Disability rights

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Photo by Lauren Rachael Photography/used with permission

I never have to think about life in my day-to-day existence, I just live. I can go into any store, I can walk down any street, and I can talk to most people and feel respected. And though I wouldn’t describe myself as ableist, I can’t say that I have been a trustworthy advocate for accessibility and disability rights.

I have watched people in wheelchairs wait outside of a store while their loved one ran an errand because there were steps to enter the building… I have watched this and said nothing, felt nothing. This is a problem.


Loss & Grieving

This time was different

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Photo by Aron Visuals on Unsplash

He had been vomiting, not eating, and lethargic. This wasn’t the first time he had shown these symptoms, however, most times he resumed to his usual self after a couple of days of homemade chicken and extra snuggles. This time was different.

This time he didn’t want to take chicken right out of my hand or wag his tail when he saw me. This time he lay hunched in the corner of the couch, hesitant to go outside for his morning zoomie.

I had an inkling that this was the end, that the next phone call I received from the vet would not be to schedule a pickup, but to return for his euthanasia. …


Time flies — so get your finances together

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Photo: Micheile Henderson/Unsplash

I’m in my early twenties and can confidently say I’m financially comfortable. However, this is all, unfortunately, thanks to the internet. If it weren’t for YouTubers like Graham Stephen, who are open about their finances and personal investments, I would be lost entirely in the ‘adulting’ sphere.

Looking back on my educational experience, I become so frustrated because financial well-being is not something that is taught in school. Sure, there is maybe one unit of math taught in grades three and four, which focuses on budgeting i.e., …


My attempt at a glass half-full during a global pandemic

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Photo by Huha Inc. on Unsplash

In mid-March of this year, I was volun-told to work from home. My workplace wanted to have as little staff in the building as possible, keeping a ‘reserve’ of healthy individuals for emergencies.

Since that date, I have gained 30 pounds.

I have never had to work from home before, and working as a Vet Assistant, Server, whatever I have been, has always been my main form of exercise, my sure-fire way to hit 10,000 steps a day. Sure, I like to garden and have a gander around town every once in a while, but I am not a gym fanatic. …


Newsletter

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Photo by Shelley Kim on Unsplash

Hello Creatures community,

Despite the hardships all of us have experienced in the last twelve months, we have made it through! Thank you for all of the love and support in 2020, we hope this year supersedes the last!

We are excited to announce the first ‘Furry Feature’ of 2021; an article on our publication that is well-liked by our editing team as well as Medium readers.

This week’s Furry Feature is an article written by Nandini Maharaj. Nandini shares an amazing perspective piece exploring the complexities of age in relation to canines.

Though Nadini is new to Medium, her work has promptly impressed Medium higher-ups, our team, and readers alike. This piece in particular, provides a perfect balance of anecdotal excerpts, informational links, and relatable foods for thought. …


Education/Humor

Dealing with poop can be a pain in the a**… Literally

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Photo by Sincerely Media on Unsplash

As a long-time foster parent, I can confidently say that I’ve cleaned up multiple amounts, consistencies, and species of poop.

Though the photos I share on Instagram of my animals are adorable and “put together”, there is certainly a dark (and dirty) side of pet care.

Throughout the years, I have established a set of poo-purging techniques that work commendably well. You would think it’s a one stop solution shop, but no, cleaning sh*t is a complex and painstaking topic. It isn’t for the soft-hearted or sensitive-stomached.

That being said, here are my top tips for cleaning up literal crap.


Newsletter

Celebrating the work of our incredible writers

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Photo by Andy Orin on Unsplash

Hello Creatures community,

I hope your week is going well. It just started snowing in Toronto and I don’t know how I feel about it!

We are excited to announce our next ‘Furry Feature’; an article on our publication that has been well-liked by our editing team as well as Medium readers.

This week’s Furry Feature is an article written by Phoenix Huber. Phoenix shares an amazing perspective piece exploring relationships and accountability between humans and animals.

We commend this piece for it’s depth and flow. Phoenix explores the problem, multiple solutions, and not only recognizes domesticated animals but also wildlife and farming environments. …


Appreciation Post

We couldn’t have done it without you

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Photo by Sophie Dale on Unsplash

Hey there Creatures community,

I can’t believe I’m saying this, less than a year after starting this publication…

Creatures has hit 1000 followers!

1000 readers excited to learn about the human-animal bond.

1000 fans of the exceptional writers on our roster.

1000 social media users sharing our content worldwide.

2020 has been an absolute shit show, but this my friends, is a bright-shining star in amidst the darkness.

Congratulations to all of the writers who have gotten curated through this pub, who started their writing journey with Creatures, who got ‘shut down by the big guys’ and found support here, who finally found the right home for their work using this community. …


Newsletter

Sharing the work of our incredible writers

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Photo by Loan on Unsplash

Hello Creatures community,

I hope your week is going well. My partner and I just finished carving our Halloween pumpkins. It’s safe to say my career as an artist is still a pipe dream!

We are excited to announce our next ‘Furry Feature’; an article on our publication that has been well-liked by our editing team as well as Medium readers.

This week’s Furry Feature is an article written by Nancy Parish. Nancy shares an anecdotal piece reflecting on her experience adopting and raising a blind kitten.

We commend Nancy for her piece’s thorough nature. She not only explores the mistakes she made during her adoption process, but also provides herself hind-sight advice. This strategy makes her work a perfect balance of relatable and educational. …


Newsletter

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Photo by Tuna on Unsplash

Hello Creatures community,

I hope your week is going well. Here in Toronto, COVID-19 guidelines are becoming more restrictive once again, as case numbers rise.

We are excited to announce our next ‘Furry Feature’; an article on our publication that has been well-liked by our editing team as well as Medium readers.

This week’s Furry Feature is an article written by Christina Sng. Christina shares a short and sweet piece explaining how your cat says ‘I love you’.

As a kitty mumma, I am very proud to say my cats show me many of the signs of love that Christina explores in her article.

Thank you Christina for your incredible work!

https://medium.com/creatures/8-ways-your-cat-tells-you-they-love-you-534cd53af45a

We look forward to sharing other Creatures favourites through this newsletter in the future.

Warmest regards,

Darby Days [Founder and Chief Editor]

About

Darby Days

Toronto-based Professional Communication grad. Animal enthusiast & mental health advocate. Founder of Creatures. https://medium.com/creatures

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