Credit where it’s due

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

Be­cause I don’t write as well as most of the scribes on the Voices page, mo­ti­va­tion has to be strong to in­spire an at­tempt. I am mo­ti­vated by last Wed­nes­day’s Voices page to make a con­tri­bu­tion.

We do need im­pas­sioned peo­ple like Kim from Dover to point out what some might think triv­ial, as in the case of the use of road­side her­bi­cide. Here’s hop­ing the responsible party or par­ties will con­sider her plea to aban­don that prac­tice. Cer­tainly we don’t need more poi­son in our world.

And then Editor Brenda Looper is re­ally good for a chuckle, which most of us could re­ally use these days. Her col­umn, “All cranked up,” fit the bill. What I re­ally wanted to com­ment about started with her mov­ing ac­count of the loss of her pet cat, Luke. I saved this col­umn so that I could re­spond. My usual busy-ness pre­vented that from hap­pen­ing sooner, but now that I’m go­ing through a some­what sim­i­lar grief cy­cle, hav­ing lost “Mystery,” pen is in hand.

It’s ap­pro­pri­ate at this point to credit some peo­ple who do a won­der­ful job try­ing to help hap­less an­i­mals who through no fault of their own find them­selves in some­times ter­ri­ble predica­ments. Let’s start with our own City of Lit­tle Rock’s An­i­mal Ser­vices and the An­i­mal Vil­lage led by Tracy Roark. He and his staff are fab­u­lous to work with, hav­ing saved hun­dreds of lives (and count­ing). Our vet, Dr. René LaVergne of We­strock An­i­mal Hos­pi­tal, has be­come a dear friend as we come wag­ging in our lit­tle des­per­ate pack­ages way too of­ten around clos­ing time. You can’t beat his staff for car­ing. Then there’s my neigh­bor­hood in west Lit­tle Rock which, for 20 years, has been more than will­ing to help a home­less cat or dog. They are great.

It’s my turn to thank you and oth­ers who just try to make the world bet­ter, be­cause you do.

KAY CAR­PEN­TER

Lit­tle Rock

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