Veganism has helped me to be a better human in so many ways. It’s given me a deep appreciation for life. I live in a small city, on a busy road in a house that I own. Living here I’ve been able to take advantage of my love of gardening, being outside with the dogs (sans leashes- which had never happened until now), and watching the wildlife that lives around me. I am fascinated by nature and it’s inhabitants, inspired by it’s beauty. I’m so grateful to share the space I have with the wild animals around me.
Being vegan, my lawn has never been poisoned with chemicals- my gardens are insecticide/pesticide free. I garden by hand, meaning I don’t have equipment to trim my grass or hedges. I mow infrequently, much to the dismay of my anal neighbors, and encourage life to flourish in my space naturally. The animals have found my backyard, lush with trees and gardens and free from chemicals, the perfect spot to have a family. There have been two batches of kits in the backyard. I’ve watched 3 young rabbits grow from eyes-still-shut-fur-free-kits to full grown bunnies that eventually left the hutch. There are squirrel nests in the trees, wild rabbits everywhere, and a new hawk family that lives in the trees across the street. I have National Geographic Ohio happening right outside my windows.
This year, I have American Robins (Turdus migratorius) nesting!