Goals for 2014

I don’t do New Year’s resolutions.  Ever.  However, I am a fan of setting goals for myself.  Goals are a long term thing to accomplish, while New Year’s resolutions are a “I’ll do this forever or never do this again starting January 1!”  That’s really, really not my bag.  Goals are something that can be set any time, for any reason.

So, with that in mind, these are the things that I want to accomplish in 2014. [Read more…]

A Rotten Dog that Bites Doesn’t Like Kids?

I was reading through some blog posts when I found a post about a friend’s rotten dog.  She determined that her friend has a rotten dog because it bit… and based on two biting incidents (I don’t know the details of the first), she seems to have come to the conclusion that the dog has decided that it doesn’t like children.

Rotten Dog Hates Children? (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

Can’t you just see the murderous intent in his eyes?

I’m no stranger to a rotten dog.  Winston the Wonder Chihuahua is a terrible little dog, but oh, how I love him.  And Norton loves him.  And really, he loves Norton.  However, he’s also nipped Norton.  I’ve said that each and every time it was not the dog’s fault.  It was not Norton’s fault.  It was my fault for not separating them fast enough.  And I have very passionate viewsabout the decision to bring a loving family pet into your home: it’s for a lifetime.  Sure, sometimes a pet can be successfully rehomed, but there are times when a loving family pet is so devoted to a family member that rehoming is not an option.  If you’ve ever seen a dog pine for its master, then you know it’s a sad, sad thing. [Read more…]

That Loving Family Pet is a Lifetime Commitment

I should state for the record that I am an absolute nut when it comes to the dogs.  Winston the Wonder Chihuahua and T’akaya the Brilliant Border Collie are spoiled rotten and add a lot to the family.  So that puts this under the category of rant.  Consider yourself forewarned.

Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of animals being rehomed on my local buy/sell page.  This is something that I have a really hard time relating to; rehoming has always been something done with friends and family on the rare occasions that it’s been done at all.  It’s never been done because we just plain couldn’t keep an animal for some reason.  It’s always been because the friend/family member essentially fell in love with that pet and the feeling was mutual…. plus, for some reason, my parents had determined that they needed that pet more than we did.  A little old lady family friend who had recently lost her spouse.  A lonely grandmother.  A confirmed bachelor who was terribly lonely after his hounddog died.  It’s things of that nature.

It’s hard for me to imagine just not being able to keep a pet for some reason.  It’s even harder for me to imagine giving a pet that I loved and adored, who was part of the family, to strangers.

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