Social media has made the world a smaller place. I have made friends with dogs from all over the world, which is fascinating because I get to learn about so many different people and cultures. But it is also worrisome because every time there is a violent crime anywhere in the world there is a friend I need to say prayers for.
On 9/11 our human brother was asleep in his bed in his Queens’ apartment. My parents knew there was little chance he was near Ground Zero when the attack occurred but they made frantic phone calls for an hour before they could confirm he was fine. Unfortunately, a family friend was on the first flight that hit the Twin Towers.
Another family friend was two blocks away when the Marathon bombers struck. Mom’s niece’s husband’s family was sheltered in place in their home in Berlin after the December 16, 2016, Christmas market attack occurred a half mile from their house. That same niece was a few blocks from Time Square last month when a driver crashed into a group of pedestrians.
Not only do we have our own family to worry about but we need to be concerned about our online family. We have many friends in Great Britain. When the attacks at Manchester, or at the London Bridge occur, we think of our friends like Lou-ee and Abigail, and so many others, pray that they were nowhere near the scene and hoped they did not lose any loved ones.
We were anxious to hear from our friends Rani Go, who lives in the Philippines, but after ISIS made it’s presence know in the southern part of the nation, and then after the mysterious casino robbery. Rani assured us that her pack lives safely in the northern part of the country, but we worry. It’s a small country.
When attacks occurred in Nice there was our friend Easy Rider to worry about, and now his brother Phinney. It seems violence occurs every day and where there is violence, there is someone we love in the vicinity.
Before social media, I only worried about the people in my country. Attacks anywhere else seemed like they happened in another world. Now we are more one world than one country. I know humans who live in Russia and America have differences, but so do people who live in Vermont and Arizona.
We dogs never have differences. We are not citizens of a country. We are truly global citizens.
If there is one positive thing I can say about all the recent attacks is that they are becoming less shocking, which may show humans have become more jaded, but it is also a good thing. The more these evil terrorists attack, the more ordinary, and less terrifying, they become. That is why terrorism never works.
And the more united we become, the less these acts of evil work too. Love can conquer hate.
If something happens in your country, please check in with your friends. These evil people can reach any human and don’t care.
And look to us dogs. We are all sharing this planet together for a short period of time. Dogs always strive to make the world a better place.
We wish all humans felt the same way.