October 21st

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*Jolie*

Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.

– Anatole France

Day 21

The cool weather has come! It’s finally autumn again!

I could wear a jacket outside in the shade today with the breezes that blew on by. I grabbed a hot coffee from CC’s and was definitely feeling the chilly-weather vibes. All I could think was SWEATERSBOOTSLEATHERJACKETSANDCOFFEE!

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We strolled through the zoo today. They’ve made many improvements over my 20 years of visitations; one exception being the habitats of the animals. Most of them are muddy or just dusty. A donkey and miniature horse should have grass! It didn’t even look like they had hay. When I walked by, she hee-hawed asking for me to drop a quarter in the feed box to give them a snack. Poor ol’ Jenny Donkey… Most of the animals seemed hungry. Especially a spontaneous deer who snatched a boy’s coloring sheet right out of his pudgy hands! We rolled in laughter as the boy ran to his mother in tears. The deer chewed on that paper for a while before coming back to slobber all over my handful of pellets. The pot-bellied pig snorted some up, too.

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We had ice cream (go figure) to top off a pretty quiet visit around the animals. There is still a feeling of guilt that boils inside me when I see the sadness in the lion’s eyes, or the bored pacing of the golden bengal tiger. They have grown up in cages; they don’t know what life is like for their kind in the wild. I bet the lion’s instincts tell him he needs a pride, even though there were only two of them in the pen. It is sad to see them in the most boring and lonesome cages with cars passing by on the highway. I love seeing them in person, I just wish they were better taken care of. At least they all looked healthy today.

Tomorrow we’ll head to our new park, Moncus Park at the Horse Farm. It’s being renovated to become Lafayette’s central park, equipped with a dog park, a peace garden, and many other segments to create a maze of new adventures! For now, we just walk down the path to the tree line and beyond, watching dogs chasing frisbees and kids climbing an old oak tree that leans on the grass. It will be another gorgeous autumn day.

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Mittens came for another walk with us.

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