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Dear DeDe

The Animal Welfare Blogger Challenge!

Oh Dog! DeDe here! Happy Sunday!

It's good to see you again!

It’s good to see you again!

Last Sunday I mentioned that we here at Rumpydog were planning a blogger challenge. Today, I get the privilege of introducing you to-

The Rumpydog Animal Welfare Blogger Challenge!

How do you participate? It’s easy! Just write a blog post about something you do in your daily life and how it impacts animals.

The idea behind this challenge is simple: A change in action is the result of a change in thinking, and this challenge is designed to make you think about what actions you take in your daily life that negatively impact animal welfare.

For instance, we all know that when humans shop in pet stores that sell animals, they are indirectly supporting the breeder mills that sell these animals. Or when humans eat pork they support the inhumane practice of gestational crate usage.

But there are other things we do or eat that we don’t think of. In many processed foods and restaurant foods are additives we don’t question. Like raspberry flavor in sweets? You might be eating castoreum, which comes from the anal glands of beavers. That’s gross enough, but it’s HOW the castoreum is harvested that is the most gross.

Even if you eat nothing but tree leaves and dirt, your choices could have an impact on animal welfare. For instance, when humans choose to build out “away from it all,” they are also choosing to take habitat from animals for themselves.

Now this is NOT a challenge designed to get you down on yourself. However, there are little changes you can make that makes all the difference in the lives of animals. But before you make those changes, you have to be aware of what you’re doing.

One other rule: This has to be about you. No preaching! Well, except for June Buggie…. hard to tell him anything.

Are you up for the challenge?  Great! Here’s your Challenge Button:

blogger challenge

Get to writing!

About Jen and the Furries

Hello and welcome. I’m a 50 something woman who’s probably awake when she should be sleeping. Oh, and there are animals, because who doesn’t have pets?


59 thoughts on “The Animal Welfare Blogger Challenge!

  1. Okay, I will have to think on this one!!

    Posted by sallywoodphotography | January 27, 2013, 8:20 AM
  2. Nice One xxxxxx let me know if i can help out 🙂 xo

    Posted by Cat Forsley | January 27, 2013, 8:28 AM
  3. I’m searching for my thinking cap now …and no more raspberry flavor urrrks…

    Posted by easyweimaraner | January 27, 2013, 8:43 AM
  4. I didn’t know about some of the things you mentioned. Good to know. Thanks for sharing. Awareness is important.


    Posted by fgassette | January 27, 2013, 8:58 AM
  5. Great idea! Will there be some sort of place to link up our posts… like a blog hop? Happy Sunday pal!

    Posted by Diane @ To Dog With Love | January 27, 2013, 9:36 AM
  6. Hmmm, like all before me, I shall have to think on this one. Great idea, though and I’m never eating rasberry flavoured anything again!

    Posted by Long Life Cats and Dogs | January 27, 2013, 10:30 AM
  7. Hmm, I will have a think about this. I don’t eat animals, which is probably quite good for their welfare, but I’m sure I am unwittingly causing harm in some other way.

    Posted by ozonenut | January 27, 2013, 11:34 AM
  8. Awesome! I’m looking forward to taking part in this challenge! This is a great way to take a hard look at ourselves…to be honest with ourselves. This day in age, we tend to want to ignore the consequences of our actions or not bother to research how our actions are impacting others, whether directly or indirectly. I admit that I have been guilty of this many, many times!

    Posted by Jessica | January 27, 2013, 12:00 PM
  9. I have take up your challenge and add a post to my site Rumpy & Dee Dee

    Posted by Jessie & Jane | January 27, 2013, 12:27 PM
  10. Reblogged this on THE CAT'S MEOW and commented:
    Heads-up criter lovers.

    Posted by Jamie Dedes | January 27, 2013, 1:06 PM
  11. Will do tomorrow. Mom has agood one but we will add one more to help us change something we do now but by changing we can have future impact. Ok, off to influence Dad

    Posted by Savannah's Paw Tracks | January 27, 2013, 1:13 PM
  12. Okay, I’ll take the challenge.

    Do I copy the button or the button and link to my blog? How di i do it?

    Posted by BJ Pup | January 27, 2013, 1:48 PM
  13. This is a tough challenge DeDe…but a great one…Momz sez she’s gonna think on it and see what change we can make…so thanks for getting us thinking

    Posted by Gizmo | January 27, 2013, 4:50 PM
  14. Hai Dear DeDe! 🙂
    I think that this is a great idea but we’re not sure how we can join…we don’t have our blog account n page to write. I clicked your picture below just in case
    but nothing has happened except the pictur got much bigger…hmmm…how I can join in
    The Rumpydog Animal Welfare Challenge…woof?

    Posted by eripanwkevin | January 27, 2013, 6:58 PM
  15. When people buy pedigree dogs at pet stores, they not only support the breeder mills as you say, they are also supporting the killing of millions of animals. The number of stray dogs killed each year (by SPCA and municipal animal control agencies is about equal to the number purchased in pet stores.

    Posted by Bumba | January 28, 2013, 12:49 AM
  16. u iz makin me fink to hard! but I will seein iffen I can coem up wif sumfin.

    Posted by boris kitty | January 28, 2013, 2:05 PM
  17. We are going to see if wes can get Mommy to writes about what we do.

    Posted by catfromhell | January 28, 2013, 7:21 PM
  18. A very good idea… now I better be serious about this challenge.

    Posted by Sampurna | January 29, 2013, 3:13 AM
  19. Hullo! This is your Purrime Ministerettes!

    We no think we shall be on the challenge, but shall be organizing that Question Time thingie this Friday.

    We stand at service of all anipals! Salute! *paws to heads*

    Posted by Shiva & Jaya | January 29, 2013, 6:51 AM
  20. I like this idea, and will be participating, just have to think!

    Quick question though, is the blog post about what we do BAD that NEGATIVELY impacts animals, or what we do GOOD that POSITIVELY impacts animals? Maybe I’ll write about both – start with the bad, and end with the good!

    Posted by Palm Trees & Bare Feet | January 29, 2013, 3:30 PM
  21. Cool idea 🙂 Now…how does my hunting Elk and Europan Moose across the icy moon of Europa enter into this issue? Oh wolfie fleas and ticks! Not sure I want to think too wolfishly hard about that one!!

    Posted by europasicewolf | January 29, 2013, 5:55 PM
    • There are many ways my wolfish friend! We use animals to get so many of our needs (and wants) met. Easy wrote about cosmetics and such that are tested on animals. Do you take medicines? Were they tested on animals? It’s been proven that animal testing does little to predict how medicines will react in humans. Do you wear fur? Did you know that some fur labeled as faux really isn’t?

      Posted by rumpydog | January 29, 2013, 5:59 PM
      • Well of course I wear fur! I’m a wolf! I would get flu and die of hypothermia in about 2 sec’s on Europa without my nice warm furry wolf coat! lol 😉 no…joking aside I certainly get your point. I avoid fur items and certainly wouldn’t touch anything that was real animal fur. Make up I take great care to check they state not tested on animals which incidently is very restricting! But it feels so much better. I don’t think medicines should be tested on animals but sad to say if it made the difference between a life saving treatment for myself or my loved ones, and this prob goes for most honest people, I wouldn’t want it not to be done…I hate the idea but but I’d also be lying if I said I’d rather die for want of treatment than it be tested in that way. Horrible dillema but I’m sticking my neck out here and being brutally honest…and selfish I guess…but I am human…when I’m not wolf! I wouldn’t feel the same way at those times 🙂

        Posted by europasicewolf | January 29, 2013, 6:08 PM
      • well there, that sounds like plenty for a blog post!

        Posted by rumpydog | January 29, 2013, 6:23 PM
  22. It’ s such a fab idea, and I see so many of my furiends have already gotten involved!!

    Posted by Basil | February 1, 2013, 6:31 AM
  23. What a wonderful initiative, Rumpy & DeDe! And great timing for me, too. I’m going to a volunteers orientation at one of the animal shelters here in my city next weekend. I’ll see how that’ll go and what I can share on the blog. 🙂

    Posted by tita buds | February 1, 2013, 7:41 AM
  24. Really liked what you had to say in your post, The Animal Welfare Blogger Challenge! Rumpydog, thanks for the good read!
    — Herman


    Posted by Herman | February 1, 2013, 9:51 AM
  25. This is wonderfully thought-provoking and challenging. And I admire that you note that *every* decision has consequences, seen and unseen, and not just the decisions that seem Politically Incorrect. We’re all imperfect, but if we attempt to live more thoughtfully we can at least be less obnoxious with our imperfections! xo

    Posted by kathryningrid | February 2, 2013, 3:12 PM
  26. I’m sorry it took me so long. I don’t know if anyone will really get this, or the value in it, or even read it since it’s so late, but overpopulation and gluttony are such a devastating destructive force against wildlife on this planet. Here’s The Man Who Emptied the Sea.

    Posted by Anne Schilde | February 13, 2013, 12:33 AM
  27. I’m registering to volunteer at the Animal Haven shelter. I’ll conitnue to think about what else I cn do.

    Posted by BJ Pup | February 14, 2013, 8:23 PM
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