Beautiful Animal Images & The Ten Trusts Close Out 2012 — HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Ballet Owl

Beautiful Bird

1. Rejoice that we are part of the animal kingdom.

Turtle Hatching


2. Respect all life.

Baby Elephant and African Handler

Deer and Cat 1

3. Open our minds to animals and learn from them.

Cat Being Petted

Dog taking Horse for a Walk

4. Teach our children to respect and love nature.

Handicapped Dogs


5. Be wise stewards of life on earth.

Small Bird

Therapy Dog at Beach

6. Value and help preserve the sounds of nature.

Pony and Man Asleep

Sleeping Baby Hamster

7. Refrain from harming life in order to learn from it.

Blue Crowned Pigeon

Dog and Cat 1

8. Have the courage of our convictions.

Tiger Mom and Brand New Baby with Cord Attached

Little Pigs

9. Praise and help those who work for animals and the natural world.

Black Cat

Mom camel and Baby

10. Act knowing we are not alone and live with hope.

Two ZebrasCartoon

Kitten and Deer Outside


Man and Baby Elephant Embrace

Sick Child Holding Dog

Oriental Bay Owl

Mom Gorilla and Baby

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My hope for the coming year:

That we honor our commitment to the planet’s animals, domesticated and wild;

That we stop overpopulation by spaying and neutering our pets;

That if and when we find ourselves unable to care for our pets that we make every effort to find homes for them and, barring that, relinquish them to shelters, preferrably no-kill, instead of dumping and abandoning them;

That we keep our dogs and cats indoors and not let them roam streets full of hazards;

That science will continue to discover and publicize animal intelligence;

That laws regarding abuse continue to be conceived and implemented and that the courts uphold said laws;

That the voices for animals continue to increase;

That we realize that our pets are not little, furry four-legged people (and probably would not care to be);

That we realize the richness of their social lives.

What can we do to help? The Humane Society of the United States offers these suggestions:

HSUS Engagement Activities

In Your Community:

Personal Behavior:

Get Training—Get Activated:

Volunteer to Help Animals:

Political Activities:

Work with Local Schools:

  • Work to get The HSUS’s Kind News adopted in local classrooms.
  • Sponsor humane education programs through Humane Society Youth (our humane education division for K-6 students).
  • Recruit young people (under 21) to participate in Mission Humane.
  • Work to get your local universities or your child’s schools to join our “Cage-Free Campus” campaign or to add vegetarian options to their menu.
  • Book and sponsor HSUS staff for lectures at schools and universities.

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Happy New Year Party Dog

To all who’ve stopped by this blog, thank you so much. And come back again next year!  HAPPY 2013!

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The Ten Trusts Book CoverDr. Jane Goodall is the world’s foremost authority on chimpanzees, having closely observed their behavior for the past quarter century in the jungles of the Gombe Game Reserve in Africa, living in the chimps’ environment and gaining their confidence. Her observations and discoveries are intemationally heralded.

Marc Bekoff is Professor of Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, a fellow of the Animal Behavior Society, and recipient of their Exemplar Award for outstanding contributions to the field of animal behavior. He is co-founder with Jane Goodall of Ethologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals: Citizens for Responsible Animal Behavior Studies.

About Amirh

Ever-evolving spirit moving about via body. I'm a writer and a an ever-evolving spirit in service of animals through my blog and Buddhist and Reiki practices. My blogs: and For more about me:
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8 Responses to Beautiful Animal Images & The Ten Trusts Close Out 2012 — HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  1. Since you were kind enough to take the time to comment on my post, I thought I’d stop by, and I’m so glad I did. This post was gorgeous! Almost made me want to cry. Animals are better people than most people, I think! By teaching our children to treat animals well, we also teach them how to treat others. The photos are phenomenal. I especially love the one’s of the cats, big and little!

    • Amirh says:

      Oh, thank you so much for stopping by my animal blog. I had just finished posting on Unfaith/Faith (another blog at and found your post on the same. Thanks. Will visit again from time to time.

  2. Life&Ink says:

    This was a wonderful post. The images and sentiments reminded me why I am so glad to have an animal in my life. My dogs have brought so much love into our home. We can be gone for 15 minutes and upon our return are greeted with so much enthusiasm that honestly, it just makes me feel wonderful. Our second dog was a shelter dog, we adopted her when she was 7 months old and we don’t know what had happened to her but her actions have told us it was something. To give her a home, a family that loves her, food and toys and hugs, to think that maybe we saved her life, or at least made her life better… it’s one of the best things to have happened to me. Thanks for spreading the world of wonderfulfness that is animals and thanks for stopping by my blog today. I am glad to have met you. Happy 2013! Charlotte

    • Amirh says:

      Thank you so much for visiting and commenting. I hope to develop both my blog (both of them) and readership this year because animals (coupled with writing) are my passion. Happy to hear you adopted from a shelter– it’s such a good deed. I’m also looking forward to receiving a Reiki attunement this year (I’ve had some very challenging economic times for the past four years) so that I can offer Reiki to shelter animals. Keep your fingers crossed for me. 🙂 I took a quick look at other posts on your blog, and because the blog looks so interesting, I’ve become a follower! Thank you, and Happy New Year!

  3. dmauldin53 says:

    Beautiful pictures and wise words!

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