July 4th is NOT one of my favorite days; but mom always has a special treat for me to help distract me from the noise. Don't tell her, but I know that this year she bought me some pigs ears for when the neighborhood fills up with those loud booms. I hope you all have have fun tomorrow, but please do your best to keep your pets and those of your friends and neighbors safe. - Love ya, Anubis
The following is from the Starke County Humane Society’s Facebook page:
July 4th is a terrifying day for most pets. Plan ahead to keep them calm and safe.
- Keep them indoors if possible.
- Comfort them with a "safe" place: crate, box, blanket or even under a bed. They need to feel "hidden."
- Avoid the noise of fireworks by playing a radio or turn on a tv to muffle the sound of fireworks.
- Keep a collar and ID tags on your pets. If you do not have ID tags, place a light colored collar on your pet and write your phone number on the collar in permanent marker.
- If your pet goes missing, call the shelter immediately at 574-896-5060 to report it. Show your pet's picture to all of your neighbors and ask if you can check their outbuildings to look for your pet. Pets will seek cover quickly, when terrified by loud noises.
I’d like to take a brief moment to introduce the newest member of the North Judson-Wayne Township Library staff – Mrs. Kelsie Purcell. Now I haven’t met Miss Kelsie yet because I’ve been taking my retirement seriously and staying home, but mom is thrilled because Miss Kelsie is really into kids.
Starting with this year’s Summer Reading program, Miss Kelsie has taken over all of the NJWTPL children’s programming. And does she have some great plans for them for the coming year – a stuffed animal overnight; a scavenger hunt for 1st to 5th grades; a Parent’s Day Out; a combined Tot Time/Story Hour in December. Whew, it totally exhausts me; but I’m 77 in human years and Miss Kelsie is much, much younger.
I’ll have to talk mom into bringing me to the library one of these Saturdays so I can meet Miss Kelsie. Heck, maybe I’ll even volunteer if she ever needs an old dog to help with a program. After all, I do have a little experience in that area.
Love to you all,
I can’t believe that it’s been over a month since I last put
paw to keyboard! Can’t believe that St.
Patrick’s Day has come and gone! Why
before you know it SPRING will be here, at least that’s the rumor going around
Mom checked the Farmer’s Almanac online (http://www.almanac.com/weather/longrange/region/us/6)
and they’re predicting snow until March 24th. I certainly hope they’re wrong. That snow in the backyard just isn’t melting
fast enough for me. Just a few weeks ago
it was so cold that I could walk on top of the snow. Then it got warmer and instead of standing on
top I kept breaking through the crust, which made it difficult for me to explore. It finally got to the point where all that
smushed, gray grass is showing through so I now have most of my yard back.
Just can’t wait to see what decides to grow back there. Mom says that what we do have isn’t all grass,
but as long as it’s green I don’t think she minds. Lately she’s been thinking of getting me my
very own bush, something that won’t grow too big but will give me some shade in
the summer. Actually, I prefer to sit in
the back yard and sunbathe, when it gets too hot I either move into the shade
cast by the garage or the house – it depends on the mood I’m in.
Well, that darn cat Daisy is driving me crazy right now
running around looking for food. Daisy
is so skinny that the vet said she should get two cans of wet food a day! I only get wet food for my Sunday meal. Anyway, Mom started “hiding” food for Daisy
to find and suddenly she’s been eating like a little piggy and then looking for
more. When Mom came back from a small family
gathering the first thing Daisy did when she saw her was to run to the TV and
see if there was any food there! She did
that at least 3 times before Mom got out the food and restocked the hiding
I was more restrained, as a result I got some special doggy
treats Mom picked up at a bakery in Vincennes.
After telling Mom how glad I was that we were both back home – I stayed
with Auntie Jane and her Great Dane – and after finishing my treats I settled
into my chair beside Mom and fell asleep.
Whew, all this typing as made me tired, guess I’ll stop now
and get comfy in my chair and wait for Mom.
Hope you all enjoy the nicer weather.
Mom almost forgot that today was her younger sister's birthday (Happy Birthday, Auntie S). She didn't mean to do it, but it's been a hectic week. Heck, it's been a hectic year so far. 'Course mom did manage to remember that Friday is Valentine's Day and with Aunties birthday being the day before it really shouldn't be that hard to forget.
But mom does like to tell people that Auntie is one of those family members that you love dearly, but you would love them even better if they belonged to a different family. You see Auntie is VERY talented, and while her birthday does occasionally fall on a Friday (making it a Friday the 13th) her original date of birth was a Wednesday. Mom thinks having been born on the 13th is what makes Auntie so creative - she sews, cans, makes things with stained glass, does woodworking, makes jewelry (bracelets, necklaces, and who knows what else) and weaves beautiful baskets. Heck, she can probably do just about anything that catches her interest.
And because Friday is Valentine's Day the Starke County Humane Society posted this on their Facebook page:
Mom said she would buy me some treats that are good for my teeth and tummy. But no toys because I am a ninja dog and destroy them too fast.
Please remember to keep your pets away from Valentine goodies. Many ingredients in candy can pose life-threatening issues for your pet, such as: Chocolate ( especially dark or baker's chocolate ), Chocolate covered raisins, Macadamia Nuts and Xylitol ( sugar substitute.) Also, be very cautious with your pets around flower arrangements that may contain Lillies. They are toxic to both cats and dogs.
So I hope you have a great birthday Auntie S and a great Valentine's Day, too.
I am soooo ready for winter to be over! It was okay at first, I do like a little snow, but it's these sub-zero temperatures that are getting to me.
The first snow we had was enjoyable; had a great time running around the backyard playing. And I still enjoyed it until that nasty wind started blowing. You humans are lucky because you wear boots, gloves and warm coats (not that I would let mom put any of those on me). When it got really cold I nearly froze my feet off! Mom told me not to go further than the edge of the garage, but a few times I insisted on going all the way around the yard. Once it was so cold that I froze in my tracks, pun intended, and mom almost had to come out to pick me up and carry me back to the house. But I'm a brave girl, I made it back into the house on my own and then cuddled up with my cold feet up against mom. She also wrapped me in a blanket to help me warm up.
Today mom changed the library's profile photo on Facebook to a cookie groundhog pudding cup. She said that if Punxsutawney Phil gets it wrong we get to eat him! Sounds good to me!
Until warmer weather gets here, keep thinking SPRING!
Here's the fake Punxsutawney Phil, doesn't he look delicious?
Well, the library is back to normal hours as of today. Matter of fact I just checked the weather report and temps are supposed to be up to 39 by Friday - the only drawback to that is they are predicting a 40% chance of rain - and 40 with sunshine for Sunday.
This is one of the reasons Mom doesn't like winter - all that time, energy, and gas that people spend cleaning up after the storm and then rain and sunshine will remove it naturally. I'm just glad she cleaned off the back stairs so I could get outside. A drift totally covered them, that plus the bone chilling cold kept me inside the past two days, but now I have clean steps and a small shoved area so I'm ready to go back outside.
Hope no one suffered too much from cabin fever, but if you did take advantage of the warm up this weekend.