This post is for the pet owners out there—or, rather, the ones who are owned by pets. This week I went to the store. I had to have a nice, red tomato to go on my sandwiches, and when I got home, I put it on top of the microwave. You do realize, of course, that the microwave sits on the kitchen counter (as would be expected).
Later that night, I heard a commotion in the kitchen. I assumed the dog was chasing a cat, the cat was chasing the dog or some combination of pursuit. You know what they say about assume, right? I did my normal shout of, “Hey! Knock it off in there!” without getting up to check. My mistake, as I later discovered. They knocked it off for sure.
Apparently one of the cats knocked my gorgeous, ripe tomato off of the microwave. From there, based on the evidence (teeth marks!), one of the dogs grabbed it carried it. I found it under my kitchen table.
So much for my dream of having sliced tomato on my sandwiches….
The weather outside is frightful, but the fire….you can sing the rest, I’m sure. Can we remember our furry friends before we get cozy in front of the fireplace?
Some people think animals can handle below zero temperatures. Maybe those people should try sitting in an outside dog house for an hour before they decide. Animals should be family members, right? Mine sure are! They snuggle in the house with us all the time. We take them out to potty, but they certainly don’t live outside.
One of our little dogs is very “thin-skinned.” She has short fur and gets cold easily. Yes, my friends, she does have a sweater! Is that a reason to put her out in the kennel for en extended period of time in extremely cold weather? NO!
If you happen to see an animal out in the cold, please take action! Talk to the owner and offer support and/or advice as needed. If no action is taken and the animal is still suffering in the cold, call your local police. Family members deserve better.
Jinx gets cold easily.
I have been planning a trip for the last few weeks. It causes a lot of stress to make sure things are lined up and will work. It’s hard to replace me at my house! My first concern is always making sure my furry kids are taken care of in my absence. I am thankful there’s a dog boarding facility in our small town. Koko’s Palace is a safe, happy place for Boxita and Chance. I am also thankful to have a great neighbor who will be in daily to care for the other critters we have. Our furry, four-legged “children” are considered family around here!
Now that I think about it, I have a lot of reasons to be thankful—people who want us to visit, good friends, a car, a roof over our heads, food in the cabinets and freezer, work that I enjoy, people who read my blog 🙂 and even more.
All that remains is to fill the tank, get some rest and have a safe trip.
Jersey getting some rest
Have you ever given your pet a massage-petting? You know what I mean, don’t you? You’re digging your fingers in the fur (gently, of course) as you pet. My dogs and cats LOVE it. Today when I let the bunnies out to binky (jump around), I decided I wanted to pet the rabbits. That’s what I did, but what happened surprised me. I was petting Bella Bunny’s back. She seemed to enjoy it, so I moved to massage-pet her right side. She curved her body toward the right as I petted. I chuckled and petted her left side. She curved her body to the left. Hmmmmm. And again. I concluded that she must be ticklish. For some reason, I think it’s hilarious. I never would have considered that a bunny would be! Maybe I’m easily amused, but these bunn-bunns are very entertaining.
Have you ever hugged your pet(s)? What about snuggling? If you are a furkid parent, I’m sure you have! According to Merriam Webster’s online dictionary, hug means “to put your arms around someone especially as a way of showing love or friendship.” A snuggle is defined as “to lie or sit close together in a comfortable position.” As a parent of both 2-legged kids and 4-legged kids, I admit that I have hugged and snuggled. My teen daughter, however, goes above and beyond. She huggles our dogs and cats.
Ysabela says a huggle is different because she holds the beloved animal tighter than for a hug, and she likes to huggle with a blanket.
Proper hugging technique (according to Ysabela)
1. Watching a loving father care for his child(ren)
2. Well-behaved, loved children
3. Animals finding good homes
5. A job well done
6. Time with friends and family
8. Time to read and write
9. Learning new things
10. A good cup of coffee
1. People who look for excuses not to do something rather than finding a way to accomplish something
2. People who think pets are disposable
3. Hearing someone say, “Why do we have to learn a foreign language?”
4. People who make fun of others
6. Character flaws like cheating, lying, etc.
7. Uninvited guests (unless it’s someone I love–if you have to ask, it’s not you)
8. Being pressured (to buy something, work extra, etc.—I get to decide)
9. Parents who have no authority
10. People who mind my business (unless you pay my bills, stay out of my personal life)