After Dallas, Baton Rouge and Nice, I surrender

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Phew! The s–t storm that the landscapers were creating in my yard just ended and I can finally hear myself think. More importantly, Eli feels safe enough to come out of hiding.

To me, the tree shredding machine in use for the better part of an hour sounded like a jet engine on steroids. I can only imagine what it sounded like to my cat. All I know is, the second that racket started, he tried to dive under the bed. When he discovered there wasn’t any room there, he sought refuge elsewhere.

Eli, the In Brief Legal Writing Services mascot.
In Brief Legal Writing Services mascot Eli catching up on the latest news. Photo by Alexandra Bogdanovic

Lately I’ve been wishing I could hide under the bed. Not that it would solve anything. But given recent events in Dallas and Nice and Baton Rouge — and current events in Cleveland — I just need a break from all of the madness.

My faith in humanity is taking a beating. My moral outrage is almost spent. I can’t cry anymore. I’ve had it. I’m pooped.

Fortunately, I found some stories that have nothing to do with cop killing, terrorism, or presidential politics. Since I’m exceedingly generous — and since we can all use some good news at this point, I’ve decided to share links to my favorites. In no particular order, here they are:

  1. In California, Ventura County Animal Service just got a big grant from the Petco Foundation. According to published reports, the agency will use it to fund a program that helps people keep their pets. You can read more here.
  2. A new study just identified some really cool pets for people who want something other than a dog or cat. Of course, getting one might be a little tricky. Find out why here.
  3. Eli hates going to the vet. And to be honest, I hate taking him there. If you and your pet feel the same way, “mobile pet care” could be the solution. Read this to learn more.
  4. A large donation will allow a New York State humane society to help people who can’t afford to feed their pets. Read more here.

I hope this lifts your spirits or makes you smile. Maybe things aren’t as bad as they seem, after all.

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