What’s Left?

Aug 12th, 2010 | By admin | Category: Opinion

By Lee McLane  Editor/Publisher  and  Simba  the late Squeak’s  adoptive baby

By Lee McLane Editor/Publisher and Simba the late Squeak’s adoptive baby

I think the pertinent phrase for this summer is, “It’s Hot!” Every time I think about something I want to do or need to do, that phrase pops into my mind, “It’s Hot!”  Or maybe it should be “It’s too hot!”  Either way, it pretty well dictates what you do and if you decide to do it anyway it dictates how long it takes to get it done. I suppose that is why areas of typical tropical climate - high temp and high humidity seemingly have a little lower productivity rate. I think I studied that in a college business class.  I can certainly agree. When you go outside these days, you break into a sweat after about 5 minutes and that is if you are just standing there. I believe that this summer will set a record on the number of days we’ve hit 100 or higher in Arkansas. At least we have had a few of those big thundershowers break out in the late afternoons on some days. I am very appreciative of those.
I really feel sorry for the animals having to contend with this heat. Be sure and keep fresh water and shade or better yet, bring your dogs and cats in the house if you can. I put ice cubes in the water for my pets. Of course, sometimes that means we don’t have any ice cubes. The forecast is for the temps to come down sometime next week. Let’s hope that ushers in some cooler weather for the kids to get started back to school on Aug. 19th.
I hope you have had a good summer and are looking forward to getting the kids back to school and getting into the normal routine of everyday life. I believe that someday in the near future, our kids will go to school year round like they do in Japan.  Actually their school year begins in April and classes are held Monday through Friday or Saturday with three terms per year with short breaks in the winter and spring. They have one month off in the summer. We’ve got to compete with other countries and if they are in school all year - maybe that’s what we need to do.
I know when I was in school it was hard to keep in the groove of learning after a three month vacation. Now, I can hardly handle a four day vacation. Maybe it’s just me.
Our animal shelter is getting pretty full.  We have some great dogs out there and almost any of them would make a great addition to your family.  Many people have asked me if our shelter is a “no kill” shelter. It is not. These dogs come in and get a chance at adoption. But, as time passes and the shelter fills up - their time options will run out. So, please, if you are have room and a heart for a new dog, please check out the ones at the animal shelter first. I know you’ll be glad you did. They deserve a good home and a happy life.
Go to your happy place!
See you next week!