Grooming 719.630.7387
They need Volunteers, who can stay overnight if need be.
Urgent Need: kennels, smaller litter boxes, blankets, Cat food (dry and wet) , Monetary donations


All Breed Rescue & Training
20 Mountview Lane, Suite B & C, Colorado Springs, CO 80907

They are taking in evacuee animals, anything that doesn’t go in a stall.
Urgent Need: Dog/Cat food, blankets, gas cards or grocery cards


The Norris Penrose Event Center

They are located in Colorado Springs and are accepting large animals and they needs Hay.

1045 Lower Gold Camp Rd.
Colorado Springs, CO 80905

Other facilities that are ready to take in animals include:

Sunrise Kennels 719.661.7036
Canine Design Salon 719.227.7220
Cheyenne Mountain Animal Hospital 7193433.3840
Lucky Dog 719.527.9663
Bear Creek Vet 719-685-1177
Dublin Animal Hospital 719-338-8935
CATS Lucky Dog Boarding 719.527.9663
Central Bark Dog Daycare 719.592.9300
Canine Campus 719.448.9600
A Paw Above Boarding Service 719.386.7291
Northwest Animal Hospital 719.593.8582
Camp Bow Wow 719.260.9247
Sunrise Kennels 719.598.8348
Aspen Meadows Pet Resort 719.282.6000
Picasso’s Pet Grooming- Security 719.392.4092
Rocky Mountain Health Care Services (Can House People & Pets) 719.641.2747 & 719.201.0247
Powers ER Animal 719.473.0482

getting lost…opportunity?

TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 2012

A Letter To Myself

Dear Karen,

Last week was one of the toughest weeks of your life.  So much change is happening right now, new doors are opening, old cherished doors are closing and your heart just wants to soar for everyone to see.  Make sure to take this time for you.  Enjoy the moment.  Enjoy the feeling of pain, hurt, doubt, self-love, strength, happiness and growth.  Savor the impermanence of life.
Know that the road ahead is an unknown.  There will be many bumps, bruises and turns.  Some days you will feel as if you are climbing up Mt. Everest and other days you will feel like a bird flying in the sky.  Just remember, that this is life and this is you truly living life.  This is you going after your dream, your dream of self-actualization, self-love and independence.
Make sure to cry.  Cry tears of happiness and cry tears of sadness.
Make sure to laugh.
Make sure to love.
This path is now yours.  You are the only person that gets to decide which way to go.  You are the only one that can make your dreams come true.  You are the only one that can make yourself happy.  No other people, places or material things can do this… only you.
Your true strength and spirit are from within and right now they are ready to burst.
I am proud of you,
from    Strong, Sexy & Stylish