Easter has arrived! I want to wish all of you a blessed and beautiful day.
The weather here has been gorgeous the last few days which has allowed the flowers and buds to really come out. Even the peepers are singing when the sun sets. This is one of my favorite times of the year. The smell in the air, the sunshine, and even the mud. All mean that summer is coming and the earth will be green and bright again after a long, cold, but blessedly snowless winter.
Now, being an animal advocate, you know I have to say this...
We all know that pet stores are FULL to the brim of bunnies, chicks, and ducklings around Easter time. But please, please, please, do not buy your children one for Easter. If you cannot commit to 10-16 years of care for an animal (bunny, chick, puppy, kitten, duck, anything), get your children a yummy chocolate version or the stuffed toy version instead. Too many animals, like with Christmas time, are bought as babies for Easter and when they grow up are abandoned, neglected, or tortured.
Take your children to a local shelter and show them what happens to animals who get thrown away; these animals are living, breathing, feeling souls. Have your children volunteer their time to the are and wellbeing of these mistreated babies. They will have more respect for living creatures and they will grow into caring, beautiful people themselves.
You wouldn't throw your human child away, don't do it to your furry, finned, or feathered child either.