There’s a story I heard when I was wee, joining the Brownies. It’s about a little girl who wants to see the magical creature, called a Brownie, who helps others and makes the world a better place. A wise owl tells her to perform a ritual beside a clear pool in the forest, then to look in the pool – and a Brownie will be revealed to her.
So, she performs the ritual. She looks in the pool. And who does she see?
No one but herself.
Sometimes it might seem like the world needs magical creatures to keep it, and it’s inhabitants, as whole and healthy and beautiful as they can be.
But at the end of the day there is only us.
And each and every one of us can do something to help. You can help companion animals by helping us at Animal Advocacy. And you can help them every day as you go about your lives.
UPDATE: From 31st of March 2016, it has been a legal requirement for all dogs & puppies to be microchipped. Failure to comply with the legislation could result in a fine of up to €5,000. Interesting stats today from a UK survey by OnePoll on behalf of the Dogs Trust – What happens when dogs go […] Continue reading
Have you heard about the fabulous initiative Remember Me Thursday? Started by the Helen Woodward Animal Centre in America, it’s an adoption drive with a difference – and with international relevance. Your participation is key to promoting companion animal adoption from shelters and rescues – and saving lives! What does it involve? – lighting a candle on Remember […] Continue reading
Check out this fabulous, sensitive article from Louise Glazebrook on the Huffington Post, putting into words what I’ve been thinking the past few days – Do Unwanted Dogs Need to Burn to Death to Get Noticed? As the article says: Following the terrible arson attack at a Manchester dog home last week, where 53 poor dogs lost […] Continue reading
It’s a while ago now, but you might remember Bruce who came to me in February 2012 to be fostered for RAWR. He was a poor soul on arrival – scarily thin, untrained and a bit nervous – but a very enthusiastic dog, eager to learn and faithfully by my side wherever I went. He […] Continue reading
Not quite a month since Larry and I headed up to Cork to see if Gilabbey could help him with his chronic snots. We’d had a pretty successful fundraising campaign to raise the funds for the op and the tests and the recovery – thanks again to all who donated – Larry, KLAWS and myself […] Continue reading
including some extracts from ICABS‘ pages The Republic of Ireland has become one of the last remaining countries in the world to allow hare coursing. The blood sport has already been banned in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and remains illegal in most civilised nations. Why have so many countries made this blood sport illegal? […] Continue reading
*** WARNING – some people might find Larry’s post-op pics a bit uncomfortable *** Larry would like to send an incredibly warm thank-you headbutt and *purr* to all at Gilabbey Vets for looking after him so well on his two night stay there – and special snorgles are sent to vet Megan Parker Kenny, vet nurse Sinead […] Continue reading
If you can donate even just a small amount, it will help us reach our goal of €500. Visit KLAWS’ donation page and click the donate button to help Larry breathe clearly again. Don’t forget to mention Larry’s name when you donate! Continue reading
The animal welfare organisations receiving funding from the Agriculture Department have been receiving their invites by email today. Very exciting! To find out about how to participate without an invite check the links on our previous post Animal Welfare Conference Update – 16th May. In the meantime, here’s the main info from the invites: April 9th […] Continue reading
We’ve done a couple of homechecks recently for A Dog’s Life and West Cork Animal Welfare Group – one for a dog and one for a puss. And, of course, I’ve done homechecks all through the years for myself and the other organisations I volunteer for. I often get asked why we homecheck and thought […] Continue reading
The ASPCA designated April 8 as National Dog Fighting Awareness Day (NDFAD) to advance the conversation about dog fighting and to encourage animal lovers across the US to take action against this brutal form of animal cruelty – find out more here. While the information will be specific to America, it will undoubtedly translate fairly easily to Ireland. Their article has […] Continue reading
Toffee’s a wee 6-month-old-ish poopy. He’s gorgeous inside and out. His people let him stray on the road and, unsurprisingly, he came back broken. Lucky to be alive he’d two broken legs – one a complicated fracture requiring special surgery. His people decided not to be his people any more and Jennifer took over. One […] Continue reading
How to keep a small dog happy for a week – for only three euros! You might remember Yogi, who I fostered for Kerry KLAWS not so very long ago? Just thought I’d include a wee post to share some cracking pics I took of her while she was here. I’d got her a postman’s […] Continue reading
Mostly from Eagle’s Den Rescue. I’ve added the bit about Ireland. If you come across a facebook page, website, video, or other things on the internet you might find, that promotes/supports violent acts, animal cruelty, abuse, crimes, etc … it’s hard to know what to do, but you can do something, and here are instructions […] Continue reading
You may remember I posted about stray animals, specifically wandering sheep, a couple of days ago. With the research I did as a result, and the feedback I got, here’s a summary of what to do when you find stray farm and/or companion animals wandering on public roads. See the original article here. Continue reading