Nifty Mom

Vegan, Eco-conscious, Natural Parenting, Unschooling Wife and Mom

Victory for Ella December 4, 2008

Thankfully Ella has received some justice, not enough in my opinion, for her awful untimely death. Christine Abrams is sentenced to 8 months in jail, one year of probabtion, 80 hours of community service and a $5,000 fine!

I just can’t believe that her lawyer said because it only involved a dog that she shouldn’t get a max penalty. THat’s exactly why people will keep getting away with animal cruetly..with people with that mindset. They are a living creature that we bring into our homes.

May you rest in peace now Ella.


Ella vs Christine Abrams December 3, 2008

Filed under: Animals — niftymom @ 2:55 pm
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So FINALY the sentencing of Christine Abrams case is tommorow, after rescheduling so many times I’m glad it’s coming to an end. And better news is she has supposedly chaning her plea from not guilty to Guilty or no contest.

If you havn’t heard of the Ella case or been following Voices For Ella

“Ella was a 1 year old white German shepherd from Cocoa, Florida.She was found dead in her crate in March of 2008, after her owner admittedly abandoned her. Christine Abrams was arrested in March for felony animal cruelty. When formal charges were filed, the State Attorney dropped the charges down to misdemeanor animal cruelty. Shortly after that, an additional misdemeanor count of unlawful confinement was added. The case is currently in pre-trial proceedings.

According to veterinary records, Ella’s leg was amputated in November 2007, which was only two months prior to when Ella was reportedly abandoned. The records indicate a leash became tightly wrapped around Ella’s back leg after she had been left alone and tethered overnight. By the time Abrams returned home one night, Ella’s leg was badly swollen. The vet provided two options: skin grafts costing up to $4,000 or amputation. Abrams elected amputation. Ella only had 3 legs when she died. ”

The terrible thing is that when she left ella in her crate there was a full bag of dog food right by the cage. As well as where she was staying her friend didn’t want the dog there and Christine was close distance away! How could someone say they care about an animal and treat it so? Anyone who looks to accept another living creature in their home needs to treat it as they would themselves or don’t add to your family! If she knew she wouldn’t be coming back she should have taken Ella to a rescue or no kill shelter, many animals with disabilites live happy with families… dogs that only have their back two legs, only front 2 or even the side 2, blind, etc…

There will be a rally starting at 7:45am at the Viera Courthouse located between The Avenues and Mantee Stadium. Hopfully justice will prevail for Ella and set a path for the right way to treat animals.


Been snow-tracked, I mean side-tracked October 23, 2008

Filed under: Family — niftymom @ 10:14 pm
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So I havn’t posted anything Vegan related in a few days …I know VeganMofo and all but something awesome took me by suprise the other day. Hubby suggested a mini vacation to go see snow this winter! YAY woo hoo, can you see me doing back flips?! Being born in a snowy state for the first 6 years of my life and visting family in the winter , I miss the snow. How long has it been you may be wondering… hmm since I first got engaged so that like Dec 04! My snowboard is sad and lonely in the corner of the garage collecting dust, man do I really want to hang it up on the wall inside the house but not the point. I LOVE boarding and I LOVE the snow, but not enough to live in it and shovel it. Maybe when I was younger and that’s what the parents are for to do the shoveling and just chuck a few snowballs at them from time to time doing so. So now you see my level of excitement. So these past few days have been searching around for place to go and a place to stay that is child friendly.

Let me tell you one thing, being a Vegan not to mention a Vegan mom of a toddler trying to find a country cabin that will accomodate a child safety wise and not have animal heads plastered at all four walls of each room was a little taskfull. I’m hoping Hubby and I can come to some solution soon. But every part of the day is spent thinking of seeing Punkyroo in the snow, will she love it and try to eat the snow, maybe, will she freak out and want to be held, maybe. I am very happy at the time for her last 2 year old molar just broke gum! YAY! She is a very good tempered toddler except when she’s teething. If she has tantrums we know right off the bat she’s teething without even having to look. So yay the teething tantrums will be done by the vacation! But the car ride will be another battle. So he goes a bedtime drive and hopefully will cover good ground during her slumber.

Another issue involving being in Florida and trying to get snow wear for a family. Luckily for me I still have my boarding clothes, yep that’s right 22 year old wife and mom will be rockin the jester hat and a black and red flame jacket! But as the others go finding snow stuff in florida isn’t an easy task for the obvious reasons. And to honestly think anyone especially now will pay $60 for a snow jacket for a 2 year old is nuts, ok if you live in snow that’s one thing but to see winter coats in FL stores for so much! Crazy people. So off to kid closet stores and such I go. 

(that’s me WOOOhooo)

And if you wonder “why woundt she stay with her family since they live in the snowy states?” The answer is Hunters and smokers. All my family are hunters, Vegan, Hunters..Vegan, Hunters. Yeah I don’t see myself sleeping to well with my Grandpa’s Stuffed Bear stalking me or his cougar seeking revenge in the other. Or my cousins multiplle deer heads on the wall. And with Punkyroo and for us we can’t stay with smokers, it makes us so sick to our stomachs.