When You Don’t Speak Up, It Is Your Fault Too

We all heard the news this week.  A dog died on a United Airlines flight after a flight attendant forced the family of the puppy to put him in an overhead bin for three hours.  Despite the family’s pleas, and later, the flight attendant’s denial that she knew a dog was in the carrier, this happened. This. Really. Happened.

After reading the story and watching the news, of course I was mad like everyone else.  But what was the first thought that I had?  Where were the other passengers on that flight? Not one passenger out of over a hundred spoke up? Spoke out? Said anything?

In the day of instant news, social media updates, and instant gratification, we have an instant means of complaining.  We have a way of commenting on posts, speaking our grievances, and making our points.  Oh, it is so easy to type away in the comfort of our own homes and with our phones in hand.  But passengers? Where were you March 13, 2018?  Were you sitting on that flight?  Were you more concerned about your beverage selection than speaking up?  Were you afraid that you would have to get off of the plane?  Did you think that someone else would speak up instead? What. Happened.

It seems to me that our realities in life are being confused and so are our priorities.  I wonder how many passengers saw what was going on in that plane and imagined the status updates that they would type later about it, instead of actually speaking up and standing up for what was right.  In my opinion, many people failed that innocent dog that day.  Not just one.  And we have to learn from this.

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We can’t just get mad after something happens.  We can’t all of a sudden decide that we will stand up for someone or something that we believe in after we see something go wrong, or worse, someone die.  This dog needed someone then!  He is gone now.

To be an advocate for animals, we have to not only help those in need, but prevent other animals from being in need.  We have to apply that line of thinking to our every day life as well.  Don’t make doing what is right be an after thought.  Do what is right when you need to do what is right. And that is now!  We cannot assume that someone else will help. We cannot assume that someone else will step up.  That someone is you.

-Rachael Johnson, Owner and Girl Person of 2 Traveling Dogs

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The Captain Has Turned On The Fasten Seat Belt Sign

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle.  Allow me to be the first to welcome you to this Mississippi place!  Yesterday was a long, long drive.  Let us recap it for you. But first, Girl Person has an announcement to make.

“Ladies and gentlemen, the Captain has turned on the Fasten Seat Belt sign. If you haven’t already done so, please stow your carry-on luggage underneath the seat in front of you or in an overhead bin. Please take your seat and fasten your seat belt. And also make sure your seat back and folding trays are in their full upright position.”

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Yeah, we drove from the Florida place to the Georgia place Friday.  Then yesterday, we drove from the Georgia place back into the Florida place,  then the Alabama place to reach the Mississippi place.  Already tired of spelling that by the way.  We drove and it was quite relaxing.  For the Deputy.  Digby is the only one that can sleep thru anything.  We have the captain, Boy Person, the passengers, me and Deputy Digby.  And then.  Well, then.  There is Girl Person.  Her job is apparent.

Now, I know what you are thinking.  But Girl Person loves this job.  She really does.  I mean, who wouldn’t want to serve us snacks and treats all day?  Who wouldn’t love giving directions to the Captain, getting him refreshments and making sure we are all ok?  All day long?  For over seven hours?  None other than Girl Person.  Seriously though, she is the only one with two legs who can balance with this Big Blue Treat Wagon going down the road.

“If you have any questions about our flight today, please don’t hesitate to ask one of our flight attendants. Thank you.”

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Now, we told you it was going to be a long drive to this Mississippi place, and you waited a long time for us to get back on the road after our break.  But the wait it over, the drive is over, at least for another week, and we have landed safely.

So..

“Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Waveland, Mississippi.   Local time is whenever you are reading this and the temperature is 70 degrees today.  If you require deplaning assistance, please remain in your seat until all other passengers have deplaned. One of our crew members will then be pleased to assist you.”

Actually, I can’t assist you.  I am too exhausted today. When I can’t look at myself in the mirror as much as I want to in a day, I get exhausted worrying about it.  It’s just too much.  All day, constantly, I think to myself, self, it is a shame I can’t look at you now. On these travel days, I am a man of constant sorrow.  Constant sorrow. Sit back for a moment, and enjoy. This is part of your inflight entertainment. And yep, this movie was filmed in Mississippi and is one of Girl Person’s favorites.

Now.  Itinerary.  Tomorrow is our rescue visit with Tired Dog Rescue and we get to see some of the animals they have up for adoption.  If you get a chance, the Captain and the flight attendant would like you to visit their Facebook page to learn a little more about them and what they do in Gulfport, Mississippi for dogs like Tish here.

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Tish, available for adoption thru Tired Dog Rescue

So…once again, I will ask you.  Are you with us this week?  Are you ready to have some fun in this Mississippi place?  We have a lot to learn about this place, its people and its animals.  I am ready. So ready.

“Please check around your seat for any personal belongings you may have brought on board with you and please use caution when opening the overhead bins, as heavy articles may have shifted around during the flight.”

If you leave your peanut butter cookies though, I won’t mention it to the flight attendant.

-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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