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THE SOCHI TEN
In the wake of a pre-Olympics street dog cull in Sochi, Russia, Humane Society International (HSI) helped coordinate the rescue and transport of some of the dogs to the United States. Leading up to the 2014 Winter Olympics, the Russian government implemented a plan to cull the stray dog population in Sochi. Humane Society International helped coordinate the rescue of ten Sochi dogs to serve as ambassadors for the millions of other strays around the world. All ten of these rescues were adopted, and two of them—d’Artagnan and Sochi—have found loving homes in the Washington, D.C., area. HSI works around the world to humanely and efficiently control street dog populations—and our model is successful and proven. In summer 2013, we offered to help Sochi sterilize and vaccinate the city’s street dogs ahead of the Olympics; although we never heard back directly, Sochi officials announced that no cull would take place. As the world learned, that pledge was broken. Later, we helped coordinate the rescue of a few fortunate Sochi dogs to serve as ambassadors for the millions of others who also deserve the chance for a better life.
Fall Foliage Network
K-9 BARON —END OF WATCH 10-07-2014
This was a very personal loss for all of us in North Central Florida
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Authorities are looking for a man suspected of killing a St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office dog after the animal chased him into the woods.Deputies were searching a wooded area Tuesday along Florida Highway 207 near St. Augustine for 26-year-old Brandon Allison after neighbors in the Twin Lakes subdivision reported a disturbance. Allison was being tracked by sheriff’s Cmdr. Chuck Mulligan and his K-9 Baron early in the morning when the dog sensed the suspect was close and took off. The officer could hear noise from the woods and a man yelling.When authorities got to the scene the dog was found floating dead in a swampy area nearby.Mulligan says he believes Allison, who is wanted on a separate felony warrant, drowned the dog.
In the News
Madrid Dog Euthanized because owner attended dying priest with Ebola
Officials in Madrid got a court order to euthanize the pet of a Spanish nursing assistant who cared of a priest with Ebola, because of the chance the animal might spread the disease. Dr. Peter Cowen, a veterinarian at North Carolina State University who has advised global health experts on animal infection disease risks, says killing the dog is clearly an overreaction. “I think it’s very unfortunate they are thinking of euthanizing that dog. They should really study it instead,” he said. “Ebola has never been documented to be spread by a dog,” and that’s clearly not a major route of spread in the outbreak in Africa, he said. Thomas Frieden director at the US Center for Disease Control states, “Clearly we want to look at all possibilities. We have not identified this as a means of transmission,”
Picture of the Week
Puppy or Guppy love?
Redemption of Creation and Creatures
Numerous times in your writings you have alluded to the animals and creation “being hard-wired” by God to be who and what they are. And you go on to say that you believe them to be redeemed by Christ and moving to an eternal existence. Explain that.
The Founder’s Pen
FLORIDA VOTE YES ON AMENDMENT 1
~by Susi Pittman
If you could make the world a better place, would you do it? If you, as a Florida citizen could help move this state to responsible stewardship of it’s beautiful natural resources would you do it? VOTE YES on AMENDMENT 1.
Room for New Dreams
~by Louis Templeman
When we are faced with the loss of a dream, our journey through life comes to a crossroads. What could possibly lie ahead?
A Poet’s Voice
~by Paula Veloso Babadi
Sharing her Middle-East roots, Paula is reminded of how moments with immediate family can open our eyes to our extended family of creation.
Book of the Month~October
The Soul of All Living Creatures: What Animals Can Teach Us About Being Human
~by Michele Gregoire
Michele shares a marvelous review on a book that delves into the inner lives of animals and explores the relationships we forge with them.
Meandering Along the River’s Edge
Nature among the Departed
~by Virginia Rhys Anson
A walk through a cemetery lends itself to contemplative thoughts, no matter the season.
This Week’s Top Global Weather News
Typhoon Vongfong to affect U.S. weather pattern over the next few weeks
The most severe impacts of the Typhoon Vongfong will be felt half a world away. The U.S. Northeast may want to remember the name. Vongfong will likely have a hand in shaping the weather across the United States in the weeks ahead – part of a ever-present ebb and flow of energy typical of the transitional seasons across the globe. Experts say energy from Western Pacific typhoons can have a hand in manipulating the jet stream, or the steering winds that dictate the flow of weather across the globe, for thousands of miles across the Pacific Ocean and into the United States.
Before you swim with the dolphins or walk with the lions…
Tourists might not think that riding an elephant or walking with lions does any harm. But the brutal truth is that breaking wild animals’ spirits to a point that they will accept interaction with people, involves cruelty at every turn: snatching them from their parents in the wild, or breeding them in captivity; transporting them; keeping them in inadequate conditions and beating them to break their wills.
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Fall Photo of the Week
Grand Island, Michigan
Geology and Archaeology
World’s tectonic plate movement mapped
A group of geophysicists is testing the hypothesis that the rate of “supercontinent assembly”—or tectonic plate movement—changes over time. Study co-author Professor Sergei Pisarevskiy says plate tectonics is the study of the horizontal movement of tectonic plates over the Earth’s surface.
Discovering Catholic Writers
Brother Paul Quenon, OCSO
Born in West Virginia, Br. Paul Quenon, OCSO, entered the Trappists in 1958 at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky, where Thomas Merton was his Novice Master. He has been publishing poems and photographs for the last twenty years. Brother Paul has been a monk for 52 years. That is, he’s been trying to live in God and by learning to deepen one’s capacity to love in community; that’s how he describes life as a Trappist monk. Brother Paul lives a contemplative life –that is, on the margins of society but at the center of the Church. His witness is a life of proclaiming the beauty of Christ from an abbey of the Strict Observance of Cistercians. His latest book Unquiet Vigil is a collection of his poems seasoned through five decades of living a monastic life. These are litanies of life, work, patience, love and prayer. These poems pinpoint the tensions inherent in a spiritual life. The self must be present and yet the self must be willing to be negated. One seeks knowledge but also freedom from knowledge. One must be at home with what is said through silence. These are some of the mysteries of faith and the words of these poems invite me into them. By reading, we partake of these words and much more. It is a joy to have this book.—Maurice Manning, author of The Common Man, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in poetry. You can purchase the book HERE.
Quote of the WeekDogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of their universe. We are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made.
Discovering Our Saints
In Honor of the Rosary: The Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Art of Life
Immaculata Art–Nellie Edwards
Nellie Edwards began painting recently with no previous fine art painting experience. Her life-long dream was to “one day take lessons.” In the meantime, she devoted herself to her vocation as wife and mother (eventually of eight) and her passion for ProLife work, including spreading the good news of Humanae Vitae, to help protect the sanctity of all human life. The Holy Rosary has played an enormous part in the life of the artist and you can read about a few of the many “miracles” of this powerful prayer on her website.
Beautiful pictorial review of Nellie’s extraordinary art work
Looking for Sustainability
Can GMO’s be used in organic products…short answer NOPE
The use of genetic engineering, or genetically modified organisms (GMOs), is prohibited in organic products. This means an organic farmer can’t plant GMO seeds, an organic cow can’t eat GMO alfalfa or corn, and an organic soup producer can’t use any GMO ingredients. To meet the USDA organic regulations, farmers and processors must show they aren’t using GMOs and that they are protecting their products from contact with prohibited substances, such as GMOs, from farm to table.
God’s Green Earth
Ode To A Dog Running—Experience the Joy!
What every new cow owner should know—from Homestead Honey
I have some VERY, VERY exciting news (and I bet you can guess what it is!) – in a month’s time, we are going to become first time cow owners! (Cue the excited squeal!) For months I’ve been connecting with an amazing farm that raises Jersey cows, waiting patiently to see if there would indeed be a cow for our family. And the answer is yes, yes, yes! She is a registered Jersey in her second lactation, she is in milk and has been exposed to a bull, so we’re hoping she’ll be bred when she arrives in mid-October. READ MORE…
Friar Benedict Groeschel passes into eternal reward on the Vigil of the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi
Franciscan Friar Benedict J. Groeschel, CFR passed away on October 3rd at 11 PM. he Rev. Benedict Groeschel, a Franciscan priest whose long beard, gray robes, prolific writings and often controversial views made him a distinctive and popular presence in Catholic media, died Friday (Oct. 3) at St. Joseph’s Home for the Elderly in Totowa, N.J. Groeschel was 81 and had been in declining health.
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and may he rest in peace!
For Beginners: How to PRAY THE ROSARY
This basic Rosary guide will help the beginner in saying the Rosary by teaching step by step how to do the rosary prayer. The Catholic Rosary prayers make up the body while the Rosary Mysteries compose the soul of the Roman Catholic Rosary.
Do Natural & Organic mean the same thing?
When you buy food labeled “natural,” what exactly are you getting? Well, when it sits on a food label in the US, the word “natural” has no regulated definition. “Natural” can mean any number of different things, depending on where in the US you are, who the food manufacturer is and what store is carrying the product.
Humane Society of Broward County, Florida—TEEN VOLUNTEER PROGRAM
HSBC offers a structured volunteer program for teens 14 years and older. Teen volunteers help us care for the animals for a period of three months with weekly, three-hour shifts. Teens have the opportunity to earn up to 36 Service Learning Hours. At the end of the three months, teen volunteers exit the program. There is a waiting list to get into this program! Teens can make a BIG difference in the lives of homeless animals and the Humane Society of Broward County wants to invite you to join our mission.
Plant Garlic In The Fall
I never did have any luck trying to raise garlic. Never, that is, until I accidentally stumbled onto the “Ultimate Garlic-Growing Secret”: Treat ‘em like daffodils. Plant garlic in the fall! That way, the plants can start sproutin’ very early the following spring (exactly the way that crocuses and daffodils do), grow rapidly during the still-cool days which follow, and “set” their bulbs long before the hot days of summer that can be so wiltingly hard on “regular” spring-planted garlic.
Wellness & Nutrition
10 Fruits and Vegetables That Are Toxic To Dogs
We love to share food with our dogs, and since fruits and vegetables are healthy for us, we often assume they’re healthy for our pets too. This is often the case, but that certainly doesn’t mean it’s always the case. In fact, there are some fruits and vegetables that are toxic to our dogs. So if you plan on sharing some snacks with your pup, make sure you don’t feed anything you find on this list!
Air Force Study Reveals Threats To U.S. Space Activity
No matter where you look in the air, outer space and within the depths of cyberspace, these are congested, contested and competitive environments. A recently released U.S. Air Force study scopes out a science and technology vision to deal with these concerns. There are numerous global trends that present potential threats to the Air Force through 2025, the report says — and what’s happening in space is a front-and-center worry.
26 Moments that restored our faith in humanity
Sometimes you need a reminder that people can do wonderful things.
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