Dear Bob, here are some photos of my life here on the campus of Concordia Seminary. I love kids, working with the grounds crew, swimming, playing with my dog friends, and especially my own family people.
At one point in time Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo had a rabbit village which must have been the cutest thing ever. This photo is from a 1929 Chicago Daily News edition. Like the rabbit village, the Daily News is long gone.
Holy Cross in Collinsville now has its own Comfort Dog who is one of many Golden Retrievers serving to bring some peace and calm to those who experience hard times, illness, or tragedy. Also they go into schools and bring a lot of joy to kids who get to pet them.
We have Esther, a sweet sweet dog.
Funny thing. This past Saturday we were in Chicago and during the morning Dale was the speaker at his home church for a women's retreat. All of a sudden here comes a comfort dog to visit with the women and it turned out that this dog, Lois, is the sister of Esther. How cool is that?
This is why I love Carly Fiorina. She has the confidence to actually sing on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Most candidates wouldn't have the nerve to sing a song, but Carly did it with humor and actually stayed on tune. And it was about her dogs. Who wouldn't love that? She's relaxed and real.
Worked at Holy Cross til 11 this morning helping set up for tomorrow's 100th sanctuary year, then over to Overland to catch Christian's soccer game and then on to the Maplewood pool for the annual dog swim.
Tomorrow will be even busier.
Christian is number 11, second from the right, taking a breather. They won 4-1 and he scored!
Many St Louis suburbs have had city councils deciding pro or con on whether or not residents may keep chickens in their yards. Most municipalities have eventually agreed, with stipulations, that it is ok. Now it's Litchfield's turn.
"For the past six months, four chickens and a duck have lived in a coop behind Kyle and Sarah Fuhrmann’s house. Together, they contribute more than one thousand eggs per year, and cost just five dollars per month to care for."
But then, "Several weeks ago, the family received a letter from the city, along with blown up photos of their chickens, stating the Fuhrmanns had ten days to get rid of them."
Since 1999 the city has had an ordinance banning backyard chickens and no one has any memory of why this was put in place. But now this family has been working to create an ordinance permitting the chickens which will go first to the planning commission and then to the board of aldermen.
This chicken raising has become a common practice in many places and I'd bet the Fuhrmann's will soon be allowed to keep them.
There was a time in our history, the WW1 years, when keeping chickens was promoted.
There's a story out of Orlando about a family who owned an 8 foot King Cobra snake and the snake escaped the house and is loose somewhere in the neighborhood. A search is on since this isn't something you want the local kids coming across. Or adults either.
My question is why someone would have a snake like this in their home at all. Much less slithering around the house freely.
Holy Cross School had a visit from one of the Comfort Dogs in training this morning. Tobias is in the process of learning how to let people pet him and not be distracted by his surroundings. He is a doll.
Early in the spring there were many news stories warning of outbreaks of canine influenza. None of these cases were in Missouri or the southern Illinois area but it got many dog owners and boarding kennels to worrying enough to want or require the vaccine. I thought enough of the problem to call our vet and ask about getting the shot but was told they didn't have it and weren't really at the point where they would be getting it. So I kind of let it go because the news stories went away.
Now we're getting ready for a week's vacation and Ferdie will be heading for Kennelwood Village. I received an email yesterday advising me on what to bring with him on check in day and one of those items was proof of canine influenza vaccination. What to do? It's one of those things which wake me up and night and keep me awake. What if I can't find a place to get the shot? If that happens will we not be able to board him and then what?
I have one hope this morning and if that doesn't pan out I just don't know what we'll do.
If dealing with raccoons around here isn't enough, there's an even weirder story out of Baltimore.
A raccoon was thrown from a silver sedan in east Baltimore on Wednesday. Animal control officials picked up the animal and checked it for rabies and it tested positive. They really want to get a hold of whoever decided to drive around with a raccoon to warn them to get tested.
The city of Rock Hill, a St. Louis suburb that sits along Manchester Road, saw the city council table an ordinance which added changes to their existing backyard chicken ordinance. They tabled it because too many chicken owners were at the meeting and unhappy with the proposed changes.
The changes included allowing up to six chickens for personal use, a 30 dollar permit fee, limitations on size and location of coops and pens, and inspections every 3 years. The issue which bothered residents the most was the coop issue.