Thursday, December 19, 2013
A cat chowing down in front of you is a very good sign. That means the cat is super relaxed and does not feel threatened by your presence. At least that's what I think it means. Munch, a staff favorite, ate his entire breakfast in front of me. I was trying to get a photo of his sweet face, but I got tired of waiting for him to finish eating. He wasn't even bothered by my cajoling and moving his dish from side to side to try to get the shot I wanted. This patient guy has been waiting for a forever home for sometime. I never did get the picture I wanted, but Munch did finish his kibble. It would be great if he could move out and eat all of his meals in a permanent home, if not by Christmas...at least by the new year.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Snow days make excellent reading days. That's how I read Yona Zeldis McDonough's the Cats in the Doll Shop (Puffin 2011) book from cover to cover and recommend it to any third, fourth or fifth grader who cares about animals and is interested in life from long ago. Maybe that's too narrow. Anyone who enjoys a good story -- one with suspense, conflict, family and cats -- should love this book. Especially if they are able to sit with their own cat on their lap (in my case Merl) and read it in one sitting. Readers will root for Anna, and her immigrant cousin Tania and worry about Ginger Cat and Plucky. Readers may wonder about Plucky's leg -- while the kitten's leg appears to "fall off" in the story, more than likely the broken leg became lame and the little cat managed fine without being able to use it. Readers will undoubtedly want to report the mean mustachioed man to the authorities and testify at his animal cruelty trial. The story is set in the early 1900s. Life was much different then for people and animals. Be sure to read the timeline at the end of the story. An interesting addition to the timeline would have been the establishment of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), on April 10, 1866 in New York City by philanthropist and diplomat Henry Bergh.
Monday, December 9, 2013
Yesterday's storm closed some schools, delayed openings at others, and created a slushy mess for dogs who enjoy their daily walks. Nigel loves to romp in piles of the white fluffy stuff. But what fell yesterday must have felt like cold pins and needles on his bare feet. After passing just a few houses Nigel was raising his left front paw and hobbling like he was trying his best to finish a three-legged race! Once home, we bathed all four feet in warm water and dried him off and spent the majority of the day inside wishing for a real snow, one with lots and lots of measurable inches. And, we may get just that. TOMORROW!
|Nigel, not exactly thrilled with the |
results of the December 8th storm.
Friday, December 6, 2013
The bitter cold wet weather predicted for this weekend is a reminder that it is DECEMBER after all -- even if the thermometer read 68 degrees yesterday. December, and the months that follow are COLD. Be sure to take cold weather precautions with your animal companions. Keep cats indoors. Walk dogs a reasonable amount of time -- don't leave them outside unattended. Put a coat on your dog if you want, but the main thing is to be aware of the temperature. If you are cold, your animal companion probably is, too!