Dr. Ruth and a new dog

Tuesday night Dr. Ruth Westheimer came to Tech for Jewish Awareness Month at VT. It’s common knowledge that she is a holocaust survivor, but I learned that she was also trained as a sniper. Fantastic! Not only is she nearly as old as my grandmother, 4’7″ tall, and still touring the country and writing books about sex, but she can put a bullet between a man’s eyes at half a mile! OK, I don’t actually know that she can still do that, but she was a sniper during the fight for Israel’s independence. Regarding the explosion that seriously wounded her legs and ended her military career at 20, she said, “It didn’t have any affect on my height.” Anyhow, she did talk about sex, because that’s what she does. After that I went home and wrote 9 pages on the problems with abstinence-only sex education programs in intermediate and secondary schools. I didn’t even make that connection until just now, to be perfectly honest. It’s funny how these things work out.

Entirely unrelated to that, Amy (my roommate) got a new dog. She’s about the same age as Sebastian but larger. She was rescued from a pound where she was soon to be euthanized, but the guy who saved her could not keep her. Amy, now down to one animal in the apartment (both cats have moved in with her mom) decided that it would be a good idea to adopt her. She needs some work, but she seems to be obedient at least, and is certainly intelligent. Based on the (short) time I’ve spent with her I’d say she is dominant and insecure, which is leading to some issues with territoriality around her cage and possessiveness of toys. It doesn’t help matters that she is currently in heat, but she will be spayed within a couple of weeks. That issue was probably not particularly important to the pound that was going to euthanize her or the rescuer that couldn’t keep her.

I’ll post pictures once I take some.

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