Many years ago on April 1st, 2019, the website Autostraddle, for one day, devoted itself to perhaps its most worthy subject of all time: me, Carol the dog. The entire website became Carolstraddle, with a special banner for me, a special cursor for me, and special articles for me.
It was an important day for not just me (I am important every day and a star) but for all pets and animals, who flooded the comments, finally having found a space where they could be amongst like-minded individuals and share their emotions and concerns on a variety of important issues, such as a dog who was barking very loudly at the time.
Every time I complain to my parent, Riese, that there has not been enough Carol content since that time, she gently suggests I re-route my complaint to an Editor and also tells me that I am in the newsletter every week. While it is true that my PICTURE is in the newsletter, what about my voice?????
Imagine my delight when a great void opened up this week with one Editor out sick and another wrapped up with writer interviews!!! (Not that I need a great void, I am a small dog and only need a small void, but anyways) In fact I heard word that on today, April 1st, both our Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor would be out of the office!!?!!?!?
Therefore I knew there had never been a better time to hatch a plan to center myself!!!! Once again I could bring an important voice (mine) to the LGBTQIA+ population on April First!!!
But there’s more!!!!!
Although my in-person behavior towards every other animal in the world (especially squirrels) would suggest otherwise, I am very benevolent and generous towards all of G-d’s creatures and decided that this year 2022, I would use my privilege to stop thinking about only myself for the day and instead make space on this website for other animals (not just me) to take up space. In fact today you will be hearing from not just me (Carol) but also from two dogs who are not me, one cat (i also might be a cat so in a way that is also about me) and a tarantula. When was the last time you read an article by a tarantula? That’s right, we are doing important work here.
Also there is a quiz where you or your pet can find out if you are me or maybe a pet who is not me?
In conclusion, look how cute I am: