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Family Aid 2020
   Vol. 19 No. 52
Thursday July 16, 2020

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Being locked up for almost five months has made us more inquisitive about what is around us here at home.
     And what is not here.
     Lulu, my faithful companion (pictured here), could not be described as a wonder dog, that’s for sure.
     No heroics on July 4th either.

Dog on Assignment

     As the fireworks went off into the wee small hours, Lulu, who is on assignment at the home our daughter Flossie shares with her husband Anthony, hid under the bed.
     But gone is not forgotten, so I often think about my dog who came to us a couple of Thanksgivings ago from the Linden Blvd. ASPCA kill shelter. Located near JFK International Cargo area, the Animal Care Center is where they send dogs for a last chance at finding a home before something less seemly happens.
     Lulu, as it turns out, was named Lucy when I first spied her hard up against an uncomfortable wire cage.

How did this Happen?

     “How the hell did I end up here?” was the question in her eyes, ringing clear as a bell.
     “Look Geoffrey, here is a cute dog named Charlie,” said my darling wife Sabiha as Lucy and I stared at each other through the wires. A big truck pulled up out back and the place went nuts as a few dozen dogs had their ticket punched and were about to be moved from the shelter to storefront adoption centers somewhere in downtown Brooklyn.
     Undoubtedly, they were celebrating their liberation and a chance to live another day.
     In most shelters, the animals look at you or pace around as you walk past or extend a hand.
     Not Lucy.
     She just held her ground and sent me another message:
     “Get me the fuck out of here.”

Ready, Set, Go! But Wait . . .

     I, of course, was ready at once, but had this problem.
     We had lost our cocker of a decade, a black-and-white named Mr. Chips, about eight months prior, and although we had waited a decent amount of time our adoption of another dog had to pass the sniff test of both daughters, even though everybody at this point in time lives elsewhere.

For the Love of Chips

Chips was another shelter dog adoption so beloved by our family.
     When we had to put him down, we had most of the family—Sabiha, Flossie, Emily, Geoffrey, Christina, and me—in the old VW bus as we drove to the vet one very dark sad night.
     I recall driving back home in silence. No one said a word, but the next day I noticed that the big box of Kleenex in the bus was empty.
     Fast forward eight months and into the shelter marched the dubious daughters, Flossie and Emily (pictured here with Mr. Chips).
     Flossie took one look at Lucy and exclaimed:
     “How come you’re so damn cute?”
     I knew it was all over but the paperwork when Flossie said that.
     Then we all went outside on a little “trial walk.”

Lucy Becomes Lulu

     On the VW bus ride home, Lucy became Lulu, named after the comic strip character “Little Lulu,” a notoriously mischievous rascal.
     “She is a great dog,” said the lady who took $160 dollars as fee for Lulu, figuring that we might not have already figured that out.

Chew on this Awhile

     “She likes to chew on stuff,” she added.
     Later we discovered that Lulu had belonged to some people in Manhattan that had bought her from a puppy mill for maybe two thousand USD and then kept her caged all day while at work.
     One day Lulu escaped captivity and had the run of the apartment. She found a nice, sumptuous pair of leather shoes and dutifully chewed them up.
     After that episode it was curtains for this dog and her “Mad Hattan” experience.
     I guess she earned her new name far earlier than suspected.

Pretty Face Did Not Add Up

     Lucy was not the “accessory” those folks wanted or were willing to care much about.
     “That happens a lot” the dog people tell me.
     Lulu basically needed and still uses one of those nylon chew toys. She works at it for a couple of hours every day, honing it into a makeshift shiv that we quickly retire before she hurts herself or stabs one of us.
     It’s either that or lose a leg on the dining room table.
     Apparently, every few weeks Anthony takes a hammer and screwdriver, knocks the point off, and sands it down with sandpaper so she can get to work chewing again on the same bone. They’re marking time by how much her bone has shrunk.

Two Beauties

     When we brought her home, Lulu was immediately enamored with our small, green backyard.
     She also immediately took to Cunningham Park nearby, an enormous green space where she can visit tennis courts to help grow her collection of more than 100 bright green tennis balls.
     Flossie would walk her there and the two of them would sit outside the fence until a player would eventually spot the two beauties and toss a ball over the fence.
     After a year and a half of life in a crate all day, with nothing more than tiny patches of green around city trees, Lulu was having a ball.

Corona in Iso Only Half Over

     In July 2020, as Corona in Iso continues, Lulu is happily situated with Flossie and Anthony, who are just wonderful with her. Under the current circumstance, they have been a godsend for all of us as we don’t have to venture out with the dog into a neighborhood increasingly held under sway of the virus.
     But I do miss her, and in searching around for some way to share a universal love of dogs with you, dear reader, I thought to include the keen wit and simple, gentle art of the great James Thurber.

Art of James Thurber

     James Thurber was no artist in the traditional sense, but for more than 35 years his work with dogs was featured in The New Yorker. In 1936, one of his pieces even graced the cover.
     As long as you are still in lockdown, do yourself a favor, subscribe online or even for the weekly hard copy. If you like to read, The New Yorker is the best literary magazine ever; I personally guarantee it. James Thurber, who wrote 40 books, created quite a few volumes that included dogs.
     Here is a taste from one book that actually ended up as part of a Broadway play sixty years ago titled: A Thurber Carnival.



     We will be celebrating the Dog Days of Summer with cartoons by James Thurber during July and August because living in lockdown has helped us appreciate some things in life that often get overlooked.
     And we see our Lulu in these drawings and that at once makes us feel good.

Every Dog Has Its Day

     If you have a dog, or a cat, or a turtle, or a tank full of fish, or any other companion who only expresses love and can’t talk back, send us a picture and a story.
     I will personally read every submission and would love to share the Little Lulus in your lives.
     Email me.

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TIACA Miami Can Wait For 2021

newsletter graphicRE:  TIACA Miami Can Wait For 2021


     Excellent op ed re TIACA Miami, it’s so obvious that this should be cancelled, and cannot believe the horror stories you outlined. It’s a shame that Messe will now further make TIACA look like the culprits.
     No health insurance possible, quarantines, legal liability issue if you send someone to attend, returning home from America means quarantine in your own country, very little air service available, what are these people thinking?
     I cannot believe they have not informed the air cargo industry this will not happen. They also must refund all deposits etc., or forever be tainted as an organization. I hope the world knows this is not TIACA’s doing.

Stan Wraight
President and CEO
Strategic Aviation Solutions International



     Thanks so much for the thoughtful column on TIACA ACF in Miami, I couldn't agree more. And thank you for publishing the picture of all the women from 2018, what a great moment!

Johanne Cadorette
Manager - Global Marketing and Communication Strategy
Air Canada Cargo


RE: AirCargo 2021

Geoffrey & Sabiha,

     I wanted to let you know that out of concern for the health and safety of our attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors, the decision has been made that AirCargo 2021 will not take place in person as planned in New Orleans in February.                Instead, we are evaluating the options on whether or not to hold the event online and are soliciting feedback as to what the Airforwarders Association members and those of our partner associations (AEMCA & ACI-NA) want.
     Please don't worry and mark your calendars as we have pushed New Orleans back by a year and have scheduled AirCargo 2022 for January 16-18th.
     As you mentioned in your recent podcast, this is a time to protect our families, friends, and fellow workers from this dreaded disease and to heal. There will be plenty of time for conferences and fellowship when this is over and I will look forward to seeing the two of you then.
     Stay well.

Executive Director
The Airforwarders Association

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