The most awesome dog in the world (yeah, what all moms think) – Three Bells is the official “Coconut Girl” who this blog is named after! A malamute chow chow who would never play fetch on da beach with anything except coconuts – and they were usually bigger than her head. She is going to have to get another round of tests and likely surgery. And because we are outer-island it entails traveling back to Oahu and all those extra expenses. So far we’re at about $16,000 for the vet visits (four different vets – usually about 2-4 times a week since November), surgery, medical supplies, medicine, and supplements. The first surgery alone was over $9,000 and since we have no idea what went wrong last time (the chylothorax was fixed, but she is now leaking serum into her chest cavity and swelling with edema), s0 we are just trying to be prepared. If you have a minute, check out her GoFundMe page – there are lots of new awesomesauce rewards, like organic sunscreen, polarized sunglasses, and more. If can, can. If not, say a prayer! Her next doctor visit is Saturday…. We hope to get her back to the beach and on her paddleboard soon! Mahalo nui loa.
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Posted in Animals, blog, Hawaii, Health & Alternative Medicine, kauai, Surfing, tagged chylothorax, dog, Dr. Basko, Dr. Edhlund, Dr. Peter Vogel, Gentle Vets, Hawaii, kauai, oahu, Scott Sims, surfer dog, thoracic duct ligation on January 4, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
Coconut Girl Wireless was named after my love, my life, my everything Malamute Chow Chow grrl dog Three Bells (though I always say I’m her dog). She’d look at you sideways if you threw a stick and expected her to fetch it – the only thing she’d ever fetch were coconuts! She’d run around the beach with coco’s twice the size of her head.
About two months ago she started coughing and gagging. I thought she had a doggie cold / kennel cough and was waiting for it to pass, but it only got worse. It ended up being Idiopathic Chylothorax, a not very common condition in dogs (it’s more typical in young small or over-weight large dogs). It was possibly caused by an injury or perhaps a fungus. Without getting into too much detail it causes the lymphatic fluid to fill her cheat cavity until her lungs partially collapse and she isn’t able to breath. We have to knock her out and drain her (half a gallon of fluid) but it only lasts a week until she’s uncomfortable again. We tried a diet change to low fat foods and many supplements without much success, and we need to act fast or it can cause fibrosis of the pericardium. She’s more weak after each draining, and the prognosis without surgery is not good.
Bells needs a Thoractic Duct Ligation, Pericardectomy and will have a tube inserted to help drain her chest cavity, which will cost around $7-8,000, not including other diagnostics (X-Rays, ultrasound, echocardiogram, testing of the fluids…). We’ve already spent thousands, but because this happened so quickly – and they offer no payment plan – we just weren’t prepared. Because there are no surgeons who can perform this on Kauai, we had to fly her to Oahu, (and all that entails).
The success rate for these surgeries is now around 80%, so if all goes well we’re hoping she can get back soon to what she loves most: swimming, stand-up paddleboarding, making people smile, and playing with kids on the beach!
We started a fundraiser to help with her bills. If you can help, it will be greatly appreciated. Include your address on our GoFundMe page http://www.gofundme.com/Help-Save-Three-Bells and we’ll send you some CoconutGirlWireless stickers! Mahalo nui loa for your kokua.
p.s. If anyone in Hawaii has an furry friend with Chylothorax feel free to contact us, so we can share our experience and hopefully save you time (it was a long road trying to figure this out!). Gentle Vets in Hawai’i Kai on Oahu (thanks Dr. Edhlund!) has a visiting board certified surgeon, Dr. Peter Vogel, VMD, Diplomate, who has 23 years experience and is very familiar with this type of surgery. Mahalo as well to our local barefoot country doc Scott Sims, for diagnosing Bells and relieving her symptoms; and Dr. Basko for helping with diet and nutrition issues.
We don’t mean sex, drugs and surf babes (sorry, sorry, that’ll be a future post). We mean chicks, as in chickens. If you live Kauai, you gots. And when momma has babies and they make a home in your garden and you’re a bleeding’ heart who can’t help but fall in love with their chirpy poofy fluff, and you want them to stay so they don’t get eaten in the cruel harsh world by the feral cats, well, you need to supplement their diet so you still have some veggies left for yourself. These wild chicks realize they’re not supposed to be doing this, but are so excited about the hemp seeds they can’t help themselves.
Posted in Animals, blog, tagged activated charcoal, benadryl, bentonite clay, contaminated, dog emergency kit, dog first aid, dog food, dog particle, dogs, food poisoning, happy traveler, jewish mom, organic, pet rescue remedy, pets, salmonella, toxic on July 29, 2012 | 1 Comment »
The Jewish Mom Gene (just one under the Dog Particle in scientific importance) rears its head whenever anyone is sick or injured – so I like to be prepared for the just-in-case. But when my dog got really sick the other night and I hadn’t enough knowledge or supplies, I realized my fallback in a real dog emergency is Jewish mom worrying.
Dreams in Vomit
I woke up at 2AM to my dog pacing atop the bed. Groggy, I simply assumed she was trying to find the perfect spot but she wouldn’t stop moving. When I rolled over and my hand landed in something wet and slimy, I realized there might be a problem. Turning on the light, all I saw was dog vomit across the entire bed.
This wasn’t a minor case of food poisoning. She eats grass like a cat to cleanse and has gotten sick a few times over the years. But this time she couldn’t stop walking in circles and crazy eights, stumbling as her hind legs started going out on her, and wouldn’t even look at me.
The only options for her bad state: a centipede bite, an allergic reaction (there are many foods besides chocolate that are toxic for dogs) or ingestion of something the all-powerful dog belly couldn’t deal with. She chewed on a stick at the beach… was it actually a bone and we didn’t notice? I bought her new treats, which had arrived that afternoon. One was organic USA-made chicken snacks from a company I’d purchased from before and who’ve never had a recall… but could it be salmonella poisoning? (The other treat was a Himalayan dog chew made out of, ahem, yak and cow milk but she only took a few licks off it. And I’d stuck it in my mouth to encourage her to grab it from me yet I felt fine [and my tummy falters at the hint of food-borne illness].)
The Diamond Pet Foods/China melamine scares over the past few years brought to light the reality that most commercial pet foods are far from being chicken soup for our pets’ souls. There is more awareness of the poor quality of most processed commercial pet food and people are starting to pay more attention to what they are feeding their beloved pets. Heck, even those who thought they were paying extra for good food, or didn’t realize their brand was bought out by a corporate cost-cutter, are made at the same factory as a contaminated brand, could find their foods on a huge and constantly expanding FDA pet food recall list. Food purchased at the vet or the health food store is not guaranteed to be safe (China-made Catswell chicken strips were voluntarily recalled for traces of propylene glycol just this week). I spend almost $100 a bag on my girl’s dry food (all mainland food is costly once shipped to Kauai), but whether it’s some homemade grass-fed goulash, her Orijen kibble, or occasional frozen Primal Raw Foods (even they voluntarily recalled one batch of feline Salmon last year), she eats like a queen. The most important thing is buying from companies that use quality, natural ingredients, and do routine control tests of their products.
When an emergency occurs even smart people often forget what to do. First, I thought maybe she was thirsty from throwing up, but she wouldn’t drink (which I later learned was a good thing because she would’ve probably just continued to throw up and thrown her body chemistry even more out of whack).
From the looks of my bed, I deduced she’d probably vomited everything she could, and I should try to get something in her belly to suck up the rest of the poison. I grabbed my go-to cure-all (food grade bentonite clay), poured some in the palm of my hand, and repeatedly scooped it up and stuck it under her gums.
Since it wasn’t going to be an immediate cure and since she seemed to be getting worse, I called a local clinic. The better safe than sorry rule always applies.
One thing I learned from this experience: take your pet to numerous vets. While you may have a favorite animal doc, it’s good to have a backup in case one of them doesn’t answer your off-hour or holiday call. Luckily, the first clinic I tried to reach had an emergency number and the doctor on call picked up the phone.
He initially had me check her throat for swelling and her body for anything sensitive, to rule out a bite. She seemed okay. She was finally lying down; her nose was wet and she didn’t feel overly hot. He then asked if I had Kaopectate or Pepto Bismol, which I didn’t, though I did have activated charcoal. He told me to put the activated charcoal in chicken broth or something like it. I added a teaspoon of water and fish oil along with the black powder. She wanted little to do with it at first but licked half of it up after some convincing.
Finally, he told me to give her 25mg of Benadryl just in case it was an allergic reaction of some kind. The closest thing to a drug I have in my cupboard is ibuprofen but luckily my roommate has terrible allergies. I couldn’t imagine it would absorb much, what with the clay and charcoal, but when you’re desperate, you trust doctors’ opinions.
After about an hour, although she was still walking funny, she was able to rest. I let her stay outside in the cool air to sleep it off. Of course, while she slept, I was eyes wide open through another four hours of worry. The next day she was much better, though a little weak, groggy and dehydrated, and I made sure she had plenty of water. She also lapped up a bowl full of fresh coconut water. By the following day, she was back to doing roll-overs.
Dog Emergency Kit
Almost everyone has some sort of first aid kit for themselves and their family, but what about for the animals in their life? First thing I’m doing this week is putting together a doggie emergency kit – one for the car and one for home. What’s it going to contain?
- Bentonite Clay (food grade powdered Redmond’s for the car/travel kit; works for absorbing bacteria/poison; helps with diarrhea; soothes itching skin/rashes)
- Activated charcoal
- Buffered aspirin (for pain; look up precise dosage based on weight)
- Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide (to induce vomiting in an emergency)
- Medihoney Wound Paste (works like Neosporin)
- Surgical stapler; staple remover
- Surgical glue
- Pet Clot; Sure-Clot (for bleeding)
- Plastic wrap
- Veterinary SAM splint
- Duct tape, self-gripping tape, latex-free tape
- Stretchable gauze; non-stretchable gauze, sterile gauze pads
- Cold pack
- Heat pack
- Ace Bandage
- Scissors; electric clippers
- Antiseptic; Betadine
- Saline spray
- Nascent iodine (cover wound with gauze after applying)
- Syringe (to give medication)
- Pet Rescue Remedy (works to calm animals in case of accident, stress, shock, travel, vet visits)
- Happy Traveler (herbs help calm nervous dogs)
- Trace mineral drops (add to water to help rehydrate)
- Emergency ID card (name, age, medications if any, vet info)
Also, having a dog/cat first aid book around is a smart idea, as is taking a pet first aid course. (Most people don’t even know how to administer first aid and CPR to humans!)
If Dog is the Answer, What is the Question?
So, call me weird, but I think the mitochondria and the dog are equally essential to human existence. When the earth switches its axis spin and women start running things (our only hope), the “New World Order Top 100 Essentials for the Survival of Mankind” is going to change as well. On this list will be the end of all “Yes-Kill” animal shelters. Scientists and the medical industry are going to shift their focus from fake GMO frankenfoods and human cloning to figuring out the most natural method of extending the lifespan of dogs (and cats) to equal that of humans. No, that’s not too much to ask for!
Dogs work 24-7 to keep their people happy. Don’t be a selfish you-know-what – it’s time to treat them with the respect they deserve. Because the Dog Particle is just as important, if not more important, than any other goddamn particle.
We can’t always get mad at the sharks when we get in the way of their feeding frenzy. Yesterday afternoon a tiger shark (who’s been spotted cruising Hanalei Bay the past week or so) got a little close for comfort. Reportedly a baby whale has been hanging out in the bay and a few big sharks followed it in. And supposedly the turtles were going bonkers. One of the surfers –Jim Rawlinson– had his board bit off by a large shark.” Missing was the leash, two fins and a chunk out of the tail of the surfboard, carving teeth marks approximately 1.25 inches, which supposedly translates to a 14 foot shark (every 1 inch equaling 10 feet).
Just for the record, when the shark hit his board Jim rolled off onto the sharks back. He stayed calm and realized it would be best to detach himself from the shark, which was pulling him by the leash. While the crowd scurried to the shore, 68-year-young Rawlinson, realizing he still had one fin left, continued to surf for maybe an hour and reported that he got two really good waves…. :)
Since the tsunami there’s been some anomalies in the waters here, especially in regards to many deep water fishes appearing in more shallow waters (Tigers are much less common and there was even a Great White making an appearance last month); more about that soon. So will that stop the surfers from paddling out at the bay today? Doubtful…surf’s up!
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Hey, did you never read our post “Sharks, Swells & Stinky Smells“? Get on it!
Btw, the Bay WAS as busy as ever. Okay, maybe a few of us kept our feet up but everyone was out there!
Posted in Animals, Health & Alternative Medicine, Tip of the Day, tagged animal cruelty, animal testing, cats, commercial, dog live, dogs, food poisoning, iams, mars inc., pet food recal, pet food recall, peta, petition, processed on May 18, 2007 | 15 Comments »
Though animals of all smells tug at my heart-strings, I am officially one of those cat-people who one day turned into a dog-lover; even the title Coconut Girl being a dedication to my girl dog, who looks absolutely ridiculous running around the beach with a coconut twice the size of her head clutched in her chops. But almost like a new mother worried whether she’s taking proper care of her newborn, it seems I know very little in terms of exact specifics regarding proper dietary care of doggies, relying foremostly upon instincts and smiles. For example, I don’t believe any creature should subsist solely on processed foods (e.g. packaged dog foods) – they don’t do it in the wild – though expert thoughts on the matter seem to insist otherwise. I’m not into encouraging begging, but sharing my burger with my dog makes us both happy and sometimes we both need a little fresh meat (though hormone-free hamburger cooked rare may be best for her). On the other hand, I thought avocado -a favorite treat for dogs here in Hawai’i as it’s found in such abundance- would be nice for her fur. So it was kinda a bummer when, experimenting with Stumble! (and realizing it is a cool tool for exploring undiscovered web sites), it sent me stumbling upon a page called Moore’s Haven and their list of “Bad Foods For Dogs”. Low and behold, amongst the first few entries, there it is, avocado:
Avocado contains a toxic element called persin which can damage heart, lung and other tissue in many animals. Avocados are high in fat content and can trigger an upset stomach, vomiting or even pancreatitis. The seed pit is also toxic and if swallowed can become lodged in the intestinal tract where it may cause a severe blockage which will have to be removed surgically. Since avocado is the main ingredient in guacamole, be sure and keep your dog out of the dip.
Typically this is only an issue if you happen to live next to an avo tree and your dogs are gorging on the fruit, otherwise a little added to meals here and there are recommended by the best doggie naturopaths and nutritionists.
So with that, a little more research, and some inspiration from the recent pet food recall, we give you the top ten ways in which you might be innocently poisoning your doggy with bad food choices:
1) Avocado (as previously mentioned)
2) Baby food and Onions. I used to give baby food to my cat when she was getting older and it was hard for her to eat/digest regular cat food. On occasion, thinking she might like it, I’d give some of the organic chicken variety to my doggie. Ooops. Dogs can not eat onion powder. Onions can cause hemolytic anemia destroying a dog’s red blood cells and causing lethargy and breathing difficulties (check for pale gums). Fortunately, toxins will pass but in large doses could require a blood transfusion. Garlic isn’t recommended either but since it’s used in smaller amounts problems are less often noticed.
3) Dairy Products. My girl is an Atkins dog; preferring her fats and proteins. For treats, she loves a saucer of creme every once in a while. Organic yogurt or kefir – yum! We eat bread only when covered in cheese or butter. Even last night while watching The Sopranos where Tony kills Christopher (man oh man… fun having a TV while house-sitting), we enjoyed some high quality Monterey Jack together. Now I know I can’t handle too much dairy, but didn’t realize she couldn’t either; assuming that hard-core tummy that comes pre-installed on these beasts can break down most any food it can swallow. It’s the lack of the lactose digesting enzyme, lactase. Seems cheese and yogurt require less of it so limit minimal dairy consumption to those.
4) Chocolate. That’s the one food most everyone knows dogs shouldn’t have, but don’t know exactly why. Ill effects are caused by theobromine, a cardiac stimulant, which can make the dog hyperactive, increase heart rate, and cause death especially when combined with exercise. It also acts as a diuretic which can lead to dehydration. How much chocolate can equate to an overdose? Depending upon the dog’s size, even an ounce or two can be fatal! And note: cocoa powder and cooking chocolate (dark as opposed to milk) contains more of said substance and is therefore more toxic. Sickness might not come on immediately, but death can follow within 24-hours.
5) Bones. This is another one most people know about, but it is hard to prevent your pooch from sniffing out barbecue remnants at the beach or park. Many think it’s only the chicken bones because they splinter. But all cooked bones are hazardous because they become brittle and splinter and have sharp edges. One vet told me he’s had to put his hand down the throat of hundreds of dogs over the years, to get the full piece of short-rib bone that easily becomes lodged. Though raw bones (completely uncooked, which you can usually find in the refrigerated section at a feed or pet store) are typically considered safe and beneficial to the dog’s teeth (not to mention their disposition) too many might cause constipation due to high calcium content.
6) Cat Food. Every once in a while my dog just won’t eat her food. I try to switch it up, between formulas she prefers, usually the ones that have lamb as the first ingredient and rice instead of wheat. But once in a while I’ll feed her some kitty food. Doesn’t seem too bad if that’s not what the dog is subsiding on. The main issue seems to be that it does not supply an adequate formulation to satisfy a dog’s nutritional requirements, as well being too high in protein and fats and potentially contributing to added weight gain for the pet.
7) Macadamia Nuts. Another food common in Hawai’i, therefore can be a big concern. On many occasions I’ve had to warn people to not give my dog MacNut Crusted Mahi-Mahi or Ono leftovers (since my Mama Udy makes the best!). As few as six nuts can cause elevated temperature, accelerated heartbeat, tremors, even paralysis. Best to avoid nuts in general, because their high phosphorus content may lead to bladder stones.
8) Liver. Another one I wouldn’t assume, especially as many dog foods and treats contain it. It’s just a caution about eating too much, the reason being its high Vitamin A content. Fatty Meats are also usually the scraps we indulge our pet with; what’s wrong with those? Well, they may love us with all their heart for it…but it’s bad for their heart! As well, excess may cause loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, pancreatitis and gastroenteritis (specific clues include whimpering or restlessness).
9) Moldy or Spoiled Foods. Dogs are the ones who usually get the leftovers we no longer want. But when the foods sit in the fridge awhile, we usually assume it’s still fine for the animal. But don’t let it get too old! It seems mold contains toxins that can cause tremors or seizures in which case medical treatment is required. Spoiled foods can cause food poisoning which might lead to vomiting, diarrhea and shock.
10) Commercial Dog Food. Yes, the very food made especially for dogs can be killing your dog. And it’s not just the cheap dog foods found in grocery stores, the so-called “premium”, “gourmet”, “natural” or “preservative-free” (often produced by these same companies) can be just as bad. The recent recall should be warning enough about the limited controls of byproducts and industrial chemicals in pet foods (Cornell University of Veterinary Medicine which is studying the foods because of this incident says they are finding more things in the pet food that shouldn’t be there, “but identifying what they are is a long process”).
When we look at the history, commercial dog food came into existence in the 1930s with cereal companies looking for something to do with their rejected grain – wheat, rice and corn that failed USDA inspection because of mold, rancidity, and other contaminants (disregarding the fact dogs digestive systems aren’t built to break down grains of any sort and that they usually have some allergic reactions). With the meat industry facing a similar dilemma (mainly the 4D meat – diseased, disabled, dying or dead, but also including capitalization of road kill, euthanized animals [collars and all], plastic and styrofoam wrapping of spoiled grocery store meats, urine, feces, hair, feathers, beaks, etc…), the idea of mixing the rejects together and calling it “pet food” was born. Reminding one of the promotion for formula over breast milk, disregarding the consumers best health interests, marketing firms took it from there.
For more info check out Dog Live, which recommends feeding homemade dog foods for your loving companion. A few other sites worth checking out: The Dog Bowl, Shirley’s Wellness Cafe, Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance, The BARF Diet, RawFeed, and Better Way Health (these include raw food diets to purchase or prepare fresh for dogs). A few ways to help clean up the industry: The Petition for Pet Food Reform, another Petition to Hold the Pet Food Companies Accountable, and Peta’s Iams Cruelty site. You can also write to The Center for Veterinary Medicine and FDA about your concerns. To learn more about the pet food recall, check in with the FDA’s site which provides info on all pet food companies involved and the Timeline of the Pet Food Crisis on Wikipedia which includes corporate cover-up, varying causes of recall, and recent release for human consumption animals who were fed this tainted food.
Finally, besides a proper, high quality diet for you and your pet, to live happy and healthy make certain you get plenty of exercise, water, and most importantly, cuddles! xo
9/21/08 Update: This link for Peta, with updated info… Another Pet Food Recall – Is Yours on the List? Another example, of why, if you truly luv your dog or cat, you pay a little extra $/attention to what you are feeding them. Find a reliable, socially responsible, pet-loving company who makes food that is healthy and that your pet loves!
Posted in Animals, Hawaii, Movies, Pop-Culture, Rant, tagged bad kitty, Darby Romeo, homeless in Hawaii, negative thinking, negativity, power of positive thinking, the secret on May 16, 2007 | 1 Comment »
I’m housesitting. It’s a nice and needed respite because I’ve been living in a tent in a rat-infested plantation house with termites to the extent that every once in a while you notice the wall crumbling to dust. Despite the sound of it, I am forever grateful to my friend for making his home available to me, because homelessness sucks even if you are in Hawai’i (the concept of “living on the beach”: coconut tree, beach shack…kinda lost in this modern world). And the nights I did have to sleep in my little putt-putt with my broken back were uncomfortable reinforcements of pain killer psychosis and suicidal tendencies.
See, this ungrounded state is a result of an injury which left me unable to work for much of a year (sure, sure, the symbolic, astrological, spiritualized purpose of the accident itself has much deeper roots…but rhyme or reason aside, the event leaves you in disarray). If you aren’t from a rich family or have a chunky savings account, and after you quickly, effortlessly run through all your resources, you soon realize the impossibility of living on $400 a month plus $240 in food stamps. What can one buy with $400 exactly? Rent? You’re lucky if you find a room for that much – and if you do your options here usually include a basement or trash-can frat house or some ramshackled cabin in the boonies. And then you have not one more penny for, god-forbid, medical bills, rehabilitation… never mind regular expenses like car, phone, utilities, pet food, credit card bills…. As far as food expenses go, anyone who lives in or has visited Hawai’i comprehends the futility of discount shopping when, for example, a carton of orange juice costs upwards of $8 (fatal when calculating in organic, non-GMO vices and desired satisfaction of cravings) – no, there are no Trader Joe’s and they don’t take food stamps at most of the farmer’s markets either.
But enough of this negative thinking – people just don’t want to hear it, even if it is the truth. Today there is an avoidance of anything that smells of negativity. Boy, all us realists are just percolating, waiting for The Secret* backlash that will surely come, as bottled up “negativity” finds no friendly place to exist in this “all-good” world. It’s like when the “politically correct” thing first became big late ’80s, and your dictionary had to change and quick or you were looked down upon, sued, fired, hated…. I recall one occasion, for example, reacting aloud to someone with the pre-p.c. common adage You’re so gay (okay, valley girl-common but none-the-less). Anyway a gay acquaintance in our group became mortified and reacted in a very aggressive way. How dare you! Now, he knew many of my friends were gay (I was in San Francisco visiting them for cryin’ out loud), that I’m not homophobic, but he was so tuned-up to react to keywords that the reality was besides the point. Maybe other people used that saying to round-aboutly demean gay people (I get offended when people use “girl” to put down guys for example – though on that note perhaps he should have been offended by people calling homosexuals “gay” at all). Personally, I never once thought the saying had anything to do with “gay” people. I wouldn’t be able to replace the word “gay” in the phrase (e.g. You’re soo homosexual). And since when did one group earn the right to words like “gay” to the point you have to tippy-toe around your own vocabulary? Heck, homosexuals can use whatever word they want, make up new words to describe themselves uniquely, but “gay” is a common word with many definitions in the dictionary before you get to “homosexual”.
All I’m saying before I so rudely rambled away with my thoughts is that, like P.C. then, we’re getting a little S.C. (secretly correct) and perhaps going a little overboard with the whole no negative campaign. Because people individually and as a social collective are emotionally (not rationally) determining just what is negative or bad and what is not, and the range seems to opt towards extremes. And I’d hate to say something and be interpreted incorrectly or not related to or totally dismissed, because people have a neurotic need to block out or close themselves off to anything that can be deciphered as remotely negative. Now that, to me, feels bad. Trends like this always seems to go too far. My friend’s kitty is a perfect example.
See, kitty-sitting comes with the two-week housesit. The meow meow is barely a speck, a shadow, a puff that can sit in the palm of your hand. My friend recently found this kitty at her house and took her in, ’til it peed on her bed, but essentially she now takes care of the kitty and therefore claims the self-entitled human right to name said kitty. And taking personality and behavioral issues into account – the peeing, clawing and otherwise rowdy behavior – she named the kitty “Bad Kitty.” When she told me, I didn’t even question the matter; Bad Kitty seemed like a perfectly understandable even adorable name for a cat. But she explained that she was having some resistance from people around her, as far as them calling her kitty by her proper name. Somehow the word “bad” just isn’t positive enough or “S.C.” One of the tenants that rents from this friend seemed dramatically disturbed by the whole thing. “No, no, nooo,” the girl whined with her air-head boppin’ side-to-side, “you can’t call her Baaad Kitty, you have to call her Gooood Kitty.” “But her name is Bad Kitty,” my friend declared in response. Trying to maneuver the scenario with a more upbeat twist, my friend then elaborated, “my kitty is bad-ass!” The girl thought for a minute, going through the motions of wholesome contemplation but twas useless, ultimately her mind was made up. “No, no, no” she repeated, “Gooood Kitty.”
So I’m thinking it’s just this tripped-out hippie who avoids “bad” vibes like the shower, but my friend said she brought her new kitty to the local vet and no one at the vet’s office – vet included – would call the kitty by its name. “They call her BK” my friend told me, kinda perturbed but at a loss. They insinuated her needing to rename her kitty, but since she resisted they simply did it for her. BK, I thought, isn’t that short for Burger King? (hmm, the last burger I got from there was pretty negative!)
Right now as I type, Bad Kitty is being especially “bad”, jumping on my head, on my keyboard, adding lines and spaces and distracting my focus. I toss her here and there but she’s back in a poof, a shadowy black flash, and is indeed bad-ass. And I’m in this nice house and for a moment my environment isn’t reflective of or aggravating my negative state. Maybe a few of these double negatives are actually joining together, in a transformative alchemy, to create some more positives. Surely we need these fucked up, shitty, horrible, evil, rotten, lame, boring, stupid, bad, bad-ass words and feelings and events and even people for any of the positive ones to truly exist; perhaps consciousness and understanding and even a lighthearted sense of humor makes them not so baaad. I was never looking for perfection in my life, just a healthy balance, sure, of positive and negative I suppose. I’m not worried, cause if a little blip, a dot, a dusky happy-go-lucky ruffian like Bad Kitty can overcome or transcend the negativity in her life, then I surely can too.
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* the “it” film and book of the moment, with it’s semi-new age no-negativity campaign and Da Vinci code aesthetic providing your answer to the Secret (secret laws and principles to the universe – foremostly the laws of attraction or as some critics state a re-packaging of “The Power of Positive Thinking”) and how to use them to have “everything you’ve ever wanted…living life to the absolute fullest. That means happiness, health, and total abundance and freedom, every day.” Basically sold as the answer to having the life all rich, successful, happy people knowingly lead. The essence of this solution stemming from the idea that one must think and visualize good thoughts; avoid bad ones.