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The JohnnyO Chronicles

Welcome to my blog series which will cover subjects I feel to be important on animal welfare and humanity. 

An ongoing series of inspiration and information. Topics that are relevant and real. 

Animal Spirit/ Healing and Respect

by JohnnyO

March 3, 2020

My name is John Orlandini (AKA Johnnyo Animal Activist and Humanitarian) Keeping it real and honest. Animal Spirit Wisdom to our past ... the animal held great power and symbolic meaning. In Native American culture and ancient, each animal is embodied with it's. Animals were the spirit of God's children with feeling like no others, personalities so different and unique. The gentle souls deep inside of a heart much greater than us humans'.

To our past ancestors, the animal held great spiritual power and symbolic meaning. In Native American culture, mythology and ancient civilizations, each animal is embodied with its own symbolic meaning and held its own unique spiritual power. A particular animal crossing your path had deep significance to your life and indeed a strong message to impart. The presence of animal wisdom may appear to you in a dream, on the physical plane or intuitively.

The Butterfly

The butterfly is the symbol of metamorphosis and transformation. The symbol of new life, letting go of old cycles and finding your true inner expression. The butterfly calls you to expand your awareness, spread your wings and call forth your inner joy. Let go of limitations, and free yourself to express your own beauty within.

It is the time of spiritual transitions. Symbolic of moving from one phase of life to the next reaching higher, reaching outward, leaving the safety of the cocoon and finding your own place among the flowers of life. Allowing the wind to carry you forward to your goals and dreams. A time of self-discovery rebirth. The butterfly shows you the beauty within. Go forth with joy. The power and spirit of an Animal are such greater to forgive, heal, love and being loyal. The Animal spirit is a gift.

John Orlandini AKA Johnnyo Animal Activist and Humanitarian

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The Vegan Diet & Healthy Weight

by JohnnyO

December 18, 2019 

Veganism is a somewhat foreign idea to many Americans. For generations, animal products have been the stuff of Americana: families have started their mornings with scrambled eggs, discussed their days over steak, and enjoyed ice cream desserts before bedtime. At the same time though, our waistlines have ballooned and our arteries have become clogged. Veganism offers a healthy alternative. Try it for awhile, or try it for good. Either way, you’ll reap great benefits: vegans are rewarded with slimmer figures, cleaner-running engines, and enhanced energy.

What is veganism?

The term “veganism” was coined just a few decades ago, and it’s derived from the word “vegetarianism.” Basically, vegetarians do not eat animals, but they will eat animal products such as cheese and eggs. Vegans exclude all animal products from their diets. Veganism involves avoiding milk and eggs as well as honey, gelatin, and animal-based food additives. (A common red food dye, for instance, is made from beetles!)

Is Veganism Difficult?

With animal products being used in everything from tortilla chips to candy coatings, some people imagine it would be difficult to adhere to a vegan diet. Depending on where a person lives, this could be true! 

The key is to place oneself in healthy environments:

  • It’s much easier to find nutritious, tasty vegan food at a health food store than at a traditional chain grocer. Smaller, independent groceries often have vegan and vegetarian hot food bars and refrigerated meals for people on-the-go.
  • When you’re choosing a restaurant, remember that certain cuisines are more easily made vegan. For example, it’s easy to adapt recipes to make vegan burritos, pad Thai, sushi rolls, and stir-fry.
  • Keep vegan snacks on hand at home, in the office, and in the car. With cashews, fruit salad, and dark chocolate within reach, sticking to a vegan diet can be remarkably easy.

How’s the Food?

Cultures around the world have been making delicious vegan foods for millennia: chocolate, hummus, fried okra, samosas, etc. Whereas traditional American foods tend to rely on animal fats and salt for flavoring, vegan foods make the most of nut oils and heady spices such as cayenne, ginger, garlic, and oregano.

What’s more, modern food companies have excelled at developing meat alternatives. Do you like bacon? A number of “fake bacon” products are perfectly salty and crispy, and they taste… piggy. Vegans also have delicious dessert options. Vegan apple crumble is divine – especially when topped with a coconut-milk version of ice cream.

People also notice that once they become vegan, they require less stimulation to enjoy flavoring. For instance, they are satisfied with a lower concentration of sugar in their desserts. That’s because their systems have become cleaner over time and are more sensitive to fluctuations.

Is it Safe?

Balanced vegan diets are so safe than in the Netherlands, vegans actually have discounted health insurance fees. Of course, it’s not wise to load up on vegan chocolate chip cookies and forget about nutrition. With the proper medical guidance, you can quickly and safely shed pounds by omitting animal products from your diet. Animals will thank you, and your body will as well.

Being a vegan not only keeps you youthful and healthy, but you’re saving your life and an animals life.

John Orlandini AKA Johnnyo Animal Activist and Humanitarian

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Redefining Fitness

by JohnnyO

November 19, 2019 

We are living art! Yes, accept it. When we walk, when we talk, when we smile, when we laugh, when we love, we are art. We are art because our essence, our spirit is beauty. We are beautiful creations! Unfortunately, we often forget about our inner beauty because our mirrors reflect something back at us that makes us grateful that beer goggles exist. But, I ask, why depend on a demented eye prescription when you can have the power to chisel the sculpted body that you desire? Over my years as a personal trainer and sculptor of bodies, I developed a balanced approach to fitness that allows the everyday person to adapt workouts to receive the kind of spectacular body they wish to achieve. And my approach isn’t filled with mundane exercises; I combine methods of dance, boxing, weight training and martial arts to help build flexibility, power, aerobic conditioning, and mental discipline. You can have a great body that enables your spirit to shine and unlock your personal greatness.

Focus, breathing and form are most important when it comes to fitness and exercise. Success begins with a healthy lifestyle that brings balance of mind, body and your inner soul. Without balance there is no peace, and without peace there is nothing. I love helping people unlock their personal greatness, but only you can turn the key.

I started Vegan Fit to promote a lifestyle with emphasis on exercise and diet. Focus, breathing and form are most important when it comes to fitness and exercise. Success begins with a healthy lifestyle that brings balance of mind, body and your inner soul. Without balance there is no peace, and without peace there is nothing. I love helping people unlock their personal greatness, but only you can turn the key. 

John Orlandini AKA Johnnyo Animal Activist and Humanitarian

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Animal Shelter Directors/The Truth

by JohnnyO

October 11, 2019 

Ok so lets talk about the title Director.

An animal shelter Director is a leader. A leader by example for his or her team, staff and volunteers. The Board of Directors are the people who hire the Director, and unfortunately they don't really have a clue how to hire for that position. With that said, the basic requirements are a 4 year degree and at least 3 to 5 yrs of experience, if no degree.

Most of the Directors' role is to raise funding or work with a Director of Development, and be the public face representing the facility professionally. But I am seeing more and more directors of animal shelters either getting fired or stepping down (which is a nice way of being forced out).

The bottom line is that it comes back to the Board of Directors not knowing how to hire. What they really want is a puppet they can control who won't argue with them on matters related to the animals or the facility needs. Now who gets hurt because of this corruption, as always? The animals.

If we hire Directors of animal shelters that aren’t afraid to get dirty, listen too suggestions of staff and volunteers, and respect their team by working for the reason you all have these jobs for the animals period.

I’ve not only ran a professional facility, but gotten dirty, worked closely with others, listened to suggestions on becoming a no-kill, gone out in the community, whatever it took. I've even worked with law enforcement and city council. But I didn't know how much scandal occurs behind closed doors; how many times people get accused of things they didn't do while other people who are doing wrong things get overlooked.

Life is about second chances. And when the Board of Directors hire Directors who care and believe in the animals, we can become a no-kill nation. Until then I’ve been consulting with all avenues of Animal Welfare as I’ve covered most all positions personally. I am boots on the ground and I have no problem getting dirty, it’s all for the voiceless.

John Orlandini AKA Johnnyo Animal Activist and Humanitarian

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Animal Shelters NO-KILL - True or False? 

by JohnnyO

July 22, 2019 

No-kill animal shelters: Do they really exist? Some facilities claim to be a true no-kill and some give a high percentage of no-kill. A true no-kill animal shelter is a facility that will never destroy an animal to make room; they would only euthanize animals that are so ill that every avenue of saving them hasn't worked and the only humane thing to do is to euthanize.

As for aggressive animals that would be harmful to humans, they are also euthanized if all resources of rehabilitation have been exhausted. Keep in mind that sometimes it's the environment, not the animal that's the problem.

Sometimes saving animals requires thinking outside the box. For example, for cats with contagious diseases can be placed with other cats with the same conditions, separate from healthy cats. Dogs that are aggressive can be placed in a true sanctuary for the remainder of their lives. 

But these options come with an expensive price tag, so let's ask the question again... Do no-kill animal shelters actually exist? The truth is no, so if an animal shelter says they have a 90% or higher no-kill rate, that's really good. 

Why are animal shelters always overcrowded? It's a good question, and my theory is simple: it all starts with puppy mills (which I will expand upon in a future blog), and "backyard breeders". Animals shelters get the overflow of puppies purchased then dumped, and whatever backyard breeders can't sell, the shelter gets. As for cats, ferals continue to produce litters so TNR needs to be very aggressive, as well as the promotion of spaying and neutering. ​With greater awareness, can animal shelters become 100% no-kill? The answer is YES!

JohnnyO, Animal Activist and Humanitarian.  Remember: ADOPT don't SHOP.