Wednesday, January 28, 2015

This Japanese Woman Took in a Stray Cat, and They Have Been Inseparable Ever Since

This is seriously the most precious, adorable story you will see all day. Misao lives a rural life outside the city in Japan. One day, she found a stray cat, took her in, and named him Fukumaru. They have been inseparable ever since, and the photos are beyond heart-warming.

This is Misao with Fukumaru as a kitten.

Misao rescued Fukumaru as a stray…

… and they’ve been inseparable ever since.

The best part about these pics? Misao’s grand daughter is the photographer. Here’s what she said: “When I see the way my grandmother is living her life, I really feel that she has a kind of strength that my generation simply can’t match. She gets up with the sun, and goes to bed when it sets. She loves her cat and the vegetables in her field like her own children. If her vegetables come out well, she’s happy. She doesn’t have to worry about questions like ’what is the point of my work?’ Her way of life fills me with admiration and a sort of envy.”


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

They See A Prison Inmate Doing THIS To A Pit Bull, And Start Filming…WOW.

“Until one has had a relationship with an animal, part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”

“Dogs On The Inside” is a film that documents the partnership between a Massachusetts prison and a dog shelter that gives both rescue dogs and inmates a new lease on life. As the bond deepens between inmates and dogs, the inmates are reminded of their own humanity and growing capacity for love and empathy as they get ready to re-enter society. When these two groups of societal outcasts meet, it’s truly heartwarming — because while many people shun both inmates and “undesirable” breeds like pit bulls and rottweilers, this program gives them an opportunity to look to each other for affection, friendship and understanding.

In this trailer for the film, we see abandoned, homeless dogs rescued and brought over to the prison to bond with their new companions involved in this fantastic program — and it doesn’t take long for these unwanted dogs to become “the lifeline, the oxygen” for the inmates, and vice versa.

Do you think this type of program should be employed in more prisons across the country? Let us know, and please SHARE this video with your friends on Facebook.


Watch This Video & You’ll Never Eat McDonald’s French Fries Again

Michael Pollan is an author, activist, journalist and professor of journalism at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. He mainly focuses on the industrial food chain with regards to his research. He emphasizes how cooking is one of the simplest and most important steps people can take to improve their family’s health, build communities, help fix our broken food system and perhaps most importantly, break our growing dependence on corporations. Michael Pollan is a food activist and you can find out more about him and his work by clicking here.

In the video below he illustrates how McDonald’s insists on using Russet Burbank Potatoes, a potato in America that is unusually long and difficult to grow. They further insist that their potatoes have no blemishes at all, which is hard because these potatoes commonly suffer from what is referred to as Net Necrosis, which causes unwanted spots and lines on the potatoes. If they have this, McDonald’s won’t buy them and the only way to eliminate this is through the use of a pesticide called methamidophos (Monitor) “that is so toxic that the farmers who grow these potatoes in Idaho won’t venture outside and into their fields for five days after they spray.”

When McDonald’s is ready to harvest their potatoes, they have to put them in giant atmospheric controlled sheds the size of football stadiums because they are not edible for six weeks. “They have to off gas all the chemicals in them.”

I’ll let you watch the video for more information, you should have a hard time eating McDonald’s after this, but that’s not a bad thing.

Cancer rates continue to rise,and study after study continues to surface every year showing how pesticides, GMOs and a number of other things we choose to surround ourselves with on a daily basis are indeed harmful to human health. It’s time for us to wake up and fully acknowledge it, it’s time to make better choices in our lives, it’s time to put two and two together and make connections.

Fast foods chains are no different from drugs. They are extremely addicting and extremely harmful. They should not exist and this video just adds to the long, continually growing list of why.


Monday, January 26, 2015

She Rescued A Pit Bull, But No One Told Her THIS…

Pit bulls are one of the most misunderstood breeds. There are some cities in America trying to outlaw them, and I know from experience that certain apartment buildings won’t allow tenants who own pit bulls.

Recently, a family released a video of their four-year-old daughter standing between six pit bulls and their dinner. What did those pit bulls do?

They waited patiently until the little girl said they could eat, of course!

Thank God for people like aspiring singer, author, and motivational speaker Ashley Gulla, who writes extensively on her blog about the joys of rescuing her pit bull, Romeo.

She writes on her blog, “I decided to foster a pit who was about to be put down. I failed miserably and we adopted him four days after getting him. He truly has been thankful ever since, no joke. They say rescue dogs always have this happy, thankful grin on their faces. Romeo doesn’t. Instead he rests his head on you in a way that makes you understand his gratitude more than any smile could do. He’s a lover.”

Pit bull lovers (and all dog lovers), will enjoy her blog — but meanwhile, enjoy this letter that Ashley wrote about what she wishes she knew before adopting a pit bull.


They said, “he’s strong, about 67 lbs, and he’s a puller but with some training he’ll be great.” Okay, I thought. Easy enough. But what they should have told me was something entirely different. What they should have told me was this.

This is an adventure.

Welcome to the best years of your life.

Where misconceptions, stereotypes and judgments are now personal attacks against not only someone you love dearly but you, yourself. And how you will feel like it is your personal mission to show the world how his “kind” is completely misunderstood.

Then you will read up on all the facts and statistics about pit bulls and realize half of what people believe is completely false or terribly misconstrued. Like pits having lock-jaw? False. Pits are born aggressive. False. Pits have stronger jaws than Rottweilers. False Pits don’t make good family pets. FALSE.

Also, in the midst of being accepted into his pack, you will learn what loyalty really means. You will also know what it feels like to be scared half to death every single time your doorbell rings before explaining to your mailman, “he’s nice, I swear! Sorry…thanks for the– sorry again.” Then you both will laugh, well, you will and he will look at you proudly, expecting a treat.

You will also walk with a little extra bounce in your step because this powerful, gentle giant stands beside you. You will feel a kind of pride you’ve yet to experience because you know you’re not only doing your baby justice but you’re part of the millions who are pleading for the rest of the world to give these amazing creatures a chance.

But sadly, your heart will break every time you hear about a Pit Bull who has landed in the hands of a wrong person or found himself in an awful situation. Whether it was dog fighting or an abusive owner or left tied to a park bench with nothing but a blanket. Your heart will break because you will come to understand the heart of a Pit Bull. Your heart will break because you will experience the love they, without question, give and with every tear you cry from hearing these awful stories, you will wish you could end it all.

Then you will feel incredibly grateful. Because this guy is yours and you are his and that’s something that can’t ever be taken away. Even if you don’t believe in a God above, this bond will feel like it was magically planned many moons ago, where the stars aligned perfectly and placed you two exactly where you needed to be to find one another. And you will be so blessed.

You will learn the frustration you feel when he is destroying your kid’s toys or eating food he’s not supposed to or barking when you wish he wouldn’t, fades quickly. That snuggling has now taken on a whole new meaning called: all over you, all the time, no matter what. And now you make it a point to never appear to do ANYTHING that could look like you’d be hitting him because seeing him duck his head out of fear hurts. You will also learn when he’s sticking his big head out your car window to expect 1 of 2 responses – a dirty look or a smile and nod. You learn you’ll smile in both cases.

Nobody tells you your heart will change. But it does. You judge less. You care more. You learn how to accept life a heck of a lot better than before. You learn how to forgive and how to let go and how to live in the moment.

They should have told me I was going to learn how to love better. That loving this Pit Bull was going to change my whole life. And that he would make us so so happy!

But chances are I wouldn’t have believed them anyhow. I guess it was something I had to learn on my own, with this guy.

Ed. Note: Visit Ashley’s awesome blog for more incredible essays!

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