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Reading Series: Dogland – Dogs for Dollars [#readathon post]

As part of the 24 hour readathon (I don’t think I’ll make it 24 hours! I’m only halfway there…) I wanted to read, and hopefully finish, Dogland. The chapter I read tonight is about bad rescues and the harm they cause to the animal rescue movement. “I realized that rescue had become part of the … Continue reading

Reading Series: Dogland – Pet Deserts

“The shelter is at the back end of the equation. People need to realize these animals are not the shelter’s problem; they’re the community’s problem.” I love this quote, which comes from Chris Protzman, interviewed by Dogland author Jacki Skole, who helped found the Blount County Animal Center. The chapter I’m currently blogging, Pet Deserts, … Continue reading

Reading Series: Dogland – If You Build It, Will They Come?

This is a continuation of my Reading Series for the non-fiction book, Dogland, where I blog my thoughts and reactions to each chapter as I read through the book. Please feel free to read along or comment on the topics below! This chapter is about fostering, which is when you temporarily home an animal from … Continue reading

Reading Series: Dogland – Death-Row Dogs

This is a continuation of my Reading Series for the non-fiction book, Dogland, where I blog my thoughts and reactions to each chapter as I read through the book. Please feel free to read along or comment on the topics below! I love this chapter’s discussion on animal shelters: their history, euthanasia and its tolls … Continue reading

Reading Series: Dogland – Never-Ending Flood of Need

This is a continuation of my Reading Series for the non-fiction book, Dogland, where I blog my thoughts and reactions to each chapter as I read through the book. Please feel free to read along or comment on the topics below! My favorite part of this chapter is a quote from Chris Protzman, who helped … Continue reading

Reading Series: Dogland – South Paws in the North

South Paws in the North This is a continuation of my Reading Series for the non-fiction book, Dogland, where I blog my thoughts and reactions to each chapter as I read through the book. Please feel free to read along or comment on the topics below! This chapter, South Paws in the North, discusses the … Continue reading

Reading Series: Dogland – Ready or Not… Here She Comes

Ready or Not… Here She Comes Shortly after Thanksgiving, I lost my beloved dog, Banksy. Her death was sudden and I was not with her when it happened – I had recently returned to New York after spending the holiday at my mom’s in New Mexico, where Banksy lived. Not being there for her when … Continue reading

Reading Series: Dogland

I was lucky enough to receive a complimentary copy of Jacki Skole’s Dogland: A Journey to the Heart of America’s Dog Problem some time back through Ashley Creek Press. I meant to read the book promptly after receiving it, but as my readers may understand often times life gets in the way of our plans! … Continue reading

“Animals Matter” Chapter 6: Utilitarianism

“People who consider animals’ usefulness to humans are called utilitarians and they practice utilitarianism. […] Utilitarians typically believe that neither animals nor humans have rights. The only criterion by which they decide whether an action is right or wrong is the principle of utility, or use-value. […] It is important to note that the interests … Continue reading

“Animals Matter” Chapter 5: Animal Rights and Animal Welfare

It was established in the last chapter that animals are sentient (aware of pleasure and pain). Because animals are sentient, we should not cause them intentional and unnecessary pain and suffering. For example, consider if someone was to kick a cat or beat a dog. The act would, without a doubt, be considered an act … Continue reading