Jerry Smith

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in the cat­e­gory with Lit­tle Richard – you be the judge. Then there was Dorothy Kil­gallen, pan­elist on the pop­u­lar 1950’s TV pro­gram “What’s My Line” and colum­nist re­fer­ring to Elvis as “Elvis the Pelvis.” From that point Elvis and Kil­gallen were less than cor­dial to each other ( I don’t blame him). Peo­ple and their pets: For a long time the as­so­ci­a­tion of hu­mans and their pets had been a puz­zle to me. That isn’t true any­more. Five years ago, Coach Diane Smith’s daugh­ter Kayla Ralston brought home a just­weaned thor­ough­bred minia­ture Ital­ian Grey­hound. In a court of law I sus­pect both own­er­ship and cus­tody would be awarded to Kayla. But Lit­tle Piper did not make it to the res­i­dence with Kayla – she now lives ( and be­longs) at the Smith house; Kayla is al­lowed short visi­ta­tion rights.

To all you peo­ple who have a dog ( or cat) as a pet at your house, I un­der­stand your devotion and love for the pet. Even though Piper dic­tates nearly my ev­ery move, I love that dog. I join with thou­sands of oth­ers in say­ing our pets be­come mem­bers of our fam­ily.

For those less in­formed, let it be known that our do­mes­tic pets have per­son­al­ity. They man­i­fest love, loy­alty, hap­pi­ness, sad­ness and pain. It is a mat­ter of less than pa­tience with any­one who in­flicts pain ( cru­elty) upon a do­mes­tic pet. I like to think that Piper is blessed with the great­est of care and joy while re­main­ing in her “adopted home.”

An­i­mals aren’t al­ways cared for as they should be. Aren’t we all

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