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  1. Cat Ohala
    December 29, 2016 @ 1:45 pm

    I’ve sent a letter to the Colorado Wild Animal Sanctuary about the Houston tigers. I hope they are freed soon!

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  2. Peggy
    December 29, 2016 @ 2:00 pm

    My calico cat loved to play fetch with little pompom balls that were attached to the ends of footie socks. She would take them to her water dish to soak them before she brought them back to be thrown. I think that the wet pompom traveled farther on wood floors.

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  3. Gail Daigh
    December 29, 2016 @ 2:09 pm

    Victoria, I believe you are doing God’s work by bringing all of these abominations to our attention and virtually calling us all to account. Thank you, even tho it upsets me.

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  4. Luna
    December 29, 2016 @ 2:41 pm

    I hadn’t heard about the male chicks until I heard this interview on NPR… They are creating technology to make this horrible practice stop!:

    http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/10/28/499613622/technology-may-rescue-male-baby-chicks-from-the-grinder

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  5. Kay
    December 29, 2016 @ 2:48 pm

    It is very upsetting, but every time I see something about the cruel way animals are treated and disposed of, I think of babes in the womb. I don’t mean that you, Victoria, should be writing about the latter, but I always wonder where those who vociferously defend animal rights stand on the subject. (I’m being as discreet as I can, not intending to co-opt. Throw this out if it offends.)

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    • Leslie
      December 29, 2016 @ 4:16 pm

      Yes, Kay, I have the same thoughts. I would also like to point out that the quote Victoria chose to open with, by Paul Farmer, was not intended to refer to animal lives. Mr. Farmer is a humanitarian that works with hungry and poor PEOPLE in severely underdeveloped countries. Thanks.

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  6. Victoira Seeber
    December 29, 2016 @ 2:56 pm

    I am an animal lover and hopefully am the voice for all animals as well. However, sometimes I like to read about other things and this blog is where I would go to relieve my brain from the cruelty that abounds on this earth. I loved the humor that VEB was so good at writing and could sometimes relate to but I am not happy with the animal awareness posts. I will have to look else where for relief. Good luck Victoria

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    • Yvonne Angus
      January 5, 2017 @ 3:34 pm

      So, just read the first part of the blog, if the animal cruelty awareness posts disturb you. Victoria is always kind enough to warn us that an awareness post is coming. Just don’t read it!

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  7. Joan
    December 29, 2016 @ 3:59 pm

    He’s not Elvis but I believe he is a “keeper”
    Happy New Year with kittens

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  8. Krissy Clark McKee
    December 29, 2016 @ 4:15 pm

    Oh my goodness, I just finished binge watching Manor House two days ago…LOVED it!!!!! I would have just liked to have seen an episode showing the “lord” and “lady” adjusting back to their old life when they didn’t have someone to actually bathe, dress, and feed them. And I wondered if Kenny and Ellen actually stayed together once their relationship was no longer forbidden.

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  9. fixitchick
    December 29, 2016 @ 4:33 pm

    In some ways I think you may have missed your calling. Not that I have any idea of what your day job is, but I can see you owning that perfect Antiques store. The one that we rent a Uhaul to go to. because you find the greatest stuff for not a million dollars or a kidney. The one where you serve tea in the back, using a really cool set of china. Except the tea is whiskey. And we get sozzled and hang out listening to records on a crank gramophone while Paul helps my husband load the furniture without giving it new scratches.

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  10. devon pfeifer
    December 29, 2016 @ 4:52 pm

    Oh what a wonderful talented kitty!! One of my most favorite cats ever, “Sandy” loved to fetch rolled up balls of paper……….you could toss it anywhere, even down a flight of stairs, and he would go after it and bring it right back to place in front of you. This was also the cat that gave “massages”, and the kids and their friends would get such a kick out of Sandy getting on anyone who laid down for him and breading away on their back. I love all my many kitties throughout the years, but he made the short list of XSP (extra special pet)….I still miss him and it has been a good 15 years. It made me smile to see your little guy so into this talent, i think you should definitely keep him 🙂

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  11. fixitchick
    December 29, 2016 @ 5:29 pm

    This is way to Roccocco/Baroque for my taste, but I was looking for stuff for my parents winter spot and if anyone here is in the Sarasota/Tampa area: http://tampa.craigslist.org/psc/atq/5935770007.html

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  12. Laura
    December 29, 2016 @ 7:08 pm

    I am thrilled you are fostering a kitty! I foster dogs. Fostering animals helps give them a chance at a better life. They are always are so thankful for being rescued. Enjoy your time with your lovely feline friend. Thanks for sharing the video!

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  13. Jody Stepnowski
    December 29, 2016 @ 7:38 pm

    Just ordered the first book in that series (used) from Amazon. You talked me into it.

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  14. Nancy Cooper
    December 29, 2016 @ 9:59 pm

    Thank you for drawing attention to this awful cruelty. I have learned things that I have passed on to friends. Your compassion is as endearing as your humor. On another note, who knew cats play fetch? None of mine ever has.

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  15. Dona Pearce
    December 29, 2016 @ 10:33 pm

    As horrifying as it all is, I knew about all of this cruelty that you mentioned. And I admire you for trying to make others aware. It’s awful to read about or see those pictures, but we can either close our eyes and ears and sing la-la-la, or we can be made aware and try to do something to lessen the cruelties performed in this world — ANYTHING is better than nothing! I have volunteered for years with up to four animal groups, listing pets for adoption on Petfinder, creating fliers touting these pets and their availability, creating newsletters sent out to make others aware of the plight of “throwaway” animals, and helping at adoption events. It gives me a lot of satisfaction whenever I learn that one of these animals has found their forever home. I know that my little corner of the world will be better when I finally leave it than when I found it. Not trying to toot my own horn — just saying what makes me go through Life with a happier heart than if I had done nothing. I live with my third rescue dog, a wonderful little girl who I swear adopted ME, not the other way around. I thank my Georgia friend for making me aware of your blog, Victoria, and I will keep reading even when the reading material is horrifying. How else will we know there is still GREAT need for change? Your blog makes me laugh, too, and after a long day when not all goes well, it’s great to sit down, read and laugh out loud. THANK YOU, AND MAY2017 TRULY BE A YEAR OF CHANGE!

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  16. Diana C.
    December 30, 2016 @ 12:05 pm

    Okay, so far I have applied for and been accepted to foster kittens with the local animal shelter, signed the petition to get the white tigers released into a healthy environment in Houston, plus shared and tweeted their story, and was horrified to learn about the male chicks. Like a commenter above, I may cry all day… but I simply cannot adopt all those baby roosters! I’m going to be on tenuous ground with my husband as it is when that first litter of “mewing” kittens arrives, possibly require round-the-clock feedings, without hundreds of “cock-a-doodle-do’s” ringing out at 5:30am following a sleepless night. (I know you don’t expect it, it’s my feeble attempt at humor in the face of such horror.)

    Thank you for bringing the ugly to our attention. Maybe your blog will find its way into the hands of someone who can and will help stop this cruelty.

    I could send a unit of Navy SEALS (I told you about awhile back) to rescue them, but they won’t know what to do with them either… and last time I checked, roosters don’t swim.

    Signed,
    “Saving the world one kitten at a time”

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  17. Charlotte
    December 31, 2016 @ 8:59 pm

    Unreal…grinding up male chicks? Who the heck is behind this???!! Some people ought to be strung up.
    I’m checking out the books you recommended and The Manor House. Thanks for posting this. And I’m impressed you made $250 from that antique showcase. Well done!
    BTW, your posts are only one of two I MUST read as soon as they are in my email. Really enjoy them.

    See you next year…that’s 6 hrs from now, according to So. Calif time.

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  18. Nikki Moshier
    January 1, 2017 @ 12:15 pm

    Thank you for your splendid blog and sharing your passions about so many things. Keep ON! Thanks also for the great author suggestion. Checked her out at my local little library and read for two days and finished Almost a Crime. It was amazing. Will try vegan one day a week, baby steps. P.S. Loved Jennifer Marlowe’s comment. Shall have to remember that…..”it’s bad form, dear.”

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  19. Yvonne Angus
    January 5, 2017 @ 3:50 pm

    I absolutely love, and at the same time, am jealous of you finding all of this amazing free stuff on Craigslist. The freebies I find on our part of the world’s posts are usually curbside couches, left over yard sale stuff (usually all the way across town, and not worth the drive) or things no one would actually want. But, I live vicariously through you.
    As far as your awareness posts on cruelty to animals, I appreciate the time you spend learning about the abuse, and actually being proactive in changing it, as well as the fact that you share it with the rest of us. I actually go to the sites you link, and read more about the subjects, and sign the petitions. It does make my heart ache, and my stomach sick…as it should anyone with half a grain of humanity in them!!! I then can make choices in my own lifestyle based on the information. I applaud you for having the courage to put it all out there.

    I am saddened that I could not get the fetch kitten video to play, however. I know I would have enjoyed it!

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  20. Yvonne Angus
    January 5, 2017 @ 4:34 pm

    I am officially sickened and disgusted over the grinding of male chicks. I may never eat another egg. We used to sell eggs when I was a child, but all of the roosters were simply allowed to roam our 40 acres, free to roost in trees or boxes we set out for their protection. They also had a “bachelors” quarters they could roost in at night. We also augmented their natural diets with a mixture of grains. Never once, in the years that we had our “egg farm”, was a male chick ever disposed of. Unfortunately, now I know that the chicks my mom would mail order were probably already culled, although we did get a fair share of males in the batch. I absolutely KNOW that my mom never heard of the practice, as she would actually bring an ailing chick into our home to nurse it back to health. I am positive she would be rolling over in her grave if she knew about this ghastly practice!

    I searched quite a bit to find out what happens to the grisly product after the grinding, and the only concession I found was one egg company admitting that the end results “could” be made into pet food, but culling the egg SHELLS was too costly!!!! Are you FREAKING kidding me????

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