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Dog Blog 
 
Apr. 25, 2009 10:44 am 
Updated: Oct. 30, 2009 1:54 pm
“Dog Blog”


I titled this “Dog Blog” because it sounds more clever than  “Cat Blog”  but it’s really about pets in general.   Pets add so much to our lives: they are so loving and forgiving, they make wonderful companions when it’s cold and rainy – or bright and sunny; they are always there when we need them (and sometimes when we don’t think we do).

Pets enrich our lives and take our minds off our problems.  I’ve read that people who have pets tend to live longer and have a better outlook on life.  Don’t know if the living longer part is true, but I know from personal experience that the outlook part is true!  If people with health problems get a pet, chances are they will feel better .  I know that they will spend less time dwelling on their pains and aches if they have a pet to love. 

My mother would never allow pets in the house, so of course all her offspring  have at least house pet, now.  The thing is, when she had to go to a nursing home, she would sit for hours watching the fish in the aquarium and the birds in the cage room.  When they added bunnies to the  menagerie,  we would often find her in the game room playing with them.  We will always wonder if she’d accepted a pet into her life at home, would she have been able to stay there longer?

In these trying economic times,  many people are having to give up their beloved pets to make ends meet.  I truly feel for them.  I can’t imagine sending Bob, Sophie and Miss Kitty to the pound.  It would rip my heart out.   Humane societies and shelters are bursting with abandoned and turned in pets.   [As an aside:  people who move and leave the animals in the house to suffer alone should be horse-whipped! ]

So, if any of you are thinking about getting a dog, please, please, please consider a pound puppy, cat or rabbit.  Mutt pups are great.  Now don’t get me wrong, purebreds are wonderful:  we had two of the best Rottweilers in the world.  They were loyal and loving.  But our two mixed breeds are super.  Mixed breeds often have fewer genetic disorders and we’ve found them to be healthier in general.

Well, enough rambling – enjoy your pets and if you can, get another one!  
 
Comments
Apr. 25, 2009 10:49 am
Yahoo...great job! From a dog nut!
 
Apr. 25, 2009 10:50 am
How did you change the font? Looks pretty neat!
 
Linda 
Apr. 25, 2009 10:58 am
Nice job - well done!
 
Maggi 
Apr. 25, 2009 11:02 am
Great blog and so very true. I was lucky enough to grow up with dogs and can't imagine my house without one. I would have more if my husband would agree. Congrats on your self taught computer skills - you're ahead of me!
 
Apr. 25, 2009 11:02 am
I changed the font on Word but didn't know if it would transfer in that font. Thanks for your nice comments.
 
Apr. 25, 2009 11:04 am
Now if I could learn how to transfer photos I'd be a happy camper.
 
TIE 
Apr. 25, 2009 11:04 am
I agree with you swchef, pets are great. I didn't get another pet for over 11 years, because I just could bear the thought of losing another pet. My oldest son came home with a cat last mother's day from Kentucky - he found at his girlfriends farm that my profile picture. Now I have a shepard/labador dog that I got for Christmas. Can't imagine not having them around.
 
Apr. 25, 2009 11:04 am
Pets are better family than family!!!
 
TIE 
Apr. 25, 2009 11:05 am
You'll get it, I will try to help you if you have any questions just asked. I just posted my first picture of Clone of a Cinnabon that I made yesterday. It was really easy for me.
 
Apr. 25, 2009 11:10 am
Great job! I've always rescued until Lilly (the Westie in my pix)! Noodles is a mix and found abandoned - he knows sooooo many tricks and loves to lay on my lap - he is here now! I'd never give up my babies! We support our local no kill shelter too.
 
Apr. 25, 2009 11:29 am
Oh, TIE - I love your car pic! and your Cinnabon looks delicious. And, Lucky Noodles is precious. We support our local no-kill shelter, too. They have a second-hand store and we take our "extras" to them. Pets are worth all the trouble. We call Bob "the Wonder Dog" because it's a wonder he's still alive. We are his fourth home and he's been here for almost 6 years! He loves me to death and follows me everywhere....
 
Apr. 25, 2009 11:39 am
My husband and I couldn't imagine life without our 3 pets. We have 2 beautiful mixed breed dogs, and, by-the-way, you all have just seen a picture of our blue eyed lab mix, and it's to the point that I go online and search for pet friendly hotels and such before we go on vacation. We are living in an rv now because so many places won't rent to people who have pets. We are crowded and cramped, but our family is intact!
 
Apr. 25, 2009 11:45 am
Nicely done, swchef - your first blog looks great! I had a dog for a long time, but he died about 2 years ago. I now have 1 fish, and he's a little more than I can handle for the moment. I may get another dog some day, though - as my fish is not a very good conversationalist and tends to be moody. Thanks for the post! :)
 
Apr. 25, 2009 12:32 pm
We have tolook for pet friendly hotels, too, Witchywoman. The last one me stayed in was a Ramada in OK. It was SOOO bad I went to the desk the next morning and told them they should PAY my pets to stay there - not the other way around! And thanks, SunnyByrd for the sweet comments.
 
figgy 
Apr. 25, 2009 12:35 pm
I agree with Trishie for sure. I could never imagine being with out my three, furry children. My Niki was a shelter dog. He's only 4 yrs. old, but had been at the Humane Soc. twice in his first two years. He's a 11 lb. LH Chihuahua mix and a real mama's boy. I can't imagine why anyone would give him up, he's such a sweety. Lily is 4 yrs. old also. I got her as a puppy from a neighbor. She's an 80 pound Boxer with tons of energy. And Oreo (who was originally my son's dog, but now that we are sharing a house is mine too) is a 12 yr. old Lab/Chihuahua mix (we were told). How'd that happen? She looks like a 40 pound mouse with a Chihuahua personality. My son also got her as a puppy from a friend. Oreo (who is not in the picture) prefers to be by herself as she's now one of the three cranky senior citizens in our household. She loves to hide out in my closet. Oh, and horse-whipping is not harsh enough punishment for those who have abandoned their pets. I bet we could think up some even worse punishments for them. Sorry, but it makes me so furious when I see how some humans treat each other, not to mention their animals. My dogs are my family.
 
Apr. 25, 2009 1:05 pm
WOW - a lab/chihuahua mix? I hope the lab was the mother, but then you gotta wonder about the chihuahua and who "put him up to it."
 
figgy 
Apr. 25, 2009 1:09 pm
My exact thoughts. One of these days I'll post a pic of her if I can get a decent one.
 
Apr. 25, 2009 4:37 pm
LOL!!!*regaining composure* The shelters here are so full that the are having to turn animals away. Adopting a pet from the shelter or a rescue group is so rewarding. We rescued an abused doberman pinscher 6 years ago. He was the BEST pet we ever had, so loving. He was an 80 lb lap dog....aww we miss him lots.
 
Apr. 25, 2009 5:19 pm
Great 1st blog!.. I agree with you about adopting pound pets; not only puppies and kittens, but there are lots of forgotten older animals that need love too! :)
 
Apr. 25, 2009 5:28 pm
That was wonderful. I grew up with pets my whole life and they do bring meaning to your life. I had a Miss Kitty once, and a Clinton Kitten and Hillarey Kitten.
 
Apr. 25, 2009 5:41 pm
Congrads !!!
 
Apr. 25, 2009 5:53 pm
I wondered who in the heck Kelly was!
 
pam 
Apr. 25, 2009 6:19 pm
Great post! I love our 3 kitties...and although the 2 kittens can be full of vinegar sometimes, they make me laugh! :)
 
Apr. 26, 2009 6:03 am
we love our dog and kitty too! Cat (Wuzzy) came from a shelter, our dog (Mimi) came from a friend who was going to have to get rid of her since they could no longer care for her. We are lucky to have such wonderful animals! I ageee with your mutt statement. They really do make great pets! Growing up we had many saved mutts, they were some of my favorite pets!
 
Apr. 26, 2009 6:22 am
Great post, swchef! Friends and family joke that we are the "House of Misfit Pets" - two dogs, both shelter rescues, both required LOTS of training (one still does - just got her last fall), and three cats - one wandered into our yard 14 years ago, one we adopted from a vet and one was an orphaned stray kitten. Love my critters!
 
Oct. 30, 2009 1:54 pm
I love my pure bred black lab!! but I also love my little mutt!!! Animals are a true family and friend, and dogs are a mans best friend!!!
 
 
 
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