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Joy Nicholson

Joy Nicholson photo courtesy of Joy NicholsonJoy Nicholson lives in New Mexico with her husband where they have a special-needs dog rescue. She has published two novels, The Tribes of Palos Verdes: A Novel and The Road to Esmeralda: A Novel, but is mainly interested in non-fiction animal-welfare issues now.

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El Rancho de Chihuahua
Musings about moving to the country, starting a dog rescue and trying to be BFF with nature.
The One Gift You Should Absolutely NOT Give Your Kids This Christmas
Saturday, 14 June 2014 00:00  |  Written by Joy Nicholson | Blog Entry

Shihuahua Christmas Card photo collage by Michele EveNo more Chihuahuas for Christmas!

Yes, they are cute. Yes, they are small and helpless. Yes, they make a fabulous huge-eared captive, adoringly wiggling in a fuzzy Christmas stocking—if you are that sort of human. But it’s uncool. Immoral even.

No one likes to talk about the actual ethics of Christmas presents—and I don’t either—but let’s just say giving a cute, wiggly, live photo-op is, well, evil. Read on…

Pro Adoption Is Pro-Creation
Saturday, 10 May 2014 00:00  |  Written by Joy Nicholson | Blog Entry

Animal Adoption Sign photo by Bob BobsterOne thing the planet has no shortage of is human life. That’s why I’m always puzzled when people celebrate octuplets, and become irate that people like me don’t have—or intend to have—kids.

“If you didn’t rescue animals, you could be doing something truly meaningful,” I often hear. Translation: “If you were a kind, lovely woman, you would be having children.” Read on...

Questioning the Sacred Cow of Cultural Sensitivity in the Name of Animals, Part 1
Thursday, 08 May 2014 00:00  |  Written by Joy Nicholson | Blog Entry

Muslim Woman photo by KamshotsIn visiting many, many other countries and cultures, over many, many years, I’ve been offended by only one thing.

I don’t care about the ‘wiping with the left hand and a squirty bottle of water thing’ instead of toilet paper, and I don’t care about sleeping on a straw-y-mattress thing, or the sleeping-on-a-slab-thing, or even the sleeping-on-buffalo-dung thing. (I don’t even care about the closets the Italians rent out in Rome as actual ‘hotel rooms.’) Read on…

Confessions of a Garlic Geek
Tuesday, 18 December 2012 00:00  |  Written by Joy Nicholson | Blog Entry

Garlic Bulb photo by LowjumpingfrogI hate to be a geek brand-whore, especially ‘cuz I’m not paid by any company. (That sounds so luxurious, to be paid by a company, eh? Think of company-provided hotels and massages. Mmm!) But Kyolic Garlic is the company I buy from as far as garlic health stuff is concerned. With no discount. No love. Total capitalism. And full price. I promise if I drop dead they won’t send a wreath. Read on…

Outbreak: Battling the Spread of Viral and Bacterial Disease in an Animal Population
Friday, 08 June 2012 10:00  |  Written by Joy Nicholson | Blog Entry

Sick Dogs painting by AzrainmanSo I’ve worried about it. A lot. Planned. A lot. Fretted muchly. And now it has happened here at El Rancho de Chihuahua. An outbreak of viral—or possibly bacterial (that old thang we tend not to worry about)—origin.

It’s an actual outbreak. With many of my furry friends and compatriots down, and more almost certainly to follow. I. Just. Can’t. These are my guys! My homies. My soldiers and best friends in life. Is there a battle plan for this? I read Schwarzkopf (Blackhead? Really?). And Napoleon and Robert E. Lee (he was beloved at the time, believe me). Read on…

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