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I don’t remember when The Dodo began, but I signed up as soon as I saw it. With four or five subjects each day in story (with still images) or video (with subtitles) form, its diverse subjects include the following:
· rescues (farmers uncouple two battling bucks whose antlers got tangled together; firefighters save a dog stranded on an ice floe. . . )
· can this (animal of any kind) be saved – from being covered in tar; from crippling abuse or birth deformities?
· unlikely animal friendships -- a chicken who stands on her barnyard friends; a cat and a horse; a rescued piglet who makes herself at home with eight varied family and foster “siblings”
· pit bulls – invariably shown as tender-hearted love givers and seekers. (If this is a campaign to soften pits’ image, it worked for me!)
· LOLs –bounding baby goats, often wearing sweaters; the husky who throws a tantrum when it’s time to leave the playground; a baby elephant who wants to charge the photographer but retreats to his nearby mom; the kitten popping bubble gum bubbles; the pet rat who munches out on spaghetti
Doesn’t matter: I lap it all up.
Some of the stories are so compelling they demand reader-involvement: the three amigos -- two elderly dogs and a cat who finally got attention and freedom from the squalor they lived in; the ramshackle animal shelter made far riskier by catastrophic flooding and short staffing; a cat no one would touch because of his severe mange and other unsightliness . . . until someone did -- and rescued him and now months later, he’s healed and in foster care. It’s hard not to donate and/or reach out to ask about progress.
I hope you’ll try The Dodo (www.thedodo.com). It’s a tonic.
Two sad shorts
Bear Killing: It’s bad enough that New Jersey’s black bears are unfairly vilified and hunted. Now, despite bear sightings in every county of the state, some police depts. – most, I’d bet – still lack tranquilizer guns. Then when they kill a bear for seeming rush-to-judgment reasons, they claim “but we don’t have tranquilizer guns!”
Oh? And if that’s the group’s belief, then the animal can be killed with impunity (thereby setting a precedent)? You have to wonder whether this PD has training or policies for how to deal with bears and other wildlife.
Puppy mill sales can continue unchecked in NJ: The state senate failed to override Gov.
Christie’s veto of the puppy mill sales bill (S3041), which would have benefited both pet-buyers
and the animals forced into “lives” of constant breeding. There’s talk of a second override
attempt late next month.