Bentley the Pot-Bellied Pig Needs Our Help

When people think of pigs, it’s fair to say that they either picture a little pink piggy oinking around on a farm or, if they’re the kind that looks at things from a different side of the spectrum, they picture bacon.

Pigs come in all shapes, sizes, and breeds.

Unless you’ve been hiding beneath a rock, far away from social media, you’ve heard of Bentley. And you’ve probably seen this heartbreaking yet beautiful video:

Bentley is a 9-month-old pot-bellied pig who is in need of help. Before he got rushed to the veterinary hospital, he lived at the EARTH Animal Sanctuary in Roberts, Illinois.

Sweet little piggie.

Sweet little piggie.

One morning his adoptive mama, founder of the sanctuary, found him very sick and unresponsive.

On February 23 a seizure left him in a state of shock and the hospital diagnosed him with very rare bacterial meningitis, which can be fatal. He was given a ten percent chance to live. —EarthAnimalSanctuary.org

Despite everything, she refuses to give up on him. Because who would? I would rather go into credit card debt to help my babies than simply give up on them.

So this is where animal lovers hopefully come in. We need to donate to Bentley and help him make a 100% recovery.

The most recent update posted on the youcaring donation page states:

His final surgery that took place two days ago was incredibly successful, and as soon as his large surgical wounds heal he can come home!!! Since Bentley is still in the hospital, he is still incurring daily charges for blood work, tests, wound debridement, medicine, and care. The projected estimate for his bill by the time he leaves is somewhere around $9000. However, going forward, Bentley will need special care as he re-learns all of the day-to-day functions and behaviors that he lost with the brain swelling from the meningitis.

Let’s get Bentley back home where he belongs and continue to donate towards his medical bills.

Here is the sanctuary’s website.

Here is the donation page.

Thank you for reading <3 Love you Bentley!!

Liebster Award: Hands Award to Pup. Watches Him Sniff & Hop Away

In case you didn’t understand the title, Pup has received a nomination for an award for this blog. He didn’t think much of it when I handed it to him, he just ran off underneath my bed. ;)

Thank you, CocoBaba the cute lil ferret, for nominating us for the Liebster Award! We’re honored :) We work hard to think of good ideas for the blog and keep people coming back for more. :) You’ve remained a loyal follower since the beginning <3

Here are some guidelines for Liebster Award:

1. Thank and link the person who nominated you.
2. Answer the questions given by the nominator.
3. Nominate 11 other bloggers whom have less than 200 followers and link to them.
4. Create 11 new questions for the nominees to answer.
5. Notify all nominees via social media and/or blogs.

Cocobaba’s Questions to Me:

1. Personally, I had some trouble deciding the title/subtitle when creating my blog. How did you come up with the title and/or subtitle of your blog?

I wanted to create something unique. A rabbit named Pup? That could be a good attention grabber. There are so many blogs out there so I wanted to try and stand out.

2. What are some of the most rewarding experiences you had from blogging?

I like that I can provide information to help others and educate them about animals. It’s fun to see how many people like, reblog, and comment on my posts too. Keeps me posting more.

3. Taking pictures of animals has been my hobby for some time, and I thought creating a blog would be a great archival method to share those picture. What made you want to  start your blog?

I wanted to combine my 2 true loves: writing and animals. So I am here writing about animals. It’s a dream job!

4. Have you ever switched your blog’s appearance themes? If so, any themes you recommend for new bloggers?

Yes. Sometimes I get bored of my theme. I recently changed mine to something a bit more simple. When there is too much going on in a page I lose interest. I don’t like clutter. Stay with a simple theme would be my advice.

5. Blogging can sometimes be very time-consuming to many. Have you ever thought of quitting your blog? If so, what made you decide to keep blogging?

I’ve never thought about quitting this blog but I’ve taken lengthy breaks from posting. Mostly when I get writer’s block or when I get discouraged. But I always come back and post. :)

I nominate the following blogs:

https://pawforhelp.wordpress.com/

https://wepaws2blog.wordpress.com/

https://roadogsandrescue.wordpress.com/

https://shebaslifestory.wordpress.com/

https://thehandsomehare.wordpress.com/

Here are my questions:

1. What do you enjoy most about blogging?

2. What made you want to start your blog site? Do you enjoy it as much as you first did?

3. Would you ever consider doing a collaboration post with another blogger? Why/why not?

4. What would you say is the most difficult aspect about blogging regularly?

5. How do you come up with fresh, new, and exciting material?

Thanks again CocoBaba and congrats fellow nominees!

Love,

Pup

Tuna Turns Two

My youngest bunny, Luna, is now 2! 

It sure is amazing how fast they grow ;) !

Luna a few days after I got her and Luna yesterday.

Luna a few days after I got her and Luna yesterday.

You can see how her ears were too big for her head. She definitely grew into herself. 

Luna is of the Mini Lop breed. 

Mini Lops are friendly, playful, and inquisitive. Luna is all of the above. I’m still working on her shyness though.

Victory for the Majestic: Elephants to be Phased From Ringling Bros. Circus

The good news: After countless efforts from animal rights organizations, elephants will finally start to be phased out of Ringling Bros. Circus acts.

The bad news: All elephant performances will end by 2018. 

“Why not now?” is the question being asked by elephant supporters around the country. 

According to PETA, the organization has been protesting Ringling Bros. cruelty to elephants for 35 years. There has been an undercover video released of violent baby elephant training. There have been reports of baby elephants dying due to injuries, drowning, and some being forced to perform even though they were ill. If that isn’t cruel, I don’t know what is.

So really, why not now?

Three years is too long for a mother elephant separated from her calf, too long for a baby elephant beaten with the sharp fireplace-poker like weapons called bullhooks that Ringling handlers use routinely, too long for an animal who would roam up to 30 miles a day in the wild to be kept in shackles. — from the full article on PETA.org 

However, although myself nor animal rights organizations do not like or accept what Ringling has been doing to their animals, I do have to give them credit to recognize the problem and do something about it. I am extremely happy for these elephants who will not have to live in cages, be beaten with hooks, forced to perform, and overall, be treated cruelly. 

So now that elephants are getting their happy ending, what about all of the other wild animals that are used in Ringling? Will we get to see their happy ending? All us supporters can do at this point is keep on doing what we’ve been doing. Keep the protests going, keep the investigations cracking, and keep the revealing articles flowing. Let’s keep pounding the pavement with relentless determination and dedication. 

All animals deserve freedom. It’s up to us to give it back to them. 

Let them be free.