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Be the Change: Speak Out

Animals cannot speak so it is important for us to be their voice

If you see a hurt, abandoned, neglected, abused, dying animal, please stand UP and speak OUT for them and keep on speaking and standing until Justice is served.

A few recent examples below:

We are strategizing to change the policies of the Denver police department. Harley is a dog that was injured from being hit by a car, the Denver Police Department stood there for over 90 minutes without giving the dog any comfort or allowed any medical help at all as he lay there whimpering in pain. Their claim is that they needed to wait for Animal Control. Animal Control did not arrive for 90 minutes. PLUS, the police threatened to arrest a neighbor who was willing to take Harley to the hospital with the intimidation tactic that he would be interfering with an investigation. There was no investigation. The police didn’t allow this neighbor to help this dog or soothe him in any way, no blanket. Nothing. I am still unclear if Harley died before Animal Control arrived 90 minutes later or while he was being transported to wherever Animal Control was going to transport him. Either way, The Denver Police Department allowed this elderly dog of 14 years old to suffer for over 90 minutes without anyone helping him or showing him any love.

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Harley’s Mom Speaks Out…https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=1411224285810812&set=vb.1411179439148630&type=3&theater

In another case of cruelty towards an animal, because people spoke out the abuser is now in jail,

http://www.examiner.com/article/man-accused-of-burning-dog-is-behind-bars-and-facing-charges

The PIBBLE March on Washington DC is all about ending abuse and discrimination of pit bulls. ‪#‎realmenlovePIBBLES‬
standupforpits.us

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Be the change 4 paws

Here we are again… since today is Be the Change October 15, 2013 and this month is Pit Bull Awareness Month, I have decided to combine the two into one nifty little blog post about pit bulls.  Seems like the tide has been turning and myths about pit bulls are being overturned, not everywhere, but in a lot of places, thanks to TV shows like Pit Bulls and Parolees and Pit Boss and movies. You can Be the Change for Pit Bulls through education, fostering, adoption, and through your local shelter.  Show the world that pit bulls are good dogs. Be creative. Share the love and sloppy kisses.

What do you think???

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Here is a poll about pit bulls… please vote

 

http://specials.msn.com/more-polls.aspx

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A few cool stories about pit bull heroes

http://living.msn.com/family-parenting/pets/off-the-leash-blog-post?post=4b02f282-6652-4b19-8f13-9f02d0ddead1

elle the pit bull named hero dog of the year 

http://www.vetstreet.com/our-pet-experts/pet-scoop-therapy-pit-bull-named-american-hero-dog-orphaned-manatee-calf-rescued?WT.mc_id=cc_msn

You can watch beyond the myth documentary for free on Hulu

http://www.hulu.com/watch/417334

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This is a Blog Hop… you can enter here:

http://poochsmooches.blogspot.com/2013/10/blog-change-cool-shelter-policy.html

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Blog the Change: Imagine a No Kill Nation

Ever since I rescued my gal Cici, became involved with the Patrick movement, and learned about how abused and cruelly some animals are treated (pit bull breeds) at shelters and beyond through Breed Specific Legislation, and pet owners who should NEVER be pet owners, and also reading Nathan Winograd’s solution-oriented books and research about USA animal shelters, I’m committed to sharing the No Kill Equation and philosophy in hopes of Making a Difference. This cause is near and dear to my heart. NO healthy nor adoptable pet should be euthanized EVER. And no animal deserves to be abused and treated cruelly. These should be self evident and morally binding contracts that human beings have with the animals but some humans appear to have other agendas going on.

No animals should be killed because of their breed, because they were fought by criminals to make money, and no animals should be killed due to lack of space or cages. If some shelters can FLY dogs and cats to safety and new homes (Hawaii, California and other places),

https://celiasue.com/2013/04/12/saving-pets-lives/

http://www.seattledogspot.com/blog/dog-blog/post/rescue-group-flies-150-dogs-in-high-kill-shelters-to-the-northwest-for-adoption

then there is JUST NO EXCUSE for the killing of healthy and adoptable animals. I am NOT saying it is easy to be a shelter director and to make these decisions. AND what I am saying is that if it is your JOB is to humanely take care of animals and you are BEING PAID to do so, then you have a moral and ethical obligation to DO THE JOB of humanely taking care of animals and that DOES NOT INCLUDE KILLING animals when you have NOT implemented ANY part of the No Kill Equation.

‘And what if your pet is missing and ends up at a shelter?

According to Nathan Winograd:

“When their dog was lost, this family looked for him where most people do–at the well known County shelter. They looked for him every day for two weeks. They did not find him. Why? The City has a small, relatively unknown shelter, which is where he was. When they told the County where they were from, apparently no one there thought to tell them to check the City shelter or even that there was one. That would have been helpful information. They simply filed a lost report and told them to check the kennels, which they dutifully did, regularly.

But when they discovered that the City had its own small shelter, they went there and there he was, where he had been for two weeks. Thankfully, the City shelter does not kill animals or he would have been dead (California’s holding period is only 72 hours). Every day, shelters kill stray animals at the end of their holding periods, claiming people are irresponsible. In fact, the reasons people do not find more of their lost animals are a bit more complex.

In this article for the No Kill Advocacy Center, Missing Pet Partnership explains the reasons why more strays are not reclaimed and how shelters can triple the number of dogs and increase the number of cat who end up back home by seven-fold or more: http://bit.ly/1050UPb

When the dog saw his family, he went crazy. When the family saw their dog, they did, too. Killing is not an act of love. It is an act of violence. No Kill is love.”

Off the top of your head, imagine you are a shelter director… and you have a bunch of cats and dogs in your shelter… let’s say 50…  and you want to go No Kill… killing is no longer an option… you have 10 empty cages and a rescue effort brings in another 30 animals… what are you going to do???

Here is my list:

l. double or triple up some of the dogs/cats in cages

2. hold an adoption event, extend adoption hours and/or discount adoption fees

3. call upon volunteers and rescues in the area to foster some of the pets

4. bring some of the cages/kennels into the lobby to make the pets more visible for adoption

5. call the media to advertise the pets up for adoption

6. call other community organizations in the area to see if they can take a few pets

7. call sponsors, school organizations, teachers and ask if they would let you bring a few animals to school for an adoption event

8. call business chamber of commerce and other networks and ask for their assistance with adopting pets

9. call pet food express and other pet shops that DO NOT sell pets and ask if a few of the pets can be put in cages there for adoption

10. hold a pet-a-thon, adopt a pittie, black dogs or cats or whatever day every saturday or friday or whatever day

11. ask for help, ask staff to call upon others in the community to solve this problem

12. bring pets to the local mayor’s office with the media and ask the community for support

Some of these can be done on a regular (weekly) basis …

Think outside the cage/kennel and STOP Killing healthy, adoptable pets and STOP the lame excuses…

People that defend killing animals make me think of the part during the Alice’s Restaurant saga where the guy sings “I want to kill… I want to kill…” He has gone to the draft board and is trying to get out of going to Vietnam. He is trying to convince them that he is crazy. Just admit to the public that you want to kill animals… Own up to it. And if the public is (rightly) horrified, then grow a conscience and STOP KILLING ANIMALS.

Seems to me that our culture rewards abuse, torture and violence on all sorts of levels. Look at all of the wars the USA has started and continued. How we cannot get legislation for gun control, background checks, even after small children were shot down in Newtown, CT,  how we are taught to blame the victims of crimes and how little animal abusers are punished by our faulty Justice system.

People often mention – with pride – that the United States is the most powerful nations on earth. And it’s true. We’re also 12th in per capita income, 50th in infant survival rate, and 51st in life expectancy. But we can blow up more than anybody else, so we’ve got that going for us. (Source: CIA World Fact Book)

“We are a nation of animal lovers, and we, and the animals we love, deserve better. We deserve shelters that reflect our progressive and compassionate values, not thwart them. We now have a solution to shelter killing and it is not difficult, expensive, or beyond practical means to achieve. Only one thing stands in the way of its widespread implementation: a deeply troubled and dysfunctional animal protection movement that undermines the effort at every turn.

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“Through the No Kill movement, we can create a country in which it is illegal to kill animals who enter shelters. We can create a country in which children are raised with higher expectations for the treatment of animals—and an understanding and acceptance that animals have legal rights. And we can establish powerful advocates for the well-being of animals in every community by reclaiming the thousands of shelters across our nation, and reorienting them away from killing and back to their founding missions: to advocate for and save animals.”   Nathan Winograd

Let’s make a difference for our country and the people and animals in it.

The No Kill conference takes place July 13-14 in Washington, D.C.

TODAY is the last day for Just One Day rescuers and shelter staff to get a deep discount and for municipal shelter directors to register to get in free.

http://www.nokilladvocacycenter.org/shelter-reform/no-kill-conference/

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Just One Day

http://www.justoneday.ws/

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Blog the change 2013

want to see more of this positive pit bull press…

Imagine if a pit bull and her/his guardian have their own reality show… maybe it would be too boring for reality TV… no fights, no drama, just lots of fun, loving kisses, goofy antics… am thinking of doing a piece about celebs and their pit bulls as well as every day folks and their pit bulls… a day in the life of an ordinary pit bull and their guardian… and the day in the life of a celeb pit bull and their guardian… if you’d like to be part of this, let me know, thanks.

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Shorty Rossi hinted that Hercules will soon be having his own show on Animal Planet but of course, Hercules and Shorty are not exactly your every day pit bull and guardian, definitely, they are celebs. And were just in our neighborhood at the Bay Area Pet Expo. I did not get a chance to go there. Cici and I attended a couple of years ago and it was much too much stimulation for the Polka Dot Princess.

“Pit Boss” star Shorty Rossie and his pit bull, Hercules, are going to be on Anderson Cooper’s Live Thursday’s show!

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During the Golden Globes, there was a cadillac commercial with a brindle pit bull

http://brandsmodels.blogspot.com/2013/01/new-cadillac-xts-night-out-advertising.html

http://thebark.com/content/nfl-linebacker-patrick-willis-loves-his-dog

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and since pit bulls are still the most euthanized dogs at shelters, it is really important to support Nathan Winograd’s NoKill Advocacy…There ARE more than enough homes for pets who have been dumped in shelters. More and more shelters are getting on board, reducing their kill rates, so that healthy and treatable pets do not get put down just because there is no room at the shelter, they get ADOPTED into loving homes.

The No Kill Conference is offering free registration to municipal shelter directors. Please help enlist them in the mission to save America’s shelter animals. Contact your local shelter director and let them know.

Registration/Info: www.nokillconference.org
Speakers: http://nokillconference.org/speakers/
Workshops: http://nokillconference.org/workshops/
2012 Photos: http://nokillconference.org/2012-2/

July 13-14 in Washington, D.C.

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now go check out all the blogs, and thanks to Be the Change for this quarterly blog hop…

 

 http://btc4animals.com/blog-the-change/

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Blog the Change: the cat’s meow

Cici and I love finding out about innovative and creative programs created by people with hearts such as these.

Did you know that there is an app that allows people to play with cats at shelters in real time online for free… Adoptions increase and cats get socialized…

http://www.ipetcompanion.com/

Oregon Humane Society

“We still get lots of interest in the iPetCompanion. It’s really popular with everyone and it’s a highlight of our shelter tours. We love it.”
~ David Lytle, OHS, 21st July 2011 (10 months after launch)


Bideawee, New York

“I think it gives people at home or at work on their computer a great way to feel connected with live animals and in this digital age people really yearn for companionship and connection. When I travel I wonder all the time what’s happening at home with my cat, is he getting along with the pet sitter, are they having fun? And with a mechanism like this I could actually see my own pet at home in real-time.”

~Nancy Taylor, President & CEO, Bideawee

 

 

But for some reason, there does not seem to be an equivalent app or program for dogs. No playing fetch online? Enrichment programs at shelters.

http://www.centerforshelterdogs.org/Home/DogWelfare/Enrichment/Entertainment.aspx

There are also dog rescue heroines, one lady rescues homeless people and dogs in the LA area and provides a safety net so that people do not have to surrender their dogs

http://www.aikenstandard.com/story/a0962-BC-US-Pets-DowntownDogR-04-11-1137

Dog owners sometimes come into the South LA Shelter because they feeling forced to surrender their dog.  Most of the time the dog owner can’t afford to feed, vaccinate, spay/neuter, treat a minor medical issue, get basic obedience training, or even pay for a $15 dog license.  With Safety Net, LA Animal Services staff and volunteers encourage the dog owner to take their dog home, and call the Downtown Dog Rescue phone number on the postcard given to them.  When the dog owner calls the Downtown Dog Rescue Hotline Phone Number a volunteer will return the call within 48 to help address the situation that brought the dog owner to the shelter.

http://downtowndogrescue.com/operation.htm

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Blog the Change SunDay

This Sunday, is Blog the Change Day, sponsored by BtC4Animals.com, Blog the Change Day happens four times a year –  every January, April, July and October 15. It’s a day when pet bloggers come together to write about a cause that’s near and dear to their hearts.

It’s easy to participate – just write a blog post on January 15 and add it to the link list on BtC4Animals.com. Here are just a few ideas to get you started:

  • What have you done to Be the Change for Animals?
  • Who do you know that acts tirelessly on behalf of animals?
  • What favorite cause has a special need right now?
You can show your support of Blog the Change Day by grabbing the badge on BtC4Animals.com and posting it to your blog or website. You can also help spread the word by posting the following on Facebook and Twitter:

JANUARY 15: BE, BLOG AND READ THE CHANGE FOR ANIMALS! Get the badge and spread the word! http://bit.ly/cGGOue

Then join us on the 15th to share the goodwill – read posts, leave comments, and share your favorites on Facebook and Twitter. It’s a great way to encourage others to Be the Change for Animals!

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happy bill of rights day


I had other items planned to post… fun, interesting, entertaining doggie related items… but this is much more important since there has been a virtual media blackout on this crucial topic…  if the Bill of Rights means anything to you, then please read on.

www.billofrightsday.com

Congress, the media, the US government, the 1% are counting on you being too busy with Christmas shopping and your own issues, to notice the travesty of bills they have snuck by us this week… they like doing things secretly, behind closed doors. Because they know that Americans (and the rest of the world) would NOT agree with SOPA and the NDAA.

Maybe you spent the last weekend shopping for gifts, writing out holiday cards or studying for final exams. For most of America, the end of the year is a busy time. In Congress, this is a season usually spent trying to jam through bad bills while they hope no one is looking.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/christopher-e-anders/congress-indefinite-detention-bill_b_1135045.html?ref=john-mccain

WAKE UP AMERICA !!!!!

http://blogs.alternet.org/speakeasy/2011/12/15/future-headline-american-soldiers-seize-detain-u-s-citizens-as-police-block-press-from-scene/

Let me put it in animal lovers terms, who is going to take care of your pets when they arrest you and ship you off indefinitely for having protested animal abuse, for having a pit bull or God only knows what?  think I’m crazy, paranoid or alarmist, read on.

Dispelling the common lies, myths/denial about the NDAA …’

In sum, there is simply no question that this bill codifies indefinite detention without trial (Myth 1). There is no question that it significantly expands the statutory definitions of the War on Terror and those who can be targeted as part of it (Myth 2). The issue of application to U.S. citizens (Myth 3) is purposely muddled — that’s why Feinstein’s amendments were rejected — and there is consequently no doubt this bill can and will be used by the U.S. Government (under this President or a future one)  to bolster its argument that it is empowered to indefinitely detain even U.S. citizens without a trial (NYTEditorial: “The legislation could also give future presidents the authority to throw American citizens into prison for life without charges or a trial”; Sen. Bernie Sanders: “This bill also contains misguided provisions that in the name of fighting terrorism essentially authorize the indefinite imprisonment of American citizens without charges”).

http://www.salon.com/2011/12/16/three_myths_about_the_detention_bill/singleton/

list from https://www.facebook.com/pages/Recall-Every-Congressman-Who-Voted-for-the-NDAA/248343955227401

1. Q: This defense bill is the same one that is passed every year.

A: This is true.

2. Q: This year the GOP decided to add this to the usual bill

A: Actually, it was a bi-partisan effort, with both a Republican sponsor – McCain and a Democratic one – Levin. (for the Senate version of the bill. In the House, it was sponsored by Rep. Howard McKeon, R-CA25)

3. Q: because they knew people would freak out

A: Actually, they were counting on our apathy. “Hey, isn’t there a Christmas going on? That’s right, keep shopping; we’ll add the SOPA to the mix too! We learned; we did the same thing when we introduced the Federal Reserve in 1913, right around Christmas also. People are busy celebrating, you know…”

4. Q: It has been removed of course, and they knew it would be

A: No, it hasn’t. The bill was just “adjusted” to reflect the wishes of Obama, so as to not limit his executive powers in any way. Absolutely nothing has been done to the offending Indefinite Detention Clause.

5. Q: However, the damage is done and the internet ‘media’ is running wild with this just as planned.

A: Actually, few Americans know about this offending bill, since there is a media blackout on it.

6. Q: They know this nonsense was removed, but that doesn’t get clicks, the GOP scores.

A: Actually, this was a bi-partisan effort with a great many Democrats voting for it. They finally agreed on something. Judging from the way they voted on the Patriot Act, taking our Freedoms away seems to be the only endeavor the two parties agree on. The bill garnered a 74% approval in the House and a 93% approval in the Senate. Only 7 Senators voted against it, six of which also voted against The Patriot Act extension that occurred earlier this year. And yes, both Ron Paul and Rand Paul voted against it.

7. Q: because everyone thinks that the President wants to lock US up.

A: Actually he really can. He can also order American citizens killed. But this is nothing new; Obama has already done so. This simply codifies it – making it legal.

8. Q: It is just another stupid stunt, just like the last 10 or 15 stunts.

A: That would be nice.

H.R. 1540: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h112-1540&tab=summary

S. 1867: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s112-1867

S.1867: http://bit.ly/S1867 and http://1.usa.gov/S1867b

Final Senate vote on the bill: http://1.usa.gov/NDAAvote

Final Vote in the House: http://bit.ly/NDAAHouseVote

The original problem sections (1031 and 1032) are still in the bill and contrary to the claims of supporters of the bill, the wording of section 1032 does not, in fact, provide protection for US citizens. The use of the phrase “not required” instead of “prohibited” leaves the decision to allow the military to detain citizens entirely in the hands of federal authorities.

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The ACLU said last night that the bill contains “harmful provisions that some legislators have said could authorize the U.S. military to pick up and imprison without charge or trial civilians, including American citizens, anywhere in the world” and added: “if President Obama signs this bill, it will damage his legacy.” Human Rights Watch said that Obama’s decision “does enormous damage to the rule of law both in the US and abroad” and that “President Obama will go down in history as the president who enshrined indefinite detention without trial in US law.”

Both groups pointed out that this is the first time indefinite detention has been enshrined in law since the McCarthy era of the 1950s, when — as the ACLU put it — “President Truman had the courage to veto” the Internal Security Act of 1950 on the ground that it “would make a mockery of our Bill of Rights” and then watched Congress override the veto. That Act authorized the imprisonment of Communists and other “subversives” without the necessity of full trials or due process (many of the most egregious provisions of that bill were repealed by the 1971 Non-Detention Act, and are now being rejuvenated by these War on Terror policies of indefinite detention). President Obama, needless to say, is not Harry Truman. He’s not even the Candidate Obama of 2008 who repeatedly insisted that due process and security were not mutually exclusive and who condemned indefinite detention as “black hole” injustice.

http://www.salon.com/2011/12/15/obama_to_sign_indefinite_detention_bill_into_law/singleton/

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Feinstein was able to include a largely symbolic amendment which states that “nothing in the bill changes current law relating to the detention of U.S. citizens and legal aliens,” but this measure is meaningless according to Republican Congressman Justin Amash, a fierce critic of the bill.

“Some have asserted that Sen. Feinstein’s amendment, S Amdt 1456, protects the rights of American citizens and preserves constitutional due process. Unfortunately, it does not. It’s just more cleverly worded nonsense.” http://bit.ly/NDAAscrewed4

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The reason the compromise amendment worked is that it leaves the question of domestic military detention open, leaving the matter for Supreme Court to resolve should a future president decide to assert the authority to detain a US citizen on American soil.http://bit.ly/NDAAscrewed

The only “silver lining,” if one can call it such, is that the military isn’t forced to detain American citizens without trial, it’s merely allowed to. The Senate has officially declared the entire United States to be a battleground. And you and I are potential enemies.http://bit.ly/NDAAscrewed5

“The detention mandate to use indefinite military detention in terrorism cases isn’t limited to foreigners. It’s confusing, because two different sections of the bill seem to contradict each other, but in the judgment of the University of Texas’ Robert Chesney — a nonpartisan authority on military detention — “U.S. citizens are included in the grant of detention authority,” http://bit.ly/NDAA9

Amnesty International: The new National Defense Authorization Bill (S1867) presented to the Senate by the Armed Services Committee is such a disaster for civil liberties and human rights it is difficult to know where to begin. http://bit.ly/NDAA4

The ACLU: “The bill is an historic threat to American citizens and others because it expands and makes permanent the authority of the president to order the military to imprison without charge or trial American citizens,” said Christopher Anders, ACLU senior legislative counsel. “The final amendment to preserve current detention restrictions could turn out to be meaningless and Senators Levin and Graham made clear that they believe this power to use the military against American citizens will not be affected by the new language. This bill puts military detention authority on steroids and makes it permanent. If it becomes law, American citizens and others are at real risk of being locked away by the military without charge or trial.http://bit.ly/ACLUonNDAA

presidential election not a referendum on the economy as much as it is on whether the president vetoes NDAA or not… that is what the press/pundits do not want to say because they do not want people to know about the NDAA and Obama’s false image as the people’s president is being exposed for what it is… FAKE… we voted for someone unlike Bush and instead we got a President who has expanded and extended the loss of our civil liberties, caved on most of his campaign promises and now has declared war on the 99% for speaking up and out…

One of the gravest grievances described in the Declaration of Independence was the misuse of standing armies against the colonialists.  Numerous state constitutions declared standing armies a threat to liberty and the U.S. Constitution showed antipathy to militarism. Now, the Congress and President Obama are prepared to turn the military against Americans and allow indefinite military detention without any finding of guilt. If the elites think military force against Americans will quell the revolt of the people they are wrong; it will have the opposite effect and fuel the revolt against the elites.

http://www.truth-out.org/use-military-designed-occupy-movement/1323885549

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/american-public-to-congress-get-out-all-of-you/2011/12/14/gIQABY8vvO_blog.html

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Time for our weekly Pet Blog Hop thanks to Life with Dogs,Two Little Cavaliers and Confessions of the Plume…  Grab the code and hop away…

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