Friday, May 27, 2011

this has nothing to do with parenting.

i had a cat named puck. he was 18 pounds of glorious pixi-bob love. he had the most impressive vocabulary i've ever heard in a cat (although karma is a close second) and he was the love of my kitty zeppo's life. they were brothers and best friends. when puck passed a few years ago it tore me apart. zeppo was lost and wandered the house looking for his friend. it broke my (and my ex-husband's) heart/s.

occasionally, puck shows up in my dreams. last night he was there. it's always the same dream: i'm doing normal, every day stuff, and he stops by to tell me he's doing all right. we talk, i tell him i miss him, and he reassures me that he's fine and he's still looking out for us. i think he just needs to communicate with us every now and then. it's comforting. i feel like i haven't lost him at all. or at least not as much as it felt like i had.

i told zeppo what puck said. he seemed happy to hear puck was doing all right. and then we curled up and went back to sleep, a little happier than we were before.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Max's Law (Becky Should Not Read This For At Least 6 More Months)

I know it's been a while since I posted anything (and a real post will be forthcoming, promise) but I'm using this one to advocate for yet another abused pit bull puppy. Even if this wasn't my favorite breed, I would be preaching about this relentlessly.,0,193301.story

The upshot is that this guy may only have to pay a fine for what he did here. That's not right. That's about as far from right as you can get. Were it up to me, he would be drawn and quartered in the town square while we all cheer and eat popcorn. Alas, my wish will be unfulfilled. What we can do is start with the petitions to increase penalties for animal abuse so that bastards like this don't get off so lightly.

This puppy was terrified of him. This wasn't the first time he had hurt it. He needs to be stopped and so do all the people like him. Animal abuse needs to be a felony offense, plain and simple. Here is one petition to get the ball rolling for New York.

Make Penalties For Animal Abuse Stronger In NY

For those who have been watching Patrick, the pit who was starved and thrown in a garbage chute, he is doing much better. There are tons of links to him on Facebook and The Patrick Miracle Page updates on him constantly.

What warms my heart is that for the first time in human history, it is becoming more and more unacceptable in society to abuse animals, including pit bulls. Maybe as a species we are developing a conscience. It gives me hope. It's no longer seen as okay to do these horrible things. (Patrick's abuser has received death threats. Not that that's right, but I understand the urge. Just sayin'.)

And to Vicki O'Connor, thanks for rescuing a pit. That dog is going to love you for the rest of its life. Guaranteed. You are awesome. :D