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On Saturday we took a long road trip from Brooklyn up to the Farm Animal Sanctuary in Woodstock, NY. Now, I haven’t eaten a bite of meat in over 5 years, and I don’t plan on eating it ever again. After reading all the books and watching all the undercover factory farm footage: I’m an educated vegetarian and incredibly passionate about animal rights. One thing I am not, though, is a nag. I won’t try to convince YOU to become a vegetarian. I won’t try to tell YOU what to eat.

The goal of this AMAZING sanctuary for injured, abused and neglected farm animals is basically to turn everyone vegan. They’re not shy about it. While we were invited to rub the bellies of GIGANTIC snoozing pigs, the volunteer repeatedly reminded everyone, “THIS IS WHERE YOUR SUNDAY HAM COMES FROM, PEOPLE!! YOU KNOW YOUR BACON? A PIG WAS BRUTALLY SLAUGHTERED FOR IT, JUST LIKE THE ONE YOU’RE LOVING UP ON!”.

It was a *little* much. In my opinion, the precious encounters we were able to have with these sweet animals would have been enough to make a person think twice about that next strip of bacon. But maybe I’m just a sucker for cuties with 4 legs.

I had a little bit of a crush on all the goats, obviously.

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For this Wordless Wednesday I linked up with the fab mamas at Live and Love… Out LoudProject AliciaMoms Own Words and Angry Julie Monday.

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Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened. -Anatole France

I had to say goodbye to my 15-year-old cat, Tia, last night. Rest in peace my beautiful little softball head.

For as long as I’ve been alive I have never NOT had a pet, so it comforts me to know that Tia had a lot of furry friends waiting to snuggle with her (or chase her) last night. Dogs that stood by my side through the terrible two’s, tween awkwardness, bad hair and teenage angst: they all touched my soul and will always hold a place in my heart.

Love you Diamond, Onyx, Anabel, Yani and TiTi!

Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened. – Dr. Seuss

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