I have been up since 3 AM this morning. I went to bed at a little after 10 and for some reason was jolted awake at 3. Sometimes that happens and I can't explain it. I suspect that it was the sound of Clayton crying. A has been home for a week and this morning will head back to California, her other home. She went out late last night to see an old friend that had just got to town and I knew she would be in late....more
Some folks believe that it is actually cruel and inhuman to force children to grow up without a pet. I guess my parents held that theory, although they never expressed the sentiment, because there was not one period of my youth where at least one dog was not a part of the household. Cats, turtles, goldfish and even snakes had their spells of popularity, but a dog was a fixture in our home....more
Shortly after moving to Terre Haute in 2005, we lost one of our two cats to bladder cancer. Two months later, a Maine Coon kitten showed up at my friends’ backdoor with a terrible respiratory infection and she took it to the vet for treatment. My husband Joe and I adopted it as a playmate for our remaining orange Manx cat, Oliver. Lil’ Tyke, as he became known, came to live with us in October....more
I remember watching a scene from a movie where a girl was so sad and depressed because her kitten had died. And I kept thinking what a big deal she was making out of the whole situation, like it's only a cat for goodness sake....more
I am admittedly one of those people that dress their dogs up and take pictures. If they were "humans", I would totally show these pictures later in life to their prom date or future spouse. So, it comes as no surprise that I also take them to have their picture with Santa and the Easter bunny. And that was how I met my friend, Sharon Hardy of Sweet Potato Pet Photography....more
We lost Hope.
Remember Hope our stealth kitty?
She was a couple of months old when Daughter Darling, nine months pregnant with Baby Darling, clutched Hope to her chest and watched on television as Barack Obama, the first black man ever to win the Presidential nomination, was elected as President of the United States.
Hope had her shots like the other animals, and waited her 120 day quarantine before going to Hawaii with us....more
In college I knew this guy named Francis. Sometimes I called him the Gentle Giant but that all stopped the day I found out he was gonna feed a cute little mouse to a mean old tarantula.
“No how, no way,” I said. “Not on my watch.”
I'm not sure why Frank got a tarantula. It's not like you can cuddle one or anything. Frank named it Legs, 'cause he liked ZZ Top. The mouse was a BOGO item--buy...more
We are a family who has House Rabbits. I'll give you a moment to compose yourself as you laugh and wipe away tears. Yes. House Rabbits. Free Roam, litter trained, spayed and neutered House Rabbits. Kind of like Cats, with longer ears and the whole vegetarian vibe going for them....more