Adopting a pet from a shelter is the popular thing to do these days. I’m not saying that makes it a bad thing, not by any means, but it’s becoming compulsory.
“Hey, check out this picture of our new dog!” is immediately met with “Did you get him from a shelter?”
They say that adopting from a shelter saves the lives of two animals: the one you adopted and the one that can take his/her place at the shelter. There’s no denying that logic, but it seems that people are becoming so skewed towards shelters that they don’t realize there are numerous ways to save an animal. The brief conversation cited above is one I’ve had before, and it’s amazing how hateful people can get when they ask if your animal is from a shelter. I understand the passion, folks, I really do, but you don’t have to make me feel like I did the wrong thing because my pet didn’t come from a rescue.
Nermal was found trying to cross four lanes of rush hour traffic when she was only three weeks old.
Porkchop was left at a foreclosed home in an outdoor pen so covered in weeds it was barely visible.
Annie was shuffled through five different homes before she was four months old, a series of people who didn’t want her because she wasn’t the ‘right kind’ of dog or who couldn’t keep her. I don’t have her original Craigslist photo anymore, but she looked absolutely terrified and miserable.
You can’t tell me these animals weren’t rescued. When we found them they were frightened, undernourished, and homeless. I shouldn’t have to justify having them simply because they didn’t spend any time at a shelter.
There are many ways to save a life.
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It’s difficult to get all my work done sometimes. There are so many distractions. I need to be on my computer a significant part of the day if I’m actually going to have a successful freelancing business, but somehow I find myself outside weeding the garden or playing a rousing round of Go Fish with the kids. I’m getting a little better at focusing, though, so here are my
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6. Rig up some sort of system that will send you some nasty electric shocks every time you wander off to Facebook.
5. Encourage your spouse to play video games. Then you won’t feel guilty about not spending time with him/her. Plus he/she will lose track of just how much time you’ve spent on that computer today.
4. Wear a hoodie, so you can put snacks and candy in the pockets.
3. Wear earbuds. These will deter people who may try talking to you, as well as drown out the sound of the kids watching the same episode of Phineas and Ferb for the umpteenth time. Also very effective for pretending you didn’t hear, “Honey, what’s for dinner?”
2. Get super comfortable. My dad’s rule when I worked for him as a kid was to always get comfortable first, and I still abide by this. The more comfortable you are, the less likely you’ll be to get up and run just one more load of laundry.
1. Get a cat, and make sure it’s on your lap. This kind of goes along with “get super comfortable”, because when you have a cat on your lap you can’t get up. That’s the rule. Really. Just ask the cat.
And yes, I was supposed to be writing when I made this.
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