Updated: August 23, 2012 10:33AM
Dear Readers: Here are some of Ollie’s growls and kisses for Northwest Indiana.
Growls are for people who act like jerks when it concerns animals, and kisses are for those who do the right thing.
Here’s a kiss for all the drivers who stopped in the early evening on July 12 while traveling on Indiana 130 in Valparaiso to let a mama goose and her six goslings cross the road.
We have kisses for two Valparaiso residents who dug graves for dogs that had died during extreme weather conditions.
The first kiss is for a Valparaiso veterinarian who couldn’t save his own beloved Emma, a 7-year-old female Jack Russell terrier, from renal failure. His children wanted their pet to have a proper burial so he dug a grave for her in a rainstorm.
Another Valparaiso resident dug a grave for Chevy, a friend’s large male dog that died in his sleep. He started digging at 6:30 a.m. during one of the worst heat waves on record. When he finished, it was 105 degrees.
More kisses for the Hobart residents and City Council members who understood that humans are responsible for pet behavior and “canine profiling” certain dog breeds was wrong. Instead, they are developing an ordinance to fine owners whose “vicious” dogs attack humans or pets.
Ollie loves humans who pick up their dog’s poop because it makes walking more pleasant for his woman-human.
Ollie has a big bite for the idiot driving a pickup that passed the stopped cars on U.S. 30 to honk his horn at the gaggle of geese crossing the road.
More growls for the Hobart residents and City Council members who wanted to “canine profile” certain dog breeds.
Grrrrr to people who think it isn’t necessary to get rabies vaccinations for their pets because they have heard that rabies has been eliminated in the United States. Well, not quite.
Rabies literally means “madness” in Latin. In the U.S., most rabies is transmitted to humans from bats and can cause encephalitis. Untreated, it is almost always fatal in humans. Rabies can be transmitted between different animals including cats and dogs. Vaccines are a very effective way to prevent rabies but that doesn’t mean all rabies cases are gone. In late January, a Massachusetts man passed away after a month-long fight with the virus. He had been bitten and infected by a little brown bat. Recently, a dog was euthanized in Massachusetts after being bitten by a rabid raccoon.
To the humans who drive their neighbors crazy by allowing their dogs to bark nonstop. Uncontrolled barking isn’t just an annoyance for you. It can create tension between you and your neighbors, too.
If you’ve ever lain awake at night listening to a neighbor’s dog barking, you know exactly how aggravating the situation can be.
Dogs need to be walked and they need to poop. Ollie has a particularly big growl to all the dog walkers who don’t think it’s important to pick up after their dogs.