Wednesday, November 9, 2016
July, 2016 Egyptian satirist and talk show host, Dr. Bassem Youssef appeared on Comedy Central's Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore and prophetically stated the following about our presidential election, " Don't underestimate the power of hate, ignorance and fear." Long after this episode aired those words burned into my brain. People should never blindly follow or put their unquestioning faith in one candidate or human being no matter how hurt or ignored they feel.
Supporters of Donald Trump believe he will solve every problem the United States may face despite their complete disregard for his extensively documented misogyny, bigotry, racism, admiration for dictators and the greatest disrespect for equality and justice. The dangerous tentacles of fascism have been unleashed upon the American psyche. The most disheartening part of this election is that most of our citizens fail to fully understand what they've created.
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
November is Adopt-A-Senior Pet Month. Senior pets are amazing and deserve a special home to live out their remaining years. What can you expect from adopting a senior dog or cat? During the month of November most shelters and rescues are reducing adoption costs or waiving fees. Most senior animals have already lived in a home where unfortunately owners had to surrender their animals due to financial or relocation issues.
House trained, senior pets won't chew, bark or scratch every thing in your home.
Older pets are playful yet quiet and calm with fully developed personalities. Older dogs will understand commands and greet strangers appropriately on your daily walks. Ready to be loved again, they will give back more than you know. Imagine a senior dog or cat as part of your family joining you for the holiday festivities. Even better, just think of how much affection and gratitude a senior pet will feel for the humans allowing them to live out their golden years in peace and comfort.
It's true that many people are reluctant to adopt senior pets due to potential veterinary costs. Be honest with the shelter and discuss the history of the pet with your vet. Quality of life in senior pets is just as important as any other time. Most senior animals are healthy and have plenty of energy. Let them bring greater meaning and quality to your life. For more information about where to find a senior pet in your area check out Pet Finder https://www.petfinder.com/ celebrating 20 years of love and research in 2016.
If you are unable to adopt a dog or cat in November consider donating toys, food or other pet supplies. Contact your local shelter to check what they need most. Consider being a rescue volunteer.