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False Alarm

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The intruder broke security
In the stillness of the dead of night.
The honking cacaphony
li>Alerted geese in Southern flight

When Your Pet Makes Them Sick

pet-hairy broom

If you have an allergy and I have a dog, who has the right of way in the space we both want to occupy?

Scaredy Cat

Scaredy Cat
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Cats have a reputation for being aloof. Still, when you rescue a cat, you likely expect that it wil become your companion. Sometimes that doesn't work out as you intended. You spend weeks or even months trying to coax your cat out from under the couch, the bed, or out of the closet without success.

Cats: Tooth and Nail

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Pet safety usually means keeping your pet safe but part of that is keeping yourself and the people in your life safe from your pet's instinctive behaviors.

Tabby Grabbing

scared kitten

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When tabby balks at being picked up, it could be as simple as how you lift her (or him)
or/and how you hold him (or her) afterwards.
Tabby grabbing could be called pussy grabbing because it can seem as invasive as sexual assault to your cat. One thing you always need to remember in handling a cat is that an angry sounding "meow," a hiss, or a growl is as valid as a human, "No!"

Touch Me Not Pets

Some pets are terrified of touch, especially when it comes to hygenic or medical procedures. What can yo do about it? Here's one answer:

Feral

The sign said, "Property of the United States Government". No trespassing. Violators will be prosecuted." But, he couldn't read. (Suggested for mature readers only. This piece may be unsuitable for children.)

Too Many Strays —Too Soft a Heart

abondoned dog

Country life was the cat's meow—. Really! It was everything we expected and a lot we didn't expect. Day to day, we never knew who we would find at the end of our driveway, on our doorstep, or even tied to a tree. During the years we lived in the country, there was a steady stream of tail chasers and tail waggers that were dependent on the softness of our hearts.


Baby and the Goldfish

Siamese

One day after work, I came home to see Baby sitting on the table, looking into the Aquarium. As I walked into the living room, I could see that the carpet was soaked. My heart sank. I was oblivious to the mess because I was sure the fish was a goner.

Rose Colored Day

Tophat Cat

The chameleon crept to where he resides.
He hides in a crack in the wall,
The place his identity is unalibied
And his true colors are recalled.