Share your pet's Halloween photo!

Is your Fido or Fluffy planning to don a costume and hit the neighborhood looking for treats on Halloween? Head over to our Heavenly Creatures blog Facebook page and upload a photo of your pet dressed in his or her costume - we may feature your pet on the Heavenly Creatures blog! … [Read more...]

Can animals be victims of slavery? PETA thinks so and files a lawsuit on behalf of SeaWorld orcas

The Associated Press reported that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is planning to file a lawsuit on October 26, 2011 asking federal courts "to grant constitutional rights to five killer whales who perform at marine parks." Specifically, PETA is alleging that SeaWorld keeps whales in conditions that violate the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which prohibits slavery and involuntary servitude. PETA claims those rights are not limited to humans. I don't make this stuff up. … [Read more...]

Sweaters for penguins campaign brings in hundreds of donations

When the Liberian-flagged Rena crashed October 5th on the Astrolabe Reef, about 14 miles (22 kilometers) from Tauranga Harbour on New Zealand's North Island, gallons of oil and hazardous materials spilled into the waters, washing up on the pristine beaches and creating an environmental disaster. In the weeks since, nearly 1,300 birds have died as a result of the spill. But some crafty bird lovers jumped at the chance to help - knitting sweaters for penguins. When I first saw the story, I … [Read more...]

Friday Food For Thought, from Suzanne Clothier

"The leading cause of death in dogs in Western countries is behavior - unacceptable, uncontrollable, inappropriate behavior. Not disease. Not being hit by a car. Not neglect or abuse (though an argument could be made that a failure to train a dog so that he can act appropriately is precisely a form of neglect and abuse). If we fail to develop a high quality of connection with our dogs, we may fail them in the most terrible of ways, and they may pay for our failure with their lives." - Suzanne … [Read more...]

Wild animals in Zanesville, OH – when humans err and animals suffer

The headlines yesterday were filled with stories about Terry Thompson, the owner of the 73-acre Muskingum County Animal Farm, who opened the cages on his wildlife farm before killing himself, releasing lions and tigers and bears (and more) into the community of Zanesville, OH. By last night, according to a Reuters' news story, all of the animals had either been killed or captured; the only one unaccounted for was a macaque monkey who is possibly carrying the Herpes B virus. It's believed the … [Read more...]

Book review: The Lost Dogs by Jim Gorant

In 2007, then Atlanta Falcons' quarterback Michael Vick was indicted in a dogfighting case that rocked the sports world and struck a nerve with animal lovers everywhere. The case made international headlines and begged the question, How could an athlete with the world at his feet be so cruel to animals? But more importantly - and almost entirely overlooked - is what happened to the 51 pit bulls taken from Vick's Bad Newz Kennels. … [Read more...]

Welcome to the Heavenly Creatures blog

Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind”; and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. - Genesis 1:24, 25 NKJV I've never been big fan of the notion that God created the universe and everything in it, then created man and … [Read more...]

Grace, Dogs and Sunshine Puddles

By Galen Dalrymple As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.  (Psalm 42:1) I had heart surgery in 2002, and after the surgery I had eight weeks to recuperate before I was summoned back to work.  This gave me a great opportunity to get re-acquainted with my wife, our daughter, and our dogs.  In all those things, I considered myself to be fortunate and blessed.  While time with my wife and daughter cannot be compared to time with my dogs, I enjoyed watching how … [Read more...]

The Divine Blend of Cosmos and Hearth

By Lisa Kay Adam Edinburg, Texas One of my dog Ladybug's favorite activities is sitting on my lap on the back porch, both of us gazing out across the yard.  At these moments she doesn't want to cuddle or snuggle closely. I do have to pet her, or else she looks back to see why I am falling down on the job. But other than that, I'm only giving her loving support  while she keeps her gaze on the yard, ready to leap down at any moment to chase a squirrel or bark at a bird. I've seen children … [Read more...]

When the Student Needs a Teacher…

Steeling myself with determination to look for a specific breed  (Calico) of kitten, I was browsing the cages of the Humane Society shelter.  I walked by a cage and a longhaired grown cat meowed loudly and came boldly up to the bars.  “Hey, lookin’ for a kitten, sorry, “ I smiled.  I wandered over and looked down at the pretty Calico kittens in a lower cage.  Sleeping, not a lot to be seen.  Hmm.  I wandered back over to the bold singer.  She reached her paw out to touch me, … [Read more...]