Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Ideas About Companion Animals

Since the published goal of this blog is to explore how we view companion animals (specifically, disabled ones), I feel this post is germane:

Are you aware that it is the policy of the American military to leave behind any and all animals that have been "adopted" by fighting forces in an occupied region? Despite the fact that these animals provide sometimes the only emotional solace our troops can find, when it's time for the troops to ship out, dogs, cats and other critters are left behind like so much debris, to fend for themselves.
Anyone who shares their lives with companion animals know how much suffering this must cause, for both the animals and those who have grown to love and depend on them. Maybe in the past, this harsh policy was required. But today, with modern vaccines and modern transportation modes, it's a barbaric hangover from another time.

As proven by the shift in policy of the American Red Cross to FINALLY provide shelter for companion animals after the thousands of needless deaths caused when pet owners wouldn't abandon their beloved critters to evacuate for Hurricane Katrina, it's time for a new vision of what decency and humanity mean.

Please take a few moments to let the American military know how you feel about this issue by signing the Care2 petition. You'll be glad you did.

On a related note, there's a great organization whose sole mission is caring for the pets of soldiers who get shipped out. While they're away doing their duty, Guardian Angels become foster caregivers for their companion animals until Mom or Dad come home.

You gotta love Homer!

Gwen Cooper blogs about her blind cat, Homer, at What a fantastic little guy, what a great story, and what a great mom he has!

Gwen reports she's just sold her story of Homer to Bantam Dell, so let's all watch for that book when it comes out. She's got us on her list, so when she lets me know, I'll let you know it's available.

Meanwhile, why not check out her blog yourself and get to know Gwen and Homer a little better?

Monday, November 3, 2008

Not Completely Disabled...

...but fun and interesting! It's all about Dr. Dick's kittehs at his blog, "Thoughts on a Train."

For those of you who don't know about kittehs, you need to visit I Can Has Cheezburger! No self-respecting cat lover can claim the title without at least an introduction to ICHC and LOLspeak. Enjoy!