Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom. - Theodore Isaac Rubin

Thursday, September 27, 2007

A Young Hero

I Love Hero Stories :)

A teenager from my state, Illinois, pulled an elderly woman from her car right before it was hit by TWO trains. I have heard that it's kind of a natural thing for our brains to generalize groups of people - but I have heard a lot of negative, very illegal, comments at my place of employment since I started about "kids" - so I would like to point out that not all young people are bad and they don't deserve the stereotypes they get.

The woman said her car stalled right on the tracks and she was in such a daze, she didn't remember much but thinking that her life was over. This young man saw the train coming, jumped out of his car, and ran to her rescue. After knocking on the windows and realizing she seemed very out of it, he removed her from the car and carried her to safety and then shielder her body with his own in case the impact caused debris to fly that way.

Happy story for the day :) Anyone else have a hero story to share?

Wednesday, September 26, 2007


Oh man, I have used my spare time today researching things like animal cruelty,vegetarians, and vegans. I am honestly considering becoming a vegetarian. I don't know if I can do it though. I don't eat a whole lot of meat right now but it does seem like an essential part of a diet. I have seen a few vegans that look very sickly. Anyone who has become a vegetarian, please share your experience with me. I know I couldn't be vegan; I need cheese. Is it difficult to find good vegetarian things, especially when you eat out? Are the meat substitutes seriously any good? Are these things expensive? I am going to slowly try to take meat out of my diet; hopefully I can find it easy to stick to. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
Some interesting facts:
One vegetarian saves more than 100 animals a year! (for those of you who think one person doesn't make a difference)
One person's meat-based diet is responsible for more greenhouse-gas emissions than driving an SUV.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Animal Rescue

Animals, especially cute little baby animals, always bring a smile to my face. I have been an animal lover since birth; so I figured what better topic to start my 'happy' blog with than my favorite thing, animals... I read through a lot of animal rescue stories but this one really got my attention.

I will paraphrase because I'm not real familiar with copyright laws, but I'm sure I won't tell it quite as well as this woman from Philadelphia did.

A woman started her engine and heard a horrible sound and a painful cry from a cat. She hurriedly turned it off, opened her hood to find blood and fur, and was crying uncontrollably trying to get through the engine parts to find a baby kitten.
She rushed it to the vet and found it had many severely broken bones. The bill was going to be thousands of dollars if she didn't euthanize her but she hadn't worked in a while herself due to a car accident. She couldn't put her down so she called many radio stations and talk shows and pleaded for help.
Calls started pouring in and vets were willing to help with the costs as well. The cat ended up making a full recovery and lived happily ever after with that woman. :)

It's so great to know there are such kind, generous people out there in a world that isn't always so friendly.

I absolutely adore these "tea-cup" persian kittens than run hundreds if not thousands of dollars. I would never dream of buying one, even if rich. There are so many pets that need rescued from shelters. Why breed animals when there are so many without homes? Many breeding practices have been shown to be unhealthy anyways.

Do you have any animal rescue stories? Please share them! I love to read those kinds of things. Have you ever volunteered for an animal shelter? What do you think of breeding?