From ANIMAL PEOPLE, September 1998:
Having formed perhaps the farthest-reaching animal protection
newsgathering network ever, we may receive and read more cruelty
reports, from around the world, than anyone else who ever lived.
Readers reeling from the shock and horror of just the handful
of cases they’re familiar with often wonder how we cope.
We look out the window. The joy and surprise of animals is
never far, from the flash of a diving redtailed hawk, the chirp of newly
hatched songbirds, and the whir of a hummingbird, to the sentinel work
of our German shepherd, Tasha; the industry of the rats, mice, chipmunks,
squirrels, and rabbits who loot spillage from our bird feeder;
and the indefatigable concentration of our cats, who never tire of watching
them, tails twitching, from behind secure fences and screens.
Shrews, snakes, and even giant banana slugs likewise give us
moments of appreciative interest. Some creature is always doing something,
and frequently the action is not only heartening but unexpected.