Author Archives: Bethany

About Bethany

Food-motivated though not food-aggressive bleeding heart animal lover and advocate. Views expressed do not reflect those of employers & may include bad words.

What the Walker Wants

For the past few months I’ve been working with a local dog walking company. It’s been a rather interesting experience. My initial motivation was simply that I had never hired or worked for a dog walking company and yet at … Continue reading

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Kentucky Derby Day

First, I suggest reading an article about horse racing over on Slate. I can wait. Now, I’m going to explain why I find this article thought-provoking yet deeply problematic. First, I do give the writer credit for acknowledging his prior … Continue reading

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You Can’t Give Up: or why animal advocates should watch Joss Whedon

Recently the Maryland Court of Appeals issued a ruling that upset a great many people, myself included. I suggest reading the ruling in full. Essentially the ruling changes the status of pit bulls in Maryland. Previously, if a dog of … Continue reading

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What’s small, fluffy, and trainable?

Many people who live in the DC area live in apartments. If they want a pet, they want one who doesn’t have to go outside in the winter, can be trained, is soft and cuddly, is quiet, and (most important … Continue reading

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Fall Off 100 Times

Although some of my friends laugh at me for it, I believe that we can find important lessons in the lives of animals and our interactions with them. Maybe it goes back to adoring Philosophy classes in college and vehmently … Continue reading

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Roll Over and Play Dead: Great Plot and Good Points

Basics: Roll Over and Play Dead, Joan Hess, 1991 Rereading this at the age of 27 was quite a different experience from when I first read it–probably age 9 or so and while I liked animals, definitely not aware of … Continue reading

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Welcome!

Toby and I would like to welcome you to the new home of Capital Animals! We hope you enjoy it and are patient during our growing pains and find what I’m sure are at least a few broken links that … Continue reading

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I’m back!

Hello! While I was at the shelter I wasn’t blogging due to some in-house rules about conflict of interest, but I’m not there anymore. The upshot–I’m back at Capital Animals! I know, I know, you all have missed me oh … Continue reading

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This will not be updating for the near future

Due to changing jobs and now working for an animal shelter to coordinate adoptions outreach there, I no longer feel that it is ethical for me to keep up this blog.  I will keep it up for awhile because I … Continue reading

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Come Together

The Smithsonian claims that outdoor cats (feral and pet) are a serious danger to birds. They even seem to suggest (subtly) that TNR be abandoned and that TNR supporters are unknowingly killing birds. Alley Cat Allies claims that loss of … Continue reading

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