During a packed press conference in California’s capitol city today, the world’s first English-speaking dog made a brief, direct and indisputable statement. Rupert Smithson, a handsome pooch of undetermined lineage, spoke firmly and without need for a microphone.
“I’m hungry”, said the reddish-brown canine, “and I expect that I will want to eat again tomorrow as well”.
California’s “First Dog” Sutter Brown stepped in to add his support; the Corgi manfully admitted that he also felt the urge to have food on a daily basis.
A petite Persian cat in a flowing white fur coat, dark sunglasses and jeweled collar joined Smithson and Brown at the podium and faced the crowd defiantly.
“I have an eating disorder”, she said. “Trust me, if I don’t get food every single day I become disorderly in the extreme”.
Although none were asked, she left the podium insisting that she would not answer any further questions.
Upon her departure a stream of pets surged onto the stage in solidarity, confirming that they share the same addiction as Smithson. Despite failed attempts at rehabilitation, all of the animals admitted to craving and essentially requiring food every day of the year in order to survive.
Smithson announced that he was going to a 12-step meeting and left the audience in shocked silence.
Okay, so maybe a bit of the above reporting isn’t completely accurate. In the interest of full disclosure, the Persian’s sunglasses weren’t actually very dark and the press conference wasn’t really all that packed.
But those little fibs did get you to read this far, so please stick around for a moment more.
Real or not, the message of the press conference comes through loud and clear. Just like people, pets need food every day, no matter what the weather is like or how the economy is behaving.
The need for food, whether for children or kittens, has a way of leveling the playing field. As living beings we all need it, and as a community we can help each other get it.
In this community, pet owners needing a little assistance can turn to The Sacramento Pet Food Bank.
Also known as Titanic’s Pantry, the all-volunteer-run nonprofit has helped thousands of families get a portion of their pet’s monthly food at no charge. Without assistance from the Pantry, many would have been forced to surrender their pets to already overburdened animal shelters and rescue groups.
This Saturday there will be a special pet food drive for Titanic’s Pantry, hosted for the third year by the Sacramento Cat Hospital.
Donations of unopened and unexpired cat and dog food (both canned and dry), leashes, collars, cat litter, bedding, and other pet supplies will be gratefully accepted by volunteers at the event. Monetary donations are also welcome, as they can be used to purchase whatever items are most needed.
By the way, Rupert really is hungry every day and the Persian diva can be difficult even after being fed.
- Pet Food Drive for Titanic’s Pantry
- Saturday November 19, 2011
- 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
- Sacramento Cat Hospital
- 4115 Manzanita Ave. Carmichael 95608
- For more information about the pet food drive, contact the Sacramento Cat Hospital at (916) 488-4161 or email email@example.com.
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