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The Case Against Docking and Declawing

puppy and kitten

We do certain things for our pets to protect them. We vaccinate our pets to thwart diseases like rabies, parvo virus, and distemper. Recently, micro-chipping pets has become popular so that if our pets become lost they may be more easily returned to their home.

The Half-Tailed Squirrel

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A mild mystery about ears and earrings, things lost and things found.

Reflection on the Larceny of Squirrels

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The other day, I watched one neighboring squirrel raid the nest of the homesteader in our front yard tree. A few days later, the homesteader buried another cache of nuts on our boulevard. As soon as he left, the neighbor came over, searched, pillaged and re-buried our homesteader's bounty. No wonder the homesteader can't find his stockpile!



Last Words

Eagle stalking mouse

Purple-blue night into
Blue-white day,
On the glacier,
There he lay...



Saving Blooper

The Real Blooper
Blooper

A fictionalized and embellished account of the true story of saving Blooper, a lost kitten who's fight to survive and persistence paid off.

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Tags: cats, children, family, pets, stories, fiction, life, life stories

Favorite Child

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My young son asked, “Momma, who do you love more? Me or Nicki?” I had to think. I knew the stock answer was, “I love you both the same,” but I didn’t. I loved some qualities about him that she didn’t have and she had some lovable qualities that I didn’t see in him.

Memories of August

children at play
Fotolia Stock Photo: Children Playing

Creeks and wooded walkways had all been explored. Forts were built and dismantled; some were rebuilt and some were abandoned. The days were hot, too hot for outdoor play, and so after supper we all went out into the dusk to reconnect our friendships with backyard (and front-yard) games.

Kitty Lifting

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Does your kitty go ballistic when you pick her up? The problem could be in how you are lifting her.
If you lift your kitten by the “scruff of his neck” please stop. Some people think that is how mothers carry their kittens, but really — it isn’t.



Feeding Your Dog

dogs discussing food

Many dogs will eat just about anything, but, just as you don’t let a child eat everything they desire, you don’t feed your dog everything he will eat. Feed your dog the best food you can afford within your dog food budget.



Puppy Bites

puppy bite

No matter what we do with our dogs, they learn from it. Don’t offer your puppy your body parts as toys. Offer toys that he can chew and toys that he can tug at without worry about injury to either him or you.