Wednesday, July 25, 2018

For those who couldn’t read it yesterday (Wordless Wednesday) and Words for Wednesday

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Linking up with Wordless Wednesday.


Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and has become a moveable feast of word or picture or music prompts that encourages us to write stories, poems, or whatever strikes our fancy.    

This month, the prompts are being provided by Vest at The Daily Gaggle.   

Vest's words for this week are:


or and


DUMPED.  There’s no other word for it, they were dumped.

I am not sure when they ARRIVED, as I was busy elsewhere in the building.  If I’d been in the front room, I might have seen them through the WINDOW and had a chance to get a license tag number, but when you are going to dump kittens at a shelter you keep MOVING and don’t take any chances.  After all, if you are going to shirk your duty, not be RESPONSIBLE for your own animals, you don’t want the INCIDENT to appear on the nightly news.

I would say that you SMELL like the rat you really are, but that’s not nice to rats which can also make good pets and don’t deserve to be equated with you.  You know you are doing wrong, that’s why you try to hide it.  You know the penalty if you get caught dumping animals is up to six months in the local hoosegow and a $1,000 fine.  So you hide your sorry self, maybe even parking in another lot and walking over, watching to make sure you aren’t seen.

When I first stepped outside of the shelter door to take out some trash, I was UNAWARE of what was awaiting.  There was a box by the door, and I thought, how odd.  A tiny mew SOUNDED from inside, and my heart sank.  Another case of abandonment, I thought, and I peeped in.

Two kittens, quite lovely, just at the age where they should be able to eat on their own, I realized.  My hand reaching in to pet them was not WELCOME, but the food and water I brought was.  Once I’d ATTENDED to their immediate needs, I isolated the box and waited for the person on staff who takes care of these situations, continuing to do my own duties in the meantime.

Of course it all ENDED well, the kittens were put in an isolation cage to make sure they didn’t have anything catching, and they were played with and petted and fed until they could be fully vetted and adopted out.

All’s well that ends well, right?  Except.  Except it’s not an isolated thing.  Except it happens more than it should.  Except people who won’t stand up and do what is right and take on the responsibilities that are theirs are becoming way too many.  And that is hard for me to understand.


Today is:

Act Like A Caveman Day -- internet generated, just to be fun, especially if your neighbors think you are crazy anyway

Bayreuther Festspiele -- Bayreuth, Germany (Wagner festival, through Aug. 28)

Be Adamant About Something Day -- it's good practice

Commonwealth Constitution Day -- Puerto Rico

Culinarian's Day -- another one here because of the internet, but a good excuse to let your inner chef go wild, and enjoy the results

Ebernoe Horn Fair -- Sussex, England (ancient horn fairs were pagan fertility rites, now just a fun time for all)

Eve of the Hathor Festival -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Festival of the Knee-Knockers -- Fairy Calendar

Furrinalia -- Ancient Etruscan Calendar (Furrina, goddess of the sacred grove and spring on Janniculum hill)
     also Ancient Roman Calendar (to honor those who searched for underground water sources)

Guanacaste Day -- Costa Rica

Guayaquil Day -- Guayaquil, Ecuador

Ilyap'a -- Ancient Inca Calendar (festival of the lightning god; date approximate)

National Hot Fudge Sundae Day

Oregon Brewers Festival -- Portland, OR, US (81 microbreweries from across the nation showcase their best, including rare, hard-to-find, and exotic beers; through Sunday)

Republic Day -- Tunisia

Soma-Nomaoi -- Haramachi City, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan (wild horse chase which recreates a battle from over 1,000 years ago; through Monday)

St. Christopher's Day (Patron of archers, automobile drivers/motorists, bachelors, boatmen, bookbinders, busdrivers, cab drivers,epileptics, fruit dealers, fullers, gardeners, lorry drivers, mariners, market carriers, porters, sailors, taxi drivers, transportation/transporation workers, travellers, truck drivers/truckers, watermen; Baden, Germany; Barga, Italy; Brunswick, Germany; Fubine, Italy; Havana, Cuba; Mecklenburg, Germany; Rab, Croatia, St. Christopher's Island; Saint Kitts; Toses, Girona, Calalonia, Spain ;for a holy death; against bad dreams, epilepsy, floods, hailstorms, lightning, pestilence, storms, sudden death, toothache)

St. James' Day (The Apostle, brother of St. John and son of Zebedee, the first Apostle martyred; Patron of apothecaries/druggists/pharmacists, arthritis sufferers, blacksmiths, equestrians and horsemen, furriers, knights, laborers, pilgrims, soldiers, tanners, veterinarians; Altopascio, Lucca, Italy; Antigua, Guatemala; Bangued, Philippines; Brentino Belluno, Italy; Caltagirone, Italy; Cassine, Italy; Chile; Cicala, Catanzaro, Italy; Comitini, Italy; Compostela, Spain; Galicia, Spain; Gavi, Italy; Guatemala; Hettstedt, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany; Jemez Indian Pueblo; Loiza, Puerto Rico; Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina; Montreal, Canada; Nicaragua; Pistoia, Italy; Rivarolo Canavese, Italy; Sahuayo, Mexico; Seattle, Washington; Spain; Tesuque Indian Pueblo; against arthritis and rheumatism; sometimes called Jacob, the Latinized version of his name, also Iago and Jaques in Romance languages) related observances
    Dia Nacional de Galicia -- Galicia, Spain (National Day of Galicia, a/k/a Apostole Santiago, St. James the Apostle's Day)
    The Pilgrimage of Santiago de Compostela -- Galicia, Spain (one of the world's largest pilgrimages still, to the church that has the supposed relics of St. James, culminates on the Saint's feast day)
    Loiza Aldea Fiesta -- Puerto Rico

Video Games Day -- yet another one, this on the founding of the "U.S. National Video Game Team"    

Birthdays Today

James Lafferty, 1985
Brad Renfro, 1982
Louise Brown, 1978
Matt LeBlanc, 1967
Illeana Douglas, 1965
Iman, 1965
Walter Payton, 1954
Nathaniel "Nate" Thurmond, 1941
Barbara Harris, 1935
Midge Decter, 1927
Estelle Getty, 1923
Jack Gilford, 1907
Walter Brennan, 1894
Maxfield Parrish, 1870

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"A Chorus Line"(Musical), 1975
"You Can't Hurry Love"(Single release), 1966

Today in History

Diocletian appoints Maximian as Caesar, co-ruler, 285
Constantine I is proclaimed Roman emperor by his troops, 306
The Edict of Pistres of Charles the Bald orders defensive measures against the Vikings, 864
Sebastián de Belalcázar, on his search for El Dorado, founds the city of Santiago de Cali, Colombia, 1536
Don Diego de Losada founds the city of Santiago de Leon de Caracas, modern-day Caracas, the capital city of Venezuela, 1567
Henry IV of France publicly converts from Protestantism to Roman Catholicism, 1593
James VI of Scotland is crowned James I of England, bringing the Kingdoms of England and Scotland into personal union; political union would occur later, 1603
Ignacio de Maya founds the Real Santiago de las Sabinas, now known as Sabinas Hidalgo, Nuevo León, México, 1693
British governor Charles Lawrence and the Nova Scotia Council order the deportation of the Acadians; thousands of Acadians are sent to the British Colonies in America, France and England, and some later move to Louisiana, while others resettle in New Brunswick, 1755
Horatio Nelson loses more than 300 men and his right arm during the failed conquest attempt of Tenerife (Spain), 1797
Costa Rica annexes Guanacaste from Nicaragua, 1824
The first commercial use of an electric telegraph is successfully demonstrated by William Cooke and Charles Wheatstone between Euston and Camden Town in London, 1837
The Japanese daimyo begin returning their land holdings to the emperor as part of the Meiji Restoration reforms, 1869
Kikunae Ikeda of the Tokyo Imperial University discovers that a key ingredient in Konbu soup stock is monosodium glutamate (MSG), and patents a process for manufacturing it, 1908
Sir Thomas Whyte introduces the first income tax in Canada as a "temporary" measure, 1917
The first transatlantic two-way radio broadcast takes place, 1920
Telegraph Agency of the Soviet Union (TASS) is established, 1925
At Club 500 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis stage their first show as a comedy team, 1946
Italian ocean liner SS Andrea Doria collides with the MS Stockholm in heavy fog and sinks the next day, killing 51, 1956
The Republic of Tunisia is proclaimed, 1957
Louise Brown, the world's first "test tube baby" is born, 1978
Israel and Jordan sign the Washington Declaration, which formally ends the state of war that had existed between the nations since 1948, 1994
K.R. Narayanan is sworn-in as India's 10th president and the first Dalit— formerly called "untouchable"— to hold this office, 1997
Air France Flight 4590, a Concorde supersonic passenger jet, F-BTSC, crashes just after takeoff from Paris killing all 109 aboard and 4 on the ground, 2000
Pratibha Patil is sworn in as India's first woman president, 2007
Wikileaks publishes classified documents about the War in Afghanistan, one of the largest leaks in U.S. military history, 2010
Scientists in Britain identify the mechanism causing human allergy to cats; they believe a general cure for the condition could be available in the next five years, 2013


  1. Your true story makes my heart ache. Sometimes I don't like our species.

  2. People do not understand basic biology. I also do not understand why people start feeding 'herds" of wild cats so that they continue to reproduce and impact the local bird, lizard etc. population.

  3. I'm gonna hafta google that wild horse chase...

  4. I know of people adopting pets and when they are not interested anymore, they just dump them onto the streets and the poor animals were left to fend for themselves. I feel it is so irresponsible and so cruel.

  5. Although it has a somewhat happy ending, your story is sad. and this is why any pet I've ever had is always desexed at the earliest possible moment. I don't want to be that awful person responsible for neighbourhoods filled with unwanted kittens or puppies.

  6. I love the way that you create a story from words of no where and then you create these words into a clear story. Well done Mimi. That's why I enjoy Wednesday. See ya.

    Cruisin Paul

  7. Great story- you are so creative! And you point out how awful to just abandon kitties instead of being a kind person. I really do not understand how anyone could do that.

  8. I biggified the whiner form yesterday. Love it.

    I love your story today. I've found so many dumped animals I've lost count. Do they really thing they all make it? They don't.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday, my friend. ♥

  9. LOL at the hurt feelings report. I guess at least the rats didn't dump them along the road. I grew up on a farm and people dumped cats at our place all the time.

  10. Oh, an official Snowflake Form. They belong in the circular file if you ask me.

    The online shelter that I follow, Tiny Kittens, calls "speutering" (spaying & neutering) the most humane solution for cat over-population. Most areas have local low cost clinics where your pets can be speutered so there's no excuse for not getting it done.

  11. Its good to know about the Oregon Brewers Fest.
    I will mark it in my calendar for when I retire there.

    - Lisa

  12. Excellent story, sadly at many shelters they would be euthanized. I wish everyone who harmed or abandoned were prosecuted.

  13. I wish the animal abusers would be 'strung up' by their 'family jewels' and I don't mean diamonds ~

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  14. Loved your story about the Pussy cats. My son and I have two lovable pampered ex stray cats; Minnie And Ginge.. Yesterday they had their Annual Health check , the vet bill would have fed four people for a week. But we get much love from them


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