I'm not really sure why I liked it so much, but it was definitely my favorite game show. Even as a fairly young child, I liked to guess the prices of things and compete with the participants on TV from my living room.
And besides the fun and games and prizes, I always remember Bob Barker telling everyone to spay and neuter their pets.
As a kid, I thought it was silly, because I really loved puppies and kittens and was all for adult animals having babies.
But yesterday, some neighbor kids found an abandoned little kitten down the street and brought it to us.
It was a tiny, scrawny little thing, and unfortunately, it was sick. It sneezed and wheezed a lot, and it had lots of mucus.
But it was still cute.
It's not mean, it's meowing pitifully.
We tried calling the humane society, but being a Sunday evening, they were closed. So we tried to make a comfy little place for it to stay, safe from our two dogs and cat.
Again, pitiful meow, not mean.
Kaylee was quite smitten with the cute little kitten, even though we wouldn't let her hold it. She named the kitten Checkers.
This morning we called the humane society, but were directed to animal control because it wasn't our own animal. Who ever my husband spoke to told him that most likely the kitten would be euthanized since it was sick, which was very sad to hear.
However, we made arrangements for animal control to pick up the kitten and the man who came to get her was much more positive. He said it looked like she (it was a girl) had an upper respiratory infection, which is treatable, and maybe worms since she was a stray and wasn't vaccinated. He said as long as she didn't have any serious disease, that she would be treated and then available for adoption. He gave me a website to check so that I could see she'd been checked in.
Kaylee immediately asked about Checkers when I picked her up from school and I let her know that Checkers went to the vet and that she would get some medicine to help her. I looked online and found her picture and was able to show Kaylee so she'd know she was being taken care of.
But here's where Bob Barker and his infamous message to spay and neuter your pets comes in.
I don't live in a large city by any means. Our population is 380,000.
But when I logged onto that website the man gave me, I saw that over 20 kittens had been turned in, just today. And right now they're being taken care of, but you know that there aren't enough people to meet the adoption needs.
This is very sad to me. The kittens were really cute.
So at the risk of stealing someone's trademark phrase
PLEASE, spay and neuter your pets. I'm really sad about all the unwanted ones without a home right now.