October: Be Cause(s)

pink_ribbon1-129x150October is:

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
This campaign started twenty-five years ago and has now captured the national stage. You will see NFL teams sporting the pink. The Susan G. Komen foundation is sponsoring runs, walks, and all sorts of awareness activities. You’ll see pink ribbons, tee shirts, shoes, bumper stickers, posters, and other paraphernalia sprouting throughout the month.

National Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month
I’ve been adopted by a lot of dogs and cats during my life. Granted, I’ve had a few purebreds, bought from reputable kennels. I even bought one from a pet store–though that was more to liberate Micco from a cage he was quickly outgrowing. One of our most memorable rescues was Baby Doll. A rottweiler, she’d been locked in an abandoned drug house. We discovered she’d been tortured trying to make her mean. It didn’t work. The shelter adopted her out once but she was returned because if the kids put plates down where she could reach them, she’d snatch food off and run and hide. We took her to keep her off death row. Best damn dog ever! She was trained as a search-and-rescue dog and even though she had some quirks–she hated to be left alone and would paw her way into the pantry, pick up a loaf of bread or a box of cereal and hide it in our closet just in case we didn’t come home–Baby was gentle, loving and loyal beyond belief. I have hours of Baby Doll stories but I won’t bore you. If you are looking for a Forever Friend, go adopt! If you can’t adopt, consider making a donation to your local shelter.

This is a “duh” as far as I’m concerned. This year’s focus for National Fire Prevention Week (which just ended) was Prevent Kitchen Fires. Look for tips, think safe, and be fire wise. Also, change the batteries in your smoke detectors. Don’t have smoke detectors? WHY THE HELL NOT?!?!?!?! Go get some. Right. Now. Go!!!!

National Anti-Bullying Month
Nearly everyone has been there — bullied or harassed by peers. And that means both physically and emotionally. According to some studies, there is one bullying incident every seven minutes. If you spend much time on social media, you see it happening to everyone, not just our kids. Talk to your children, if you have them. Talk to your friends. Don’t remain silent. Stand up to the bullies. And don’t let those in positions of authority to ignore it when it happens!

And finally, it’s National Crime Prevention Month
The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) designated October as National Crime Prevention Month in 1984. Remember McGruff, the Crime Dog? Yeah, they’re the ones who created him. Be aware of your surroundings. Take care of yourself and your neighbors. Report suspicious activity. For tips on how to do so, check out the NCPC website.

On the fun side of things, October is also National Pizza Month and National Book Month. You know what that means, right? Go get a pizza and a book! 😀


About Silver James

I like walks on the wild side and coffee. Lots of coffee. Warning: My Muse runs with scissors. Author of several award-winning series--Moonstruck, Nightriders MC, The Penumbra Papers, and Red Dirt Royalty (Harlequin Desire) & other books! Purveyor of magic, mystery, mayhem and romance. Lots and lots of romance.
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4 Responses to October: Be Cause(s)

  1. Liza says:

    I had no idea October was National Book Month. I’ve always bought more books in Oct(my birthday month), because I put no limits on my book buying. Now I have an extra reason to buy books. 🙂

  2. That’s a lot of National Months there. And worthy ones at that. Poor Baby Doll. I always wonder about the dogs that people say are unadoptable and whether they can be salvaged (especially when I watch animal cops Detroit – they’re so anal about having to destroy dogs with food aggression even though I think most of those could be saved.) I’m so glad you could save her.

    Our regular Thursday post at Killer Chicks this week celebrates National Pizza Month. Who doesn’t like pizza. It’s the perfect food. And you’re right – it goes great with books. ;o)

    • Silver James says:

      See? Great minds. Pizza and a book should be a reality TV show or a podcast or something! Gee, I wonder if I could get Papa Murphy’s or one of the other pizza companies would sponsor me? 😉

      In Baby Doll’s case, she wasn’t really aggressive, but if the opportunity presented itself to get food, she would. Often, she wouldn’t eat it, just hide and hoard–just in case. She was very protective, especially of The Only, but got along wonderfully with our other dogs. Her favorite show was COPS. She’d sit right in front of the TV to watch and anytime there was a take-down, she’d lunge at the screen, very careful to “bite” the bad guys. (Cops were the ones who found her emaciated in the house and fed and watered her immediately.) 🙂

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