Here in Canada it is Thanksgiving Weekend. I know that my friends south of the border celebrate in November but our holiday is in October. This is a great time to be thankful for the animals and people in our lives who make life worth living. Here are a couple of other ways we can make this world a better place.
Plant more trees. Plant trees that are native to your area and try to preserve the native shrubs and trees as part of your yard or garden. These trees will be great homes for native wildlife. These animals can co-exist with your pets if you plant purposely. Plant shrubs and bushes that existed in your area 100 years ago. Try to preserve your natural heritage. Slow down when driving to reduce animal road kill. Take a deep breath and enjoy nature. Slow down and breathe. Bird watch. Teach your children about respect for wildlife.
Buy local organic produce from small farmers. Support your local economy and insure food quality, whether you are buying for yourself or your pet. It is important to know where your food comes from. Free run chickens lead a much better life than cage layers. Fresh eggs taste better and you can ask the producer about things like antibiotics, hormones and additives. Responsibly raised beef and dairy cattle are happier and healthy and provide better milk, cheese and meat. Smaller farmers care for their animals, support the local economy and produce high quality food.
Take time to enjoy your family, the 2 legged and the 4 legged. Play with your dog, ride your horse or sit and pet the cat. Take your kids apple picking. Enjoy the fall as it is a long winter.