What lessons taught?
I’ve been on the unpopular side of Annie’s adoptive parents in more than a few discussions with family and friends these past few weeks.
What have we taught our children about being responsible pet owners? What have we said to those who care enough to adopt pets from shelters? And what have we said to each other as citizens?
Has “power to the people” been taken too far? Perhaps we cannot say exactly what damage has been done, but if the claims made in the letter allegedly written by Annie’s pro tem parents are true, then I am ashamed to admit that San Luis Obispo County is no better than any other place to live.
What were we thinking?
Pleased at outcome
I am pleased that Annie is back with her owner. Family is family. While I agree somewhat with Bob Cuddy’s column (“To all involved in this mess, take a good look inside,” Aug. 31) with regard to terrorist acts (what we Americans fight desperately against), I have to say not all of us animal lovers condoned the menacing acts threatened towards the adoptive family nor even contemplated such a thing.
As far as the child or children of the adoptive family being considered, yes, it was sad for them I’m sure, but it’s one of life’s lessons. Sometimes mistakes are made and correcting them can be painful.
I’m reminded of a verse from an old Carpenters song: “Bless the beast and the children, for in this world they have no voice, they have no choice.”
Skinning a cat
Regarding Annie the dog and Bob Cuddy’s column titled, “To all involved in this mess, take a good look inside” (Aug. 31):
My mother often shocked me when I was a child by saying, “there’s more than one way to skin a cat.” Finally, I understood the metaphor. Cuddy knows how to “skin a cat.”
Congratulations to Dave Congalton and all the other bullies for their “heroic” intimidation of the family who rescued and adopted Annie, the lost dog.
Today our community can better relate to those places where a mob mentality rules, places where cowards vandalize mosques, terrorize minorities, restrict civil rights and otherwise single out people who don’t fit the prevailing view.
People here generally like to think they’re just a little better than people in other places. Guess what? We’re not.
San Luis Obispo
I woke up Tuesday morning feeling wonderful. I felt satisfied knowing that I had, in some small way, helped accomplish something wonderful. That peace was short lived once I learned I was accused of being a terrorist and part of a lynch mob.
Bob Cuddy, your words are inappropriate and wrong (“To all involved in this mess, take a good look inside,” Aug. 31). You tell us “there should be a run on mirrors in this county because we all need to take a good look at ourselves.”
I can honestly say that I can look at myself and be proud of my part in bringing Annie home. We, as a community, poured our love and efforts into reuniting Chuck Hoage and Annie, something we feel with every bit of our substance was the right thing, as you yourself mentioned in your first column.
I feel bad for the adopters, as they adopted Annie in good faith and grew to love her. I am more saddened that they felt they were threatened and that was the only reason they returned her. There were no threats from the “Friends of Annie,” only a showing of support and presence. Cuddy, you owe the “Friends of Annie” an apology.
I have never been so happy! I must have picked up on Chuck Hoage’s grief over losing Annie because I couldn’t sleep at night thinking of his sadness and despair over losing the dog he had loved for seven years.
I applaud the new owner’s decision to return Annie. Now Annie can run again in the fields with the horses and with Hoage, the person whose heart was broken over the loss of Annie.
Many thanks to those who returned Annie. My faith in the goodness of people is restored. Now they can save a life by adopting a new dog from animal services — a dog who would be euthanized if not adopted. There are so many dogs waiting for a loving home and so many who never make it.
A bit of advice
Kudos to Bob Cuddy and his honesty regarding the story about Annie (“To all involved in this mess, take a good look inside,” Aug. 31).
A bit of additional advice to those, yes, fanatics who were involved. Get a life.