I cried the first time I saw Airbud. Yes, Airbud—the movie about the dog that plays basketball. It was on this day that I realized how sensitive I was not only to K9’s, but all animals. My name is Jessica Peraza and I am an animal lover. Forgive me if I pet your puppy before acknowledging your child.
I grew up in Nogales, Arizona—the town borders Mexico so to say there is a Hispanic influence in my life is an understatement. My mom and dad are the mostly-proud parents of four children. I’m the second and my personal favorite is number four. My little brother is the funniest person I know.
My dogs have me wrapped around their little paws. Both of them live a life of luxury with my mother catering to their every need. The trade-off is all the laughs we get from them in return. Last December my sister gave me a beta fish for Christmas. I loved that fish like no other. He would travel with me on weekends and keep me company when I was home. Unfortunately, the fish-tank lifestyle got to be too much for him and he jumped. I found him on my kitchen counter. I’m still traumatized by that.
I am pursuing a career in public relations and currently attending Arizona State University at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The fact that I chose ASU over the University of Arizona was shocking to my family of die-hard wildcats—but they’ve learned to love the Sun Devils…or maybe they just fear the fork.
I have decided to dedicate my blog to raising awareness on animal cruelty throughout the world. Last year, I watched a documentary that really struck me: The Cove exposed the awful truth of the abuse and killing of dolphins. The film made me realize just how terrible the mistreatment of animals is and how unaware most people are of what’s going on. I hope to inspire action through my writing and just maybe, save an animal life here and there.
For the record, I still cry every time I watch Airbud. Never give a golden retriever pudding and ditch him on an island.