My Lady borrowed this from a dog lover's post on FaceBook:
"He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dogl You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion."
Now, I had never before given much serious thought to a dog's life, but the quote above seems to be pretty descriptive of what we want to be.
I know that as an inside dog, I am one of the fortunate ones but I hear daily warning about the extreme heat being dangerous for all of us. Some are being left in locked cars and almost die before they are rescued. Others are dying daily from lack of water or other neglect. These instances are seldom newsworthy. We're only dogs!
Sometimes we get left behind when the family moves and no longer want the bother or expense of keeping a dog...or cat. I hate to admit this, but I've never known a cat to be helplessly kept in a back yard as dogs often are. They are escape artists. How sad and how unfortunate that we much more intelligent (ahem) dogs don't have the same skill.
|A well cared for and loved cat.|
|When I was new to this house, I was|
not sure I should be up here.
A recent happening passed on from a North Texas resident, has My Lady upset. She says it is heartbreaking and I agree. It seems that a small dog was tied with a short leash that allow it to rest in the morning shade, but did not allow it to escape the hot afternoon sun. Day after day its water bowl was empty and was filled by compassant neighbors. The little fellow always greeted them with happy barking but he may not have been getting food or the heat may have been weakening him, for his barks became whines and then he was found dead.
|Another well-loved dog. but she's|
a bit fiesty for an old fellow like
My Lady keeps raving about "responsibility." I don't have a large vocubulary, but from the way she says it, I've decided it's a good word: Responsibility... It has a nice sound, doesn't it? I think better things happen when there is responsibility.
My Lady says to mention that three "C" words describe neglect: Cruel, Callous, and Criminal.