AC Pup affected by chained dog in comic strip

January 24, 2014 

Are your calendars marked for Saturday, Feb. 22? It’s less than a month away!

It’s Central Georgia CARES’ first AC Pupfest, sponsored by Geico. We’ll be celebrating my fifth birthday with the kids at the Georgia Industrial Children’s Home and want you to be there.

Our theme is “It Takes a Village.” If you’ve ever raised a child, taken care of a rescue or tried to find a lost pet, you’ll know that theme certainly is true.

It’ll be a fantastic festival from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on the beautiful campus of the children’s home on Mumford Road in Macon. We’ll have arts and crafts vendors, great food, music, dancing, rescue groups and anything associated with animals.

One of the most exciting events at the festival will be our Doxie Derby. This is where spunky little dachshunds will race each other. To our knowledge, this will be the first time this event has been held in Macon, and we’re already giggling over how it’ll turn out. Just 25 doxies will be allowed in the race, so if you know of anyone with a dachshund let them know about it.

That’s concludes my AC Pupfest commercial for today. Now on to something else I want to share.

I was looking through some old copies of the Totally Terrific Telegraph when I saw the Mutts comic strip on Sept. 12, 2013. I really like reading Mutts by Patrick McDonnell, because he seems to understand challenges animals face.

In his Sept. 12 offering, the strip showed only one sketch – what appeared to be a well-nourished bully breed guard dog on a chain. The dog was writing in his diary. It said, “I will never give up my dream for freedom. I guard that the most.”

So then I looked at Sept. 13’s Mutts strip to see if the subject continued. Again, the same sketch of the dog on a chain looking bored and discouraged. This time there were only two words in the entire comic strip: “Still here.”

It’s amazing how two simple words can be so profound that they stop you in your tracks. That’s what it did to me, and now I want to help.

Yes, I know we have an ordinance regulating the chaining of dogs, but I still see them tethered everywhere. Many of them have adequate food, water and shelter, which seem to be the standard test that determines if an animal is cared for, but companion animals are social creatures and need much more.

They need love, attention, exercise and most importantly interaction with people and a relationship with their families. While we’ll always be devoted to helping pets find homes, let’s not forget those pets that are “under-homed.”

Is there a pet in your neighborhood that has food, water, shelter but no love? Do you know of pets chained or exiled in a lonely backyard? Food, water and shelter are not enough. Please encourage others to share love and time with isolated, neglected pets.

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