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.

PACK MENTALITY BLOG: Compassion - teamed with Science and Logic

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.

PACK MENTALITY BLOG: Compassion - teamed with Science and Logic

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.

PACK MENTALITY BLOG: Compassion - teamed with Science and Logic

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.

Thursday is World Animal Day

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Information from a great letter to the editor on the New Straits Times website states “World Animal Day is celebrated primarily:”

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TO celebrate animal life in all its forms;

TO celebrate humankind’s relationship with animals;

TO acknowledge the diverse roles that animals play in our lives, from being our companions, supporting and helping us, to bring a sense of wonder into our lives; and,

TO acknowledge and be thankful for the way animals enrich our lives.

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That’s a great message of compassion.

Two stories show the two sides of our society

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I will never be able to understand the mentality it must take to abuse a child or an animal. It is perplexing to consider that while our society includes people with great levels of compassion, it also includes people capable of terrible acts committed on innocent people and creatures of this planet.

Two stories came to attention today that highlight this divide.

My brother Mark sent me the link to a Huffington Post story about a Wisconsin man who regularly takes his elderly dog down to the warm waters of Lake Superior. He does this to help ease the pain of arthritis. He floats him in the water as Shep relaxes and falls asleep.

The photo, which is the centerpiece of the feature, is very touching. The man said the Shep saved his live, coming to live with him in a troubled time in his life.

And then we have the Associated Press story about hundreds of malnourished cockfighting roosters that were euthanized after being found at a business in Southern California. It is not the first time this year that huge numbers fighting roosters were discovered and later killed in California. The Ventura County Star reports about “1,000 roosters were euthanized in late January near Oxnard.”

What sort of warped mentality allows some people to engage in acts like cockfighting?