In the past I volunteered at the annual festival for abandoned and homeless animals called Cause 4 Paws. The proceeds went to our wonderful and much needed and appreciated Abandoned Pet Rescue.
As usual, we had a great turnout of folks with their beloved critter companions, many of whom had their pictures displayed on Channel 10’s news website. There were representatives from the tiniest, most spastic Chihuahua to fabulously beautiful Great Pyrenees. Some of them were decked out in their finest collar and scarf accessories, but I couldn’t help but feel a little bit sorry for some of the dogs. I know it must be scads of fun and quite acceptable for humans to adorn their furry friends with “diamond” collars, bright bandanas and message-bearing coats or T-shirts, but some people get downright schizoid with it.
There were tiny dogs being paraded around wearing goggles and sunglasses, hats with elastic bands around their chins and huge costumes that would put a Vegas showgirl to shame. Come on, people; you’re satisfying your need for attention at the expense of the well being and comfort of your pets!
Call me a party pooper if you want, but being the advocate for animals that I am, I could see the distress on the faces of some of these poor critters, and knew they were thinking, “Why me; what did I do to deserve this?” Disagree? Tell me all about it at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There was a hair stylist in the town where I went to high school who not only changed her hair to pastel pink, blue, yellow or green every few months, but also dyed her two standard poodles to match! I asked about her and the dogs at a high school reunion years later, and was told that her hair had become thin to the point of having to wear a wig, but her dogs had both died of melanomas.
Dear creatures of planet Earth,
On behalf of all of us who have compassion, understanding of and respect for other living creatures, I ask your indulgence and forgiveness for the multitude of us who do not. I pray that you will be given the ability to recognize the psychopaths as well as the just plain thoughtless and stupid of our species, that God will grant you the courage and opportunity to run when you encounter them, and that someone with selfless love in their heart will find and adopt you.
Love of all animals…that’s what the world needs more of now! Keep the love coming by sharing that “love affair” with your furry or feathery friend(s) with us. I promise NOT to keep it a secret. I’m so anxious to get those sizzling stories in my email at email@example.com that I’m sitting here with worms in my mouth (baited breath). Allie