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Long time no see. Sorry for the recent lack of updates, but life has been a real whirlwind for us lately. We recently moved into a bigger/nicer place, and to update the Kitty Chronicles, all the kitties (and Ozzy!) have been getting along wonderfully. No more separating the cats to avoid rage-fueled mini-tornadoes of fur and teeth and claws. 🙂

Unfortunately, with this good news comes some hard news. Jack, our resident senior kitty, isn’t going to be with us for much longer. The vet told us he didn’t have much time left, and for us to watch for a decline in his quality of life, and unfortunately that time has come. We made a difficult (but what we view as the most humane) decision, and have made an appointment with the vet to have him peacefully put to sleep. He will be missed dearly, and things just won’t be the same without him.

It has been a very emotional process, but today as I broke down, I had two fuzzy friends to help lift my spirits. I was sitting on the floor and just started sobbing when Ozzy and Bailey quickly took notice. Ozzy was immediately at my side, resting his paw on my leg and offering comfort. Bailey slid under the kitchen chairs a moment later and joined me at my other side. They both stayed with me until I had finished crying and pulled myself together, and even then Ozzy wouldn’t budge until he was 100% sure I was alright. It was such a sweet moment, and honestly at that point in time, I don’t think anything else could have cheered me up more. It really goes to show that sometimes you don’t need to say anything to comfort someone, you just have to be there.

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Romeo smiling over a cheeseburger.

Romeo smiling over a cheeseburger.

Few things in life match the heartache of losing a beloved pet. The bond we share with our animal companions is something we cherish, and it’s something that becomes so engrained in our daily lives that when the time comes, it is hard to imagine life without them. I was so touched today when I saw a news article about a terminally-ill boxer named Romeo, and his bucket list. I’d heard of people having these sorts of lists before, but never had I heard of an animal having one, and I must say, the idea was so beautiful it brought tears to my eyes.

Diagnosed with bone cancer, Romeo was given just months to live. The news was tragic, but Romeo’s owners decided that there was time to cry after their friend was gone, and set out to make sure Romeo got to spend his remaining days doing the things that would make him happiest.

So, what sort of things made Romeo’s bucket list?

  • Going for a joy ride in not just a cop car, but also a fire truck.

  • A variety of meals any dog would be happy to have, like a McDonald’s cheeseburger, steak dinner, and breakfast in bed to name a few.

  • A fun day at a pub with his owner.

  • Made a donation to an animal shelter.

  • Enjoyed a massage.

  • And more!

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If you’d like to learn more about Romeo and his loving owners, here’s a fantastic video and article:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/07/dog-bucket-list-boxer-romeo_n_5106333.html?icid=maing-grid7|main5|dl23|sec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D462283

Thanks to this article, I am inspired to do the same when the time comes for my own pets. It is always hard when you must say goodbye to a loved one, but I think doing something like this is a wonderful way to really celebrate your pet’s life and create lasting memories that you will hang on to forever.

A few days ago I lost a very good friend. He was a tall, dark and handsome fellow. He had a tendency to be shy but he was always sweet. He walked with a limp like an old time pimp, but he was never mean to anyone. People gravitated towards him because he had such a welcoming presence.

His name was Feten and he was a horse.

He wasn’t just any horse though, he let me pretend that I was the horse whisperer. In fact, it became somewhat of a nickname for me on Sunday mornings at SASHA Farm Animal Sanctuary where he lived and I volunteered. (Volunteered being past tense due to vehicle issues.) I’ve always been incredibly fond of horses since I was very young but never did I have a relationship with one like that of Feten. Really, I think he just humored me but that’s okay.

I’ll never forget my first serious conversation with Feten, yes I said conversation. It was morning grain time for all the horses and while all you had to do to get everyone else out of the pasture to come and eat, was yell “Come and eat!” However, Feten just stood there watching the rest of the herd run for the goods. When he didn’t attempt to come I walked out to meet him part way. He just stared at me. I told him, “Come on, it’s time for breakfast!” He just stared. I was at a loss, how did one convince a horse to come eat? I crossed my arms, “I feel stupid whistling at you because you’re not a dog.” He continued staring. If he didn’t get there soon, there wouldn’t be any grain left for him. In a last ditch effort, I patted my thighs and said, “Come on buddy.” He strolled right up to me and then walked the entire way with his head over my right shoulder, keeping pace the whole time. He had no halter or lead rope on, but he just kept walking right next to me until he saw that glorious bucket of goodies. This is forever ingrained into my memory it meant so much to me. Why, I could probably never describe. This is but one story in our two years of friendship.

My heart hangs heavy with his loss but also rejoices in his life. He had such a beautiful soul. He frequently encouraged me to scratch his belly for him. He was an ex-race horse that was injured and then surrendered to the sanctuary where he spent the remainder of his life, naked, free, loved, and catered to daily. I know how much love and attention he received, not just from myself of course but from other volunteers and the owners of the farm as well. He would never again be tossed aside because he couldn’t bring in the money. He knew only love and understanding for all the rest of his days, and I am thankful that he shared his love and life with me.

Feten, the handsome fellow that he was.

Feten, the handsome fellow that he was.

Please take the time to volunteer or donate money and goods to sanctuaries. I know that Feten would greatly appreciate people giving a second chance to someone like himself.

Sashafarm.org

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We hope you all have a great Valentine’s Day!!

 

Valentine’s Day is a time to spend with the ones we love, and that includes our fuzziest and loyalist companions! Our pets are there for us year round, providing an unconditional kind of love that can brighten our spirits on the gloomiest of days. If you’re stumped on ideas for your pets, or even on what to get a significant other that loves animals, we might just have some ideas you’d like. 🙂

How cute are these "bichon bars" from Three Dog Bakery

How cute are these “bichon bars” from Three Dog Bakery?

Three Dog Bakery's "Boxer Brownies" look good enough for people to eat!

Three Dog Bakery’s “Boxer Brownies” look good enough for people to eat!

Check out this "pet-it-four" they make as well.

Check out this “pet-it-four” they make as well.

Bakeries all over the place are going to the dogs, literally! Bakeries catering specifically to our four-legged friends are sprouting up everywhere, making freshly baked doggy-friendly cupcakes, cookies, and more. Even some regular bakeries are getting in on the action, like Cupcake Station in Ann Arbor, Michigan with their adorable “pup-cakes”! Three Dog Bakery in the Partridge Creek Mall of Clinton Township, Michigan is the kind of place you can find such delectable treats as “Boston Terrier Cream Pies”, “Boxer Brownies”, “Pupcakes”, and “Bulldog Bars”.

http://www.threedogatthecreek.com/products.asp?cat=76

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Stumped on what to get your significant other this year? A wonderful type of gift that has been gaining in popularity are donations. This Valentine’s Day why not make a donation to a rescue or shelter in your special someone’s name? Roses wilt, cards often get discarded or lost, and chocolates (while delicious) are soon gobbled up and gone; a donation that goes toward helping save animals is one that will have a lasting impact. There are plenty of places out there that could put your donation to good use, but one specifically is the Michigan Humane Society. Thursday, February 13th is the Michigan Humane Society’s annual Valentine’s Telethon. Donations are tax-deductible and help the good people at the humane society continue to provide the much-needed care to homeless, abused, and neglected animals in need. You can find more information on how to donate right on the Michigan Humane Society’s web page, here:

http://www.michiganhumane.org/site/PageNavigator/telethon.html

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Have a heart, and be a Rescue-Dog or Rescue-Cat’s Valentine! Please just remember that if you plan on getting a pet for someone for Valentine’s Day, to make 100% sure that they are ready for the commitment that comes along with it. Sometimes the best intentions just aren’t enough to make something work, and no one wants to see a pet come so close to having their forever home, only to have it taken away from them. It just isn’t fair to the animal involved. So make sure the person is on board fully, find out for sure if the place they live even allows pets (and if they do, that there are no restrictions that would apply to the critter you’re adopting), and please adopt. There are already so many animals out there in need of love, and they could truly use a good home.

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Most importantly, the best Valentine’s Day gift you can give your pet, is the same one you give them everyday: Your love. We are our pets best friends, and there is nothing you could buy them that could ever measure up to your time. Whether you’re just snuggling on the couch, scratching that one spot that makes their back leg go crazy, or playing a game of tug-of-war or fetch, it will mean the world to your pet. They may not be able to go out and buy you flowers or write you any love poems, but who needs that when you’ve got a dog happily wagging his tail, or a cat purring in your lap?

Typically when people think of the kinds of gifts they can give for Valentine’s Day, certain things may come to mind… flowers, candy, that big heart-shaped box of chocolates. But this Valentine’s Day why not consider a different type of gift?

The Michigan Humane Society will be holding their 2013 Valentine’s Telethon this February 14th on WXYZ Chanel 7.

All donations are tax-deductible and will be put toward the care of homeless animals, and those who have been abused and neglected.

Since the Michigan Humane Society gets no government funding, all donations are crucial and every dollar counts. You can either donate to the telethon by phone or donate online. Donations online can be done securely at the Michigan Humane Society’s website: http://www.michiganhumane.org/site/PageServer

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A Dog’s Will

Posted: November 13, 2012 in General
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