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What Happened to Respect for Life? 
 
Aug. 6, 2010 10:06 am 
Updated: Aug. 17, 2010 7:18 am
Hello friends and thank you once again for stopping by to read my blog.  I hope you will forgive me, but I am stepping away from the subject of food in this entry.  I am doing this because something happened yesterday that just boggles my mind and I am struggling to understand how anyone could be so heartless and cruel and still be able to look at themself in the mirror.

I live in a mobile home park.  To access the park, one must drive down a stretch of dirt road approximately 1/4 mile long.  Trees line one side of this dirt road and their branches are very low, sometimes even laying on the ground.  In the little haven created by these low branches, cottontail rabbits and squirrels spend most of the day eating the leaves, grasses that grow in the shade, and the seeds that fall from the trees.  I am always very careful to watch for these little creatures, to make sure my car isn't going to startle one of them into running across the road in front of my car.

Yesterday after work I picked up my daughter from her daycare provider's house and headed for home.  As I turned on the dirt road, I noticed a young squirrel scampering around just outside the row of tree branches.  I slowed down to a crawl as I passed him and watched carefully as I drove by to make sure he wasn't going to run under my tires.  While my head was turned to the side watching him, I noticed another car pulling onto the dirt road and coming up behind me.  I kept going so I wouldn't be blocking the road and watched the other car in my rear-view mirror, saying "Don't run out, little squirrel!", as if the little guy could hear me.  Of course, my daughter turned to look out the back window, too. 

What happened next just blew me away.  The *#$&@* (begins with a "B" and rhymes with "witch") driving the car behind me PURPOSELY SWERVED TO RUN OVER THE SQUIRREL!!  She and the rest of the occupants of the very-full car then proceeded to laugh hysterically as the terrified squirrel ran back and forth in vain trying to escape her tires.  I, of course, shouted in shock and my daughter started crying hysterically.  I turned around to go see if the poor thing was suffering, but the evil wench had killed him.  I gently picked him up to make sure he wasn't breathing and felt no heartbeat, no blink response when I touched the corner of his eye, no reflex when I pinched his paw.  This limp little body in my hands had been playing happily, eating seeds, just minutes before...and now he was dead.  By this time, my daughter and I were both sobbing at the absolute heinousness of the incident.  I still cannot wrap my brain around what happened...it was so unnecessary and just plain EVIL.

I took the dead squirrel and went searching for the other car in our mobile home park.  I found her on the first street I checked, so I confronted her.  I held the squirrel curled up in my hand out the window and told her I wanted her to explain to my daughter why she felt compelled to end the life of a beautiful, innocent, BABY creature.  She said nothing, but looked at me defiantly.  One of her passengers said, "It happens all the time.  People live and die."  After telling her that yes, accidents happen, but nobody should do this kind of thing on purpose, I am ashamed to admit that I let my rage get away from me.  I told her if that's how she felt, I hoped that someone would soon think it was funny to swerve and run over HER on purpose.

I drove around to the next street to ask my friend if I could borrow a shovel to bury the squirrel.  I couldn't bear the thought of laying him down on the bare ground for some scavenger to pick at or, worse yet, the thought of simply putting him in the garbage.  I had to give him some dignity.  He deserved at least that much after the horrific way he died.

While I was talking to my friend, the mobile home park manager heard me (I was rather loud and used very un-ladylike words).  She asked me who it was that had done this.  While I was attempting to explain to her which house on the next street was the offender's home, Miss Evilness pulled up behind me in her car.  She rolled down her window and admitted to the manager that it had been her that did it.  The manager loves animals just as much as I do, so she tore into the murderer verbally.  I don't think it did any good, though, because I saw Miss Evilness in front of my neighbor's house a little while later, pointing at my car and talking rather animatedly, obviously still of the opinion that she had done nothing wrong and I was an idiot for not thinking it was funny.

My daughter and I buried the little squirrel in the field across from our mobile home park.  I tried to comfort her by explaining the concept of karma and how I very firmly believe that something terrible will happen to that person someday.  We may not be around to see it, we may not ever hear about it, but it WILL happen.

As you can imagine, I didn't sleep well last night.  I kept trying to find SOME explanation for what had happened.  How could this person's parents not raise her to respect living creatures?  And what about the other people in the car who also thought it was hilarious to end it all for this innocent creature?  The worst part yet is that there was a child in the car.  What kind of lessons is that child being taught about the beautiful sacredness of life?  If anyone can explain this to me, I would be happy to finally understand.
 
Comments
Alex 
Aug. 6, 2010 10:21 am
Oh my god, that's terrible! Yes animals get run over by cars, it happens and it's not always avoidable, especially on busy roads or highways. Like you, though, if possible I slow down and wait until the path is clear if there is ANY animal in my way, regardless of whether I really 'like' that animal or not. I'm not overly upset if there is a dead squirrel in the road, because as said, it DOES happen. But to do it purposely?! Even if the person's not an animal lover, WHY do it?! It serves no purpose. I really really don't understand how the suffering or death of any living creature can be considered entertaining.. :(
 
SB 
Aug. 6, 2010 10:26 am
That is sad Keri but it happens often. I have seen teenage kids doing it thinking its funny. I dont understand what would make a person laugh about such things. Just like the guy who decided to take 8 lives and injure 2 others all because he felt that they were racist. After he was fired for stealing beer! Then killed himself, after his shooting spree. Im sure you saw this story all over the news. I never understand why people do these things, but I do know that this is why I want to go into law enforcement. People think in life we live and die, but to ones family its not that simple. I know this is way off subject but I want to bring justice to those who have lost someone due to people uncaring thoughtless actions. It's truly sad. I read the crime section every morning on msnbc.com and the things people do, I will never understand.
 
Aug. 6, 2010 10:32 am
So sad. Some people are just evil.
 
Keri 
Aug. 6, 2010 10:35 am
@SB - That's the part about this that's really sad. People that do that kind of thing to animals for entertainment are so much more likely to pull a gun or a knife on another human being for stupid reasons (true self-defense is the ONLY non-stupid reason). I worry about the future of the child in that car because of that.
 
Aug. 6, 2010 10:39 am
I'm the woman in the car behind you that would drive OFF the road to avoid hitting one! I have also stopped in the road, emergency flashers on, to pick up a box turtle to keep him/her from being squashed by a vehicle! A school bus driver coming on the opposite side of the road, also stopped and waited for me to deliver the critter to the other side, blew me a kiss as he held traffic behind him! I'm sorry your baby had to witness the dark side of humanity.
 
Aug. 6, 2010 10:43 am
Keri, I am so sad you and your daughter had to witness such cruelty. I too have a problem with such heartless behaviour. I am glad though that you had the coutage to confront the woman who did this and hope it gave her something to think about. Give your daughter a hug for me and tell her most people do not do such evil things....Ginny
 
Aug. 6, 2010 10:43 am
Oops, coutage is not a word! I meant courage!
 
Lucky 
Aug. 6, 2010 10:45 am
I have a deep respect for life of all forms. This is a tough one though. I don't condone these weirdos going after the squirrel on purpose, but after having a squirrel trash my attic it makes me wonder . . . . why is it ok to kill roaches, and ants but not bigger scavengers? People don't seem to care about that, but mess with a squirrel & people freak out. And, again the way these people decided to kill it is just gross.
 
Skuba 
Aug. 6, 2010 10:48 am
I can't explain it to you but I will say there is a bright spot to this story. You taught your daughter buy showing her (which is most important IMHO) to respect all life even the littlest creatures. That lesson will take her far in life.
 
Aug. 6, 2010 10:54 am
You not only taught your daughter about Karma and life and death but also you taught Miss Evilness a lesson, from the sounds of it! Good for you. Hopefully next time she will think twice. In the meantime, I think this would be a good time to pull out CHARLOTTE'S WEB to show your daughter the gentler side of life and death. You are an awesome mom!!!
 
sueb 
Aug. 6, 2010 10:54 am
It's too bad it wasn't a skunk that she purposely plowed down. She might have learned a lesson! Like you, I like to see animals in their habitat. I go out of my way to make sure that I am not part of a problem when it comes to our furry friends. I hate to think that some people have no decency when it comes to those weaker and more defenseless than ourselves!
 
Aug. 6, 2010 11:00 am
I am so sorry that you and your daughter had to witness that! And yet, at least someone with true decency and respect DID see it, and confronted Ms. Evilness that not everyone will turn a blind eye to the wrong deeds that people do. And I agree wholeheartedly with everyone else, you have taught your daughter a valuable lesson in standing up for those that cannot do it for themselves.
 
Aug. 6, 2010 11:01 am
Hey Keri, I can't explain why people are so heartless but I firmly believe in karma and what goes around comes around.! Your little one is lucky to have a mom that cares and shows compassion for others. Apparently the "wench" had no upbringing that taught her that! Kudos to you Keri.
 
JBOTT 
Aug. 6, 2010 11:05 am
Oh, Keri! How awful! I cannot imagine doing anything like that. I live in a remote area and there are animals on the roadside all of the time, ranging from caribou, moose and bears to prairie chickens and squirrels. I have never seen anyone deliberately try to kill anything, not even the terribly annoying ravens that spread garbage everywhere they can. I've even seen bikers stop traffic on a busy highway in both directions to allow a mother duck and her ducklings cross in safety. On the other hand, I've seen people think it was funny to aim their cars at cyclists and run them off the road (the cops got involved in that one). I gave up a long time ago trying to figure people like that out. Living in their head is just too scary for me. You are SO right that Ms. Evilness will dealt with by Karma. It has a nasty habit of jumping up and biting you on the butt when you least expect it, and you can take some little comfort in knowing that she will get hers bit but good. I think that the way you dealt with the situation with your child was was heart touching and re-affirmed the values you are obviously trying to instill in her. She will always remember to treat all living things with dignity and respect. As for Ms. Evil and her child, well, all one can do is pray.
 
Aug. 6, 2010 11:07 am
It was very kind of you to give the little guy some dignity in death. While traumatized by Miss Evil, I think your daughter learned a nice life lesson in how you handled making sure he was treated with respect. I'm sorry that happened, just so senseless and cruel.
 
Lace 
Aug. 6, 2010 11:09 am
What an awful afternoon. I, too watch for all small and large animals on the roadway since I feel all life is sacred. I've recently got a bit animated myself over an animal incident. I, personally don't kill anything. I have a small child's play butterfly net that I can catch bugs, lizards, etc and put them outside. I was able to rescue 2 turtles from a roadway a couple months ago. We have Sandhill Cranes here, which are about 4 ft. tall and they feed in the medians and at the roadsides and people lay on their horns when I stop traffic to let them cross. They mate for life and raise their young in this area. You're truly a gentle, wonderful person and mom!
 
Aug. 6, 2010 11:12 am
What that woman done was apsolutely HORRIBLE!!! She was probably showing off for her stupid friends or for a man! She couldnt possibly be much of a mom herself, What you done was wonderful and strong headed!! You taught your daughter a very good lesson..To respect everything in life and death. Im a strong believer that everything you do will come back to you tenfold, soo Don't let it get to you to much she will have her big tire in the head one day to!!
 
Aug. 6, 2010 11:20 am
Keri ... the world is overrunning with scumbags and this is sad for everyone. I live everyday thinking the same ... why is it so hard for some people to live decentley. The answer is because there are no consequences for behavior that is otherwise.
 
Aug. 6, 2010 11:46 am
OMG....that is awful. :( I hit a bird once on accident and cried for two days. I cant imagine purposefully trying to kill anything! :(
 
Aug. 6, 2010 12:02 pm
I dont think you have to wait for Karma to kick in, Keri. That person has punishment enough having to go thru life BEING HERSELF! I am sorry your daughter had to see something so awful happen.
 
Aug. 6, 2010 12:48 pm
I am not Native American, but it was a Native American that taught me that the true hunter/warrior does not kill for pleasure or gain. Survival is the only allowed reason to take a life whether its animal or vegetable. All life must have your greatest respect. Those that kill for pleasure will contaminate the soil upon which they fall when they die and nothing good will grow there until all the bones have been consumed by the coyotes.
 
Keri 
Aug. 6, 2010 12:48 pm
Thank you so much for your kind words, everyone. I'm going to share your comments with my daughter when I get home from work.
 
Keri 
Aug. 6, 2010 1:07 pm
@Mike Harvey - thank you so much for that! I have a very strong attraction to the Native American culture and their beliefs and it always moves me to tears to hear or read about how sacred all of Nature is to them. They taught their children the values you mentioned, and they also taught them to thank the creature they must kill for giving up its life so theirs could be sustained, apologize to its spirit for having to take its life, and ask the Great Spirits for forgiveness for doing so. I found myself apologizing to this little squirrel as I buried him. Even though I hadn't taken his life, I still felt like he deserved the respect.
 
Aug. 6, 2010 1:24 pm
Me, too! I am of Lenni Lenapay heritage. And it is true as Mike said......
 
Aug. 6, 2010 1:39 pm
Bugger, I'm having trouble today Posted and got bounced off. People make me sick!!!
 
Aug. 6, 2010 1:41 pm
Rest of it-to kill for entertainment or sport is wrong. I believe in what Mike H. said!!!!!!
 
Joan 
Aug. 6, 2010 1:44 pm
I can't imagine hitting an animal on purpose. I go would of my way not to step on ants! I would be saddened seeing such a disregard for life also. I still remember how years ago, I was with a boyfriend at the time on a busy interstate with a lot of traffic. We were going about 65 mph when suddenly several kittens came from the ditch and walked onto the busy road. We had a car on the side and one right on our tail so we had no room to move out of the way. I remember hearing several thuds under our truck as we ran over the kittens. I was crying and my boyfriend had tears in his eyes. I still can hear the thuds and am very sad that that had to happen.
 
Keri 
Aug. 6, 2010 1:52 pm
Oh Joan! How awful for you and your boyfriend! That would haunt me to this very day, too. I'm so sorry that happened to you, but you at least know that it WAS an accident and unavoidable.
 
Aug. 6, 2010 2:33 pm
Keri, from someone who works in animal cruelty and rescue cases all the time, I still cannot answer the question "Why". All I know is these people lack empathy and the ability to feel sorrow or sympathy. They are truly psychopathic, so please, please, please be careful. They think nothing of life and have no respect for it. She knows where you live - just be on the lookout. I have to comment about the Native American belief. I am NA and much of my family still resides on the reservation. Sadly, it is on the reservation where I find the highest incidents of animal cruelty and more neglect towards animals there than normal. Part of it has to do with poverty, but much of it has to do with sheer ignorance. Around where we live now, animals are usually malnourished and many die from lack of water, food and medical attention. They are bred and interbred and no one seems to give two sh$ts about them - even when we bring around the FREE spay and neuter truck. I can't tell you how heartbreaking this is to me and how angry it makes me feel to know that Native Americans - who are supposed to be the caregivers of all life, think so little of it. Please, this Native thinking may have held meaning in the past, but it is far, far from the truth of today. On the other hand, I work with many Native people trying to make things better on the reservation, so not all are bad and I don't meant to paint the picture that they are, but it doesn't take many to hurt many animals and honestly, I get so frustrated trying to help when no one else seems to care.
 
Aug. 6, 2010 2:37 pm
Joan, what a nightmare experience. When I was young and in the Navy, first married, my then husband PURPOSELY ran over a cat. It was late at night, but he actually veered to hit the cat. Needless to say we weren't married after that. I packed up - baby and all and left him. Animal cruelty has no place in my life and as I read Keri's story, I imagined myself in her shoes.. I'd have most likely gone to jail if that smart bitch said anything to me. Who cares, I'm over 50.. what's a little jail time, huh? LOL
 
Keri 
Aug. 6, 2010 3:14 pm
@BellesAZ - I'm so sorry you have to witness animal cruelty from a people who have throughout history been viewed as guardians of all living things. I know it's frustrating to feel like you're the only one who gives a d@mn, but YOU are the person I would admire in that situation. And good for you for leaving your ex-husband after he ran over that poor cat! You're absolutely right...people who display such outward evil cruelty toward animals are psycho. I told my kids to just stay away from her if they see her and the whole park knows that my neighbor (the one who isn't this woman's friend) has security cameras that "see" the front of my house where my car is parked. Believe me, as ticked off as I was at this woman, I can certainly identify with you saying you'd have gone to jail if you were in my shoes!
 
Aug. 6, 2010 3:34 pm
Wow...what a heartbreaker! I know that in Washington state it is illegal to purposely hit an animal with your car. There was an infamous case some years back where a man somewhere in his 30s swerved to run over a duck pair and their gaggle of ducklings. (is that the right term?) Anyway, the jerk did it in front of a sheriff and he was cited and tried and found guilty of animal abuse. Just desserts! I have hit deer and a dog by accident and I was heart broken. I didn't just leave the scene to get on with my day. i can't imagine the pain I may have caused the animal even though they were accidents. Kudos for being so good in your deeds!
 
Keri 
Aug. 6, 2010 4:24 pm
@mauigirl - I SO wish we had that law here in California. I desperately wanted to call somebody...ANYBODY...to report this woman to last night. I've been fortunate enough not to have run over anything larger than a mouse yet (knock on wood), but I still feel terrible knowing I've just ended the life of some innocent creature even though it was an accident. I just don't GET people who can do it on purpose and think it's hilarious. I don't understand what's going on in their brains.
 
Aug. 6, 2010 4:44 pm
Belles! Your description of reservation conditions haunts me. I have never set foot on a reservation to know anything about them. The NA that was my mentor said he was Blackfoot but I met him in Nevada. We teamed up on more than a few hunts and he passed on his lore every chance he could get. That was in 1964. Sorry Keri! I don't mean to take over your posting. I wanted to connect with Belles.
 
Aug. 6, 2010 8:10 pm
You are a good person Keri. Mag
 
Aug. 6, 2010 8:45 pm
I agree with Belles, be very watchful of your kids & your place. Someone like that has no feelings and wouldn't hesitate to get back at you. Not trying to be alarming, but just be careful.
 
Aug. 6, 2010 8:54 pm
This is just SICK. Unfortunately, the child in the b!tches car will grow up with no regard for life or have any compassion. Even if you hate animals, there is no excuse for this. I work in Juvenile Hall and alot of our kids have animal cruelty and abuse on their records, or there has been animal abuse in the home. That kid is growing up with a sorry example and no respect for life. Very sad.
 
Aug. 6, 2010 10:02 pm
Oh Keri, my heart is breaking for your DD and sadness i on the rise in me for the other child as well. I am truly sorry Honey! Hugs to you and your baby. I do not have an answer for EVIL, I am not sure there ever will be one. I do like your explanation of Karma, good lesson for her. Some day, some how, those Beasts will Get theirs! Please take comfort in that. Hugs to you, Please watch your back, she might decide to retaliate for calling her out in front of the Manager.
 
<3 
Aug. 7, 2010 5:48 am
Some people don't have a good head on their shoulders. They think that if its not walking on two legs and talking back to them that it automatically doesn't have feelings. I brake for squirrels, even birds (and I know they will fly away before I get close but I do it anyways), my husband always tells me that one of these days I'm going to get rear ended doing this and I always tell him I don't care... id rather have the back of my pilot screwed up than take a life that doesn't need or deserve to be taken. When I was 8 months pregnant I saw a dead kittnen that wasn't more than 6 months old on the side of the road with blood coming out of its mouth & ill never forget it. I don't know how anyone could run over anything and just keep driving. You did a very nice thing for that squirrel though. At least he can rest in peace now.
 
Aug. 7, 2010 6:18 am
my mom almost yelled at me for slamming on brakes when someones dog (puppy) ran across the road in front of me (to its owner). apparently you aren't supposed to brake if it's smaller than your car, but i say screw that. i brake for squirrels, ducks, geese, dogs, turtles, etc. i even stopped running one day because there was a deer ahead and i didn't want to scare it- wait until she went back to the woods. i can't possibly imagine what kind of insanity it takes to intentionally kill something (even a squirrel).
 
Aug. 7, 2010 6:50 am
The one I am the most concerned about is the Evil woman's child, in the car when this happenned and exposed to who knows what every day. I dont even want to think about how incidents like this is going to shape them! Some people just have no business having children!
 
Aug. 7, 2010 7:18 am
Hugs to you and your daughter Keri. Thank you for actually tracking this woman down and saying something to her....most people would have just kept on going.
 
Keri 
Aug. 7, 2010 8:06 am
Thanks again, everyone, for you wonderful comments and support! I was afraid some people would say "But, it's just a squirrel". It's so nice to have even more confirmation that at least most of the people who hang out at this web site are kind, compassionate people. My daughter also thanks you for your comfort. @Mike Harvey - No worries! I don't mind at all :-)
 
Aug. 7, 2010 8:45 am
I also don't understand people who just dump animals out. My daughter recently adopted a rescue pug. I was looking at their website last night and I was sickened by the number of dogs that were just turned out in the streets to fend for themselves. It's beyond my comprehension to do that to any animal. My children were raised that when you took an animal you were responsible for it for it's lifetime. Seems many others do not feel that way. It's so sad that so many do not value the lives of all of God's creatures.
 
Aug. 7, 2010 9:33 am
I do hope that this person comes to terms with her behavior. It sounds as if perhaps a call to the animal cruelty hotline might be in order. If I am correct your state does have a law on abuse of animals and squirrels are animals and you and your daughter witnessed this person purposely trying to kill the squirrel. I hope your daughter will be OK from seeing this. Some people have no class or respect for God's living creatures.
 
Aug. 7, 2010 10:12 am
I am quite proud to say that NO ONE in my family has ever ran over an animal (well, I can't vouch for insects, but you know what I mean). These are the kinds of people who have no moral qualms having abortions. Karma does exist. It's one thing to accidentally run over an animal on an expressway, but there are no explanations apart from just evil intentions in what it (I refuse to give that thing a human status) did. Sometime in the future that kind of heartlessness is going to come back to haunt her. I mean, would a guy marry such a woman? I'd hope not. Would her kid, if there is a life so unfortunate to have her as a mother, turn out okay? I doubt it.
 
redpandafan 
Aug. 7, 2010 10:19 am
Good for you for having the nerve to confront this idiot, but please be careful. People like this have no conscience and too many these days use any reason, real, or just perceived as was the case SB mentioned, to justify violence. Lace said something about people honking their horns when she stops to let animals cross the road, and it reminded me that when I see deer anywhere near the road I lay on my horn in hopes that it will scare them away from the road. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Unfortunately I have a very wimpy horn. I don't usually do it if other cars are close though because I don't want them to think I'm honking at them. As for the squirrel killer,I hope some instant karma slaps that hideous idiot right in the face.
 
socalmom 
Aug. 7, 2010 12:37 pm
People who hurt or kill animals are seriously deranged. I agree with one of the posts that suggested that you be careful of your and your child safety. Statistics show that those who get a sick satisfaction out of hurting or killing animals are very close to moving on to doing the same to humans. Please keep an eye open and your child close in sight. If confronted again, immediately call the police. These people are nothing to mess around with.
 
socalmom 
Aug. 7, 2010 12:38 pm
I meant to say you and your child's safety. My fingers don't want to type right today!
 
ruby 
Aug. 7, 2010 1:43 pm
im sorry Keri that you and your child had to see that i hope some massive karma gets to that women.She needs help and LOTS of it!
 
Aug. 7, 2010 2:09 pm
Horrible, horrible. This made me cry. These people are sociopaths. Your daughter has now seen the face of real evil, and will never forget it. I know that I am going to be haunted by this story too.
 
Aug. 7, 2010 2:40 pm
@Mike Harvey - my Aunt is the school superintendant and her husband is the Tribal Police Chief on the Blackfeet Reservation up in Browning Montana (near Glacier Park). My remaining family is Chippewa/Cree from the Rocky Boys Reservation. Originally in Canada until the Canadian Government made them leave and placed them on a reservation in Montana. Much of the abuse comes from ignorance, poverty and just accepting cruelty as a way of life. The Indians were masterful in training horses and dogs, but they were never known for their kindness to their own. They do admire animals, particularly NW Indians who use totems to honor them. They saw certain animals, bear, beaver, eagle, fish as sacred and spiritual, but they did not see their work animals the same way. Sorry Keri.. off topic.
 
Aug. 7, 2010 2:49 pm
Take a look at a picture I posted here. http://allrecipes.com/Cook/Photo.aspx?photoID=405574 It is a picture of the dog that is in my Avatar. Axel is our rescue that we took in last year. He is a two year old German Shepherd that was so horribly disfigured that he has had three reconstructive surgeries fo his face. The person who did this got off scot free. I've volunteered for years to help abused animals - he was one of the worst I'd ever seen and was getting ready to be put down. I must say, he's one of the sweetest, most loving and affectionate dogs I've ever known - and still loves people. Not sure how he's been able to move past it all, but if he can, so can I. Forgiveness is divine.
 
kdoty1986 
Aug. 7, 2010 4:10 pm
its a trailer park thing now its time to go back a cuddle with your sister
 
mimi 
Aug. 7, 2010 4:18 pm
@kdoty1986, it's not a trailer park thing. I too was a manager and had jerks for residents. I called the authorities on them - they got punished and kicked out of the park. End of story!
 
Abbey 
Aug. 7, 2010 4:29 pm
Just awful. The sad thing is there are so many people being brought up to be just like Miss Evilness that it just happens more and more often. I hope your daughter is okay and I agree with you, karma is real and it will come right back around to her. Good for you for confronting her I don't think you over-reacted at all as I would have gone a bit further than verbally tearing into her!
 
Aug. 7, 2010 5:07 pm
What a heartbreaking story. Thank you for being so kind to this little creature. I am always terrified that I will accidentally hit an animal on the road. I cannot fathom someone doing it intentionally. We had a horrible incident in our area recently where someone SHOT a dog that was playing rough with his dog at a dog park. His dog was on a leash (a big no-no for an off-leash dog park), and although he claims the dog he killed was "attacking" his dog, his dog didn't have a mark on it. They were both big dogs (his a German Shepherd, the other a Husky). He didn't let the Husky's owner try to keep the dogs from rough-housing; he just shot and killed it. The way some people treat innocent creatures makes me sad for the state of humankind. Thank you for being kind and compassionate to the little critters. I do believe Karma will not only catch up with the squirrel-killer, but also will reward you.
 
mlhuth 
Aug. 7, 2010 6:02 pm
Your best response is to do exactly what you did. By raising your child to respect life and be thoughtful you are contributing you are fighting evil. It is a numbers game. Her kindness in the world will turn others' cold hearts.
 
Aug. 7, 2010 7:08 pm
I very much agree that respect for life is important. However, I think that respect for life is more directed toward humans. Don't get me wrong, I don't think what this woman did was right. It is never right to intentionally kill any creature, it reveals a deeper problem within a person. But, because I believe it is especially important to respect human life, I was disappointed in your explanation to your daughter. Karma doesn't seem to be the best answer, because it is no better than what this woman did herself. You would wish evil on her because of the evil that she did. You are planting seeds of bitterness in your daughter, vengefully wishing for her enemies' demise. I don't think this is an appropriate response and I don't think it will bring peace and kindness. Instead, you should show your daughter remorse for what was done (as you did very appropriately) but also forgiveness to the wrongdoer. This is what will truly teach her love for creatures and her fellow-man.
 
Selene 
Aug. 7, 2010 7:41 pm
I close my eyes to such things when they do not happen right in front of me, because there is no way to fully eliminate those issues. They originate from our very nature. We all have a beastly side. Nurturing can help in most cases, but sometimes nature is too strong to be tamed. You did the right thing to do, Keri. May your kindness earns its rightful reward someday.
 
april61 
Aug. 7, 2010 9:46 pm
I have to agree with Sylvia when she said, "We all have a beastly side." Our selfish human nature comes out one way or another. I am not cruel to animals--felt terrible when a cat ran right under my tires once-- but I can lose my temper and yell at my kids at the drop of a pin. I have my own faults to atone for--enough to worry about without pointing the finger at someone else's sin.
 
VaBene 
Aug. 7, 2010 11:04 pm
I think you are a wonderful person for confronting this woman. Your daughter will remember this about you. The way we treat animals is a measure of who we are as human beings. This woman may have acted as if it was you who was out of line, but she will never forget this. Let this bring you some peace: the squirrel could not perceive her cruelty. He didn't know why he died. Her cruelty hurt herself and other human beings who witnessed it.
 
Aug. 8, 2010 12:27 am
Living in a rural area, I've heard about and seen too many acts of cruelty--and just a shockingly common air of it--toward animals. I've heard stories from my parents that I wish I hadn't, quite frankly. One of the more minor ones I can think of in my own experience is a high school boy who would coax a visiting puppy toward him and then frighten it with a stick. And then laugh. I mean, what's funny about that? Even if you enjoy such cruelty, where does the humor come from? I can't stand people who sadistically hurt animals--or those who go for a double dose of the sadism and harm pets because they know the emotional agony it will cause the people who loved them. I can't imagine you said anything to that woman that she didn't need to hear, and to be perfectly honest I've thought secretly before that the world would probably be a safer place for all innocents, including children, without such people in it. But then maybe I've just known too many such people, and so many of them seemed just . . . hollow inside except for cruelty and the disturbing glee they found in it.
 
Aug. 8, 2010 12:36 am
Ugh, and as terrible as it is, I have to agree with Magnolia Blossom: watch your back. I was even thinking to myself when posting the above that I admired your for confronting the woman, since I probably would have just driven on with tears of anger and dismay. Reason being? I'd figure the unempathetic sh!tbag would put me in my place by poisoning my dogs or something. So many of these people are just NUTS. It'd be a spiteful little non-event for them, like writing something nasty about you on a bathroom wall.
 
Aug. 8, 2010 2:30 am
I live in Pa. A woman coming to work swerved her car to avoid hitting a deer. Lost control of her car and hit a tree. She has a terrible limp and always has two different kinds of shoes on. She looks like she is in pain all the time. Never swerve for wildlife, stay in your lane. The life you save my be mine, while I am traveling in the other direction.It is sad to aim for wildlife.
 
Bryce_navy 
Aug. 8, 2010 5:44 am
I work with wounded service men and women, many of whom suffer from PTSD and other combat stressors. Speaking with one member a few weeks ago, I asked "why did you join the corps" his response was "to kill and get my rage out". Naturally, I said "did it work", his response was "no, I feel pretty f$%##ng terrible about it." There's a lack of compassion for all life in this world, sometimes it takes an extreme situation, such as war, to instill the value of life in those that had not previously had any respect for it. Not always, but watching the transformation in a person's morals and ethics is amazing. We can't force people to be good neighbors to all the creatures we share this earth with, however, like Ghandi, we CAN be the change we want to see in this world. I tell my staff, all I need from you is a 10% "I give a S@#T" attitude, that's more than most of these broken service members have had in their lives outside of the guy who faught beside them, but no longer walks the earth. It's not much to ask for, but you can see the difference in those that do and those that don't. Care and compassion are falling by the way-side, everywhere, keep teaching your daughter these values and she'll be a 10%er for sure!
 
Lace 
Aug. 8, 2010 6:20 am
I'm a little late, but well said Mike Harvey. Keri, I believe in karma and this woman's karma will continue to collect her whole lifetime. She must live with her herself. Gosh, what a nightmare that must be!! You did the best you could under the circumstances and helped your little one get through an emotional situation. I believe you're on a wonderful path. Blessings to you both!
 
Aug. 8, 2010 6:43 am
People who hurt animals would feel little remourse for humans. You taught your daughter a wonderful lesson of compassion... I am sorry she had to witness such an evil act.
 
Aug. 8, 2010 7:07 am
@Carlief, I read your post a couple of times and wondered how you could come to some of the conclusions you have. Not that you're wrong, or that I necessarily disagree, but let me just address one or two of the things you said. #1 You said you were disappointed at the lesson she taught her daughter. I assume you don't have children and if you do, then you should realize that as parents we all make decisions that may or may not be the best at that time. Big deal, we're not perfect. However, what you have missed is that Keri showed her daughter that speaking up and speaking out are also quite important too. So while you may not agree with what she said or who she said it to, she didn't sit back and let some psychopath escape without knowoing SOMEONE who cared noticed. #2 Sorry, but this isn't LaLa land.. peace and kindness? Seriously, what kind of peace and kindness can we expect when you're living next door to a certifiable freak who thinks nothing of purposely killing an animal. I happen to think peace and harmony and butterflies and birds go right out the window. Give me a freaking bat and let me at them. Maybe it's me, maybe it's because I've lived a long life, served my country with pride or it's because I've seen the most undignified acts of human unkindness upfront and up close, but there are some things that you have to stand up for. Keri did and she showed her daughter strength and moral fortitude. She didn't show her that no action is as big a crime and sin as running down the animal. Stand up and let your feelings be known.. more people need to do it.
 
Aug. 8, 2010 7:09 am
Keri, you taught your daughter about courage and moral fortitude. You taught her that some things are just worth standing up for.
 
Keri 
Aug. 8, 2010 8:53 am
Once again, I say thank you to everyone for your comments and support. I do feel like I need to directly address a couple people - @Bryce_navy - THANK YOU so much for all you do for our wounded service members!! They desperately need people like you to show them that SOMEONE gives a sh*t, as you said, and that they are important, valued people whose service is greatly appreciated. Bless you, and please give them all a huge "Thank You!" from me! **** @BellesAZ - Thank you for sticking up for me. I really appreciate it :-)
 
missy 
Aug. 8, 2010 10:14 am
I think it is awful too. Besides the little squirrel dying it is also sad the way you handled it. I know your emotions were sad and hurt. I think you should have stepped back for awhile to cool and cry then speak to the lady in a calm voice and that witness alone would mybe change her attitude toward running critters over. I don't believe in Karma. I hope nothing bad happens to either one of you, but living in such sinful world things happen but you shouldn't wish them on someone. I don't think you would want someone to wish that on you. This is all easier said than done but give it a try next time. I hit a squirrel once and cried for quite awhile. i love little and big critters too.
 
Liz 
Aug. 8, 2010 11:22 am
Awww...your poor daughter to have witnessed that! Poor you for having to try and explain an evil person's behaviour to her! and Poor child in the other car who will grow up just as hateful and strange as this evil capital "B" (rhymes with witch)! I have two words for that creature driving the other car (creature because IT cannot possibly be called human), and those two words are more a warning...KARMA SUCKS! I hope you and your daughter are feeling better as you are better for having gone out of your way to do the most honourable thing, when you were under no obligation. Kudos!
 
Aug. 8, 2010 11:30 am
Thanks for taking the time to comment on the inhumanity of our fellow humans. If you can be cruel to an animal you can do the same to a person. Kudos to Bryce - thanks for your service!
 
Liz 
Aug. 8, 2010 11:37 am
And just for those that "don't believe in Karma" or require the more 'traditional' ideals version for acceptance..."as ye sow, so shall ye reap"...or something like that! I'll bet this person has had their name down in "the naughty books" their entire life, and has a whole LOT of Karma just waiting to catch up to them. I don't think it a serious offence to stand up and let a wrong-doer know that you're not at all pleased with what they've done and that they ought to be ashamed of themselves. That's not a thing you do with "pleases" "thank-yous" and general whispy pleasantries...that isn't the language that creeps like this understand, nor do they hear it or react to it. People need to voice their opinion and show their dis-satisfaction more over morally reprehensible behaviour like this. I think your daughter learned a LOT of very VALUABLE lessons to guide her through life because of this...no matter what! I STILL say, KUDOS! Good for you! :)
 
Candie 
Aug. 8, 2010 12:33 pm
I've accidentally ran over 2 squirrels this summer :( The first one, I immediately called my husband sobbing because I felt so horrible (It was the 1st animal I had ran over in 15yrs of driving!) and the 2nd one, I came home to curl up next to him and cry. Thankfully, my kids were not with me either time, but we had to explain to them why mommy was so upset. I am also the Mommy who has broken 3 toes while rescuing my oldest son's hamster from our cat- even though I was deathly afraid of the furry little domesticated rat. I'm hoping that we have taught our children that ALL life is special, and I hope your daughter carries away this same message from your experience. Karma is indeed a witch, and gets her revenge at the least expected time. I hope Ms. Evil will learn her lesson eventually, and that your (and your family's) life is smiled on for your actions.
 
Aug. 8, 2010 12:43 pm
hi keri...so sorry we can't ticket idiots like this. here's my story...i was a "wingman" for a buddy in college. he had a gremilin ( remember those...nasty, cramped 2 seater.) we went and picked up the dates. i saw my date and said," holy smokes, she really is goregous! we were going to a party in the count, a dirt road. a snake is crawling across the road. he purposely runs over it. not once or twice but enough times that i screamed to stop. the three of them were crazy laughing. i do not understand why hurting an animal is funny. even a snake...he did not intend to eat it. she was really pretty too...i wanted to knock all their teeth out.
 
kathy 
Aug. 8, 2010 2:03 pm
she'll get what is coming to hre.... and maybe she'll remember this
 
Aug. 8, 2010 2:11 pm
Keri ... I almost didn't read beyond your second paragraph cuz I could see what was coming and I'm an animal lover, too. This is a heartbreaking story! Thank you for giving the little guy a respectful burial. As a member of the Humane Society (and a volunteer at our local Zoo), I know that statistically speaking, research has proven that those who are cruel to animals will usually go on to cause similar harm to humans. There's legislation in existence in most states allowing for prosecution and fines against individuals who commit acts of cruelty to pets and farm animals. But I don't think there are laws to protect any except "endangered" wild animals. But why not write a letter to the Editor or your local newspaper and give just enough information to allow neighbors to identify this miscreant. This would also protect you from a lawsuit for slander (though most papers won't print slanderous letters). Just shorten your blog story and send it to the paper. I hope you can get some sleep, knowing many agree with you and understand how you feel!
 
Marty 
Aug. 8, 2010 2:37 pm
This is horrific! I can't tell you the number of times I have nearly been in an accident to avoid an animal. I once hit a pigeon that was too stupid to fly away as they usually do and I felt terrible. That people do not value critters as worthy of life says a lot about those heartless monsters. Yes, things live and die every day. Is that funny? Is it worth causing needlessly? No. And I am not a bleeding heart animal lover. I eat meat and have no problem with it. But to kill something for fun is just evil. This goes for hunters who don't eat what they kill but just for trophies. There has to be a special place in hell for these heartless individuals.
 
Aug. 8, 2010 2:43 pm
After working at a vet clinic nothing anyone does to an animal surprises me anymore. I quit working at the particular clinic when I saw a vet let an animal suffer and die on the operating table because the owners didn't have the money to pay for treatment. Eventually the poor dog died of shock. She didn't give him any fluids to stablize him, meds to relieve pain or euthenize him or anything.
 
dejablues 
Aug. 8, 2010 3:03 pm
I was crying my eyes out by the end of your post. That squirrel was an innocent creatures, it had a life, a purpose, maybe a family to protect and provide for, and a stupid cruel person killed it for fun. We live in a wooded area and we have lotsw of squirrels. My husband gets annoyed with them, but I like them. I learned something this spring that I never knew before. baby squirrels play. Yes, they play just like puppies, kittens, and toddlers. We have a swing that stands in the backyard. It has an awbing on the top and the seat has a fringe that hangs down below. I noticed this little squirrel jumping around on the swing, all alone. He hung from the awning and swung back and forth likr a little kid on a jungle gym, raced up to the top, did the same thing, and repeated this activity over and over again for at least 15 minutes. When he was done, he sat on the seat of the swing like a little person, taking a rest. there was no reason for this little squirrel to have done this other than for just plain fun and to blow off some adolescent steam. It was utterly charming, and made me see these little tree rodents in an entirely different light. I am so sorry you and your daughter had to witness this. You did the right thing and were very brave to confront the other woman, and to bury the squirrel instead of leaving him out in the open. Thank you for that. I am not a religious person by any means, but have spent enough time in church to hear a lot of Scripture, and one of my favorite quotes is Matthew 10:29 . It says "Two sparrows cost only a penny, but not even one of them can die without your Father's knowing it."
 
Aug. 8, 2010 3:10 pm
Karma, baby! She will get hers, eventually. Maybe not even here on earth, but I would like to see her explain this one away when she's trying to get into the Pearly Gates... If pretty is as pretty does, she must be truly FUGLY!!!
 
midwestbaker 
Aug. 8, 2010 3:22 pm
The answer to your question is some people don't have a respect for life because of lack of education and moral values of people today. Until people stand up and do something about this animals and people will still be getting murdered.
 
Aug. 8, 2010 3:49 pm
This is appauling to me, how can someone be so cruel and actually think it was funny. This is not a human being but a monster and should have her children taken away from her for teaching them such inhumane values. I also beleive in karma. Maybe you should copy all the posts you received and leave them on her doorstep so she knows what the rest of the world thinks of her.
 
Aug. 8, 2010 3:58 pm
Keri, I would be so appalled to see a helpless creature destroyed. I also agree with Carlief. I hope that does not annoy you. But this woman needs compassion that she does not have to give herself. I am uncomfortable with wishing punishment for her. The only perfect example we have to imitate is Christ. We all let eachother down. Thank you for sharing your experience
 
Aug. 8, 2010 4:45 pm
You did all the right things, and God will reward you for it. Firstly, by putting that squirrel at the head of the table for an unlimited nut and seed buffet, and then giving him the biggest area there is to play without fear. Thank you for this well written piece.
 
Grace 
Aug. 8, 2010 5:29 pm
I am very sorry that you and your little girl had to experience this. I do not understand it either, when someone gets some kind of amusement from the needless and cruel taking of a life. You were perfectly justified in losing your temper, I only wish that it had made a difference to that horrible woman. I commend you for confronting her, though, lots of people would have just shaken their heads and not gotten involved.
 
Keri 
Aug. 8, 2010 6:15 pm
Once again the kindness of people here just blows me away. Thank you all so very much for your compassion and your support. To those who don't agree with the way I handled the situation, I understand your point of view 100%. Please remember that I did say I was ashamed to admit that I told the woman I hoped someone would someday run her over. When I explained Karma to my daughter, it wasn't in the context of wishing some kind of evil on the woman who killed the squirrel. It was simply letting my daughter know that, someday, this woman would have to atone for what she has done. Thanks again, everyone. I am crying tears of great feeling...not sadness, not happiness, but huge emotions without a name because you all are so wonderful. God bless!
 
Aug. 8, 2010 6:55 pm
Carlief, I agree with your statement, even though there are those who don't. Good to live in a land where we can have different thoughts isn't it? I had a situation where my young son was the one who wanted revenge..i.e. Karma, mom...and I had the wonderful opportunity to show him that revenge is not the correct way to think. No lala land thinking just facts. And cussing someone out isn't the way to raise a child either. Yes, this woman who did the animal cruelty act was 100% wrong, needed to be reported, etc. But not chased, cussed out and all of the other things that were did..IN ANGER! I know you will defend my statements, but there are those who are afraid to speak up who may agree with me and just be afraid of being trampled on by bloggers. So be it. Vengence is mine, saith the Lord. Karma, maybe, but let's not teach children to watch for someone else to be hurt because that person was stupid, ill mannered or whatever else. I'm sorry that your child had to see all of what happened.
 
Aug. 8, 2010 7:10 pm
Keri, I know one thing. You are a kind person who was outraged. I would have been choking on anger too. I don't mean to sit in judgement of your response. I may have done the same. Imagine if that woman learned from your example. She could learn to respect animals and probably be a better parent if she could be around people like yourself. I am not suggesting you bring a plate of cookies over next week but... Love is powerful. Who can argue that. You are gentle soul. Wish you the best!
 
Chelleizadork 
Aug. 8, 2010 7:51 pm
As a kid, I lost a pet to one of my neighbors who had thought it would be so funny to torture and kill my dog. I still to this day can't fathom WHY anyone would just kill an animal like that, without a thought, without a care, without remorse or compassion for the creature. Would they think it were funny if it had been their pet or a person they knew? I can't stand accidentally hitting something while out on the road. It makes me feel like such a heel. I don't think it's just a lack of respect for life hun; I don't think that a lot of people have much respect for anything, not just others but for themselves. I'm sorry that you and your daughter had to be there to see such an awful act.
 
Aug. 8, 2010 8:24 pm
That is so horrible! I LOVE animals. Even those commercials about helping mistreated animals make me sad. When I'm driving, if I notice something that looks anything like an animal, all traffic behind me is slowed down until I realize that it's a plastic bag. I could never hurt any living creature just for the fun of it. It's sad to know that there are people out there that can and not think twice about it. I once let a spider live in my pantry for a loooong time, until it either left, died, or my boyfriend found saw it(he hates spiders). I opened the door & saw that it wasn't there anymore. :(
 
val 
Aug. 8, 2010 10:04 pm
1 Timothy 3:1-5 "In the last days critial times hard to deal with will be here...people would be haughty, having no natural affection" People are warped and have no consience. Truly do not understand right and wrong and have no morals or a love for what is right.
 
jimijam 
Aug. 9, 2010 4:54 am
Human life, has been devalued to a point that God is certainly crying with us on a daily.
 
Aug. 9, 2010 5:21 am
Don't worry, those evil-doers will get theirs. I believe that on our final judgement day, we will ultimately be judged by the way we treated any life form lesser than ourselves. Thus my current journey towards veganism.....
 
Aug. 9, 2010 6:48 am
Sorry, but the self-righteous have no business lecturing Keri about how she handled it, particularly when she made it quite clear in her post that she had regrets of how she dealt with it. It's high time people learned to remove the "polite tape" off their mouths and take back this society. It is not a problem for me at all. Last summer, in 108 degree heat, my husband and I stopped on the side of the road because this guy was selling a box of pit bull mix puppies. They were dangerously overheated and some idiot woman and her b.f. stopped and was manhandling each one, ooohing and awwwing over them. My husband grabbed the video camera, from the car and we began filming this dumba$$ and the state of the puppies, which was failing quickly. This jerk didn't even have water for them, so I ran into the store and bought a bottle of water and begged him to give them a drink. He told me to stay away from the dogs. I called 911 and while we waited for the police, I told this woman she would be best to go to the shelter for her puppy - which just happens to be overrun with pitbulls that would love a home, even with a dumba$$ like her. I reminded her that they are the most euthanized dog in America because guys like Mr. Opportunity bred them or didn't bother to spay or neuter their dog and allowed them to breed. She called me a nice name and I stuck the camera in her face and told her to leave and that I was trying to save the life of these puppies. They left without a puppy. We waited for over 30 minutes for the cops to arrive - all the while trying to get this man to get his dogs to safety. Two out of the 5 puppies he had were dead by the time the police arrived. So you tell me, oh self righteous ones... just how did you think I should have handled that??
 
AZ 
Aug. 9, 2010 7:52 am
I too am just sickened by what some people do and think when it comes to animals. Having lived in rural areas most of my life, I have hit my fair share of animals and I am sad every time I see it happen to others. You have taught your daughter a valuable lesson in what it means to be be a good human, and to respect that around her. Hugs!
 
Aug. 9, 2010 8:16 am
It is appalling that one would purposely run over an animal. As a nurse, I am not surprised, as I see the results of what people do to people daily. I must say on a side note, I am shocked at how no one said anything about poking at roadkill??? I mean, I get how a person could get out of the car, check to see if it is alive (of course help it if it is breathing), but pick it up? feeling its eyes? um... no thanks, wild animals carry disease. I don't even touch people without gloves! And as for swerving for small animals, I agree with those that say a human life, is by far more valuable (don't blame me, blame the Lord) do not swerve into other lanes, or jam on breaks. You may kill or cause harm to someone or yourself.
 
Aug. 9, 2010 8:19 am
I have to say, I am a huge animal lover. I have had rabbits, dogs, hampsters, fish, cats and lived on a farm in Ireland for years. Would never dream of purposely hurting an animal. I just wouldn't pick one up, and hang it out my car window. But hey to each their own...lol. Have a nice day, I will say a prayer for your daughter tonight.
 
Aug. 9, 2010 8:38 am
That is so sad but at the same time it is good there was someone like you and your daughter there to give the poor thing a respectful burial. I would probably explain to my child (I have two) that what is sad is that there are people in the world like that lady and that is why we must work very hard to be nice to other living things.
 
Aug. 9, 2010 8:45 am
Irishlass: I understand what you are saying. The value of life, etc. Some responders put a negative twist on a perspective that differs from their own. I hope Keri is not conflicted about it. The woman should not be labelled as evil. What she did is evil. I believe she can change. Let us forget about "labelling" eachother. That only leads to negativity.
 
Aug. 9, 2010 9:13 am
I am so sorry you and your child had to see that; as a special education teacher it is something we see way to often. I am adding an article that might help answer some questions. Cruelty to animals a sign that heeds attention... Gregory Ramey Cox News Service DAYTON, Ohio - A friend recently stopped by my office to ask about his 7-year-old son. His child refuses to sleep at night unless there is some type of audio distraction in his room, such as a radio or white noise machine. "Should I be worried?" he asked. I get lots of similar questions from parents concerned about whether their children's behaviors are normal or indicative of some deep psychological problem. Most of the situations are pretty typical, and do not need any special attention or professional intervention. However, one behavior is clinically significant - cruelty to animals by children. Many research studies have reported that childhood cruelty to animals may be the first serious warning sign of later problems. Such behavior appears to be linked to conduct disorders, delinquency and criminal behavior. Anywhere from one-fourth to two-thirds of violent adult offenders report a history of animal abuse during their childhood or adolescence, a rate substantially higher than groups of normal adults. Animal abuse, either by adults or by children, occurs at an alarming rate in homes where children are physically or sexually abused. Animal cruelty by children is more frequent in families where there is spousal abuse or repeated physical punishment of older children and adolescents. There are many reasons why children abuse animals. For some, it simply is a matter of control. They obtain some level of emotional gratification out of exhibiting the ultimate control - pain and death - over another. Other children simply act out what has been done to them or their parent. In families where violence is common, children learn that hurting an animal is as acceptable as hurting another human being. Children hurt animals as a way to channel the aggression that they feel but cannot act out in appropriate ways. All children occasionally have intense feelings of anger and rage. Most youngsters learn acceptable ways to manage those feelings. Some children hurt animals because they either don't know how to deal with those feelings, or don't care if they hurt another person or animal. Hurting animals may be the first clinical sign of a child without a conscience. They do what they feel, and it doesn't matter what effect their behavior has on others, whether that be another person or an animal.
 
DarDar68 
Aug. 9, 2010 9:18 am
Sorry while I would not characterize the woman as evil, words like 'selfish, self-centered,ego-maniac, etc." The list could go on an on. Our society does not value life. We abort babies without a thought, no matter what stage of development they are at. Some people think they are babies only after delivery, what are they before that? Sorry I will get off my soapbox. Why would we worry about squirrells? I am with you all. I think we should care about every living thing. We need to pray for our country to care about all living things.
 
ivybride 
Aug. 9, 2010 11:09 am
That was terrible and I'm sorry that you had that experience. However, if you truly had respect for life, you wouldn't be eating meat. How do you reconcile valuing the life of the squirrel but not the chicken you bake with rosemary? What makes the squirrel's life so much more valuable in your eyes?
 
silverhair 
Aug. 9, 2010 11:54 am
you know it's just like a vegi. head to bring their belief into a situation that has nothing to do with the subject at hand of a child being traumatized by a senceless act of stupidy. you did the right thing miss keri teaching your daughter to respect life
 
NancyH 
Aug. 9, 2010 12:14 pm
To bad Karma isn't true....But there will come judgement day where she will have to confess it..... IN FRONT OF GOD!!! Some people have no heart....
 
Aug. 9, 2010 12:59 pm
Oh that is just so sad, can't believe someone would go out of their way to injure/kill an animal. I am like you and always on the look out. Don't think I could get through the day knowing I had injured something...
 
HTNATCH 
Aug. 9, 2010 1:16 pm
I wish for you and your daughter that she has the learning experience I had as a child as we passed a motorcyclist by the side of the road, kneeling as he held a hurt rabbit in his hands, head bent over the poor animal. My mother took the opportunity to explain to me how all living creatures are important and deserving of our help and protection. I am almost sixty years old, now, and will always remember that scene. I pray that you get to show her that side of humanity, too.
 
Laurel Rose 
Aug. 9, 2010 2:09 pm
I believe this is a consequence of our culture of death, as promoted by the pro-abortionists. I pray our society will embrace the santity of life again.
 
Aug. 9, 2010 2:28 pm
It makes sense Laurel. If we valued ALL human life, respect for animals would follow. Mentioning this will surely annoy some. But the two concepts are linked.
 
Aug. 9, 2010 2:44 pm
Maybe its like when you have the courage to call someone on racism or queer-bashing or any sort of cruelty for amusement. The confront ation won't heal whats wrong with her, but she will probably realize others don't share her views. In the future she'll only squish small tiny creatures for pleasure if no one else is looking. Blaming this on pro-choice is so blindingly ignorant.
 
ivybride 
Aug. 9, 2010 2:56 pm
Silverhair - it has everything to do with it - the discussion was about the life of an animal- your ignorance is astounding
 
ivybride 
Aug. 9, 2010 3:09 pm
silverhair - Are you capable of answering the question I posed? I would love to hear what you come up with.
 
Christmas Joy 
Aug. 9, 2010 3:27 pm
Hi, Keri, I know it's a little late, but did you know about this? http://www.anapsid.org/pettrade/penalcode.html
 
Aug. 9, 2010 3:47 pm
Miss Ivy: You probably would not exist if your ancestors were not hunting for nutritional reasons- Food. It is responsible to use animal resources for sustenance. Lets stop the insults. Respect keri's blog
 
ivybride 
Aug. 9, 2010 3:57 pm
I have evolved beyond the ways of my ancestors. For example, I use indoor plumbing. What a sad argument. I haven't insulted anyone. I have stated the truth. I was the one who was first insulted. Why did you not comment about the names I was called? If Keri wishes me to cease, I will do so immediately. She also has the option of deleting my comments.
 
Keri 
Aug. 9, 2010 5:07 pm
Thank you for the support from so many of you! To those who don't agree, please keep the debates kind and refrain from name-calling. As Maureen pointed out - please respect this blog. I truly don't want to have to delete anyone's comments, because I do believe everyone is entitled to their own opinions as long as they state those opinions tactfully and without insulting others. **** @irishlass - I would like to put to rest your concerns about the cleanliness of the squirrel: His body was in near-perfect condition, except for the fact that its life was gone. I was a veterinary technician for two years and worked as a volunteer at a wildlife refuge for several years on the weekends. During those times, I learned how to test reflexes, including the blink reflex (you lightly touch the corner of the eye...not "poke" the eye) and pain response (by pinching a paw). These were the tests I used on the squirrel. I also washed my hands thoroughly with antibacterial soap and hot water twice as soon as I got home from burying the squirrel, then wiped down the door handle and steering wheel of my car. **** @ivybride - In answer to your original question to me: The difference, in my mind, is that the death of this squirrel did not benefit anyone in any way. I do understand the viewpoints of vegetarians and I agree in many ways. I would like to invite you to read some of my other blogs, the ones pertaining to the Cabbage Soup Diet. In them I say that I have found that my body is telling me it just does not like meat anymore. Because of that, I have been gravitating towards vegetarian recipes that use beans and rice as the protein sources, and my daughters are enjoying the recipes as much as I am. **** @Christmas Joy - Thank you for that link!! I am going to print out that page and highlight the pertinent areas, then ask the manager to please give it to the woman. If my confronting her did not make her think twice, perhaps the fact that what she did could potentially get her severely punished WILL. Again, thanks everyone for reading my blog and commenting. Have a blessed day!
 
Aug. 9, 2010 6:14 pm
I find it so depressing that evil people like that even exist. I don't understand how some people turn out to be like that.
 
Laurel Rose 
Aug. 9, 2010 11:53 pm
When life is not valued, when there is no santity of life for unborn (or partially born) children and other vulnerable people, it's not blindingly ignorant to 'blame' our country's monstrously anti-life abortion (and other) laws for people's lack of compassion for living creatures. The lesson our society learns is that life is cheap. This is truly evil.
 
Aug. 9, 2010 11:53 pm
What a terrible thing for you and your little daughter to have to witness. At least you had the courage (okay, anger also) to confront the b*****. Now she knows for certain that there are still decent people in the world and her behavior is not okay with us!! Your daughter is lucky to have a mom like you and the rest of us are fortunate that there are still people like you raising children. Cheers, Keri!
 
Laurel Rose 
Aug. 9, 2010 11:54 pm
'SANCTITY of life' It's late! :)
 
xf22b 
Aug. 10, 2010 12:40 am
In a world where people show monstrous disregard for invaluable human life through the callousness of abortion and contraception and assisted suicide, this is just an obvious endpoint. There is no life that some people hold sacred, even their own, because they don't understand the inestimable gift of life itself in animals as gifts to us and humans God's children.
 
Aug. 10, 2010 6:01 am
What an awful ordeal. I too love all animals. Sometimes I think there are people born without souls and really do not care about animals or humans. Sad place this world for those of us who care.
 
GunnyTracy 
Aug. 10, 2010 7:04 am
For what it's worth, what goes around comes around for people like that. I know accidents happen with animals but as you know some things are unavoidable. Don't dwell over it too much and take your daughter to the zoo to show her the wonders of what the world has given us. Maybe she will grow up to be a Vet.
 
Keri 
Aug. 10, 2010 8:44 am
@GunnyTracy - As it happens, my daughters and I have a membership to the Los Angeles Zoo :-) We go there frequently and know many of the animals by name. I agree with you...my daughter will probably grow up to do something wonderful with animals, like being a veterinarian or a zookeeper.
 
cooldocmom 
Aug. 10, 2010 8:46 am
These things do happen but I have never heard of a woman doing this on purpose. People who deliberately inflict harm on small animals are sick, sick, sick. The best thing that happened here is that you modeled for your daughter compassion and also standing up to the wrongdoer, although I'd advise you to be careful about that in this day and age as some nut jobs wouldn't hesitate to shoot you. I don't know about the Karma part although I suspect that this nasty person does not have a happy life. Who knows, even though she didn't act very sorrow, maybe something sunk in.
 
Aug. 10, 2010 8:52 am
Keri, that was such a horrible thing for you and your daughter to witness! I too believe in Karma, and for what its worth, karma was already coming back at her, though she does not realize it! It started with you taking her to task for the evil that she did, and then continued with your park manager reading her the riot act. We never realize what form it will take (or that it is actually happening), but karma will always either reward us or punish us, whether or not it is immediate or way into the future. This unspeakable act was unfortunate for your daughter to witness, but at least you were there with her, and able to turn such a tragic act into a valuable lesson! BTW, while I applaud your actions, since you live in the same park I agree, please take care! She sound's like someone who would retaliate because SHE thinks SHE did nothing wrong.
 
1seekspie 
Aug. 10, 2010 9:31 am
To Keri, and all the others who were outraged or upset by this incident, I pose one question: are you vegetarian? If you are, then you have every right to be upset and you're not being the least bit hypocritical. But, if you are in fact, a regular meat-eater, than your outrage is a bit unfounded, don't cha think? I hate to upset any of you further, but I am tired of people who are all up in arms about the death of a squirrel, yet happily munch on a plate of pork chops or a tender filet afterward. For those of you who fall under the above category, I have another question: is it because the squirrel is "cute" that you are upset about its death? Cows and pigs are, by an large, considered not as cute. Yet you believe it is okay to eat them as well? I for one do not even squish spiders because I value ALL forms of life, regardless of appearance. And yet, I don't like animals all that much. I wouldn't care to own a dog or any such creature. Does that mean I think they should be slaughtered and consumed? Of course not. They're living creatures, I just don't want them living in my house. I gently put spiders in cups and take them outside because I don't want them in my house. I would do the same to a dog or a cat. My point is, I too am upset about the squirrel incident, but NOT because I "love animals" or because I think squirrels are "cute," but because I value living creatures and I live my own life to assure they can keep on living.
 
Viola 
Aug. 10, 2010 9:51 am
What a terrible experience for both you and your daughter! It is difficult to watch such frivolous disregard for life, no matter how small the life may be. My son recently developed an absurd fear of bugs of all kind and when he came to me and asked me to kill the bug in his room, I was faced with explaining to him why even the smallest life has value. Most people who do not respect life are of the mindset that we (humans) own and control everything. I am of the mindset that we are all connected at the core of our existence to the same life force. I tell my children what we all need to be mindful of: When we hurt others we truly hurt ourselves. Sometimes we are not aware of it until much later, but we are all connected in this world whether we are someone's daughter, a small squirrel, or a harmless rolly polly bug. I too believe in karma, and whether your neighbor knows it or not, her action will constitute a reaction that will affect her in the same way she affected that squirrel. How truly sad it is that some people do not feel compassion or love, for these are the two most important ingredients for finding happiness in life. Again, I am so sorry you and your daughter had to witness such a tragedy. Not everyone in the world has a cold heart such as your neighbor. There are many of us who have cried for the loss of what some think is an insignificant life. All life is significant, and I am so comforted that you were there and you were courageous enough to do right by the poor little squirrel.
 
Viola 
Aug. 10, 2010 10:01 am
To 1seekspie, It is sadly inappropriate to turn the subject into your own private soapbox. Your feelings towards meat eaters are no more respectful of life than the woman who ran down the squirrel. I won't engage in a debate with you because this is not the forum for it, but please don't pour salt on the wounds of people you don't even know.
 
foodie 
Aug. 10, 2010 10:02 am
@ivybride...I was thinking the very same thing. Many people profess to love animals but are selective in which animals they will respect. Our corporate farms are torturing animals on a daily basis because the bottom line is always $ and by purchasing the products they sell, you the consumer are endorsing the torture of innocent creatures. And yes, ivybride your comment resonated with me as I noticed the hypocrisy swirling around this issue. Is the squirrels life important because he's not meant for our dinner table or simply because he is one of God's creatures? All life should be respected. I like the taste of meat as much as the next guy but I have eliminated it from my diet because I hate the fact that animals are tortured and horribly abused in order to provide a meal for me. I think Kerri acted in a very admirable way and would like to commend her on her handling of the situation.
 
foodie 
Aug. 10, 2010 10:06 am
@iseekspie. Kudos! Interesting that some people refuse to get into a debate with you about vegetarianism...because they can't. You simply cannot say you love animals and continue to EAT them.
 
Aug. 10, 2010 10:12 am
This is quite sad, but it's nothing compared to the thousands of babies that are killed everyday. The culture of death that began with abortion will only continue. It's very sad.
 
foodie 
Aug. 10, 2010 10:13 am
Sorry, last post...not trying to hijack the conversation...just feel the need to confront hypocrisy when it assaults me. Here's a quote for you all to gnaw on, carnivore and vegetarian alike... "Animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men." Alice Walker
 
Aug. 10, 2010 10:50 am
Wow: I just hope the vegetarians posting never get their say about what my family and friends can eat. I believe animals were created, By God, for people to take care of and to use for our well being. It is wrong NOW then it would ALWAYS have been WRONG. Ofcourse, many babies would have starved if their Daddies had not gone hunting.
 
Aug. 10, 2010 10:57 am
An example of "misuse". A man in Buffalo was stopped for a traffic violation. The officers at the scene heard a cat crying. They opened the trunk and found a 4-year-old cat who was trapped in a container holding spices (crushed red pepper,etc and oil). He was actually marinating the cat with plans to cook him. He was mentally disturbed as he told the police that the cat was evil and mean to him. That said, I don't agree with all the practices used to handle animals in the food business. Terrible things do happen.
 
Aug. 10, 2010 11:06 am
I am sorry that you and your daughter had to witness this. Years ago a car full of young boys ran over our family cat intentionally while my children were playing in the yard. I cannot even begin to express the amount of anger I felt and would probably have ended up in jail if I could have gotten my hands on just one of them. The only thing we can hope is they will grow up (and mature) and feel some regret for their actions. Probably not until someone does something similar to one of their own kids. I am not a huge fan of much of mankind because of things like this. I just don't get it.
 
Aug. 10, 2010 11:09 am
Keri, you said in your blog that you want to understand her actions. I want to pose the idea that maybe this woman is not evil and maybe she’s troubled and in need of help. Maybe her parents not only didn’t teach her to respect living creatures, but maybe she was beaten at home, maybe she’s been raped, maybe her parents went through a bitter divorce and put her in the middle, maybe her father was an alcoholic, maybe an older sibling got her hooked on drugs… There are a lot of maybes we don’t know about. I’m not saying she should go unpunished or not have consequences; I’m just trying to pose an idea that may help understand her actions. I do believe that there are evil people in this world, she may or may not be one. I hope she somehow gets help and learns to value not only others’ lives, but her own life as well.
 
suzi 
Aug. 10, 2010 11:41 am
People are basically garbage...
 
Aug. 10, 2010 12:38 pm
@iseekpie, ivy and foodie.. I find your commentary insulting. To say that omnivorces are any less horrified at the purposeful murder of an innocent animals is really reaching into your empty bucket of comebacks. This act, the purposeful killing of an animal for NO OTHER REASON than to cause death, get a thrill.. or whatever, is a far different act than the slaughter of an animal destined to be a part of the food chain. This is the problem with dealing with mental midgets.. there is no logical thought process and you cannot argue your point because you can't make one to begin with. If this were a discussion about vegetarianism and humane treatment of animals, then you might have a platform, but this is not what this discussion is about - not in any way, shape or form. Clearly you have used this topic as a launch pad for your beliefs. How boring.
 
Aug. 10, 2010 12:43 pm
Tammy Lynn and others.. none of us know this persons intentions. We have no clue that she is evil, sociopathic or whatever. But tons of empirical evidence clearly points to a level of mental unbalance. The “Link” is the phrase used to identify the connection between animal abuse and violence towards people such as partner, elder and child abuse. Empirical research (e.g., Ascione, 1999; Deviney, Dickert & Lockwood, 1983) demonstrates this bi-directional link. Animal abuse may, and frequently does, precede and/or accompany human abuse and may be used to exert power and control over victims. Children, in particular, who even witness animal abuse, may be at risk for multiple maladaptive outcomes, including the perpetuation of animal abuse itself. An interesting, but chilling, note that clearly defines one of the outcomes of the “Link”: Virtually every serial killer admits to having abused animals as a child before perpetrating escalated violence onto human victims. (www.thehumanelink.com)
 
Aug. 10, 2010 1:21 pm
I love it when vegetarians choose to lecture us dunderheads about life and eating. But I do wish that before you take the pulpit, you at least get your terminology correct. Lions are carnivores they eat only meat, humans are omnivores - we eat both meat and vegetable/fruit matter. Second, Alice Walker wasn't around when early man subsisted on only meat and did not learn to farm or consume vegetable matter until much later in the history of man. Alice Walker, who is herself merely mortal, doesn't seem to understand that mankind is a predatory animal with eyes that point forward. They are not a prey animal like horses with eyes to the side. We have been given teeth designed to masticate flesh and we have been given stomachs which provide digestion of animal proteins efficiently. No one says you can't eat what you want, why do you insist we change our choices to suit your belief and lifestyle? Why is it that because YOU don't like it, then none of us get to have our choice in what we like to eat without listening to poorly constructed criticism of us omnivores? Don't be a hypocrite, this discussion has no place or business being here and yes, I agree.. you were hijacking this discussion. As to Keri's experience, she - meaning the psychopath was lucky I wasn't there either. Keri taught her daughter to stand up for what is right, even if it means you wished you would have handled it differently. What a shame that others cannot support Keri. When you're all perfect parents, then cast the first stone.
 
mw 
Aug. 10, 2010 1:22 pm
While I deplore the cruel intent and actions of these people, I strongly encourage you to rethink the lesson of "something terrible will happen to them one day". Despite this person's action, wishing ill and evil onto a person - is it different than acting on an impulse? Yes, but it still leaves a bitter taste in the mouth. Karma is a great concept but only in that the good you do may revisit you one day. I killed a butterfly on the way to work today and I was truly heartsick - but then I moved on and let it go. I didn't intend for it to happen. Yes, this person acted with cruel intend, but give her the forgiveness we ask of others for our past misdeeds.
 
Aug. 10, 2010 1:26 pm
OK Pro Lifers, and vegetarians... this discussion is NOT about you and your beliefs. It's about what happened to Keri and the burning question as to what would motivate someone to commit such a heinous act. All I can say Keri is that you owe no one an apology for how you handled it. You did what you did in the heat of the moment, but right or wrong you did one thing very well - you told that nutcase that her behavior was not acceptable in our society. What ever she chooses to do with that information is now up to her. But do please use caution. I lived down the street from an animal abuser as a child. He went to the same school as my sister and I. Nothing else needs to be said but just know that they are not merely troubled people. They are truly depraved mentally and lack empathy. Just keep an eye on your daughter. Maybe if she is going to school, you could alert school officials and ask that a counselor speak to her about the incident. She may open up to them about things that she'd never tell to you.
 
Aug. 10, 2010 1:28 pm
mw, forgiveness is one thing. But letting your guard down and assuming for even one moment that this person has a shred of decency is not only naive but possibly dangerous. Just stay away from her, Keri. You have your child to think of first. Forget forgiveness - you come first. Trust me on this one, please.
 
Aug. 10, 2010 1:32 pm
@mw, I hear what you're saying. I'm not a huge believer of Karma myself, otherwise why would the "good die young"? It makes no sense why drunk drivers are more often than not, the sole survivors of horrendous car crashes that they caused! However, I do agree with ChefSuzie on this one, Karma or no Karma, I think it's wise to assume that this person is evil and her mental elevator doesn't go to the top floor. Caution should be the word of the day and never, ever take your eyes off your children. The risk here is that you don't know and by assuming the worst, you protect the safety of your family, which would be my first concern.
 
ERIN_P6 
Aug. 10, 2010 2:12 pm
First, kudos to Keri for showing your daughter that ALL life has value. @BellesAZ, the post is about compassion for animals...not just cute animals, your reply to the other posters was rude and connfrontational. They were merely pointing out the hypocrisy of supposed "animal lovers" who eat animals, you offered your opinion, they are entitled to theirs as well. @QueenPin, just because you CAN do something, doesn't mean you should. I think this post clearly demonstrates that.
 
foodie 
Aug. 10, 2010 2:24 pm
@BellesAZ and Queenpin. I wasn't using this forum as a platform to convert anyone to vegetarianism but simply pointing out the inherent hypocrisy in your supposed concern for animals, well...some animals. And just because we have teeth to chew meat with doesn't mean it's the best choice for us anymore. If the corporate farming industry hadn't started injecting animals with growth hormones, antibiotics and things that truly do not belong in a person's diet then it might be a good choice for some albeit a cruel choice. If you're interested in the food you consume and I hope you are, you might be interested in a book that addresses meat in our diet among other things. The China Study is the result of 50 years of research and in a nutshell the findings suggest you should avoid meat for health reasons. Things have changed dramatically within our food supply! A few select corporations control it and your health is not a consideration...profits are however. And I disagree that this forum is not the place to discuss the issue. You're discussing an unfortunate creature that was run down for an idiot's pleasure and I'm mentioning that this type of behavior is rampant within our corporate farms...animals are abused, tortured and killed and there are plenty of videos available for you to see these psychopaths enjoying torturing animals. I'm simply pointing out how hypocritical it is to say you love animals while you continue to eat them.
 
Griz 
Aug. 10, 2010 2:53 pm
Wow! I have about a thousand thoughts running through my head right now. 1) It's a darn shame that the squirrel had to die the way it did assuming the storyteller is correct in her description. To aim your car at an innocent animal with the intent to mame/kill is sick. 2) Tracking down someone who ran over a squirrel and cussing the individual out over it in front of your child is also wrong. I understand you realize that now but it could have gotten you into a heap of trouble. 3) Telling your child that the driver will get what's coming to her is more sick in my opinion then the killing of the squirrel. A squirrel does not warrant, ever, the thought of losing a humans life. I hunt for a living so the killing of an animal is fine so long as you intend on using it for food. I don't agree with killing an animal simply for the sake of killing it. However, I am so tire of people who throw out ignorant comments such as Karma, or she's a #$@$% and deserves to get run over herself yada yada yada. I think both the driver and the author have a lot of soul searching to do as both behaviors were beyond reasonable.
 
Aug. 10, 2010 4:10 pm
@Erin. None of agree on every single thing. BelleAZ was NOT rude. She did not label anyone. She speaks directly. Your "zingers" don't carry any weight because they are insults. Didn't you just condemn such behavior? Some of us have expressed that caring for animals does not conflict with consuming meat for nutrition. Because you have heard it does not make it true.
 
Aug. 10, 2010 4:16 pm
Gee, Griz. I applaud Keri for admitting her misfire of judgement on a public forum. I am glad that we could all think about how each would respond. It took guts and self honesty. Why be so critical? I wonder what I could learn from you if you were to be as open and honest as Keri
 
Griz 
Aug. 10, 2010 4:44 pm
I'm fairly certain that my post was open, honest and direct. Keri condemned this individual yet her own actions put her in the same boat. Both were wrong and both need to change certain behaviors.
 
Aug. 10, 2010 7:04 pm
If you were totally honest about your "misfire" mistakes in YOUR life, I bet we could learn from you too! A very wise person once said "You who have not sinned (screwed up) throw the first stone"
 
Griz 
Aug. 10, 2010 8:29 pm
Are you serious Maureen? You're attempting to use scripture out of context in order to make your point? What the OP did was wrong. Period. She needs to learn from the mistake, realize this other individual might not be the demon she thinks she is, show a little grace and maybe end up as a role model. Worst case scenario.....she let's her anger go and moves on. Next time, make sure you fully understand the scripture you're using and the background behind it.
 
Aug. 11, 2010 8:46 am
I like what you said about the "individual" not being a demon or "miss evilness" as others have said. I agree that this could have blown up and caused Keri even more grief. I am considering your comment about misuse of scripture. And yse, I agree that the woman's welfare should be placed above the squirrel. Many here speak as though she is worth mo more than trash. Thank your response & being respectful although you disagreed with me.
 
jacalyn 
Aug. 17, 2010 7:18 am
Jeffrey Dahmer tortured animals as a child and teen-ager. She is sick and needs help.
 
 
 
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I have loved cooking since I was a young girl helping my mother make dinner or bake cookies during school vacations. My favorite class in elementary school was "Nutrition", because we cooked almost every day. I have two daughters who love cooking and baking as much as I do and my husband is even getting interested. He recently started making bread from scratch and he's doing an awesome job of it! We share our home with pets of all different kinds, including birds, cats, dogs, rabbits, a rat, snakes, frogs, a tarantula, and a turtle. We also provide foster care for a local dog rescue, taking in abused, neglected, abandoned dogs and giving them a safe, loving environment to live in until they find their "fur-ever" homes.
My favorite things to cook
Rosemary garlic roasted chicken with roasted garlic gravy; Skillet cabbage; Almost any baked goods; Anything I can make in my slow cooker! Somewhere around September 2008 I decided I was going to start baking all the bread my children and I eat. I'm COMPLETELy loving it and my kids like to brag that "my mommy MADE this bread!" Their favorite is when I make bread items that aren't your traditional loaf of bread, like hamburger buns, bagels, and soft pretzels.
My favorite family cooking traditions
For several generations, my father's family has made a "family tradition" dessert item at each major holiday. At Easter, it's Italian Cheesecake, made with ricotta cheese and anise flavoring (published as "Italian Cheesecake II", if you'd like to check it out). At Thanksgiving, it's "Roly Polies", which were invented by my great grandmother when she had leftover pie crust dough she needed to use up. My absolute favorite, though, is Christmas, when we make Birds Nests. These are made out of walnut-sized balls of a sweet pie crust type dough rolled out very thin. Then we cut slits in the dough without cutting through the edge, gather every other strip, twist them up into a jumble, and then deep fry the pastries. When they are cooled, we sprinkle them with powdered sugar. It doesn't matter how many we make, they all get eaten!
My cooking triumphs
I managed to make decorated sugar cookies for Christmas 2008 that turned out awesome!! I've NEVER gotten sugar cookies to turn out good looking enough to warrant decorating them. They always turn into shapeless blobs. This particular time I reduced the amount of butter in the recipe by 25% and chilled the cut-outs for 15 minutes immediately before baking them. They turned out beautiful!
My cooking tragedies
My first attempt at making Fairy Food candy (also called seafoam candy) was a disaster! I tried cooking it too quickly over too high of heat, so it burned, smelling up the entire house for DAYS. Thank goodness I still had enough ingredients (and courage!) to try again, and everyone at my family's Christmas gathering was impressed with my second attempt. I conveniently "forgot" to tell them about the first batch :-)
 
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