Because I volunteer at the Dog's Home, I often wonder where all the dogs come from, and how they end up there. I know sometimes it's unavoidable things like a death (I've heard some pretty sad things over the years), and a lot are strays that were injured or never reclaimed. I've also heard a lot of happy endings. My own little dog came from the Home as a puppy and as luck would have it, she was the sweetest tempered little thing, because back then I knew less than nothing about dogs and how to pick one. I chose one that I felt I could love. How lame is that? The RSPCA has a webpage with advice on how to pick a dog, and I'd like to add that buying a dog from the Home means that you can spend as much time as you like out there playing with them, talking about them to the staff, and picking one that matches your family. And that's a lot easier to do if the dog is grown than it is with a pile of puppies. Oh, and I've learned that you never buy a puppy from a fair or market, a petshop or from a breeder who won't let you see where the puppy comes from. http://www.rspca.org.au/how-you-can-help/campaigns/pedigree-dogs/choosing-a-puppy.html
Esmerelda lived with us for a couple of months, then one night she ripped through a window screen, and disappeared into the night, never to be seen again.
My cousin found Puss as a kitten, stuck in the wall cavity of her shed at Gunns Plains. She convinced me to keep her. She wasn't an affectionate cat when she came here, but became more so as time went on.
"Thousands - millions and billions - of animals are killed for food. That is very sad. We human beings can live without meat, especially in our modern world. We have a great variety of vegetables and other supplementary food, so we have the capacity and responsibility to save billions of lives." - His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.
"In a perfect world every dog would have a home and every home would have a dog." Author Unknown