Saturday, March 19, 2011

Saturday cuteness (the weekday name is accurate this time).

Take a look at this cat and see what you think is happening...



Here is a strange human animal product. Maybe useful for when your cat person's hair is just a mess?

Now the next video is for those who may not have heard the voice of a bunny. Pay close attention because it is not very loud, but it is there for those willing to listen...



If I had to choose between watching (and/or interacting with) either or both of these fur folks vs watching and/or interacting with the myriad "celebrities" or "leaders" or "spokespersons"  that parade across television screens daily....hmmm. Glibness or authenticity, which do I prefer?

The bunny and the cat (and all) sentient beings deserve the chance to live their lives however they choose. The most important way to help ensure that they have that chance is to live your life as an ethical vegan. Please begin to do so if you haven't already. Thanks.

13 comments:

Penny said...

I love the wonderful videos you post and always share them with the family.

Totally agree on who I'D prefer to spend time with too!

veganelder said...

Thank you Penny for commenting and I hope all y'all enjoy the videos. Stay warm.

Andrew Hunt said...

What wonderful videos! Both show sweet characters with distinct personalities and intelligence. And they're damn cute to boot! You made my day. Thanks for posting.

Krissa said...

I totally agree about spending time with or watching 'real' folks compared to any celebrity. The videos are sweet. Cats don't like to be submerged, but I've seen many cats who love to play with and nearly in water - and many also prefer to drink running or circulating water. Love the bunny, too! Thanks for sharing.

veganelder said...

Thanks for commenting Andrew and Krissa.

Andrew: Characters abound in every sort of us animals don't they?

Krissa: The tabby that lives here likes to drink with his paw...he sticks it in water then licks water off of it. I have lived with cats that would watch water streaming from a faucet for hours (or so it seemed). Bunnies...I am sooo in a steep learning curve re a particular bunny right now (and not doing well...at least according to the bunny). Stay warm.

Krissa said...

If it's who I think it is, Miss Nessie will reward you one day with her friendship...even if whatever she's been through leaves her unable to be 100% trustful of anyone, the patience, love and care you guys are giving her at Heartland will enable her to let you all in enough to make a positive difference in her life (and of course yours!). :)

Christina said...

What a smart catty kit and she is beautiful too.

As for the bunny...well we must do more to please them and quickly, lessening the need for grunts.

veganelder said...

Thanks Christina for commenting.

Catty kits are cool!

Ah, grunts and bunnies, I am beginning to think bunnies are similar to catty kits in that it may be some are more likely to "talk" with their mouths than others. Nester seems to make a very quiet running commentary of barely audible grunts when she is busy exploring, other times she is silent and then still other times she is loud.

The bunny in the video certainly seemed to be questioning and the human seemed to be a little slow on the uptake...I agree that quicker would have been more polite on the part of the human.

Bea Elliott said...

Both bunny and kitty are adorable beyond words! And I have to agree with you on the preference to interact with genuine, authentic and total "real" beings as opposed to (most) humans who have all sorts of hidden agendas, egos and quirks that make communication strained and labored.

Generally (for me) there's the torturous 10 minute "small talk" conversation with my own species: Trite and superficial = a big fat headache. Or hours of "in depth" ponderings with my nonhuman companions which always leaves me feeling rested and in-touch with what's really important, inside of me. ;)

veganelder said...

Thanks Bea for commenting. Yeah, my small talk repertoire is pretty small and inept. I must admit however, that serious and good-willed and clarifying conversations with other human animals can be very restorative for me. Truth tends to be nourishing...

I had the great luxury of working many years as a psychotherapist and someone once said of that profession that one of the terrific things about it is you actually get paid for being honest and telling the truth. I have a notion that all sentient beings thrive on reality, truth and honesty...including us. Sadly it is often easier to obtain those sorts of things from fellow earthlings that don't happen to be human earthlings.

Bea Elliott said...

Ahhh... So it's your psychotherapist background that aids (or hinders) your outlook towards us fellow humans! That surely explains your insider's view as to why many (sad) things are the way they are. For me it happens when I'm forced to "people-watch" - I wonder what in the world do "they" all scurry about for!?!

And you say this and I can't agree more! "I have a notion that all sentient beings thrive on reality, truth and honesty...including us." Maybe if more people looked for authentic happiness through the interactions with non-humans we'd all be in a better mental/spiritual place with something genuine to bring to each other?

What a great reason to have a sanctuary in every town and neighborhood! Interactions between the ill and animal friends is always healing. Even certain prison/re-hab programs are recognizing the therapeutic benefits!

This is why in my heart I truly believe the one and only "purpose" of our animal kin is to teach us how to live. That is the ultimate secret we will learn from them. But in order to get there we need to shed ourselves of the weapons first. I want so badly to make "peace" with the animals as it is our salvation as well. :/

veganelder said...

Thanks Bea for commenting again although some of what you say leads me to believe you were referencing a different post than this one...no matter...you write some wise things.

Sidney Jourard (an existential psychotherapist I greatly admired) once said that every community needed a place where people could go to just check out for a while with no questions asked. Your notion of a sanctuary in every community dovetails nicely with his concept...when we need re-charging there is nothing better than to hang around with genuine, authentic and honest folks (especially ones that like us)...which all of our fellow earthlings pretty much are (although many of them don't like us too much...go figure). We're the earthlings that have lost our way and thank goodness...so far...our animal friends are often still quite willing to share themselves with us so that we can re-find what we have lost.

Yes, more than 3 decades of sweating in the salt mines of psychotherapy have powerfully influenced my viewpoint and perspective. I feel tremendously lucky to have been in such a profession although I must say...I would love to have another 3 decades of simply hanging around animals other than my kind (except for some folks of course). Many folks are seriously messed-up and for the most part that is a result of them losing touch with their authentic selves...my experience is those authentic selves (once reclaimed) are pretty mild, kind and non-violent beings...not mean, greedy, domineering bullies. Yup, our fellow Earthlings will teach us...but we have to be willing to listen, see and learn in order to "get" the knowledge they have to offer.

Bea Elliott said...

Ooops! Gosh, doesn't seem like I can follow simple directions - Must have clicked on the wrong thread... But glad my comment was understood anyway.

Thirty years in psychotherapy! I just can't imagine how much insight you must have gained into our oh-so-flawed human condition... Still, I bet you wound up just as confused (or more so) by us as when you started. We are such a self-destructive bunch aren't we? :(

And you're so right about connecting with our animal friends - If it weren't for the times throughout my day that I have the privilege of "communing" with my buddies - fur and feather alike, I'd be a "basket-case" (if that's not too un p.c. to say?). They love me just the way I am and I adore them for it! All they ask is for a bit of kindness - And what an easy thing that is to give! <3