Archive for November 2015

Who Owns Who?

November 24, 2015

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Any of us who have had pets for years know the feeling of being owned by them. If you can identify with any of the following, you are definitely owned by your pets.

You save the last bite of whatever you are eating to share with the furry ones.

You sleep in one position all night so as not to disturb the sleeping ones.

You feel a little guilty going out at night after being gone all day, because they are looking at you with those sad eyes.

You rarely can sit in a chair or on the sofa without someone wanting to curl up in your lap.

You always have “help” when you are doing household chores; making the bed (playing hide and seek under the covers); laundry (overseeing how much detergent you use); sweeping the floor (inspecting the dirt for anything useful).

You always check out the pet section in a store to see what’s new.

There is usually an assortment of toy mice, stuffed animals, jingle balls and half-chewed treats strewn around the house.

Your holiday shopping list includes at least one of the above (except the half chewed treats!). They’ll want some new fancy ones.

Speaking of the holidays, here are some dates to put on the calendar for upcoming events.

Saturday, December 5, Animal Aid will host their annual Holiday Open House. This year it is being held at the pet-friendly Silver Beach hotel in St. Joseph, 1:30-5:00 pm. Stop in before, during, or after the Reindog Parade and shop for gifts and baked goods, and to check out the silent auction items. Visit with pets hoping to find their forever homes and have your pet’s photo taken. Past pets may be remembered at the Memory Tree. All proceeds benefit the pets that are served by this local animal rescue group.

The Humane Society of Southwestern Michigan will hold their annual Holiday Party for the Animals on Saturday, December 12, 11am-4 pm. There will be a gift store and raffle tickets as well as refreshments to enjoy. The donations collected on this day go a long way to help support the shelter at 641 Crystal Avenue, Benton Harbor. They are always in need of the following items: kitten and puppy food, adult cat and dog food (both canned and dry), bleach, and non clumping litter. Monetary donations are always appreciated and help defray medical and other shelter expenses. Please know that no donation is too small and all will help the animals that, for whatever reason, now live at the shelter.

The Humane Society also has a new website with many new features and updates. Visit them at www.humanesocietyswm.org for the latest on what’s happening and a more concise list of needs.

In this season of thankfulness, let us be thankful for the rescue groups and many volunteers who give countless hours of their time to save animals that need new homes. It can be physically and emotionally draining for the humans, but if they could speak, I’m sure the animals would say thank you for saving them and guiding them to new homes.

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