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Schhoep

Schoep is dead. He was 20 which is a ripe old age for a canine.

But what this picture means to us is something much more. It has to do with a bond of friendship, giving, caring and humanity. The touching story of Schoep and his owner has been covered by HuffPo:

Schoep and his owner John Unger made headlines last summer when local photographer Hannah Stonehouse Hudson snapped a photo of Unger and his pup wading together in Lake Superior. Unger would regularly take Schoep into the water because it was therapeutic for his arthritic body.

The photo went viral online, and millions of people were touched by the relationship between man and dog. Readers sent in thousands of dollars in donations to help pay for Schoep's treatment.

I know the feeling of losing a dog -- mine after 14 years, and I feel it today, 18 months later. What my dog did and everyone else's does, is represent a bonding friendship, trust and unconditional love that we all want/need, but oftentimes overlook or take for granted.

Unger adopted Schoep when he was just an 8-month-old puppy, according to the Duluth News Tribune. He had been abused by his former owner, and it took time for the pup to trust Unger. The two finally developed a bond so strong that Unger credits Schoep with saving him from a deep depression following a bad breakup.

Last year, Stonehouse Hudson told The Huffington Post that Unger "lives for this dog." The photo of the two in Lake Superior should be a lasting reminder of their love.

So this sad story can become a good story, if we'll all just take a moment to appreciate whatever we have. Let's not look at what our neighbor, friend, brother or sister has, but what we have. And let's appreciate it, if only for a moment. What a testament it would be to Schoep who celebrated his 20th birthday on June 15

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"I want people to identify with this photo, and remember a time when they felt safe, loved, and cared for," Stonehouse Hudson said at the time. "Then I want them to channel those feelings and pay it forward! There is way too much negativity in this world - maybe with this one photo we can start to change things just a tiny bit."

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ALEC, meat/poultry industries, state bills target farm animal abuse videos revealing calves skinned alive, cows suffocated

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My brother just emailed me a link from Seattlepi.com that made my stomach turn. Then again, animal cruelty, like all torture, always does, but the abuses in this story are especially egregious. I want those responsible for these atrocities-- and those abetting them-- to be exposed and for the entire article to be more widely read, so I hope you'll share:

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — An undercover video that showed California cows struggling to stand as they were prodded to slaughter by forklifts led to the largest meat recall in U.S. history. In Vermont, a video of veal calves skinned alive and tossed like sacks of potatoes ended with the plant's closure and criminal convictions.

Now in a pushback led by the meat and poultry industries, state legislators across the country are introducing laws making it harder for animal welfare advocates to investigate cruelty and food safety cases.

Some bills make it illegal to take photographs at a farming operation. Others make it a crime for someone such as an animal welfare advocate to lie on an application to get a job at a plant.

Here's my brother's comment:

Such "laws" are clearly a corruption of the intent of our legal system. And I wonder why more news organizations haven't jumped on this story.

Maybe if we spread the word (tweet, post, write letters to the editor), the news media will get the hint. Or maybe their negligence has something to do with ALEC's influence:

Formal opposition to the California bill comes from the ASPCA, the Teamsters, the HSUS and dozens of others. They say these attempts by the agriculture industry to stop investigations are a part of a nationwide agenda set by the American Legislative Exchange Council, a conservative think tank backed by business interests.

ALEC has labeled those who interfere with animal operations "terrorists," though a spokesman said he wishes now that the organization had called its legislation the "Freedom to Farm Act" rather than the "Animal and Ecological Terrorism Act."

You all remember ALEC, right? It's an organization of state legislators that favors federalism and conservative public policy solutions. They literally write legislation for Republican Congress members, who then do whatever they can to pass it. The Nation:

Of all the Kochs’ investments in right-wing organizations, ALEC provides some of the best returns: it gives the Kochs a way to make their brand of free-market fundamentalism legally binding.

The videos in question were shot, for the most part, by undercover operatives who got hired by the meat processors and who were tenacious and gutsy enough to reveal shockingly gruesome footage of scenes like "a worker standing on a downed dairy cow's nostrils to suffocate it and others repeatedly shot in the head."

If that bothers you as much as it bothers me, you'll feel compelled to get this report around as quickly as possible.

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The Ultimate Mitt Romney Dog VIDEO

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Watch all the way to the end. Priceless.

H/t: @Lensman23

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VIDEO: Mitt Romney wouldn't repeat dog on the car roof abuse because of "the attention it received."

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Via.

Willard Romney: We certainly wouldn't repeat the Seamus fiasco "after the attention it received." What about after the abuse the dog received? What about that?

Nah, that's not the priority, clearly. He's running for office, for Pete's sake:

Besides, Ann said "the dog loved it."

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