Romance in the spring.
Romance in the spring.
— Andy Warhol
A reminder for the afternoon crew/west coasters. My new web anthology,TALES FROM THE FOREVER HOME, is live today. Issue #1 features five stories of animal adoption. This week’s stories (as well as all stories going forward) focus on what happens after the adoption papers are signed, how the pets’ lives are improved, and the impact the pets have on their owners.
I’m editing and curating this anthology to hopefully make it the kind of place that dispels some of the myths surrounding shelter and rescue dogs and encourages folks to consider adoption before going to a breeder (or follow one of those terrible “PUPPIES!” signs you see on highways). I want it to eventually be a resource for potential adopters and rescue organizations and shelters, a place that they can point to and say, “There’s nothing more satisfying than giving an animal another shot at a fantastic life.”
So please go check it out. Like it, follow it, share it, and submit your own stories. I hope to hear from you!
They found the sun.
Welcome to the first issue of TALES FROM THE FOREVER HOME, an online anthology featuring real stories of pet rescue and adoption. My name is Jason Rodriguez and I’ll be your host here. Let me introduce you to today’s stories and then I’ll show you around a bit.
So, we have five wonderful stories this week:
1) First we got a story about Duke (aka Big D), the Great Dane that learned to trust people and, in turn, taught Libby Dufour a thing or two or ten about patience.
2) Next up, Jon Wye tells a story about Fred, his sidekick, wingman, best friend, and occasional competitor for alpha-dog status.
3) Then there’s Robin Castoldi and her story about Lucy, the foster she nursed back to health and, afterwards, couldn’t bring herself to adopt out.
4) Elizabeth Rodriguez tells the story of Charley, the mutt that she nursed back to health while training to be a nurse.
5) Finally, I tell the story about Becky - my pint-sized muse for eight years who turned me into a dog person, an animal person, and just an all around better person.
Now, as for the site, the first thing you should be asking yourself is, “Why does this website exist?” Short answer: Because I wanted to have a website that focused specifically on stories that begin after the adoption process ends and, most importantly, how the pet adoption experience had a positive impact on both the pet and the pet owner. I feel this website can be a resource for potential pet adopters as well as rescue and adoption agencies to get over some of the myths that are sometimes associated with pet adoption. Long answer? You can find that in the About section of this webpage.
Now that you know what we’re about you undoubtedly want to know if you can contribute. Of course you can! We want to publish your stories about your experiences adopting a pet. We don’t care if you’re a professional writer or not - I will work with you to shape your story so that it’s the tale you want to tell and help you make it something that’s inspiring and heartwarming. For more information on how to submit your story, please visit our submissions page.
And now that you know what we’re about and you’ve read this week’s stories you undoubtedly want some suggestions on where you can adopt your own animal. Well, we have a featured rescue page you can check out but, at the moment, it’s light on rescues. If you have a rescue or shelter you’d like us to feature, please send us a link and a short blurb about the place.
That’s all for now! Through the week we’ll be posting up little bits here and there and every Monday (pending submissions, of course), we’ll be posting up a new issue with new stories. Hope you all enjoy!
And don’t forget to follow this blog on Tumblr or Facebook to get new stories as they’re posted!
The Physical Impossibility of Life in the Mind of Bernie Lomax, 2013
poster, foam fun noodle, human carcass, formaldehyde, vitrine
absolutely my favorite thing
NINJA TURTLES looks terrible, sorry everyone.
Also, why the shit does a NINJA TURTLES movie have to have three thousand guns in it? Come on, man.
Sometimes you find yourself writing a short piece where the ghost of Rod Serling tells a future version of you (who’s now living in the present) all about Bill Gaines, Fredric Wertham, and an old EC Comics story called “Judgement Day” as a framing device for a story about the fifty-five year relationship between a transgendered astronomer and her father, which is the final and titular story from your Twilight Zone-inspired collection of young adult targeted sci-fi short stories entitled TRY LOOKING AHEAD, coming out in September from Rosarium Publishing.
I guess this is an announcement?
In case you all are wondering what happens when your post about Dan Snyder and the Redskins starts to trend on FaceBook.
I have a new anthology/website that’s officially launching next Monday with a handful of stories about life AFTER pet adoption. I’m making a soft-announcement now to open the submission process up to folks who may be interested in telling their own stories about the little (or large) critters who changed their lives in some way. You can read my story about Becky here, the girl who made me a dog lover, animal lover, and all-around better person.
Why am I doing this? I tell the whole story here, but here’s the short version: After we lost Becky I’ve been looking for an outlet where I can tell her story. I’ve found a lot of places that tell the stories about pets before they were adopted, and that’s necessary, but nothing that collects stories about how the pet and the owner’s lives were made better through pet adoption. After talking to a couple of friends about this, I came to the conclusion that something like this could be both cathartic for the pet owner but also a resource for adoption and rescue agencies. One of the myths is that pets that come from breeders or (usually unknowingly) through puppy mills are that they’re “better” than pets that come from shelters or rescue organizations. Better genes and no baggage, a clean start.
However, the bond that’s forged between a rescued animal and its new home is life-changing and unbreakable. Whenever I talk to people involved in rescue (or even just people who were convinced to adopt through a rescue organization or shelter), you learn that the myths quickly melt away, and the gratification of giving an animal a second chance at a healthy life is rewarding, necessary, and, in retrospect, the only was to really take a new pet into your home.
So please, tell me your stories. We have five lined up for launch but want to keep them coming afterwards. If you don’t have a story just yet, please send a blurb about a rescue organization or shelter that you work with or adopted from so we can feature it on the site.
And spread the word - this is a site that I want people to know about when they’re thinking about taking in a pet.
Thanks for listening and I hope to hear from you all!
The betting board is next to the keg. Never good to have two vices within a foot of each other…
— Me, too my students.
2014 is becoming what 2013 was supposed to be.
Hope y’all are doing good, as well.
Holy crap, government is closed on St. Pat’s Day? Today won’t be amateur hour, it’ll be amateur apocalypse!