My Journey

I feel like I always do this. Blog steadily for a while, enjoy the sense of community, and then I fall off the face of the earth. So I am sorry blogging neighbours! I hope you will forgive my absence and lack of enthusiasm in the last month! It’s not you, it’s me!

The last month has been insane for the Blezius family. Nathan is working two jobs, and going to school. I have one job, art classes, and a very rigorous gym schedule, plus making sure that Jack is happy and healthy (he is:) ). And on top of that the last few weeks we have had a house guest. A very excitable Coonhound mix, foster dog, by the name of Evie. She was a full time job!

evie

I won’t bore you all with every little detail of the last month. Onward and upward! New adventures a plenty! I’ve struggled the last few weeks with wanting to share my latest journey with you. After all this is a “dog blog”, and my latest journey isn’t entirely dog centred. However with all of the bloggers recently posting their first blog I took a look at mine and realised that this is more than a dog blog, this blog is about a journey that my dog and I have taken together. It’s a journey of discover, bonding, and learning. And this past month Jack has taught me an incredible lesson: I am a massive hypocrite.

I know that we are all hypocrites in one way or another, but my hypocrisy  is huge and I’m not sure I can ignore it any longer. I look at my dog every single day and I see my four legged fur child. I look into his eyes and see an intelligent sentient being. Yet I go to my fridge and happily eat a turkey sandwich, or I go to work and get excited when the prospect of butchering an animal arrives (I work as a cook, by the way).

I just don’t know how I have compartmentalised so successfully for so many years. What is it in humans that allows us to say “This animal is a friend, that animal is a food?”. What gives us that power? I go ever further by compartmentalising specific animals of a species. I’ve been hounding my husband for a pet pig for a year now. So I can say “that pig is friend, but the one on my plate is food?”. How is that division possible, or even moral? For me, it isn’t anymore. So I’ve started my latest journey: the journey to vegetarianism (And possibly, someday, veganism).

I was afraid when I started this journey that I would be a pariah at work. Vegetarianism is somewhat of a sacrilege in a professional fine dining kitchen. But I’ve had to put those fears aside. I still have to compartmentalise a little bit. To be successful in my industry I have to understand how food works, and be prepared to try things on occasion to make sure the customer gets an amazing experience. But for my own personal consumption, no more animals! And to my happy surprise my kitchen family have been fairly supportive, once I explain myself! So thanks guys!

peller fam

 

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3 thoughts on “My Journey

  1. colinandray says:

    I am sure that many of us have struggled with the rationale that some animals are food, whereas others are pets. Pity those poor egg laying chickens!

    I read some research many years ago that involved measuring “microscopic” electrical currents in plants. In one particular test, an individual went up to a specific plant and tore off some of its leaves. The current measured went up. Sometime later, the same individual was brought back into the room, and that plant’s electrical current reading peaked before he had done anything! Do plants have the ability to feel pain? Do they have some form of memory? Because we see no evidence of discomfort does not mean that none exist.

    Poisoning rodents; squishing mosquitoes; treading on spiders; killing germs and bacteria…. and so our murderous inclinations go on! Because we cannot see the victim, does that mean we can kill it?

    I rationalize in a way which I can live with. Some animals are there to feed us however, they are entitled to a humane killing… and that is where me and a large proportion of the food processing industry go in different directions. If you decide to return to meat, then try and find amiable circumstances. No hormone additives, open farm habitats and humane transportation to a humane end.

    As for all the other things we kill which have lives. That becomes very complicated and whether vegetarian or vegan, you are only scratching the surface of how we abuse our power on this planet. 🙂

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    1. Sassy Jack's Niagara says:

      When I did eat meat I tried to stick to humane and sustainable sources, often eating only animals hunted by my father in law. I’m with you though, there has to be a balance and the rational has to be comfortable for the person using it. I recently read an article detailing how if everyone was vegan we would then kill for more animals by taking away their homes and resources for farming. It was actually pretty interesting. Opens your eyes to the fact even good things in moderation can be horrible!

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      1. colinandray says:

        I think it would be fair to say that, as with most things in this world of ours, if a question results in a “black and white” answer… then we haven’t thought about it enough! 🙂

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