I'm sure we are all sickened by the reports of animal abuse, and humankind's ceaseless ability to be creatively inhumane.
Perhaps we should all search out reports of amusing or GOOD things. SOmmething like fun at a local ASPCA dog wash or some fund raiser or puppy saving an infant or a funny pet or animal related story, something along those lines and share them with one another.
I'm sure it would lighten our day and would be something GOOD and HOPEFULL for our younger posters to read.
I haven't had a dog in over twenty years. And to be quite truthful, I haven't cared. So why do I now find myself in the constant company of a 70-pound Rotweiler-German shepherd mix who eats his poop and licks my face?
Philly came with my son when he returned home after living for a year and a half in Florida-"on his own". And of course, since his dog had been his constant companion and only friend for a year and a half, he had to come, too.
In about six weeks Scott had saved up enough money to get an apartment. He proudly gave me the grand tour-all twenty-five square feet of it. It looked very..male.
"Oh, yeah, Ma I didn't tell you. This place doesn't take pets."
Big surprise. So now I awaken each morning to the sound of a large tail thumping. The thumping becomes wiggling, the wiggling becomes whining, and soon I find myself standing outside in my bathrobe, in 10-degree weather while Philly takes a prolonged pee. And if I'm especially lucky I'm treated to the sight of steaming poop on frozen snow.
Philly is, however, awfully good company. I have some of my most intellectual conversations nowadays with this impervious pooch. He smiles and nods, all the while absorbing my many fascinating musings. And it's making him more intelligent, too. Just yesterday he followed me to the pantry, where I began my dissertation on the benefits of crunchy bones to clean his teeth. I explained how the crunchy granules would chip away at the plaque that was building up, resulting in white and smooth teeth. He understood. I know he did. He answered me, confirming what I'd known all along.
"Ruff," he said.
He's so smart. He knew that before the plaque is removed, and his smileformed to pearly white, that his teeth are currently rough.
I'm not becoming attached to Philly. Oh, no. Not me. In fact I've considered advertising for a good home for him. The new owners would have to provide a stay-at-home mom. And they would have to keep his weekly appointments for his bath and pretty plaid bow. Of course it would be mandatory that he continue visiting the hamburger joint on Third and Vine every Tuesday night. You know, he just loves their double cheeseburger special. And he must sleep on a couch. Why of course the living room couch-what other couch could I possibly mean?
Hmmm. No calls today. I guess he'll just have to stay put right here with us for the time being. But I assure you, I am not attached to this dog
Here's one to make you laugh from the archives of the AP http://www.ap.org/ . Read it all the way to the end:
A Little Gas
A Dutch veterinarian was fined 600 guilders (about $240) for causing a fire that destroyed a farm in Lichten Vourde, the Netherlands. The vet had been trying to convince a farmer that his cow was passing flatulent gas; to demonstrate, the vet ignited the gas, but the cow became a "four-legged flame-thrower" and ran wild, setting fire to bales of hay. Damage to the farm was assessed at $80,000. The cow was unharmed. AP
***Edited By: pyrmom on 6/21/2005 7:36:04 AM*** Reason: xx
Thanks, but I can't (& didn't) take the credit. Those are both from sites that I listed and provided a link to.
My friend Carol got a large chuckle out of the one with the vet & the cow. She's a doctor (human type) and INSISTS on cooking for her dogs (did I metntion she's ALSO a chef and does magnificent wedding cakes?)
well...once I read the story to her, she told me about what she fed the dogs (all 4 of them) last night. Seems the meal included beans..gotta' get that protien in! Needless to say, at 3 a.m., with little to no oxygen in the bedroom, she gave up and got up for the day! That'll teach her ~ lol