Hi everybuddy! Guess what? My mom asked if she could take over my bloggie for a day since she had some stuff swimming around in her head. And I told her no. Haha! Nooooo…I’m just kidding. She’s my mom and I luvs her so I told her that she sure could. So anyways, here she is!
Thanks, Mayzie! And thanks to all of Mayzie’s friends for letting me have the floor, er, blog today.
So, my hubby and I went to see “How to Train Your Dragon” a couple of weeks ago. And it was great! I mean, really great. We both loved it. Great story, great animation, great message.
And on the way home, I couldn’t quit crying.
Now, for me to cry at a movie isn’t terribly unusual. I’m a movie-crier. It’s what I do and I’m really good at it. What IS unusual is for me to actually cry uncontrollably AFTER a movie. Especially after a warm, fuzzy animated movie about a boy and his dragon complete with a happy ending.
Luckily, my hubby, after 17 years of marriage has learned to take unexpected emotional outbursts in stride and so our conversation did NOT go like this.
Hubby: Awww, there, there. Are you being crazy again?
No, he is a smart man, which is part of the reason we’ve been married 17 years. Instead the conversation went like this:
Hubby: (taking my hand gently) What’s wrong, sweetie?
The problem was that it was hard to put into words what was wrong. I had to think about it and digest it before I could articulate it. And even now, I’m not sure I’ll do a good job.
But it all has to do with Mayzie.
Some of you may wonder why I chose to let Mayzie have her own blog – and not Ranger or Ripley or Abby (our other cat who always seems to get short shrift on this blog because she’s so…well…normal).
I guess the reason is because from the moment Mayzie first walked up to me in that adoption fair, we’ve had a connection unlike any other I’ve experienced with a pet. And I have loved ALL my pets deeply. But the relationship that Mayzie and I have is different.
In the 14 months we’ve had her, she’s taught me so much about trust and love and how to be brave even when you don’t feel like it. There are many things that still frighten her but she never, ever gives up. She’s shown me that no matter what has happened in your past, today is all that really matters; that every day is something to rejoice in; and that there is always something to smile about.
Everyone who gets to know Mayzie comments on how sweet she is. They are drawn to her loving disposition and want to pet her and kiss her. There is something about her that shines so brightly and I feel incredibly blessed to have her in my life.
And that’s why I was crying.
Because as the movie pointed out so eloquently, it is human nature to want to destroy things we’re afraid of or don’t understand. And there are people out there who are afraid of Mayzie not because of who she IS or more importantly what she’s done, but because of how she looks.
Up the road in Denver, thousands of dogs have died simply because of the “crime” of being born with a blocky head, short coat and broad chest. That’s it. Mayzie’s DNA test could come back as cocker spaniel/chihuahua and all that matters to those people is that she looks a certain way and therefore, in their eyes, she deserves to die. It breaks my heart that there are other Mayzies out there who have lost their families or their lives or have never had an opportunity to HAVE a family because of fear and prejudice.
Sometimes it seems like an uphill battle. But there are things each of us can do. Educate others that just because a dog has a short coat and a blocky head doesn’t mean they are innately vicious. Help fight BSL (Breed Specific Legislation) if it is ever proposed in your community. Support programs that teach children how to behave in a safe way around dogs (since they are the ones who most often pay the ultimate price when a dog – any dog – bites). And push for tougher leash laws and harsher punishment for irresponsible owners.
In a few days, Mayzie will be announcing how you can participate in her “Guess Mayzie’s Family Tree” contest. We are still working out details but the contest will help benefit a local rescue – Mariah’s Promise – that took in many of the pit bull type dogs who suddenly found themselves homeless when Denver re-enacted BSL in 2005. Without this rescue, many more dogs would have died. Unfortunately the rescue itself has fallen on hard times because of the economy and is in danger of closing. So it is our hope that we can help raise some awareness and some funds for this very deserving organization and the dogs that they help. So stay tuned for all the details coming soon!
And right about now, you’re all thinking – hey, thanks for the Sunday downer post, Mayzie’s momma. Can you put Mayzie back on the line now please?
I promise that most of the time we will keep this blog light and happy – because, afterall, Mayzie is all about the light and happy! This was just something that I haven’t been able to shake and I appreciate Mayzie’s “furends” for giving me the opportunity to talk about it.
I hope you all know how much it means to me that you care about and love my precious girl, no matter how goofy she is what she looks like!