Most of the time I steer away from anything ugly here on the blog. It's not that my life is perfect, it's got plenty of stress and worry just like everyone else. We do live in a pretty quiet little town, and we are sheltered from a lot of the things that plague larger cities. But that doesn't mean we are free from the dark, ugly side of human nature. When you pick up the newspaper you read about rapes and even murder.
The ugly I'm talking about is the often forgotten, rarely punished act of dumping an animal. It happened recently to our neighbors who took in a Momma cat who had delivered her kittens under their deck. In a few days another half grown kitten "appeared." That's been two months ago and the kittens have found homes, two of them are staying where they were born!
Then yesterday a Facebook friend in Austin posted a picture of a dog that was left at an abandoned property. It's just unforgivable that we can be so heartless to an animal. Larger cities press charges when animal cruelty is involved. Without the gruesome details, our daughter Amy lost two of her beloved chihuahuas to a neighbors' out-of-control rottweilers. The city of Denton finally took action after they killed a second chihuahua. The ironic thing is that even after this cruel act, Amy forgave the dogs. She said it was the owner who should be punished, for keeping the dogs in horrible conditions in a backyard.
Like I said, it's not a pretty post today, but it's in my heart to share this. Lots of problems in the world but this one just seems senseless.
*Steven has always been a dog lover, this picture taken (Wilkesboro,NC 1989) of he and Lizzie, our blue tick hound. Yesterday he took that unwanted dog home with him and gave him a name, welcome home Layne!