Author Archives: Wake Up Ma`am

Newman: Poi Dog Pondering

I’ve never been very good at identifying breeds of dogs, but now I’ve worked at the Humane Society of Greater Dayton for over a year and I’ve had a lot of practice. I’m still terrible. I’m also not alone. It … Continue reading

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Speak Up, Ma`am

When Roseline Odine was 14-years old she left her home in Cameroon, Africa for the United States with the promise of education and a better life. Instead, when she arrived, she was forced to work as a domestic servant with no … Continue reading

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A Vegetarian Walks Into a Pig Farm

The title of this blog entry isn’t actually the start of a joke – although, I think it could be a pretty funny one, so I’m accepting ideas for punch lines. A vegetarian walks into a pig farm – this … Continue reading

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Slow and Steady Wins the Race

It feels like only recently that I was packing my bags, driving across the country, and making stops at funny, Midwestern, side-of-the-road attractions on my way to start my internship at Best Friends Animal Society. Six weeks ago?  Surely it … Continue reading

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Ignorance is Bliss

When I read about U.S. history, slavery, and the Civil Rights Movement, I often wonder how we could have been complacent for so long in our discrimination and the inhumane treatment of other human beings.  However, I recognize judgment is … Continue reading

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Free-Roaming Felines: Not So Funny Meow, Is It?

There isn’t really anything funny about community cats, but I just couldn’t resist a Super Troopers reference in a blog entry about cats! Community cats are also sometimes called feral cats or colony cats – they’re essentially cats who live … Continue reading

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Everyone Loves an Underdog

Why do we cheer for the underdog? Underdog stories about people tend to be relatable. The underdogs come across as genuine and unpretentious; they succeed with hard work and dedication. They inspire us and give us hope. And underdog stories … Continue reading

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