No... not just another fish tale...but a Cow Tail ;)
The story of the overturned truck transporting used up dairy cows to a "rendering" plant (what the hell does that mean, and it sickens me to think of it) made our local Detroit news the other day.
The truck had overturned in grand Rapids MI, and some of the poor cows were killed as a result (probably a blessing) but 4 of them escaped.
They showed video of the poor frightened black and white cows trying to climb over the guard rail as they tried to capture them. I felt so bad when I saw them, as I knew in my heart what their intended fate was before even hearing the story. It really saddened me to think that these creatures had spent their whole life being used for milking, and probably pregnant all the time and their babies taken away from them immediatly, and as if they hadn't given/suffered enough.....now b/c they were used up and could no longer be of any purpose to the dairy industry, they were being transported off to slaughter. It all seems so cruel, and it is. I hate that it is this way, and I feel terribly guilty for even liking cheese or milk or ice cream! I have so much respect for the vegans of the world!
I was so happy when I got the email from one of my favorite animals rescues, SASHA Farms, the largest Farm animal sanctuary here in the midwest (only a 1/2 hours drive from me) got involved right away, and they are going to be taking the cows there to the sanctuary if they can be rounded up!
YAY....I'm so happy for the ones who got away!
I'm going to be traveling through the Grands Rapids area tomorrow on my way across state, and I'm gonna be sure to be on the look out for one of these big black & white girls!
I sure hope they are able to find them so they can live out the rest of their lives at the sanctuary being pampered and appreciated since they've given so much and had such a strong will to escape!
Thank you SASHA farms for caring and acting on it!
Here is the email I got from them:
A livestock transport truck carrying former dairy cows was bound for a rendering plant when it overturned in Grand Rapids early Wednesday morning. Tragically, several didn’t survive the crash and those who could be captured finished their journey to the rendering plant. Four of the cows are still wandering the Grand Rapids area, probably enjoying their first taste of freedom. News reports noted that they would be captured and euthanized. Phone calls have poured into our office alerting us to this situation, and after contacting authorities in Grand Rapids, we have been assured that when the cows are located, assuming they are not causing an immediate threat to human safety, we will be contacted to transport them back the SASHA Farm. If you are in the Grand Rapids area and might be able to assist in the rescue if necessary, please email your contact information to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Depending on where they are eventually located, we may need many people to help corral them into a trailer. Our phones are very busy right now, so unless you have solid information on the whereabouts of these cows, please direct your inquiries about this situation to our email@example.com.
Still not sure where this over the top sweet girl came from, but I do have my suspicions as to why she was running loose.
We live just outside Detroit in the home that was my grandparents as far back as I can remember, and while this area was once a nice modest community, sadly it has gone way down hill, and it's a matter of time before we're gonna need to get out. I have so many fond warm and fuzzy childhood memories in this house. I've not wanted to leave it, but yes the time is coming.
Anyway, it never surprises me to see a stray or unwanted dog running through our neighborhood. We've got an overabundance of strays in this area, and it seems people struggle to take care of their children, let alone a pet. Each time one of these strays has crossed my path..... no on wants them, cares about them, or is looking for them.
Such seems to be the case w/ this sweet little girl we've named Lilly.
When I first spotted her wandering I thought surely this time it would be different, surely this petite pup was different from all the rest, and she had gotten out of someone's yard, and an owner would be franticly looking for her. I mean just look at her! They don't come any cuter, and personality wise, she wins the Blue Ribbon! But NOPE, no one is looking for her, and I think it was no accident that she was running loose. I think someone put her out purposely b/c they couldn't potty train her.
We've had her for over a week, but I knew immediatley that she has some serious potty training issues, and I think someone has been very mean to her when she goes inside. Some people are so ignorant, and haven't the first clue as to how to potty train a dog! Whoever had her went about it all wrong, and this poor girl was so confused as to what was expected of her.
I am happy to say she is learning that we prefer for her to do her business "outside", and w/ a little help from our other 4 legged girls, and w/ plenty of praise.....she seems to be catching on to this idea, and is coming around nicely.
She keeps us laughing as she is a clown!
My intention is not to keep her. My intention is to find her a good home. It's not that I wouldn't love to have her, as she gets along beautifully w/ the other dogs, and everyone here adores her, even Stevie who usually could care less about the dogs. Lilly has stole his heart too.
BUT......I would like to find a good home for her. We have enough, and if we are overloaded, then the next time opportunity presents itself, I may not be able to help out, so that is why it may be best for Lilly to be placed in a good home, other than here. I'm trying to look at the bigger picture.
We'll see, as like I said.....she has stolen all of our hearts, and she makes herself right at home here, as if she's known us forever.
I'm still on the fence, and as hard as it will be, if a great person came forward willing to provide this girl w/ the home she deserves, I would suck it up and let her go, but I'll tell you, make no mistake, it will not be an easy thing to do.
In the meantime.....we will enjoy her and continue to work with her so that if someone meant for her comes along, she will make a wonderful companion for them, w/ no bad habits or issues that would make them want to give this loving girl up.
What will be will be....if she's meant to stay, she will.
I will keep you posted on the adventures of our Silly Lilly :)
This sweet little angel of a girl was wandering the streets yesterday, w/ just the green collar on, but no tags. I would like to know who put this ugly green collar on such a pretty little girl?
I've searched all over and can't seem to find where she belongs.
I know someone must love her, and she's a heavy little thing, so someone's been feeding her good, but still the green collar thing has me wondering.
She is the most baby-fied dog I've ever seen, even more so than my Missy Moo. Maybe it's just b/c she is lost and homesick for her owner, I don't know, but she loves to be held. She has the sweetest most pitiful cry when I put her in her crate, even though she has a nice blanky, she still wants to be by me. She has taken a real fondness to me, and it's mutual let me tell you, and really I have never ever been crazy for the small dogs, but I knew I had to help her, but I never imagined this little one could steal my heart, and so quickly!
I am being patient and waiting to see if someone turns up to claim her, and if not she will either go to the rescue as she is extra-adoptable b/c of her size, breed and beautiful nature, or my neighbor may take her as she just had to have her 14 year old pooch put to sleep. Either way...this gal will have a wonderful home, but I sure hope to find who she belongs to. I hope they haven't moved away and left her behind.
She will be one of the hardest ones to part with, and she will take a piece of my heart.
Hi and welcome to my blog! My name is Patty. I'm a wife, mother, and grandmother who loves creating. I am a self taught doll artist, and I have been creating my one of a kind dolls for almost 10 years now. I am honored to have had some of my work published in magazines. I have sold my dolls to customers all over the US and even as far as England and Australia! I love being able to stay home and do what I love, and I am greatful to those who love my work enough to purchase it, and come back for more! Without them, there would be no "Dogpatch Primitives". I don't forget that!
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