FESTIVAL OF OWLS WEEK

A WISE OLD OWLMarch 7-11 is Festival of Owls Week.  These wise old birds are amazing to watch – and hear…  hold your ears!  I used to hear these barn owls often when I stayed with my grandparents.  If you don’t know what it is, it sounds downright creepy.  If you think owls just say WHO… WHO…  then you’ve never heard a barn owl.

https://youtu.be/JDmRmRb2OpE

Barn owls don’t usually live long lives.  In North America the oldest known barn owl in the wild lived to be 11 years old.  In Holland, a wild barn owl lived to be 17 years old.  In England, a captive female barn owl was retired from breeding at 25 years old.

Wow... you humans sure look weird!
Wow… you humans sure look weird!

 

Flying and screeching... screeching and flying.
Flying and screeching… screeching and flying.
I lost my tree... dang it - I LOST MY TREE!
I lost my tree… dang it – I LOST MY TREE!
Don't hate me because I'm beautiful.
Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful.
I'm a barn owl - in a barn. Go figure.
I’m a barn owl – in a barn. Go figure.

Now we hear the WHO…  WHO from the eagle owl.  Can you believe those eyes?  They are absolutely gorgeous and captivating.

https://youtu.be/ynl-L8L3Ui8

The Eurasian eagle owl lives in mountain regions and other relatively remote places.  It’s a nocturnal predator, hunting for small mammals but also birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and large insects.

Wow... you humans sure look weird.
Wow… you humans sure look weird.
Get my good side...
Get my good side…
Soar and hoot... hoot and soar.
Soar and hoot… hoot and soar.
Every move you make, I'll be watching you...
Every move you make, I’ll be watching you…
I know I look good.
I know I look good.

 

And yesterday, I saw this post on twitter: https://twitter.com/planetepics

 

I came home, pulled back the curtains and saw this beautiful animal. Looks like I’m headed to Hogwarts!
I came home, pulled back the curtains and saw this beautiful animal. Looks like I’m headed to Hogwarts!

I don’t know who specifically came home to find this little cutie, but I just had to share this.

Enjoy this wonderful poem by Lucinda Berry Hill.

GRAMMIE AND OWLS

Many people in the 1970’s collected all things owls.  I also knew some who collected elephants (something about luck in the home) – but owls represent wisdom.  For fun, I wondered how many photographs of owls I could find on common everyday things.  Here’s what I came up with:

I could use a symbol of wisdom first thing in the morning - for sure!
I could use a symbol of wisdom first thing in the morning – for sure!
It's an owl necklace watch! Here it is closed.
It’s an owl necklace watch! Here it is closed.
Here it is open.
Here it is open.
Here's a little owl writer and music lover.
Here’s a little owl writer and music lover.

How about owl origami?  Give it a try – it’s really fun!

http://www.origami-fun.com/origami-owl.html

We all agree that owls are cute – albeit scary…  sharp beaks, talons and stares with no blinks…  don’t you wonder what they’re thinking?  Maybe we really don’t want to know.  🙂

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LOVE YOUR PET DAY

TL 2-20 LOVE YOUR PET DAY

Today is LOVE YOUR PET DAY!!!  You know, life gets busy and sometimes our pets get a little lonely when we are out doing other things in our lives.  This is the day set aside just for them – so pamper them and treat them like the special animals they are.

I honestly don’t think it’s about buying the most expensive squeaky toy in the pet store, but about the amount of time I spend with my dog, using that adorable baby talk that gets his undivided attention.  After that, he thinks I’m the greatest person and follows me everywhere!  – Linda Palmer

 

Linda & Casey
Linda & Casey

 

My baby is so spoiled rotten because he’s the only kid I have!

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Sheri & Mittens

 

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Moo is on Sheri’s leg… awe

 

Here are a few suggestions for the day:

  • Take a nice walk at the dog park or along the beach if you’re lucky enough to live near one.
  •  Casey loves to take a ride in the car – we will probably drive somewhere.  I like to take him to the bank because they always give him a treat!
  • Stores like Pet Smart let you bring your pets.  It would be fun to take your pet in and let him / her choose something like a special toy.  I try to guide Casey toward the clearance table.
  • Watch a movie with a great pet in it – sit with your pet and let him / her know how much better and smarter they are.
  • Fix a bit of steak or bacon for your pet.  After all, it is a special day!

God gave us these critters to love and care for, and they give us so much joy!

Animals are such agreeable friends — they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.  – George Eliot

Kelly & Alex
Kelly & Alex
Kelly the Cat Lady
Kelly with Pepper, Troubles & Sugar
Charlotte & her Santa Baby
Charlotte & Duke
Charlotte and her sweet dog
Charlotte and Otis
Charlotte holding her little dog
Charlotte holding Chloe

 An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.  – Martin Buber

licks, tails, and snuggles

unconditional and true

every one’s best friend.

– Lucinda Berry Hill,

author of “Coffee with Jesus”

& “A Second Cup with Jesus”

A very special THANK YOU to the folks in my facebook group, A SECOND HELPING OF WELLNESS…  WITH A DASH OF HUMOR & A PINCH OF FAITH, for the awesome photos they let me use of themselves with their pets.  I guess none of them own hamsters, rabbits, birds, reptiles or goldfish.  LOL!!!

We make the most precious memories with our pets, don’t we?  The sad part is when they get older and in poor health.  Our Casey is almost 13 years old, so we know the day is coming when he won’t be with us.  If you have recently lost a pet, I hope these poems will bring comfort to your spirit today.

PURRING IN HEAVEN

LOSS OF A FRIEND

Even though I know Casey won’t get to stay with me for the rest of my life, I love the fact that I got to rescue one abandoned and abused animal, give him a good home, provide excellent care and see a smiling face and wagging tail every morning when I wake up.  Man, that’s living!  🙂