I just sent my registration for the Red Cross’ Pet First Aid and CPR training course on May 5th. I first found out about it when I took the regular class and saw it listed under additional training. I figure, I not only have pets and would like to be able to help them if they got hurt or ill — even that 7 minutes to the vet can be too much in an emergency situation, so my being able to help them can make all the difference between getting there in time and being too late — but now I’m helping with the animal shelter too. I’ve heard the stories from our volunteers about pets thrown from car windows or stuck in kennels or outside; so again, being able to help them means all the difference, to their injuries and showing someone in the whole world gives a damn.
Finally, a real dog photo – this one is from the Star-Tribune archives. This is Lassie, Minneapolis version. She was chasing a rabbit and fell through the ice; after some time in the water, she was saved. She’s not happy but she’s home and she’s warm, and everyone loves her.
— From James Lileks: Dateline Kennel, Institute of Official Cheer
Some of the other volunteers are going to be there too. I’m looking forward to it, but it’s like my other training. If I ever had to use it, I’d be scared to death. But I’d do it. They deserve it. Human or other animal.
It’s funny though. I keep thinking of this TV show from the 80s. I can’t remember it’s name, it didn’t last too long, but it was a sitcom about firemen. One started off being a hero because a family thanked him for saving their pet, even giving CPR. The newspapers started off making a big deal about it until they found out the pet he saved wasn’t a dog or cat, but a little hamster. He was turned into a laughingstock for giving mouth to mouth to a hamster. One of his fellow firemen raged against such shallow values in town, how you start off a hero, but “you suck on one hamster…!” and he broke down into angry tears. LOL!
It’s no wonder I can’t learn new things; my mind is too full with tv shows.