Today I’m thankful for cats.
I’m thankful for the lessons in love they teach us.
They teach us
to be curious,
trust our instincts
and to give the “look” when needed,
and above all else, love unconditionally
It’s supposed to be wordless, but I wanted to share pictures I caught of my friend’s kitten Ozzy.. he’s only 4 months old but he is just a trip..
Today I’m thankful for my heart pet Buggy.
For those that don’t know what a “heart pet” is.. here’s a friend’s definition:
“A heart pet is a pet that is a very special pet that you know there will be no other like them. No matter how many pets you have they will never have that special connection to you.”
“It is a soulmate animal…you share a unique, deep special connection. You are a part of each other.”
So for those of us who have heart pets, let’s take a moment to be thankful for them, their presence in our lives and give them extra love if they are still with us, or remember them if they have passed over the Rainbow Bridge.
These are older photos of the boys, but I wanted to show them off.
Happy 4th of July to all my readers in the U.S.
Please keep your pets at home when going to watch the fireworks.
Stay safe & be good!
Today I’m thankful for Amazon & Goodwill.
Well have you seen the prices of those comfy soft throw blankets that cats love?
WalMart may have them on sale for $3 during the holidays but they generally range from $5-$10 normally. I can go to Goodwill and buy them for $1-$3 a piece.
And since my Goodwill trips are generally bi-monthly you can imagine how I stock up when I do go. And the blankets aren’t just for me.. I normally by 10-30 blankets which I test for softness, I let my cats pick out 1 or 2, wash them and get then nice and folded and sent them off to Pet Guards Angels in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
I’ve been involved with Pet Guards for going on 5 years now and I do the Wishes for Kitties (1 birthday wish = $1 donation) and at least two Kitty Care Packages a year.
So I’m thankful I can get blankets for so cheap at Goodwill, it means a great deal to a shelter who relies on donations to get by.
Amazon is a life saver when it comes to getting cat toys and trees. Pet stores are crazy expensive and I don’t mind getting a bulk amount of cat toys, giving my cats some and sending them to the shelter.
Amazon also allows you to make wish lists which is very helpful when trying to help out the shelter (or when I want to put things on “hold”).
So thanks to both of these places I can give my cats and those looking for a home a better life.
I know, I know.. another dog related post… I’m sorry to all my cat lovers and small pet friends…I had to cover this topic. It’s been an issue since I was little back when I was petrified of dogs and now that I understand them more it’s still an issue.
Why don’t people have their dogs on leashes?
Not only are there laws for this, but there are people who are petrified of dogs (I was on that list) dogs can get into deadly situations without being on a leash, but yet people still let their dogs out to run free or walk them without a leash.
My neighbor did this often when I first moved into my house about 4 years ago, I repeatedly called animal services about it because I had seen the dog nearly get hit twice and gobbled down the cat food I left out for the outdoor cats I feed.
They have come out numerous times to speak with her and she did walk the dog on a leash for a while, but unfortunately she is one of those pet owners who sees walking the dog as an inconvenience. Which is extremely unfortunate for the dog, who is a handsome white pit bull named Repo.
He deserves better than that, he deserves a human who will take him out on a leash all the time.
But animals don’t give up on their humans, so I hope his human will realize that the leash is for his safety.
More reasons to leash your dogs:
*It’s the law In many areas, dogs must be on a leash. Many of the reasons for this are found below. It can be very costly if your dog is seen by an officer or ranger or if your dog is involved in an incident while off leash.
*Aggressive dogs Just because your dog is friendly does not mean that the dog he’s meeting is nice. If the aggressive dog is on leash and bites your off-leash dog, you will not be able to collect any money for your dog’s vet bills and you will likely be fined for having your dog off leash, even if your dog does not survive the attack.
*Fearful people Many people of all ages are afraid of dogs. Not only is it rude to allow your dog to frighten people, it could cost you. If your dog causes a fearful person to get hurt in an attempt to get away from your dog, you could be held liable for the medical bills. People have a right to protect themselves from a perceived threat, so even if your dog is friendly, if they see it as aggressive they can hurt or kill your dog in self-defense and you have no legal recourse.
*Poison Your dog could get into something poisonous like antifreeze or into dangerous trash like cooked chicken bones before you can stop it. This can cause large vet bills or death of the dog.
*Chasing Your dog could chase wildlife into a street. If your loose dog causes an auto accident, you can be responsible for the car repairs and medical bills.
- Leashes prevent your dog from chasing animals, people, or bikes.
- Its courteous to your neighbors, especially if they do not know your dog’s level of obedience.
- A single lost dog is one too many.
- When used properly, most canines don’t mind dog leashes or collars, in fact most like them.
- You can pull your dog back to protect them, should there be something dangerous in the environment.
- A dog leash could save your dog’s life.
(Taken from : http://www.puplife.com/pages/dog-leash-safety-tips)
Today I am thankful that animals forgive.
When animals are rescued from hoarding situations, they forgive.
When dogs are rescued from dog fighting rings, they forgive.
The countless times that animals have seen cruelty from humans and are rescued by a kind person, they forgive.
I think we as humans could learn a lot from animals as easily as they forgive.
They don’t give up on us and I think that’s awesome.