Wednesday morning, as I was making ready to leave the campground in New Jersey where I was staying
while I protested the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia
(and even being interviewed by the AP, which actually covered the protests after engineering the coronation that motivated them),
I was thinking about Marshal and feeling sad that I didn't try harder to give him another chance, somehow. So you can imagine my mixture of relief and anxiety when I got a call from Montgomery County Animal Services, saying he was still in quarantine. Apparently they try to do everything they can for dogs they take in, even under those circumstances.
I don't want to think about it too much because he hasn't been evaluated yet, though he did get medical care. They said they were well-connected with rescues and would do their best, and I sent them everything I know about him including the kind of circumstances in which he could thrive and some of the thousands of pictures of him looking cute and happy.
I'm going to try to avoid getting too involved as there's no way I can--I can't take him in, and the shelter doesn't need help with transport or calling rescues--and I'm going to just send Marshal love.
So, if you can, please just send Marshal love.
Soon after returning from Texas and when I was worrying about Marshal,
I had the opportunity to try a product from Chewy.com and I chose Blue Buffalo Wilderness Bayou Blend with Alligator & Catfish Grain-Free Canned Dog Food. Much as it freaks me out to think of feeding my dogs alligator, it seems to me most humane to feed animals that at least you know are raised wild and not in feedlots, and as far as I know there are no alligator feedlots.
The other thing is that dogs seem to love wild, grain free food. Dahlia of course devoured it,
and even picky Marshal and Fozzie were not too long in coming over to down some alligator and catfish.
That stuff was gone pretty darn quick once those dogs stuck their maws down into those dishes.
Though I'm not one to trumpet animal-based foods of any kind, I have to say that these Blue Buffalo foods for dogs seem to be high quality and very enjoyable to the pups.
And who knows, maybe if I ate those sort of things I'd eat alligator too.
Right now I'm just going to think loving thoughts for the alligators, and for Marshal, and for all creatures, and pray that they all experience joy and fulfillment and freedom from suffering.
This world is a tough place but its a lot better thanks to our animal friends, in all their complexity and beauty and ecological importance! Thanks Chewy.com for another great feeding experience, and thanks Montgomery County Animal Services for doing your best for Marshal.