I decided to call my new blog home Bleeding Heart NWA because I am a bleeding heart liberal, bleeding heart vegetarian, bleeding heart animal lover and bleeding heart sentimentalist. Having been a liberal thinking person for all of my adult life, that philosophy led to my becoming a vegetarian in my early twenties and to working in the veterinary field in my early thirties.
As a liberal I believe we have a duty to take care of not only every human being, but of every living creature and thing. As a vegetarian I believe we have a duty to stop killing animals for food; there are too many other food choices and eating animals is bad for the environment. As an animal lover I believe we have a duty to treat all animals humanely and care for them if they are in our lives. One of my favorite quotes is "if you can't afford the vet, don't get the pet" (thanks to my friend Julie for that one).
My intention is not to preach but to write about all things compassionate and positive. I am prone to cynicism and negativity and hope this experiment will help change the way I see life. I'll save the cynicism for my other blog.