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December 16, 2009

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To the editor:

In the Religious Directory (Journal-World, Dec. 12), sandwiched between the heading (“I Will Give You Rest”) and a thoughtful message based on Christ’s message in Matthew 11:28 was a photo of two Chihuahuas dressed in hooded winter coats. I can only think someone slipped a bit too much Christmas cheer into their coffee before posting such an inappropriate graphic on a spiritually inspirational page.

In recent months, the Journal-World has published several articles on the fact that the worldwide hunger total for children has reached 1 billion. And within the past month you also published a story on how there is a glut of Chihuahuas in California animal shelters because people (emulating celebrities) bought the dogs as accessories, but soon tired of them.

Spiritually speaking, a blurb inviting folks to “worship ... at God’s house” illustrated by pampered canines says a whole lot more about the spiritual condition of America than perhaps we can bear to admit. Treating dogs as surrogate children while a billion actual children go hungry is indeed a cry for help — but whose?

I hope and pray Journal-World will acquire a better sense of propriety when illustrating the Religious Directory in the future; the pups were a bit too wildly indicative of a morally bankrupt nation, merrily accessorizing our way to perdition.

Comments

Paul Decelles 4 years, 4 months ago

Multi

I bet House De Vil would be interested in these handbags....maybe cross breed Dalmatians with Chihuahuas to get little spotted doggies. What stunning handbags they would make!

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Multidisciplinary 4 years, 4 months ago

I've got it. Put them down, and turn them into handbags for $500. Sell dress-up accessories for the bag.

That's what they wanted them for in the first place, right? Profits go to the shelters.

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Kirk Larson 4 years, 4 months ago

Ok, I hate to bring this up, but we can solve two problems here.

The Mayans and Aztecs used to eat chihuahuas...

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barrypenders 4 years, 4 months ago

Marion

"(25) the ants are a people not strong, yet they provide their food in the summer"

Grasshoppers need ants also.

Aesop says so.

Stimulus, Those That Can't, and Posercare live unprecedented

Darwin bless you

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BigPrune 4 years, 4 months ago

labmonkey has the best post so far. I wonder if our library has any good Korean recipe books?

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labmonkey 4 years, 4 months ago

Glut of Chihuahuas....hungry children? Is anyone here missing an obvious solution? I bet they make awesome sesame chicken.

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Marion Lynn 4 years, 4 months ago

As long as we are writing about animals, I was just in the grocery store and saw "Live Lobster"; that is, lobsters on ice, barely alive, suffocating to death slowly.

I was so appalled that I told the store manager that I might well not shop at that store in future.

The store manager's reply?

Literally, "I just work here!"

I have no problem with killing and eating certain aniamls, including losbsters but kill the darned thing, don't torture it to death!

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Robert Kiefer 4 years, 4 months ago

I live in a world of super uptight fusspots! Loosen up a little or you will start to walk funny! But my guess is you have been walking funny for years

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Marion Lynn 4 years, 4 months ago

"anon1958 (Anonymous) says…

BrianR (Anonymous) says…

I had no idea that Chihuahuas were minions of Satan. Maybe go with a fluffy bunny next time."

Marion writes:

Naw, get a Chihuahua and a bunny.

Feed the bunny to the Chihuahua.

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Tom Shewmon 4 years, 4 months ago

Chihauhaus? Little ankle biting overgrown rats.

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Mel Briscoe 4 years, 4 months ago

  • sorry, upon reading my last post i meant to say that they are by far NOT my favorite breed. i prefer medium to large breed dogs.
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Mel Briscoe 4 years, 4 months ago

chihauhaus are by far my favorite breed but i have to thank you, marion, for posting those scriptures because they were needed (wow.... is this real? i'm thanking marion?! woah! must be that time of year... jesus is the reason for the season!).

i agree w/ most of the posters in this thread though because i am an animal lover. i am also a parent and i can understand the concern about people not taking the issue of starving children lightly but being more concerned w/ a dog's welfare. i say we should care for all of them. kids, dogs, cats, horses, wombats, chia pets-- er, well maybenot chia pets but still-- like marion said, if god can take care of animals why not you? (wow... i'm giving marion props AGAIN in the same thread! weird!...)

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Marion Lynn 4 years, 4 months ago

The best Taco Bell commerical ever..........................

.with Gidget The Chihuahua:

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Multidisciplinary 4 years, 4 months ago

Go for a Flemish or German Giant. That way when the kids get tired of them, one is big enough to fry up for dinner. http://www.bunny-rabbits.com/big-bunny.jpg

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anon1958 4 years, 4 months ago

BrianR (Anonymous) says…

I had no idea that Chihuahuas were minions of Satan. Maybe go with a fluffy bunny next time.


Awesome. Going to get one for the kids for the celebration of Jesus' birthday.

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BrianR 4 years, 4 months ago

I had no idea that Chihuahuas were minions of Satan. Maybe go with a fluffy bunny next time.

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Marion Lynn 4 years, 4 months ago

Chihuahuas are nothing more than tiny wolves!

"Canid Genetics Molecular Evolution of The Dog Family"

by Robert K. Wayne

http://www.fiu.edu/~milesk/Genetics.htm

"The domestic dog is an extremely close relative of the gray wolf, differing from it by at most 0.2% of mtDNA sequence. In comparison, the gray wolf differs from its closest wild relative, the coyote, by about 4% of mitochondrial DNA sequence.”

"In 1993, the Smithsonian Institution and the American Society of Mammalogists reclassified the dog from its separate species designation of Canis Familiaris to Canis Lupus Familiaris.

So, now, the Timber wolf (Canis Lupus Nubilus), the Mackenzie or Tundra wolf (Canis Lupus Occidentalis), the dog (Canis Lupus Familiaris ), etc., fall under the genetic umbrella of the gray wolf: Canis Lupus."

"Mitochondrial DNA analysis, rather than nDNA analysis, is widely used to study populations of many animal species (including canids) because of its advantage over nDNA in that it does not recombine with other DNA as nuclear DNA does.

The only way to conclusively determine (thru mtDNA) if a canid contains wolf content would be the presence of mtDNA restriction fragments specific to wolves.

This is the root of the whole problem scientists are encountering when trying to differentiate between wolves and dogs. They are just too closely related, which is what led to the Society of Mammalogists and the Smithsonian Institution's taxonomical reclassification of dogs ( Canis Lupus Familiaris) as a subspecies of wolf (Canis Lupus) in 1993."

Marion writes:

Throughout history both the wolf and coyote have been considered to be the Diety's dogs:

http://asiapacificuniverse.com/pkm/dogstory.htm

"Rome was built by Romulus and Remus, both suckled by a she-wolf according to tradition. Romulus went on to become Rome's first king. Wolves were apparently sacred to the Etruscans, who formed part of the heritage of Romulus and Remus, and they made many statues of wolves."

Wahoooooooooooooooo!

Little wolves of Mexico!

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Weezy_Jefferson 4 years, 4 months ago

"Four legs good, two legs bad."

---George Orwell's "Animal Farm"

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Multidisciplinary 4 years, 4 months ago

Hey everybody! There's needy Chihuahua's available in CA !!!!

Thanks for the heads up Annie. Just in time for Christmas too. What a great stocking stuffer.

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Marion Lynn 4 years, 4 months ago

And while I'm at it, since your LTE has put me in a mood:

Proverbs 30:

"(24) Four things on earth are small, but they are exceedingly wise:

(25) the ants are a people not strong, yet they provide their food in the summer;

(26) the rock badgers are a people not mighty, yet they make their homes in the cliffs;

(27) the locusts have no king, yet all of them march in rank;

(28) the lizard you can take in your hands, yet it is in kings' palaces.

(29) Three things are stately in their tread; four are stately in their stride:

(30) the lion, which is mightiest among beasts and does not turn back before any;

(31) the strutting rooster, the he-goat, and a king whose army is with him."

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Marion Lynn 4 years, 4 months ago

What?

You got something against Chihuahuas?

King James Bible

Matthew 6:26

"Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them."

Marion writes:

If your god can take care of animals, why can't you?

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