National Dog Day

As a pet sitter and a doggie mom, I can not just ignore the hype on social media about the fact that today, August 26th, is National Dog Day!!

According to the National Dog Day website:

“National Dog Day is celebrated August 26th annually and was founded in 2004 by Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert and Animal Advocate, Colleen Paige (also the founder of National Puppy Day, National Mutt Day and National Cat Day …to name a few).

National Dog Day serves to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, and acknowledges family dogs and dogs that work selflessly each day to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort. Dogs put their lives on the line every day – for their law enforcement partner, for their blind companion, for a child who is disabled, for our freedom and safety by detecting bombs and drugs and pulling victims of tragedy from wreckage.

National Dog Day is against any kind of “breed ban”. Dogs should not have to lose their lives because of the atrocities they have been forced to endure at the hands of man. And while we feel that American’s have the constitutional right to purchase a pure breed dog, we strongly discourage buying dogs from pet stores supplied by puppy mills, backyard breeders, the internet and newspaper ads. Rather, we encourage those seeking new canine companions, to consider choosing adoption first and if you’d like a pure breed dog, look into a pure breed rescue to see if they might have just the dog you’re looking for.”

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Tuesday Tidbits…New Additions

Today’s Tuesday Tidbits focuses on our weekend activities…we accidentally, on purpose, added a few more little critters, to our not so small menagerie of animals.

The accidental part, was that we went to a local fair (which ended up being a different fair than we thought we were going to)…but it turned out to be a very nice accident.

I am a country girl at heart who is trapped living in the city. Not a huge city, but bigger than I would like. Thankfully, where we live, is kind of in the woods, so most of the time I can pretend that I am isolated in the woods somewhere and not like 5 minutes from civilization.

This time of year, I especially, look forward to our little adventures to various agricultural fairs in the area and this past weekend was the first of our yearly fair circuit. Continue reading

Sunday Snippets of Inspiration #5

Sunday Snippets of InspirationThis week’s Sunday Snippets of Inspiration for me today is this great video. Maybe just because I am an animal lover…and have always been infatuated with horses for as long as I can remember, but these videos always get to me.

I love the Budweiser commercials! And this week I just happened to see this one on someone’s Facebook page. Brings tears to my eyes every time I watch it (like most of them do). I know these animals are trained to do these things but to me it just shows their willingness to work for us no matter what we ask them to do.

I have worked with horses for many, many years and I know first hand the love and willingness they have to do their job. Whether that may be pulling a cart, jumping over jumps or packing us around on a trail ride.

I am an ‘equal opportunity horse lover’, I don’t care what their job is…dressage, jumping, driving, barrel racing, herding, miniatures, whatever they do…I just love being around them. Nothing inspires me more than walking in to a barn and taking a deep breath of the sweet smell of clean shavings and fresh hay and horses! Most of these gentle giants (or minis who think they are giants!) enjoy working with humans and if you are kind and loving to them, they can become amazing friends.

I  hope you enjoy! Happy Sunday!

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Saturday Smile #2

smile1Saturday Smile is a weekly feature hosted over on Feeding on FollyToday’s Saturday Smile features these adorable little critters, who are a constant source of smiles for me every day…not just Saturdays. But seeing how today is cage cleaning day…they are today’s source of amusement.

As I mentioned in a previous post, one of the best gifts I ever received was my first ferret, Samantha, back in 2010. She was a birthday gift from my boyfriend, who isn’t the really the best gift giver…but this year he did good!

We happened to be in the pet store right before closing a day or so before my birthday, and while he was getting some mice for his snake’s dinner, I was distracted by this adorable little ferret in the cage. Of course, one of the sales people offered to let me hold her… Continue reading