I'm posting for 60 days straight, leading up to my early December birthday, and I'm making the time to write on behalf of slain UCC Professor and aspiring novelist, Larry Levine.
I returned home from a glorious weekend visit to Tucson to find two well fed but lonely pets. The twice-a-day pet sitter visits didn't quell the need for human attention and interaction from my 10 year old Golden Retriever and 5 year old tabby. And the tabby, nicknamed Chirp, is in the habit of hunting the plethora of mice that live in the back yard and patio. She'd left one carcass on the floor near my computer, and now there's another cornered as I type. I've rescued several, like I'll do for this guy, but I've always thought this is just a direct example of Darwin in action. The hunter vs the hunted.
But as I listened to this delightful interview between journalist Angie Coiro and writer / animal rights activist and rescuer Terry Masear, I wondered about my approach. Should I actively prevent my cat from killing mice and other animals by keeping her inside 24/7? That's the approach Angie's taken with her cats, and the one hummingbird rescuer Terry advocates. Take a listen if you can and see if your view changes as well.
Full Disclaimer: I support the weekly, live radio show In Deep with Angie Coiro as the shows part-time Digital Producer and Guest Host.