May 12, 2006

Pet Peeve

Filed under: government, animals — Alex @ 2:24 am

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From a Dogster.com email:

"Contact your members of Congress today and urge them to pass the Pet Evacuation and Transportation Standards (PETS) Act, which requires state and local authorities to consider the needs of people with pets and service animals in disaster plans. Please act now to save pets from the next disaster."

Alex Says:  I'd like to meet the politician that OPPOSES the "save people's pets" act.  Seems like that'd be a tough one to explain to the folks back home.  "You have my oath, as your elected official, that I will do everything in my power to make sure your pets do not survive even the most minor of disasters.  Earthquake?  Dead.  Thunderstorm?  Dead.  Thank you, and God bless America."

March 30, 2006

Taxidermy sucks.

Filed under: animals — Alex @ 7:55 pm

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A badly-written summary of the life of Sgt. Stubby, reprinted from pawsitivelypitbull.com:

Sgt Stubby, Dog MummySTUBBY, Bull Terrier mix, WWI. The most decorated war dog in U.S. history. As a small, stray bull terrier, he was smuggled aboard a troop ship to France. There he was wounded in no-man's land but recovered and still served in battles at Chateau Thierry, the Marne and the Meuse-Argonne with the men of the 102nd Infantry. One night in February 1918, he roused a sleeping sergeant to warn of a gas attack, giving the soldiers time to don masks and thus saving them. Gen John "Black Jack" Pershing awarded him a special Gold Medal. He was given Life Membership in the American Legion and the Red Cross. He met Presidents Wilson, Harding, and Coolidge. He died of old age in 1926. Stubby is now on display as part of American military history in the Hartford Armory in Connecticut and is called "Sergeant Stubby".

Alex Says:  As a pit bull fan and animal lover in general, I find this story charming… until you get to the part where they mummified poor Stubby.  I found pictures online of Stuffed Stubby, and it's just depressing.  I'll spare you.

And why are we preserving his corpse, exactly?  He's not like a dinosaur–we have plenty of PHOTOS of Stubby.  There might even be films.  Bury that poor bastard!