As most of you already know, I’m a big fan of Jon Katz. I imagine that if I wrote a book, my voice would be similar to his. After all, he writes about things I love and voices many of the thoughts that run through my head. And in an oddly parallel way, we both ran away to live on a mountain, just at different times in our lives and with different outcomes.
Recently I’ve been noticing a larger than usual wave of people preaching about responsible pet ownership. Most of it is geared towards adopting from shelters and/or slamming owners who have fallen on hard times. I see this on Facebook. I see this on blogs (not pointing fingers here). I see it on Craigslist. And somewhere along the way, we’ve forgotten about the people who have fallen on hard times, who maybe have to surrender a beloved pet because they can’t feed their family, let alone their dog or cat. Somewhere, we’ve forgotten to show mercy to our fellow man.
Recently, Jon Katz addressed this himself after taking in a donkey in need of rescue. You can read about it here, Part 1. And here, Part 2. And some lessons learned here. I think he says it best. And maybe we all should take a moment to remember to be merciful before we dole out the verbal lashings.