THANKFUL FOR PETS
While growing up my sisters and I raised ‘bummer lambs’ (the orphaned or abandoned lambs), I had a horse, my sister had chickens and we had 3 dogs.
When the lambs were a bit older and strong I would let them out of their pen and as I rode my horse through the streets of the small town, the lambs would follow. If they started to stray, I would call and they would come back in line. Great times!
Pretty much all of our married life we have had a cat. A funny incident happened when all 5 kids were young, probably 12 and under, our cat had kittens. One day, the momma cat meowed at the door, I opened it and she came in with a live mouse in her mouth! My kids had friends over, so there were about a dozen kids who screamed when they saw the mouse wriggling to get away, the cat dropped it with all the commotion. Finally I managed to get the kids to stand still, allowing the cat could catch the mouse, which she was taking to her kittens to teach them to ‘mouse’. AAHHH!!
Pets are very dear to their owners and a great source of comfort and companionship. There are funny experiences that come with pet ownership.
My son Devin and daughter-in-law Ashley have a German Shepherd that laughs when tickled!
In fact, Ashley and her family LLLOOOVVVEEEE their dogs and I believe have always had a few at a time. They have quite a few humorous stories, and were kind enough to share a couple with us.
The son ignored the warning, and Charlie grew to be 165 pounds, becoming too large to share the little twin sized bed with the 11 year old boy. The parents had to purchase a queen-sized bed, with hopes it would give the boy some space in his own bed…..it was fruitless. Charlie loved the extra space and would completely spread out, leaving the boy crammed in the corner and practically unable to move in the night.
For my son Devin and Ashley’s wedding, they first planned on making all five large dogs part of the reception…..until that is…Charlie struck again.
Remember Charlie was large, so much so that he stood at eye level with the kitchen counter.
The wedding cake was on the counter until time to be transported to the location of the reception. Charlie leaned in, took a bit out of the cake. ALL dogs were immediately uninvited to the reception.
Ashley has worked as a veterinarian technician and occasionally has a run in with an unruly dog. One day she helped the veterinarian with a very large dog that needed medical attention. This particular dog did not like his feet touched but needed his nails trimmed as part of the procedure.
I called Ashley one day to see how she was doing and oh my!!!
Because Ash is very kind hearted, she was watching my sister’s dog as a trial run to see if she and Dev wanted to keep her, along with her dog-sitting 2 other of her sister’s 2 dogs, her dog Darko all in addition to a another dog she was babysitting until a good home could be found.
Well, her sister’s dog escaped, so Ashley called to her son, my grandson, and kinda dragging/holding the 3 year old boy, started running after the escapee, calling to the others dogs to follow.
Just imagine the noisy procession of a run-away dog, followed by a gal and her son calling ‘stop’ to the dog in front and ‘come, hurry’ to the 4 dogs following her. What a site!!
What are your pet stories?
Basic Dog Biscuits
2 ½ cups whole wheat flour (substitute regular flour or oats if your dog is sensitive to wheat)
1 tsp. salt ( or less)
1 tsp. beef or chicken bouillon granules
½ cup hot water
Optional add ins – bacon or chicken broth for water and bouillon, liver powder, wheat germ, shredded cheese, bacon bits
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Dissolve bouillon in hot water.
Add remaining ingredients.
Knead the dough until it forms ball (approx. 3 minutes)
Roll or pat dough to about ½” thickness.
Cut into slices or bone shape (you can purchase a bone shaped cookie cutter to make shapes)
Place dough pieces on cookie sheet lightly coated with spray release.
Cook for 30 minutes.
If you are able, please contact your local animal shelter and donate a couple of needed items.
Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow
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