GENESIS 1:28 ON 1/28

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God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”  – Genesis 1:28

Babies are a sign that God has not given up on us.  There’s not a more happy occasion than expecting a child into your family.  God gives His blessing for us to procreate and He gives us a blessing to rule over every living creature that moves on the ground.

As we are to be responsible and good parents, we are also held accountable for the way we rule over animals.  Just because God’s given us dominion, it’s not a license for us to abuse God’s precious creation in any way.angels-for-jack

Is Jack a lucky donkey, or what?  The poem talks about a wet summer day…  but I feel such compassion for the poor fur babies who are kept outdoors in the cold and snow.  Yes, I know they have fur, but…

You’ve seen the ads for the ASPCA I’m sure.  Why are those so much more difficult to watch in the dead of winter?  I literally have to flip the channel, they break my heart so badly.  I guess you could say the ads are a success if they have that effect on me.  I just believe it’s so very sad that the ads have to exist at all.  What’s wrong with people that they would abuse helpless animals?  That kind of rule and dominion was not our Maker’s intention.  Not even close.

Is there a special reservation in a hot place for one who abuses animals?  Well, that’s not for me to say, but I’d say the odds are good there probably is.

In today’s verse, we see that God thinks babies are good in families, and animals are good in families too.  Dominion however, most assuredly does not mean ruling with cruelty.  If your fur babies are cold, please take them in the house.  Be kind to babies – the human variety and fur variety.  🙂

 

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PRAYERS & WISHES FOR THANKSGIVING

tl-thanksgiving-2016-11-12-thru-11-24Our lives are so enriched by fur babies, aren’t they?  Whether we rescued an animal or purchased a pedigree, a pet or maybe more than one, adds a dimension to our lifestyle.  If you want free entertainment, watch the unique personality of an animal.  I’ve had 1 pony, 2 hamsters, 3 goldfish, 1 bird, 8 dogs and 6 cats in my lifetime (not all at once, thankfully).  No two animals are exactly alike…  but they are all precious in their own way.  Am I right?

I don’t know if our pets will be in Heaven when we get there  – but I can’t imagine eternal life without them.  It won’t matter once I get there, I’m sure.  I mean everything will be different from life here.  If it’s God’s Heaven and Jesus is there…  that’s really good enough for me.  But for my peace of mind here on earth…  I like to think that my pets will be in Heaven.

Let’s say a prayer of thanks for those crazy little fur babies that make us smile:a-prayer-poem-for-thanksgiving

The difference between friends and pets is that friends we allow into our company, pets we allow into our solitude.  – Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com

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I wish you many years of happiness with your pets – even the snakes and things like that.  I’m not a fan, but some folks are – lol.  I believe God created animals to keep us company, and at times their company is more welcome than another person’s.  They really are welcome in to our solitude where human friends are not.

I’m so glad Ichigo is okay, aren’t you?  Sweet little cat.

Here’s another baby picture I want to share with you.  This is Bo – Kelly’s little dog.

14993416_10207660484571485_5092871983387108609_nIsn’t he the sweetest little fella???  So cute!

As we continue counting blessings, let’s not forget our sweet 4-legged family members.  🙂

GENESIS 1:31 ON 1/31

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God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.  – Genesis 1:31

Creation week was sure a busy one, wasn’t it?  One day six, God made all the animals that live on the land.  He commanded the earth to bring forth the land animals – and it did so!OUR BEST FRIENDS

We would be so lonely without our animal friends.  I’m so thankful that God made them for us.  He made animals of special use to us, like horses, cows and sheep.  He made rodents like squirrels and mice, even spiders (though I don’t know why)…  and we also have lizards and frogs.  Cuddly little rabbits and beasts in the jungle like elephants, apes and lions were created by God.

What about the different dinosaurs?  Yep – He created them too – they all appeared immediately at God’s command!  But dinosaurs are now extinct…  how do we know God made them when the Bible doesn’t mention them?  Well, it doesn’t mention kangaroos either, but we know God made these land animals on Day six.GOD OWNS THE CATTLEDAZZLES AND DUCKLINGSGod loves us so much – and He created animals to keep us company, provide food in some cases and help keep us warm on cold winter nights.  The wool sheared from a sheep makes a very nice sweater for me to wear when it’s chilly outdoors.  🙂

LOVE YOUR PET DAY

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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

 

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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

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Kelly & Alex
Kelly the Cat Lady
Kelly with Pepper, Troubles & Sugar
Charlotte & her Santa Baby
Charlotte & Duke
Charlotte and her sweet dog
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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!  🙂

SUMMER COOL OFF DAY

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Today is SUMMER COOL-OFF DAY!!!  In 1630, lemonade was invented in Paris.  That’s certainly one way to stay cool this summer.

These awesome photos on my poem were taken by my friend, Ian. He is fortunate enough to live close to a beach. Of course, going to a beach is on my bucket list. One day I will get there, Lord willin’ and the creek don’t rise.

It’s obvious his dogs enjoy going to the beach to frolic and play. Our beagle mix, Casey, is too old to frolic much anymore, but he still enjoys a good walk around the neighborhood. No matter where we live, we all like to take our pets out for some exercise because it’s good for them.

I talk to him when I’m lonesome like; and I’m sure he understands. When he looks at me so attentively, and gently licks my hands; then he rubs his nose on my tailored clothes, but I never say naught thereat. For the good Lord knows I can buy more clothes, but never a friend like that. – W. Dayton Wedgefarth

I care for Casey by using a homemade flea shampoo. Most bottled dog shampoos have added toxins that could hurt him, so I make my own.

Flea Shampoo

1 c. Dawn dish soap
1 c. vinegar
1 qt. warm water

Massage in and leave for 5 minutes before rinsing clean.

You ask of my companions. Hills, sir, and the sundown, and a dog as large as myself that my father bought me. They are better than human beings, because they know but do not tell. – Emily Dickinson

We try to feed Casey the most healthy food, but it’s fun to make treats for him!

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats
Yield: About 2 dozen small treats

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30-40 minutes

Total Time: 35-40 minutes

Ingredients:
1 cup pumpkin purée
2 eggs
1/2 cup oats (optional if your dog is on a grain free diet, sub an extra 1/4 cup grain free flour)
3 cups whole wheat flour, brown rice flour, or gluten-free flour
3 Tbsp of all natural peanut butter
1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In small bowl, stir together the flour, oats, and cinnamon
In a separate large bowl, whisk together the eggs, pumpkin and peanut butter until combined. Stir wet ingredients into dry.
Pour onto a floured surface and roll dough out to 1/2 thick. Cut out using cookie cutter. The dough will be a little sticky, a dusting of flour for your hands and the rolling-pin will help! Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until golden brown.
Place on cooling racks and let cool thoroughly. They will harden as they cool.

Notes:
*These are the treats that are pictured.
*1/2 tsp of salt can be added to these treats to help extend the shelf life but, it is optional.
*Cinnamon is fine to use in recipes for dogs, however do not use a pumpkin spice blend or anything that could contain nutmeg. It is toxic to dogs and even in small amounts can make them sick.

I need to share one more heart-warming video. OK, two more… LOL!

Heart-warming. Five hearts from me! ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

RAIN DAY

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What do you do on a rainy day???  Well, unless you like to go out and walk in the rain, you could stay indoors and play with your dog!

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OK… it’s bad when a dog dances better than me… !!! 😦

In the event that it is actually raining on RAIN DAY, it would be a great time to play inside with your dog!

There are a few things to consider when purchasing a ball or toy for your dog. I’ll bet you thought price was the only thing to think about, didn’t you? I know – me too. Now I know better.

1. The age of your dog matters because a puppy will likely be gnawing and chewing more than an adult dog. Check the package to make sure the ball or toy is right for your puppy or dog.

2. The size of your dog should go with the type of toy or ball you buy. Melissa’s sweet little dog (the one the poem was written about) is so tiny and had a ball that was too big for a while. Melissa said he got frustrated with the ball and left it alone. She said he loves his new, smaller ball.

3. Some dogs have special needs. A hyper dog may need a toy that can handle rougher use than a dog that is more inactive. The nature and personality of your dog should be considered when purchasing a ball or toy. Some breeds like to chew on things more than others, so getting the right toy might save a few pairs of shoes.

4. A puppy should be given a chew toy as early as possible, but keep in mind that they don’t even have teeth until three to six weeks of age. Think of your puppy as a little baby. Your baby needs a softer toy to protect delicate gums and new baby teeth. At this stage a plush toy may be perfect. Make sure, however, that your puppy isn’t pulling the “plush” out of the toy and swallowing it!

5. As dogs lose baby teeth, around four months, have plenty of chew toys on hand for this teething period. This is the time when your dog will really come to rely on the toys for teething relief. Again, much like an infant child.

Depending on the breed, your dog may still be interested in chewing on table legs and shoes even as they enter into adulthood. Most dogs leave the serious chewing behind. We had one dog that chewed because he got bored. He did a number on our TV remote! Getting the right toys – ones that squeak when chewed – could hold the interest of your dog and keep your remote control safe.

Our beagle puppy liked a rubber ducky we got him. He bit down on it and the duck quacked three times in a row. That toy kept him entertained longer than any other toy. As you dog’s teeth get stronger, a more sturdy toy is fine.

I’m so glad Melissa’s dog got the right size ball. He looks very happy, doesn’t he? ❤

NATIONAL PET PARENT’S DAY

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You can tell a lot about the character of a man by the way he treats an animal.   – Unknown

Back home, I had chickens, a rabbit named Bugs, a Shetland Pony named Dolly, a dog named Dusty, a dog named Lady and the odd cricket I managed to catch and put in a wire cage.  I’m more than qualified to be a pet parent.  We had more animals than the North Riverside Park Zoo!

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Dolly

 

Today is NATIONAL PET PARENT’S DAY!!! Obviously, Casey has me wrapped around his little paw, but I think some other folks are pretty entertained by their pets as well.

OK, there’s no way I’d adopt a pet like a lion or tiger or anything really wild…  BUT what about a hedgehog???  Um…  well…

Keep in mind that adopting a pet from a shelter is a lifelong commitment. You have to love and care for that animal for the rest of its life. Yes they are cuddly and cute, but they may have some fairly high vet bills because of sickness or injury at some point. It’s not all just laughter and light, although it’s usually a good day.

If at all possible, adopt from a shelter. Don’t buy animals from pet shops or from breeding farms out in the country. I made a horrible mistake when I was young and stupid. I paid a large sum of money for a sheltie puppy to a breeding farm. When I took the pup in to the vet to be examined, I learned he had heartworms! I didn’t put the pup down, but the treatments nearly killed the poor baby. He survived but it took a long time for him to bounce back from the “lead” treatments. I should have sued the breeder to at least get my money back, but I didn’t.

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Casey

 

In our 27 year marriage we’ve had 4 dogs and a cat. Not all at once. We only have one dog at a time. My husband had a cat when I married him. I can’t imagine not having a pet. There’s a love with animals that you just don’t have with people. They make no demands and don’t hold grudges.