Friday, February 19, 2010

Some Animals Do Not Deserve to Live

Normally, I truly love animals. I adore dogs especially, particularly my quirky boy, my parents' two princesses, and sister's little diva. I enjoy watching birds flit about from tree to tree. I think squirrels and chipmunks are amusing. I chuckle whenever I see beavers or badgers (long story). I even like cats, despite being miserably allergic to them. There are, in short, very few animals that I do not like. On the short list of my despised animals, rabbits, insects, jellyfish (and their Portuguese cousins), gibbons, and my new neighbors' dog are the only ones that come to mind. That afore-mentioned dog is currently at the top of the list.

This defective, evil creature (perhaps spawned by Satan himself) has been the bane of my existence today. I slept poorly owing to my hand, which seemed to hurt more than usual after both the hour of swimming and the visit to the doctor yesterday. So, I did not at all appreciate it when the spazoid creature from you-know-where starting barking NONSTOP (without even pausing to breathe) from 6:00 in the morning until I left at 8:20 for my x-ray appointment. When I got back, the dog was still barking, and even Jasper was clearly growing tired of it. The miserable beast has barked and whined steadily ever since. We're talking three straight hours of barking, with only intermittent, blessed pauses. Do you have any idea how hard it is to get any reading or writing done with that cacophony of noise going on?! I am strongly considering writing a note to the owners and posting it on their door. Honestly, it would bless me immeasurably if God would strike this cursed creature dead right now. Considering how much I normally love dogs, you know this is one abnormal, annoying, horrendous little brute.

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"Passage—immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins! Away, O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
Cut the hawsers—haul out—shake out every sail!
Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
Have we not grovell’d here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough?

Sail forth! steer for the deep waters only!
Reckless, O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me;
For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go, And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.

O my brave soul!
O farther, farther sail!
O daring joy, but safe! Are they not all the seas of God?
O farther, farther, farther sail!"

~Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"