Monday, August 30, 2010

The Right Place and a Winner!

Back in June
pondered the question 
karma in my life.

This weekend, I once again
 found myself in the right
places, at the right

Saturday morning
my sweet friend Rosemarie 
and I were shopping
 Good Will for 
silent auction baskets.

As we left the store,
we noticed two big dogs
sitting in a car near mine.

After we'd both
oohed and ahhed
at how cute they were, we 
almost simultaneously gasped,
There are no windows
rolled down!

It was 90 degrees
and sunny outside.

Maybe because autumn
is almost here and the
mornings start out
cooler, the owner of
these animals didn't think
about cracking the

But, according to, your car is 
like an oven and even on a
  mild sunny day the temperature
in the car can get as hot 
as 120 degrees!

Dogs only perspire
through their paws and through 
panting.  In close quarters like
an automobile, they then expel this 
extra heat from their bodies, making the 
air around them even hotter.

Well, I zoomed up to GW's
 front door, lickety-split and 
Rosemarie ran in to have the
 check-out clerk make an announcement.

After five ~ yes, FIVE ~ whole minutes 
a young woman came out clutching
a bag, head down, doing a walk of shame 
as Ro and I gave her the stink eye.  After
she hurriedly jumped in and drove away, we 
wondered if we'd done the right thing by not
calling the police?

I pray that girl won't
make this mistake again.

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Yesterday, my son and I headed 
out to Costco.  At the light before we turn 
into the store driveway, I glanced over
to see how busy the parking lot looked.
At the end of the lot farthest from 
Costco {and closest to us} was a pickup truck
that had backed into its space ~ almost to
the railing that separates the lot from the busy
road, about ten feet below.

I saw a dog in the back of the pickup,
front paws on the railing, poised 
to JUMP!
My heart began to pound as I imagined
the grave danger this dog would be in
if he went through with
his getaway plan....

When the light turned green I found myself
like Mario Andretti, once again, peeling into
 that lot and parking next to the truck.

I leaped out of the car just in 
time to see the dog's rear legs
and tail disappear behind the pickup.
Sick with fear, I approached the railing
to see what had

Turns out there was about
one foot of space
between the pickup
and the railing.....

.....and the dog had
been tethered 
by the neck
 using two leashes, lashed to 
each side of the truck bed,
about three feet from
the back.

With only one foot on the 
ground, the poor guy was 
dangling ~
by a choke chain ~
over the back of
the truck!

A pinch choke chain.
The kind with one and
half inch spikes.....
pointing towards the
dog's neck.

A pit bull.

If it had been a lab or a collie 
or a mixed breed I would have
freed him, myself.  But there has
 been so much bad press 
 recently about pit bulls, 
that I was afraid to touch
him in this condition.


I left my son next to
our car in case the owner came back ~
he could flag the person down ~ 
and I high-tailed it through that
parking lot like you wouldn't believe....
in flip-flops!

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I burst through those automatic doors, up
to customer service and blurted out this
pathetic crisis in a loud voice. 
 One of the of the managers said
Take me 
and we were off, 
scrambling for the pickup.

As we got closer, the
screams from that dog
were just awful.  Because
the owner had parked so
far away from the building
{and other cars}, my
son was the only one 
to hear it.  He's eleven.
He said he could hardly
stand it.

As we crooned to the
dog It's okay, buddy, you're okay.....
we approached him from
both sides and unraveled
the knotted leashes keeping
him tethered to the truck.
As his other three paws touched 
terra firma, he wagged his tail and I swear,
 his eyes were 
all gratitude.

Since Costco has no
announcement system
in their stores, this manager
stood outside {it was 90
degrees} with her grateful charge.
  Another employee had been 
sent for water for the dog, 
which he drank and drank.

She sat out there with
the dog for 40 minutes.

When the owners left
the store, they were surprised
to see this young lady, who
I now know is called Kate,
with their dog.  When she
told them how their dog
nearly choked to death,
the woman barely muttered

Kate and I both shook our
heads sadly when she related
how this pup's adventure ended.
Maybe I should have called
the police she said mournfully.
I assured her that she'd
gone above and beyond
the call of duty and that
hopefully, his owners had
learned a lesson.


According to the Humane
Society of America, the
only way to transport a
dog safely in an open
pickup truck is in a heavy
travel crate.  They know
of no restraints that are
safe in this situation and
say there have been cases
where dogs tied down with
leashes or harnesses have
been strangled or dragged
after being thrown from a
truck bed.

So please, keep
your eyes open for this 
type of plight....You might
be the next person to
be in the right place,
at the right time, to help
an animal who cannot
help himself.

An animal's eyes have
the power to speak
a great language.
~ Martin Buber

Okay, now on to

a lighter subject:
The winner of my
CSN giveaway!

According to Random, it

True Random Number Generator  137

Divine Distractions


[image 1 Privet and Holly
image 2, 6, 8 google images
others: flickr ~ click each
for attribution]

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Cozying Up: A Giveaway!

There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort. 
~ Jane Austen

I'm home from
our holiday, to
piles of laundry....
school supply lists.....
groceries to buy.....
Back to the normal
rhythm of our
home, our
longitude and latitude....

Our place.

And even though
it's ninety degrees
out, today,
the evenings are
starting to feel
a wee bit cooler.
The potted flowers
and gardens
have lost their
Summer is turning
to fall.

Instead of
mourning the
passing of summer,
I'm celebrating
the coming of
autumn here in
the Northern Hemisphere ~
with a

The CSN Stores
have generously
offered to help
one lucky 
Privet and Holly
reader toast
the incoming
season with
a $60 gift card!

In case you 
don't know about
CSN's 200-plus
on-line shoppes....
they offer everything
from dutch ovens to luggage,
bedding to garden supplies.

I'm all about
cozy, anytime of
year, but most
especially when
autumn arrives.

Baked apples,

pumpkin pies,

butternut squash 

Cuddling up
under cozies,
as we call 
them in our

football games


on the deck....


the mood


And tailgates

Autumn weekends
for leaf-peeping

and class reunions

Making the switch
from iced tea

to hot tea...

Paper plates

to stoneware....

Plastic cups

to monogrammed

Let's toast ~

To autumn
and giveaways {hooray!}
and YOU!

The rules to
enter are simple:

1.  Click on
your favorite picture,
above, to find 
the name of the
cozy CSN item you 
are drawn to
and tell me 
which one in
a comment.

2. Leave another
comment if
you are a follower
of Privet and Holly,
for an extra
chance to win.

3. If you posses abundant
autumn energy,
pick up my giveaway
button or blog
about this,
then come back
and let me know
for another chance!

leave a separate comment
for each entry.}

Entries must
be received by
midnight, CST,
on August 29th.
Random Generator
will choose the
winner on August 30th.

Good luck....
and start getting


PS:  Thank you for
all of your lighting
suggestions from my
 CSN giveaway in July.
I'll be writing
soon about that....

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except #2,