I have delayed updating Beau's website this year because if he was alive Beau would now be 14 years old. It is highly unlikely I will ever see my beautiful boy again, except in spirit. It is still difficult for me to write these words.
I am leaving the majority of Beau's website unchanged because I am trying very hard to complete my book 'Finding Beau'. This book which is very important to me has had to be put on hold so many times because of the serious health problems and deaths of Beau's family members. As I have stated many times throughout this website I have borrowed every cent I have spent searching for Beau as well as the significant amount of veterinary bills I have paid to help my animal children. I need to continue to work to try to reduce this debt. I have to prioritise my time even though it is extremely important to me that I complete and publish my book 'Finding Beau'. The health and welfare of my animal children will always take priority over everything else ....
My English Setter "Beau" was stolen from our home on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia on 1 July 2003.
My website banner shows Beau with his paw up pleading with you to help him come back home.
From the moment I found Beau gone, I searched endlessly day and night for Beau. I advertised weekly, desperately trying to find Beau. I travelled endlessly, hammering up posters, distributing flyers and talking to people on the way, desperately trying to find Beau. More than 11 years have now gone since I last saw Beau. Beau has never been sighted and I have never received one piece of valid information about Beau. Beau literally vanished into thin air. This is the fate of stolen dogs and all stolen animals in Australia.
It is a national disgrace that absolutely nothing is being done to even discourage the stealing of dogs (all animals) and nothing is being done to stop irresponsible dog owners from keeping lost dogs they find without making any attempt to locate the legal owner of the dog. This also constitutes stealing.
The connections human beings form with dogs vary significantly. Since I was a young child I have shared an extremely deep connection with all animals. I believe I was born with this unconditional love. My English Setter "Beau" and every single one of the animals who share my life with me are my children. They are not "just an animal". I love my animal children very deeply. Their needs come before mine. I would go to the "ends of the earth" to help them. My Media Stories web page gives a tiny idea of the extent of my search for Beau.
My website is also dedicated to the memory of my precious English Setter "Jessie" who died on
1 May 2005 without seeing Beau again. Jessie suffered major trauma from what happened on the verandah the day Beau was stolen on 1 July 2003.
Dogs (all animals) are sophisticated, intelligent beings. I believe human beings have a great deal to learn from animals, rather than the reverse. There is no doubt that animals grieve. Animals can also suffer stress. Their emotional and behavioural problems are caused by human beings. Those human beings who use the word 'anthropomorphism' when discussing the relationship between a human being and a dog have little understanding of any animal. Denying or diminishing the intelligence and emotions of animals is nothing other than a strategy to avoid moral responsibility. Until human beings realise that an animal deserves the same respect as a human child, animal cruelty will never cease.
Human beings forget the great contribution animals make to our lives when they say: "It's only a dog (all animals)".
My Poems and Stories web page shows the close connection between human beings and dogs which has existed for more than a 100,000 Years and the inter-connectedness of all life. A Dog is Man's Best Friend.
My English Setter Breed web page provides some information about these beautiful dogs.
My Pet Grief web page talks about the joy of Love and the pain of Grief. These feelings are inter-connected. The stronger you love, the stronger will be the pain you suffer in your grief.
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross in her book 'The Wheel of Life' states "the sole purpose of life is to grow. The ultimate lesson is learning how to love and be loved unconditionally."
Diane Stein in her book 'Natural Healing for Dogs and Cats' states "the sickness of the Earth is reflected in the dis-eases of people and animals, and animals in their oneness with the Earth are hurt sooner than humans and are more helpless."
Mahatma Gandhi believed that "the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated".
I feel the time has come for human beings to give back unconditionally to the animals and the natural environment and stop taking for themselves.
A philosophy of the Cree Native American Indians is .. "Only after the last tree has been cut down. Only after the last fish has been caught. Only after the last river has been poisoned. Only then will you realise that money cannot be eaten".
'The Sacred Tree. Reflections on Native American Spirituality' produced collaboratively by Julie Bopp, Michael Bopp, Lee Brown and Phil Lane expressed this philosophy: "The Hurt of One is the Hurt of All. The Honour of One is the Honour of All."
The Hurt of Beau is the Hurt of All. The Honour of Beau is the Honour of All.
Respect the Earth and Every-Being therein .. therein lies the Dog.
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