Almost all of us here have pets. Most of us have dogs. There are a couple with cats and dogs, and one of us recently added a snake to their menagerie. That being said, we love them and shower them with treats and toys. And much to their chagrin, I am sure, we take them to the vet when they need medical attention. This week we have the unique opportunity to make cat toys and a rag chew toy for our dogs. Why don't you join us?
To have one or not to have one, that’s the question. We have had a small dog in the house for the last 35 years. Our last was a toy poodle. We had him for 13 years, and lost him just a few months ago. I miss having a pet around, but I said, “No more dogs.” I didn’t want to have the problem of taking a dog when we were away from home. Now, I’m starting to wonder. I still don’t know the answer to my question.
The first full week in May each year is set aside as Be Kind to Animals Week. This is the oldest week of its kind in the United States--it was established in 1915 by Dr. William O. Stillman, who was the leader of the American Humane Association at that time. The week is dedicated to helping animals and to publicizing the work of our country's humane societies.
Oogy: the Dog Only a Family Could Love by Larry Levin is a doggy love story where the worst imaginable treatment of an animal meets the best that man has to offer. In 2002, Larry Levin and his twin sons took their terminally ill cat into their vet’s office and unexpectedly met a young, white pup named Oogy. Oogy was rescued during a police raid on a house suspected to have allowed dog fighting. He had been used as bait for other fighting dogs because he refused to engage in fights.
Meet Phoebe. She is a cat that I adopted from the local shelter nearly 6 years ago. I can’t image life without her. She is cute, fun, amusing, and affectionate. Since June is ADOPT-A-SHELTER-CAT MONTH, every animal lover should check out their local animal shelter, and if possible, adopt a cat or kitten, give them a loving home, and enrich your life at the same time. Below is a list of some of the animal shelters in the local Kansas City area.
This past Sunday evening, I was out puttering in the back yard when I heard the dogs in my family raising a big fuss in the corner of the yard. We have two dogs: Oliver, a miniature schnauzer, and Bubba, a bull terrier. Although they have not always been very fond of each other, over the years they have become pretty good pals. They often team up together to provide home security for us.
Secret Animal Confessions: Why I Spent Last Night On the Air Mattress and Other Strange Things We Do for Our Pets
For those of us with furry friends in our lives, we can all probably admit to doing some odd, weird, or even unthinkable things for our pets. I once knew a lady who had to stroke her cat’s back in the morning so he would eat his food. Another family wouldn’t wake an elderly dog even when he was sleeping in Dad’s coveted recliner. One gentleman has to keep a jar of biscuits by the back door because his dog will only come in for a tasty treat.