Friday, November 03, 2006


Be it ever so humble. It’s good to be home, but it was a great week. I left before daylight last Wednesday and drove cross country to get from my house to I 85 North. I had to meet my daughters assistant at a restaurant along the way to pick up a dog and two cats to carry to NC and PA. My step-daughter, Dr. Amber, is a vet and is TOTALLY dedicated to dogs and cats (and animals in general.) She has been since she was old enough to get into the woods. Sweet tea’s house, both before we married and constantly since, has had dogs, cats, snakes, rats, ferrets, iguanas, birds and homeless boyfriends.

Someone ask on my last blog to tell stories about animal rescue. I don’t rescue animals. I eat animals. My daughter rescues animals. She is so dedicated to dogs and cats that she was Humanitarian of the Year and FSU in Tallassee during college. This is when she found her calling to work with shelters and rescue organizations in making sure animals have a better life. She feels the same way about having kids as I feel about animals. She thinks they would be good to eat, too. It’s not her fault – I blame her real dad (another story.)

But she is so dedicated that she started a non-profit mobile spay and neuter clinic and goes all over GA doing low cost surgery for people who usually will not go to their neighborhood vet. She works through rescue organizations, pet stores and other organizations providing community services. So I help her out sometime by delivering rescued animals to different parts of the country. Enough of this!

I left Charlotte going up I 77 to I 81 through VA, WV, and PA before turning off in Allentown heading toward NJ. It took about 14 hours because of the stops to drop off the animals. But the drive was beautiful. The NC and VA mountains and vistas were some of the prettiest scenery I have seen in years (next to Sweet Tea, of course.) When I travel by car I ALWAYS take a few audio tapes with me to while away the time. However, this time I missed the first hour of the first tape after I realized I had left my camera at home. So the first hours I was saying over the tape, “damn, damn, damn…” Then my throat became sore so I stopped for a cup of coffee (no kin) and I felt better.

New Jersey is one of my favorite States. The two this I hate about the place is that when you cross the boarder in to the State you need to put on a kidney belt because the roads are so rough (PA, too.) And the other is that it is a bastion of Godless heathens and Democrats (they are sometimes interchangeable.) But it is a beautiful State. Unlike GA, the place is full of hard wood trees. Even in the most densely populated areas there are deer feeding in neighborhoods and company grounds. This time of year there are reds, yellows and browns of the fall colors all over the place. Blowing on the roads as cars go by (oh yeah! I hate the semi’s there) and making the place look like Walt Disney threw up there.

While there Sweet Tea and I got a chance to go to Gettysburg, and, to a Southern Boy who loves history, I was in hog haven. We took the tour and one of the markers was of the Georgia Infantry. It wasn’t a great monument. It looks like a 20’ high Washington Monument with a flat top haircut. In a simple and stately fashion it bears the GA state seal. But the inscription is a poignant remembrance of the dead sons:
“We sleep here in obedience to law
When duty called, we came
When country called, we died.”

I brought me to teas. This is how I feel about our guys today. They are my new heroes and deserve all the respect, support and love we can give them. They are not serving because they were drafted. They volunteered to give up family, friends and a comfortable way of life to go into harms way, or just to serve at some outpost or raging sea somewhere in the world. God bless the all.

I am rambling. Sorry!


Biddie said...

Wow. It sounds like you had quite a trip. Glad that you made it back in one piece.
Kudos to Dr Amber and all of her hard work!

katy said...

i dont resuce animals i eat them, was that supposed to be funny or is it me!
well done that girl

DJ Andi said...

I always wanted to be a vet until I realized that some animals didn't live. I knew I couldn't handle putting them down. I got my dog through an animal shelter and she has been great (housebroken from the day I brought her home). The only problem is she doesn't like other dogs. Probably a good thing though, if she didn't I would probably have 20 dogs. At some point I would like to foster, but I think it would be hard to give them up.

I agree with you about the people in the service too. I am very proud of every one of them.

Glad you are back!

Coffeypot said...

miss life, thanks for stopping by. Dr. A does work hard seven days a week. She owns a little land with three small houses. She uses one for a kennel, plus she has built some outside kennels and a dog run. She has, at any given time, 20 or more dogs and just about as many cats. She picks up feral cats off the side of the road, dose her snipping or clipping thing and puts them up for adoption. She will do the same thing with unlicensed dogs running loose on the highway. But no matter how many surgeries she does during the day, can you say 8 or 9 hours on your feet, she has to go home and feed, water and walk the rest of her brood. But she loves her work.

her indoors, I guess both. I do eat animals, but it is narrowed down to beef, chicken and fish.

dj andy, we help Dr. A. out by fostering puppies until they have had their distemper and parvo shots, then we send them to Dr. A. to be put up for adoption. We are luck in that we get to enjoy them as puppies and then move them on before they become too playful and too into chewing. The grandkids give them names and we have a ball playing with them.

And no matter how hungry we get we do not eat them. They are too small and wouldn’t even make a good appetizer.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

And interesting read! :-D

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