WATWB – Your Monthly Shot of News That Doesn’t Suck

The normal process for WATWB is to find a news story that shows off good people doing good things, talk about it a bit, and then hand you a link for more information. It’s a good way of doing things and supporting the little bit of good news that’s floating around out there, and it’s always nice to show that world isn’t populated entirely by complete dicks. Surprisingly, it’s not hard to come across something good during a normal week of perusing the news. Take, for instance, this picture of witches protesting racism.

Given the state of the world, you might think it’s a dicey proposition at best to find one positive news story a month, but it’s actually pretty easy. All too often we tend to perseverate on the negative stuff out there and ignore the good stuff, but all that does is harsh our collective mellows and give voice to the assholes of the world. Trust me, the assholes have enough of a voice as it is, don’t give them any help speaking louder.

For all the crazy, racist crap we’ve had this year, we’ve also seen counter-protests dwarf Nazi rallies, bad guys getting locked up, and all manner of folks helping out after the devastating Kerala floods. So, the world’s not all bad, it’s just a little tweaked right now and will eventually work itself out. We sometimes just need a little nudge in the right direction to remind us that it only looks like the world is going to Hell in a handbasket. With that in mind, I’ll remind you of two important things: 1). not everyone is a flaming asshole. Most people are actually pretty good if you give them a chance. And 2). There are still dogs in the world.

So, I’m not going to post a link to an uplifting story, you should be seeking those out on your own if you want to maintain your sanity. Instead, I’m going to show you what I get to come home to every night and remind you that there are plenty of dogs out there and they’re all pretty good critters to have around, even if one of mine is snoring on her chair right now.

So, share ’em up, folks. Drop some dog pics in the comments and brighten someone’s day. Also, I’d like to remind everyone, there are plenty of great dogs out there that needs homes, so check out your local animal shelter and find a furry friend who’ll always be happy see you. Doubly so if you have food.

If you’d like to connect your blog and help spread a little joy (or snark, like I do), it’s easy to sign up. Just ask and ye shall receive. Or go check it out here: here.

Our lovely and talented hosts this month are:
Simon Falk,
Andrea Michaels,
Shilpa Garg,
Sylvia Stein, and
Belinda Witzenhausen


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2. All we ask is you link to a human news story on your blog on the last Friday of each month, one that shows love, humanity and brotherhood.

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And now, your moment of Zen.

19 thoughts on “WATWB – Your Monthly Shot of News That Doesn’t Suck

  1. Hi Eric – I love others’ furry friends … at the moment a puppy, a couple of other dogs, some chickens many, cows, horses, foals … I can’t keep up! Great post – reminding us that most of the people in the world are quiet, helpful souls … ready to help at all times … cheers Hilary

  2. You’re so right, Eric: I firmly believe that a world with dogs in it is a good world, and there can’t be a heaven without them, either!

    I don’t know how to share dog pics here so I won’t— but between all my cousins and my sibling we have 8 rescue dogs in our extended family, and they bring us SO much joy.

    Thanks for this post, and for sharing mine!

    • I think all of ours have been rescues. Our current two came from Craigslist and they’ve been great dogs. About ten years ago we inherited a young pit bull that had wandered up to a friend’s house, emaciated and covered in scars from fighting. She was the most patient thing in the world, even letting my son ride her like she was a horse. Unfortunately, she got cancer a few years ago and we had to put her down.

  3. As always, you are hilarious, Eric. I love the word perseverate and have to remember to use it sometime. As for our dog, Apollo, my husband and I and Apollo were howling the other night — we were eating dinner and Apollo was alternating between his nightly begging routine and barking at non-existent threats outside (because he thinks that behavior will get him a dog treat) — when my husband started howling for no reason so then we all did, the three of us, sitting in the kitchen, howling like a little wolf pack. Our last kid went off to college a week or so ago and since we had two of them home over the summer, the house is deadly quiet. Apollo, who is our son’s dog, had a day or so of barely eating after our son left. Apparently, we all needed to let off a little steam and the howling helps. I wish I had it on video because it was great.

    • There’s nothing like a good howl to let off excess steam. One of our dogs tries to talk using whimpers and growls. You can tell he’s trying to tell us something – usually that he wants to go outside and chase squirrels or that he wants to go for a walk. Our other dog dances when she gets excited. It’s hilarious watching a basset mix tap dance.

  4. No matter what happens in the course of the day, I can come home to find my dog, Midnight. He is not a social animal. Doesn’t really get along with with people or other dogs, but he loves his family. I can expect a wagging tail and licks no matter how I am feeling that day. In 2016, I had to say goodbye to my favorite dog, Hannah, who was with us for 16 years. I dedicated one of my books to Hannah. I end the dedication with the words, “Dogs teach us how to be better humans.” -B

    • Ours are very people-oriented. When we come home and let them in, they race all over the house and do their best to get attention. No matter how bad my day was, they’re here waiting and happy to see me.

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