Baby behind a kitchen-window screen, staring at his sister outside on the terrace, could almost pass for one of those abandoned kitties left behind by a flood-fleeing family, waiting to be rescued, except that we cannot imagine leaving our animals behind were we forced to flee our home for whatever reason.
Abandoned doggy awaiting rescue (details unknown) from American Humane Association website.
Our i-mail correspondent, an accomplished amateur animal behaviorist, pointed out the difference in body language between a flood-stranded cat like the one blogged here and a similarly dislocated dog like the one in the picture above:
In a way, I worry more for the dogs, than the cats. Did you see the face on that poor doggy? Contrast that to the face of the totally fed-up pood in one of your previous posts.
It's true. The dog is distraught, the cat, disgusted. Both can use a helping hand, though, and that's where organizations like our flood-relief charity of choice, the Animal Rescue League of Boston, come in. There's still plenty of time to make a donation and then register your participation in the blogosphere's "Blog for Relief Day" data base by logging in here.
So far -- as of about 8:10 p.m. EDT -- the effort has raised $106,572 in contributions for a variety of favorite-son charities. We're proud to have done our part by raising a respectable $275 from 5 sources, not all of them relatives. Could anything be more American -- not to mention blogorific in the "Invisible Hand" sense -- than for an aggregate of individual acts by a widely disparate group of people in friendly competition with each other, each vying for pride of place by attracting the most support to help the larger community, creating a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts? It is truly a good thing.