Category Archives: pets

Sunday Pause (Paws): So Much More

Over this past week my friend’s dog, Dakota, celebrated his 15th birthday while someone at work had to say goodbye to their dog, Niko. This got me thinking about how important it is that we see how all life matters. Dakota is not just a dog, but a part of my friend’s family and worthy to be celebrated! Niko was not just a dog, but a part of my co-worker’s family and worthy of a time of mourning and remembrance.

I wrote the following poem thinking about these two precious lives. Photos are included of each of them. (Dakota’s mom is a professional photographer).

A pet is not just a pet
But one of the best friends you’ll ever get
Your comforter, therapist, friend, & baby
A pet is so many things including family

They are worthy to be celebrated in a big way
To throw a huge party for on their birthday
Decorations, friends, photos, and cake
These are special memories that we make

Dakota celebrating his 15th birthday!

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Sunday Pause (Paws): Word Search Fun On Love

It’s Sunday! Time to kick back and take a pause.

Puzzles are a great way to relax and my favorite kind are Word Search Puzzles. I created another one to share with you.

The message in the puzzle is centered around love. Love for all but focused on animals because Animals Are Feeling Beings Too.

I‘ve been feeling the love today for my birthday with many messages, texts, and phone calls from family & friends. It’s a rough year due to the pandemic and my injured ankle but I am feeling the love. 🙂

Well I hope you enjoy my Word Search Puzzle. Unfortunately, it is not an interactive online one. You can print it out or just do it on the screen. The puzzle can be clicked on so that you can enlarge it if needed. The answers/completed puzzle can be found in the link below the puzzle.

Let me know how it goes. Feedback is appreciated! Continue reading

Sunday Pause (Paws): A Cat’s Pose

It’s Sunday! Time to kick back & relax and Pumpkin is doing just that. I love this picture of Pumpkin. She is so adorable! She looks like she’s posing purrfectly for this picture while at the same time relaxing.

Pumpkin is the furry family member of a friend of mine, Sandy. Sandy has never had a cat before. Continue reading

Sunday Pause (Paws): Our Pets, Our Family

It’s Sunday! Time to kick back, relax, and cuddle with our furry family members.

Many of you who are reading this most likely have a pet and pets are a part of our family. So when they have a health issue, we don’t take it lightly.

Below is Honey who is a furry family member of Deb M. Not too long ago Honey had a health issue that Deb was having a hard time getting diagnosed properly. The staff at the clinic she had been taking Honey to in her words “were awful” to Deb during this. As I mentioned, pets are family so to treat us, the pet parents, awful is simply not acceptable! Deb took Honey to a new clinic who was able to diagnose her immediately, were kind, and now Honey is doing much better!

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Sunday Pause (Paws): Extending Love

It’s Sunday & it’s Valentine’s Day!

We wish a happy one and send you love from our little Valentine to yours.

Give your pets some extra hugs & kisses today and remember that love you FEEL for your pet should be extended to all animals.

Happy Sunday!

Sunday Pause (Paws): In The Cold

It’s Sunday! Time to kick back & relax.

This weekend here is a perfect time to stay in and cozy up with a book, movie, or take a nap. It’s freezing!

These adorable pets below are having fun playing in the snow.

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Sunday Pause (Paws): Thoughts On Speaking Up

It’s Sunday! Time to kick back and relax.

Relaxing sometimes means more thinking. One thing I think about often during these trying times our world has been going through this past year is animals.

I‘m not sure why I remembered something from years ago but it is what prompted this post. I was visiting a friend who has children and a dog & cat. While I was there one of the children and the cat came into the room. The child was kind of picking at/pestering the cat and so the cat scratched the child. The child was of course upset by that and then swung his leg very hard and kicked the cat. I did a loud shocked noise and said “don’t kick your cat!” My friend told her child to stop but then looked at me and said “well the cat shouldn’t have scratched him.” I was appalled.

Being who I am and how I feel about animals I knew I had to speak up. Continue reading

Sunday Pause (Paws): Ahhh…Relaxing On A New Couch

It’s Sunday! Time to kick back and relax.

I personally wasn’t able to relax for a few days this week. We ordered a new couch in October and had received notification this past week that it was in and the delivery company would be in touch. A little back story on this…

I do not purchase big items very often and when I do I usually research for hours, or even days, before making a decision. Our old couch was over 20 years old. So in my search I fell in love with a couch I saw online that a friend shared with me but knew it would be too big for our space. We already had a pretty big couch and this one would be bigger. So I kept looking online and stopping in some furniture stores. There it was, one I thought would work. It was the color I wanted and had the buttons on them I liked on the other couch that would be too big. I spoke with a sales person about my biggest concern which was delivery and getting it in our second floor home. The sales person said this couch has been having some trouble getting in to homes so she proceeded to grab a tape measure and we discussed it more. I still had doubts so she brought me to the manager who also measured, looked up the information on the computer, and told me what measurements the door and the ceiling needed to be for them to get it in. I went home and carefully measured everything, spoke with the manager again, and told him I was concerned about ordering it if there were doubts because we couldn’t afford a restocking fee just to not have a couch in the end. He was convinced it would be fine so I ordered it.

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Sunday Pause (Paws): Come Together

It’s Sunday! Time to kick back & relax and seriously you all we need to pray. Turning on each other is not the answer.

There is just too much going on in the world (in our country) to even try to fully write about right now.

There is hate, there is violence, there is illness, there is financial worry, and so much more. Aside of these recent global and local battles there has always been abuse. Abuse of animals and abuse of people. I’m afraid with all of the stresses these days this has most likely heightened. So many different challenges people are going through. Just this past week I have heard of two people committing suicide (too close to home). This is one thing that deeply breaks my heart. Thinking that someone felt that much despair that they saw no way out and chose to end their life is such an absolute heartbreaking thing.

A world with no more hate
For that day we can hardly wait
Until then love is what we’ll portray
And on our knees we’ll continue to pray

©LeeAnn Johnston/Animals Are Feeling Beings Too

Not sure what you’re going through but my prayer is you can have a Happy Sunday!

It’s Not Enough

You know it really gets to me when someone says all a pet needs is some food & water and they’re fine. Although it is true that they will most likely will be fine physically what people forget to think about is how they feel. To know how they feel all we have to do is listen.

That’s really the whole point of animal advocacy, animal empathy, and love for animals. It’s putting yourself in their shoes and paying attention to what they are trying to communicate. I think if everyone took the time to do that we would see that just throwing some food & water at them is not enough.

Animals are living, breathing beings just as we are. They, as we do, have a life and that life is Continue reading