This month: Pet Poetry!

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Pets come in all shapes and sizes and personalities. Some of us have a favorite while others define their homes as a zoo.  All I know is that the make life so much richer.  I cannot imagine life without a pet by my side.  Families who don’t have pets are confusing to me.  I just don’t understand why people would want to deprive their children of the wonderful unconditional love and friendship that a pet can give, not to mention all we learn from them by being witness to their lives.

And so this month, in honor of my best friend, Forest, who has been sick this past week with his first episode of Canine Vestibular Disease, I am asking that you focus your poetry this month on your pets and that special relationship you share with them.

IMPORTANT DATES:

Submission deadline is Sunday, April 24th, 2016 at 23:55 PST.
Submit now!

Voting opens at 00:05 PST on Monday, April 25th and ends on Saturday, April 30th at 23:55 PST.*

MEMEE’S POETRY PARTY RULES OF CONDUCT:

1. No naughty thumbnail pictures. (This will disqualify you.)

2. Submit the URL address to your relevant original poem.

3. Please try to visit at least two party guests, leave them a nice compliment or begin a friendly discussion with them. It’s a party: Mingle, people, mingle!

4. This party’s unique hashtag is #pets, use it. Link back to me and, of course, if you tweet me, I’ll tweet you… tweet, tweet! (Even if you don’t have a twitter account please use the hashtag as a blog tag.)

5. Let your followers know that you’re partying at Memee’s Musings and they’re invited to drop in and join the party! Just give them this direct link: http://www.inlinkz.com/new/view.php?id=625302 or send them to the Current Party tab to read this post https://memeesmusings.com/category/current-party/.

Spreading the word about your linking up is also the perfect excuse to show off your participation badge!  Because I do not vote it is important that you participate in promoting the event. The more word of mouth the more activity and the greater the traffic impact on everyone’s website. Also, remember, once we start hitting 100 bloggers linking up then tangible, in-your-hand prizes will be awarded to the winners along with their trophy and bragging rights.  So challenge your fellow poets to party with us and solicit your followers to read all of the poems and vote their favorite (while the voting window is open).

Collect your participation badge and find more answers at: Memee’s Poetry Parties.

HELPFUL LINKS:

Here’s a Video.
Or if you prefer infographics, go to this post.

*(If you don’t know PST just Google “What time is it now in PST?” and calculate against your time zone)

Find your Local Shelter / Rescue Society

This is an ever-updating list of animal shelters and rescue societies WORLDWIDE to help you find your FURever family member! If you don’t see your favorite local shelter listed, please let me know in the comments and I will happily add it! The more we list, the more we save!

Each time new shelters get added this post is re-published so that you will always find the most up-to-date information when visiting Memee’s Seeking Shelters list.

Quick tip, the states of America are listed first so if you’re looking elsewhere, scroll to the bottom, alphabetically looking for your country’s listing. Don’t see anything, come back after you’ve found your forever friend and I’ll add that shelter right away!

Please continue to find listing of animal shelters in your area.

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Goodbye, My Friend

via The Haunted Lullaby
Author:  Jarrod Champagne

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                                     Rest in Peace to my friend Chyna (1998 – 2015)

My sweetest girl,
Loyal friend,
You were always there,
Sharing unconditional love,
Until the end,
Seventeen years is a long time,
But it surely feels like not enough,
I thank you for what you provided,
All that you did,
You helped me thru shallow times,
Always providing a guiding light,
My companion right by my side,
Laying with me each night,
Gentle goodness in your heart,
You and I are family forever,
Even in passing, that will never end.
I miss you,
I love you,
Feel no more pain,
Rest in sweet sleep,
Goodbye, my friend,
In the Elysian Fields,
I will see you again.

This morning, June 27, 2015, I laid my sweet little girl to rest.
I have had her for almost 17 years. She passed peacefully.
I miss her already.

This is the last picture I took of her on June 26, 2015.
 This is the last picture I took of her on June 26, 2015.

This was a pretty typical morning for us as she was never pleased to have me leave the house.

I have some Jolly news to report!

Miss Jolly

If this face looks familiar it’s because I have written about Jolly on two previous occasions. The first time was in the post Seeking Love on Valentine’s Day and the second time was in Sweet Earnestine Found A Furever Home. I love being able to report when a dog that I choose to highlight on Memee’s Musings has been adopted, especially when the homeless dog was scheduled for euthanasia due to lack of public interest.

And I just found out that sweet miss Jolly was adopted despite her special needs status. Pairing the right animal to the right person is crucial to adoption success, and so I am thrilled that Jolly’s furever friend walked into the shelter when they did and had their heart swept away. Way to go Jolly!

It is always important that when we think about adding a fur baby to our life that we consider the needs of the animal. Can we commit ourselves to both the short-term and long-term needs of the animal? Bringing a fur baby home is making a commitment just as it is to decide to have a child. Your commitment is for the life of the animal so it is important that whatever animal you choose fits into your lifestyle. Do you travel a lot? If so, then perhaps a Great Dane or Saint Bernard are not the best choice for you. Do you see what I’m getting at? Picking a large dog when much of your life is on the road or spent in an airplane is not fair to the dog. That is just one example of a fur baby-human mismatch.

One of the reasons we love our dogs so much is that they bond with us. They truly enjoy spending time with us and are eager for us to be near them, playing with them, loving on them, or just silently sitting by. So when you head to your nearest shelter looking for the dog to join your family, don’t choose one because you feel sorry for it, don’t choose one because it is the cutest one there. Choose the one that fits into your life. A pet is not an accessory (despite women’s current penchant for carrying them in their handbags) it is a loyal friend that will love you through your worst days and never hold a grudge. It is a family member that yearns for your attention, affection and love. Let that dog fall in love with you too. Don’t be hasty, there will always be more great dogs coming along so wait for the dog that you can create a mutual bond with.

And please remember, do not give an animal as a holiday gift. Animals that are gifted have a much higher chance of being abandoned or given up to shelters. If you don’t believe me, look for bunnies at shelters about a week, two weeks after Easter. Everyone needs to choose the pet that is best for them. If your heart is set on giving a pet to someone, take that person with you and let them do the choosing.

Oh, and if you love dogs but do not have a stable situation to own one, consider fostering or volunteering… shelters are always looking for loving dog lovers to help with the animals, getting them out for walks, socializing them, giving them a temporary home… the options are there, call around and thanks in advance!

A Lil Bit of love in Tennessee, please!

Lil Bit in Tennessee I have been very busy at home dealing with our own family crises, one after another. the most recent was with my Grama who was visiting from Illinois. And of course, due to my negligence, my blog has suffered a hit in readership.  I understand, and I now that all of you who’re still following along understand why I have been otherwise preoccupied. Anyway, I did not want to let yet another Saturday go by without posting to Seeking Love Saturdays.

Tweet: Looking to adopt a dog in Tennessee? Lil Bit is an adorable pup needind a furever family.

Take a look at this lovely girl, she is great inspiration for getting this article up and posted. However, she makes me feel a lil guilty about the dogs I missed getting the word out about as well. I am however comforted in the knowledge that Dogs in Danger! does an outstanding job at featuring animals scheduled for euthanasia, so hopefully many doggy lives were spared. Continue reading

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.

Some dogs however have such a terrible fright each year that their owners take the risk and expense of giving their beloved pets sedatives (hopefully via a vet or veterinary assistant). Well, now their appears to be a better way. The product is called ThunderShirt and it is a dog anxiety vest.  It is too late to buy this product for tonight’s explosive excitements, but check it out, it may help alleviate your furbaby’s future anxiety — and yes, they do make them for cats as well!

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This dog is not looking for a home… and you’ll be disappointed!

Patient PittieAnyone who knows anything about pits knows that they will do whatever it takes to be loved by their owner.  It’s part of the reason they get a bad rap… if humans only give attention to their pit when they are misbehaving, like a child that is neglected, it will perform the negative behavior because some attention is always better than no attention.  If the human owner treats the dog abusively, throwing things at him, hitting or kicking him, yelling at him, like a child imitating a violent father, he will learn to be aggressive. And then you have those evil, evil humans who fight them.

Pit Bulls are one of the most patient and loving dogs you can get.  And of course, like any mixed breed “mutt” he’ll have less medical problems then a purebred.

Educate yourself before calling fowl on a pit bull!

I hope you enjoy the photos of this wonderfully patient pittie as much as our family did. I don’t know who took them, when or where they were originally uploaded. I saw it on Pinterest, and their link led back to Morably.com however, the photo is marked evilmilk.com. Visit at your own risk, I’ve not done so.

(Please educate yourself about the discrimination and negative propaganda campaign being promulgated against these wonderful dogs before you simply walk past them. I highly recommend the documentary Beyond the Myth which you can stream on Netflix, purchase or rent on Amazon or even Youtube for $1.99.)