What the Inauguration Means to Our PetsPublished January 20, 2009
I was often tickled, during the Presidential campaign, by passionate animal lovers who included their pets in support of the candidates which they endorsed. Clever graphics and photos were proudly displayed on the Internet by groups committed to getting the vote out by any and all means necessary. I was delighted and fascinated by their creativity and commitment And today, as we solemnly install Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States, we long for meaningful change. This event marks an historic milestone toward our nation's destiny. We have demonstrated by our voices and actions that we believe that it is possible for all people to achieve their dreams by joining together for a common purpose: working side by side to fulfill the hopes and promises of a free world. Cuddled up with our two cats, I spent most of the weekend glued to the television, aching to have personally participated in these festivities. As the cats purred contentedly on my lap, we watched the incredibly moving events leading up to today's inauguration. The spirit of love and inclusivity was palpable as the record-setting crowd gathered in Washington in celebration of peace and equality. We are, at last, finding our common purpose by recognizing that we are "one people"; acknowledging and venerating our unique differences. I suspect that the cats somehow knew that something very special was happening, as they did not move once from the sofa on which I was lounging. Perhaps our pets have tuned into our hopes and dreams of a world which will ultimately join together in peace and harmony. I would like to think so. . . What do you think? Leave a comment and share your thoughts and feelings.
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