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On April 11, 2012, I made my first blog post. I was inspired by words from a podcast.

Now, one year later, this blog continues to be an enjoyable endeavor.  I appreciate every blog follower and visitor.

In this anniversary post, I’m still inspired by podcasts.  What can I say…I listen to lots of them!

The following quote, from Vinnie Tortorich’s Angriest Trainer podcast, really sums up the FREEHEEL VEGAN lifestyle.

“Put life into living, and do it with enthusiasm!”

FREE YOUR HEELS…

Elisa on Atomics

Elisa at Mission Ridge

Elisa at Long's Pass - May 2004

Elisa at Long’s Pass – May 2004

Can't tele?  Sucks to be you!

Can’t Telemark? Sucks to be you!

PLAY IN SNOW…

Eric at Mission Ridge - February 27, 2010

Eric at Mission Ridge – February 27, 2010

Mt Bachelor - December 26, 2009

Mt Bachelor – December 26, 2009

LIVE LIFE…

Eric's 1974 BMW - LIVE LIFE!

Eric’s 1974 BMW – LIVE LIFE!

Eric in Kauai - May 24, 2008

Eric in Kauai – May 24, 2008

Elisa at Lake Chelan Slidewaters - July 23, 2010

Elisa at Lake Chelan Slidewaters – July 23, 2010

Elisa at Galbraith - August 27, 2011

Elisa at Galbraith – August 27, 2011

BE SILLY & LAUGH…

Silly nephew - June 24, 2011

Silly nephew – June 24, 2011

Silly niece - December 24, 2012

Silly niece – December 24, 2012

APPRECIATE THE “LITTLE” THINGS…

Wenatchee, WA - July 29, 2011

Wenatchee, WA – July 29, 2011

Bend, OR - October 27, 2012

Bellatazza Coffee in Bend, OR – October 27, 2012

HANG OUT WITH A BUDDY…

New Moon Farm Goat Rescue & Sanctuary - April 16, 2010

Goats at New Moon Farm Goat Rescue & Sanctuary – April 16, 2010

New Moon Farm Goat Rescue - February 15, 2013

Roosters at New Moon Farm Goat Rescue & Sanctuary – February 15, 2013

Kauai - May 8, 2011

Eric makes a chicken friend in Kauai – May 8, 2011

LEND A HELPING HAND…

Member of the NMF Manure Management Team since Fall of 2008!

Member of the NMF Manure Management Team since Fall of 2008!

Eric gets some love from Opie while scooping the poop - March 19, 2010

Eric gets some love from Opie while scooping the poop – March 19, 2010

LOVE SOMEONE…

Millie - December 5, 2011

Millie – December 5, 2011

Love them all.  Eat plants!

Love them all. Eat plants!

FREE YOUR MIND.  FREE THE ANIMALS…

Think about the animals.

Think about the animals. Don’t eat them!

“Put life into living and do it with enthusiasm!”

I love that quote and I love Vinnie’s podcast.  But, I have a little more to add.

Yes- put living into your own life.  But- also allow others to live their own lives.

To the fellow listeners and fans of the Angriest Trainer podcast:

Don’t be a “carnivorous vegan,” be an actual vegan.  You can do NSNG (No Sugar No Grains) VEGAN style!

Adopt the FREEHEEL VEGAN lifestyle…and do it with enthusiasm!

August-01-2012

Today was bittersweet.  I’m happy…It’s my 4th veganniversary!

It’s also a very sad day, because today I lost my best goat friend, Bubba.

Every animal has inherent worth, but Bubba was extra special to me.  He was sweet as pie, but in a regal and so very dignified way.  Often, I would stand close to him and just savor his presence.  He wouldn’t walk away for several minutes.  I cherish those memories.

I felt a unique connection with Bubba.  I loved to crouch down in front of him, hold his face in my hands and just stare into his eyes.  What can I say…I love him just like I love my kitties…past and present.

I’m happy that, from now on, I’ll associate Bubba with my veganniversaries…

It is because I went vegan 4 years ago that I sought out the opportunity to work and play with the animal residents of New Moon Farm Goat Rescue & Sanctuary.  I started volunteering at the farm within the first couple months of going vegan because I wanted to help “farm” animals in a direct and tangible way.

I’m sure that the animals at the sanctuary have helped me a lot more than I’ve helped them.  When I’m alone with the animals, I’m grounded.  The serenity of the barn and the pasture is immensely therapeutic.

If I hadn’t gone vegan, I wouldn’t have known Bubba or any of the other goats, sheep, dogs, cats, horses and donkeys of the farm.  I also gained a wonderful human friend there.  Veganism has blessed me in a thousand…a million…a gazillion ways.

I’m very sad that I won’t ever stand beside Bubba in the pasture again, but I’m happy that he was infinitely loved and so well cared for.  Too many animals are not so lucky.  If you really think about it, there is really no difference between the animals who are consumed and the animals who are rescued.

I’m vegan for all of the animals.  Until my last breath I will use my voice to help liberate innocent animals from unjust servitude.

A kiss from Ellen, the wonderful caregiver of New Moon Farm Goat Rescue

I miss you, Bubba.
(For more pictures of Bubba– and the lucky humans who got to love him– click here.)
"There are those who are appalled because I am so vocal about injustice, yet I am equally appalled by their silence." Lujene Clark

“Every time you purchase animal products you pay assassins to murder sentient beings for you.”

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