It’s going to be strong coffee and a short blog post this morning. Yesterday was an eventful day for me. I had an article published in the Taos News and I had to participate in a cat chase which was directed at five large and very frightened kittens. The article addressed the controversy that has been hounding Stray Hearts Animal Shelter for much too long now. Lawsuits, a car in the shelter parking lot torched in the deep side of night, a concerted effort to get our veterinarian’s license yanked, all basically horseshit as far as I can tell.
And the kittens? Well I once again learned the great value in bite-proof gloves. Those little critters are strong! They have my respect. I was working with a young woman who usually works with dogs but she was cross-trainig so she got to see just how fun cats can be. We managed to get all five cats into cages. The final cat was high up on a shelf. That one I captured with a net that was designed for exactly that sort of thing. Those five cats will have some PTSD for a few days. Likely I will too. That sort of thing is never fun, and it takes a lot out of me because of the high adrenaline rush.
I truly wish that I could write about the controversy in greater length and detail. It would actually be a challenging and fun journalistic exercise, like chasing kittens. One of the underlying themes in the whole thing is how some of our behavioral levels are stuck solid at a junior high school level. Gossip is another one. Some devour malicious gossip as if it is popcorn at a movie theater, where, of course, some of it ends up on the floor. Don’t ask me where I was headed with that metaphor. It’s just that, for some reason, I get the image of a sticky sugar stain dappled with spilled popcorn. Yucky stuff. Th detractor who rail against the shelter deal in icky stuff. I mean, they are going to help animals by making our work harder to do? Really? Dude, really?!
Friggin pisses me way off. But I’ve got that out now. It will be interesting to see how much, if any, blowback I will get in return. We’ve all seen how meanness can be dressed up as righteousness, and that’s just in this morning’s news. Ob la di ob la da. I’ll try and be in a higher mode tomorrow, k?
Peace out, y’all. Goof gloriously