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The Cat and other stories.

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Throw back to New Year’s day, started the year off on the right foot.

Sunday afternoon.

Daisy the border collie x and I just came back from a nice, long walk. It is a cool, rainy day, but I nevertheless managed to build up a bit of a ‘glow’.

The Cat was waiting for me, and demanded food, but I was not so easily swayed. He is getting better and better everyday (thanks for asking), i.e. he is getting around more easily. (Please see a few of my previous posts on why you are getting an update on The Cat’s health.) What he still doesn’t do well enough to my liking, is to eat. He is a bag of bones. I give him wet food twice a day, and he has a permanent bowl of dry food at his disposal. He used to gobble up his wet food, now he licks it. Literally. He gives it a few licks and walks off. He does eat some dry food, but also not nearly enough to start picking up weight. So when I walked in the door and he was meowing at me, I shoved his left-over breakfast under his nose again (which was basically all the food I gave him this morning). Once again, he gave it a few licks, and he was done.

He is really a cantankerous old grump at the moment, and I doubt that will change. Except when he wants to have a little nap on my lap, then he can suddenly start making eyes at me! Typical male…

The Cat in better days.

I heard only a few hours ago, that my SO’s nephew had an accident with a motorbike, and he is in hospital. His guardian angel must have just looked away for a second, but could still react in time to save his butt. He had a serious crash, which could have ended so much worse – thankfully it didn’t. He will be okay, after a lot of stitches to his head (!), an operation to his hand(s) and a very bruised and battered body.

Please be careful out there if you are a bike rider, these accidents happen so quickly! Always wear your protective gear, and be super cautious if you are on a road you don’t know. If you are not a biker, please be on the look out for bikers, and give them some leeway, they are very vulnerable out there. Don’t be one of the spiteful drivers to cut them off or drive in such a way that they cannot pass you – that is just mean spirited.

I spent a very quiet weekend mostly at home, enjoying the cool and rainy weather, and although I want this week to pass quickly, I’m not sure I’m quite ready for Monday yet…

Enjoy your Sunday evening or what ever is left of your day, and best of luck for the week ahead! 🙂

A gift that lasts…

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Daisy (L) and Roomys (R), my furry babies.

A puppy or a kitten is a very bad idea for a Christmas present.

Unless you have carefully considered every angle, that is.

  • For instance, do you know how big the breed will be when it’s fully grown? A Cocker Spaniel pup is the most adorable little thing, but they grow into good medium sized dogs. Labradors are large dogs, and not suited to small houses and gardens, etc.
  • Do you know the characteristics of the breed you’re planning to buy? Do you know that some dogs, like border collies, kelpies, Australian shepherds, blue heelers, etc., need to exercise everyday. They need space to run, and they need to be challenged. They are very intelligent dogs, and get bored easily. They will not allow you to ignore them – they demand attention. Are you up to the challenge?
  • Are you buying the puppy because your three or four year old has been nagging for a dog? Who is going to look after the dog? You or your child? Be sure your child is old enough to handle the responsibility, or you will end up doing the work. Are you okay with that?
  • Puppies and even older dogs chew. They chew on toys, shoes, area rugs, furniture, plants, anything they can get their teeth into. Can you deal with that? Without lashing out at the dog or hitting it with something?
  • Will you be prepared to give time and attention to your dog? It is cruel to get a dog, and then ignore it completely. They will love you with all their being, the least you can do is give it some love back.
  • Dogs eat a lot. Their food cost a lot of money. They also need to get shots from time to time. Can you afford a dog?

Please consider carefully, leave emotions out of this. And please make sure you get your pup spayed. Please get your puppy from a dog shelter or whatever it is called in your country. (Here it is SPCA or Animal Shelters.) These are dogs that people bought because they didn’t think it through properly, and now they don’t want them anymore.

Cats have slightly different considerations, but in essence they are the same. You also have to consider the breed characteristics and whether you want a short haired or long haired cat. They are slightly more aloof than dogs, and mostly they decide when they are ready for some attention, so keep that in mind.

And most of all, PLEASE do not become one of those people who leave your dog next to the road or thrown into a river in a bag because it has become a nuisance to you. It kills me to see where and in and what condition dogs/cats are sometimes found. No person who does something like that, deserves any kind of respect.

Dogs and cats are amazing creatures, they make wonderful companions, they are loyal beyond measure, and they deserve your love and respect as another living being.

The enormous value of pets in your life.

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My two fur babies.

Who knew. Did you know?

I always thought that a person had pets only because you love animals, I never knew that they are enormously beneficial to your health and well being too. Did you know that?

Of course, there have been quite a lot of articles about the psychological benefits of pets in the last years, but have you read them? I’ve skimmed through a few, and was a bit dismissive. Lately I’ve been thinking about it a bit more.

I adopted a border collie x just over a year ago – yes, the one on the picture in my last post! – and she has been such a delight. Playful, happy, lively, loving, lively, clever, sweet and lively. Also, a pain in the backside, because she is so into chewing things (like most puppies, I suppose) – it started off with shoes, then I noticed strange holes in some of my area rugs and bath mats, then plants, her toys, and now, a year later, she still chews on things. And she is lively. Did I mention that? Very lively…

So I’ve been thinking about the actual benefits of having a dog. She is so loyal and loving, she loves taking me for walks, and she does not have moods. I’ve read a few articles lately, and it is not hard to believe that a pet can change your life for the better.

If you are still sceptical, have a look at this, and this, it will surely convince you that pets are waaaaaay more than ‘just’ animals. They are aids like guide dogs for the blind, they are companions to children and the elderly, they are a comfort to the sick and even hugely beneficial to Alzheimer patients, and the list goes on. I know they can sometimes be a pain too, but their positives far outweigh their negatives. And all they want in return is food and love.

My precious little granddaughter sharing a cuddle with Duke. (Apologies to my daughter for stealing her picture, but I absolutely just had to xxx)

Be kind to your fur babies, look after them well, because they look after you the best way they can.

Until next time, enjoy your pets! 🙂