I did something this afternoon that I have never done before. Got your attention on that one didn’t I?! I actually watched Animal Hoarders on the television and I almost wish I hadn’t. I say 'almost' because it makes me want to work all the harder at my volunteer job with the Bangor Humane Society. I know we have problems with animal hoarding here in Maine. We are notoriously lacking in state animal inspectors so many complaints go unchecked. With budgets being cut everywhere I fear that animal welfare will feel the ax too.
Last week the big thing on Maine Capital Hill was voting on whether the whoopee-pie should be the Maine state dessert. Now don’t get me wrong, I like the occasional whoopee-pie especially the chocolate with peanut butter filling but good grief aren’t there more important things to vote on? (Oh, BTW it was voted that the whoopee-pie was not the state dessert.)
Right now there is a trial going on concerning an individual that had her horses taken away from her because of neglect. I have been watching this with great interest as it happened in a small town very close to us. The owners went away last fall leaving the horses unattended, no water and no food other then what they left the day they went away. Now you know horses will eat everything in sight so everything was gone that first day. Thanks to the watchful eye of some neighbors they kept things going and repeatedly called to report this mess. This is not the first time that this has happened. If you hear a big CLUNK on the floor you will know it’s me if they give those horses back to that individual!!!
I wish I had a magic wand that would correct all of these wrongs but I don’t so I keep plugging away at what we do at BHS. The biggest thing is to spay and neuter your pets. If people would be responsible and do that and leave the breeding to those that know what they are doing the animal neglect would decrease sharply. There, enough said, I can really get myself all worked up over this stuff.
Okay, deep breath, now on to other things. Yesterday I helped my sister put together a baby quilt that she is making for a co-worker. It was fun and the quilt is going to be so soft and comfy for the new baby when she arrives as the backing is a soft flannel.
This is my sister trimming the edges. She threatened me within an inch of my life if I showed her face and hair as she had just been to Curves!
Working on the binding.
The darker pink squares have little hearts on them and she is going to hand tie the quilt with brown floss as the babies room is pink and brown.
Speaking of quilting, have you all seen this video of the blind lady that quilts? My Dad sent this to me and I have watched it half a dozen times. If you haven’t already seen it get ready to be inspired and if you have you will get inspired again!!! Isn't she amazing?!! I would love to meet her in person!!
PS I sent a letter out about a week ago to most of my Maine friends about the contest for the money that is going to be given out to three non profits . If you haven't had a chance to vote for Bangor Humane Society would you please take two minutes and go to www.bangor.com/cmm and vote for us! The top prize is $5000 and it would go a long way in helping out many animals get a second chance at a better life!! THANK YOU!!!!
(You must be a resident of Maine to vote.)