Monday, March 30, 2015

Threshold


In her two decades on earth, Mattie had lived in so many places. The way she was raised, she never knew if she was coming or going. 

Some people sought fame or fortune, but Mattie only sought a place to call "home". On her life's journey of many moves, it was a very pleasant surprise when love actually found her. 

Now, as Mattie crossed the entrance into yet another house, she knew it was love that made it a home.


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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Easter Pets


I posted this last year, but it is important. Please read and share this information with others. Little lives depend on it...and you.
  
Every year hundreds of baby bunnies, chicks and ducklings are bought as  Easter gifts. While much thought is put into the “surprise” factor, little is put into the long term care and commitment. Consequently, the animals will suffer abuse or neglect. Many will be released into the wild, ultimately facing death.

It has been reported by the U.S. Humane Society that “within the initial weeks following Easter, 30% of these novelty Easter pets will die. Another 60-70% will be released or left at a shelter.” Most of those released or left at shelters are already ill or suffering.

Every Spring, shelters are inundated with bunnies, chicks, and ducklings that are dumped once the fun of the holiday is over. Little or no thought was put into their growth or care. They were purchased solely for human enjoyment, into homes not equipped for their needs.

Before purchasing any pet, do your research. Ask the right authority, go to the proper source. Read, go online, learn about the animal’s needs, proper care, and expected lifespan. See what is involved to keep the animal healthy. Know what the possible pitfalls are with the particular pet you are considering, such as the fact that chicks and ducklings are known to carry salmonella.

Following are some facts and links provided by the Humane Society of the United States. Please read, consider, and take this to heart. These are real live beings with beating hearts.

RABBITSAverage lifespan: 7-10 years
Facts:
Rabbits may not do well in a household with young children. They often do not like being lifted or held.
Rabbits like to dig and need to chew.
If you get multiple rabbits they should be spayed and neutered as soon as possible.
Multiple rabbits will often fight.
Weekly expenses can be in excess of $25.00 for food alone, per rabbit.
Research Sources:
www.rabbit.org

DUCKSAverage lifespan: 8-15 years
Facts:
Ducks are very social animals, and do better kept in groups (a “paddling” or “brace” of ducks).
Ducks need a lot of space and a shelter to keep them safe.
Ducklings will need to be kept in an indoor pen/cage for the several weeks.
Research Sources:
http://keeping-ducks.net

CHICKENS: Average lifespan: 5-8 years
Facts:
Chickens naturally scratch, peck and dig. If housing is inadequate, they will cause damage. 
Many towns and cities have regulations concerning chickens, regarding them “livestock”.
Health and zoning boards should be consulted.
Chickens are noisy, but roosters are especially noisy!
Research Sources:
http://www.backyardchickens.com

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Very Inspiring

A couple of weeks ago, I was given the honour of having the Very Inspiring Blogger Award passed on to me. I am still touched that Claudia of ImagesByCW would be inspired by me. Her photography and artwork never ceases to amaze me. She is inspiring.

In the interim of being nominated for this award and accepting it, Life kept me busy with critter emergencies, health and an endless stream of things that demanded my attention. So, it was a real surprise when I read that I was receiving it again. This time, my wonderful friend, Janet from The Cat on My Head honoured us with this inspiring award. We truly adore them for their very caring ways (and wanted to pass it to them). 

Following are the particulars of the Very Inspiring Blogger Award...

1.) Thank the person(s) who nominated you, and link to their blog(s). Thank you Claudia and Janet. I am honoured. You are both inspiring to me. I think a lot of each of you.  Hugs.

2.) Display the award logo. I am posting it here, as well as on my Award page.

3.) Nominate other bloggers and include their blog link for others to find them easily. 
I understand that not all bloggers accept awards. I respect their choice to participate or not. No explanation is required. Each of us has the right to blog our own, individual way. Just know that I think you are inspiring and deserving of awards. 

Some bloggers have recently gotten this award, and it was hard for me not to be able to pass it on to them. This includes those who awarded me, and many others who were awarded by them! I still choose to pass this honor along to the following bloggers (whether they accept or not), because they always inspire me:

* Karen, 21 Wits
* Gail,  At the Farm
* Terry, Coloring Outside the Lines
*Chandra, GreenComotion
* Mimi, Messy Mimi's Meanderings
* Panchalibolchi
* Carole, Rambling On
* Theresa, The Run*A*Round Ranch
*Linda Kay, Senior Adventures
TROUT TALKIN' TABBIES
*  Pix, Under the Oaks
* Ann, Zoolatry

4.) Leave a comment on their blog, to let them know they have been chosen. *wink*

5.) Mention three things that inspired you recently.

   1. My veterinarians and their staff consistently inspire me with their dedication to animals and their well being. They are always furthering their education and passing it on to others. We have been clients there for at least twenty years, and they have never disappointed us. They are always there to help. The vets, assistants, and techs are all wonderful to us and our FurKids. 

   2. I am inspired by other bloggers in many various ways: writing, photos, ideas, sharing, thoughts, discussions, and caring. The thought that I may inspire even one person is astounding to me. (I only hope that I can.)

   3. I am endlessly inspired by nature and wildlife. With Spring slowly taking over, migration has begun here. Birds are coming back to our area, after a long trip back north. Assorted plants are coming up out of the thawed, muddy ground. Buds are growing on the now busy trees. Critters are coming out of hibernation, seeking each other and food. The natural life always inspires me.

Finally, I want to thank all of my friends who read my blog, comment, and are with me through thick and thin. I share what I know and what is important to me. I promise to always be honest and genuine. I can only hope that I speak to your heart or soul in some way. Please know that I appreciate each and every one of you. I think you all deserve awards, for so very many reasons. Hugs.


  

Friday, March 27, 2015

Fill-In Fun #206

The "Follow Four Fill-In" is hosted by Hilary at Feeling Beachie. Each week, she posts statement with blanks. Our mission, should we choose to accept, is to copy the statement and fill in the blanks on our blogs. Then link up to her blog for sharing. Hilary is always looking for co-hosts and more statements for us to fill in. Please visit her, and let her know your suggestions! This week’s co-host is Tiffany from Sounds Like Life, who came up with the last two statements.

The statements & My Answers: #206:

1. Writing is one of my ways of sorting things out in life. I started this at an early age and it has never failed me. I do soul-searching by writing in a journal. It helps me sort through what is happening, how I feel, and what I need to do. These pieces sometimes evolve into poetry or stories. Sometimes they never see the light of day, again.

2. I so love having a balance in our home. A truly necessary part of this is sharing our home with both cats and dogs. There has been many of each, as you can see on my Rainbow Bridge page. It was very sad when we did not have both. Indeed, they form a special yin and yang.

3. Do you ever do good deeds anonymously? I love to do this. It really feels great to do good things that are solely anonymous. Knowing that it will make someone smile is the reward

4. Weekends are for most people to use to catch up, rest, and plan. Since Bill began driving a truck they are regular days for us, though. However, I must admit they are great days for NASCAR and football!




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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Engulfed


Through the disease, Bea’s future was slowly being consumed by her past.

Her time had advanced through long years, moving gently with the rhythm of the sun and moon. But, now Bea struggled to stay present each and every day, grasping at random moments. 

As is sand in an antique hourglass, time as Bea knew it was slowly running out. Memories can transcend all time, and they would soon engulf her.



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