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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Moving to New York City

A move to NYC is something I've been considering for quite some time now. Staying here, or rather not moving to NYC, simply became untenable for me.
NYC was always a place of fascination and inspiration for me. I think proferring an explanation for a move to New York is tautological - I mean it's New York, right?!
I'll be living in Brooklyn, facing the harbour just south of Manhattan, with a view of the Statue of Liberty and her colossal, oxidized, copper torch raised to the skies, an indelible image from my childhood...

My move is slated for the 1st of August, 2008.

More to follow...

My view of her isn't this good.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Grieving pet owners

A comment on a previous post prompted me to do some research on the services available for grieving pet owners. Losing a loving, devoted companion can be devastating. One must remember that grieving for a pet is normal, and likely necessary for most people.
It is imperative that pet owners who have lost a pet not lay blame on themselves, or others. Part of the grieving process is accepting the death process (whether natural, through illness, or accident), to know that the pet has brought immeasurable and irreplaceable joy to one's life. Once the grieving is over, one must pick up, move on, and thereafter always have but joyous memories of the pet that we loved so much. I'm getting teary-eyed already!
Please click here to read more about services available for grieving pet owners.
You are not alone: know that at some point in our lives, we will all likely become a grieving pet owner.

Isaac, one of my cats. I love this guy. Thanks to Ron Findlay for the fantastic photo.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Dogs aren't laptops... anywhere.

A California lawmaker introduced a bill that would prevent citizens from driving with their dogs on their laps. He says pets distract motorists and puts them, and passengers, at risk. Absolutely true. Very importantly, this is also a risk for the dogs. With windows rolled all the way down, these dogs now have it much easier to jump out.... and many do. Imagine losing a dog on the highway because you had your dog on your lap with the window down too low. I've seen such cases so many times and once, right in front of me. The dog was unharmed because the car was moving so slowly, but still....

If you don't want your dog, or you, to look like this, don't drive with your dog on your lap and keep the windows at a level where the dogs cannot jump out.