Wednesday, September 14, 2011

But I Wasn't Broken

The Hazelnut has been "fixed."

The poor pup looked volumes as i took her out of the house without feeding her, and she kept trying to lick the empty water bowl. She even tried to eat peanut shells someone dropped outside and licked my coffee cup.

Her mood picked up when we went for a ride, and lowered again as we entered the vet's office.

She may never forgive me, but that's okay.

Miss Lizzie was sad to have it happen, and talked about what a wonderful mother Hazelnut would have made, but we talked her around to it.

There are just too many puppies out there, more than there are homes.

Spaying is good for the animal, she won't run off when she goes into heat, and will grow up healthy without having to ever worry about reproductive system cancers.

It's good for us, as i can't afford to help Miss Lizzie with puppies.

No, she wasn't really broken. This is one time, however, when fixing what isn't broke makes sense.



Today is:

Battle of San Jacinto Day -- Nicaragua

Eat a Hoagie Day

Eleven Days of Global Unity -- Day 4, Economic Justice (sponsored by We, the World)

Feast of the Triumph of the Cross/Elevation of the Life Giving Cross/Holy Cross Day -- Christian

Festivals and Matsuri of Japan -- several throughout Japan, today and for the next several, most as harvest festivals or traditional horseback archery rituals)
including the O Sannomiya Autumn Festival, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Festival, Tono Matsuri, Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri, Tsurugaoka-hachimangu Reitasai, Yachi Donga Festival, and Furusato Hyappei Festival

Golden Aspen Motorcycle Rally -- Ruidoso, NM, US (through the 18th)

Morton Pumpkin Festival -- Morton, IL, US (the Pumpkin Capital of the World; through the 17th)

National Anthem Day -- US

National Assembly Day -- Afghanistan

National Championship Air Races -- Reno, NV, US (through the 18th)

National Cream-Filled Doughnut Day

National Guitar Flat-Picking Championships and Walnut Valley Festival -- Winfield, KS, US (through the 18th)

Nutting Day -- British Isles tradition, the hazelnuts are supposed to be perfectly ripe on this day; don't pick any tomorrow, however, as the devil desecrates them tonight.

Pendleton Round-Up -- Pendleton, OR, US (traditional rodeo with the participation of local Native tribes; through the 17th)

Pilgrimage to the Black Madonna of Einsiedeln -- Switzerland

St. Notburga's Day (patron of peasants, servants)

Unclear Ideas Display (Imps) -- Fairy Calendar


Birthdays Today:

Wendy Thomas, 1961 (Namesake of Wendy's Hamburgers)
Sam Neill, 1947
Joey Heatherton, 1944
Nicol Williamson, 1938
Walter Koenig, 1936
Harve Presnell, 1933
Clayton Moore, 1914
Ivan Pallov, 1849



Today in History:

Domitian becomes emperor of Rome upon the death of his brother Titus, 81
Harun al-Rashid beomes Abbasid Caliph upon the death of his brother, al-Hadi, 786
The first lighthouse in the US, in Boston, is lit, 1716
George Frederick Handel finishes "Messiah" oratorio, after working on it non-stop for 23 days, 1741
Napoleon occupies Moscow; fires begin that will not be fully extinguished for 5 days, 1812
Francis Scott Key witnesses the battle which inspires him to write "The Defense of Fort McHenry", later retitled "The Star Spangled Banner", 1814
George K Anderson of Memphis, Tennessee patents typewriter ribbon, 1886
President of the United States William McKinley dies after an assassination attempt on September 6, and is succeeded by Theodore Roosevelt, 1901
Groundbreaking for the United Nations headquarters in New York City, 1948
The Soviet probe Luna 2 crashes onto the Moon, becoming the first man-made object to reach it, 1959
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is founded, 1960
The first American saint, Elizabeth Ann Seton, is canonized by Pope Paul VI, 1975
President-elect of Lebanon, Bachir Gemayel, is assassinated, 1982
Joe Kittinger becomes the first person to fly a hot air balloon alone across the Atlantic Ocean, 1984
The Toronto Blue Jays set a record for the most home runs in a single game, belting 10 of them, 1987
Kiribati, Nauru and Tonga join the United Nations, 1999
Historic National Prayer Service held at Washington National Cathedral for victims of the September 11 attacks; a similar service is held in Canada on Parliament Hill, the largest vigil ever held in the nation's capital, 2001
In a referendum, Estonia approves joining the European Union, 2003

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