Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Animal Activism is Killer! #cozymystery #giveaway


 
Meat is murder!  Animal ownership is slavery!  Be kind to animals, don’t eat—

Oh, hey!  You startled me.  I didn’t see you standing there.  I’m Marla from Karma’s a Killer—though I hear Kate calls me Goth Girl.  What am I doing with all of these signs?  Isn’t it obvious?  I’m here with HEAT (Humans for Ethical Animal Treatment.)  We’re an animal activist group from Sacramento.  We stage protests and do other publicity stunts to get even with people who abuse animals.  You know, people who eat hamburgers, go to zoos, wear fur coats, keep birds in cages, that sort of thing.  I’ve been hanging out with HEAT ever since I left home.  I’m only sixteen, but I’ve experienced way more in my life than most people. Gotten into some trouble, too.  That’s why I ran away from…

Never mind. I’m not supposed to talk about that.

Why am I picketing DogMa, a no-kill animal shelter? Now that you mention it, I’m not sure.  Raven told us to come here, and when Raven says do something, we do it.  Don’t tell anyone, but I feel a little weird protesting a dog rescue. I want to adopt a puppy myself. But if Raven says that animal ownership is evil, then it must be evil.  She wouldn’t lie to me, right? 

I like Raven.  She knows all about my past and protects me anyway.  But lately, she’s been kind of crazy, even for her.  I’m worried about her.  She’s acting all weird, like she’s got some sort of plan. Whatever it is, I hope it doesn’t get her hurt.

Uh oh.  I’d better stop talking to you.  Raven’s giving me the evil eye, and she’s got Eduardo on leash next to her, wearing a leather dog collar.  I’m not supposed to talk to people I don’t know. She looks mad.  Believe me, you don’t want to be around Raven when she gets mad….

A note from Tracy:  How about a contest?  What was the best animal you ever shared your life with?  Comment below (be sure to include your e-mail address) and enter to win a Karma’s a Killer book bag!  Winner will be picked on May 11!

66 comments:

  1. My cat who was called Bobby Socks. He was so loving and devoted.

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  2. The best animal I ever shared my life with is my wonderful kitty-boy of 17 years, Joey; to me he is more precious than the finest jewel!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

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  3. All of my animals! We have been blessed many times by being 'adopted' by rescues- the best animals on the planet!!
    Cheers-
    Kelly Braun
    Gaelicark@yahoo.com

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    1. Each animal is special in its own way....

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  4. All of my animals! We have been blessed many times by being 'adopted' by rescues- the best animals on the planet!!
    Cheers-
    Kelly Braun
    Gaelicark@yahoo.com

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  5. Its hard to pick the "best animal" in my life. I currently have two cats, Cosmo and Sammy who are very much part of our family and much loved. Two animals from my past, Mickey, a cocker spaniel who tolerated being dressed up and pulled around in a wagon, when I was a small girl and more recently, our dog, Jackson, who passed away a few years ago. He was a one of a kind dog, very loyal, loving and I still miss him. dbahn@iw.net

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    1. Mickey sounds very patient. I'm sorry for your loss of Jackson....

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  6. How do you pick one from so many? But the one that lasted the longest and was the funniest was Chelsea. She lived almost a full 18 yr. A devoted companion with plenty of humor. Della at deepotter@peoplepc.com

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    1. 18 years is an awesome lifespan for a pet. and I love that she infused your life with humor.

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  7. My best of all time was my cat Alex. He was part Siamese with beautiful blue eyes, and we loved each other so much! lkleback@hotmail.com

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    1. I had a part Siamese cat when I was a kid. They have amazing, strong personalities.

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  8. My cat who adopted me about 11 years ago. She is a beautiful tuxedo named Tiki.
    angelhwk68@yahoo.com

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  9. It's so hard to choose just one--I've had so many wonderful animals. But my very first cat when I was out on my own was great---he moved many places with me and never complained---and even outlasted 2 husbands.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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    1. For many of us, animals are the most consistent relationships in our lives. And some of the most powerful.

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  10. You would love a Schipperke. They are the best dogs ever. They would definitely fit in your goth theme as they are all black and are nicknamed little black devils.

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    1. Bella says German shepherds are the best dogs! ;-) But Goth Girl says a little black devil sounds pretty cool!

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  12. Thomas and DirtyBob- great cats. Unfortunately- Thomas is no loner with us. forgot
    kckendler @ gmail dot com

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  13. Oh, it has to be Pep, the Pug that was birthday gift for granddaughter who lives with us. I was totally opposed to the pet idea (my reaction caught on camera when Grandpa brought out the surprise) but guess who brought him up into bed first? I knew I was lost when I went to work one day and as I left told him to have a good day. He's an old guy now, surgeries, arthritis, random poops, but still our ever attentive buddy.
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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    1. Funny how they wiggle their way into our hearts, isn't it?

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  14. All my pets have been special! However, the cat I have now is really special, she is 18 years old and is so loving and she does some really unusual stuff like sucking on her back toe when she is happy and purring. She is a great companion! I love her so much.

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  15. All my pets have been special! However, the cat I have now is really special, she is 18 years old and is so loving and she does some really unusual stuff like sucking on her back toe when she is happy and purring. She is a great companion! I love her so much.

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  16. It's impossible to pick just one of my animal companions. Bandit, my first cat from college who hated everyone but me, my loving dogs-Barrett, jealous girl Brioche, old man Sam, my current cats cranky Calumet, spawn of Satan Licorice, the most loving of any animal, Mariusz. Sweet cat Kokishin who died too soon. All my rats, past and present, most especially NIHM and Josef and my off track thoroughbred, Harley. But the most wonderful of all was my cat Aleister who crossed the Rainbow Bridge in December at 17 years old. Always sweet, never causing a problem, he was my angel and I still miss him terribly.

    cozyupwithkathy @ gmail dot com

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    1. So many great animals, with such great names! I love that I have a Bandit in the series....

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  17. I have to say that I was given the best cat in the whole world for Christmas when I was in the third grade. She was such a tiny kitten, small enough to fit in the palm of my hand. She was all black and I named her Silky Moon Light, which I quickly changed to Mischief. She was my best friend for 18 years until we discovered that she had kitty lung cancer. It was devastating but not long after we found out this sad news I found out I was pregnant. It was nice to know that she waited until I had someone else to love before she left me. I miss her every day. utaker555@gmail.com

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    1. What a great story. I love the name Mischeif!

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  18. Our Catahoula/blue heeler by the name of Trouble. He's the best dog ever & we're losing him via cancer. Our hearts will break when he passes, but, he's had a good life. Even chased bears in Alaska! Thank you for the chance to win the tote bag. sxygrndma48{at}yahoo{dot}com

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    1. I'm sorry for Trouble's illness. Here's hoping you have many, many good times with him left.

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  19. We had a collie named Lassie, of course. She was the best. She would round up the cows and keep them in the pasture when a storm knocked down part of the fence. She rounded up our rabbits when the wind blew their boxes over until we could get there and contain them again. She always knew when the car coming down the road was going to turn in and would bark then, if they weren't going to turn in, she didn't bark. She was a very smart dog.

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

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    1. Lassie! How wonderful! My parents had a collie for awhile. Great dogs.

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  20. My dog, Katya. She was half sheltie and half coyote. The weirdest dog but so smart. And she could almost talk!
    laurathomas61(at)att(dot)net

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  21. Casey, a faun boxer with point ears. He loved ice cream, marshmallows, rides in the car, and air conditioning and sprinklers. He protected us from evil huskies and dobermans, rabid skunks, and people who shouldn't be knocking on our door. He was soft and drooley, friendly, and lovable.
    kat8762@aol.com

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  22. Who wouldn't love all of those things? Especially marshmallows! And rabid skunks should be avoided at all costs. Dangerous on both ends!

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  23. Darlene PetersonMay 10, 2016 at 10:29 PM

    The pet of my youth. A black lab named Prince was the best dog ever. He made us all feel safe and protected. I wish he was still around.
    6186pep(at)msn(dot)com

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    1. It's hard to lose those truly special ones. Their lifespan is their only fault.

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  24. My first dog was a rescue named Chloe. A beagle/dachshund mix. Too long and short for a beatle.
    cjreynolds52(at)comcast(dot)net

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  25. My best friend was made at age 8 when a stray fluffy gray and white cat came into my life. My Dad called the cat, "Captain Jack" because it has fur markings of a grey mustache. Alas, CJ had kittens! He was a she. CJ and I bonded and became best buddies. At age 22, I got married and Captain moved in with my hubby and I. Yes, she was STILL with me! At age 18, she sadly developed Feline Lukemia and we had to send her over the rainbow bridge due to the pain she was having. But, those 18 years with my furry gal were the best. She will forever be the one pet who holds the hugest place in my heart. She and I grew up together. I miss her alot. <3

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    1. How awesome that you got to have her in your life for so long....

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  26. I have always had cats. Growing up it was Angel. When I first got married it was Molly. We also had Cookie. Currently it is Lucky and 'Lil Kitty! lindaherold999@gmail.com
    I enjoy seeing photos of your dog!

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    1. Tasha is very photogenic, isn't she! I love kitties, too! I don't have any now, but I had 4 when I got Tasha. The last one died of lymphoma about a year ago.

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  27. The best animal I've ever had is my current service dog, Skittles. He accepts me unconditionally and can read my emotions (and pain level) better than any human! Skittles was superbly trained before we were matched and that match has been perfect! When I'm at PT, he "reads" the other patients as e roll by. The therapists have learned to watch him as he tends to pull toward any patient that is struggling on any given day. Marla's comment is interesting as PITA members, at times stop and yell at service dog teams telling us how awful we are o make our dogs work. Well, my boy and I are best friends. Who wouldn't want to be with their best friend all of the time? Skittles is happiest working. He literally has a big Golden Retriever smile and happy wagging tail. We share plenty of playtime as well as wok time. servedogmom@yahoo.com

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    1. I'm so sorry that you get yelled at by Peta members. There's no excuse for that. The service dogs I've seen seem happy and sooooo well loved.

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  28. I CANT PICK ONE ABOVE THE OTHERS. I HAD DOGS WHEN I WAS YOUNG AND CATS AS I GOT OLDER AND THEY WERE ALL GREAT PETS AND I LOVED THEM ALL.SHELLEY S. calicolady60@hotmail.com

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  29. Her name was Silky, the cat. She was fiercely independent & most definitely ruled the house.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Silky...I can almost feel her fur....

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  30. I loved all my pets, and one of my favorites was my cat Angel she played and acted like she was a dog!
    Lisa H.
    hseaside5@aim.com

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    1. My kitty Maggie used to play fetch. ;-)

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  31. I have two animals that were and are the best to me. My first was a Boston Terrier that I bought shortly after I graduated from high school. Angel Lee didn't have papers but it didn't matter to me. Her slobbery kisses and willingness to share love was just what I needed. She loved to play and her favorite thing was to ride through McDonald's for french fries. My other pet is my black cat, Romeo Luigi. A lady from a church I was working at gave him to me. He rode under the seat of my car when I drove home, mewing to me the whole time. He has a line of Siamese in him and is a real talker who is attached to me. Thanks for the opportunity to enter my loves in your contest.

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  32. When my three children were young, we found a stray cocker spaniel mix we named "Rusty." Rusty woke me up barking at the back door frantically in the early hours of the morning. I got up and saw nothing outside but Rusty persisted in barking. I opened the back door with my shotgun full of rock salt thinking I would shoot whatever "varmint" was out there or Rusty [not really] but when I opened the back door the second time all the ceilings in the house went up in flames [backdraft.] I was able to get the kids out without a scratch on them because Rusty smelled the smoke in the attic before it reached the smoke detectors.

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    1. Wow. Just wow. What a GOOOOOOOOOD dog.

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  33. Meshuganeh was our mama cat who nurtured anything she could.

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    1. I had a kitty like that once. It would steal kittens from other cats on the farm.

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  34. Anyone one of my pets past and present. Gus Gus my pug has left the biggest hole in my life. He was named after the fat little mouse on Cinderella. Then Bobbins (my 1st cat) keeps me grounded and Rhubarb (my seconded cat) thinks I'm her mother.

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    1. I'm convinced the holes they leave behind can only be filled by another furry creature.

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  35. The winner is CJReynolds52! Congratulations!

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