By David S. Greene
December 20, 2010
While it was probably meant to be light-hearted and perhaps even funny, the reality is not so much. Styleite has a great rant on the topic, and nails the best argument against Christmas puppies obtained without enough thought and planning beforehand:
Pop quiz! What is the busiest month of the year for animal shelters? Take your time, thereâ€™s no pressure! OK, actually, there is: timeâ€™s up. The answer is March. Why? Because all the adorable widdle puppies purchased as gifts over the holidays are no longer adorable widdle puppies in March. By March, they are small dogs that are still learning how to behave and as such are probably peeing in the corner and chewing your new Jimmy Choos. And all of a sudden theyâ€™re not so cute anymore. Instead, theyâ€™re annoying and they require work and responsibility and far too much effort to actually keep. And off to the shelter they go. Bye bye puppy!
Thanks to Carol for the tip.
Retail warning for collars: A short Associated Press story in the San Francisco Examiner mentions that due to the carcinogenic effects of propoxur, California retail stores who sell flea and tick collars with the nasty stuff will include warning labels. I have a better idea: How about not selling cancer producing products?
Encouraging new vets: Purdue University’s School of Veterinary Medicine (home of our very own Dr. Tony Johnson) has hit on a clever idea to build a new bumper crop of veterinarians in the next generation. They’ve produced a book for third graders called “How I Became a Scientist.” It’s part of the larger program, “Fat Dogs and Coughing Horses,” aimed at spotlighting the issues of obesity and asthma in animal populations. You can download a free copy of the activity book here.
Testifying: Last week’s profile of the UPaws success in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula wasn’t the only mention of what’s been happening in Marquette. Â Our friend Shirley at YesBiscuit has a superb and creative angle. Â She solicited stories from the people who were part of the success. My favorite of the three letters was written by longtime volunteer and current UPaws treasurer Joan Mulder.
When I look back at how bad it was to where we are now I canâ€™t believe all weâ€™ve done. AND weâ€™ve done this as an open admission shelter. All animals are welcome at our shelter and weâ€™ve never turned one away â€“ from mice, dogs, cats to snakes, chickens and horses. Weâ€™ve done this with a very old and small shelter, not much of a budget and a small handful or committed board members, volunteers and staff. Iâ€™m very proud of what weâ€™ve ALL accomplished. This could never have happened without the support of our board, staff, volunteers and the community.
Whenever we hit a hard time weâ€™ve always kept this first and foremost,
â€œItâ€™s all about the animalsâ€ nothing else matters.
That’s just the tail end of her account. You really need to read the rest. Very powerful stuff. Thanks for sharing the stories with all of us, Shirley.
Cruelty through neglect: If the previous post isn’t the best writing of recent blog posts, this one is. Our BFF Dr. Patty Khuly tackles a deadly serious topic in her Fully Vetted blog –Â animals who are severely neglected by their owners.
Editorial on SickVick: Jane Velez-Mitchell of CNN’s Headline News posted an editorial opinion on Michael Vick’s stated desire to get a dog:
Sorry, Michael Vick, there are limits to redemption. Redemption isn’t giving a bank robber a job as a teller. It isn’t letting a convicted child molester run a day care center. And it isn’t handing someone convicted of driving under the influence the keys to a car and a bottle of rum. Redemption is certainly not giving a man who participated in gruesome cruelty against animals the chance to bring home a four-legged companion.
Interesting that this appeared in CNN’s International edition but not the US site.
Be Prepared: The Boy Scout motto is “Be prepared,” and to that end the always funny site The Oatmeal dispenses valuable advice. Eight ways to prepare your pets for war. Tip of the cap to Susan Fox for this story and the previous one).
I always like to hear from readers, especially if you have tips, and links for interesting stories.Â Give me a shout in the comments, or better yet,Â send me an e-mail.
Photo credit: screenshot, Harvey Nichols UK