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….
Our pets spend a lot of time lounging around the house. I have to admit that I spend as much time as possible doing the same, but these little furkids have me beat.
My friend, Laura, said to try “wearing” our dog. She tried it in self defense because her new dog kept getting under her feet. Bela took her advice, and this is what happened.
Maybe this post will answer that question.
Bela got comfy on the couch and was almost immediately inundated with….pets. 🙂 They held her hostage there for over an hour. That’ll teach her to sit on the couch!
If you are like me, you notice differences in your pet’s appearance or behavior quickly. I can even distinguish between my cats by the meow. As vigilant as I am, I don’t know everything. I do know the importance of an annual check by the vet. S/he will be able to delve deeper than the outward appearance to diagnose problems. This is especially important for older pets and the very young. If something is wrong, things can get worse quickly.
Don’t leave the health of your pet to chance. Be proactive.
I had wanted to bake some dog treats for a couple of weeks, so I finally did it. I made time to do something fun. My dogs love the peanut butter treats, and I enjoy delivering them to friends with dogs. My daughter ended up “taste testing” a couple of them! She was able to personally endorse the treats as we delivered them to neighbors.
We took treats to a ranching friend of mine as well. Her two dogs are adorable, of course. Then we dropped off a few treats to the best neighbor ever. All dogs seemed interested in the containers, so I think they will enjoy their snacks.
What did kindness cost me? I had the ingredients here waiting to be used. The containers were very economically priced at Oriental Trading Company. I ordered them months ago, so I might as well use them, right? I spent about an hour of my time and got my hands a little messy. Seeing the neighbors smile was pretty cheap.
An English translation of Yoani Sánchez's blog Generación Y, from Havana, Cuba
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