Shortcuts | March 19, 2009

  Just wanted to say thanks for the article on puppy mills. I have gotten two chihuahua’s from two different puppy mills thru rescue groups.  My first was 6 years old when we got her.
She was born in the mill and produced puppies after puppies for five years. When she wouldn’t accept the male anymore, they got rid of her.  
We had her for only three years when she had a stroke and passed away. No matter how much attention you gave her, she did not know how to respond so she sat in a corner most of the time unless I put her up by me. The Chihuahua that I have now, we went to South Dakota in July to get her from a rescue group. She was born in a puppy mill that had over 350 dogs and puppies. 

Imagine being only 2 years old, weighing three pounds, and already having three litters of puppies. She will not walk on the kitchen floor so she has to be carried outside to go potty, a sign of never being out of a cage. It’s hard for her to be held as she tries to jump out of your arms, a sign of never being held in a loving manner. Any noises make her jump, a sign of banging on the cages. I have to have a leash on her in the house so I can catch her to go outside, a sign of never leaving the cage to go on a walk with a leash. All this damage to a three-pound dog in two short years, her puppy years.
I will always do my part in adopting these helpless dogs. I also have a 13 and-a-half year-old retired greyhound that I got from the dog track in Hudson and a 10 year-old Golden Retriever that I got from the Chippewa Humane Society.  

    I urge everyone who’s looking for a pet to go to your Humane Society’s first, the best of the best are sitting there waiting. Thanks.
–  Barb Amundson


    Have you ever been walking this time of year and notice from the sidewalk all those potholes in the road?

They are the size of basketballs or your mother-in-law’s derriere. When you see the trucks come to fix these holes, you’re happy, but not so happy, cuz do they really fix them?
Watch the city crews work feverishly fixing these traps. They first find them, which really is not so hard, and then they throw from afar the filler which becomes a bump.  
Yes! The hole has now taken on the opposite feel. You are going to go up, not down, and in due time the up will become flat and more than likey will be oozzed out of the hole it was once in and is down the block somewhere in the gutter.

So the next time you’re taking your walk, stop! If you want go over to the filled-in hole and throw a tantrum, (jumping up and down) on the convex filled-in hole, people will understand cuz they thought of the idea but were afraid to show their emotions.
– Mark C. Warns 


    Our head was in the clouds in the subheadline of The Cloud Hymn article in the March 5 issue. The musician in question goes by John Nielsen, not Nielson. E not O.