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Good Samaritan homeless dog untethers pup tied up outside store

In the town of Novorossiysk, Russia, the owner of a pit bull puppy tethered the pup to a fence in front of the store so he could do some quick shopping inside.

But a homeless dog, who is well-known in the area to be very smart, always using the crosswalk to cross streets, was convinced the pup had been abandoned.

So he worked to set the pup free by using his teeth to untether the pup from the fence.

After untethering the pup, the homeless dog tried to lead the pup away by its leash.

Fortunately, Dmitriy Timchenko witnessed this and went inside the store to alert the pup’s owner.

Timchenko took this video:

The “Good Samaritan” stray dog seems to be in good health and able to take care of himself. But hopefully someone would adopt this smart, kind-hearted and well-meaning “creature without sin”.

H/t PawMyGosh

~Eowyn

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Goldfish lets owner stroke and hold it in his hand

Bon Shaw has a goldfish that is a genuine pet.

The fish demands Shaw’s attention. When Shaw puts his hand into the aquarium, the goldfish interacts with the hand and even allows Shaw to stroke and hold it in his hand.

Shaw writes:

This little guy just loves to watch me wherever I am in the room, he’ll do anything to get my attention. And when I look at him he flares out his gills and dances from side to side just hoping that I’ll come over to play. If I drop food in the aquarium he’ll ignore it and hope to play. I have to walk away to get him to go find the food which has floated away by then.

We think fish have no expressions, but this goldfish’s face clearly shows pleasure and joy in interacting with Shaw.

Simply remarkable.

Watch this and be amazed:

Did you know that a 2016 study found that archerfish can recognize human faces? In so doing, the study upended a long-standing belief that only “intelligent” creatures like humans and primates have the ability to recognize human faces because of their large and complex brains.

A 2017 study found zebrafish to be social animals in a similar way to humans and other mammals. The researchers discovered that being in a group gives zebrafish a kind of “social buffering” so they are less afraid when confronted by danger. This effect was associated with a distinct pattern of brain activation known to be involved in social buffering in mammals.

The study led the (UK) Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) to conclude that fish are sentient animals who form friendships, experience positive emotions and have individual personalities. Dr. Penny Hawkins, head of the RSPCA’s research animals department, told The Independent the study added to the growing body of evidence that fish should not be viewed as lesser animals: “I think if you are going to think it’s okay to eat any animal, then you have to realise what you are doing. You are causing the death of an animal who is sentient, who has experiences, interests.”

I already abstain from eating animal meat. To quote English philospher Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832), Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation:

The French have already discovered that the blackness of skin is no reason why a human being should be abandoned without redress to the caprice of a tormentor. It may come one day to be recognized, that the number of legs, the villosity [hairiness] of the skin, or the termination of the os sacrum, are reasons equally insufficient for abandoning a sensitive being to the same fate. What else is it that should trace the insuperable line? Is it the faculty of reason, or perhaps, the faculty for discourse?…. [T]he question is not, Can they reason? nor, Can they talk? but, Can they suffer? Why should the law refuse its protection to any sensitive being?…. The time will come when humanity will extend its mantle over everything which breathes….

Now I will have to refrain from eating fish as well.

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Rescue dog always leaves half of his food in bowl

PawMyGosh reports that a year ago, Joice Lamas and her husband adopted a dog named Otávio from a rescue group who took him in from an abusive household where many dogs were neglected.

Otávio was fearful of humans at first, but Joice was determined to change that. She told The Dodo: “From the first moment we saw him, we’ve never been apart.”

In the months after bringing Otávio home, the couple saw him blossom right before their eyes. He has learned to trust and cuddles instead of turn away in fear.

But a heartbreaking remnant from his past still remained.

Although dogs, unlike finicky cats, are known to eat any and everything, Otávio would only eat some of his food, always leaving half of the food in his bowl.

Joice suspects it’s because of Otávio’s past household where he and the other “many” dogs were abused and neglected. Otávio likely had to ration his meals or set aside some of the food for the other dogs.

Either way, it was heartbreaking.

Joice said: “It’s sad. I always tell him, ‘It’s OK if you eat everything.’”

Joice hopes that in time, Otávio will learn that he can leave that part of his past behind: “I know he will never be without anything in life — not food, not love. We try to make him as happy as possible.”

Joice said it’s one of the challenges of adopting a formerly abused dog: “They need patience and a lot of love, because they can take longer to adapt. But it is remarkable how love changes animals. A rescued animal is much sweeter, more grateful and affectionate than others. They’re simply incredible!”

See also “Animal altruism: Why homeless cat would only accept kibbles in a plastic bag,” because the cat was bringing food back to her kitten.

~Eowyn

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Sunday Devotional: ‘I have come to set the earth on fire’

Luke 12:49-53

Jesus said to his disciples:
“I have come to set the earth on fire,
and how I wish it were already blazing! 
There is a baptism with which I must be baptized,
and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished! 
Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? 
No, I tell you, but rather division. 
From now on a household of five will be divided,
three against two and two against three;
a father will be divided against his son
and a son against his father,
a mother against her daughter
and a daughter against her mother,
a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law
and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.”

“I have come to set the earth on fire….
Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth?”

What sobering words.

If we wonder and lament about the evermore vicious Culture War we find ourselves in, recall those words, for Christ did warn us in Luke 21:12, 16-19:

“[T]hey will seize and persecute you,
they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons,
and they will have you led before kings and governors
because of my name…. 
You will even be betrayed by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends,
and they will put some of you to death.
You will be hated by all because of my name,
but not a hair on your head will be destroyed.
Stand firm, and you will win life.

For, as His followers, we are not of this world. Thus, the powers and all who are of this world will always hate and persecute us. And by their hate, we will know who they are (John 8:44).

In the undeclared but de facto civil war that we are in, when you and I get all puffed up with righteous moral indignation, be sure that we’re not being self-righteous — “Having or characterized by a certainty, especially an unfounded one, that one is totally correct or morally superior.”

So what’s the antidote to self-righteousness?

Three things:

  1. Be sure that when we are on that moral high horse, our cause and our justice are God’s cause and justice.
  2. Humility: Don’t imagine that being righteous makes us morally superior or better than others.
  3. Love: The right kind of love. Not love of self — getting all puffy and grandiose that we are morally better than others — but love of God.

It’s always narcissism. Our stumbling block is always narcissism.

Remember that the Greatest Commandment of all is to love God with our whole heart, our whole soul, our whole mind, and with all our strength.

He is our lodestar. Always.

Fix our eyes not on ourselves, but on Him — while we battle for what is good, and right, and true, and just.

And then perhaps someday, when it’s time for us to go, we too can say what St. Paul said in 2 Timothy 4:7:

I have fought a good fight;
I have finished my course;
I have kept the faith.

And may the love and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you,

~Eowyn

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Muslim cleric killed by cow he tried to ritually slaughter

Qurban is the ritual animal sacrifice of a livestock animal during Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice) — one of two Islamic holidays celebrated worldwide each year, and considered the holier of the two. In 2019, the Feast of the Sacrifice was August 11.

According to News Punch, Eid al-Adha is “the Islamic festival that involves killing millions of helpless animals (sheep, goats, cows, camels) that are forced to have their necks cut so they bleed to death slowly while fully conscious and writhing in pain, which can take several minutes depending on the size of the animal.”

Asip Hasani reports for The Jakarta Post that on Sunday, August 11, 2019 at Miftahul Jannah Mosque in Blitar, East Java, a Muslim cleric named Sureki, 64, who was set to slaughter a cow as animal sacrifice for Eid al-Adha, was struck and killed by the cow.

Mosque caretaker Farhan said the incident started when one of several cows escaped from its tethers and ran full speed for about 100 meters (328 ft.). Sureki was supposed to slaughter 4 sacrificial cows and 17 goats when a “big and fierce” cow broke its leash, “suddenly ran toward him and struck [Sureki’s] chin with its head.”

Sureki fell backward with the back of his head hitting the pavement of the mosque yard. Knocked unconscious, he was immediately admitted to the hospital.

After undergoing head surgery and three days in a coma, Sureki died on Wednesday evening at Ngudi Waluyo Hospital.

Below is a video showing the cruelty of the Muslim ritual of animal sacrifice.

WARNING: Graphic!

H/t Paul Joseph Watson of Summit News

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Doctor says “Jewish values” drive her to perform abortions that are necessary for women to “create the families they want”

I am not familiar with Judaism and their stance on abortion. Yet in my research, I understand that abortion in Judaism is permitted only if there is a direct threat to the life of the mother by carrying the fetus to term or through the act of childbirth.

There is a pro-choice Jewish woman doctor in DC that the Washington Post (reposted on the SF Gate when I read it) wrote a glowing story about. Her name is Sara Imershein and she performs first-trimester abortions and ritual circumcisions. The article from SF Gate describes her reasons for her work as such: She believes both practices achieve the same goal: allowing women to create the families they want. Given that, she said, her Jewish faith compels her to offer the two services to Washington-area residents.”

Apparently, having the family you don’t want to create can bring suffering to women: “She cited the Jewish concept of “mitzvot,” which means “commandments.” For her, she said: “It means I am commanded, if I have the skills as a physician, to use them to alleviate suffering. Not to use my skills would be wrong.”

The article does acknowledge that Halakhah mandates that abortion is necessary if the woman’s life is in danger.

More from the article: But Jews vary on what constitutes a sufficient threat. By performing abortions for all women who meet the clinic’s standards, Imershein, who is Reform, is taking a “very permissive” position that some more conservative Jews may see as immoral, said Elli Fischer, an Orthodox rabbi and halakhah historian.”

More about Imershein’s work:

“She does not advertise, operating by word of mouth, and she does not “make much,” she said. Of course, Imershein’s advocacy – appearing at Planned Parenthood rallies in a white doctor’s coat, for example – is free.

MiMi Levine, Imershein’s 32-year-old daughter, sees her mother’s work the same way it was explained to her at age 5, when Imershein told her that “it gives women freedom.”

“I have always been super proud of her,” Levine said. “I think she’s a hero.”

Apparently Jews have a different belief than Christian’s as to when life actually begins:

When she performs an abortion, Imershein believes she is not ending a human life. Jewish law – as laid out in the Torah, the Talmud and the “responsa,” rabbinic wisdom gathered across centuries – teaches that human life starts at birth rather than conception, according to Fischer. The fetus “attains the status of a fully human life” when its head emerges, Fischer said.

Eisenberg said some rabbis have understood this to mean the fetus is more akin to a kind of property than a person. Because of that, they say abortion is not murder, defined as the ending of a human life. Some faith leaders believe it still counts as killing, given that it ends a form of life, Fischer said, but halakhah insists there can be extenuating circumstances in which killing is permissible.”

The article concludes with the following:

“When a woman comes to the Falls Church clinic asking for an abortion, Imershein does not second-guess her reasoning. Same goes for when a mother asks her to officiate a brit milah (circumcision) – a less controversial procedure, though a small but growing number of Jews are questioning the tradition’s merits.

“I ultimately give all rights to the mother,” Imershein said. “With brit milahs, they’re having the family they want, and if I’m doing the abortions, I’m just fulfilling the wish of women to have the lives they want.”

Read the whole story on SF Gate here.

As is typical of libtards, there’s some mental gymnastics in this doctor’s reasoning to justify her position on abortion. First she says she does it to allow women to “create the families they want.”

The doctor also states she performs abortions to “alleviate suffering.”

She then states she performs abortions when the woman’s life is in danger.

Then her daughter says she performs abortions to “give women freedom.”

Yet apparently the doctor doesn’t ask WHY a woman wants/needs an abortion. How can she verify that she is performing the procedure within the parameters of her Jewish values?

One look at this doctor’s Twitter timeline and you’ll see she’s all about “reproductive rights” and protecting civil and human rights of “all people.”

It’s obvious to me that the good doctor is performing abortions as Margaret Sanger would prefer: On demand.

One thing I’ve come to understand about liberal logic: It’s not designed to make sense.

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A Hollywood actor thanked God in Oscars acceptance speech

Fellowship of the Minds regularly takes Hollywood to the woodshed for their Demonrat political activism, arrogance in lecturing us, moral corruption and debauchery.

So it came as a surprise for me to discover that a Hollywood actor, Mattthew McConaughey, publicly professed his Christian faith by thanking God in his acceptance speech for the best actor award at the 86th Academy (Oscars) Awards ceremony on March 2, 2014.

He said, beginning at the 1:54 mark:

“There are … three things … that I need each day. One of them is something to look up to, and another is something to look forward to, and another is someone to chase.

Now, first off, I want to thank God, ‘cos that who I look up to. He’s graced my life with opportunities that I know are not of my hand or any other human hand. He’s shown me that it’s a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates.”

The Hollywood audience responded with just a smattering of applause. Actually, I’m surprised there was applause.

Matthew McConaughey, 49, was born in Texas and brought up as a Methodist. He and his wife and three children live in Austin, Texas.

In a 2014 GQ magazine interview, McConaughey was asked about God:

Does your family go to church every Sunday?

Yeah. In Texas. It’s non-denominational. It’s based in the faith that Jesus is the son of God, that he died for our sins, but many different denominations come in.

As soon as we had children, I was like, ‘You know what? That was important to my childhood.’ Even if it was just for the ritual of giving an hour and a half on Sunday to yourself, to pray and to think about others, even if you’re tired or whatever. I noticed how much I missed it and needed it. It’s a time for me to take inventory of my last week, to look at what’s in the future and say my thank-you’s and think about what I can work on to do better.”

When you talk about God, do you imagine him as…

“The Prrime Moovah! The Waave Maker!”

But it’s an identifiable presence? Someone who can hear what you’re saying?

“Yes. And somebody who can help answer my questions. Someone who has a hand in all of this miracle we call life, which I believe is a miracle. But, see, at the same time, I completely believe in evolution.”

Do you believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ?

[long pause] “Well, it’s a heaven of a story, ain’t it?”

If you haven’t seen them, I highly recommend these two McConaughey movies: Interstellar (2014) and the most recent, Serenity (2019).

Both movies are about the love and undying bond between father and child. Serenity is mischaracterized as an “erotic thriller” (it’s neither), and was savagely panned by critics, but I found the ending very moving.

~Eowyn

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Sunday Devotional: On Faith

Matthew 14:24-32

[T]he boat was already a considerable distance from land,
buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.
Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake.
When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified.
“It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
But Jesus immediately said to them:
“Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied,
“tell me to come to you on the water.”
“Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat,
walked on the water and came toward Jesus.
But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and,
beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him.
“You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down.
Then those who were in the boat worshiped him,
saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

The dictionary defines “faith” as:

  • Great trust or confidence in something or someone
  • Strong belief in God

Our lives sometimes are buffeted by problems and challenges that, try as we might, are beyond our ability to repair or resolve.

So, in our helplessness and desperation, we turn to God, for who else is there?

Below are some Bible verses I found on faith. I hope they can be your anchor in troubled times.

“Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen.” -Hebrews 11:1

“Without faith, it is impossible to please God. Because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seeks Him.” -Hebrews 11:6

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” -2 Corinthians 5:7

“And Jesus said to him, ‘If you can believe, all things are possible for one who believes.’” -Mark 9:23

“And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.” -Matthew 21:22

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” -Ephesians 2:8-9

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” James 1:5-8

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” -Proverbs 3:5-6

“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” -Philippians 4:13

“For nothing will be impossible with God.” -Luke 1:37

“What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and filled,’ without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead…. You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone…. For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” -James 2:14-17, 24, 26

And if you ever doubt your faith in God, consider this:

“You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder!” -James 2:19

 

Just remember that:

“So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” -1 Corinthians 13:13

“It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” -Galatians 2:20

Keep the faith, and may the peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,

~Eowyn

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Tiny kitten’s persistence in following dog got rewarded with adoption

Jon Nienaber was walking his basset hound in his neighborhood in Cleveland, Ohio, when a tiny stray kitten ran up to them and decided to tag along.

Leslie Nienaber told Love Meow that her husband called her about the kitten. So she quickly grabbed some cat food to where her husband was. Leslie said the little kitten followed “Jon and I as we were walking away! He seemed determined to stay with us.”

When the kitten followed them to the end of the street, Leslie said to her husband that they had to take him home. The kitten, whom the Nienabers named Pinot, was so tiny he could fit into the palm of their hand.

Leslie said: “When I got him home, he was really dirty, and I tried to clean him the best I could. He seemed hungry.”

But the couple already had three cats and a dog, so Leslie thought about her sister, Sarah, who is also a cat lover. Sarah came the next day and was smitten with Pinot from the moment she saw him.

Leslie said: “My sister Sarah was seriously an angel. I am convinced that he would have died if we hadn’t brought him home. I’ll admit that it was really hard to give Pinot away – he was just this brave, determined little soul who wanted to survive, and was the cutest kitten we had ever seen. It made me really happy that my sister took him in, because I knew I’d get to see him grow and I could always visit him. He is obsessed with Q-tips, to the point where Sarah has found them scattered all around her bathroom, and loves watching birds from their apartment window.”

The tiny palm-sized kitten has blossomed into a beautiful fluffy cat.

That kitten knew what he was doing! >^..^<

~Eowyn

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