Kayla Mueller – Hero and Example for Everyone to Follow

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We live a world scarred by evil. The current, prominent example is ISIS – along with other terrorists and dictators who are torturing and killing or otherwise oppressing innocent people.

And then we have people like Kayla Mueller, who are the defenders of the oppressed, downtrodden and less fortunate in the world. It is unjust on a horrible scale to realize an organization like ISIS is responsible for taking the life of someone so enormously good like Mueller.

In my view, the best way to honor Kayla’s memory is to stand up for what she believed in. It’s about caring for people who are less fortunate and those who are being abused. She cared about other people and put her life on the line to help.

In an era where terrorism is using fear to gain a footing and greed is taking an ever-growing bite out of our economic stability and moral fiber – we need more people like Kayla on the planet. We need more people who are guided by compassion.

This is the basis of the battle playing out before us – Compassion vs. Greed. Terrorism is an element of greed.

PACK MENTALITY BLOG: Compassion - teamed with Science and Logic

What you will notice about the Pack Mentality Blog

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As you see in the previous post, I am very open to discussion about the topics I am covering. As long as the folks who are commenting don’t use offensive language or issue threats against others, I will not delete comments.

I want open discussion about animal welfare. Anyone with an opposing view is welcome to offer their take on the topics, as long as we can debate without crossing the lines into personal attacks and offensive stuff.

The individuals who commented in the previous post stayed within the margins. I appreciate that. Some of the comments weren’t based on the evidence at hand, but that’s okay. They’re all entitled to their opinions.

Just wanted to toss this out, as I’ve read that some other blogs delete anything the blogger disagrees with. I’m for open debate. I’m that positive that my positions are firmly based on reason and compassion.

Thanks everybody.

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Daily Pack Log on the Blog: 7.13.14 – Selfishness and Greed

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There have been times in our nation’s history when there were mass outcries for justice, when mass numbers of Americans stood up as one and fought for something bigger than their individual selves.

While we still have individuals and groups who battle for something bigger, I fear we have too many in our society and worldwide who have become consumed by selfishness and greed. So the needs of others, from those oppressed or struggling – to the suffering of innocent people and animals, become nothing more than a news story to be watch, but ignored or avoided.

For too many, life has become nothing more than a route to getting what THEY and they alone want, too often at all costs. Selfishness and greed have become too accepted in our society.

And we need to admit that this basic mentality runs the gamut of the socioeconomic ladder. From gang members to some CEOs – from crack dealers to some stock leaders – from the husband who abuses his wife and kids to the scam artist who goes after the elderly to the thief who breaks into homes to the politicians who care more about their campaign donations than their constituents.

For corporations and businesses, sure, I get it that profits and their privately-held beliefs are part of it. But what happened to the ideal that caring about the needs and beliefs of others is important too.

If we loose compassion for others, we’ve lost our way.

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Video: Policeman stops traffic to allow momma duck and ducklings to cross street

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In a great act of compassion, a police officer in Eau Claire, Wis. stopped traffic near a busy intersection to allow a mother duck and her ducklings to cross the street.

In a world where cruelty and acts of violence and greed can dominant the news, acts of compassion should not go unrecognized.

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Thought for the Day: Recovery from Dog Fighting

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We often read about dogs rescued from dog-fighting rings and about their rehabilitation from the horrors they faced. So often the stories show how many of the dogs can recover and become loving family members.

This is because dogs are inherently good. But the dogs are – after all – are the victims in all of these cases. But the people who operate and attend and bet on the dog fights are far, far less likely to recover any level of compassion or morals in their lives.

So while the dogs have been trained to engage in a vicious activity, with their trainers and other evil people looking on, it is the dogs rescued from the rings who often end up becoming responsible, loving members of society.

I think this says something about the horrible people roaming about in our society.

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Video: Dolphins help seal pup find its way

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In this touching video, a group of dolphins find a seal struggling near a shoreline and direct him back out to sea. It appears the seal is giving up until his rescuers arrive.

Yet another of so many confirmed case studies of animals showing compassion for others. It’s something we don’t see in some humans.

Pack Topics: Spay/Neuter and Rescue

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The link to a very good column crossed the Pack News Wire this morning, concerning the topic of spay/neuter. From what I can gather from the site, Shela Boynton writes a regular column known as “Speaking for the Animals” for the Idyllwild Town Crier out of California.

In this particular piece, Boynton challenges the most common, falsely-developed arguments against sterilizing our pets – from the risks of surgical procedures to the really misguided excuses such as causing weight gain; going against nature and wanting kids to experience birth.

And of course, she notes the health benefits of spay/neuter. She also cites the statistics – the estimated 70,000 dogs and cats born every day in the US to the 4 to 5 million killed each year before they can find loving homes.

AND in St. Johns County, Fla, a dog who was stabbed and had her throat slashed is being adopted by the Sheriff’s deputy who saved her life.

The idiot who tried to kill Amber, stabbed and slashed her and then drug her into the woods to die, as reported by News 4 Jax. On the other end of the humanity scale are the deputy and the kind animal lovers who donated the $2,000 to cover her veterinary bills.


Building on the Tweet Machine

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Of late, I’ve been trying to increase my activity on Twitter. I’m not a social media pro by any stretch, but the effort is underway.

I think it’s a great way to get out more animal-welfare news. So beyond the links to blog posts, I’m linking to other stories and news on my Twitter account.

Please help me by spreading the word about the blog site and the Twitter page – at Twitter.com/PackMentBlog.

I’m trying to spread information far and wide, concerning compassion for animals and concerning hot animal-welfare items in the news. I also intend to write more about self-awareness and state of consciousness in animals – more about their emotions. And I’m getting closer to finishing a new book on this topics.

And going forward, I may occasionally step outside the direct topic of animals and into the pack mentality of the human animal.

Thank you visiting the blog – and if you can, thank you for spreading the word.

Tom Grady

Former Marine raises funds to bring canine friend home from Afghanistan

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This is a great story. When a Marine departed Afghanistan in October, the dog he had befriended tried to climb on board the helicopter

Through the Nowzad organization, he had to raise $4,000 to cover the cost of transporting Bolt to the US. After a quarantine period, the two buddies will be reunited.

ABC News reports Shaun Duling made friends with Bolt and nursed him back to health, before all dogs were ordered out of the base. But when the dog ran back to the base, the commander allowed him back on base.

I love stories about compassion. Our country and the word really needs more – a lot more – stories of compassion.