Friday, November 18, 2016

My Treat

Every month we get to try a product from Chewy.com, and Toby cleverly has learned to recognize their logo on the boxes. His sniffer goes to work and his tail wags. If some hint of a scent is detected he may even whine.

What's in there for ME!?
But this delivery was a surprise to us both! It was a treat for me instead of him.

This is NOT COOL.



A perfect little care package for the chilly days ahead: hot cider and cocoa in a mug, and a hat and scarf.

I asked Toby to model for me. He was not amused. Check out the lip curl.

I've been BETRAYED!

I'll wear it from now on, Toby. Cheer up and let's get you a cookie.
Thank you so much, Wow Team at Chewy.com, for brightening my day!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Meet Krismon!

I adopted an orangutan from Orangutan Outreach!


Virtually, that is. For Orangutan Awareness Week, meet Krismon!

Most of the orangutans rescued by the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme are very young. Baby orangutans are so cute, and these are the most popular for virtual adoptions. But Krismon's story got to me. I wanted to know how his story would turn out. His rehabilitation will be so difficult.

Krismon

Krismon's mother was killed in 1997. A member of the Indonesian army took the adorable baby home to be a family pet. Small and cute, he was raised like a human child and even went on family vacations. But - he grew.

So Krismon was placed in a tiny rusty cage. He was fed only rice and occasionally table scraps. 

Finally rescued from this.
Then on May 30, 2016, he was rescued. He was weak, especially in his back legs. His entire body suffered tremors. He can never be released into the wild, having suffered too much malnutrition, trauma, and wasting for that. SOCP is constructing a separate facility for adults like Krismon who will always need care in a safe place. 

Life is looking up for Krismon!

As of September, Krismon has successfully transitioned to a normal diet of fruit, vegetables, and seeds. He is in a much larger cage now where he can move and exercise his atrophied muscles. 
The update concludes:
"Although he still faces a very long road to recovery, Krismon is well on his way to becoming a healthy and happy adult male orangutan."

If you'd like to adopt Krismon, or might want to adopt another of the orphans at Orangutan Outreach, click here.

Friday, November 11, 2016

On Veteran's Day

This week an election cycle uniformly characterized as ugly, divisive, demeaning, bitter, and depressing came to an end with the election of our next President. I am one of those whose candidate didn't win. Since Tuesday there have been violent protests in the streets and calls for the cancellation of the electoral college by the losers. Viciousness and bullying have been displayed by the winners. 


Only two Presidents, George Washington and James Monroe, have ever been unopposed when they ran for our highest office. In every other election, some portion of the electorate was disappointed, perhaps even angered. Sometimes apocalyptic catastrophe was predicted for our country; Andrew Jackson and Abraham Lincoln come to mind. 


But the wonder of our government is that power transitions peacefully and we still function as a United States. Then, four years later, another election takes place and the people again decide. 

On Veteran's Day we have a grave responsibility honor our Constitution and the soldiers who have fought and died to protect it. Now is the time for resolve that no matter what, we will keep the torch of democracy alive, and pass that torch on to the generations that will follow us. 


Peaceful protest and political opposition are treasured freedoms that our Bill of Rights protects. However, attempting to negate the fair and open election of our next President undermines the foundation of our democracy. 


There will be another election in four years. In the meantime, as always, our veterans' sacrifices are in vain unless We the People can muster the maturity and patience to be patriots. Upholding the democratic election of a President is essential on Veteran's Day and every day. 
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