I’m taking advantage of having another another funny video to share to comment on a few (mostly) unrelated things. As they say in New York, “So sue me.”
Magical Mystery Mutt Tour
First, thank all of you who took part in the Magical Mystery Mutt Tour, whether by contributing a post or commenting on posts. I did look at all of them and was hugely impressed by both the cuteness (or handsomeness) of the dogs and the astuteness of many commenters in guessing breeds. In case you’re wondering, Linky Tools are no longer free, which is why the one attached to the post disappeared. I will pay for the privilege of using it again as soon as I can, I promise. It’s wonderful software.
Several people have asked how things were going on the thievery front. Mostly I’ve just been forwarding examples I get via Google alert to my publisher. I don’t want to get obsessed and they’ve slowed from a flood to a daily drip. But the other day Barbara of Barbara and Daisy, who blogs at Fur-licity, alerted me to a particularly egregious version, one that looked just like a legitimate blog but linked to the typical ripoff. And that evening, my talented artist pal Karl Edwards emailed me about the existence of a Yahoo group called, appropriately enough, AuthorsAgainstE-bookTheft. Which I joined. So far I have no clue what they are talking about. One of the subject lines, for example, is “Yahoo Booters on Viprasys.” I haven’t had any success in getting someone to decode their secret language for me yet but I’m hopeful.
Spaying & Neutering
I posted a PSA video on Sunday that most people thought was very funny, but that some objected to because they had issues with mandatory spay and neuter, including medical ones (fair enough) and worries about the reduction of the pet population to the point that pets won’t be available (I wish we had that to worry about!). I plan to discuss this in greater detail because… ta da! … I am about to start a second series called Spay & Neuter with a Smile. And I’d prefer to get the dissing out of the way all at once.
A Pet Adoption Video that Doesn’t Make Me Want to Kill Myself
I found a lot of these — enough to continue this series more regularly — so, in spite of arguments that the depressing kind are effective, a lot of people besides me seem to like this variety.
The following is part of a terrific series that the creative team at the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC Animals have produced. This one is triply awesome because it promotes adoption, it’s funny and it plays against pit bull stereotypes.