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A Tale of Two Naughty Kitties: A True Story

November 29, 2017

 

 

Setting: Mom’s office, 6 a.m.

Sammie: Hey, look, Mom left the big sliding door open while the dogs are going potty. I can open the screen door. Let’s sneak outside.

Zombie: But it’s still dark out.

Sammie: So? All the better to hide from her.

Zombie: I’m not so sure.

Sammie: Hurry up, you big baby. Here she comes!

(They sneak out on the deck.)

Zombie: What the heck? It’s wet out here! I’m goin’ under the deck.

Sammie: Wait for me!

(They hear Mom yelling. The dogs run inside. They’re no fools.)

Zombie: Wait a minute. This isn’t fun. It’s still raining under here. I’m going back inside.

Sammie: You sissy. Not me. I’m staying out here.

(Zombie dashes back inside, runs around the house because he doesn’t like being wet, but won’t let Mom towel him dry. Hear that grumbling? That’s Mom, very unhappy to be up chasing cats at this hour.)

Sammie: Should I run around the yard? It is still dark, and very very wet out here. Hmmm, maybe I should go back inside. Can I open the slider again? Oh look, the back door on the garage is opening. Maybe I can get in that way. I better make a run for it before it’s too late.

(Sammie sprints across the yard in the rain, darts into the garage. Mom quickly slams the door shut. He gets called a few names but is soon purring when Mom wraps him up in a towel. He lets her dry him. He’s no fool.)

Later the same day

Sammie: Look, the dogs are going out again! Let’s make another run for it.

Zombie: Are you nuts, man? It’s still wet out there. (Retreats back into the room.)

Dogs run inside, sliding door shuts and is locked. Mom is no fool.

Does any of this sound familiar? If you live with pets you’ve probably been through something similar. Sometimes, their antics can and do drive us humans nuts, but then think how dull life would be without them. (Although there are those early morning moments when you kinda wish they were a little more boring.)

With the holiday season upon us, here are some upcoming dates to remember.

Animal Aid’s Christmas Open House is set for Saturday, December 2, from 12-4pm at the Maud Preston Palenske Memorial library in St. Joseph. Come and visit with pets looking for their forever homes and do some shopping, too.

On Saturday, December 9, the Annual Holiday Party for the Animals at the Humane Society of Southwest Michigan, will be held from 11am to 4 pm. This is a major fundraiser for the shelter and the supplies that are donated go a long way to providing for the many pets served by the shelter during the year. Always on the want list: dry dog and cat food, dry puppy and kitten food, canned food, non-clumping cat litter, bleach and laundry detergent. For a complete list of their needs, please visit their website: www.humanesocietyswm.org.

This post is dedicated to Puck, who gave 19 years of friendship to my friend Alyssa and is sorely missed by her family. R.I.P Puck in a place where there is endless catnip and always sunny spots for kitty naps.

        

 

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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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Keeping the Peace

September 24, 2013

kitty in a basketAs anyone who lives in a multi-pet household knows, it is sometimes a little like living in a zoo, or with small children. The best way to keep things running smoothly is to keep to a schedule as much as possible. If mealtimes, backyard play, walks, and downtime are pretty much done at the same time every day, it all seems to go much better. Pets come to expect things to happen at the same time and if they don’t, it can become chaotic. Since our dogs have a large, fenced-in backyard to run around in, we usually only walk once a day. Recently, I had the thought that with the weather turning cooler and in the interest of getting more exercise, we should add a second walk. While Zeke and Foo weren’t averse to going, they did seem a bit confused. “Why are we getting leashes on now? Why isn’t Dad here? (Zeke only likes to walk with him.) Are we going for a car ride? When they found out it was only for a walk, they decided to spend most of it stopping to sniff and let everyone else know they’d been in that spot. We didn’t get far and they were more than willing to turn around and head home. Wrong time of day for a walk I guess. So much for exercise.

We are fortunate to have pets that get along together quite well. Sometimes dogs have a spat over a chewy (we both want the same one) or Foo is just so excited she has to pick on Zeke, who does his best to ignore her. It usually sounds worse than it is, but Mom still has to restore law and order. I’m glad the cats get along the best because I have no desire to ever wade into a cat fight. Ever. I’ve seen one and it was not pretty. Cats have claws and humans rarely come out on the plus side of a cat fight. But these guys are pretty cool with one another, and even Spider who was the lone cat for many years, is tolerant of the younger ones’ antics. Tolerance is probably the key word in having more than one pet. The pets not only have to learn to tolerate but humans do too. Sometimes things will get a little chaotic, but if animals come to understand what’s expected at certain times of the day, it does help a lot to keep the peace.

The September issue of the Animal Aid newsletter is now online. You can find it at www.animalaidswmi.org. In 2014, this local rescue group will celebrate 35years of rescuing and re-homing pets. Please check out their website for more about them and what they do.