Max this and that

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound.  First off we are happy to report that Max has come to terms with his new ramp, and though he still needs my gentle guidance, his backside has not fallen off for several days now.  My back says “Thank You!”  

Other news is that my Angel fish are back to their old selves again.  They had gotten a bad case of the “ick” [yes, that is what they call it]; a white like looking fungus on their mouths and gills that is really an encysted parasite. They had basically stopped eating and were pretty lifeless; however, after several water treatments with medicine, plus filter and water changes we got it under control before serious damage was done.  

Now the other news of interest is related to the common grocery plastic bag.  I am sure many of you remember the introduction of the plastic bag that was going to replace the old standard paper bag and at the same time save the world’s forest.  Stores quickly adopted the new trend and it was not long before every shopper heard the phrase as they checked out, “plastic or paper?”

Eventually the paper option was dropped all together and we were happy with our new friendly environmental choice.  

Fast forward to today and now we find that many are no longer pleased with plastic bags.  They clog drains, they choke animals, contribute to trash hanging from tree limbs, etc., so there has been a push to ban our beloved bags.  I think the trend to use plastic bags started in California and now they are in the lead to ban it. Yep, Los Angles has become the largest city so far to ban plastic bags, and shoppers will have to tote their own bags or pay ten cents for each paper bag.  That is right…no more freebie bags to carry the groceries you just bought, and the trend is extending Eastward; Chicago is on the verge of passing a similar law.  

Now, I for one have not been a big fan of the plastic bags.  They are OK for small purchases but who needs 10 bags to cart your groceries out of the store, and forget about the stuff staying in them by the time you get home.    Generally you have to re-bag most of it.  So I have mixed emotions about this trend, however, I do have an idea.  If they bring this rule to my area I am going to start bringing my carry-on luggage to the grocery store…the ones with wheels…that should work perfectly!

“Be careful the environment you choose for it will shape you; be careful the friends you choose for you will become like them.”
          – W. Clement Stone

Oh yes, one last thing.  I repeated the same joke over the past few articles; my error. So, to make up for it, I will forego one to balance things out.  As always, be good, play safe, and remember to stock up on tote bags.

JR and Max


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