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August 4, 2008
A suburban pet store, a Tijuana orphanage, and an elderly rest home receive remarkable philanthropy. People take ‘field trips’ to walk puppies, caress babies, share stories. Minimum requirements: ID, supervisor, time. Maximum: risk, transformation, revolution. Only demons find controversy here. What, then, of pit bulls at the pound, latchkey teenagers, politicians, incarcerated, even the affluent? Outgrowing naked, squeaky, ego-less, adorable, safe, don’t we still need? Far as we know, in our galaxy, these are now certain: Mars has water; and, on Earth, too many wait for the chaperoned ‘okay’ to step, reach, touch. Sadly, this fear merely fortifies our loneliness.