Okay, so it won’t be that depressing, but I am really, really bothered by a local issue that has gained national attention. So I thought I would share it with you and ask you to send a quick note to Broken Arrow’s City Councilors it bothers you as much as it does me.
This is Christie Carr. I have never met her before, so this is completely unsolicited. Her story has just touched me and I want to help.
I will condense the story for you. Christie has a kangaroo. As a baby it was injured at an animal sanctuary where it ran into a fence and was brain damaged and partially paralyzed. Because of the incident, the kangaroo can only hop about 3 feet before falling and is expected to get no larger than 50 pounds.
Christie helped nurse the kangaroo, Irwin, back to health and along the way it helped her get over her depression. She cares for the kangaroo much like a baby and brings him to the nursing home where it brings many of the patients much joy as well as the joy that it brings Christie. (Please read the full story, click here.)
Under Broken Arrow’s exotic animal ordinance she has to either give the kangaroo up (which it would potentially be put under) or buy a $50,000 liability insurance policy. My heart just breaks for her. I know how important my pets are to me and would just be devastated if they were to be taken from me when they have about the same likelihood of injuring someone as Irwin. I do understand the purpose of the ordinance, however, I think in this situation, it needs to be looked at from a different perspective.
I know a Bixby councilor and asked what I could do to help. He said the best way to make a difference is to reach out to the council members and let them know your stance. The more people they hear from the more pressure the better. I have emailed the city councilors in BA and asked them to reconsider their ruling. If you feel as passionate as I do (I may or may not have shed a tear for this poor woman), feel free to copy and paste my email:
I would like to write you on behalf of Christie Carr and her plight to keep her kangaroo Irwin at home. While I certainly understand your concern for the public and the precedent this will set, I would like to ask you to please make an exemption for her situation.
Due to the circumstances of the animal, the joy that it brings Christie and so many others, and the low risk of injury to the public, I ask you to please vote for an exception to her circumstance at your next council meeting.
I appreciate you hearing my thoughts and thank you for your service to the community.
On a lighter note. Remember when I told you I met Trisha Yearwood this week?
Um, yeah. Well, I forgot to mention I completely embarrassed myself. A long time ago, probably 1993 or 1994 she had a song called “She’s in Love with the Boy.” It starts out with Katie and Tommy at the drive-in movies parked in the very last row… If you don’t remember, you can listen here.
So when I meet Trisha, I honestly said “My name is Katie…and my husband is Tommy.” Blank stares. (He wasn’t there.) Crickets chirping. I don’t think it ever clicked. Then I completely panicked that she didn’t sing the song. Instead I am just the “crazy” person who introduced myself and my husband who wasn’t present. Hmmm…that story might have been funnier in person.