362 – Always Us Against the World

Remember when it was just you and me against the world, Collin?

Hey, little man. I want you to know it still is. We’re a team, bud. We’ll always be a team no matter how many companions we add to our pack.

We have a special bond, you and I. A special relationship no one else could understand. It’s us against the world, now and forever.

You’re my boy and you came to me when I needed you most. We needed each other, little guy. You with that beautiful black shiny coat and me with my beautiful black shiny soul. We were destined to find one another.

So please don’t be jealous or think I’ve forgotten our time spent alone together. You’re mine and I’m yours, boy. It’s us against the world until the end of time.


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357 – Loving Pets Too Much

It is both a blessing and a curse to love these animals so very deeply.

When they pass on, it’s a silver bullet through my sensitive heart. I mourn like a mother mourns a lost child. It’s pain so excruciating I wonder why I ever get myself into these vulnerable situations.

But when they’re here – oh man, it’s all worth it. All those kisses and warm feelings, seeing how excited they get when I get back home, wagging tails, soft cuddles, long walks – it adds so much joy to life. Companionship, loyalty, bonds…family.

Yes, it’s painful when they go. And it hurts when they’re no longer around. But every ounce of pain is worth every moment of joy and happiness they brought into my life.

Thank you, furry companions – past, present, and future – for the heartwarming happiness you have / will have given me.


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356 – Dogs vs. People

8:19 a.m.) Dogs will be dogs. People will be people. And that one is much worse, if we’re all being honest. People are so unpredictable.

Thinking about the recent case in the news of a murdered young woman, people are so volatile. I mean, the boyfriend may not have done it in this case – no one knows for sure yet – but there are hundreds of cases where a couple is married or together for years without obvious signs of violence before one snaps and murders the other. Sometimes it seems to come out of absolutely nowhere.

It’s scary because everyone thinks they know the people around them well, but do we really have any idea?

Dogs are more consistent. I’ll stick with dogs. Cats, on the other hand – God only knows what they’re capable of. But at least they’re soft and adorable.


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12 Animal Farm Quotes that Will Open Your Eyes

In 1945, Animal Farm by George Orwell was released into the world. This novella tells the story of farm creatures overthrowing their harsh human owner, only to see themselves become no better in the end. It animates the events of the Russian Revolution. Here are the top 12 quotes from this thought provoking book:

1 – “Man is the only creature that consumes without producing.” (Old Major, Chapter 1)

Are we more than exploiting the earth and animals? Or are we destined to radiate greed until our species comes to an end?

2 – “I do not know when that Rebellion will come, it might be in a week or in a hundred years, but I know, as surely as I see this straw beneath my feet, that sooner or later justice will be done.” (Old Major, Chapter 1)

Old Major’s words of wisdom. He dies with hope of revolution and freedom for the future of his kind.

3 – “Weak or strong, clever or simple, we are all brothers.” (Old Major, Chapter 1)

All different, and all connected. We have to stick together.

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4 – “Rings shall vanish from our noses, And the harness from our back, Bit and spur shall rust forever, Cruel whips no more shall crack.” (A Piece from Beasts of England, Chapter 1)

Dreaming of freedom in songs and chants. Songs send sparks of revolution into the hearts of all the creatures.

5 – “…those ribbons that you are so devoted to are the badge of slavery. Can you not understand that liberty is worth more than ribbons?” (Snowball, Chapter 2)

Lesson: Do not let glamour distract from the ultimate goal. Do not let the luxuries blind the fact of slavery.

6 – “All the animals capered with joy when they saw the whips going up in flames.” (Narrator, Chapter 2)

Slaves, no more! Celebrating with smoke and flames…

7 – “The 7th Commandment: All animals are equal” (Chapter 2)

No one is above anyone else. We are all in this together.

8 – “…the others had to be content with this cryptic answer.” (Narrator, Chapter 3)

Are they trying to deceive us? Never take answers for their face value. There’s always something else going on behind closed doors…

9 – “…the animals worked like slaves. But they were happy in their work…” (Narrator, Chapter 6)

If the work has meaning, it’s not really work, is it? Who are we working for?

10 – “…they had come to a time when no one dared speak his mind, when fiercer, growling dogs roamed everywhere, and when you had to watch your comrades torn to pieces after confessing to shocking crimes.” (Narrator, Chapter 7)

Living under the gun…we are free to speak…but are we, truly?

11 – “Their lives now, they reasoned, were hungry and laborious; was it not right and just that a better world should exist somewhere else?” (Narrator, Chapter 9)

There must be more to life than lives of labor and suffering, right? Is there more to life than work, sweat, blood, and tears? Does a better world exist?

12 – “The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.” (Narrator, Chapter 10)

The greedy, power hungry, and selfish – they are all the same.

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This is Why Pets Are Better Than Friends

Loneliness can be a harmful feeling for anyone across all walks of life. Most of the time when loneliness hits, the first thought is that it might be a good idea to go out and meet new people or form new friendships. However, sometimes the best kind of new friend isn’t human at all. When craving companionship, instead of hanging around local places to pick up new acquaintances, head out to the local animal shelter and consider adopting a furry friend to curve the aches of feeling alone.

Here are six reasons why pets are better than friends.

1 – With a pet, you’ll never have any drama between the two of you.

Unless you consider the potential destruction of furniture and other household items “drama” you aren’t likely to experience any from your pet. These beautiful creatures live each day like it’s their only day to exist. They aren’t going to dwell on the past or care what happened just five minutes ago. They couldn’t care less whose boyfriend you stole last year or that you were the only family member to not chip in for your father’s birthday gift. None of the petty situations in life matter to your pets, creating a drama free environment for you to live in.

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2 – Your pet will never leave you.

It can be extremely painful to lose a friend when he/she leaves town or just stops communicating all together. A pet will never do this because a) it’s probably trapped in a fence or house, but also because b) it loves its owner unconditionally.

It relies on the caregiver for companionship, food, and water and will be eternally grateful for these selfless services. It will never take off to another state for a job opportunity, clean out its closet to go take care of its sick relative, or grow tired of you and leave without notice. After adopting a pet, the worry that the new trusty companion might leave will never be an issue. It will be faithful and loyal until the very end.

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3 – Your pet absolutely depends on you.

The feeling of not being needed by our friends can cause serious self-worth, value, and esteem issues. A pet, however, will forever be alive due to the loving hands of its owner. It will need you from day one until your time together comes to a close. You are the most important person on the planet to your furry friends. Being valued can make anyone feel needed and necessary.

4 – Your pet will always be excited to see you.

It’s the best part of the work day when you’re free to go home and excite the senses of your eager pet. It will run to the door to greet you with a wagging tail, meowing voice, or a purring belly. Whether you are gone two minutes or two days, you can look forward to that pure, genuine excitement from your pet after being without you for any length of time. Wouldn’t it be nice to know that no matter how bad the work day may be, there will be an ecstatic little furball awaiting your homecoming with kisses and sweetness?

5 – You’re free to speak your mind without fear of judgement when venting to your pet.

Most often when we vent, we aren’t seeking advice or opinions, we just need someone to listen. Your secrets and views about the world will always be safe within the mind of your furry companion. It won’t judge you for feeling angry, sad, or even extremely happy. It will sit there with its sensitive ears and take in every single word you say to it. Who better to spill your darkest secrets to?

6 – Pets are not materialistic and will never ask for too much.

Friends might only hang around as long as you are the one paying for events. They might not want to hang out with you at all if you drive a rusty car, use a flip phone from 2008, or live in a sketchy apartment. Or your friends might just constantly judge your fashion styles and weird hobbies. You know who will never even care about any of that stuff? Your pet.

A pet can have entertainment for days with a cereal box it pulled out of the trash can. That’s the true meaning of “making the most of what you have.” Feed the pets, give them water, take them to receive annual shots, and spend some time with them – that’s about it. They’re not going to ask for a brand new car, for a fancy dinner, for a cake on their birthdays (of course, you can if you prefer to celebrate the special occasion), and most of their toys can be made from random, cheap items around the house.

No complaints, no snarky remarks, just you and your pet living each day with what you have.


If loneliness is beating down on you each night, stay out of the bars, clubs, and online dating sites. Check out the local animal shelter, save a life, and enjoy all the awesome benefits that come with taking care of an amazing animal. That pesky loneliness will go away and you will secure a lifelong, loyal companion.

Thanks for reading this post. Go make a new furry friend today.


References: Jacobs Bao, K. and Schreer, G. (2016) Pets and Happiness: Examining the Association Between Pet Ownership and Wellbeing, Anthrzoös, 29:2, 283-296, DOI: 10.1080/08927936.2016.1152721 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08927936.2016.1152721>


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