Category Archives: Opinion

Sunday Pause (Paws): What Do We Do With That Darn Anxiety?

It’s Sunday! Time to kick back & relax! But who can do that with all this anxiety?

My sister brought over these three books for me. Cino’s veterinarian said “with your personality.” Is somebody trying to tell me something?

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Actually, I’m kidding. They don’t need to tell me, I know. I am an anxious person. I’m working on it though. But this post isn’t to be a downer or to focus on my anxiety. I am super appreciative of my sister and I am going to read those books. I also love my veterinarian and he’s right…I do have “that personality.” He was actually just trying to accommodate me.

I don’t know who has a harder time when it’s “that time of year” for an annual health screening, Cino or I. Anxiety tries to take over both of us. Continue reading

A Facebook Conversation About Barking Dogs

Hello all. I hope you are all staying healthy & safe!

When it comes to writing blog posts I get most of my ideas from life experiences. I have been in a bit of a dry spell lately but the other day I came across a post in a Facebook Neighbors Group about a guy yelling at another guy for yelling at a dog that was barking. I was interested in people’s opinions about a barking dog, which to me, tells me a lot about how they view animals in general. Most of the time I stay out of these group conversations because they can get ugly but I wanted to praise the guy who stuck up for the dog. I also saw it as an opportunity to discuss a little about how animals are animals and we need to respect them. I have snapshots of the actual conversation below with some editing for privacy. My comments are the ones next to the pink circles. I put “AAFBT” in them to make it easier to distinguish. This isn’t the entire conversation but a good portion of it.

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I’ve Got Chills, They’re Multiplying

Hello all.

This post is just for fun! It doesn’t have anything to do with animals other than mine is going to be giving me funny looks all night as I sing & dance along to GREASE. πŸ’ƒπŸ•ΊπŸŽ€πŸŽΆ

This was one of my favorite movies when I was younger. Now I see it actually doesn’t have the best message but the music is alot of fun!

I‘ve got chills, they’re multiplying! How about you? Any of you fans and watching tonight?

Here is the trailer…

We’re All Lamenting

Hello all. I hope this post finds you all well, healthy, & safe.

A while ago when this pandemic first began I had posted that I had so much to say but couldn’t form the words to say it. I am still feeling that way but thought I would give it a shot. Expressing yourself through writing is very healing. It is the reason I like to write poetry and it is one of the reasons I blog, as it may be the reason for many of you.

The reason I decided to give it a try today is because of the past few weeks LIVE service messages. They were about how we are all going through a time of lamenting. Though in this time of lamenting we may be ignoring the process of healing. We all want things to get back to “normal” as quickly as possible. We want to get from A to Z as quickly as possible.

People are dying, committing suicide, fighting, abuse is prevalent (we hear about in domestic cases but I’m sure the animals/pets are suffering terribly too as we know many farm animals are), crime is up, we’re experiencing job loss and financial crisis. To top it off Continue reading

Sunday Pause (Paws): We’re In This Together Puzzle

It’s Sunday! Time to kick back and relax and maybe take some time out to do a puzzle.

Everyone is getting use to a new norm and some people have a lot more time on their hands. Maybe we can fill some of that time. I created a puzzle with what I feel is an important message.

Here is what it looks like.

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Just click the image below to go to the puzzle. I kept it fairly easy. Let me know how it goes. Would you like one with more pieces next time?

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Happy Sunday! Stay healthy! β™₯️

Sunday Pause (Paws): It’s No Small Thing

It’s Sunday! Time to kick back, relax, and talk a little bit about health…which is no small thing.

I don’t know about you but I think I worry about Cino’s health more than I do my own, and when it comes to those annual vet visits, well let’s just say Cino isn’t a happy camper. I have to trick her to get her into her carrier and when I do she is letting me know how she feels about that the whole way to the vet’s office. I know she is stressed out and that in turn makes me stressed out. But I am working on being more calm because I believe she can feel how I am feeling.

Then there’s who you are bringing your pet to. I love Cino’s veterinarian. At this last visit we were talking about how it seems many people don’t like their own people doctor very much. I am one of them but yet I keep going to them. When it comes to Cino I would never just keep going. Who and how Cino is taken care of is no small thing to me.vetrinarian-your-pet-aafbt

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Sunday Pause (Paws): Trying To Fit In

It’s Sunday! Time to kick back, relax, and do some thinking.

I‘m not sure how long you have been blogging but have you ever noticed how sometimes you seem to have a lot of interaction (or Likes) on your posts and sometimes hardly at all? When it is hardly at all it makes you start to wonder why. Is it that your blogging community is busy and just not seeing your posts or maybe they just don’t like that particular post?

Some of you have been with me for a while on this blogging journey. You know that I have changed things along the way as probably many of us have. Lately it kind of seems like I am not getting a lot of interaction. It made me start wondering if it could be because I have been using cartoon images a lot more often and not writing as much. I started thinking about that and if I should try to change my posts. But I realized I really don’t want to, at least not right now, because I am finding joy in creating the cartoons.

Thinking about all of this made me also think about how we worry about our popularity or if we are fitting in. Not just with social media but with everything. But is that really what matters?

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