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Modern Witches

- Nervous witches collecting rainwater in mason jars and purifying it for non visibility spells. Dousing their wrists and necks and behind their ears to prevent unwanted attention.

- Witches brewing tea and coffee and leaving it to sit for days so that the spirits in their homes will be pleased.

- Twenty year old witches squinting at their scrawled runes in a composition notebook in a cramped apartment as they study for exams.

- Witches arming themselves with non-lethal hexes and curses when they have to walk at night in the city because you can never be too careful.

- Witches adopting their black cats from shelters, and maybe several other cats that aren’t black as well.

- Witches creating fairy lights of floating candles that sometimes drip wax on the floor but will refuse to burn the witch’s dwelling.

- Familiars doubling as therapy pets and service dogs.

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Meet Blueberry, the pit bull who’s shattering stereotypes and making hundreds of human lives better 

Maura Porter never spent much time around pit bulls before she started volunteering at the Milton Animal League. The shelter sits on the edge of the Massachusetts Blue Hills, a large park space in the center of Boston where a lot of dogs are abandoned, many of which are pit bulls.

While volunteering, Porter decided she wanted to adopt one of the animals. She had a friend, dying from cancer, who was visited by therapy dogs as he prepared to say goodbye. When he passed, Porter and her husband decided they wanted to do something to help other patients like him. Porter brought home a number of dogs in order to learn their temperaments before choosing one that few people might: a 7-year-old pit bull named Blueberry.

But Blueberry’s struggle against stereotypes wasn’t over yet.

anonymous asked:

What do you think of solitary confinement in prison? Are there better methods?

It is ineffective rehabilitation that causes psychological damage which is the opposite of the purpose of prison. It is inhumane, ineffective, and counterproductive. The last thing inmates, or prison staff, need is to for the inmates to deteriorate - mentally and physically. For example, isolated inmates are seven times more likely to harm or even kill themselves than other inmates. The supposed goal is for rehabilitation and re-entry into society. Solitary confinement is counterproductive to that.

There have been a few alternatives that have proven to alleviate certain behaviours in prisoners, such as pet therapy, proper mental health care, and substance abuse treatment. There have also been other strategies used such as “missions housing” and providing an incentive for better positive behaviour - things like offering them an education and job training

So it’s been a while since I wrote and to be honest, so much has gone on since I last blogged.  Not all of it good either but I just wanted to share this little picture with you, and a little bit of fab news.

This is Jackson with his certificate from Puppy classes.  We sill have a long way to go with him, and over coming months I will be working hard on all his basic behaviours, I then hope to enrol him into the next level of obedience training.  Jackson for 69/80 in his Puppy Training, and I’m very proud.  We put in a lot of hours training him and it’s paying off. He is becoming such a wonderful doggie.  But more training is needed and I’m not sure if it will ever end, but worth it in the long run. 

Jackson is coming up to 6 months now and it another years time he will have hopefully passed his PAT assessments and be working with children with SEN or just in main steam schools helping those children who may be struggling a bit. I’m really looking forward to him being able to help others the way he has helped Rob.

This last 2 weeks has been a bit stressful, there is stuff going on with my Husband’s work creating a LOT of stress for us and I’m sure it is rubbing off on Robert. His meltdowns have increased in frequency but length still remain relatively short so I have no worries that eventually everything will settle down again.

Until next time dear followers. x

Cleo is my travel companion, therapy pet, and whole world. She’s the most gentle and loving creature I’ve ever known; a dangerously smart rescue dog who just wants to play with and love everyone. Cleo is a 3 year old shepard/lab mix so she’s full of energy and will be for many years. I take her…

Please continue to spread this around. My pup is everything to me and I’m already working so much to try and save money but I cannot do this alone.

My next dog i want to be able to be a ‘pets as therapy’ dog. Its something i have always been interested in, but Toby isn’t suitable, he’s pretty nervy, and food aggressive.

I really want a English pointer! I have also been reading about psychiatric assistance dogs, what amazing creatures they are!!

Puppy classes!

Tonight’s puppy class was good… well it was an improvement on last week!! We worked on ‘Down’, 'Sit’, 'Come’, Jumping up and we also touched on 'Stay’ too.  Bless Jackson he is so excited he really finds it hard to concentrate.  But he is getting better at paying attention to me.  We make a great team, and once these puppy classes are all done I’m looking forward to working on everything he needs to pass his P.A.T. assessment. 

Online Toolkit for Social Workers to Help Pet Owners in Crisis

Comprehensive guide from the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals covers topics including domestic violence, homelessness, hoarding, illness, among others.  A mentally challenged woman is evicted from her apartment but refuses to enter a shelter because it won’t allow her three cats. An elderly man…

http://www.socialworkhelper.com/2015/05/06/online-toolkit-social-workers-help-pet-owners-crisis/?Social+Work+Helper

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