El Puzzle Natural, a New Friend from Spain

Chief Inspector Llum

Thanks to “The Goddess” through sales of the Tortie Girls tees to benefit Japanese animals after the earthquake and tsunami, we met a new friend and a wonderful connection with a group of people who love and assist animals in Barcelona, Spain.

Before the internet allowed greater communication, many of us who rescued animals and worked with animal welfare felt isolated and even overwhelmed in our concerns for animals, not realizing how much work was being done by hundreds, thousands, millions of caring people even in our own towns and cities. Now, even though we can’t always speak the same language, we can form a bond with people all over the world who love animals and do the same work as we do in rescuing stray animals, running spay and neuter clinics to prevent overpopulation, educating owners about veterinary care and lobbying for legislation to see that all animals are protected from abuse and neglect and receive a minimum of care that assures their health.

It’s so exciting to see this animal welfare revolution happening all over the world! Who knew that all the work everyone had done in cities all over in decades past sowed the seeds for today’s animal welfare organizations in nearly every country across the globe?

Kiara and Llum checking work

And Rosa, from Barcelona, Spain, bought tee shirts from me in Carnegie, PA, USA to benefit animals in northern Japan. How cool is that?!

She was so excited about them that she composed a blog post, Camisetas fantásticas con las que ayudas al Animal Refuge Kansai, including photos of her own cats, Llum and Kiara, helping to open the package and inspect the contents. The two photos used in this post are her two cats, used with permission.

She also covers many animal-oriented events and stories of interest in her city—most recently she has an article from her visit to the 29th Annual Barcelona International Comic Fair which this year featured felines in comics and Jardinet dels Gats, an organization that has been assisting feral cats in Barcelona since 2005.

Visit her blog: El Puzzle Natural:Flores de Bach,Animales y Cia

And I apologize to Rosa for taking so long to post this—I had intended to translate a few things but in the interests of time decided to just let Google do a basic translation.

Here’s a link to the entire blog in Google translation

And we think Tortitude is understood in any language!


2 Comments on “El Puzzle Natural, a New Friend from Spain”

  1. Hi Bernadette!!
    Thanks a lot for your blog entry. I’m excited and very happy that do refer to my blog on yours and the idea of translation is great.

    This year we were fortunate that the Comic had as its central theme, the cats and various protective’ve been there. Tried to explain to people what it does and the mentalizing that animals are not toys that we buy and discard when we want, but instead are a lifetime commitment, so from the Jardinet, every cat adopted out sterilized , vaccinated, microchipped and an adoption contract.

    On the other hand, I explain that now is a time of hard work to promote Jardinet, as you can see, this past weekend we had the Salón del Comic and the next day 23, we celebrate one of the most beautiful and Events known in Catalonia: Sant Jordi. Legend has it that Saint George (Sant Jordi) slew the dragon to save the Princess, but has become an allegory of love (it is more popular than St. Valentine’s Day), and that husbands, boyfriends, friends, gave his wife, girlfriend, friend and a rose and women gave him a book to their husbands …
    The Jardinet, will be present at such an important date selling books that volunteers and people have donated so we can earn money and help the rescued cats. It is a way to also promote income. Don’ t worry, that when the time comes I will make a huge story like the Comic;) Of course, all this is translating the Google translator. …. bless Google, :P!!

    We are in touch and as you say “And we think Tortitude is understood in any language! ” :)))

    Thanks Bernadette

    • animalartist says:

      Indeed, I am glad for Google translator, as I never would have understood all you wrote but I’m certainly glad to know it! I find it interesting that you and Spain and were here are doing the same things to help our cats–sterilization, vaccination, the idea they are not toys or possessions but friends for life–it’s the same all over, and so good to see.

      The Comic looked so exciting, I wish I could have seen it, I could have spent all day there! And thanks for the story of Sant Jordi–I have never heard that story, another new thing to learn.

      Good luck to Jardinet, we’ll be thinking about you!


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