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February 28, 2012

A Pig’s Eye View of National Pig Day

Filed under: DOGS & OTHER ANIMALS,FEATURE STORIES,OP-ED — carolyncholland @ 3:00 am

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A PIG’S EYE VIEW ON NATIONAL PIG DAY

Anonymous Pig Activist

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A PIG ACTIVIST’S PLEA

Whatever you humans do today, March 1, 2012, DO NOT eat at Cici’s Pizza. Instead, initiate a boycott against the restaurant.

Why? Because Cici’s not only offers pork toppings on its pizza—a singular crime worthy of boycott—but its current special is HOG PIZZA.

March 1 is NATIONAL PIG DAY.

 If you must dine at Cici’s order their other special: chicken wings. Even though they charge extra for this delicacy, keep in mind that it will not only reduce Cici’s assault on our ilk—it will reduce the number of our food competitors.

Remember, UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should you order HOG PIZZA!

…Anonymous Pig Activist

ABOUT NATIONAL PIG DAY

     Today is a landmark day, a day set aside to celebrate our ilk, a day to begin a whole new dietary regimen for humans.

     Today is the fortieth National Pig Day.

     On this anniversary I’d like to honor the two sisters, Mary Lynne Rave (North Carolina) and Ellen Stanley (Texas), who initiated National Pig Day in 1972*. 

     Rave wanted to accord to (us) pigs (our) rightful, though generally unrecognized, place as (more…)

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October 11, 2011

Mother Nature’s Creatures Predict Winter Weather

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MOTHER NATURE’S CREATURES

PREDICT WINTER WEATHER

     A couple of weeks ago I spent a Sunday doing laundry. As I explained to my husband, if we are functioning according to Mother Nature’s dryer (the sun), and Mother Nature only provides that dryer on a Sunday, then, unfortunately, we end up doing laundry on the Lord’s Day.

     In today’s world meteorologists make use of complicated equipment, such as satellites, to forecast the weather.

     Even before this equipment was developed people had an interest in the weather. This included (and is) farmers, sailors and others, whose livelihood depended on it.

     Mother Nature provides signals used by many persons to predict upcoming weather. Today we celebrate some of these signals. Most notably, here in Pennsylvania, is Punxsutawney Phil, a groundhog who predicts the weather for the final six weeks of the winter season.

     On the opposite end of the spectrum is the (more…)

July 31, 2011

Dog Stories I Told at the Café

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DOG STORIES I TOLD AT THE CAFÉ

While at a local cafe’ my friend and another patron were exchanging dog stories. The following is my contribution to the conversation. The first part of the conversation can be read by clicking on Dog Stories I Heard at the Café

     My friend whom I’ll call Vivian turned to me and said “If you had a pet, you could tell a story too.”

     “I had a Border collie at one time,” I said. “I have stories too.”

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     “We acquired Tagalong when her owners needed a place for her while they took an extended trip to Europe,” I said. “Shortly, we were presented with three puppies. We weren’t certain whether she came to us pregnant, or whether she had had an immediate tryst with one of our neighbor’s dogs.

     One of the pups was gorgeous He was adopted by my mother, who loved him dearly.

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     “For some reason we didn’t know she didn’t like delivery men, especially the UPS drivers. We had to protect them from her.

     “One time I had to stop her from attacking the mother (I’ll call her Amy) of one of my child care home children. On a bitter, cold winter morning three-year-old Christine decided to (more…)

July 28, 2011

Dog Stories I Heard at the Café

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DOG STORIES I HEARD AT THE CAFÉ

Occasionally I have the opportunity to eat breakfast at a local cafe’. Below is part one of a conversation held there one morning. To read part two click on Dog Stories I Told at the Café

     Border collies are not bred like other dogs—good breeders take into consideration the dog’s temperament and ancestry, according to a woman I’ll call Dot.

     My friend (whom I’ll call Vivian) and I were breakfasting at a local café and talking to a woman at an adjacent table.

     “My border collie (I’ll call him Wicked) was vicious,” said Dot. “I never had a vicious dog before. Even the ghost whisperer I called was appalled.”

     Dot went on to say that Wicked was bred from a nine-year-old, which she never saw when she purchased Wicked from the breeder.

     “They never let us near the mother. We were told she was (more…)

July 10, 2010

Mika’s Escapades

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MIKA’S ESCAPADES

      My restaurant leftover doggy bag meal went to the dog—literally.

     The July 6th evening was just cool enough to sit on the patio, where I was enjoying leftover spaghetti and meatballs from the previous night’s dinner at a local restaurant—a two-for-one deal where only half the spaghetti was sufficient for me, so I made two meals out of the serving, making it a three-for-one deal.

Ummm...ummm good! People food is GREAT!

     My neighbor’s dog, Mika, was lounging on my porch, subtly eyeing me while I ate. I was ignoring her.

     The phone rang. My husband asked me to check on something, so I stepped into the house for a moment. Just for a moment. And a moment is all it took.

     I heard the crash, And I knew (more…)

May 4, 2008

ELINOR’S ORPHAN KITLINGS

T. S. Eliot had it right—The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter…and my former neighbor might have agreed. That a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES…well, my neighbor was too practical for that, for once not seeing naming from the cat’s point of view, as Eliot did.

Elinor didn’t relate to humans very well, but she believed each cat must not only have a name, it must also have a home. So she gathered six homeless cats, and gave them the name that the family use daily, Such as Goober. (more…)

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