Winter Visitor


I had planned on one more Christmas column this week but I found a
story that I want to tell today. Please have a nice time with your
family, take time to reflect on the true meaning of this holiday and
Merry Christmas.

Lisa and I had a visitor this week. He was a beautiful striped tom
cat with an enthusiastic personality and an empty belly. Yeah, you
guessed it; we had another cat drop-off out our house. We fed him cat
food covered with chicken soup and set him up temporarily in the cat
house on our porch.

There exists a group of people who see pets as nothing more than
disposable toys. These folks think of pets as furry servants and fail
to realize the responsibility of pet ownership. Spaying, neutering
and proper housing are the basics of pet care. Those who fail the
basics of pet care are the same folks who cause most of our pet
overpopulation and strain the resources of local humane societies.
These are the same folks who I always encourage to either develop
some common sense or just stay on the sidelines of life and try to do
no harm.

That nice little tom cat dropped at our place was the victim of this
sort of person. He was either dropped off or not connected enough to
his residence (i.e. no love or failure to spay/neuter) that he
wandered to our home. He was not the perpetrator of this trespass; he
was the victim of a lack of human responsibility.

I remember a recent time when people welcomed responsibility. They
used responsibility to define themselves. Have we now failed so much
as a culture that we not only no longer welcome responsibility but we
can’t even perform its most rudimentary aspects? If you place the
level of responsibility of a pet with the enjoyment of same on either
end of the beam of a scale then you will find them equal. What I am
saying is that the more responsible you are with the care of your
pet, the more you will enjoy your pet. You will also be a better

Here’s what happened with the lovely little tom cat that came to our
place. We have three cats and that is all for which we can
responsibly care. I was able to easily put the cat in a pet porter
and bring him to the pound/humane society. In placing him inside a
cage, I felt as though I had betrayed him however that betrayal
occurred well before he arrived at our little farm. He easily went
into a cage at the pound and sat there dejectedly.

There are many sweet discarded pets with short memories that await
new lives at the humane society. Please offer your generosity and
either adopt a pet or give to the Pennington County Humane Society.
The little animal left for us now needs a home and there are more
like him. Lisa and offered him temporary shelter and have now sent
enough money to the humane society to cover a portion of his stay.
Please include the Pennington County Humane Society in this year’s
Christmas gift-giving. After Christmas, please consider adopting one
or more new pets and bring them into your responsible care. For
donations or questions, please call the humane society at
218-681-8045 or go to

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