Then about six weeks ago, he started losing weight like crazy. The second dog, died unexpectedly at 10 years and part of us died with her. The worse school massacre in US history killed 44 (38 students) in Bath, Michigan in 1927 (Google it). Still, I can see how anti-gunners become anti-gunners. I feel as if they should be stamped Made by Mattel. Plus, confiscating them is impossible, just as bussing illegal immigrants out of the country is impossible. Just as the reason that the drug trade is so lucrative and difficult to stop is because the US is such a huge drug market, the same is true of mass shootings.Vet said all his vitals were normal, blood test included. I went for a solid month before I didn’t breakdown at least once during the day. Only suddenly losing my brother at 42 hit me that hard. Oddly enough, the terrorist’s attacks are the most logical. We don’t agree with the ideology, but at least it’s there. Stop drug use in the US and the drug trade will dry up.We don’t know where the bad guys are but we very definitely know whom they would like to harm.So, let’s concentrate our efforts at guarding those.He started losing weight about a month ago and, according to the vet yesterday, is down to 9 pounds from his usual 15.We didn’t catch it earlier because he has a really thick, long coat.
The harder a target, the more likely they’ll go looking for some place easier. I’m going to illustrate this mental peculiarity by stripping thoughts off the top of my mental stack like rounds out of a loaded magazine.But, he finally got down to 8 pounds from 15 and was barely getting around. Still, we recognized that the good outweighs the bad and we got Shahn-deen four days later. We can’t even begin to understand the causes of the others. In mass shootings, the operative word there is “mass”.She is like having a lovable, incredibly smart and obedient, fur-covered two-year-old in the house and at 11 years is still very much a puppy. She is such an integral part of our life that, in a way, we’re already grieving losing her. Thinking of Sandy Hook, I can’t get the image out of my mind of looking through the sights at a toddler’s face and pulling the trigger. You need a lot of people in one place to make the concept work.It is far past time that we stop foraging around in the wilderness trying to placate and treat the hostiles, when we can simply throw up defenses around our known targets. bd As I’m sitting here at the key board, I’m suddenly aware of how random the human mind can be and how many thoughts can sandwich themselves together at one time. This time of the year, I usually wear black T-shirts under an unbuttoned, untucked long-sleeve shirt, wearing it like a light jacket. At the same time, I’m recalling our two days last weekend in New Jersey.This means I have to remember to trim my beard (using electric clippers: I like it a really short, a salt and pepper shadow). For a change the weather cooperated and didn’t freeze us out and the time spent with my son, daughter-in-law and grand kids (one of each flavor) was absolutely perfect.It’s not by accident that so many of the shootings we’ve had are aimed at unprotected targets. Let’s take a look at what Israel has done in this regard. Right now, even though it’s mid-afternoon on Saturday, I feel like going into the bathroom and trimming my beard (‘supposed to be a Monday morning ritual).Their entire country is a battleground and they’ve developed the methods and the technology to make defensive perimeters work. It’s a 90-second exercise I keep forgetting to do because it carries requirements all its own. Because, if I trim it after, the, tiny, cut gray hairs that are loose but still nesting in my beard, fall out on my black T-shirt and look like a torrent of dandruff.This is why many people never want to have “pets.” When we adopt any kind of animal to share our lives it’s like having a child that you know you are going to outlive. Many folks don’t want the grief, which can be damnably painful. Dog owners know they give something that no human being can give yet not one dog owner can explain exactly what that is. Incidentally, saying that we’re a dog owner isn’t exactly correct. It’s really difficult to put thoughts about this into words. Six or eight a year in a population of 330 million is all you need to perpetrate the most horrific acts. So, the debate about guarding them shouldn’t be a debate.Still, as long as I’m living life on an independent basis and not curled up in the corner of some old-age holding cell until I check out, I’ll never be without a dog. None of us “owns” a beloved animal any more than we own our kids. It should be a concentrated bi-partisan effort to come up with a method that makes the targets harder to penetrate.Some are smart, some are dumb, but they almost all have an incredible ability to love us. So, the relationship is almost human in nature but without all of the human characteristics that so often sour a relationship. He’d come when called, he sensed when you were in a funk or feeling bad and would pay even more attention do us. Abigail is a seven-year-old, coal-black, runt kitten who refuses to grow up and is an incredible hunter.She dismantles birds in our living room on a regular basis. ) was a typical Siamese, when we inherited him: nasty, combative with us and the other cats. Smoki was brought to us by Corki as a tiny feral kitten.