Wednesday, January 7, 2009

624th Post - Shame on People!

I was just reading USA Today. There is an article about how the economy is becoming a reason (not an excuse, of course) for people to get rid of their pets. Go ahead and read it. I'll be here when you come back.

Back so soon? I have stated it before and will again: Having a pet is for life, either yours or the pet's. Your pet is a member of your family. Exclamation Mark. If you had children, and money became tight, would you throw your kids out? I mean, if they're 35 and still living at home, yes, but otherwise you should keep your kids, and your pets.

Many of the animals whose stories are revealed in the above story turn out to have happy endings, but most of them don't.

Some jerks who moved away before the holidays left their cats behind. As October turned to November, and it became colder and colder at night, these cats began to hang around a neighbhour of mine. Kind-hearted cat lovers, they safely trapped the kittens, but struggled to capture the mother. I lost track of the story after my car accident, but will follow up in a couple of days to see how they are making out. I hope they are all doing well.

When my house was broken into a year and a half ago, I didn't give any thought to what the little so-and-so stole from me. All I thought about was my cat, and was he all right? Had the little bastard hurt Newbie? Had he got out the house while the youth was having his way with my stuff? Only after I knew Newbie was ok did I begin to care, somewhat, about what material possessions he had stolen from me.

As I type these words, Newbie is on top of my computer desk, cleaning himself, looking down on me. I am having a hard time thinking of a better way to spend a Winter's night that doesn't involve getting nekkid.

Too bad more of us don't feel that way about our fur kids.


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