I learned early in life that humans were some of the meanest, cruelest creatures on the planet. At the same time I learned that small furry creatures were capable of amazing gifts such as unconditional love, wild and happy tail wagging, spontaneous purring and unselfish lap warming during cold days and nights.
I also learned that those who abuse and otherwise hurt animals are some of the sickest human beings on the planet. Most serial killers hurt and tortured animals in their childhoods. It was their initiation into the horrible world of having a sick control over other living creatures that eventually progressed to torturing, abusing, and killing people.
Many of these abusers end up in prison for related crimes. Others become President. And still others, like Michael Vick, become highly paid athletes who pile even more shit on what professional sports has sunk to these days. What he did to dogs in the name of "sport" just turns my stomach. It brought out fantasies of violence in me that I didn't know I possessed. I seethed with hatred for him. I cried when I heard what he did to the dogs who weren't good enough for his sick world. I created several designs that will never see the light of day because they were as mean and violent and disgusting as he is.
But I finally settled on one. I have already donated one to a local shelter and will send out a couple more. I put a note in the package that they can be used as fundraising or nice soft bedding. I want no money. I want my design to save a dog's life, to serve as a sort of payback to the cruelty of someone like Michael Vick. I want a dog to sigh happily as he or she spins around before falling comfortably and safely asleep on my donated shirts. It won't bring back the dogs he killed so meanly, but it will give some deserving dog a bright spot in his or her doggie life. That will have to be enough for now.
Changing minds one t-shirt at a time. Visit Ursine Logic for more designs.