Today I picked up my six month old golden retriever from the veterinarians office. She was spayed yesterday. She stayed overnight there recovering, and all night all I could think about was her surgery and how I was going to keep her from jumping. The vet gave me a list of things to try and prevent and jumping is one of those things. Now, anyone who has a young and energetic puppy knows jumping is part of the deal. Lilly and I have been going through training to combat this issue....we're still working on it. They gave me one of those cones too, just in case she decides to start licking her stitches. I can't seem to get myself to put it on her just yet though. I feel that she'll look so pitiful with this big cone on her head running into doors and not being able to reach her bowl. I treat this dog like a person, in fact I call her my fur child. It's so interesting to compare my story to the situation with dog fighting. It's amazing to me how one could find it amusing as well as a way to make money by betting on these fights and watching two animals kill each other. It makes me wonder what kind of abuse really goes on in our country if not our state. We're covering a story tonight about a Catawba County case where a man was found dead in his home along with thirty pit bulls investigators believe were part of a pit bull fighting ring. Working in news you're aware that there are crazy and devastating things that happen everyday. But the severity of this cruel act and learning about how many people partake in this is just astonishing. One can only hope the media coverage will bring knowledge and punishment to the people involved in these illegal activities.