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Dreams and Kings and Other Things

I have lived my entire life in the South. I was not quite a year old when the March on Selma took place. I’ve seen Klansmen in their robes riding in the backs of trucks, waving their flags, in broad daylight. I remember a time when white people threw around the N-word without first looking around … Continue reading

Why Doesn’t She Just Leave?

I hate the Domestic Violence cases. I never know what I’m walking into. Sometimes a neighbor hears a couple in the midst of a heated argument and calls us out of concern. Good for them. Better to be safe than sorry. Sometimes a report is made in bad faith by a former boyfriend or girlfriend … Continue reading

So How’s the Resolution Going?

Who knew that doing nothing could be such a struggle? Part of my “Go with the Flow” resolution is to not hold the expectation that I should be doing something productive every minute of the day. Didn’t take long for THAT to cause problems. At 7 AM, after having walked Rumpy, fed, cleaned litter boxes, and … Continue reading

On Shopping for a New Vet

So we’ve moved to a new town, and it’s a two-hour drive to our old vet. That means it’s time to shop for a new one. And because Bubba gets monthly injections of Adequan for his arthritis, the shopping started soon after arrival. Here’s a bit of advice to vet clinic administrators: make sure the … Continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday is Thanksgiving Day here in the US. We’ve all been taught the holiday was set aside by the Pilgrims to express gratitude for having survived their first year here in the New World. The truth is, the holiday, while touted as a sacred time to share with family and friends, has been a tool for … Continue reading

On Hearing the Dalai Lama Speak in Birmingham

So why would an agnostic such as myself get up at 3 AM on a Sunday morning and drive over 3 hours to listen to a Buddhist teacher and other religious teachers in a theater with poor acoustics and a bad sound system? I dunno, but I did it. And it was an amazing experience. … Continue reading

Killing Animals for God

This weekend, millions of animals will die in the name of God. Or Allah. Or whatever you call him, or her, or it. Why is God so bloodthirsty this weekend, you ask? Muslims and Jews are both celebrating major holidays that include ritual sacrifice of animals. On October 4th, Muslims will begin the celebration of … Continue reading

Adventures in Dog Exploitation- First World Edition

Thanks to social media, we now can watch lots of videos of cute dogs and cats doing incredibly funny things. But some of those videos make me cringe. Let’s review the latest craze- the videos of a dog in a spider costume scaring people. I am hoping those are staged, because I keep thinking it will only … Continue reading

Where Have You Been?

I’m sorry I haven’t been around. I am working a case that is taking a lot of my attention right now. Saturday night I got called out at 10:30 PM, and I didn’t make it back home until 10:30 Sunday morning. Needless to say, the gang was NOT happy. Rumpy refused to eat his breakfast. … Continue reading

Are We Animal Lovers? Or Users of Animals?

When I began writing about animal welfare issues, I naively thought that what was missing in the community was a lack of focused leadership, and that if only more people knew the truth about the plight of many animals around the world, we could join together and make positive changes. Oh, what a fool I … Continue reading

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