Dog walking really is a full time job.

All fired up. May 31, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — wheaters @ 8:28 pm

Hi gang,

I’ve hit my political straps this afternoon (despite Bunny being yowly and upset with her teeth). I’ve signed the GetUp! petition to end the live animal export trade, and sent a letter to the PM. THis is what I wrote (it’s not genius, but it’s something):

Dear Ms Gillard,

As Prime Minister of Australia you are in a rare position to make lasting and impressive change. I can’t say that I love my dog and sit quietly while I know other animals, who are just as sensitive, communicative and intelligent as my dog, are abused. No animal should have to live a life of pain and die in fear.

I would like to think that Australia is a leader in many respects, however in the case of live animal export, we are embarrassingly and horrifically negligent. I believe that once we have knowledge of such abuse, we shouldn’t ignore it, no matter how ugly the fallout might be.

I realise Indonesia is a developing country which struggles to feed its people, and that its knowledge and skills in animal slaughter are not where we would like them to be, however this does not ameliorate the horror of these animals’ last days on this planet. Live export is unnecessary for Australia to be a part of.

In my own life I only eat meat when I can be sure that it wasn’t farmed in intensive conditions, and that it was killed humanely. I do this for the same reasons I beg you to put a stop to this cruelty. I have too much knowledge of how animals are farmed and killed to sit by and do nothing, so I vote with my fork and support farmers and abattoirs who believe in growing (and killing) animals in a humane fashion. It’s not hard to do. Sometimes I can’t eat what I want when we go out, but should my whim be more important than how much pain an intelligent life feels? And I believe that you are in the same position with the live animal trade. You have too much information to do nothing. Just end it, stand up for something, even if it does piss off a whole lot of people.

I just think if I saw a video of my family dog being treated like that, what would I do? What will you do? Please help the helpless Prime Minister.

If the idea upsets you too, it's really easy to send an email to Julia, or to find a voice some other way. It's just not necessary to create such pain and fear in the world, and to be so brutal towards such vulnerable and powerless creatures. 
You can find Julia here...
The BanLiveExports.com campaign is jointly run by Australia's two peak animal protection bodies -- RSPCA Australia and Animals Australia. If you'd like to support our work, please consider making a donation <http://www.BanLiveExport.com/#donate>  today. 
Have fun with your democracy, team!



Ears looking at you kid. May 28, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — wheaters @ 10:14 pm

I think in this case a picture is worth a thousand (or at least 100) words.



May 24, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — wheaters @ 11:17 pm

This is a photo from last weekend – Murray was in Adelaide so it was just us girls (and Ped) for Sunday morning breakfast time in the Wheater household. Bunny usually commandeers her spoon at some point – in this photo she’s got the spoon from her cereal and fruit but also moved on to toast. I think maybe I should try having different food stuffs in each hand at meal times.

Later that day we went to Marsh and Jamie’s for the nommiest lunch – homemade silverbeet ravioli and beef daube, amaaaziing. Josie didn’t want to have her nap, so instead she came to hang with the big kids, and she even tried a bit of ravioli. Or really it was more crushing it in her fist and sucking on it, but we’ll say she tried it. I’m useless at this finger foods thing, I’m terrified she’s going to choke and as a result the kid is probably still going to be eating puree when she’s 10.


Bunny goes autumnal. May 22, 2011

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Bunny’s been a big fan of trees for some time now, and with the autumn colours she’s had a constant supply of excitement on our walks. This morning it occured to me to give her a leaf – why it hadn’t earlier I have no idea – and she thought it was pretty cool. Then she decided to eat it.



Sock on, sock off May 3, 2011

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The Wheaters are back from their Easter break…did you all have a good break too? We thought it felt long and relaxing. The place we were staying even gave us a big box of lindt! Can’t complain about that. We did fall in to the “holiday calories” trap though where you think they don’t count and where it almost seems to reduce the calories if you eat more (as tested by Murray’s 7 lindt balls in one night theory). One night I ate so much chocolate I actually felt nauseous.

We’ve also had a royal wedding with the perfect dress (lace + that neckline = divine), and OBL has been killed, which just makes me feel odd. The Biggest Loser has finished and Masterchef has started…it feels like some sort of strange yin and yang going on.

I’m busy with a couple of stories so the days have been pretty hectic. It’s amazing how time consuming the boring stuff is, and how it accumulates when you’re not paying attention to it. Even the time it takes me to peel and steam veg for the bear seems critical when you’ve got a deadline and only 1.5 hours of sleeping baby to get work done in.

So this post will be a few pics – this is from today. She had just pulled one sock off and was working on the other, thinking she was pretty funny.

This is from Tassie…Bunny plus view from our accom.

View without Bunny…

Bunny all rugged up for the Tassie cold…

And sporting the fancy Ralph Lauren cardi from Aunty Clare…

So Tassie was pretty awesome. Not that we saw much of it, but where we stayed was great and MONA was uh-maze-ing. It was creepy and weird and intoxicating and exciting. And because we were staying on the neighbouring winery property we had access to it all the time, went to the two wine bars, got room service from the restaurant and generally had a really nice time. I read, napped in the sun and just relaxed. If you can get to MONA you must, must go.

I’m currently reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan. It’s really good. Stay tuned for my next rant on food and books you simply must read…

lots of love gang.