Happy Fathers’ Day!

Hello, readers! I wanted to wish a quick ‘Happy Fathers’ Day’ to all the dads out there.

First, to my wonderful dad. He works hard and is an amazing parent (along with my mother, of course). He raised my sister and I with animals. I love the example he set for us – work hard and have fun. He is more than a little responsible for my great taste in television.

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He may have also passed along the ability to sleep anywhere, any time, as needed.

He can build anything and I know I can always turn to him when something breaks or my car has an issue.

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Dad demonstrating how to use the cargo liner of our SUV as a sled.

Dad also spoils Miss Lana. Mugen will grow on him sooner or later. (Not a cat person in theory, but really, I think his ‘animal person’ nature will override that.)

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Dad’s great with birds. But he’s a llama-whisperer. Seriously. It’s odd.

My father is the best example of a great man, wonderful husband, and awesome father. I could not have asked for a better upbringing. Short of being a princess. I love you, Dad!

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Lana and I love you! <3

Also happy dad’s day to my grandfathers, I love y’all too. There are so many reasons my parents are so great, and a lot of them can be linked back to you gentlemen.

To all the fur dads out there: happy fathers’ day. You cart animals around, walk them, feed them, play with them, clean up after them, and most importantly, you love them unconditionally. For that, you are great men.

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New Year, No Fear

As I was preparing for work tonight it occurred to me I hadn’t posted in a while. I wrote a post about Lana’s health issues, but didn’t want to upload it until the drama was done. (It is now, I just forgot to do it.) Anyway, so as I was considering this, Pandora sent me a message in the form of a song. “Better Days” by The Goo Goo Dolls popped up. It’s a beautiful song, especially around this time of year. And you know what? It kind of fits the theme of Dream Big.

Go ahead, give it a listen. And while you do that, think about the message very seriously. I think it is important for all people, and all creatures, to feel loved. Especially shelter dogs. Couldn’t you just imagine a newly adopted dog making this plea in his head, hoping the others who were in the shelter with him could also find homes?

And you asked me what I want this year
And I try to make this kind and clear
Just a chance that maybe we’ll find better days

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A mom and one of her pups in Chipley, Florida. (Image links to their Facebook.)

‘Cause I don’t need boxes wrapped in strings
And designer love and empty things
Just a chance that maybe we’ll find better days

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A senior mix at the Tallahassee, FL shelter. (Click image for link.)

So take these words and sing out loud
Cause everyone is forgiven now
Cause tonight’s the night the world begins again

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I need someplace simple where we could live
And something only you can give
And that’s faith and trust and peace while we’re alive

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A Dachshund at the Hillsborough Co. FL shelter. (Click for link.)

And the one poor child who saved this world
And there’s 10 million more who probably could
If we all just stopped and said a prayer for them

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Female in Hillsborough Co. FL shelter. (Click for link.)

So take these words and sing out loud
Cause everyone is forgiven now
Cause tonight’s the night the world begins again

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Affectionate cat in Hillsborough Co. FL. (Click for link.)

I wish everyone was loved tonight
And somehow stop this endless fight
Just a chance that maybe we’ll find better days

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Female mix (with mange?) in Hillsborough Co. FL. (Click for link.)

So take these words and sing out loud
Cause everyone is forgiven now
Cause tonight’s the night the world begins again
Cause tonight’s the night the world begins again

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*Most animals featured in this post are adoptable (and urgent)! Adoptable pets have links to their shelters and a very brief caption. All others animals shown were rescued.

Have A Blast But Keep Your Cool

That was the advice I gave on the Facebook page regarding the Fourth of July. I just wanted to use this space to emphasize it.

I’ve seen tons of reminders about how scary tonight will be for dogs, and that’s great. Because to many, it will be. But I also wanted to pitch in that not all dogs fear fireworks. In fact, I’ve never owned one that was.

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So yes, make sure your pet is wearing their collar and preferably stays indoors with a television or radio on, if you can’t be there. But, don’t expect them to fear fireworks. Just prepare for them to fear fireworks.

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I once tried out a dog I considered adopting (ultimately deciding I hadn’t had Lana long enough to add another dog to the family). I had him either the weekend of July 4th or New Years (I’m thinking it must have been the 4th). The current owner warned me he was terrified of fireworks.

He really wasn’t. It is possible he was reacting to her anxiety. Or, given that he had 3 dog siblings, he may have been reacting to one of them. But in my apartment, he was calm as could be. Because Lana and I were calm.

It is not always that easy of a fix. In fact, usually it won’t be. And just because your dog is fearful does NOT mean it is your fault. This is just something to keep in mind.

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So yes, I will be there for my dogs, and when they’re outside they’ll wear leashes and collars (even though one of them is practically deaf). But I’m not going to give them any reason to think they should be scared.

So have a happy Fourth of July, and certainly make sure your pets are safe and sound, but give them a little credit. They might not be as scared as you think.