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I couldn't make this up if I tried. Well, maybe -- if I REALLY tried, but I didn't have to make it up at all.
As you know (read She Had a Name), we've lost a couple of our young deer in the last month. When I say "our" deer, I mean the precious residents of our neighborhood who eke out a living on the steep ivy-covered hillsides of Oakland.
We've been in this house for three years, and I've seen three different twin births, naming every one of the babies. I've seen the male babies turn into young bucks and push out little antler stumps. I've seen majestic male bucks shed their 6-point antlers and sit in front of my kitchen window -- so close I could reach out and touch him if I dared. I don't. I've seen the females become does.
I have names for everyone. I know who birthed who, who competes with whom, and who has died. Yesterday was a particularly hard day as my fears came to fruition and we found and wrapped the body of a second deer who has died in the last month (that we know of).
One of my...more
Sadly, the feeling of dread I've had about the deer the last couple days came to fruition today. As I arrived home late last night and climbed the 100 steps to our front door, I smelled a terrible odor in the air and knew it was one of the deer. This morning I started investigating and couldn't find anything right away, then had to run to an appointment.
This afternoon, I arrived home to see Atticus outside our kitchen looking fine in every way except for the fact that he was foaming at the mouth. I put a call into one of the amazing wildlife rescuers I know (Yggdrasil Urban Wildlife Rescue), who spent time helping me figure out what was going on and then connected me with another wildlife angel who confirmed that there's a virus (adenovirus) decimating many deer populations in CA and elsewhere.
After I hung up the phone, I called my neighbor to ask if I could investigate around his property to find what I knew was a dead body, and after putting out a call on my neighborhood list for help, was joined by another neighbor. After following our noses, we found her. Dead...more
Travel with me to southern Italy and France, as I share details of our most recent trip as part of the "Vegan Travel with Colleen Patrick-Goudreau." My intention is to demonstrate how enjoyable it is to eat an abundance of local food, take in the incredible sites, immerse yourself in local culture, customs, and people -- all while adhering to your vegan values. We explore many towns in Provence, horses in the Camargue, ancient Roman ruins, medieval towns of Cilento, vegan restaurants of Paris, and so much more.more
I'm an unabashed film junkie. I watch films from all around the world, from every time period, and in every genre. Those familiar with my work related to animals and the arts, know I'm also fascinated by how filmmakers characterize the human relationship with non-human animals. You may find this as well.
Have you ever been in the middle of watching a film when the plot turns toward compassion for animals or a minor character says something about being vegetarian or the a main character is shunned because he's cruel to animals? Watching films through the lens of compassion for animals, I find this all the time, and over the years, I've compiled a list of my favorite films. I add to this list all the time, and of course I'd love to hear yours! Share them below!
FAVORITE ANIMAL-CONSCIOUS MOVIES
Au Hasard Balthazar (Robert Bresson)
Asphalt Jungle (John Huston)
Gun Crazy (Joseph H. Lewis)
Ghost Dog (Jim Jarmusch)
Forbidden Games (René Clément)
Umberto D. (Vittorio De Sica)
Lonely Are the Brave (David Miller)