<![CDATA[Operation PAW - Meow Power]]>Thu, 11 Jan 2018 04:12:32 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[SPECIESISM]]>Thu, 03 Jul 2014 18:29:41 GMThttp://operationpaw.com/meow-power/speciesismPicture
I consider all species equal.  Even though I may be capable of feats you can only dream of, I will allow that humans occasionally still surprise me.  In fact, most other species are enigmas with impressive skill sets.  I mention this because people operate under the mistaken belief that humans are somehow superior.  
 
It's time for you to apply a little equal opportunity in your life.  Try viewing everyone and everything that surrounds you -- felines, farmers, flamingos, fashion models, foxes, football players, flounders, freedom fighters - as no higher or lower on the chain of life.  Each has a valid existence you can learn from, a special place in the universe that only they can fill.  Ponder this puzzle and recognize your own unique potential while appreciating the vast framework of links to which you belong.  Share any insights you might have, please.


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<![CDATA[FELINE VERSION OF FORGIVE AND FORGET]]>Wed, 02 Jul 2014 20:25:31 GMThttp://operationpaw.com/meow-power/feline-version-of-forgive-and-forgetPicture
Felines know how to hold a grudge.  We really don't see much point to the whole tenet "forgive and forget." Because we don't forget…ever.  But that's not to say we won't grant amnesty. 
If you beg/crawl/prostrate yourself enough, a cat may declare truce.  (This option is highly recommended if you value your safety and sanity.)  

Even though we may still recall the intolerable incident that caused the aforesaid grudge, kitties are capable of something much more significant when slighted than forgiving and/or forgetting.  We accept that you're going to incur our wrath.  And we accept that after the appropriate amount of groveling, we'll still need you to open up our tins of smelly succulence.

So dump that inferior philosophy of forgive and forget in the litterbox…acceptance is a much better way to get along with each other.


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<![CDATA[MEASURING SUCCESS]]>Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:57:22 GMThttp://operationpaw.com/meow-power/measuring-successPicture
When you look back on your life, I expect it won't be the material stuff that makes you feel successful.  It won't be how desirable your mate is, how high you climbed the corporate ladder, how many big shots you've known, how much money you made.  None of those things will give you fulfillment.  What you'll remember is kindness - how you helped another, the delight you got and gave doing something miraculous and unexpected. 
 
I try to repay the humans that rescued me every day.  What can you do to make a difference today?


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<![CDATA[CAGES]]>Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:43:46 GMThttp://operationpaw.com/meow-power/cagesPicture
Abandoned pets that end up at the shelter go into a cage.  It's scary and makes you feel helpless.  Loss of liberty, for whatever reason and for however long it lasts, is a frightening experience.  I was one of the lucky ones that got saved by Operation PAW.  
I'm telling you about my horrible experience because humans often make their own cages.  They feel as if they have no control over their lives.  But in truth, they have many choices and opportunities to be free.  When are you going to open up that door and step out?


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<![CDATA[DRAMATIZE]]>Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:19:54 GMThttp://operationpaw.com/meow-power/dramatizePicture
Cats are naturally dramatic.  We know how to make every day an event.  We can squeeze out every last drop of bliss from any situation.  We sleep more profoundly, impatiently demand our next savory interlude and instinctively understand the mythical splendor of life. 

Give me some examples of how humans can embellish the theatrical factor in their lives. Now practice!


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<![CDATA[MUNIFICENCE]]>Wed, 25 Jun 2014 20:12:30 GMThttp://operationpaw.com/meow-power/munificencePicture
Cats are not known for being generous.  And yet many
humans have received our gifts of purrs, kneading, and dead lizards/rodents/flying things.  We give these items without any strings attached or demand for appreciation, indifferent to your praise (or horror).  Have you mastered this skill?  
 
Since you probably won't consider me an authority, let's hear from a couple of human experts.  The Dalai Lama's thoughts on such benevolence: Labor to reduce suffering and foster justice, yet accept that all of your efforts may come to nothing in the end.  Or as Santa would say, good for goodness' sake.  
 
FYI, they are both cat lovers.  Coincidence? I think not.


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<![CDATA[Create the Life You Always Wanted]]>Tue, 24 Jun 2014 15:49:09 GMThttp://operationpaw.com/meow-power/create-the-life-you-always-wantedPicture
Felines manage to be both simple and complex simultaneously.  It's a useful trick -- humans should try it as often as possible.  Forget all you know about bad and good, suffering, or confusion. Instead think of one motivating desire…pleasure.  Then you may have a beginning understanding of cats. 
Cultivate
this attitude and you can create the life you always wanted. 
For me, that life includes a lot of naps.  What does it mean for
you?


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<![CDATA[FUREVER LOVE]]>Mon, 23 Jun 2014 19:15:38 GMThttp://operationpaw.com/meow-power/furever-lovePicture
You may be under the mistaken impression that dogs have cornered the market on love and adoration.  It's just not true.  Who would you rather be in a relationship with - a drooling, slavishly devoted partner or a mysterious, playful companion way out of your league?  I think we both know the answer to that!

In this day of unrealistic expectations and fabricated intimacy, I recommend you select a feline partner to shower with admiration.  After all, we expect it as our birthright.  No sense scaring the other humans.


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<![CDATA[Dreams]]>Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:10:12 GMThttp://operationpaw.com/meow-power/dreamsPicture
Cats spend a great deal of time sleeping, more than any other mammal.  (Because it's hard work being this incredible and takes a surprising amount of energy.)  This means I will spend about 2/3 of my life in dreamland.  
 
Humans don't spend nearly enough time dreaming…literally or figuratively.  Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to remember any forgotten dreams - no matter how fanciful or forbidden.  Hold them close, tell them they are lovely and let them breathe just a little bit.  Because you don't have to be asleep to dream.


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<![CDATA[Work It!]]>Thu, 19 Jun 2014 21:23:23 GMThttp://operationpaw.com/meow-power/work-itPicture
There are some cats that love to be the center of attention.  They crave the spotlight as if it were marinated in catnip. These bold creatures are ones who demand consideration, get adopted, and most likely drive their devoted fans mad with desire.  But enough about me…

I mention this because humans tend to hold back.  All stammering bashfulness and sweaty palms when it comes to crunch time. Admittedly, it's somewhat adorkable. But it would do you good to show off a little.  Learn to strut your stuff…preen a bit.  A modicum of confidence is very attractive.  Even if you are a furless bi-ped.


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