Cold Is Cold, Gus Is On The Mend And We Are Hypocrites

For reasons I can’t explain, I feel colder now (it is 65 here in my den and 56 outside) than I did last month while following Gus and Jack during our foray to hunt pheasants in Montana and North Dakota (where it was often in the 20’s and 30’s).  I’m glad our trip was a month ago.  The temperature in both of the towns where we stayed and hunted is currently 17 degrees below zero.  Both dogs, along with canine patriarch Rainy surround me in slumber, and  are curled up in the tight balls that suggest they are feeling a bit nippy as well.

I’ve put on a thick fleece that is making me feel a little more comfy.  All three dogs are now snoring, so I’m guessing they are feeling pretty good as well.  Feeling better is important for Gus who has been battling infection from a flesh-eating bacteria that has made a mess of his right rear paw.  Fortunately, it appears that surgery and antibiotics have been successful in turning the tide, and the paw is showing signs of healing.

That constitutes very welcome news around here, where we have a sign in our den that reads:  “Dogs aren’t our whole life, but they make our lives whole.”  The quote comes from Roger Caras who I trust knows something about both dogs and the people who love them.

In totally unrelated news, I see that much of the world is mourning the death of Nelson Mandela.  At the same time, I have just read that the United States continued to list the South African civil rights leader as an “international terrorist” until 2008.  That would seem to be in keeping with our identification of Martin Luther King as a domestic threat to American ideals and until his assassination.

Are there are really those among us who still believe that cross dressing FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover was an Ameican hero, despite his use of the agency to harass King for the purpose of undermining the civil rights movement in this country?

Got it!


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