March 8th 2008 6:30 pm
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It is with a sad heart and many many tears that I tell you all Mac crossed over the rainbow bridge today. In June of last year Mac was diagnosed with spinal arthritis. He had been getting old but I had noticed it was harder for him to move from place to place. One of his favorite spots is under a bench I have in my room that has a stereo on it and one day I went to turn it on and it wouldn't work. I investigated and found the cord had been partially severed. It was still hooked up though and gave me quite a nasty jolt. I was not sure if Mac had been electrocuted so we went to the vet. With a sentence of spinal arthritis and not electrocution hanging over him Mac was doomed and I knew it. Bracing for what might come we made the house as easy to navigate as possible and I grabbed two old pillows and stitched a cover for them so he could sleep more comfortably. Now Mac has never been a bed kind of dog, happily sleeping on the floor and prefers the cold hard floor of our kitchen. There are dogs with hair and then there is Mac. In full coat he can put a Samoyed prancing out to be best in show to shame. Living in Houston we kept him shaved during the heat of summer and with a shave in August he would be in full coat again by October and wonderfully full for Christmas photos with Santa. But I knew there would come a day when Mac would need the bed and I waited. Mac literally went from bounding all over the house in joy to creeping to crawling in a matter of months. I fashioned a belt to lift him to take on his walks but even those became too hard for him and I became a nurse-maid bound by my love for Mac. Mac took the failing of his body in good stride just as he does everything else. He held royal court on that bed but last week he hid. Even when Mac had been new to the forever home concept he had never hidden before. I think I cried for hours that night. Thinking I was making too much of it I was shocked when he did it again and he could barely stand for longer than 5 minutes. His movement had become bursts place to place and for a dog who greeted everyone with a smile and a wag of his tail he was withdrawing. I called mom who agreed enough was enough, Mac never hid and he was never not happy to see someone now Mac was sad something neither of us could stand. As I took Mac to see the vet there literally wasn’t a dry eye in the office, they all knew this dog. Mac had greeted for the vet office for over 2 years, he had been patient as vet techs were taught how to properly hold dogs. He had soothed dogs waking from anesthesia and helped comfort grieving owners whose pets just couldn’t live anymore. Mac’s ashes will be scattered as there is no dog that doesn’t need a little Mac in them, he gave to all and wanted only a hug or pet in return. Hug your pets’ tonight folks, they are worth the world to us and a lifetime worth of lessons on patience, love and understanding for all human failures.
February 11th 2008 7:52 pm
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Now it's no secret I was an abused dog. When mom adopted me that wonderful day 12 years ago the rescuers told her I had been abused. I had actually been abused by children. I ADORE children, from the groping hands of a toddler to the tender touch of a dying child I LOVE THEM. But light a candle near me and I tremble, I used to scream.
It is said you can judge a society on how it treats it animals. It is well documented truth serial killers and some mentally disturbed maim or abuse animals. Animal Planet has a wonderful show called Animal Cops and it highlights the trials and rescues of various SPCA agencies around the nation. After a person is convicted on animal cruelty charges and pays their fine what happens then? Can they adopt again? The answer to this should be NO but the truth is yes. Why is this? Because none of the various rescues and shelters have a criminal database that links to all the others to tell these people they are criminals. What some of the bigger shelters do have is access to the DMV records but not to most criminal records. So a person that is convicted of animal abuse can and sometimes might adopt another dog or cat and the cycle continues.
So how do you stop the cycle? Give a voice to those of us that cannot talk. Let it be known it is not okay for criminals to animals to own more. Now not every criminal maims or abuses animals but those that have should not be allowed to have more.
The project: Make criminal records available to shelters and allow shelters to make their own rules and policies regarding adoption. Make the AKC refine and revamp their breed rescues to be better equipped for background criminal record checks.
What do you think?
February 2nd 2008 10:01 pm
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Ever had one of those quiet days? One where the house is empty and you can just stretch out and enjoy the sun? I got to have one of those days today. Then the cat decided to cause some mischief... Buster is 8 years old but acts like a kitten. He danced across the keyboards on mom & dad's cpu then decided to do a bit of "rearranging" on the table. He rounded off this escapade with a death defying leap to the counter and knocked everything off of there as he skidded and slid. I actually barked at him a couple of times to tell him to knock it off but he grinned and smiled as he thought I would be blamed for the huge mess.
Mom, dad & Rusty came home and took one look at the house and said in unison "Buster!" See, I would never get into that kind of trouble it's just too dirty. I like my paws clean and I like to not have to worry about messes. After everything was cleaned up mom came over and brushed me and gave me a treat. Dad came over too and told me what a good boy I had been all day.
I love lazy days!
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