I need to RANT about dog owners who think it’s okay to euthanize their dog.
I’ve been considering getting a dog. By that, I mean I’ve been stalking every shelter/rescue organization in the area. Yesterday, Adirondack Save-A-Stray out by Glens Falls posted a photo of a dog, possible shepherd/lab mix, whose family is planning on having him euthanized. What! Apparently he “loves his family and is very loyal” but had an altercation in the home with another dog. The shelter can’t keep him because his bite quarantine conflicts with insurance policy (different rant for a different day). The shelter is doing the good work of trying to find him a new home. But to this family: Shame on you.
It’s bad enough when a pet owner changes their mind and returns a pet to a shelter. But to resort to euthanizing an animal because you don’t know how to handle him is the lowest of the low. A pet is an obligation, a promise that you are breaking. You suck.
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I am a 31 year old woman who can recite every word to Dr. Suess’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas with my eyes closed. That fact aside, I never turn down a chance to see a Broadway Utica show when possible. I made it to three last year, and this year The Grinch was my first of the season. And as expected, it blew me away.
Broadway Utica is something to be proud of.
This organization makes my heart grow three sizes, as Dr. Suess would say. Here’s my short list why:
#1. No detail is unfinished. They bring in top notch productions. Amazing sets, crew, sound. Freaking SNOW fell down upon the Stanley Theatre seats tonight.
#3 They give back to the community in amazing ways. Their Youth Ambassador Program integrates local high school students into the theatre (#BEYAP). Broadway Utica and Director Derek Clark also supports The Q Center for LGBTQ Youth in our community. Last summer, $12,000 was raised for the cause.
#4 They continue to grow. Today they celebrate their 60th Birthday and they aren’t stopping!
Confession, I am so nervous about the Ride for Missing Children. Confession, I get nervous about a lot of things. I got nervous about receiving an award last month, about the Utica Passport Release Party two weeks ago, about closing on my first home last Friday. These all turned out great, and nerves don’t really hold me back much anymore. I know that my nerves are a motivator to do well, that the Ride will be everything I have it built up to be and then some.
One thing I thankfully don’t have to be nervous about is coming home after the Ride to a missing family member. I have ten nieces and nephews, six of whom are 13 and under, that I love and care for like they are my own. Baseball games and dance recitals, manicures and Girl Scout cookies and moving up ceremonies and office art and overnight sleepovers. My family is CLOSE. I can’t imagine.
You probably know the Ride has about 500 riders and you might guess that there’s hundreds of volunteers.
But did you know that there are 50 families of missing children who will be travelling to Utica for Ride day, seeking comfort, spreading hope?
The Ride for Missing Children is a very emotional experience, and even more so for these families. Some are with us “quietly”, others openly participate as Speakers at our ceremonies or meetings. We are also honored to have recovered missing children with us, some may be known to us and others may wish to remain anonymous. Some of the families are “Searching” or “Left Behind” – their loved ones are still missing. Some of the families have recovered their loved ones. In some cases the child was recovered deceased, and in other cases the child was recovered alive.
And on Ride day, 50 riders get to ride with purpose for those missing children, for those families.
I’m not here to recount the long, unfortunate tale that involves a child taken from his bed and his mother taking her own life. You can read about that yourself. I am here to tell you that Trenton’s grandparents, Beth and Jerry Eubanks have not given up spreading awareness. From Lockport, NY they support all the local rides and Beth is also a member of Team Hope. “When the world says give up, HOPE whispers and says try one more time,” Beth wrote in a letter to riders.
This is not about a bike ride.
I’ll have dinner with Beth and Jerry and talk about their grandson. I’ll wear a photo of him over my heart while I ride. I will seek them out throughout the day, checking in. I’ll be wearing sunglasses to hide teary eyes. But I know that like most difficult things it will be rewarding, too.
You’ll love meeting his grandparents. Not all tears will be sad. Tears of happiness as you pull into schools and see all the kids cheering!
The 21st Annual Ride for Missing Children-CNY is taking place on Friday, June 2nd. This annual event promotes awareness and hope in the plight of missing and exploited children across the country. What started with seven men in 1995 has grown to include 500 riders, 150 volunteers, 50 family members of missing children and thousands of spectators and supporters across the Mohawk Valley. The Ride is the biggest annual fundraiser for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children – New York / Mohawk Valley (NCMEC-NY/MV) branch. The Ride will go approximately 85 miles to 15 schools before ending at the New Hartford Recreation Center.