Monday, October 3, 2016
Friday, September 9, 2011
1. Always be happy to see those you love.
2. Approach each day and each new experience with enthusiasm (even a walk).
3. Never underestimate the power of praise.
4. Don’t bite when just a growl will do.
5. Don’t be afraid to show your joy! When you are happy – show it. Wiggle and wag.
6. Never turn down a car ride with someone you love.
7. Be loyal.
8. Lounge under a tree in the shade on a hot day.
9. Every once in a while put your head out the window and feel the air on your face and hair.
10. Have a favorite toy.
11. Don’t hold a grudge.
12. When someone is having a bad day – be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently..
13. Eat each meal with vigor and enjoy anything that’s offered.
14. Protect and defend those you love.
15. Enjoy every day to it’s fullest.
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Anybody that loves animals and loves having pets has one animal that probably started the downward spiral into an apartment/condo/house/street corner filled with pets. I'm not talking about Animal Hoarders filled because that is just vile and is something I can't even stand to watch on tv. I'm talking about anyone that got (hopefully adopted) a pet and then just wanted one more...but still has the willpower to stop, stand back and realize "whoa whoa whoa...there is no way I can adopt another animal right now. My current ratio of humans to iguana/kitten/ ferret/mini horses is just right!"
My gateway pets were Luigi and Sofia. I got them when I was 24 and was less than responsible. I spent most of my weekends drinking in Portsmouth. The great thing about cats is that they are relatively easy to care for. I could leave for a day or two knowing they would be OK and love me even more when I got back. Eventually, this led to wanting a dog. Enter Ollie and my almost obsession with shelters, animal rescue, dogs and cats.
I love Ollie, Luigi and Sofia to the moon and back and would love to get another dog (read: blue and white female pitbull) to round out the bunch. You know, even the score for Ollie. Give him a buddy/girlfriend to romp around with and another warm body to help me with heat bills in the winter. Two cats and two dogs sounds perfect. Plus I fall in love with a new dog every week at Cocheco. Thankfully, I have the wherewithal to know that getting/adopting another pet (with the exception of a pet rock) would be downright asinine right now. I can just barely squeak by with the vet bills/food costs of three and would be bankrupt with four. On top of that, I would lose my f'n mind roughly 135 times a day. Too. Many. Animals.
This of course has never stopped me from searching endlessly on Petfinder, Adopt A Pet and local shelters for the perfect # 4...you know, just in case. This tends to be heartbreaking seeing dogs still on these websites weeks and months after you originally spotted them. To curb my sadness I imagine the families they will get adopted into and how happy they will be. Sometimes I take weeks off from doing this because it just gets too tough. Inevitably, I come crawling back looking for my next perfect pittie fix because like any good gateway drug you're always craving something more...just a little bit more...just one more and then I will quit I promise. Gateway cats...they're dangerous.
Saturday, April 2, 2011
I've gotten sucked into several stories of horrible animal cruelty/abuse that have made the news and/or FB pages. The kind that you see and you actually lose your breath because the pictures are so disturbing and sick. The most recent story was about a dog (Patrick) that was starved to the brink of death and then thrown down a trash shoot. He is doing ok now and looks like he will make a full recovery, but it gets to me. The sick things that humans can do to defenseless animals eats at my brain. I don't get it nor do I ever want to. With that being said, I wont ever stop advocating for animals and trying to make the world a better place.
This quote perfectly sums up my reaction and thoughts when I read these stories of abuse, cruelty and torment. They deserve it :
"He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion" ~Unknown
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Every once in a while I play little 'what if' games in my head. What if I didn't stay in the Seacoast? What if I didn't take that job? What if we were still together? What if I went to his house that night? What if he was the one?
Its the little decisions that can make huge differences down the road and you never know it at the time. The butterfly effect. I made those decisions and at the time I thought they were right. I still do, but it doesn't stop me from wondering what if...
I have vowed that Ollie will be the one who decides who I'm going to marry. He's not a fan of most guys and its a rare thing when he is instantly comfortable with men. So if he runs up to any guy, I take notice. Currently, there are 5 men total that he doesn't freak out at. Figures, that he would be perfectly comfortable with a tall guy, in a hat, with a deep voice (all thinga that terrify him) that happens to be married...and also happens to be someone from a past life. The one that got away? Possibly.
Here's the thing: Of all the what ifs I've played out in my mind in the last few years not one of them would have led me to where I am now and they most certainly wouldn't have lead me to adopting Ollie. And that is the one what if that really matters...
"And only the heartaches have given me sight, they bring me to you." ~ Joshua Radin