Friday, March 13, 2009

Bucking the trend for Friday the 13th

I've never really been a big believer in the curse of Friday the 13th. Now watch, something really bad - beyond having my "get out of the office free" meeting moved to next week - is going to happen. Eh, the sun is shining and the weather is supposed to be nice this weekend, so I'm grateful. 

I'm going to meet a friend I haven't seen in a couple years this weekend, so perhaps the "reunited" theme I found going through all my news articles today is appropriate. 

Last week there was a fire at the Cape Cod Animal Hospital; quick actions by one of the vets saved most of the animals, but one who was rescued fled the scene, so to speak, and went missing for a few days. According to NECN, the little guy was found at a nearby airfield and lured out of hiding by his doggie buddy. Dutch is now back with his relieved owner. 

At least they knew where that dog was hiding. The more I look through the news stories, the more I see stories of lost animals returned to owners. That's great, but one thing I don't get is most of these animals had microchips, but for some reason, the owners don't seem to have used the search function on them. In this story, reported by WAVE 3 in Louisville, a family was reunited with its German shepherd, Astro, after nine years. 

The economy actually had a happy ending for one pet owner in Tucson. While moving, she and her husband lost their cat, Max. Turns out he'd been taken in by a local man who kept him until financial troubles forced him to turn the kitty over to the Humane Society. (KVOA, Tucson, Ariz.)

Moving onto humans... A lot of people went missing and families were separated during the Bosnian war in the 1990s. That is certainly one conflict from which you don't hear many happy stories. But today the Southeastern European Times reported on a Bosnian girl separated from her family after her home caught on fire. Sixteen years later she found her biological father.

Even the Boston Globe, one of the more negative sites I see every day, found a happy thought among all the job losses Massachusetts is suffering. Columnist Kevin Cullen highlights the CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital who, when forced to make layoff decisions, chose door number 3. This story says a lot about the community spirit people have in troubled times.

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