Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Keeping It Real With Our Animal Friends

We learned some time ago that writing a blog about corrupt judges, shyster lawyers, a sleazy Justice Department, and cheating employers can get a bit heavy.

In fact, I recently got a jolt from a comment left at one of my cross posts on Daily Kos:

Roger, your reports are consistently the most depressing news this side of Darfur. I include Guantanamo in that arc.

The commenter meant that as compliment (I think), noting my willingness to address serious, prickly issues about justice. But after getting that comment, I thought, "Maybe it's getting too dark around here. Jeepers, it's time to lighten things up."

I can think of no better way to do that than by turning to our animal friends.

As you can tell from the title of our blog, we are dog lovers. In fact, this blog would not exist without Murphy, our wonderful miniature schnauzer who brought us so much joy from 1993 to 2004. Murphy is no longer with us physically, but our prayer is that her spirit comes through in these pages. I never sit down to write a post without thinking of her.

We now have two kitty kats, Baxter and Chloe, a brother and sister who sort of fell into our laps about five years ago, when they were one year old. We've discovered that cats can be pretty cool, too, and here is a video we did about our brother-sister combo a few months back:

Like a lot of folks, we have become big fans of icanhascheezburger.com and similar sites that project human qualities onto our furry friends, to great comic effect. Even the Wall Street Journal has covered the LOL Cats phenomenon.

This is how Baxter and Chloe would be if they were let out into the wild:


Cats and computers are always a good combination:


We all know how curiosity can get cats in trouble:


The LOL Cats world even has developed a faith system, where "ceiling cat" represents God and "basement cat" represents that guy who stays down there. Here's one of my all-time favorites. Enjoy:


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