Our Need for Perfection

Photo by: Jessica Trinh Sometimes it feels as though the world is suffocating from a thick need for perfection. Social media is no help – we see the highlight reels of everyone’s lives constantly. TV shows, Facebook, Instagram… most of it is very staged and only a rare few will share their mistakes or „low points“ with the world. So even …

Are dogs persons? Personhood through the human lens…

Humans often accept dogs (canis lupus familiaris) as being somewhat human-like and part of the family (Shir-Vertesh, 2012; Blouin, 2013; Irvine, 2004b; Albert and Bulcroft, 1988; Irvine, 2004a; Irvine, 2004b; Beck and Katcher, 1996; Cain, 1985; Hickrod and Schmitt, 1982), especially throughout the “Western” world, yet it is fairly common to deny dogs as being persons (Blouin, 2013; Shir-Vertesh, 2012; …

Our Companion's Freedom

  „Can animals in human company be free in any meaningful sense?“ -Bekoff, Marc. The Animals‘ Agenda: Freedom, Compassion, and Coexistence in the Human Age (p. 137). Beacon Press. Kindle Edition. This question has been haunting me for the last few months. Owning pets is so ingrained in our day-to-day lives, that it becomes difficult to step back and view …

((Movie Review)) "Okja"

„Okja“ will bring a tear to every animal lover’s eye. When I pressed play and sat down with a snack, I never thought this movie would be so heartbreaking and emotional. I was not prepared for the rollercoaster ride of emotions that this movie would take me on. If at all possible, I will try to tell you about this …

The Five Love Languages Of Animals

The book „The Five Love Languages“ outlines five ways to express and experience love: gift giving, quality time, words of affirmation, acts of service, and physical touch. Written by Gary Chapman, this book (The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate) was written for humans and how we can improve our relationships. These „love languages“ can be applied to our work …

Can We Change Hateful People?

„Only if we understand can we care. Only if we care will we help. Only if we help shall they be saved.“ – Jane Goodall Seeing how many animals live their lives on earth – their only life – can shatter your hope for humanity. Their lives are filled with pain, torture and suffering. I am speaking of non-human as …

Butterflies Help With Anxiety?

PHOTO: ANATOLI LIMASSOL-CYPRUS Watching Pat Parelli, the man who coined the term „natural horsemanship“, live is always an eye-opening experience. He has sayings that he will use over and over again. Because of that, they stick and you never forget them. There was one story which I only heard him tell once. Funny enough, it has stayed with me ever …