Summit Up 5-7-10: No. 1 in ocelot grooming!
Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that has been trying to do its part during Be Kind to Animals Week, which is going on now. Why, in just the past 48 hours, we have:
-Groomed an ocelot
-Given a backrub to an onager
-De-flea’d a dozen bonobos
-Helped an elderly vinegaroon across a busy street
-Coached a score of housecats on empathy and warmth
-Held anger-management sessions for a few local pit bulls
-Rubbed cocoa butter and aloe lotion into a particularly dry-looking rattlesnake (thank goodness for anti-venin!)
-Assisted a Mexican parrot with English-language acquisition (we sent the bill to the local GOP office)
-Read Dr. Seuss books to a blind wallaby
-Given a foot massage to an orangutan
… and loaned money to a lynx trying to find her way back to Canada.
We feel good, after all this animal philanthropy! And by the way, if you want to be kind to animals this week, you don’t have to perform a pedicure on a Siberian tiger or floss the teeth of a hammerhead shark. According to this info we got from the Summit County Animal Shelter (sound of cheering, excited barking), you can do things like …
• Commit to adopting your next animal from the shelter
• Make sure your critter has all his or her vaccines as well as ID tags and a microchip
• Drive carefully through areas populated by wild critters such as deer
• Donate to or volunteer at your local animal shelter
• Spay or neuter your pets and encourage friends and family to do the same
• Spend quality time with your pet every day: play with your cat; walk or run with your dog. Make sure their mental, physical and social needs are getting met.
We like this quote they added from George Elliot:
Animals are such agreeable friends – they ask no question, they pass no criticisms.
Although we have to say we’ve seen cats look askance at us when we were eating cold pizza for breakfast or yawned without covering our mouths. They seem pretty critical sometimes, but perhaps it’s our imagination.
Folks, it’s Friday. In between being kind to animals, be kind to humans as well. Be kind to yourself, buy yourself a beer or something.
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