The easiest blog post for me to write is the one I do each year around Valentine's Day. Yes, of course, we deal with a great deal of sadness and real drama in the world of animal shelters, but love is quite literally here in the air.
We need laws to protect both wild animals and people from what happens when those animals are kept where they do not belong by a species which is frighteningly often incapable of taking care of itself.
Now and then you meet someone whose smile lights up your heart. My wife's got one of those smiles -- a big part of what first drew me to her. I just came upon another, on the face of a dog named Samantha.
5:30 AM or so, the pain begins. A heavy pressure, an unexpected weight, making it hard to breathe; laborious, must work to fill my lungs against the pressure pushing down on my chest. What awful malady am I suffering?