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Since the days of slavery, dogs were used to violently chase down escaped men and women who were running for their lives. As Black Americans fought for civil rights, k9 units were used to terrify people protesting or simply walking to school. Today, police dogs have been used during Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests to capture and hold people suspected of committing crimes.

For more background on why police dogs should not be used by law enforcement especially during rallies advocating for the lives of Black Americans, check out my article on Medium Should Police Dog K9 Units be Defunded as an Outcome of Black Lives Matter?

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Many years ago while I served as the Creative Director for an animal sanctuary - Center for Animal Protection & Education (CAPE), I wrote a children's book titled Arnie Catches a Cold. This week the book has been released as an audiobook!

Arnie Catches a Cold is based on a true story about a small but mighty rooster named Arnie who lived at the sanctuary. When he became very sick he was whisked away from his coop and all of his barnyard friends to recover inside the caretaker's house. While he is gone the animals mourn his absence. Meanwhile, Arnie is being treated to a wonderland of delicious foods and warm beds. But despite all the creature comforts bestowed upon him, all he wants is to return to his 'kingdom' where his friends live. Children will relate to Arnie feeling sick, but longing for his friends and playing outside. All profits made from the sale of this audiobook will benefit CAPE.

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I recently wrote an article with this title for Medium. What my sister and I endured during those horrible months when a criminal on the other side of the planet had her in his grasp, is something I hope to warn other's at risk. If you or a loved one is searching for love online, please educate yourselves so that you can recognize a scammer should he appear on your screen. Some of these scammers are highly sophisticated. The guy who latched onto my sister was, as I described him, "...must have earned a Ph.D. in Scammer Sciences."

Yet the vast majority of criminals who think they can dupe you are pretty transparent in their amateur attempts. Their use of the English language is clumsy; their profession of love comes way too fast; they are always in a foreign land due to business or some other critical reason; a crisis occurs where they desperately need your financial help; they always have an excuse as to why they cannot share a video call with you.

We hope our words of advice and our personal experience dealing with a romance scam criminal will help others avoid the same fate.

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