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“everyone” has a story … including Scot and his buddy Barney of EO Products

29 Jul

Barney EO 1 We’re back from vacation and back to guest blogs and weekly giveaways and announcing a few winners from the last couple of weeks so… for our first order of business…. Scot Mills of EO Products and the everyone Brand makes his contribution as our CFC weekly guest blogger!  Go Scot….

“Why Cruelty Free EO?
I have to say that while I love the fact that EO products are clean, luxurious and effective, it is as much due to my best friend Barney that I am as enthusiastic about this company as I am.
Let me explain: Barney is a 10lb Toy Fox Terrier. He came from the Marin County CA SPCA, where my wife and I found him amongst a horde of Chihuahuas, which the Humane Society folks had mistaken him for. He looked very out of place amongst their yapping enthusiasm, and his demeanor was one of “I’ll come to the front of the cage if I really have to, but as tired as I am of these roommates and their non-stop yapping, I still don’t want to be led on either!” We really felt that he needed a better place to live.
Long story short, we ended up adopting him, and there is no possible way for either my wife or I to regret it – Barney is the best!
However, when he was turned into the SPCA close to a year earlier, Barney had been found in Novato, Ca, with his little knees so badly out of alignment that he had to drag his hind-quarters around, and he had little or no use of his legs due to his genetic deformity. He had also been abused, and it appeared that he had been born into an environment in which he was not well liked or cared for, and he had been abandoned to wander the streets. Kids had been mean to him (we can tell by his reaction to most kids), and he was very skittish and submissive after all he’d been through.
The SPCA was good enough to pay for the surgery to fix his knees, and he spent about 6 months rehabilitating in San Quentin Prison with their Prisoner Care program; and by the time we found him and brought him to his new home, he was a bit wobbly, but up and around, and beginning to find his confidence as well.
Now here’s the thing which I can’t figure out: Barney is the sweetest, most loving and affectionate little best friend anyone could ever want. He looks at you with those soulful brown eyes, and his little tail wags hello, and it is impossible not to want to scratch his head and tell him how happy he makes you.
Did I mention he says “Orp!” when he yawns?
So how in the world could anyone have been mean to him? How could that have been possible?
Unfortunately, there are those in this world who do not understand that our four-legged friends deserve a pain-free existence; including some manufactures of health and beauty aids, who feel that torturing a defenseless bunny is a fantastic way to find out if a product is safe for humans!
This is but one of the many reasons that EO is a favorite in the industry: A Cruelty Free, Gluten Free, Non GMO Zero-Waste B Corporation, which makes some of the most luxurious, effective, all natural and botanical products available. We use only the finest essential oil blends and food-based elements to generate aromas – NEVER any laboratory generated, overpowering and lingering fragrances; only real, clean plant-based elements – and all manufactured right here in the Marin County – never outsourced/never tested on animals – good for you, good for our furry friends, good for our environment….enjoy!”

 

Scot, what an amazing story in so many different ways!  Thank you for sharing with us and reminding us how good people can be!

EO 2014

(Giveaway this week from Le Savonnier marseillais.  we will be featuring thier Product of the Year!) Be watching Facebook later today!

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Jules

 

“A love of animals is a requirement”

2 Jul

 

New Brand!  Makeup coming soon!

New Brand! Makeup coming soon!

So Monday comes and goes… Tuesday comes (Lost power…ugh!) and goes….(still no power!)  and now it’s Wednesday night… YET… We are still happy to post this weeks blog… from Gourmet Body Treats~  I discovered this Leaping Bunny company awhile back and now am thrilled to make the “formal” introduction and announcement that CFC is now carrying this amazing brand and their products…. MAKEUP INCLUDED!!!  So on to the blog from our friend, Waleska of GMT!

Gourmet Body Treats is a family run cruelty free cosmetics company.
Every product we make is 100% vegan, never tested on animals, and are
all created to have the absolute lowest environmental impact possible.
Gourmet Body Treats has one simple goal – create effective skincare
and cosmetics while also putting common sense ethics at the forefront
of our decision making, at all levels of ingredients sourcing,
production, and packaging.

Gourmet Body Treats is dedicated to the same 3 principles our company
was founded on almost 10 years ago.

1. Always be natural and organic.
In today’s world people are pretty jaded with the term “natural”. It
doesn’t mean anything to the FDA, but it means a lot to us. The owners
of GBT (Gourmet Body Treats) spend close to 40% of every dollar
traveling to the farms that we source our ingredients from ensuring
that the growing practices reflect the term natural. That means that
we never use pesticides and we have a chance to visibly check the that
working conditions at each grower are acceptable.

2. Always work with ingredients that are grown by people who are paid
a living wage, in conditions that are not dangerous or unhealthy.
We believe in the tenets of Fair Trade business, but don’t rely on
anyone but ourselves to ensure that the term applies to our company.
We are members of several Fair Trade Associations, but in recent
months these associations have come under scrutiny. That’s why we’ve
always believed it important to have feet on the ground checking that
if we claim our product is Fair Trade, it stands up to the test.

Always source ingredients from local farmers whenever possible.
We work with small family farms, and the majority of our ingredients
come from Texas, where our company is based. We visit our farms
regularly, and have a great relationship with them! That means
ingredients are fresher & the product is better as a result. Many of
them can’t afford the USDA Organic Certification, and our packaging
reflects that, but please know that all of our ingredients are the
highest quality available!

3. Always remain Vegan, and never test on animals.
Not everyone who works for us is vegan, but a love of animals is a
requirement. We never use any ingredients that contain or are sourced
from animals or insects such as beeswax, honey, lanolin, carmine, etc.
There are billions of plant types in the world, and all of them have
a purpose. Why use an ingredient that might hurt an animal or bug when
you don’t have to!

In addition to this we never test on animals. “Volunteer” is one of
our most prized positions here at Gourmet Body Treats, and we have
people clamoring for a chance to try our newest products!

All of our products are 100% vegan and manufactured on site fresh
daily from our hands to yours. Our customers love our products because
they are safe to use on sensitive skin types and are effective. We’re
popular with a wide variety of people for a number of reasons. Many of
our customers are cancer survivors, and literally can not use anything
else. It’s a big responsibility to deliver quality products that are
safe for these people to use, so we take it very seriously.

 

Thank you so much Gourmet Body Treats.  Again, we are so excited to have you join Cruelty Free Consumer.com…. another fantastic addition!

 

Be watching our social media pages for the GBT giveaway next week and details on how to enter!  I personally can’t wait to get my hands on their Brown Sugar Coffee Scrub!

 

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Jules

 

A Girl’s Gotta Spa! “Our Story”.

23 Jun
The newest brand to be offered at Cruelty Free Consumer.com

The newest brand to be offered at Cruelty Free Consumer.com

 

Hello today!  Welcome to our Monday Guest Blog/Giveaway once again!  This is our 3rd official “Installment”…(We need a better word… writers block)… please throw us a suggestion!

This week our focus is on a newly discovered company and I’m in love!  The products offered by “A Girl’s Gotta Spa!”are absolutely amazing just as Shannon had told us!  We love her story and being a mom myself…. I can certainly relate!

Below is Shannon’s story from A Girl’s Gotta Spa!…

The concept of A Girl’s Gotta Spa! began 9 years ago this October.
I was 31 years old at the time and a mother of 3 sons (with another to be the apple of my eye in the not so distant future.) I had recently left working in the mental health field, which was both rewarding and taxing, and moved from the suburbs of Philadelphia to the rural surroundings of the Pocono Mountains. The idea of taking time for myself was not a foreign concept; however it is typically quite a dichotomy. On the one hand you have people telling you that you need some me time, “Take some time for yourself,” they’d say, “You deserve it.” Then, on the other hand, you have people asking you and accusing you of being selfish for doing so.

I believe you deserve to be pampered.

A Girl’s Gotta Spa! ® was built on the belief that your personal well-being should be a priority. A Girl’s Gotta Spa! is a call to action, whether you are young or old, regardless of ethnicity or creed, working in the corporate world or busy raising the next generation of responsible leaders, you deserve to treat yourself daily.
I truly believe this and whether you are worn and withered from your career, your children, your spouse, your friendships, your finances and any other circumstance in your life (the good and the bad), I want you to believe it too.

Pamper: To indulge with every intention, comfort and kindness.

A Girl’s Gotta Spa! bath and body line is one that is natural and cruelty free. Nowhere in our mission is there room for animal cruelty of any kind. We’re proud to now be among a prestigious list of beauty companies who also hold this same value with our Leaping Bunny certification.

  • A Girl’s Gotta Spa! is free of sulfates, formaldehyde, petrochemicals, synthetic colors and fragrances. Our Energizing Citrus Body Wash and Energizing Citrus Body Lotion are both vegan. Crafted in small batches, the purity and quality of the ingredients will be an elucidation to your dry skin care woes and satiate your senses.
  • Energizing Citrus is an invigorating mix of pink grapefruit, lemon, lime and orange. The fragrance is not overwhelming, but more subtle in the sense that you can clearly distinguish each essential oil as you apply the products. The Body Wash will leave your skin hydrated and silky smooth, while the Body Lotion will leave skin looking and feeling soft and healthy.

So I encourage you, take time for yourself today. Know that you are worth it. Know that you deserve to be pampered.

 

Thank you Shannon, we are so thrilled to be associated with you and your brand!

Next week, you will have the chance to win these 2 products to pamper yourself!  Be watching via Facebook, Twitter and this blog for details as to how to enter!

a-girls-gotta-spa-energizing-citrus

You can win this!

 

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Enjoy the day and please do your part so the animals can enjoy theirs!

 

Jules

 

6 SUN SAVVY TIPS FOR BEAUTIFUL SKIN

9 Jun

 

Time to enjoy summer.... Compliments of CFC'S Featured Company, Andalou Naturals

Time to enjoy summer…. Compliments of CFC’S Featured Company, Andalou Naturals

 

It’s summertime and with it comes a million ways to be outdoors… yea!  Our good friend Stacey Kelly-Egide, founder & CEO of Andalou Naturals Fruit Stem Cell Science has provided 6 fantastic tips to keep and maintain beautiful skin during the summer months (all year, actually!)

 

Tip #1 – Love the Shade
It’s important to limit direct sun exposure, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM, when the sun’s rays are strongest. Even on an overcast day, up to 80 percent of the sun’s UV rays can penetrate through cloud cover. For best protection and comfort it’s best to stay in the shade.

Tip #2 – Undercover Agent
Wear clothes that protect your body. If you plan on being outside on a sunny day, cover as much of your body as possible. Wear a hat. Consider using an umbrella for instant shade. And don’t forget to protect your eyes with quality sunglasses that offer maximum UV protection.

Tip #3 – Serious about Sunscreen
Use a sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher every day. SPF (Sun Protection Factor) estimates the time a sunscreen can protect the skin from sunburn. To protect your skin from damage caused by UVA and UVB sunlight, a ‘Broad Spectrum’ sunscreen is required. Dermatologists most often recommend a daily SPF 30 that includes UVA & UVB protection ingredients, like Zinc Oxide, to best guard against skin damage caused by sun exposure.

Tip #4 – Defend the Skin You’re In
Sun exposure is the primary cause of premature aging caused by weakened and damaged cells, described as free radicals. To help defend your skin against damaging free-radical cells and the signs of premature aging, including fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation, we recommend an antioxidant-rich sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher.

Tip #5 – Renew, Repair, Regenerate!
Antioxidants are nature’s secret weapon against premature aging caused by sun damage. Antioxidants effectively neutralize free radicals by donating one of their own electrons to mend and stabilize the weakened, damaged cells. These stable antioxidant nutrients act as scavengers, helping to prevent and reverse cellular tissue damage.
Tip #6 – Skin Saving Ingredients
Fruit Stem Cells: Increase the longevity of skin’s own stem cells, defending against key aging factors, including UV, oxidative, and environmental stress, while regenerating at the cellular level to counteract the visible signs of aging.

Superfruit Anti-oxidants: Help neutralize free radicals, support cell turnover, increase collagen and elastin, and strengthen dermal immunity. Look for skin care super heroes including: Açai Berry, Aronia Berry, Bearberry, Bilberry, Black Elderberry, Goji Berry, Rosehips, and Sea Buckthorn Berry

Certified Organic Aloe Vera: Rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids and proteins, Aloe vera soothes inflammation, oxygenates and hydrates, while advancing the dermal delivery and absorption of essential nutrients.
Guest Post by Stacey Kelly-Egide, founder & CEO Andalou Naturals® Fruit Stem Cell Science® skin care and hair care. From farm to bottle and botany to beauty, Stacey believes what goes on our body, goes in our body. Andalou Naturals is the first beauty brand 100% Non-GMO Project verified, and is passionately committed to a meaningful, world-wide policy of No Animal Testing.
Andalou Naturals + Inspired Beauty + True Kindness + Mindful Action.

And below…. a giveaway teaser…. be watching our Facebook page next week (Monday) as we announce The CFC and Andalou Naturals Summer Give-Away!

 

Included….will be Andalou Naturals Top Selling Sun Care
Ultra Sheer Daily Defense SPF 18
Skin Perfecting BB Tinted SPF 30
Oil Control BB Un-Tinted SPF 30
DIY Booster SPF 30 Facial Serum
A $75 Value!

Andalou

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Jules

 

Guest Blog from BULLDOG SKINCARE FOR MEN, and info on upcoming FREE GIVEAWAY!

28 May
A favorite Cruelty Free Men's Skincare Line

Featured Giveaway!   Bulldog Skincare for Men!

 

It’s here!  We are ready!  We are officially introducing The CFC Blog/Giveaway series!!!

We thank Bulldog Skincare for Men as our Kick-off Company… and it’s just in time for Father’s Day!!!

Here at Cruelty Free Consumer.com, we have been working very hard to collaborate with some of our favorite cruelty free brands so that we can speed up the introduction process and bring new brands to you!  Yes…. we will feature a Cruelty Free Brand on our blog and then the following Monday give the details for how to enter and win the products from our featured company! Be watching CFC’s social media as well.

A bit of background…..In the fall, we worked with The Living Clay Company to organize a conversation via guest blog which then lead to a giveaway.  The concept was well received  with many people learning about a “new” to them Cruelty Free Brand!  Our winner was thrilled with her gift she received from Living Clay!  *** No catch here****our mission in doing this series…. (we are calling it that because  we plan to introduce a CF Brand at least every other week!) is to introduce more people to all of the amazing products and brands offered on the market from beauty lines, baby products, pet and home goods (cleaners to candles etc!).

 

On to our Highlighted Company… BULLDOG  SKINCARE FOR MEN!

Thank you to Angela Acquaye for her contribution with the Blog and the Giveaway!

British brand Bulldog Skincare For Men makes award winning skincare products that are purpose-built for men, using natural ingredients that really work. Bulldog launched in the US in 2010 and has expanded its ethical line to 12 products in just three years.

The brand was born in 2006, out of the frustration that there were no natural options available for switched-on men who wanted to reduce the number of man-made chemicals in their bathrooms. Bulldog is now available in 13 countries and over 10,000 stores worldwide.

Bulldog products are body-friendly and don’t contain controversial man-made chemicals such as parabens, sodium laureth sulfate, artificial colors, or synthetic fragrances. Instead, all Bulldog products are loaded with essential oils and other amazing natural ingredients to deliver superb skincare results.

Bulldog products are never tested on animals and never include ingredients derived from animal sources. The brand is approved as ‘Cruelty Free’ and was rated as the top brand in the UK across both male and female skincare categories in the Ethical Company Organization’s 2012 Good Shopping Guide. Bulldog can be found nationwide in or at CRUELTY FREE CONSUMER.com!

This month Bulldog is urging American men to enhance their natural skincare regimes with the launch of three new specialist products available online at meetthebulldog.com.  As always, these products are purpose built for men using world-class natural ingredients, all delivered with a witty dose of personality on the back of each pack.

The three new Bulldog products are:

Bulldog Original Body Lotion – Packed with 8 essential oils, cocoa butter, aloe vera and avocado oil to help nourish and rehydrate the skin.

Bulldog Sensitive Face Wash – Specifically formulated for sensitive skin with 2 essentials and green tea to gently cleanse your face of dirt and debris.

Bulldog Original Eye Roll-On – Packed with avocado oil and Brazilian ginseng extract to reduce the appearance of dark circles, puffiness and fine lines.

 

Again, thank you Bulldog for your contribution.  Now that we’ve got the information…. let’s get to the giveaway!

WIN: Bulldog Skincare For Men ‘Full Kit and Caboodle’ Set worth $49.99

This Full Kit and Caboodle set consists of a great selection of the Bulldog Original line in one easy-to-use package.

Bulldog Original Shower Gel

Bulldog Original Shave Gel

Bulldog Original Face Wash

Bulldog Original Face Scrub

Bulldog Original After Shave Balm

Bulldog Original Moisturizer.

Be watching next Monday on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for more info on how to enter to win.  We will be choosing a winner in time to receive this amazing gift before Father’s Day!

 

(Next post….. Are all Cruelty Free Products expensive?!)

In the meantime, Cruelty Free Consumer wants to help with shipping costs, so we have provided the following codes to be used when purchasing products at Cruelty Free Consumer.com

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Jules

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Oppose the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Act’

23 Feb

This post is important.  I am posting this now because I want to make sure that if you didn’t catch it before… you see it now.  You need to be aware of this NOW.

If you love and care about the welfare of animals… you must read this and take action!

I have taken, well, borrowed, the below emails from 2 very strong and passionate women whom I respect.

Jen Mathews, of My Beauty Bunny….

“I don’t do these types of emails often. This is really important to me, or I wouldn’t bother you with it. Animal testing may soon be required in the US if the Safe Cosmetics Act passes. We have to stop it. Pls sign and share! It literally takes two seconds. Thank you!

I just signed the petition “Congress: Stop the potential for the U.S. to require animal testing that would occur if the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013 (SCPCPA) is passed.” and wanted to see if you could help by adding your name.

Our goal is to reach 1,500 signatures and we need more support. You can read more and sign the petition here:

https://www.change.org/petitions/congress-stop-the-potential-for-the-u-s-to-require-animal-testing-that-would-occur-if-the-safe-cosmetics-and-personal-care-products-act-of-2013-scpcpa-is-passed?recruiter=3265659

Jen Mathews, Chief Bunny
My Beauty Bunny/Top Tier Media

From Moxie

Moxie Reviews™ has posted a new item, ‘Oppose the Safe Cosmetics and Personal
Care Act’

Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Act
As a cruelty free beauty blogger, it may seem like terrible advice to give
readers, but I strongly urge you to oppose the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care
Products Act! This is an online link where you can read this in its entirety,
but I wanted to sum up what [...]

You may view the latest post at
http://moxiereviews.com/2014/01/29/safe-cosmetics-and-personal-care-act/

This blog is not typical… but please take a minute to read… it’s just so important.  I also feel it was best to reference these 2 women as well.  I value their opinions tremendously!

please sign here…https://www.change.org/petitions/congress-stop-the-potential-for-the-u-s-to-require-animal-testing-that-would-occur-if-the-safe-cosmetics-and-personal-care-products-act-of-2013-scpcpa-is-passed?recruiter=3265659.

Enjoy the day and please do your part so the animals can enjoy their day.

Jules

Intro to Leaping Bunny. Why YOU need to know them: recognize their logo. PART 1.

11 Feb
Cruelty Free Consumer makes shopping for LB certified cruelty free products easy

Cruelty Free Consumer makes shopping for Leaping Bunny certified cruelty free products easy

Think that scrumptious smelling shampoo you’re using is cruelty-free? Maybe it is. Or maybe some unfortunate rabbit had to sit in a restraint for hours while a substance was dripped in its eye to see what happens. It’s actually pretty hard for conscientious consumers to make heads or tails of all the ‘no animal testing’ labels on products (i.e. is it just the final product or its ingredients too?), especially since there are no federal guidelines in place to assess the validity of these claims.

That’s where Leaping Bunny comes in.  This cruelty-free certification program provides the best assurance that a product is free from any new animal testing. What does that mean exactly? Well, in reality, most substances (even water!) have been tested on animals in the past, so the Leaping Bunny Program requires companies and all of their ingredient suppliers to sign statements of assurance promising that no new animal testing is conducted or commissioned on any ingredients, formulations, or finished products. Leaping Bunny goes one step further and also requires companies to be open to independent audits to make sure they are in compliance with their strict rules.

So who makes up this Leaping Bunny Program? Well, Leaping Bunny a.k.a. the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC) is actually comprised of eight animal protection organizations including the Humane Society of the United States, the Doris Day Animal League, and the American Anti-Vivisection Society. When confusion about cruelty-free labeling became rampant in the 1990’s, the CCIC formed and worked together to develop their Standard. CCIC partnered with the European Coalition to End Animal Experiments to develop an internationally recognized Leaping Bunny Logo to represent companies meeting this high standard.

To date, the program has certified more than 500 personal care and household products companies including The Body Shop, Burt’s Bees, Seventh Generation, Method, Molton Brown, and Mrs. Meyers. They publish and distribute their Compassionate Shopping Guide, available both as a wallet-size insert and a free iPhone/Android app that lists all of their cruelty-free companies. Plus, they regularly work with these companies to offer their supporters great discounts and freebies on their Facebook  and Twitter  pages.

Until cruelty-free labeling guidelines exist, the Leaping Bunny Program provides the best assurance that the aforementioned shampoo truly is cruelty-free. So next time you’re in search of personal care or household products that are free of animal testing, look for the Leaping Bunny!

Guest post by Kim Paschen, Communications Manager of the Leaping Bunny Program, which has been connecting compassionate consumers with cruelty-free companies since 1996.

Guest Blogger from Andalou Naturals joins CFC (Cruelty Free Consumer) to talk about The Non-GMO Project

6 Feb

Non-GMO from botany to beauty

What are GMOs? GMOs, “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). This experimental technology merges DNA from different species, creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial, and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.* Basically, it creates entirely new species that have never existed on the planet before, species that we do not have the science nor history to fully understand. GMOs are prevalent in many common crops used for animal and human consumption including Alfalfa, Canola, Corn, Cotton, Papaya, Soy, Sugar Beets, Zucchini and Yellow Summer Squash.
Your right to know. Over the past several years, consumers have started demanding the right to know what’s in their food. In the United States, there are major campaigns underway focused on GMO labeling policies, and many states have assembly bills before their legislatures. Polls show that over 80% of Americans support mandatory labeling of GMOs, and in support of this, just this past March, Whole Foods Market announced that by 2018, all products in Whole Foods US and Canadian stores must be labeled to indicate whether they contain genetically modified organisms. After all, doesn’t it make sense to know what’s in the products we use and consume every day by reading an accurate and truthful label?

How to avoid GMOs? Unfortunately, even though polls consistently show that a significant majority of Americans want to know if the products they’re purchasing contain GMOs, there is an absence of mandatory labeling across the US, and in some cases misinformation about higher grocery costs if labeling is required. The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization created to give consumers the informed choice they deserve. They offer North America’s only third party verification for products produced according to rigorous best practices for GMO avoidance. Look for the Non-GMO Project Verified Seal for GMO avoidance.

non GMO

Why Non-GMO for Personal Care? Crops grown for personal care products and food are from the same farm. Whether topically applied and absorbed through the skin or ingested directly as food, products containing GMOs should be labeled just the same. After all, shouldn’t it be the consumer’s right to choose if they want products containing GMOs or not?

Guest Post by Stacey Kelly Egide, who founded Andalou Naturals® Fruit Stem Cell Science® skin care and hair care. From farm to bottle and botany to beauty, Stacey believes what goes on our body, goes in our body. Andalou Naturals is the first beauty brand to achieve 100% Non-GMO Project verification, and is passionately committed to a meaningful, world-wide policy of No Animal Testing.
Andalou Naturals + Inspired Beauty + True Kindness + Mindful Action
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The Goodbye.

28 Jan
Louie "Long Arms"

Louie “Long Arms”

Friday was a regular day except my husband was home and we had a babysitter… So we went out to run errands….we came home and he came up to me and said you should see the cat…He’s acting funny. Louie is my 14 year old tuxedo kitty and so yes, at about 4:30pm, I saw it too and he was having what I guess was a seizure. It had never happened before.
I have thought about what would happen and what I would do when my pets got old or sick…what decision would I make?   I have also thought it would not be fair to keep them alive if they were in pain… But I am not them…so how do I know if they are in pain or not??
My Louie, aka, “Louie love bug”,”Louie long arms” and “Lou-Lou” passed on Friday night.  He had seizure after seizure between 4:30pm and 6pm. I made my mind up that after the first one, I would let him rest and re-evaluate in the morning but when I checked on him in his favorite spot…. I knew it was his time.

I am so sad because he was my buddy for over 14 years. That is a lot of time for creating memories.

Over the last few months, he sat with me at night and also jumped up in to bed with me.  Silly to some, but I love that cat and I am missing his presence, there is a definite void in the house. The crazier thing…. Or not…. Is how Teddy and Bernie, (our dogs) especially Bernie, is reacting. Bernie knows his buddy is not here and that is so sad to me too. Bernie is just moping around. Do animals have feelings? You bet and this is just another example of just how much they do feel.
I keep thinking I’m going to see him at the top of my stairs.  I keep forgetting that I don’t need to go downstairs at night to clean litter and check his food and water.
I knew the time would come, I just didn’t expect it on Friday and I didn’t think it would happen so incredibly fast.  In fact, I bought food for him just the day before. I do believe he didn’t suffer…. And for that I am glad for him…. but sad for me, my family and my other pets who all miss him. Louie was spunky and quirky and had such soulful eyes… he looked like he was so young still, his fur was beautiful and soft. He had a good life. I just can’t believe how fast he went. I miss him but as my daughters said good bye to him as I left for the vet with him wrapped in my favorite sweatshirt, “Lilly” said, “mommy, don’t be sad, God will take good care of him just like he takes care of the other kitties”. Oh, the words and thoughts of a 4 year old. Again.
And as for the  2 year old…. her contribution every time we see a black and white kitty…”ohh, Louie, sad”, followed by her sad face.

The loss of a pet is such a sad time… it has been 3 weeks and I still think I see him in the house.

We love you Louie and we miss you!  Thank you for the wonderful memories!

We have decided that we will make a contribution in Louie’s name to the ASPCA.  It is our hope that it will help other animals live betters lives.

I’m curious to learn if you have made a decision to make a contribution to an organization in your pets name,and  if so, who.  Or if you have done something else in the memory of your beloved pet.

Louie and his brother, Oscar as kittens

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