Elizabeth’s secret admirer and Animals Asia

I think Elizabeth has a secret admirer. Only I know who he is so he’s not very secret. A friend of mine has a son in Elizabeth’s class and my friend told me that her son recently mentioned that he has secret friends and Elizabeth is his secret friend. Then he added that when he’s 18 and moves out of home he’s going to move into Elizabeth’s flat. I don’t think Elizabeth is aware of this plan yet.

For many years now I have been a supporter of Animals Asia, a charity based in China which works to end bear farming in the region. It’s hard to believe the words “bear” and “farming” could go together in a sentence like that but they do.

Our family sponsors a bear through a regular monthly donation to Animals Asia. We also give to a human charity regularly but probably not as much as we should. Some argue that the richest 10% of the world should give 10% of their salary to poorer nations and if we all did that the world would be amazeballs. We have not committed ourselves to 10%. Not yet anyway. But Animals Asia does really great work not just for bears but also for other animals. Recently I came across one of their videos of a puppy they rescued. The puppy had been severely burnt and dumped by its owner when it was just 6 weeks old. It’s sad but has a happy ending and shows the worst and the best of humanity. It’s hard not to be moved by this.


8 Replies to “Elizabeth’s secret admirer and Animals Asia”

  1. I almost rolled out laughing on the floor after reading first paragraph 😀

    The way you put it is hilarious.

    1. The funny thing is that the little boy in question doesn’t seem to be remotely interested in Elizabeth so it was a big surprise for us to hear.

  2. Perhaps Elizabeth will get a card on Valentine’s Day.

    I support various animal rescue causes and used to support Save the Bears. I’d love to have enough money to support a whole host of great causes. Glad you are giving these wonderful charities some air play. 🙂

    1. There are lots of charities that do good things. Animals Asia is particularly close to my heart because it was this charity that made me realise I should be vegetarian. More than 10 years ago now I saw images of cats and dogs bound for the table and looking clearly distressed and I knew I couldn’t judge people for eating them when I still ate pigs and cows. I also used to do some voluntary work for Animals Asia when I lived in Brisbane.

  3. I love the secret admirer story! So funny and so cute. 🙂
    What you say about the worst and the best of humanity is illustrated over and over in all the animal rescue centres around the world. Like you I donate regularly, to the rescue organisations that my dogs came from, but I know it is not enough.

    1. Ah yes that’s so true that animal rescue centres show the best and the worst of humanity. I admire so much what they do and sometimes wonder how they cope with seeing all the abuse that they do. This particular video I couldn’t help balling my eyes out when I watched it. What kind of person does that to a sentient being?

      1. Sadly there are many stories like that over here, where people live in poverty and ignorance.

  4. I loved reading about Elizabeth’s admirer, so funny. And that is so incredibly moving about the dog, what a wonderful happy ending, thank goodness 🙂

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