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I’m Rudy the Dog’s better half. They call me Rudey because I speak the plain truth. I may have nine lives, but Rudy’s tall tales in the Alameda Sun are killing me (“Canine Reflects on Camping Trip,” March 5).

It’s March and Rudy finally got around to saying how much he loves the smell of Christmas trees. He told the editor that his story would have arrived sooner, but the cat ate his homework. Anyway, everyone knows that dogs don’t like the smell of trees. Dogs mostly love the smell of urine, which is why they spray trees. 

The Old Man (as Rudy rudely refers to our doting human servant) repeatedly had to yell at Rudy not to spray the Christmas tree. One time he even threw the Sun at that silly dog. 

There’s only one smell Rudy loves more than urine, and that’s the backside of other dogs. If the Old Man put a bowl of delicious food in front of Rudy, along with a female dog and a Christmas tree, Rudy will first want to smell the dog’s backside. After that he’ll want to spray the tree. 

Dogs are histrionic while cats are dignified. Rudy, like all dogs, craves attention, which is why he writes to the Sun. If Rudy had a Facebook account he would post an update and a picture each time he sprayed a tree and smelled some dog’s behind. 

I could point out all the other tall tales Rudy has told but I’m a cat and we have better things to do. My life and my thoughts are vastly more interesting than Rudy’s, but that’s my business, not yours. I’m Rudey Unchained; there are no leashes on me. 

As for the oldsters, they’re doing fine, except I heard them talk about a shortage of toilet paper. Even Rudy is smart enough to know that toilet paper isn’t necessary. If things get much worse, they might have to put the Sun where the sun don’t shine. 


— Rudey the Cat (Steven Mason)

Many thanks to those individuals and groups who have contributed to the Midway Shelter for abused women and their children.   A number of the listed donors contributed several times in February.

Our thanks go out to donors: Kelly Marx, Paula Patillo-Dupree, Virginia Krutilek and Lance & Sandra Russum in memory of: Thomas Evans, Anne Bartalini, Marie Wardell, Dorothy Branddt, Barbara Maes, Arlenne Russi, Kimberly Ann Reavis, Violet Cary, Don Imus, Neil Innes and Barbara Butler.

As they do nearly every month, the Pipkin-McGrath family generously donated. They were joined by: Annessa Piper, Clark Construction on behalf of Venus Martinus, St. Joseph Basilica and Jay Dawson. We also thank: David Mercado, Scott Benson and Elana Swartzman, Lois Pryor, Mrs. Guantt’s fifth-grade students at St. Joseph Elementary School, Sally Rix and Mary Buck for their help this month. Two donors chose to remain anonymous.

To see your name among the March donors, send a donation  to Alameda Homeless Network, P.O. Box 951, Alameda 94501. For further information call 357-0205, Ext. 206 or see www.midwayshelter.org.


— Ginny Krutilek

Alameda has been a part of my life since about 1975 when I met my future husband who grew up on the Island. Our beautiful daughter has taught school here for the past 16 years but in that time she developed cancer. She was so courageous throughout all this and was able to go back to teaching but in February 2019 she was no longer able to teach. She was devastated but her spirit was, as always, very strong. As the year went on she had to acknowledge that she wasn’t going to recover. This is where Alameda comes in. 

As her condition worsened, Alamedans stepped up and kept her spirits high. The teachers and parents at her school visited her and when she had to be in a wheelchair the firefighters at Fire Station No. 2 stepped up and gave her a lift downstairs and then back up again later, always with a smile.

Since I was staying with her I also got to know Alameda again. Alameda is filled with incredible people. My daughter loved living and working here, and I have, too. 

Her friends here in Alameda have inspired my family so much that we have set up a scholarship in her name to be awarded each year to a graduating senior with aspirations of working in the education field. It’s the least that we can do. Please visit www.missnicolejones.com for information.

Thank you to everyone in this wonderful town for your support and love. It will not be forgotten.


— Theresa Jones