Travel Theme: Animals

Ailsa’s theme this week is…da da…ANIMALS. She is turning World Animal Day [4 October], in to a week long celebration of all the other species that inhabit this planet. What is World Animal Day ? It is an annual international celebration to honour the amazing creatures who share our planet. The idea for this day was first conceived in 1931 in Florence at an ecology convention. October 4th was selected because this is the Feast of St. Assisi, the patron saint of animals.

And we all know I am a little animal potty at times. What I mean to say is I am potty over animals…you know !!! However, the following fellow said it much more eloquently than I !

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
Mahatma Gandhi

And now for some of the feathered cuties that inhabit my world…

“Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That’s the problem.”
A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

“People speak sometimes about the “bestial” cruelty of man, but that is terribly unjust and offensive to beasts, no animal could ever be so cruel as a man, so artfully, so artistically cruel.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“If you want to test cosmetics, why do it on some poor animal who hasn’t done anything? They should use prisoners who have been convicted of murder or rape instead. So, rather than seeing if perfume irritates a bunny rabbit’s eyes, they should throw it in Charles Manson‘s eyes and ask him if it hurts.”
Ellen DeGeneres, My Point…And I Do Have One

“The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.”
Willie Nelson [Sorry I just had to throw that one in}

“If slaughterhouses had glass walls, the whole world would be vegetarian.”
Linda McCartney,

Birds are very cute…but so are some of our tiny critters…

And finally, one of my favourite quotes about animals.

“The assumption that animals are without rights, and the illusion that our treatment of them has no moral significance, is a positively outrageous example of Western crudity and barbarity. Universal compassion in the only guarantee of morality.”
Arthur Schopenhauer, The Basis of Morality

I hope you had a wonderful World Animal Day…and shared it in some way with an animal friend.


  1. so true Dostoyevski’s quote. Many a times I’m actually ashamed to be a human being :sigh: LOVE the ant, actually that’s what brought me here 😉


      1. explanation: The ant’s picture was the cover photo of your post ~ the reason why I happened to check your post. If this doesn’t explain, I’m gonna dedicate a post someday.


  2. I love animals. Big and small. My Dad gave me animal books from a very young age. The quotes are perfect and I LOVE the bird pics up-close. They have such cute expressions.


    1. I agree Angelia…from a young age I either had animals or read about them and they were addictive, Thank you for your kind words about the images. I love that you think so.


  3. I can’t imagine a world without animals. Not only do I love my boys, but all of the animals in the world have such character, love, and deserve better.


      1. Not only do they get a raw deal, but many people think it’s okay since they are animals and they don’t deserve anything. I cringe over how so many people think and act. People tease me since I’ll stop to let a pigeon pass in front of me when I’m walking. Why shouldn’t I give way to a fellow creature on this planet? I would do the same for a person.


  4. Love the early bird quote. Believe it or not, I never really seen or read it that way with “the second mouse gets the cheese”. I guess the imagery can be morbid.

    Love the last pic. Unbelievable!


  5. Oh, some great pictures and quotes in this post! Love the sheen on that pigeon’s feathers. Just gorgeous. I have a request. I would like to see you take a picture of a Kookaburra (sp?) – when we were kids, we would sing about “Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree…” Do they have those where you live? 🙂


    1. Thanks !! Sadly kookaburras are an Australian bird and I’m unlikely to run across one here. if I go back for a visit I will try. In the meantime I will see what I have in the old stuff and if I find one – scan it for you.


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