Posted: 9:26 a.m. Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Lisa's first blog
At last! I have a blog of my own. I’ve officially joined the 20th Century.
Everybody in the free world has a blog, no wait. Every body in the NOT-so free world has a blog. Heck, a dude named Nergui living in a yurt in Outer Mongolia has wifi and his own blog. Granted his blog is mostly rants about uncooperative yaks and curdled milk so it’s not really that interesting. Plus it’s in Mongolian.
This year we’ve seen blogs, tweets, and Facebook posts play an active part in revolutions for social justice and equality. Thanks to blogs, a female in the Middle East can speak out against her government and won’t even be beaten with a rock unless she moves her veil. I should use this space for something profound. Maybe I can change hearts and minds over the internet. Maybe I can help people in need. Maybe I’ll talk about poop because that’s all that’s been on my mind lately since my new puppy has decided she doesn’t want to do it outside.
I’m a first-time dog owner so if all this isn’t new to you, go ahead and stop reading here. It’s been a slice of joy having you, bye! Anyway, while walking my puppy I’ve noticed people will stop and smile. Total strangers will wave and say “cute dog!” Drivers have slowed down to look admiringly at the small fuzzy black and tan creature wrapping a leash around my legs. People are nice to you when you’re holding a pet. People talk to you and offer advise you’d be crazy to actually take .. but it’s nice. Normally we just breeze past each other and rarely turn our heads. Put an animal in the mix and suddenly you have social interaction!
If we all kept our pets with us, how much nicer the world would be! Would I go into Hurricane Shane’s office and demand a raise if his giant German Shepherd was hungrily glaring at me? Would I yell at a coworker if her two cats were curled up on her desk? Probably not. Seeing someone with their pet puts them in a happier and stronger light. Think you’re important? Try ordering someone else’s dog around. It’s not going to work because you are nothing to that dog! You are not The Owner Who Is Awesome. Even the least of us has an animal who thinks we can do no wrong, and maybe we’d be nicer to one another if we respected an animal’s judgment.
On second thought, never mind. This ridiculous waste of thought falls apart upon closer inspection. If Muammar Gaddafi showed up on TV with an adorable collie or retriever .. would we think better of him? Would he seem more like a decent human being because a dog looked up to him? No, we’d launch an airstrike to get that poor misguided dog out of Libya and find it some better friends.
I was hoping to have some fantastic one-liner of wisdom to bring this mess to a close, but I don’t. I have to let my puppy out and bask in the compliments of strangers.