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I received a message from a CrtrRoon requesting I write up a guide showing steps +Scott McGee & I took to eating & living a cruelty free lifestyle. Thank you, Wally DeBurgh for the inspiration in writing my next blog, "Baby Steps To A Cruelty Free Lifestyle". https://www.crtrgrl.com/baby-steps-to-a-cruelty-free-lifestyle/

This blog isn't necessarily a guide, but the idea inspired me to share, with those interested, the steps we took to changing our views on what we eat & buy everyday. This is still a learning in progress, but as long as we continue to move forward in doing our best in becoming responsible consumers & protect our planet. 🌎

Feel free to comment on the blog & share your cruelty free lifestyle changes. Suggestions are welcomed too!

Get Your Crtr On!
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Cruisn' Yosemite National Park, +Scott McGee & I spotted a Mountain Coyote (Canis latrans lestes) chillin' on a turn out that concerned me. So we pulled over & quickly realized why this gorgeous "pup" was so unafraid of us. She sniffed my hand, looked up at me then took a few steps back to lie down again. She was hoping I had food. Sigh! These Crtrs have been used to being fed by humans & most probably, crap food. Not a good sign. As I spoke to her, Scott took some shots capturing its rustic colored coat & wild facial features! What natural beauty!

Bite Size Factoids: As all canines, coyotes are social animals in where you may find them either travelling w/ a family pack or just hanging out w/ others unrelated. One of the ways coyotes communicate is via howling. Howling have a variety of meanings. Sometimes it's to call their small pack together after a day of hunting, in which they comfortably do independently. At times you hear them howling to warn others of trespassers. Females, when in heat, will howl to draw in males. They can have up to 7 males following her for as long as a month. Coyotes adapt well to their environment. They're usually carnivorous Crtrs, but will also eat fruits & vegetables when their preferred meal is scarce or as a side dish. I'm torn on whether or not to feed wild animals. Of course I feel, for the most part, it's best not to feed them, esp processed foods, etc., but w/ human population growing so quickly & more lands are stripped away reducing their supply, forcing them to eat garbage & pets, then isn't it our responsibility to care for these Crtrs? Who are the real invasive species on earth?
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Here we are cruising the island of Orcas & an unexpected Crtr caught my eye. I spotted what I thought, from a distance, was a goat. I asked +Scott McGee to pull over so that I can see if this white "goat" was ok since I thought it was odd seeing one so close to the street. As I walked closer & spoke to it, the "goat" raised its head from grazing to look at me. What the heck! It's a fawn! I've never seen one bi-colored before. It started to cross the street to join its sibling & the 2 continued to graze. Scott shot the moment & this is one of the photos we chose. I believe they are Black-Tailed Deer (Odocoileus hemionus columbianus), with the one being a piebald.

Bite Size Factoid: These Crtrs could actually be twins with the solid colored one being a little bigger than its sibling. The piebald coloration is a genetic defect. They can also be seen with more white than the one pictured here. Some may have the irises of their eyes match the pattern on their coat too. Flaws not only make one unique, but absolutely beautiful. The first week after fawns are born they lack scent. This makes it easier for their mother to forage for food while keeping her baby hidden from potential predators. I think by now these 2 are growing up quickly. You can see these herbivores grub on all kinds of fruit, plant & grasses, including Western Poison Oak. Eegad! I was obviously overwhelmed with joy when I spotted this cutie knowing it is a rare sighting. We consider ourselves lucky.
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After a couple of nights backpacking in the Redwoods +Scott McGee & I decided to check out Humboldt Lagoon for some awesome beach shots. We were pleasantly surprised by a family of Roosevelt Elk (Cervus canadensis roosevelti) grubbing on a lush meadow nearby. I've never seen so many in one area. It was a real treat & we took crazy amount of photos.

Bite Size Factoid: These subspecies of Elk are the largest of the 4 remaining. They're often found in the mountain areas during summer months & lower levels in the colder months to avoid harsher weather. Depending on their environment bulls (males) are able to reach between 875-1300 lbs with cows (females) averaging 700 lbs. They're named after Theodore Roosevelt, but also known as Olympic Elk as they're often found in the rainforests of Olympic National Park in WA. Scott & I had our first encounter with them backpacking the Hoh Rainforest several years ago. We heard the powerful & beautiful bulls bugling not too far from the trail. It can be quite intimidating. Their role in our ecosystem is to clear the forest's underbrush to make room for new growth of vegetation & other animals. Sadly, logging, forest management & road construction threaten elk habitat.
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Happy #WorldAnimalDay !

+Scott McGee & I spotted a family of Canada Geese (Branta canadensis) taking a chill just off the shoulder of the main road at Moran State Park. To be honest, it made us a bit nervous. Not everyone on the island drives safely. We pulled over a distance ahead of them & Scott broke out his camera. This is one of our fave shots because of the adorableness of the baby gosling stretching out its tiny leg.

Bite Size Factoid: These black geese are native to arctice & temperate regions of N. America, migrating south during winter season. Their genus name, Branta, is translated to "Burnt" due to its coloration. Usually Goose is used to describe the female while Gander describes the male. The gander is not seen in this, but he's not sitting too far from wifey. He keeps a good eye, protecting his family. Let's see what other funny words we can use to describe geese...when they're gathered on the ground they're called a Gaggle of geese. When they fly close together in a clump, well, they're called a Plump. Their lifespan is up to 20 yrs. Being a gregarious Crtr, they bond well with other animals & humans. Because of this they do mourn over the death of a mate or friend. In order to cut thru certain vegetation grub, they're tongue & inside their beaks are serrated, but don't be freightened by that. It's not meant to tear humans apart. ;P
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"It's not that black cats are unlucky for people. It's people who are unlucky for black cats."

Happy Black Purrball Day!
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While on our trip to Orcas Island I had the I-Wanna-Play-Photographer-For-A-Moment bug bite me. Borrowing my man's toy I had an awesome experience with some amazing larger Crtrs! But, dang, these cameras can be heavy on these weak hand muscles! Gave the toy back after not being able to control the shakes any longer. Respect for all you photo shooting peeps especially, my personal fave, +Scott McGee ;P

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My Lil' Bug-Eyed Mutant

I didn't want another dog after my 10 yr. old cocker spaniel disappeared from me. In a blink of an eye, he was gone. I'll never know what & how it happened esp since he was never a bolter. Now, 24 years later, I still miss him greatly & think about him all the time. Not having closure is the worst feeling ever.

After about 16 years, I literally bumped into this Crtr visiting a friend at her home. I instantly fell for that insanely, adorable face & size. Her head is smaller than the rest of her body & she's bow-legged with a tiny belly. I always tell her to stop killing me with her cuteness! Long story, short, after I adopted Indi, she's kept me on my toes & keeps my smiling muscles working. She's helped heal that aching part of my heart. This dog definitely keeps me grounded.
+Scott McGee 
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+Scott McGee & I luv to visit the +Free Flight Exotic Bird Sanctuary in Del Mar from time to time to say hello to all the winged Crtrs that are homed there. Upon entering this beautiful sanctuary, you're immediately greeted by Koi. It is routine for me to stop there first & let them nibble on my fingers which gives me a good chuckle all the time. Then we spread ourselves out & give as many birds there some attention. One of my fave moments was spending time with this gorgeous Grey Crowned Crane (Balearica regulorum). It taught me some of its language & the fun began. Back & forth we went annoying some of the folks around with our not so harmonizing, honking vocalizations we were exchanging, but I didn't care. I'm sure it didn't care either. I was having way too much fun! It also did some groovy moves walking towards me. Yes, at first I thought it was actually warning me to stop & it was getting annoyed, so I did, but it then started up again, looking at me as if thinking, "Mimic me you stupid human". So I continued on, along with the dance moves. I then realized & told myself, "You aren't just dancing to groovy bird songs dumb ass. This looks like a courtship dance." Sigh. Not only does my female Yellow Nape Amazon parrot at home see me as her all together wrong species lover in addition to her slave, but I'm also seen as hot stuff to this African beauty. Oy vey! Was I a bird in my past life or do I just look easy to birds!? I"m guessing the latter. (smh) Glad it wasn't caught on camera...or maybe it should've been.

Bite Size Factoid: These diurnal Crtrs have an omnivorous diet grubbing on reptiles, fish, amphibians, plants, seeds & grains. It is the national bird of Uganda & featured on the country's flag. The height of these birds can reach over 3 feet with a wingspan of 6 feet & can weigh up to 8 lbs. Unfortunately, they are listed as an Endangered Species due to human overpopulation, deforestation & the use of pesticides killing off much of its habitat & making food scarce. Conservation projects are now being managed for these precious Crtrs. Respect Mother Earth.
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I have a real weak spot for chubby chub Crtrs & cows are one of them! We were about to leave after +Scott McGee took some shots of these intelligent, precious Crtrs that were further away grazing & minding their own, but when I started to speak sweetly to them, through the truck's open window, I caught one's attention which then turned to a whole bunch of moosterz running towards me, (I'm out of the truck by now). We couldn't believe how interested they were in my flirting. The more I flirted the more of them came to greet me. Several times they all stood still listening to my silly talk with the same, curious expressions on their darn cute faces. A few even let me pet their wet noses! I was so giddy! It's all about luvn all kinds of Crtrs, but when I get that luv back...it's incredibly rewarding & humbling!

Bite Size Factoid: Cattle (Bos taurus) is the term we use to generalize both female cows & male bulls. They're quite the social Crtr. They form strong bonds with a few besties, but can hold a grudge for years so treat them with respect. They can smell things from up to 5 miles away & are sensitive to sounds of higher & lower frequencies than humans can hear. A cow will produce more milk if you treat her humanely. After some farmers have noticed different moo sounds coming from their herd, it was later determined that cows have accents. "Meeew" "Moooh" "Maaaah"...ok, I was having fun there! :P It's apparent I got the moo down in this photo. Booooom!
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