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Three Little Words

Updated on December 31, 2017
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Vladimir is a former champion ratter (retired). His hobbies are bushwalking, birdwatching and nature studies

Even a Cat can Dream
Even a Cat can Dream | Source

I have a Dream

What I wish for the world can be summed up in three little words Contentment, Compassion, Caring.

The contentment is primarily for me but, if compassion and caring are exercised, we all end up getting our own little bit.

It's no good hoping for wild happiness and soaring joy. If that sort of thing ever happens outside of storybooks, it's a very temporary state and we would all be better off aiming for contentment.

From this blissful state we can put our minds to making the world a better place. A world in which we all live in harmony with each other, harmony with all species and harmony with Nature herself.

Is this too much to ask? Even a cat can dream.

A cat counts his blessings
A cat counts his blessings | Source


Count your blessings

It's no secret that I'm very happy being alive. I know what it's like to feel the Grim Reaper stand at my shoulder with his scythe about to do the dirty work. Believe me. I appreciate each new day.

What I want is do is nap gently on my best armchair, waking at hourly intervals for a small and tasty meal hand-prepared by the woman who feeds me. I appreciate her humble servitude and I show this by performing those jobs decreed by Nature. We all have to work and, even if you don't like your job, you can still undertake your duties in a manner which gives you pride. Pride in yourself is a necessity for a long and fruitful life.

I do my work daily

I do my bit. I relentlessly keep down any rodent incursion on the compost bins. I give the kookaburras a laugh by staring at them savagely through slitted eyes. I greet visitors. I keep the woman's blood pressure down. I share the love around.

Keep your eyes on the heavens but remember that as long as you have a roof over your head, enough to eat and the company of a friend, you have no need of physical baubles. You don't have to show off a better cat basket than the Siamese next door.

Count your blessings. Be content. Live longer.

I have had this dream all my life - To make the world a better place

Even a cat can change the world for the better
Even a cat can change the world for the better

Being content is being grateful for what you have

Cheetah family in fear of being turned into fur coats
Cheetah family in fear of being turned into fur coats


Countless species have become extinct because of habitat destruction and direct killing. Many more are in dire danger like this cheetah family.

All I want is compassion for life on our planet.

It's hard to imagine that in this year of 2018 there are still some people who wear fur coats! I have quite a good one myself (with only a few grey hairs) but I have no desire to be stalked, slaughtered and skinned so some insert word here can drape my epidermis carelessly over a shoulder. Would you want to be flayed?

Compassion means compassion for all species, not just your own.

Respect for other living creatures is the highest form of intelligence.on the evolutionary ladder.

Treating animals with kindness and compassion is like treating our fellow human beings with kindness and compassion

Compassion means Respect - for all Creatures

"Animals aren't third-class citizens; they're nations of beings who deserve dignity and respect."

The Animal Manifesto

This book should be required reading - compulsory for all people, not just animal lovers. It will open the eyes of those who don't know much about animal rights.

Without becoming maudlin, Bekoff encourages you to not just put more thought into your treatment of animals, but how to follow that thought right through to action.

He clearly points out that animals think and feel. All creatures share the trait of empathy, whether we are human or otherwise

Acting compassionately helps all beings and our world.


Start at home

People like to get a cat or dog, and they like young ones. Kittens and Puppies. You see a lot of this activity around Christmas and, although it's beyond me why this is so, it's a well known phenomenon. It's also well known that people are plagued with poor memories.

People forget these cute little bundles of fur grow up.

They forget that all creatures have a right to be respected for what they are.

And people forget that cats and dogs breed.

I wish that every animal companion owner was responsible. I wish they would have their anipals desexed. (I've never looked back since my little op). What happens to all those thousands of unwanted kittens and puppies otherwise? I shudder to think about it. Every little creature has the right to be wanted. Do your bit and desex your pets!

Caring is to Think Global - Act Local

We can all be Friends

A cat and a fox show respect to each other (and a little friendly greeting)
A cat and a fox show respect to each other (and a little friendly greeting)

Could my dream come true?

Do you think we can make the world a better place with Contentment, Compassion and Caring?

See results

© 2013 Vladimir

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      5 years ago

      Your words are always so wise dear Vladimir. Wiley and Lady Ghost agree with your thinking on this. Although Wiley is not sure what a kookaburra is, he is glad you are staring them down.

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      5 years ago

      I'm glad you feel contented, it is, as you say, a blissful state, and you deserve it after your hard work on animal rights. Scratch under the chin for you

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      5 years ago

      You're a wonderful spokesperson for animals, Vladi

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      5 years ago

      The book, the Animal Manifesto, looks wonderful - explaining that animals think and feel. Yes, we have to treat them with kindness and compassion. Thank you for a wonderful, warm lesson

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      5 years ago

      If everyone thought like you we would live in a much better world

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      Alisha Vargas 

      5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Vladi, as always you say it straight as a cat should. My cats and I definitely agree with you and do our best to make the world a better place.

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      Elsie Hagley 

      5 years ago from New Zealand

      Left my paw mark here. Yes we can all help and love animals a little more, but I am a lover of all animals. Happy Valentine day.


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