See the Good

 

Be the Change you wish to see in the World

-Ghandi

Hey Guys,

Today I wanted to share three videos with you that really made me smile. I’m sick today and am admittedly quite a bad patient so the fact these videos managed to make me smile, I figured they have to be good.

There seems to be nothing but negative news at the moment and it’s easy to see why people are losing faith in humanity. There’s no denying that there are plenty of bad things going on in the world, but there are also great things happening everyday.

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No matter how big or small, I think it is important to try and focus on the positive things that happen around us everyday. Don’t feel that your acts of kindness are being over shadowed because I can guarantee they make a difference to someone.

And finally, I know it’s everywhere but if anyone else out there needs cheering up like I did, then watch it as many times as you need. The cuteness does not fade!

I hope you all had a great weekend and are enjoying your Sunday evening. It’s the first day of Spring so make sure to kick some ass this week 🙂

Until Next Time My Loves

Z x

 

It’s Not Just Puppy Love

Hey Guys,

As you will know from my previous posts I am an avid animal lover. This combined with the fact that I am a dog owner, I’ve decided to base this post around the big issue of dogs at Christmas. Unfortunately there are many problems associated with puppies being bought as Christmas presents and also with older dogs not being cared for efficiently over the festive period.

First off I would like to kick off with the issue of the weather. There’s no denying how cold it is in the run up to Christmas. I completely understand that some people don’t like their dogs being inside (my dog personally has run of the house!) but look each to their own. However when the weather is in the minus degrees and it is literally freezing, dogs should not be left outside. The coldness can put pressure on their organs and it’s just in general cruel to allow your pet to suffer. No fur coat can protect an animal when the temperature drops so low during the night.

I also can’t believe that it also still needs to be said, but unfortunately it does. A puppy is not a novelty gift. It is a new member in your family and if you cannot see that then do not ‘buy’ one for Christmas with the fake promise of a loving home. I know many people may not intend this to be the case but it is an issue that is increasing. Last year on the 5th of January, the DSPCA received 55 phone calls from people who wanted to ‘return’ or ‘surrender’ the dogs they had gotten for Christmas. That is a 110% increase on the previous year. That is less than two weeks after receiving the dog. This is simply not fair on a puppy as they need to get used to their surroundings, not be passed from place to place.

If you are unsure about a dog ask yourself some questions about what your plans are for the future. Can you dedicate time to your pet? They do need to be walked but they also need love and affection, throughout their entire life not just when they are small and fluffy. Your love for your pet should not decline the older they get, it should increase! Dogs are also not the cheapest to own. In my mind they are worth every penny, but you need to consider whether you can afford to or are willing to spend money on your pet. Between food, vaccines and the vet fees, there is a budget that needs to be allocated to ensure sufficient care for your dog. It is cruel to leave them without any of the above.

At the end of the day, a dog is an amazing gift at any time of the year. If it is only considered for Christmas then perhaps you need to re-evaluate. Looking after your dog, is like looking after a child. If you can’t do this then do not get one. It really is as simple as that. If however you make an informed decision and get a dog and fall in love with it, then welcome to the club! It is great 🙂

Just some food for thought guys!

Until next time My Loves

Z x

Ps. Just because I’m one of those dog owners who loves to show people pictures of my baby / dog, here’s some pics of my wonderful, troublesome ‘puppy’

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Love Animals, Not Their Coats

Hey Guys,

Today I am veering away from my usual fashion and beauty posts and discussing something that is really close to my heart. Anyone who has read my previous posts regarding animals, will know how much of an avid animal lover I am. Any sort of animal cruelty really gets to me. I think it’s the way I was raised. I know hate is a strong word but I genuinely hate anything that results in the poor treatment of animals.

The main purpose of this article is to discuss the issue of real fur. As I do one day wish to become a journalist, I have conducted prior research on this subject in order to gain other perspectives before writing this post. I feel that despite my own personal opinions and feelings on the matter, at the end of the day everyone is entitled to their own opinions. I do believe real fur is wrong however this post is not about lecturing those who do not feel the same.

I have previously discussed the topic of real fur with my family members, some of which are from Siberia. From this conversation I was informed that when the winter temperature drops to -40 degrees in Russia, real fur is one of the only things that will insulate your body enough to keep you alive. As I have not experienced this I cannot really argue for or against this point. I just thought it was an important factor to consider. I have also worked with a vintage store operating in Dublin, which is one of the few locations in Ireland which still sells real fur. From probing further into this matter, I was informed by the owner, who is also an avid animal lover, that the fur which is sold in store is genuine vintage. It has been farmed ‘correctly’ for want of a better phrase. She stated that she would never purchase fur which is obtained in the same way we read about today. Being a true vintage store, she sells the items which truely represent the styles from the appropriate eras. These two conversations do showcase the other side to wearing fur, however I will let you make up your own opinions on their points of view.

Despite the fact I believe everyone is entitled to their own beliefs, I cannot comprehend why people choose to wear real fur as a fashion statement. Do they realize how this fur is obtained? I wonder would they be as eager to carry around a picture of the poor animals who have been skinned alive to create the coat they believe makes them look so glamorous? With fake fur that looks so good now available, I don’t understand why someone would choose to promote and encourage the horrific treatment of animals hunted for their fur. By wearing real fur as a fashion statement, that is effectively what they are doing. Thanks to the internet and animal rights organisations, no argument of ignorance can be deemed believable. The sad fact is, the majority of these people probably do know how their precious fur coat was created, they simply don’t care. Has society become so preoccupied with image that they are willing to ignore the reality of what makes up their image?

I have not included any pictures of how real fur is obtained in my post, as I previously mentioned it is not difficult to find these images online if you so wish. One thing I will leave you with this quote which perfectly sums up that we should love animals not just their coats.

“Let your compassion define your Fashion”

(also cute pictures of bunnies never hurt anyone!) 😉