Category Archives: ANIMALS

Be The Person Your Dog Thinks You Are

A message of compassion featuring Nick Cave and Iggy Pop:

Animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way.

In Memory of Basil

Born on 29 September 2000, our Basil is the son of Rusty and Lexie, the latter having been the companion dog of my mother-in-law (Lexie passed away in 2012). Mrs. Shelf and I were all too happy to welcome Basil into our family, which included his older brother, Max (who passed away in 2015).

Basil’s name was inspired by three characters: Basil Fawtly (portrayed by John Cleese) from “Fawlty Towers”; Basil Brush, a mischievous fox from British children’s telly programs; and Basil Exposition (portrayed by Michael York) from the “Austin Powers” film series.

Like all Dachshunds, Basil proved to be stubborn, as well as a fierce protector—he was notorious for barking at almost all other dogs, and has unfortunately bitten ten people (both friends and strangers alike). Basil never passed up food of any kind, but always managed to maintain an athletic physique. He loved going on long walks, and really enjoyed swimming.

We always thought of Basil as a puppy, no matter his age. Although he had experienced back problems in the past, Basil fully recovered each time. Also, he had been contending with arthritis for several years. However, he started developing several new conditions within the past eight months. And we became most alarmed after Basil suffered a seizure last year on Christmas Eve. He had additional episodes afterwards, but always recovered.

This past Wednesday, Basil suffered two seizures and did not regain physical control. His breathing was labored, he was very uncomfortable, and his condition deteriorated quickly. After consulting with Basil’s veterinarian, we sadly agreed that it was time to say goodbye to our old friend.

The doctor later determined that Basil likely had Hemangiosarcoma (also known as canine cancer) that affected many of his organs. We had no idea—our little buddy was such a fighter!

We miss Basil dearly, and will always love him.

The Fastest Dog Alive

Adorable Doxie Din secretly fights crime as The Flash!

The world needs more heroes, for sure.

World Wildlife Day 2017


World Wildlife Day, observed annually on 3 March, is a global celebration of the beautiful and varied forms of wild animals and plants on our planet, as well as an occasion to raise awareness of the plight of threatened and endangered species.

The theme of this year’s celebration is ‘Listen to the Young Voices’, with a focus on encouraging young people around the world to explore conservation, and instill in them a responsibility to take action for the future of wild fauna and flora.


The Right Way To Serve A Turkey Dinner

Farm Sanctuary

Thought For Food

Moby & The Void Pacific Choir “Don’t Leave Me”

Mercy For Animals

Sunny Sausages

TIEKS “Sunshine”

All dogs provided by: Sausage Dog Hotel

Animal Liberation


Various Artists
“Animal Liberation”
1987 Wax Trax! Records (US)

01 < International Intro >
02 Nina Hagen & Lene Lovich – Don’t Kill The Animals
03 < Civil Disobedience Is Civil Defence >
04 Attrition – Monkey In A Bin
05 Chris & Cosey – Silent Cry
06 < Lab Dialogue >
07 Lene Lovich – Supernature
08 < Life Community >
09 The Colourfield – Cruel Circus
10 Luc Van Acker – Hunter
11 Shriekback – Hanging Fire
12 Captain Sensible – Wot? No Meat!
13 < Meat Farmer >
14 Howard Jones – Assault & Battery

Animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way.

Today Is World Elephant Day

What Elephants Like

World Elephant Day


The Wiener Dog Song

From Yet Another String Band—a whimsical ditty that celebrates my favorite furry friends :-)