Not to pick a fight or anything, but it’s quite noticeable how some men go all ballistic & abusive when a woman disagrees with them but are entirely collegial with men who have the same disagreement. Is it possible these great thinkers, the avant-garde of progressives everywhere, might be women haters? Cause it sure feels like it. That walks like a duck, talks like a duck thing comes into play.

If ever I win the lottery I will dedicate some of the proceeds (after Palestinians, Rohingyas, Kashmiris, & Bhopal) to overturning the Texas laws requiring quarantine for animals. There are far more humane ways to deal with animals that may be diseased. I went to see my little Annie, a tiny Chihuahua, at the animal control penitentiary. She was in a cold area & the closest I could get was four feet through two layers of fence. They advised me that she could contact other contagious diseases or fleas & ticks by being there. Annie of course was crying her heart out & trying to get to me. I can’t bring any other of the dogs to visit her but that wouldn’t comfort her anyway.

I brought her blankets, toys, & treats. They only give dry food which she doesn’t like but told me I could add a homeopathic remedy for fear & trauma to special food I’ll bring her.

This practice of incarcerating terrified animals (they also do it to birds & cats) is absolutely inhumane & not up to standards of animal welfare. But what am I complaining about? They do even worse to refugee children.

After work in the morning I take seven of my dogs to the dog park & meet with two friends & their dogs. This morning, a park worker came in to talk to us & some of the dogs were barking at him. My Annie-Lucia nipped him on the leg through heavy work pants. We apologized all over the place & continued chatting until we saw three animal control vehicles & a police car drive up. They threatened to impound all our dogs because we didn’t have vaccination papers on us. Who knew it was a city ordinance to carry vax documents? We had to show proof of vaccination in the state of Texas & two of us take our dogs to Mexico where it’s a lot cheaper. Little did we know that Mexican vaxs are not legitimate in Texas.
After prolonged negotiations, they impounded my little Annie for ten days of quarantine & issued me a citation to appear in municipal court to show proof of a rabies shot in Texas. Without a Texas vax I will be subject to a fine. I will be allowed to visit Annie but may not touch her. They wouldn’t allow me to quarantine her at home, wouldn’t accept a Mexican vax, & wouldn’t let me take her to a vet for tests to show she did not have rabies.

Keep in mind that this region has thousands of abandoned dogs & cats. The problem is so critical that animal shelters are always over capacity & there are caravans by several shelters & rescue groups that each take up to forty animals to other states for adoption every month.

I know I am not nearly as bereft as my little Annie who was rescued from animal control, a shivering terrified little girl who was once attacked by a huge Pitt Bull. I had to put that sweet girl in the animal control van so that her sense of abandonment must be overwhelming. All I know is that I will never again use the dog park & put my dogs at such risk.

This NY Times editorial by Michelle Alexander titled “Time to Break the Silence on Palestine” will knock your socks off. Alexander, who became a NY Times columnist last year, is the author of “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.” Who could imagine that anything as straightforward & hard-hitting as this about Israel & Palestine would ever appear in the NY Times?