To “declaw” or to not “declaw” … PawProject.Org!!

~~May 15, 2014~~


I never knew that this procedure was so invasive/aggressive. I thought it was a matter of just clipping the claw. As you can see it entails to much more. 

I also thought that this was done only to house cats. No, this procedure is done to tigers, mountain lions, big cats. It’s so much more. These animals are really affected by this procedure. I saw the movie and it brought tears to my eyes. 

There are “big interests” here too. 

Please, get informed. Research and take a look at the Paw Project website.


Big cats are declawed by their owners with the intention of making the animals less dangerous to handle. Typically, the owners are private collectors who are trying to make a household “pet” out of a feral feline that is, by nature, not a suitable pet. It is rare for public zoos to have declawed cats. Unfortunately, the tiger or cougar that was cute and playful as a cub can be dangerous as an adult, whether or not it has claws. A “pet” that weighs several hundred pounds and eats twenty pounds of meat a day may no longer seem like such a good idea. These cats, victims of human ignorance or arrogance, are sometimes killed. The luckier ones find themselves abandoned or confiscated by authorities and become residents of an animal refuge. There are over a hundred such sanctuaries in the U.S. alone, housing thousands of declawed big cats.

Onychectomy, popularly known as declawing, is an operation to surgically remove an animal’s claws by means of the amputation of all or part of the distal phalanges, or end bones, of the animal’s toes. Because the claw develops from germinal tissue within the third phalanx, amputation of the bone is necessary to fully remove the claw. The terms “onychectomy” (origin: Greek ὄνυξ onycho, nail + ἐκτομή ektome, excision) and “declawing” imply mere claw removal, but a more appropriate description would be phalangectomy, excision of toe bone.

Cats normally walk with their toes bearing the weight of their bodies; each step is cushioned by the pad under the toe. Declawed cats experience extreme pain supporting their body weight when standing or walking, if the tendon attached to the retained segment of the third phalanx pulls that bit of bone under the foot. The displaced bone fragment produces a painful “pebble-in-the-shoe” sensation when they stand or try to walk.

Naala, a lioness limping on her front 'wrist' due to complications from declaw surgery

To compensate for the pain in their tender paws, cats will attempt to shift their weight farther back on their feet, in effect walking on their “wrists,” like Naala, an African lioness shown here. The stresses caused by the abnormal posture and movement, may produce arthritis in the legs, which, in turn, may cripple the cat further and cause it more suffering.

Also, bone fragments may contain remnants of nail-forming tissue that may continue to grow deep within the foot, causing infection. The pad is often displaced backwards, toward the rear of the foot, allowing the weight of the cat’s body to push the end of the second toe bone (second phalanx, or p2), through the thinned tissue on the underside of the foot. These complications may occur in combination, invariably resulting in great pain for the animal to stand or walk.

nail regrowth following declaw surgery

~~Here’s the initial post about this topic~~


The Paw Project’s mission is to educate the public about the painful and crippling effects of feline declawing, to promote animal welfare through the abolition of the practice of declaw surgery, and to rehabilitate cats that have been declawed.

The Paw Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (EIN: 59-3782436, CA Corp ID: 26040) supported by private donations and the sale of LaLa Cards, animal-themed greeting cards. The tax-deductible contributions are used for costs of surgical care and supplies, educational programs, and anti-declawing efforts.

~~The Paw Project educates the public about why declawing is inhumane~~

Many people, including animal lovers, do not realize that declawing is a surgical procedure in which the animal’s toes are amputated at the last joint. A portion of the bone, not just the nail, is removed. Declawing may result in permanent lameness, arthritis, and other long-term complications. The practice, although common in the United States, is actually illegal in many countries. Great Britain’s Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons goes so far as to declare declawing “unnecessary mutilation.”

 Naala, an African Lioness

Naala is an African lioness. Born in 1995, she had been declawed and then abandoned as a cub. She is now cared for at a Southern California animal sanctuary. 

In a misguided attempt to keep big cats such as lions and tigers, as pets, their owners have the animals declawed as cubs, believing that they will be protected against injury. Later, when the cats prove to be poor pets, weighing hundreds of pounds and eating 20 pounds of meat a day, they are often neglected, confiscated by animal regulatory officials, or abandoned. They often end up in animal compounds or sanctuaries.

Two Mountain Lions

Before finding a home at a Southern California animal sanctuary these two mountain lions had been declawed. Both experienced tremendous pain walking. When funds became available these two magnificent big cats had reparative surgery performed on their front paws. Photography courtesy Snowden Bishop.

Male Lion

This old male lion lives at a Southern California animal sanctuary. Declawed when he was a cub, he had increasing pain and difficulty walking as he matured due to the declaw surgery. It is not uncommon for the suffering experienced by declawed big cats to worsen as they age. Photography courtesy Snowden Bishop.

Dr. Jennifer Conrad with a lion cub

In her former role as head veterinarian at a wildlife sanctuary, Dr. Jennifer Conrad founded The Paw Project, which rehabilitates big cats, such as lions, tigers, cougars, and jaguars, that have been maimed by declawing. She has been a proactive spokesperson advocating humane alternatives to declaw surgery and has been interviewed on numerous television and radio programs to educate the public about the mutilating effects of feline declawing. She has tirelessly supported legislative efforts in California to ban feline declawing, which is a practice banned in many industrialized countries throughout the world.


~~The Paw Project Official Trailer 1 (2013) – Documentary~~

~~Published on Sep 30, 2013~~

This is a David and Goliath story of one veterinarian’s battle to protect her patients (tigers, lions and even house cats) from big corporations, with their big corporate money, that will shamelessly do anything to animals to increase their bottom line. She starts a grassroots movement that is fueled by passion, but appears to be losing the battle. Then, unexpectedly, she realizes that the corporations accidentally left her a giant loophole. In a scramble to take advantage of this unforeseen gift, she leads the crusade passing legislation protecting animals from de-clawing in seven cities in just six weeks.

We ALL are connected through NATURE!! 

We ALL are ONE!! 


A sad reality …. amazing what a year can do!!

~~May 12, 2014~~

It’s been a bit more than one year that I started blogging.

This was a totally brand new endeavor for me. I found it very interesting, appealing and educational. Every day I learned something new. I still learn something new to this date. 

When I chose topics to blog about, I research about them. I look for related links, references and the like.

One of the most important things that have become important to me are the connections which are established with other bloggers and the readers and followers who stop by our “spots”.

I find them to be teachers, leaders,  inspirational. Another source of learning, sharing and connecting.

It’s funny how things change … and at the same time, it’s sad.

The sad reality is when those relationships sour. After connecting and being some part of our lives, situations get out of control and difference appear that the bonds. There’s a bittersweet taste in our mouths thinking that what we had … never was. 

The only constant we have in life is change. 

This is very well expressed in the lyrics of one of my favorite songs. 

Once things change, can it be recovered? Can it be fixed?

Who can say?

~~Enya – Only Time~~

(Official Music Video)

~~Uploaded on Oct 25, 2009~~

“Only Time” Lyrics:

Who can say where the road goes
Where the day flows, only time
And who can say if your love grows
As your heart chose, only time

Who can say why your heart sighs
As your love flies, only time
And who can say why your heart cries
When your love lies, only time

Who can say when the roads meet
That love might be in your heart
And who can say when the day sleeps
If the night keeps all your heart
Night keeps all your heart

Who can say if your love grows
As your heart chose
– Only time
And who can say where the road goes
Where the day flows, only time

Who knows?

Only time

We ALL are ONE!! 

“Being a Light in the World” … Blog Award!!

~~March 7, 2014~~

A known blogger and dear friend Barbara from nominated “It Is What It Is” for the “Being a Light in the World” Blog Award!!

She created this award on March 4, 2014.


“I’m creating this Award to celebrate all those wonderful people in the World who spread Light, and Love and Hope and Peace in the name of All.  These bloggers should consistently promote these qualities and work to be a force for peace and light in the world.


~~The Rules~~

Thank the person who gives you the award

Spread this award around to the people who you know who are doing this work, so that the work continues and the light is spread

Let your nominees know 

Never give up on your fellow human beings”


Before I continue on to list my nominees,  it’s an honor to humbly accept this award. To me, this award carries much value because it was created by my dear friend and also because of the meaning behind it.

Being a “light in this world” of ours brings a lot of responsibilities. There are many “forces” out there trying to extinguish the LIGHT … as they have done before. We must arduously work to continue to shine this light. First and foremost, keep the light alive within to be able to take it outside. 

We are ALL in this together!! 


~~My nominees for the “Being a Light in the World Award”~~

Barbara …. …. YOU ARE THE FIRST ONE!

Mind Chatter ….

Arlen ….

Becki ….

Xena ….

Michael ….



I have nominated you for another award. If you do not wish to accept it – no problem. Simply interpret this as my admiration and for sharing your wonderful posts with us all.


Godspell – Light Of the World – Movie Version

Published on Mar 29, 2013

From the film Godspell released in 1973


We ALL are connected through this wonderful WEB!! 


We ALL are ONE!!


There’s nothing new about a “selfie” ….

~~March 4, 2014~~

A selfie is a type of self-portrait photograph, typically taken with a hand-held digital camera or camera phone.

Selfies are often associated with social networking. They are often casual, are typically taken either with a camera held at arm’s length or in a mirror, and typically include either only the photographer or the photographer and as many people as can be in focus. Selfies taken that involve multiple people are known as “group selfies“.

In August 2013 the Guardian produced a film series titled Thinkfluencer exploring selfie exposure in the UK.


Robert Cornelius, an American pioneer in photography, produced a daguerreotype of himself in 1839 which is also one of the first photographs of a person. Because the process was slow he was able to uncover the lens, run into shot for a minute or more, and then replace the lens cap.

He recorded on the back “The first light Picture ever taken, 1839.”

~~Early Edwardian woman taking her picture in a mirror roughly 1900~~

Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia taking

one of the first teenage self-portraits

The debut of the portable Kodak Brownie box camera in 1900 led to photographic self-portraiture becoming a more widespread technique. The method was usually by mirror and stabilizing the camera either on a nearby object or on a tripod while framing via a viewfinder at the top of the box. Russian Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna at the age of 13 was one of the first teenagers to take her own picture using a mirror to send to a friend in 1914.

In the letter that accompanied the photograph, she wrote, “I took this picture of myself looking at the mirror. It was very hard as my hands were trembling.”



The term “selfie” was discussed by photographer Jim Krause in 2005, although photos in the selfie genre predate the widespread use of the term.

In the early 2000s, before Facebook became the dominant online social network, self-taken photographs were particularly common on MySpace. However, writer Kate Losse recounts that between 2006 and 2009 (when Facebook became more popular than MySpace), the “MySpace pic” (typically “an amateurish, flash-blinded self-portrait, often taken in front of a bathroom mirror”) became an indication of bad taste for users of the newer Facebook social network.

Early Facebook portraits, in contrast, were usually well-focused and more formal, taken by others from distance. In 2009 in the image hosting and video hosting website Flickr, Flickr users used ‘selfies’ to describe seemingly endless self-portraits posted by teenage girls. According to Losse, improvements in design — especially the front-facing camera copied by the iPhone 4 (2010) from Korean and Japanese mobile phones, mobile photo apps such as Instagram, and selfie sites such as ItisMee — led to the resurgence of selfies in the early 2010s.


Initially popular with young people, selfies gained wider popularity over time. By the end of 2012, Time magazine considered selfie one of the “top 10 buzzwords” of that year; although selfies had existed long before, it was in 2012 that the term “really hit the big time”. According to a 2013 survey, two-thirds of Australian women age 18–35 take selfies — the most common purpose for which is posting on Facebook. 
A poll commissioned by smartphone and camera maker Samsung found that selfies make up 30% of the photos taken by people aged 18–24.

By 2013, the word “selfie” had become commonplace enough to be monitored for inclusion in the online version of the Oxford English Dictionary. In November 2013, the word “selfie” was announced as being the “word of the year” by the Oxford English Dictionary, which gave the word itself an Australian origin.

Selfies have also taken beyond the earth. A space selfie is a selfie that is taken in space. This include selfies taken by astronauts, machines and by an indirect method to have self-portrait photograph on earth retaken in space.

In January 2014, during the Sochi Winter Olympics, a “Selfie Olympics” meme was popular on Twitter, where users took self-portraits in unusual situations. The spread of the meme took place with the usage of the hashtags#selfiegame, and #selfieolympics.


On March 2, 2014, Ellen DeGeneres tweeted a group selfie while hosting the 86th Academy Awards ceremony. The selfie included Hollywood celebrities Jared LetoJennifer LawrenceChanning TatumMeryl StreepJulia RobertsKevin SpaceyBrad PittLupita and Peter Nyong’o, and Angelina Jolie and set a record as the most retweeted photo in the history of the service, with more than 1 million retweets.

~~I just think the following video is fun. Will embed here. Enjoy~~


Oscars 2014 Ellen Degeneres Best Oscar Moments Ellen

~~Oscar Selfie & Pizza~~


Enjoy the humor of it all! 

We ALL are ONE!!