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Honor Your Pet

By Harry Burrus

Think about that special pet you had or have, sometimes referred to as one’s lifetime dog or lifetime cat, and consider how that pet enriched your life and expanded the compassion in your heart. Remember how that pet was always there for you, full of trust and love, how you learned from her and how she never let you down. Think how she enhanced your appreciation of the small, simple moments of everyday life. How in many ways that cat or dog made you a better person. That pet provided things you can’t see or touch; yet, you feel it, breathe it, and it becomes part of you organically.

Honor that pet. Stéphane Mallarmé, a French symbolist poet of the latter part of the nineteenth century, had a phrase: “Peindre, non la chose, mais l’effet qu’elle produit.” Paint not the thing, but the effect it produces. You can generate the effect. You can make that experience happen, that timeless, priceless gift, part of the creative continuum.

Help the SPA create that opportunity for a child, a family, a senior man, a young woman, a couple. Honor your pet by helping us give others the chance to experience those magical moments that you were so fortunate to have, etched in perpetual paw prints on your heart. Contribute to the SPA’s Pet Food Money Bank. An anonymous donor has agreed to match every donation to the Pet Food Money Bank up to a total US $2,000 through July. All money raised will be applied to the annual cost of feeding our resident animals and those in foster care (about 100 cats and dogs) as they wait to be adopted. Details are here: call our office at 152 6124 to find out how to contribute (cash, check, PayPal).

Adopt a cat or dog. We have a bounty of wonderful beauties, such as Miny and Carlotta, waiting to open your hearts and enhance your lives (—look at the “Adopt Me!” pages). Adoption hours are Monday–Saturday, 11–2, Los Pinos 7.

Honor those who made you feel so much without saying a word.


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