Benji, The Gay, Irish Bull Saved From Death! Yay!

I hadn’t heard about this story until today and I am so happy that Benji the bull has been saved. Now he’s off to an animal sanctuary to enjoy life and hopefully meet a nice English bull. Saved from the slaughterhouse with the help of co-creator of The Simpsons Sam Simon as well as a further £4,000 by a crowd-funding initiative set up by ARAN and after an appeal by animal rights groups ARAN and PETA Benji is off to Hillside Animal Sanctuary in Norwich.

Benji is a Charolais bull from Mayo here in Ireland and came to attention internationally when it was heard that he was going to be slaughtered because he was gay. Because Benji wouldn’t mate with and breed with female cows the farmer thought he had no other option but to feed him lots and then kill him. But that wasn’t how everyone felt as donations flooded in including Sam Simon’s £5,000 to purchase Benji.

Simon said:

“PETA told me about Benji, and I felt compelled to help. All animals have a dire destiny in the meat trade, but to kill this bull because he’s gay would’ve been a double tragedy. It thrills me to help PETA and ARAN make Benji’s fate a sanctuary rather than a sandwich.”

Arrangements have been arranged by ARAN to transport Benji to the sanctuary and he is expected to arrive before Christmas. There was over 250 donors, supporters and members of the public on hand to fund his transfer to his new home.

One of my heroes ARAN’s John Carmody said:

“The response from around the worldwide has being so very encouraging, but to now hear that Sam Simon, co-creator of the world’s most popular animated sitcom is stepping in, is just icing on the already well baked cake. What could be better than to present Benji with a Christmas gift that will literally last a lifetime, by giving him a one way ticket to freedom.”

PETA’s hope is that people will consider becoming vegetarian and save many more animals like Benji.

All the best of luck to Benji in his new life and I hope he meets a lovely English bull who in my head is called Bart and was brought down from London after been left in a field and misses the city but then doesn’t care because Benji becomes his whole world. 🙂


Dolly The Dog In Reunion With Her Owners!

Dolly the dog who was found at this year’s Glastonbury event has been reunited with her owners. Singer Dolly Parton, who was set to adopt the darling dog, said that she was happy to see Dolly been reunited with her owners by the Happy Landings Animal Shelter but admitted that part of her had been “looking forward” to having Dolly in her life.

“We got a call from the main people with the government and they told us that the true owners did come forward. There was a language barrier; I think they were from another country. They got the dog back so I don’t get to take her home. I was looking forward to it.”

Good luck to Dolly and her owners. 🙂

Dolly Parton Set To Adopt Dolly The Dog!

Dolly Parton is set to give a home to a dog who was rescued at Glastonbury this year.

Parton has said that she will adopt the adorable white lurcher who is also called Dolly who was found alone and abandoned in a tent following the festival. The country singing legend, 68, said on Twitter,

“Heard about the abandoned dog at @GlastoFest? If nobody claims her, I’ll take her home to America! Ain’t she cute :)”

She sure is Dolly! So happy she is getting a good home! 🙂






Vet Accidentally Puts Down Jack Russell Gunner. R.I.P. Gunner.

I recently read about a sweet little Jack Russell named Gunner who was so adorable and was an older dog of 14. I was heartbroken about his untimely death when the vet accidentally put him down when he was only in with a cough in the DJB Denny practice, in  Worcester

The vet said:

‘Mistakes do happen.’

A bit laid-back considering it was a living and breathing dog’s life.

Gunner’s owner animal welfare worker Nicholas Murphy, 22, brought Gunner, to the vet after his cough didn’t go away and staff at the practice told him that they would give Gunner an injection, which he thought was a dose of antibiotics. But realisation occurred when the vet asked Murphy and his brother if they wanted to bury Gunner at home or there at the surgery.

Murphy questioned the vet and that is when the vet replied with “Mistakes do happen” leaving Murphy and the rest of his family “shellshocked” and “confused”.

Murphy lives in Worcester with his mother Karen Wood, 48, sister Hannah, 17, and brother Paul, 14.

He said,

“He asked us if Gunner had had enough, I just thought he meant of the cough, then he gave him an injection.He never asked us anything about the injection, he just put the needle in Gunner. There was no consent form, and no permission. He admitted he was wrong to me and said he was very sorry.”

Murphy has since lodged a complaint against the vet and Gunner has been buried in the family’s back garden.

Murphy said,

“I never got a chance to say goodbye to Gunner. We had to bring him home and bury him, the whole time we were just in shock, I was numb.”

Vet David Denny yesterday explained how the tragedy had happened. “

“I was told by my receptionist they wanted the dog put down. It was a mistake, an accident, a breakdown of trust. It was a very old dog, but the whole thing was a genuine mistake and I have apologised.”

While Ian Holloway, a spokesman for the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, said it could not  comment on individual cases. He also said that it would investigate all complaints received.

I’m sure the vet, the receptionist and all concerned feel terrible about what has happened and I wish them the best in getting rid of the guilt.

But most of all I feel terrible for the family and Bobby, Gunner’s dad Bobby who the family also own who must be lost without him, in losing Gunner. I know that it is so difficult losing a pet and especially when you have them a long time. To be honest they aren’t even just like a pet. They become like family to you and your best friend all rolled into one. I lost my own dog who was 12 but at least he died naturally. This is so heartbreaking. I understand the grief but to lose the little baby like that must have been so cruel.

Murphy said,

“It’s been bad since he has not been here because we usually see him running around and coming into the bed. It just seems quiet now. We have him since he was born and we still have his dad. Gunner didn’t deserve to be treated like that. All he needed was some stronger tablets for his old man’s cough.”

Rest in peace Gunner.

Indiegogo To Help Find Animal Abusers

This is horrible. Please take the time to read this and help if you can.

I'm Awake, I Swear!

Just a couple of days ago, there was a horrific case of animal abuse here in Calgary. A dog and a cat, found starved to death and dumped in an alley. The person responsible (and I use the term “person” loosely) hasn’t been found yet. But a group in Calgary has set up an Indiegogo for a reward to help find the person responsible. It’s at $17,000 right now.

Here’s the linky:
Calgary Animal Abuse Fund

I’m trying to think of a way to help out, because I’m flat broke. I’m sharing this on all my social medias in the hope I can inspire someone to help out. Because I keep thinking about what it would be like to suffer and die like this and be completely helpless to stop it and damn if it doesn’t break my heart.

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