Thursday, February 11, 2010

There's Cold, and Then There is Stone Cold

Stone cold-hearted, that is.

It seems that a woman in NYC took her dog for a walk, and stopped at a grocery store to buy milk. She left the terrier tethered outside, and when she came back out of the store, the dog had been mugged for his doggie coat!

While I think the person who would steal the coat off of a dog's back in cold weather is just plain mean, I also wonder about the owner who would leave a small animal unattended in this day and time.

Maybe this is silly of me. Still, I've always wondered about people who leave the animal in the car or tied up outside while they run in the store for "just a minute." I know how easy it is to lose track of those minutes. Around here it is usually because we are worried about the animal getting overheated, but cold can be just as dangerous.

Now we know, also, that nothing is too sacred for thieves, not even wool and leather trim doggie coats.

Feb. 11

Today is:

Anthesteria, Feast of Flowers; Ancient Greece (Three day feast to Dionysus, god of wine, to celebrate the maturing of the wine stored from the previous vintage.)

Be Electrified Day

Berlin International Film Festival begins

Don't Cry Over Spilled Milk Day

Feast of the Incappucciati, Italy (In Gradoli, near Viterbo, the members of the Confraternity of Purgatory make the rounds of the town dressed in traditional hooded robes, bearing a banner and walking to the beat of a drum to collect foodstuffs in the name of the souls in purgatory; the
food is then served at the banquet on Ash Wednesday.)

Ghost Day

Grandmother Achievement Day

Independence Day, Vatican City (a/k/a Lateranensi Pact Day, for the pact that established it as an independent state)

Kenkoku Kenen-no-hi, Japan (also called National Foundation Day or Empire Day)

Make a New Friend Day

National Peppermint Patty Day

National Shut-In Visitation Day

Nelson Mandella Day, South Africa

Pro Sports Wives Day

Satisfied Staying Single Day

St. Caedmon's Day

White T-Shirt Day

Youth Day, Cameroon

Anniversaries Today:

The founding of London University, 1826

Birthdays Today:

Kelly Rowland, 1981
Matt Lawrence, 1980
Brandy, 1979
Mike Shinoda, 1977
Jennifer Aniston, 1969
Sarah Palin, 1964
Sheryl Crow, 1963
Sergio Mendes, 1941
Bobby "Boris" Pickett, 1938
Burt Reynolds, 1936
Tina Louise, 1934
Leslie Nielsen, 1926
Eva Gabor, 1921
Sidney Sheldon, 1917
Max Baer, 1909
Thomas Alva Edison, 1847

Today in History:

Traditional date for the founding of the Japanese empire under Emperor Jimmu, BC660
Tiberius Claudius Caesar Britannicus, heir to the Roman Empire, dies under mysterious circumstances in Rome, which clears the way for Nero to become Emperor, 55
The Pennsylvania Hospital opens, the first in the US, 1752
Anthracite coal is burned experimentally as fuel for the first time, in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, 1808
Massachusetts Governor Elbridge Gerry signs a redistricting bill that leads to the first use of the term "gerrymander," 1812
The first public toilet facilities for women opens in London, on Bedford Street, 1852
The Meiji constitution of Japan is adopted, 1889
Emma Goldman is arrested for lecturing on birth control, 1916


  1. That is horrible. What is the world coming to? Hope you are feeling better today. We are getting a peek at sunshine and enjoying it.

  2. I'm glad they didn't steal the dog!