respect the wilderness


The animals of River Haven 

In December my partner and i moved across the state to our Dream Home in the rural, wooded areas around Olympia WA

After a week or so i noticed quite a few outdoor cats were living under and around our new home (it was empty for nearly two years). The two i saw the most, both orange (see photos), had frostbitten ears and were visibly skinny. I began feeding them and making a bed on the porch.. slowly but surely more cats showed up. Suddenly we realized all these cats had been living Under our house before we moved in, making it more theirs than ours.

Once i began feeding them i realized they’re not feral, just abandoned/neglected. I have treated their wounds (which have decreased to almost nothing now that i feed them & they have a safe place to sleep), providing food and water, first aid, heating mats and a heat lamp for any critter that needs it.

On last count i feed roughly 6 ‘outdoor’ cats and two Muscovy Ducks - all of which showed up skinny & continue to show up daily for food. One of the newer/friendlier kittens is not neutered and i would really love to get him fixed to avoid more homeless kittens… He’s the grey and white one in the photos.

[i also have two adopted cats & one rescued indoor cat // with access outdoors via an enclosure]

I want to be able to continue to help any animal that shows up, but i need your help to do that. 
All proceeds from this listing go DIRECTLY to food and medical care (so far around $200 in vet bills) for any animal in need.

Even one dollar helps, if everyone who sees this donates $1.20 we will be able to afford quality food & nutrients for the neglected animals. 

Donations Rewards:
- $10 receive a handwritten post card
-$20 hand written thank you letter and Sticker that reads “Respect the Wilderness”

* please note nothing physical will be shipped for the $1 & $5 donations because i want as much of this as possible to go directly to the animals. if you do not want a postcard/letter/sticker simply say “No Rewards” in the note to seller section 
* etsy charges a $0.20 fee for each listing sold

Thank you a TON for taking the time to read this - i know we are all struggling & hustling to get by - if donating isnt in your budget please consider sharing this listing. xoxoxo

Pure Imagination (Cover Version)
Pure Imagination (Cover Version)

“Pure Imagination”
written by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley
originally performed in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory by the late, great Gene Wilder

[spoken] Hold your breath
Make a wish
Count to three

[Sung] Come with me and you’ll be
In a world of pure imagination

Take a look and you’ll see
Into your imagination

We’ll begin with a spin
Traveling trough the world of my creation

What we’ll see will defy

If you want to view paradise
Simply look around and view it
Anything you want to, do it
Want to change the world?
There’s nothing…To it

There is no life I know
To compare with pure imagination

Living there you’ll be free
If you truly wish to be

If you want to view paradise
Simply look around and view it
Anything you want to, do it
Want to change the world?
There’s nothing to it

There is no life I know
To compare with pure imagination
Living there you’ll be free
If you truly
Wish to be

Singer’s Note:  Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was an enormous part of my childhood.  We owned the cassette tape of the movie and god knows I watched that thing whenever I could.  Growing up I always greatly respected Gene Wilder, for his incredible comedic timing, his ability to swing between serene straight man to raving lunatic, and the grace and stillness he carried with himself.  I even look to his acting for inspiration when I need to good measuring bar for how to do really really good deadpan.  His loss is something that hit me hard, and to celebrate a life well lived and a career many would envy, I give this song as tribute.  

Godspeed Gene Wilder.  Surely by now you’ve got the choirs of angels rolling around in stitches.

I gained a profound respect for the wilderness and nature and the benign dark power of woods. I understand now, in a way I never did before, the colossal scale of the world. I found patience and fortitude that I didn’t know I had. I discovered an America that millions of people scarcely know exists. I made a friend. I came home.
—  Bill Bryson, A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

Opossum Update.

A while back i made a post about an Opossum we found in the road :

(photo : we had tucked him in that low spot at the base of the tree, you can see my scarf still there all tangled in a little ‘nest’ with some fallen leaves on it.)

So i wanted to share the good news - No Opossum!

We went back to check on the little buddy and it was nowhere to be found, (yay) no sign except the nicely folded scarf i left it sleeping on now looked like a ‘comfy nest’ and the sammich we left for it was gone. Good signs

we walked around the area and i checked the other side of the road for him - nope, no sign of opossum. My hope is that he was just dazed/in shock and not too injured…. and just needed time to sleep it off in a safe, dry-ish space.

I hope you’re in a tree with a belly full of  peanut butter sandwich little buddy, i hope you make it!

greirat  asked:

What are your thoughts on Brave Wilderness, the YT show where the host plays with wold ocelots and is intentionally stung/bitten by insects? I've heard him called the modern day Steve Irwin, but I can't help but feel his actions are problematic.

I pretty much loathe the guy, and I still call bullshit on just “conveniently” running into a young wildcat so habituated it would play with him. That was either totally staged or incredibly unethical either way. 

Irwin, as much as I wish he had screwed with the wildlife less, respected them. Brave Wilderness does not. Please don’t ever support that dude.