Saturday, November 27, 2010

My Contribution To Black Friday

Forgive me for being a "day late (give or take) and a dollar short" as my mother would say, but I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving surrounded by family and loved ones. Although I've been "MIA" (missing in action) for a few days now from the blogging world, I spent a good portion of my Thanksgiving at my in-laws house with my husband's mother and father, 4 sisters, their husbands, his brother and girlfriend, assorted cousins, nieces and nephews, as well as my 2 stepdaughters and their significant others.  He has a large family and I think the final count at dinner was 31, which is pretty overwhelming when you're from a small family as I am.  But over time you get used to the noise and chaos and they're all extremely close so it makes for a nice get together. And the food! Good grief! Enough to feed everyone with leftovers to spare - and maybe a small country, too.  There is definitely much to be thankful for.  Since my own family is several hours away, I'll be spending my Christmas with them.   We usually have to alternate holiday visits this way so we get to spend time with everyone during the holiday season. 

Although the day after Thanksgiving was "Black Friday," I refuse to get sucked into the madness of setting my alarm before dawn so I can rush to the malls with the rest of the crowds.  Speaking of which, one of my stepdaughters, who works part-time at Bed Bath & Beyond, had to be to work at 3:15 AM to be ready for their store opening at 4:00 AM(!)  I'm sorry, but this is nothing short of insanity to me.  There is NO store or reason on this earth for me to be anywhere but home at 4:00 AM. Doesn't matter what deal they're offering (or even giving away for that matter), it will never hold any allure for me in this lifetime. I love the Christmas season and all the good things about this holiday, just not the commercialism and the "spend, spend, spend" nonsense that puts so many people into debt the rest of the year and takes away from the TRUE meaning of Christmas.  That being said,  while I didn't venture out into the wee hours of the morning (except to the hen house), I did make a very short trip to the mall at 2:00 PM as my one small contribution to Black Friday.  I'd seen a review of the book "Oogy" by Larry Levin a few weeks ago and decided to get this for my other stepdaughter, who, like me, is also an animal lover, and works as a veterinary technician at an animal hospital. Since she loves to read books about animals, among the other things my husband and I buy her at Christmas, she can usually count on a non-fiction book about an animal from me.  It's sort of become a tradition in the last 5 or 6 years and I know she looks forward to it.  I haven't read it myself yet but I'm sure I will. For those who are not famiilar with "Oogy," (which is the affectionate derivative of the word "ugly") it's the true story of  a pit bull who had been used as a "bait dog" in the horrible world of dog fighting.  A bait dog (makes me shudder to even say that!) is a chained animal which is used by fighting dogs as bait to bite until the dog is incapacitated or killed.  Oogy was used as such a dog. When he was found by the police who raided the dog-fighting ring in Philadelphia, he'd had his left ear torn off and was bitten so hard a piece of his jaw bone was crushed and according to the author, "there was a hole in the side of his head the size of a softball." Afterward, he was thrown into a cage and left to bleed to death. Although this is enough to make you want to lay down and cry for the rest of the day, the story does get better.  Oogy is taken to an animal hospital and expected to die there, but as fate would have it, is discovered by the Levin family who have brought in their terminally ill cat in to have put down when they meet Oogy. Despite all that he'd been through, Oogy had such a happy and outgoing spirit that the Levins fell in love with him and after several surgeries to repair his face, he is adopted by them where he continues to live happily with to this day. 

I have included the You Tube video from the author so that you could meet Oogy in person.  What a great story with a very happy ending!


So this is how I kicked off my Christmas shopping.  And hopefully, it's the last I'll see of the mall for a while.  Of course I do intend to do more shopping - I'm not a  total Scrooge after all.  However, with any luck, I can finish the majority of it online where there are no crowds to contend with and I don't have to fight anyone over the last parking space in front of my computer ;-)


  1. Oh that poor dog!!! Makes my heart cringe (and I'm having a real hard time forgiving Michael Vick...) There's no excuse or reason that could be given to exploit, maim, kill, torture and use animals in that way.

    Saving one at a time...

  2. What a ghastly beginning to such a heartwarming story! She'll love it!

  3. I don't understand how people can be so cruel to animals much less anything or anyone. I'm glad that the dog has a happy ending. It deserves a better life than it had or didn't have whichever way you think about it.

    I didn't venture out for Black Friday at all! It's not worth it. lol

    Have a Great Day!

  4. Well gosh just reading about what the book is about had me in tears. I don't think I could read it. I can't take any kind of cruelty to anything, even bugs. It is nice though all of the rest. My daughter worked too, and I don't really see why anyone needs anything that bad to go shopping that early.
    I am glad you had such a nice day and so glad you wrote. I have missed your thoughtful blogs.
    Have a very nice rest of the weekend, and of course, still wondering and hoping for the best. :)

  5. Poor Oogy. Cruel people will pay a price for that someday!

    I agree with you on black Friday. Not worth it! Christmas isn't about 'things' for me anyway. It's about CHRIST and family.

  6. I'm with Kim on this one. I'm far to emotional to read it, but I pray that people can stop that horrible practice. I was so happy when that professional football player landed in jail for that. They all should.

    Glad you had a happy turkey day. We always had huge crowds too. It's down to about 16 now. That's a nice amount of guests, but my mom would have felt like a failure if she couldn't max out her house.

    I went out on Black Friday and managed to remind myself how stupid I can be sometimes. I swore I wouldn't, then swore when I did!

  7. I, too, just read a review of "Oogy" and the happy life that he came to know! Anyone who abuses should be punished!!...:)JP

  8. I find this heart-wrenching and so much so I am not sure I could read the book...even though it turns out good! I don't shop on Black Friday either. Nor any part of this weekend. Just too crazy.

  9. Those type of stories just kill me! I love dogs so much I am sure I would be in tears in seconds.

  10. I am exactly like you when it comes to Black Friday or crazy shopping of any kind. There is nothing in the world that would be worth my getting up at 3 or 4 a.m. to purchase at a mall. This could be my definition of torture :) At any rate---this book, oh my gosh, I cried just reading your post. I can’t bare animal cruelty, it just breaks my heart. This sounds like a great ending though and that I am in for. I am inspired by Oogy.