Getting Cozy

Let the snuggling begin!

Let the snuggling begin!

Jinx and Jersey look comfortable.

Jinx and Jersey look comfortable.

 

 

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Conspiracy!

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….

It Started Innocently Enough

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.

This happens every day.

This happens every day.

 

Purrful was fine after she figured out what was happening.

Purrful was fine after she figured out what was happening.

Jinx wasn't so impressed.

Jinx wasn’t so impressed.

What self-respecting cat would sit still for this?

What self-respecting cat would sit still for this?

Chance was feeling the love!

Chance was feeling the love!

 

 

Well-Pet Checkups

This lovely feline called Purrful depends on her family for care and love.

This lovely feline called Purrful depends on her family for care and love.


Do your pets get treated like family? Do you care for them as you would your kids? I suspect the answer to both of those questions is a resounding YES! In that case, do you take your pet(s) to the vet for an annual checkup? There are so many asymptomatic illnesses that a yearly checkup is necessary. Something evil, insidious and deadly might be lurking within our precious pet. A thorough checkup might be the only way to uncover a killer.

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.

Poppy is usually gregarious and a bit snarky (between naps).  Watch for behavior changes in your pet.  It could a warning sign of a health issue.

Poppy is usually gregarious and a bit snarky (between naps). Watch for behavior changes in your pet. It could be a warning sign of a health issue.

Kindness

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.

Dog treat delivery!

Dog treat delivery!


I found out a neighbor had to put his beloved dog to sleep, but he found another canine that needed him. He was first on my list. I was sad, but glad he has company. She is a lovely dog, and she found a wonderful home.

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.

The Chicken Chick