The Transformation Is Mind-Blowing – A Homeless Dog Wanders The Streets Alone

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There aren’t many things as heartbreaking as seeing an animal who knows nothing but a life of abuse and neglect. At the same time, there are few things as heartwarming as seeing that animal get the love and care they need.

This is Kelsey. She was a homeless stray, forced to wander the streets alone. She scrounged for food and was constantly put in harm’s way, navigating dangerous bridges and alleyways to stay alive. Finally, someone found her, and decided to save her life — documenting her journey the whole way through.

A Homeless DogAs the sun shone down on Kelsey’s body, it was easy to see just how bloody and battered her skin became while living on the streets. Instead of a white coat of healthy fur, Kelsey suffered sores and sunburns everywhere. Her body type and bulging ribs were a sign that she was starving to death.

A Homeless Dog

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“Animal Rights is now the greatest Social Justice issue since the abolition of slavery.” – Philip Wollen

Excellent Blog Entry worth the read !

Girl for Animal Liberation

I am a vegan. Yeah, that’s right, VEGAN. I am also an animal rights activist.  Oh I can hear your comments and see your eyes rolling.  I know what you’re thinking — here we go again, another rebel, another radical, another troublemaker.  People who turn a blind eye and closed ears to animal rights assume those of us who protect and speak for the voiceless are nothing more than a pack of troublemakers.   

Think what you want.  Someone has to be the voice of animals. Someone has to fight against the brutality of slaughterhouses. Someone has to end the suffering of the innocent.  I am not interested in taking up space for the sake of taking up space because I feel I am superior to all other organisms on this planet. I am not going to sit idle, narcotize myself with fake “reality” TV, talk shit about people and spend my hard-earned money in…

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It’s not easy being green – or is it? Getting tax credits and financial help for going green

As Kermit sang so proficiently it ‘s not easy being green , It is a sad thing that in this world being a polluting menace often is cheaper than going green …well let me revise that, the initial hurdle of going green is often a seemingly insurmountable obstacle for low to middle income families. Unbeknownsed to many of us there are actually some pretty interesting grant programs throughout America that can actually lower that initial hurdle, they are just not widely publicised.  Some states even have special mortgage extension programs with low rates for green upgrades. Finding these programs and  applying for them can be  really hard for the layman or Woman . But there is help there are an array of resource site out there to help you on this somewhat thorny path.

Here are some valuable sites if you decide to go green:

Dsire http://www.dsireusa.org/

Is a site that will give you all available federal options as well as a by state line-up of state programs: it even when available offer some local options.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) http://www.nrel.gov/

This site gives you easy to understand information on different renewable energy options. Not only will you find the more known energy sources like wind, solar and hydro, but also geothermal and biomass options. In the news section you will find available incentive programs.

ACEEE | American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy http://www.aceee.org/

This site has a great free PDF file that gives you the low down on available tax credits for  green living and upgrades.  The current version is only for 2009 but still it can give you a guideline what to look for

http://energytaxincentives.org/uploaded_files/Tax_incentive09.pdf

U.S. DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) http://www.eere.energy.gov/

This is the department of energy’s website.  If you click this link http://search.nrel.gov/query.html?qp=&style=eere&qs=&qc=eren&ws=0&qm=0&st=1&nh=10&lk=1&rf=0&oq=&col=eren&qt=information+centr&x=0&y=0

It will lead you to the “information centre “that spans an array of topics, such as: tax incentive programs as well as resources where to buy solar and wind systems as well as fuel cells and the like.  The genral site is also well worth browsing through.

Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) http://ase.org/

This is a resource and information loaded site, tax incentives, energy and money saving tips as well as earth friendly options for an array of situations. http://ase.org/resources/energy-efficiency-home-and-vehicle-tax-credits

Animal residents of the Mutant house Project

 

At this current time my Dog’s and I are the only residents of the Mutanthouse project, in time and once more living space becomes liveable, I am hoping to open it to artists and families who need or want a fresh start, as well as domestic violence  survivors who want to  turn a new leaf. The final goal is to build a solid community that is willing to change the world around them, though action art and by being a living example how balanced living can function in an imperfect world. By offering community services, such as a vegan soup kitchen, community garden and helping people get off the grid; I also hope to improve the life quality of the impoverished neighbourhood and town I reside in. In the long run maybe even engage in worldwide projects, such as helping other create their own sustainable communities and projects, and occasional trips into disaster areas to help people rebuild.

 

Mutanthouse is however not only supposed to be a refuge for humans but also for the animal population. I would like to transform a portion of the property into a Dog playground and sanctuary for the existing rescue dogs living here, as well as further additions in the future. A cat garden with little cat houses is planned for the multitude of stray cats of my neighbourhood, who live sad and desperate lives. Once the cat garden is set up I am hoping to get funds together to spay and neuter the strays and to get them the medical attention they need. Most of them are born and bred outside and extremely feral, so a beautiful cat garden with climate controlled sleeping houses and regular food would be the best option for them. But that is all in the Future, The current Animal residents are mostly older dogs, dogs with behavioural problems and seniors. From some of my other posts you might know that I have been out of work for the last two years and keeping this roof over our head has been a struggle, if it were not for help from amazing people, like Sue Rogers from Ruff love rescue we would have been in dire straits a long time ago.

 

Quantum physics tell us that in many ways we create our reality with our mindset so I would like to see our struggles as part of our past but give t no power in the now and in our future. In the now the Animal residents of Mutant house are eight dogs of varying age. Who I would like to introduce here:

Luna my oldest came with me to the United States from Berlin. She is 10yesrs old and a peaceful gentile soul, who has fostered many puppies and kittens as her own. Luna was rescued in 2001 when she and her siblings where left to starve to death on the property of her mother’s owner. At the time my vet and I got him to give the puppies to us and I decided to keep Luna.

 

Romeo and April moon flower Aka (moo) are bull mastiff chow mixes, If you did not know it you would never think they where siblings. Romeo is very friendly and outgoing; his sister is a lovable mess with some fear aggression tendencies that she exhibits mostly towards men. Once she gets to know and trust people she is very caring and timid, but fear aggression did not make her a good candidate to be adopted.  Romeo had been adopted out but was returned to me because the new family decided that he was going to be too big and was going to end up on a chain. Once returned he looked so happy to be back home I never had the heart to adopt him out, both Romeo and Moo are eight years old.

Shadow and her sister summer were left in my care for what was supposed to be a two week vacation trip of her owner. In the end the owner  never picked them up , after four weeks I called her and she  told me she had decided to give them up , she worded it exactly so . Not one minute did she ask or inform me of these plans -some people are just incredible 😛  Summer stayed with me for 3 years and then found a great forever home through Ruff love Rescue. Shadow stayed with me because she has some behavioural issues. She is too smart for her own good, knows how to open the fridge, kitchen cabinets and the like, she gets along with other dogs but occasionally picks fights over food. She also has a strong preference for women and does not like children, while these traits are manageable for me, combined with her black colouring it makes her an unlikely candidate for adoption; Shadow is six years old.

Lucky is Romeos son with Shadows Sister Summer. Summer-yup my fault entirely because I had not yet spayed and neutered either of them and my boyfriend of the time thought it was funny to let them breed. Ditched the boyfriend kept the dog 😛 …Lucky is a sweet, friendly, most generously loving dog and it is a tragedy that he did not adopted out like his siblings . Mostly it is attributed to his colouring; sadly people generally do not want black dogs 😦 Lucky is 5 years old

 

Summer and Moo where in heat at the same time and the day my ex let Romeo into the room where I kept the girls both of them where knocked up.  The whole situation at the time was volatile with my ex, and  domestic violence  was prominent during that time of my life , he had control over my finances, my life and in many parts my freedom –  and I at the time was to weak to protest.  I guess you live and you learn I am no longer that woman, and the stronger me has evolved into a strong advocate of spaying and neutering. Considering all the poor unwanted animals living amongst us it is for now the only responsible choice.

 

Well back to the puppies, Romeo knocked Moo up as well thankfully though she birthed only two children Moobert Oi and Mooria Georgina. Both were born premature and needed a lot of care, both have some behaviour issues that make them unlikely candidates for adoption. Mooria is extremely dominant and needs to be supervised with other dogs; Moobert Oi has severe anxiety, but is otherwise sweet and friendly. Still they will need special surroundings and care for the rest of their life and would probably be put down anywhere else.  Both Moobert and Mooria are five years old.

When I left Paul I took my dogs with me and was at full capacity Animal wise, but there was this little pit-bull 2 month old left on a chain in the full NC, heat, no water no shelter, she was dying and I couldn’t just walk away and do nothing. I talked to her owner and he told me well why you don’t get her water I just don’t have the time , I couldn’t leave he  there that is how Jubilee became part of my family , and the entity taking most of the room in my bed. Jubilee is the sweetest thing; guess she did not read her job description as Pittbull 😉 Jubilee is three and half years old.

None of my Dogs are up for adoption we have been family for too long, I do not consider myself their owner either, I am their guardian, in many ways their Alpha and mother. When I call people owners it is more of a derogatory stamen reserved for those who treat their animals like property. My animals are family and Mutanthouse is just as much, If not more, for them as for me.  And my house transforms I will be transformed and maybe  find healing in the process, and when others come  they will hopefully  find it a place to rest a while , or longer and find  the balance that we as a spices  so direly lack .

 

A little rant and questioning

You say you want to change the world, and yes human rights and happiness are imensly important, but we also have to take responsibly for our actions. We cannot just focus on our well being, we cannot base our happiness on the bones of others. We need to stop killing Animals just because we like our sausage, as dominant species we have the responsibility to ensure the well being of all living things. we need to bank on green technology because our gas guzzler might look great but they are killing us and the world around us. We need to make sure the things we buy where not made by child labourers, its not ok that we in our greed over look a childhood being robbed! Life is sacred, before we kill we need to think very hard if it is avoidable. taking a life even of that tree that is causing to much shade in your back yard, it impacts the world on many levels , even if you do not notice it. quantum physics teaches us that we to a very large extent crate our individual reality according to our mindset. Do you want to live in a reality where weaker beings are exploited and killed? In a world where there is enough food to feed the entire planet 3 times over , but economic senseabilities prevent that? You want to chop down a tree just to wipe you behind with the softest tissue , while the world lunge is collapsing ? And i can here you say what is one person to do , i am powerless…and granted you will not change all of this on you own , but you can change your self and inspire the people around you . And believe me every lobby or interest group impacting this planet is made out of individuals, so you are not powerless. If you choose to change , if you choose to care you will become a cell in the body of change and a better future it does not get better than that !

Thoughts on mutanthouse

 

 

 

The last few day’s I have been letting some basic ideas go through my head on what I would like to accomplish , with mutant house. The basic premise is transforming and raping my house as the funding arises; so basically one small project at a time, as funds come in. The finished project, as I envision it, will combine some of the architecture of earth houses, with tree-houses, hanging gardens and the existing structure of my house. At some point I would like to open my home to people who would love to live and work on the project grounds. Of course I am in the imagining phase of the project, and things will be in flux for a while but these are some of the basic things I would like to eventually establish on the property.

1- Green house, vegetable garden, smaller in house gardens.

2- Water cistern, water capturing unites, Maybe dig a well, a two way water system, meaning a separate system for washing and potable water, coal filtering system.

3- Both wind and solar energy system, the solar systems incorporating both passive and active solar energy.

4- An outside haven for my dogs – dog playground, as well as a Cat garden for the local stay cats with little insulated houses for winter.

5- A play ground for the local kids and maybe a community garden for local kids in my neighbourhood.
6- A small vegan soup kitchen giving out one meal a day for local residents.

7- An in house recording studio, gallery, pottery workshop and carpentry work shop.
8- A swimming pool 🙂

9- Maybe a small school and rooms to be able to take in foster children.

10-Roof and wall gardens.

Now how this will develop will depend on how can find financing and how many people will join the project. If it is just me alone it might take years to accomplish, the more people are part of it the easier it will become to realise it.I am going to have to look into permits , see if the city will work with me on this ect. The thing is that if this project functions it might attract others who would like to establish similar projects in their struggling communities. If I fail, I fail, but it cannot hurt to try to get creative and try to establish a new way of living when the old one does not seem to work anymore.
There are dangers of course -communes /slash off the grid communities can often turn into volatile sects, but honesty and rigorous self monitoring might be able to keep those dangers at bay. The alternative is doing nothing, and that is not an option!
I will keep you all posted on future idea and progress 🙂