Every year thousands of RVers go to Quartzsite, Arizona to shop the flea markets and RV show, hang out with their friends, and just enjoy the sunshine. And unfortunately, every year a few lose pets to coyotes and other wild animals.
One couple I know was complaining recently that for the second year in a row their two cats had disappeared. I asked them how that could happen and they said they like to let the animals out to play, but they never go far from their fifth wheel. Well duh! They don’t have to go far; the predators will come right up to your rig to snatch them. To the wild animals who live there, you are Meals on Wheels.
And the sad thing is, I’ve known more than a couple of different RVers who have lost more than one pet this way over the years. At a rural campground in Arizona, another couple we met put their two yappy little dogs inside of an eighteen inch high wire fence enclosure and then went off to the swimming pool. A coyote came along, reached in and grabbed one, then came back a few minutes later for the other.
It’s bad enough to let your pets outside without supervision at any RV park, but it is totally irresponsible to go someplace like the desert and allow your pets to be outside unattended. I don’t care how smart or cute or tough you think your pet is, it’s no match for a wild predator that makes its living by catching and eating its dinner every night.
I asked the first couple mentioned above why they keep replacing the cats, and they said that they love animals and adopt them to get them out of a shelter and into a loving home to save their lives. Really? You call that love? I call it animal cruelty, compounded by utter stupidity.
Okay, end of rant. Let’s move on.
We’re not sure if it’s allergies or the crud, but Terry has been sneezing and coughing for a couple of days now, and I started last night. With all of the crap that’s been blowing around the last couple of days, I’m not surprised. Many people who never had allergies in their lives are surprised to find themselves suffering when they get to Arizona.
I got the proof copy of the printed version of Big Lake Blizzard the other day and made a couple of small tweaks to it, and it is now available on Amazon at the link above for those of you who have been asking.
The e-book version is still selling well on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and a pleasant side effect is that it has helped to increase sales of the first three books in the series. I appreciate everybody’s support and how many of you have bought my books, told your friends about them, and helped spread the word.
There are a lot of very good indie authors out there and I like to help them succeed any way I can, including telling my readers about their work. Check out my interview with Jess Mountifield, a young English author, on my self-publishing blog.
Thought For The Day – I laugh in the face of danger. Then I hide until it goes away. – Joss Whedon