As I sit here on this beautiful spring morning and watch the dogs in my yard -- some playing, some stretched out in the sun -- I can't help but think of the many animals out there who can't even enjoy these simple pleasures.
I think of all the dogs who will spend their entire life at the end of a chain or in a little pen.
They won't ever have a choice about where they sleep. Sometimes it's in a cold spot where the sun doesn't shine or in the blaring sun without a spot of shade.
Quite often the ground they walk on is so covered in their own waste they stand in it all the time.
The week of April 2 through April 8 is Animal Cruelty/Human Violence Awareness Week.
I hope that people will take the time to look around their neighborhood. To think about what they can do to make it a little better place to live. Sometimes all a person needs is an act of compassion to make them a more compassionate person.
And sometimes an animal needs someone to step up and speak for them, because they can't speak for themselves.
I believe if we raise our children to turn the other cheek to suffering, we are raising people who don't know how to help or even that they should.
Lisa Boyle, Payson