Spay & Neuter
Friday March 6
This past Saturday I had to put down my ten-year-old cocker spaniel, Princess. She was a dog with much energy, one wouldn’t imagine upon seeing her that she was battling cancer. She was. My family hadn’t spayed her because we wanted puppies, but that never happened.
We didn’t think much of it after; we didn’t know that not spaying her would affect her in the long run but it did. She had inflammatory cancer. It’s an abnormal growth of tissue that spreads throughout the chain of mammary glands and into surrounding skin and fat. Death usually comes in a matter of weeks.
We had taken Princess to the vet in March 2014, and we asked the doctor what the bumps on her tummy were. He informed us that they were tumors. We ran tests and found out that it was in fact inflammatory cancer. We asked about surgery, but he didn’t recommend it because she was already ten and their lifespan is between 11 and 12 years and she probably wouldn’t survive the surgery anyway. He advised to keep an eye on her and if we notice pain and discomfort we should come back.
We went back in February; her tumors had grown to be the size of a ping pong ball. She was clearly experiencing discomfort. The doctor quickly advised to euthanize her. It was for the best.
Every pet owner should get their pet spayed or neutered. It can reduce the number of homeless pets killed, improve your pet’s health, reduce unruly behavior and save on the cost of pet care.
Beauty, Brains, Beach
Friday March 6
Walking down the thriving city of Long Beach I can see why my parents, and many I know, decided to settle down, make a name and a foundation here. There is no better place to live than settled on the Pacific Coast with 51.44 square miles of opportunity and the breeze of the beach at any location.
Being a privileged native, like many, I seem to take the city for granted. If a person takes the time to step back and look at the city, as many outsiders do, he or she would see the variety of restaurants and family hangouts.
Being a family driven city, there are so many opportunities for minds to strive in education from the exceptional Long Beach Unified School District and Catholic surrounding schools. There are even two academically challenging colleges in the city of Long Beach.
It is time for the natives to start seeing the beauty in what they behold and belong to. If people utilized, and did not take for granted, all the opportunities Long Beach gave, it would be easier to start seeing the city as a place of growth and opportunity.
Next time do not leave that piece of trash on the ground, but leave the mark of humanity on the city instead. Instead of throwing away used possessions into Long Beach landfills, throw them into the community to help others. Take time to see what Long Beach can do for you, and help it do something for someone else.
Friday March 6
As a longtime resident of Long Beach I would like to see the scheduled street sweeping days brought down to every other week. The current eight times a month cleaning schedules is inefficient and costly. Long Beach’s motivation for the superfluous cleaners is made apparent when you see two to three parking citation trucks for every one street sweeper like little ducklings.
It’s hard to imagine enough trash accumulates within a week’s time that would require so frequent a sweeping. Many clean cities observe a twice a month schedules without trash piling up on the side of the road as well.
Parking is an issue in many areas of Long Beach and the scheduled street sweepings make it that much harder for its residents.