Posts Tagged ‘Cats’

As you all know I am an avid animal fan. I have two cats that are loved, cherished and spoiled like mad. I also love dogs and really most animal (OK… NOT a fan of spiders). I also understand that not all persons love animals with the same passion I do or even like animals. That is OK. I have no problem with someone saying that they prefer not to have a pet or be around animals. There can be many reasons for it and I can respect that. It is not everyone’s cup of tea.

What I cannot respect, abide or accept are people who are cruel and neglectful to animals. That actually makes me see red. Every day I read about cats and dogs that have been abandoned by their “owners” or mistreated. Sometimes it is a random cruelty acts against an animal that was just passing or has nowhere else to go.

I just read today again about a case where a family moved house and left their two cats behind. Just left. The cats were crying outside the front door to get in but no one opened the door. A neighbour took pity on them and called an animal organisation to find them a home. I am sorry but what is wrong with people?!?

I would love to get my hands on these people and ask them a thing or two…: How can you justify getting an animal and then just leaving them? How can you look yourself and your children in the eyes and say that it was the right thing to do? Was it too much of a bother to go to a cat shelter or try to find them a home if you are unable to take care of them? Will you try to justify it by saying that ah well they will be fine…? They will not be fine. They are domestic animals. Not a wild animal used to living outside. Instead you condemned them to starvation, illness and death in the cold. Maybe that is what you should explain to your children and then try to justify why you could not be bothered.

My own cat has this very history. He was abandoned and left when his family moved house. Left to fend for himself which is something he would be unprepared for and unable to do in reality. A neighbour saw him every day trying to get inside, to a home that no longer existed. He was brought to the DSPCA in the end and after 5 months there I was lucky enough to find him. I have never had a more grateful cat.

People who kick dogs and cats, throw stones after them and do worse things should have the same treatment done to them. I am sorry but that is my opinion. If you cannot respect the life of an innocent animal, if you hurt an animal out of pure spite then you are not a person worthy of pity, regard or sympathy. People like these are what makes human nature ugly. For me this is just as evil as mistreating children and your fellow-man. If you can hurt an animal you’ve already shown that you have no compassion. You have shown what you are capable of and it is ugly.

Without the animal welfare organisation that are out there many more animals would suffer. They see the worst of it all but they still go on and they make a difference. I admire these persons – day in and day out they see animals suffer and day in and day out they help and carry on. They are worth every penny and all the help that they can get.

Thankfully I also know many regular persons who make a difference and help in their own way. They feed strays, help finding owners when needed, protect these furry companions from those with evil intent. I know people who would not necessarily want to have a dog or a cat but that still would help. They would not abide seeing an animal being made to suffer. They would interfere and they would act. Because they are just decent human beings.

This is something I had to write because I do feel very strongly about this. I am sick of hearing of animal abuse. Our society should be better than this.

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” – Mahatma Gandi

When I sat down last year to write the 2010-gone-by post it was about having started to blog, got a tattoo, laser eye surgery, Christmas parties and driving too fast.

This time… where to start. This has been a year of so many changes. Of heart-break. Of self-discovery. Of meeting amazing people who I will forever be grateful for. It has been an emotional roller-coaster.

As most of you know, this was the year that heralded the end of a 11 year-long relationship for me. I will not dwell on it in this post. It has been chewed through enough. I could spend the entire post on just going over how this year has been pretty tough. But you know what… it has been what it has been and I want to remember the things that made me smile, made me laugh and made me feel good.

I have an apartment that I love. A place that always makes me feel at ease (even with window vents from hell…). It is light, airy, has a south-facing balcony that is just fab. It is a place that went from feeling like a temporary hotel room, a refuge to become the place where I can relax and recharge. My home.

I share this apartment with my two furballs. They bring laughter, cuddles and joy together with unconditional love on a daily basis.

There is much more I could list here. However, the best thing this year has been my friends. From the ones that I have known for years, the ones I have met online through blogging and the new great friends that I have met. These are the people who have made me laugh, smile and feel happy throughout everything this year. And that is what I will keep with me from 2011.

So bring on 2012. It will be a great one!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

 

It is once again Sunday evening and soon time for bed. Tomorrow I will go to work for the first time in a week but right now that world is tucked away in a far away corner of my mind.

I am sitting in the sofa looking at my two cats who are cuddled up next to each other sleeping. I have a feel-good book in my hand and mellow music playing in the background. And I smile.

This is what Sunday evenings should be like; relaxing, quiet and making you smile. It doesn’t get much better than this on the chill-out scale.

Wishing you all a lovely Sunday evening. Here is one of my favorite chill-out songs.

Today I have a day off, actually I have Monday off as well. Yay!!!!! I cannot express how great that feels. I decided to do this during the week as I really felt I needed to have a few days more than just the weekend to do whatever I want. Sleep, sleep… meet up with friends, have a snowball fight, go training, read a lot and whatever else I can think off.

So here I am sitting at 11am having breakfast. Soon I will make my way into town to meet up with a friend. Looks like I will have to take the car… as the trains are all delayed due to the weather and I haven’t seen a bus in…oh… about 3 days. Hmmm might try the train anyway as I would like to be able to have a drink as well. Decisions, decisions.

< Update… several hours later> No bus service, freeze/thaw conditions making town an ice-rink and the bloody train was delayed for hours… so couldn’t meet up with my friend. Ended up getting my hair coloured and cut and got my nails done for free instead! Love going to the hairdressers and the one around the corner from me is the best!

At least the winter holiday conundrum was more or less solved yesterday. We decided to go on a snowboarding holiday together in February (haven’t decided where to yet) and then A will go on a trip with some of the lads in springtime and I will hopefully go away to NY also in the springtime. Now I will just have to save a lot of money. Funny how almost all my savings seem to go to travels.

Right, have to save my cup of tea now as my cat really doesn’t like the smell of tea or coffee… or wine, beer or any alcoholic beverage for that matter. He tries to bury my cup with his paws. Unless there is milk of course, as he then turns into the biggest dairy product thief ever. Threats that I will turn him into a warm scarf doesn’t faze him at all. Hrrmmppfhh.

Echinacea

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Well, I am back in Dublin again and it feels really good. This week away was not exactly what I needed at the moment. It was a bit stressful, hectic, intense and at times even an awkward work week. Meeting new people who were not overly thrilled to meet me, repeating the same message about the new process I represent and how it will work out well again and again and then collapsing on the hotel bed once my brain was stalled, was not how I would describe a great week. But then, it was necessary and I believe it was worth it as this will make the work relationship better in the future.

So here I am sitting right now tired but happy to be home. I do have a head cold as well which I picked up while I was away but considering the amount of Echinacea I put into me it will hopefully fade a way in a few days. I am looking forward to a calm weekend and a normal working week ahead. I will need it to recharge my batteries before it is time for a mad weekend away with the girls. Now that I look forward to! 🙂

For now it is time for some downtime. Some music in the background, a good book to read, a cat in my lap and a cup of tea next to me.

Have a nice weekend!

Fade away

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It’s Friday and a busy week in work is finally finished. It’s been stressful, fun, frustrating, energizing and a bit mad this week but all is done, finished and closed off. When it is busy but goes well then there is no better feeling than the high you can get from positive stress. It seems to enable me and I get loads done. I have a hundred thoughts flying through my head at the moment as I am typing away here. Blogging is a great way to release any restless feelings that still linger.

I have quite a bit to do this weekend as I will be flying out to Finland on Sunday to work in the Finnish office next week. I am both looking forward to it and at the same time I am not. I have never been to Finland so I am curious and since they are fond of gothic/rock music it suits me quite well. On the other hand, I would have liked to have the weekend to myself and a “normal” next week.

This feeling of restlessness could stem from the fact that I have been quite busy, drinking lots of coffee and because I have quite a bit more to sort out before I leave on Sunday. But I will let that feeling fade away now and cherish the short weekend that I have and make the most of it. Focus on some self-indulgent pampering, going to the gym, playing with my two cats, spending some quality time with my partner and sleeping in on Saturday morning.