Good Shepherd
Initiative

FREE Since 1983

Sid Galloway BS, M.Div.
(Biograhical Information)
Just an OLD sheepdog
of our Good Shepherd Creator Christ

Ask the animals,
and they will teach you,
.. Which of all these
does not know
that the LORD's hand
has done this?
In His hand is the
soul (nephesh)
of every creature and the breath of all mankind"
Job 12:7-9

Worldview
of your
Good Shepherd
Creator: Christ
Human Trafficking & Slavery
Don't Just Happen
(Jesus said in Mark 7:21-23)

Would a "good" God design
"survival of the fittest"
as His WAY?
(Isaiah 65:25)

Rights - Any discussion about human rights (slavery, oppression) or animal rights (cruelty, abuse) must first address our Creator's rights. He has the right to command how we treat both His people and His animals.

Scotty the Good Shepherd
Service Sheepdog


3 Videos Animal Friends * *
Otis ----- Zoe ---- River


Suzy service-dog genius
(more below)

Responsibilities - Jesus said the root cause of suffering in this world is a distorted view of and/or the rejection of the true WAY of our Creator. (John 8:1-59)

sidotter


"Squirt" the Otter


Releasing rehabbed critters


Atchafalaya Swamp

Mistakes - Man's self-serving, misguided, mischaracterizations of God have historically led to personal and cultural conflict, corruption, and collapse.

Hope - Discovering the WHO?, the WHY?, and the "WAY"? of origins is the foundation for true transformation.

Mike's "service-frog"


Therapy Zorse & Zeedonk

Change - Truly lasting change for individuals and cultures must begin at the cornerstone - the Creator of creation.


Darwin's Self-image
by Mike Galloway


Formal"Boatie" - Lizaboa

"Then I looked again
at all the acts of oppression
which were being done
under the sun.
And behold I saw
the tears
of the oppressed
and that they had
no one to comfort them;
and on the side of their
oppressors was power,
but they had
no one to comfort them."
Ecclesiastes 4:1


Wild Rory - paralyzed by gun shot yet grateful
for loving care

raccoon_river_sidarms


L'l River raccoon


"Flower"


Candy-cane corn snake


Opossum Brothers:
Tom & Jerry


Brother Tom


Animal-Assisted GSI



Scotty my service dog
assistant :-)


Scotty doing his job well


God's living teddy-bears


Missing the old days


My Proverbs 31 wife
meeting my old girlfriend, elephant "Jean"


Old friends Jean & Panya meet my daughter


Jean meets her keeper's son



Mandy Clouded Leopard who saved me from suicide


My morning greeters
Akela & Rakshi
Back in the den they'd beg me to rub their heads
to start the day.


Shiva -my PTSD leopard
raised by humans, terrified of other leopards


Bratar:the cowardly lion


Rani: Bratar's sister :-(

Banu - my favorite comedian who loved to prank people


Candra, Banu's mom


Banu teasing Candra


Byomi asking for a treat


Ali the bitter black panther who learned love


Zoe: disabled squirrel
born with no tail / only 3 feet
- even more lovable


Scotty meets his first gator


Marriage in Christ


Suzy protecting her rescued puppy


Molly the semi-blind Opossum Lady


Little Blue
- transferred to Fed. rehab


Big Red
- gunshot wound


Baby Huey acting tough


Scotty's piggy


Rescuing Stubby
(see his Facebook page)


Audubon Zoo memories


Lizaboa Animal Assistant


David & elephant Panya


Mr. Galloway
Old Sheepdog


Charlie
Russian Legless Lizard


Hawk - Barron
powerful talons


Otis - hit by car


Little River as a baby


Little River
working on the lock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

GSI - Good Shepherd Initiative - Homepage

Our answer to the question:
"Are y'all
vegetarian or vegan?

is just a simple "I.D.E.A." .....
"I. D.on't E.at A.nimals"

(they're my friends, not my food)

Sid & Linda's personal testimonies
are linked below.


Vegetarian? Vegan?

Omnivore? Carnivore?
Protector? Predator?

How about simply choosing to be a

Good Shepherd Sheepdog

for Him & for them?


Above is my photo of a drawing
by Katherine Brown
hanging in our home.

Remember, fellow Christian friends,
the WAY of the GOOD Shepherd Jesus
is "agape" LOVE:
which is a SELF-SACRIFICING love for others.
That is NOT the same as, "I love ice cream"!
It means saying NO to our self-pleasing desires,
when it causes unnecessary suffering for others.
Yes, that includes animals:
* Please check out these verses for a start .....
John 10:7-18; Luke 9:23-26
Proverbs 12:10; 2 Samuel 12:1-15


istock image


OUR PERSONAL TESTIMONIES:

NO JUDGMENT - just our personal story and conviction. We realize that there are people in the world who cannot survive on a plant-based diet. Eskimos in the frozen arctic and nomadic people in drought plagued desert regions for example. But gratefully most of us have the privilege and the responsibility to choose a Way of Life that avoids supporting the unnecessary suffering of animals who can think and feel.

Sid Galloway BS, M.Div.
His VEGAN Story

Started 40 years ago,
later fell off the wagon,
back again for "good".

Linda Galloway BS, RN
Her VEGAN Story

Becoming vegan
gradually
...

Here are a few references supporting statements in Sid's vegan testimony:

- DNA's 4-Dimensional Computer System Complexity, Dr. Rob Carter

- Scientists Discover Astounding DNA Complexity: Data Compression at the Highest Level, far beyond any computer program ever written by man!, by Dr. John Sanford, et. al., retired professor at Cornell Univ.

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Here are a few references supporting statements in Sid's vegan testimony:

FORKS OVER KNIVES

"Dr. Campbell, a nutritional scientist at Cornell University, was concerned in the late 1960’s with producing “high quality” animal protein to bring to the poor and malnourished areas of the third world. While in the Philippines, he made a life-changing discovery: the country’s wealthier children, who were consuming relatively high amounts of animal-based foods, were much more likely to get liver cancer. Dr. Esselstyn, a top surgeon and head of the Breast Cancer Task Force at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic, found that many of the diseases he routinely treated were virtually unknown in parts of the world where animal-based foods were rarely consumed."


In the PHOTO ABOVE, why is the worker wearing a protective hazmat suit? Because the huge amount of URINE & FECES not only covers the ground but fills the air the thousands of chickens must try to breath. This horribly over-crowded, unnatural condition causes the chickens to become neurotic and attack each other. Factory farmers like this CUT or BURN OFF the front part of their beaks to try and reduce injury and death - because that would be a loss of PROFITS.$$$$$$

The Bible in 1 Timothy 6:10 says:
"The love of money
is the root of all kinds of evil."


Amazing vegan meal in Seattle, WA,
while visiting our daughter Amy and her fiancée Travis and of course their dog Desi and cat Lucille.


Did you know that in many Asian countries,
DOG-MEAT is considered a delicacy?


What's your I.D.E.A. ?
- I. D.on't E.at .Animals

(they're my friends, not my food)

 

And just like my dog, Scotty, I've had the privilege of getting to know & love personally an orphaned dwarf cow calf (Curly), a baby wild boar (Arnold), and an injured rooster (Joe). So, I know they're no different than my dog (Scotty). They think and feel.

As you'll see below, my family has also rescued and rehabilitated or raised hundreds of injured or orphaned wildlife including raccoons, squirrels, opossums, otters, deer, etc.

Plus, I can't forget my elephants, lions, tigers, bears, wolves, and hyena friends back when I worked at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans. Plus the monkeys and apes my fellow zookeepers loved and cared for.

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Like my dog Scotty, they each are individual SOULS (nephesh), who can think, feel, and experience love, joy, peace - or loneliness, depression, terror, etc. By the way pigs are smarter than dogs and have an equally deep capacity for love and devotion. Most of you would never eat dog-meat, no matter how good it might taste. Good news, you probably will never have to eat it to survive. Even better, you don't have to eat it or any of the other animals to be healthy either.

EXAMPLE:
Super Hi-Protein Burgers
It's easy to make delicious complete protein burgers without supporting any animal suffering. God has provided an amazing variety of plant sources for all essential amino acids. When mixed with a nearly unlimited type of spices, you can make burgers that taste far better than dead animal tissue. Plus, they do not contribute to heart disease, diabetes, etc.

"SCOTTY", the gentle giant Good Shepherd Sheepdog serving kids with disabilities and helping to rescue, raise, and rehabilitate orphaned and injured wild animals.

 



"LITTLE RIVER", one of our rescued raccoons

"MANDY" the clouded Leopard who saved Sid's life.


"MOLLY" our blind opossum teaching assistant.
She served for years as an animal ambassador,
finally passing away in her sleep due to old age.

 

 


 

 

 

 

LINDA'S AWESOME VEGAN CHILI.
Yet NO grease, cholesterol, hormones, or antibiotics!
SUPER HI PROTEIN Compassionate Chili
 
It's made with black beans, quinoa, garbanzo beans, jalapeños, corn, onion, tomato sauce, garlic, cumin, coriander, cayenne pepper, olive oil, cocoa powder, etc.


* ALSO, I almost forgot to mention. NO cute and loving little animals were harmed in the making of this yummy meal.

1. Sid's Super Hi-Protein Plant Burgers
2. Sid's Black-Bean Quinoa "Caviar"
3. Linda's Awesome Oatmeal Cookies

Sid's High-Protein, Plant-Power Burger Patties
(Recipe will be uploaded soon)
They were "BAKED" with NO OIL.



Sid's VEGAN "Cherry-Garcia"
N-ice Cream

Way better than Ben & Jerry's with NO FAT,
and NO ADDED SUGARS


DVD - FORKS OVER KNIVES
- FORKS OVER KNIVES
- Preview (2 minutes)
- DVD to buy (90 minutes)

FEATURING:
- Dr. Campbell,
a nutritional scientist at Cornell University
- Dr. Esselstyn,
a top surgeon and head of the Breast Cancer Task Force at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic

"Dr. Campbell, a nutritional scientist at Cornell University
, was concerned in the late 1960’s with producing “high quality” animal protein to bring to the poor and malnourished areas of the third world. While in the Philippines, he made a life-changing discovery: the country’s wealthier children, who were consuming relatively high amounts of animal-based foods, were much more likely to get liver cancer."
"Dr. Esselstyn, a top surgeon and head of the Breast Cancer Task Force at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic, found that many of the diseases he routinely treated were virtually unknown in parts of the world where animal-based foods were rarely consumed."

 

DVD - FOOD, INC. (PBS info about it)

While this video contains some sensationalized presentations that may not be representative of the food industry as a whole, it does expose the negative realities that we followers of the GOOD SHEPHERD should know about.

 

 

Coming Soon ... more scientific and scriptural evidence for an ...

INTELLEGENTLY COMPASSIONATE LIFESTYLE
that honors
our Creator by:

- consistently caring for other nephesh souls
(people and animals)
- and cares for our own bodies as they are designed

BOOK coming soon ... hopefully ...

Sid is writing a book focusing on what the Bible actually says about our responsibility toward ALL of our Creator's nephesh creatures.

* Please pray for him to have the time and resources to get the book completed. Here are a few of the things it will include:

- The Bible says certain types of animals have SOULS

(The Hebrew term is "nephesh", and it's the exact same term used for human souls. It means the capacity to think and feel. The primary functional distinction between humans and animals is that humans can think and feel about God, but animals cannot. So humans are accountable for how we treat the Good Shepherd Creator's creatures and His creation.)

- They belong to their Good Shepherd Creator not us

- Our role and responsibility over them is be protective servant leaders, reflecting Christ's image and character

(see Gen. 2:15 "abad" = serve & "shamar" = protect; and also Matt. 20:20-28 for Jesus's type of "rule")

- They think & feel deeper than you realize

(We humans are infinitely less in both ways than God our mutual Creator. So, we are a lot more like the animals than most Christians want to admit. Ecclesiastes 3:18 "I also said to myself, “As for humans, God tests them so that they may see that they are like the animals.")

- Permission was only given to humanely take the life of nephesh animals for food, when it was necessary for survival (after the flood Gen. 9:3; etc.)

- The Bible says those animals will go to HEAVEN.

(the coming New Creation will be like Eden
Isaiah 11; Romans 8; etc.)

- The Bible condemns CRUEL treatment of animals.

(types of factory farming, forms of hunting, etc)

- The Bible supports a VEGETARIAN/VEGAN diet.

(a plant-based diet is healthier than animal-based diets; better for the environment, and honors the character of the Good Shepherd who is not the Great Predator)

MORE RESOURCES coming soon ...

- LINKS to sources showing sadly how many of my fellow evangelical Christians too often support and even practice some of the more horrifically unnecessary forms of animal suffering.

- LINKS to organizations, scientific research, books, etc., demonstrating that the thinking/feeling abilities of a "soul" are present in many animals.

- LINKS to organizations, scientific research, books, etc., exposing how many of these animals are treated cruelly in most factory farms that provide a lot of the animal-based food products today.

- LINKS to organizations, scientific research, books, etc., showing how diets based in animal-body-products contribute to obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.

 

 

QUESTION for you:

What's this little guy thinking / feeling?

ANSWER for all of us:

Pretty much the same thing we would be.
"Why am I here and where are my friends?"
"I hope nothing painful happens, but I'm afraid".
"Where am I going? Will they hurt me?"
"Somebody, please, save me!"

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Sids-Vegan-NOT-Ground-Meat
Yes, it's RED like raw meat
(Beet juice NOT blood)