Evening Pup (Open Thread)

I’d started to write a post about a racist asshole GOP donor in Florida who got caught being a racist asshole, but fuck it — you can read about it here if you’re so inclined. I don’t want to waste a pixel on that racist asshole today. Here’s a Badger photo instead:

He came in wet from the rain and used my pants to wipe his muddy paws, the little shit. Open thread!

Florence: An Ongoing, Slow-Rolling Disaster

In case anyone needs a rejoinder to the ‘ha ha, stupid people who won’t get out of harm’s way’ disaster-glee…

Evacuation, like most disaster resilience actions—and really, like most of life—is easier if you have wealth, health and extensive social networks. Being able to pack up your life and leave takes privileges you may not even realize you have. Everyone is doing the best they can based on their personal context.

It takes money to displace yourself. It takes having somewhere better to go and a way to get there. Having a full tank of gas is a luxury when you live paycheck to paycheck. Spending money up front and then waiting for reimbursement requires that you have the money in the first place, while knowing what expenses are covered and how to file the paperwork requires knowledge not everyone has or has access to.

Missing shifts at work is unthinkable when every dollar counts. Some workplaces keep employees as long as legally possible, more worried about lost profits than lost lives.

Delayed evacuation carries a different risk due to the sheer number of people trying to escape on roads that can barely handle rush hour, much less a mass exodus. People can be trapped in gridlock on the roads, running out of gas—or, worse yet, still be out in the open when the storm comes and the floodwaters rise…

Vulnerable populations—immigrants, single parents, elderly, people with disabilities, people in poverty—all face unique risks. Evacuating depletes community support during a diaspora, a frightening prospect when the people around you are essential to your survival. It increases stress on elderly, sometimes with fatal consequences: clearing out retirement and homes can actually kill their residents. Yet staying in place and suffering through mass infrastructure failures can do the same thing.

People with disabilities, injuries or illness may require specialized equipment to survive. Without a custom vehicle or assistance from others, it may be literally impossible to evacuate…

People impacted by disasters need you to have empathy. They need you to advocate for preparing for the next disaster while still recovering from this one. They need your support, whether it’s in the form of cash donations; voting for politicians with the integrity to vote for spending money on mitigation before the next disaster rather than on relief afterward; or even sending them cute animal pictures to cheer them up after another long day of cleaning up the mess. They need your help, not your judgement…

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Sunday Morning Garden Chat: Point of Stillness

From inspired gardener & commentor Gelfling 545:

I took this photo at 6 am Monday when I looked out to see if the rain had started. This old boy had run out of the house the night before and this is where I found him, meditating on the transcendent…and fish.


What’s going on in your garden(s), this week?

BJ jackal readership capture — Happy note for everyone touched by the news that Adam Serwer’s cat Butters had gone missing:

Funny how you can get emotional about a companion animal you’ve never met and almost certainly never will meet…

RIP Wembley, A Very Good Dog

Long time friend of the blog TBOGG shares the news that beloved friend Wembley has bone cancer which has spread to his lungs and is leaving us.

We all know what you are going through, Tom, and our thoughts are with you. This is particularly close to me, given the events of the past year, and I am so, so sorry (while also grateful to all of you who helped keep my own pup alive). Dogs and cats should live forever.

Cats And Dogs, Living Together (by state and region)

A friend of mine from college brought this fun graph to my attention today.

It’s the ratio of households-with-at-least-one-cat to households-with-at-least-one-dog, by state and region. Click to embiggen:

(R code; raw data sourced from the American Veterinary Medical Association)

Perhaps this explains my sense that I’m meant for the northwest and northeast corners of this country. Anybody want to offer some (responsible) speculation on what this all means? And what’s the deal with Delaware?

Open thread!

A Real Whodunnit?

Got a real mystery here. I went to get some gas and pick up some stuff from the big city, and when I came home, someone had been in the garbage:

It wasn’t Lily, because she was upstairs sleeping. Was it Rosie, seen investigating the scene of the crime?

I think I may have found the culprit:


Saturday Morning Open Thread: Meet Penny

From Adam C:  This is Penny, our 18-week-old Labradoodle

I get emails! This one is from Juicer Adam C. He and his family just adopted this adorable fluff-ball. You may remember his question a few weeks ago about Canada to US puppy passports. Looks like she made it across the border and is happily adjusting.

We were able to keep her at the in-laws’ for a couple of days before heading home, which was good because she was pretty despondent on the first day. By day three her tail was up and she was cheerfully investigating things, and not even the long car ride to Thunder Bay brought her spirits down. We arranged her crate in the back of the car with the door open and space for her to sprawl out in front of it or access the teenage boys in the back seat. We made frequent stops – but then, we all have to pee sometime – and made it without incident.

She is every bit as cute and soft as she looks. She loves balls and will race around at top speed before circling in for a two-footed puppy pounce. This will fit in well with our soccer-heavy family. She also loves belly rubs, obviously, and chewing everything in sight. And she’s chosen me as her favourite, which is a definite mixed blessing; my wife is clearly jealous (for the dog, not me), and separation anxiety is very much not something I’ve missed about parenting young children.

We’re still establishing routines, and there’s a lot of training in her future, but she’s a very smart and special little dog.

Let’s give Penny a big Balloon-Juice welcome. Squeeee!

Open thread.