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Jesus & Animals Part 9: The Joy of Knowing an Elephant

Those who have not bonded with an animal have missed out on a rare treat and privilege indeed. Rev. Austin Miles.


Even the largest of animals display emotions and can be soft hearted. Such was the elephant in the news this past week named, Tarra, who lived on an elephant sanctuary in Tennessee.


A little dog named Bella came to live at the sanctuary, she and Tarra became friends, then best of friends. They would walk together, play together, and simply spend time together in a favorite spot within the large compound.






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Hero Circus Elephant Saves The Day

When Bella had to have surgery on her back, she was confined in the veterinarian room on the second floor of a building within the sanctuary. While going through the surgery and recovering, Tarra stayed next to the building, looking up at the second floor, and refused to move. For three weeks Tarra stood vigil.


Finally when Bella was better, the veterinarian carried her out on the balcony on the second floor so Tarra could see her. Eventually Bella recovered completely and was able to be back outside with Tarra which made them both very happy.

Cruel Killing of Wolves Must Stop!

Cathy Taibbi, an excellent journalist, is an expert on wild life and the environment. Her stories are published on major news sites internationally, pulling thousands of visitors. Her passion for the subjects she writes about gives her reports extra punch.

Providing solid research and startling photos, Ms. Taibbi’s stories are having a positive effect. A series she wrote on wind turbines, that kill so many birds including eagles, resulted in a new design for the turbines in an effort to prevent or at least slow down the deaths.

In a story just published on allvoices.com, Ms. Taibbi reveals how the special-interests, mainly the livestock and hunting lobbies, using wildlife as political pawns, have a goal to eradicate all wolves from North America. The first step in accomplishing this, according to the breaking story, is to remove wolves from the ‘endangered species’ list, taking all wolves in America from federal protection, while opening the way for enthusiastic hunters to kill them. The feds provided ideas on how to lure them to their deaths, to kill them by trapping, poisoning, bow and arrow and of course, shooting them. No restrictions.

The most disturbing and outrageous of all, is some of the government sites that advise hunters to shoot them in a way that does not kill them instantly so that they will suffer longer. That is THEIR words! This is cruel, inhumane, insane and barbaric. THIS MUST STOP!  Ms. Taibbi is circulating a petition to stop this madness. You will see the link below and a link for her complete story.

Sad News: Missing Dog Found Dead

Here is an update this writer didn’t want to report even though the readers should have learned this the moment the news was relayed through his family. Especially since so many of you took an active part in the search for the loveable gentle giant Olde English Bulldogge, Full Mastif Mix named, Typhoon, who had disappeared from his backyard. Your response was a tremendous source of encouragement to his ‘parents’ Ryan and Natasha Webster who live near Sacramento, and gave them hope that he might still be found.  The news was received on Saturday March 12th.

It was impossible to immediately write the sad conclusion of that story while enduring such a penetrating lashing of grief that virtually overcame me. A hit in the stomach with a sledge hammer could not have hurt more. Typhoon’s body was found this past Saturday. He drowned, having gone into a neighbor’s yard that had a pool and somehow must have fallen in. Because it was not used during the winter, the water was dark and murky.

Three weeks later his body floated to the top and was seen by the 8 year old child of the Websters, which of course was traumatizing for him and the entire family. They had checked that pool the best they could and even checked the Sacramento River which runs close to where they live, spending hours in a kayak. Big bulldog breeds cannot swim or keep their heads above water.

While this is extremely rough to go through, thank God it was a natural type of tragedy instead of someone abusing and killing him, which would have been even harder.

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DogGone! Is This a Dognapping Case?

Snatching up family dogs and other pets is becoming too frequent as residents of every community will readily testify. Notice the increasing number of posted fliers and notices about a “lost Dog” or cat that are popping up everywhere. Some of the animals do simply get lost. Unfortnately, too many are stolen, or in the case of dogs, they are ‘dognapped.’  Lowbred corrupt people steal pets for a number of reasons, many of which will not be listed here. This must be halted or better yet, stopped altogether, and it WILL if all of us keep our eyes open with thoughtful observation, which in this day and age appears to be essential in general. We believe that is what happened to a large Olde English Bulldogge and Full Mastif mix. His photo is below...

A beloved pet becomes a treasured member of a family, especially a dog who gives wonderful companionship, entertainment, and best of all, unconditional love. And that cherished member of the family would lay down his or her life for you or anyone in your house without a second thought. This writer frankly pities the person who has never bonded with an animal. When your faithful dog suddenly vanishes or is stolen,  untold distress consumes the owner who agonizes over the well being of this beloved pet…is he OK?....is he…alive?...and the unthinkable…is he being mistreated? 

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