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Here is this week’s song!
“Courageous” by Casting Crowns
What was something you once believe was true but now you know is false? How did you feel when you learned the facts?
I have always grown up with cats. When I was a child I believed that declawing cats was not only safe, but a normal thing to do. It wasn’t until I was older and started adopting my own cats that I found out how untrue this is. This point was strongly reiterated last week when I watched a documentary called “The Paw Project”. You can check out the trailer here:
As a cat lover, an animal lover, or just someone against cruelty to any creature, the reality of cat declawing is truly heartbreaking. It doesn’t just remove the claw, but removes the first bone on each of the toes. This would be equivalent to amputating the tips of all of your fingers. Cats who are declawed can end up with severe infections, problems walking, and even behavioral issues. It is truly a cruel act, all for the convenience of the owner.Jennifer Conrad is a vet that spent a large portion of her practice working with captive big cats in Hollywood; lions and tigers that were used for movies and tv. She saw so many of them with issues from being declawed and started trying to repair their paws one by one. While she could not give them back their claws there were procedures that could be performed to give them better function and better quality of life. It was then the question came to her, if so many big cats are having these issues, how many domestic cats are there that have the same problem. She created The Paw Project to raise awareness about what a cruel act declawing is and to try and get it banned across the county. The Paw Project has managed to get declawing banned in several counties in California and is branching out to create legislation across the country.
Please, watch the trailer. If you have access to Netflix or iTunes or the DVD in any way, please watch the documentary. It is both heartbreaking and educational. Do your own research about declawing and the legislation in your state. You can make a difference. I am currently looking into ways to create or support legislation for declawing in Massachusetts.
For more information click the picture below to go to The Paw Project’s website.
Are you a fan of self-help/advice books? What has been your favourite one?
I am unsure if this is classified as “self-help”, but there is one book I have read recently that really spoke to me. The book is “Limitless Life: You Are More Than Your Past When God Holds Your Future” by Derwin L. Gray. It was a book that I read as part of a study with Proverbs 31 Ministries.
The book talks a lot about the labels people put on themselves, and how that doesn’t have to be your truth going forward. Here is a quick snippet from the foreword:
“If things as mislabeled they can create unhelpful boundaries, false limitations. If you label yourself a failure, you limit your chance for success. If you label yourself as weak, you limit your strength. If you label yourself a disappointment, you limit your ability to see that people appreciate you-or that God appreciates you.”
I enjoy the book immensely and it had a lot of great advice for living your best life.
What is something you know that you could teach another person if given the chance?
As a mention in a previous post I am more of a Jack of All Trades, Master of None. I know a little bit about a lot of things, but I don’t consider myself an expert of anything. That being said I think people could learn some things from me depending on what they are looking for.
I have become pretty proficient at creating and updating Facebook pages for various things. Some of the Facebook pages I currently have include my childhood church, a ministry for my current church, and the newest page I just created for my blog. You can check that page out here: https://www.facebook.com/kissmycat80. I just started it, so it’s still a work in progress!
I’ve been struggling a lot with my anxiety lately. This song speaks to where I have been and where I want to be.
“Set Me Free” – Casting Crowns
Everyone is an expert in something. Tell us three things you’re an expert in.
Noun – a person who has special skill or knowledge in some particular field; specialist; authority
Adjective – possessing special skill or knowledge; trained by practice; skillful or skilled (often followed by in or at)
This is a hard question. I don’t really consider myself an “Expert” in anything. I fall more into the category of Jack of all Trades, Master of None. I know a little bit about many different subjects, but I don’t see myself as an expert. That being said there are a few things that I am REALLY good at, so let’s talk about those.
- Loving my cats – It’s pretty much impossible to not love them. I don’t have any human children (yet) and Janie and Jax are my children. They both have unique and different personalities and they bring me so much joy and comfort. Here are a couple pictures of my babies:
- Procrastination – I have always been awesome at waiting until the last minute to get things done. Whether it was homework or chores or buying birthday cards, I am really awesome at putting stuff off.
- Coloring – I used to do lots of artsy stuff when I was younger, but then I got away from it for a while. Recently I got back into coloring. I find it is a great stress relief technique when my anxiety is flaring up and I like being able to choose what colors to use and what the final picture will look like. Here are a couple of my latest creations:
Maybe someday I’ll be a real expert in something, but for now I’ll stick to what I know.
Finally BlogHer and NaBloPoMo have a monthly topic I think I can really get into. The topic for August is “Know”. There is a month’s worth of prompts having to do with what you know, what you don’t know, what you wish you knew. I am excited to get started and have already started working on my first post. Look out for what you need to KNOW, starting Monday!
Thanks to Katzenworld for making Janie and Jax part of Tummy Rub Tuesday!