I was at Kroger early one Sunday morning, a motley mess in an old t-shirt, pants and shoes. My hair was either askew or under a hat. What was left of my makeup was under my eyes.
The plan was to sneak in grab milk and a can of refried beans. I was holding a can of fat-free refried beans at arm’s length because I’m old and I forgot my reading glasses. How could they be refried and fat-free? I had to know.
“Aren’t you Cindy Wolff? Didn’t you write the pet column for the newspaper?”
My first thought was “how was she able to recognize me since I was so unkempt. Next, “why oh why did I have to know how to refry beans that are fat-free?
After I left the paper, I worked on new projects, but always in the back of my mind, I planned to recreate the pet column. I received permission before I left to continue with the name of my column
That said, today Pet Scoop, the blog, goes live. I'm optimistic that we are going to get tougher anti-cruelty laws, more teeth to give Shelby County Environmental Court Judge Larry Potter the power to punish those who abuse or neglect animals in our city. One law I plan to ask all of you to support would ban the chaining of dogs as a means of containment. The cruelty of chaining a dog--even if the chain is 6-feet long--is something we citizens need to be vocal about.
Our new Mayor Jim Strickland has been a long-time supporter of protecting animals in our community. He sponsored or supported several changes in our laws that help animals. And he’s made many promises on the campaign trail. I hope it’s a new era for the animals in our city that suffer horrible lives and deaths. Strickland promises to fix problems at Memphis Animal Services. Let's see.
I hope the community will support these efforts and find other ways to make a difference for animals that aren’t as lucky as yours and mine.
Here are some of the features you’ll find on Pet Scoop.
- A place for you to submit pictures and videos of your pets. The link will tell you what information I need to bring your story to life.
- See a viral video? Send the link.
- Events Calendar: Rescue groups, adoption events, anything pet-related that you want the public to attend, send it to me.
- Product Reviews: I have a panel of judges at my house and various other places to test out the latest products for your pets.
- I’ll add more features to the blog as we go along.
Cindy Wolff, owner of four spoiled, spayed and neutered dogs