Lions and Tigers and Bears… Oh My!

Lions and Tigers and Bears... It's Halloween! |Memee's Musings

Tomorrow is the big day we’ve all been leading up to, the most playful of all American holidays: Halloween! Did you carve your pumpkins and put them outside your door? If yes, did you take a picture and submit it to social media? And if yes, did you post a link to it on Memee’s Doorstep Pumpkin Challenge and/or tag it #DoorstepPumpkinChallenge? If no, well, there’s no time like the present because you are almost out of time! Weren’t you listening? Halloween is less than a day away! BTW, even I was able to carve my pumpkin despite the broken elbow. It turns out those silly 99-cent pumpkin carving tools really, really work!

Do you have a costume for each of your children… the human and furry ones? How about yourself? Creating a costume and dressing up is at least half of the fun. If you’re a last minute costume preparer, make time to do it today! I’d love to see my minions all dressed up in my comment section. Show me your alter egos! And, don’t worry, if you don’t have the funds you may be able to put something together like the best costume I ever saw… White Trash. I was at a Halloween party and she had a dirty white robe and slippers, messy hair (though you could do those vintage pink curlers!), bright pink, smeared lipstick, a lipstick stained (doesn’t have to be the same color, in fact better if it’s not) crunched-up bent and broken cigarette in her hands, some toilet paper dangling from her slipper and white plastic trash bags attached all over her robe. She looked like she’d literally rolled out from behind a dumpster of a 70s trailer park!

Did you buy enough candy? That’s important. You don’t want to be the one on your block with the T-P’d lawn in the morning. It’s a time-consuming clean up.

I am excited about the trick-or-treaters coming. This is the first year in 19 years I have lived in a neighborhood where I expect to see children, pets, and parents prowling the streets. I can hardly wait for tomorrow night!

Oh, and lastly, after all the spooky chaos of the evening don’t forget to set your clock back an hour! November 1st will be a whole new time zone!

Be safe, have fun, and watch out for those zombies… even the smallest ones can convert you!

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American Dogs: Comfort for Independance

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Tweet: If you're dog suffers from bouts of anxiety there may be an answer: http://ctt.ec/8beTO+  (and other great dog info).For 240 years America’s dogs have tolerated our Independence Day shenanigans. Whether we are taking them on a trip or dressing them up and parading them around town, blowing up fireworks, or simply leaving them home alone while we go out to celebrate America’s birthday  one thing we cannot ignore is that the 4th of July causes more stress and anxiety to our favorite pets than probably every other day of the year (except perhaps vaccination day).

I have been fortunate that with the exception of one occasion my dogs have successfully managed their own stress levels successfully. The one year we had a problem, we happened to be living in an extremely noisy apartment complex (I mean, it was horribly loud always, but most especially at night.) And my dear sweet Forest jumped on my bed and peed right there in the middle of my duvet cover. That was several years ago and we have not had any problems since that time.

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Comment vs. Post… Sometimes You Think You’re Writing One When Really You’re Writing The Other!

All Dogs are Good Dogs
All Dogs are Good Dogs

Thank you for the feedback and encouragement to keep making the Saturday posts. I feel the same… I know I cannot adopt all of them or even one of them, but I hate knowing that animals are out there confused, frightened and locked up… they are suffering. And they are suffering because of irresponsible pet parenting. There is a rampant problem in this country… our human propensity to just throw animals away when they get too old, too sick, too expensive or just too much of a hassle. These animals love us unconditionally, never hold a grudge and most are loyal to a fault and how do we reward them (aside from humiliating them with silly costumes?) We abandon, jail and kill them… millions of them a year, MILLIONS!

Pet PortraitMost of us do not dispose of our children in this manner. I make the comparison because children are how we define family pets, saying things like, “they are my babies,” and dressing them up in human clothes, carrying them around with us everywhere we go and including them in our family portraits. And, in truth, they are as much work as a child. Though dogs, especially, are much more grateful than most children are! LOL.

This is my way of trying to help, by bringing people’s awareness to the gravity of the situation! Even our act of giving animals as pets for Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s Day, anniversaries and birthdays is irresponsible. It’s cute as a puppy, as a kitten but unless the person makes a connection with the animal before it comes home there may not be a loyalty to the animal… especially if it was given by a romantic partner who then cheats or dumps you… giving these animals to people who eventually abandon, neglect or send them to the pound leads to their endangerment. The doggy you thought was so cute and bought for your boyfriend could end up dead… because you brought it home as a gift, stealing its chance at finding a furever family. I know that sounds really harsh, but it is not as harsh as the reality that this is truth. Giving bunnies, baby ducks or chicks at Easter is an especially cute gimmick — for about a week, and then, unless you own a farm, the charm and cuteness wears off. Besides, fuzzy bright yellow chicks are adorable… chickens,for the most part are really quite ugly.  Tasty, but ugly.

And, yes, I do intend to also post cats, rabbits, whatever. Thank you all for encouraging me to continue these posts. I am never going to post a photo of a pile of euthanized dog carcasses but that really is the reality and it is horrendous, horrible, and embarrassing to us as a nation and as a species.

(Initially this was meant to be a response to the comments and emails I have received…. but obviously this became a post in and of itself!)

* So, technically speaking chickens can be roosters, hens or dinner. I give you the most beautiful chicken I’ve ever seen. His name is Napoleon who I ran across at The Chicken Mama’s blog.

Napoleon lives in Colorado, USA.
Napoleon happily lives on a happy farm in Colorado, USA where he is loved and well cared for.