I do not advocate animals as replacements for people. However, I do think animals are a blessing and help us deal when we miss people, the same way human friends can help us.
Well, before my boyfriend flew off to spend six months teaching in the Holy Lands, there was a day I was having a bad time at work–nothing was going well and I was so frustrated and upset. Jarrod’s response was to go over to my apartment (he lived in the other side of my building and had a key for feeding Toby) and take a video of Toby being well, Tobycute. That is the video I believe I uploaded. He actually took two but would kill me if I showed the other one where you hear him encouraging Toby to “talk” to me and meow for the camera.
The videos made me smile and I saved them to my computer because everyone needs a pick me up every now and then.
Well, today I was feeling tired and I missed my boyfriend more than usual. I had read upsetting news on Bad Rap about a man in MI pushing for pit bulls to be banned and made the mistake of reading the comments on the newspaper articles (both about the Michigan man and another about an awesome rescued pittie who had just passed away in the Bay area). Comments on newspaper articles always depress me. When Cleveland helped out feral cats (which totally does help resident people, too) all sorts of ignorant and nasty comments were posted in response to the article. Same thing here. On the one about the great pit bull, people wrote in with the same awful bull about pitties. I’m a bleeding-heart sort of girl and not even having the person I wanted most around to give me a hug when I felt down just sucked.
Then I remembered this video. I went, watched, and smiled. I’m headed to the shelter tonight to walk and hug the pitties there. The video reminds me that while I don’t do a lot, I do provide a loving home for the kitties I can and also, importantly, that other people are doing what they can to improve the world and make it a happier place. Even if that’s just videotaping their girlfriend’s cat when she’s having a bad day. It’s little, but it’s something nice that one person did for another. Humanity has a lot of faults but if we all keep trying to do little nice things when we can, those will build up and we won’t have awful comments bogging down newspaper articles and ignorant people calling for the destruction of a breed.
So if you need a smile, watch the video, see my cute Tobias, and go do something nice for someone else. No matter how small the acts, they matter and they do add up.