Tuesday, August 15, 2017

August is National Immunization Month




I’ll never forget the worried look on my brother-in-law’s face when he showed up at our house, very sick puppy in tow.  He had come over to help us celebrate our son, Jonah’s first birthday.  But he wasn’t able to stay long.  Jody, his six-week-old mutt, had contracted parvovirus and Christian was not sure he was going to make it.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Microchip for National Lost Pet Prevention Month


When friends of mine were looking for a home in another state, they left their dog in the care of a dog sitter.  When the sitter let Bear out in the backyard, the mastiff lab mix jumped the fence and ran away.  After searching the neighborhood tirelessly, the sitter had to give up and return to her home.  Bear wasn’t seen again, but my friends knew he had returned to their home after the sitter left.  His muddy pawprints on the door were a dead giveaway.  Not finding anyone home to let him in, Bear wandered away again.

There are many reasons pets can get lost, from inclement weather, to disturbances in their schedules, to loud sounds like fireworks.  Which is why, during this month of July, when there are backyard barbecues galore, trips with furry friends to far off places, and increased incidences of thunderstorms, it is a good idea to brush up on tips to keep your pet from running away, and to microchip if you haven’t already.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

When the Thunder Rolls

The last week of June is Lightning Safety Awareness Week.  Imagine my surprise when I googled lightning safety and found tons of info on how to protect your human self in a thunderstorm, but not much on how to safeguard your animals!  Our pets can be at great risk in a thunderstorm, if they are not able to find appropriate shelter, or if they become frightened and cannot calm down.  Let’s talk strategies for keeping your pets safe should lightning strike.

One of the most important things to remember when it comes to your pets, is that they cannot tell you when they are afraid or worried, nor do they understand you telling them they are safe inside.  Their fear is irrational, therefore there is almost no way for you to know how they will react.  Being prepared is key when it comes to your pet’s safety in a storm.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Take Your Dog to Work Day


When I first heard Ben and Jerry’s allows employees to bring their dogs to work every day, I couldn’t help but think of Duke the Dairy Delight Dog.  Darla, owner of Darla’s Dairy Delight, Home of the Famous Vanilla-Chocolate Swirl, is appalled when Duke, a mangy, smelly, homeless dog decides he has found his home in her place of business.  Darla prides herself on keeping an ice cream shop that is so clean you could eat off the floor, so you can imagine her outrage when Duke moves right on in.  It is not until an unfortunate mishap with a cleaning machine turns his coat into vanilla-chocolate swirls that Darla comes to her senses and sees Duke for what he really is:  A sweet and loving pup, looking for his place in the world.  Instead of hurting her business, Duke ends up helping, by drawing people “from miles around to see his spectacular hairdo, and eat Darla’s tasty Vanilla-Chocolate swirls.”

Monday, June 19, 2017

Boredom Isn't Such a Bad Thing

It was after my mom sent a text of a page in her Better Homes and Gardens that I felt the conviction.  I had to make a change.  And it had to be now.

I held out my hand to collect their phones and their ipods.  They looked at me like I had two heads.  "What about yours?" they asked?  Mine too.  Especially mine.

"But what if you receive an important call?"  Ahhh, the beauty of technology.  Even that one was covered.  I have handsfree capabilities.  Even with my phone in the way back of the car, I can receive and make calls through the bluetooth in my phone.  And guess what?  If there is a true emergency and I need to talk to someone about something important, it might just be better if I pull off the road to make or receive that call anyway.

And then we had this conversation.

Me (to the almost teenager in the passenger seat): I am feeling like I need to make a change.  If my phone is right here at the ready, I am much more tempted to check a text that comes through, look at Facebook while waiting at a light, or even see what podcasts have come available.  It is not safe for me to be doing that.  The other day I had to slam on brakes because I was looking at my phone and I didn't notice the car in front of me had stopped.  And think of all I am missing while busying myself on my phone.  When I am in my car, I should be looking around, noticing the changing seasons, the way our little town is adapting to meet the population growth in our area, and enjoying the scenery.  I choose right now, this moment, to become better about not looking at my phone.  And if that means putting it out of my own reach, that's what I will do.

My almost teenager: But I'm bored.  What can I do while we are driving?

Oh, the answers I could have come up with.  But my mind steered me straight back to the text message from my mom.

Me: How about looking around?  In a few short years, you'll be the one behind this steering wheel.  You'll be driving to school, making Target runs, picking up your little brother from school. (YIKES!)  Will you know the way?  If you are constantly looking down at your phone, will you know how to get to Target???  And, let me tell you how bored you will be, or worse, how broken you will be if you hurt yourself or someone else because you are looking down at your phone when you are driving your little brother home from school. 

Silence in the car.

Jonah: You're right.  I understand.

Best four words a mama can hear.  And one of the best conversations we've ever had.  I know I need to be the role model in the driver's seat.  It may change the trajectory of my life.





Tuesday, June 13, 2017

A House That Finally Feels Like Home



The bowls of popcorn shared.

Each baby coming home to meet her.

Swims and walks at the park.

Four-legged birthday parties.

Endless kisses and snuggles.  

These are the memories of our sweet Summer we hold close to our hearts.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Be Kind To Animals Week


When my oldest son was five, he asked when we were going to throw a birthday party for our dog, Summer.  He wanted to invite her doggy friends (basically the neighborhood dogs), bake her a cake, and play some games.  So, that’s what we did!