Kickass, the doorstop dog, being an animal, has always felt that when it comes to associating animals with special days, not only have dogs been virtually ignored, but some of the other animal associations leave a lot to be desired. Take the Easter bunny and the prominence of eggs as a symbol of the day. The two cottontail rabbits that have been cavorting with each other around the base of the bird feeder obviously have something in mind but it is not laying eggs. It would be much more appropriate to have an Easter chicken to go along with the Easter eggs, and Kickass will be lobbying for such a change. This effort will follow his current campaign to replace the recently disgraced groundhog with a weasel which has a built in—though perhaps undeserved, reputation for sneakiness. Kickass’s work on behalf of dogs acknowledges that the “dog days of summer” when it is hot enough for sidewalk egg-frying, can be interrupted as insulting to dogs and something needs to be done. He is suggesting that dogs replace cats as Halloween figures because of dogs’ superior knowledge of tricks and treats. An anonymous suggestion to consider replacing the turkey at Thanksgiving was immediately discarded for the obvious reason that if you are going to eat a dog it had better be a hot dog.
(See billstokesauthor.com for more Kickass and news of the novel MARGARET’S WAR.)