Make Today About Your Pets – Memorializing Our Lost Pets, and Hugging the Hounds Iin Your Life

Sep 14th

Ahhhhh sleeping in is wonderful!  We didn’t get home until late last night.  I was yawning my head off the whole way home from the Great Wolf Lodge, where we spent the afternoon with the Grandbabies. I got some snuggle time with Baby B while my son and his wife went on the slides that my Grandson was too short to go on with them (no complaints here), and we watched our Grandson have a ball on the things he WAS tall enough to do. ( tried getting pictures of E while he played, but every single one ended up being a blur) Very hot and humid in the pool area, but not unbearable, especially considering how much fun was being had by all of the kids – if the level of screaming and squealing was anything to go by.  Yesterday  morning started out with car shopping for my hubby – he works really hard and it was time he rewarded himself with a sporty car.  He’s been taking care of everyone else for years now, so it was time for him to do something nice for himself.  He is so funny!  He justified the purchase by saying he got a car to match his Granddaughter’s blue eyes.  No complaints here – the smile on his face when he left the dealership was enough for me to know he made the right decision for himself.  Apparently I am supposed to hurry and get myself ready so we can go for a ride in the car – I got to sit in it yesterday to make sure there was enough leg room (I have long legs that aren’t happy riding all cramped up for extended periods of time), but didn’t get an actual ride.  So let’s move on to the celebrations and get this day going!

National Pet Memorial Day –  We love our pets.  If we are decent, NORMAL people, we treat our pets as family.  There are those individuals masquerading as human who treat pets badly, but for the most part I’d like to say that people treat their pets well, and love them.  We grow attached to our pets and we dread the day we have to say good-bye to them.  Even though we know when we get a new pet that someday we will have to let them go, since they have a much shorter lifespan, it still comes as a shock and fills us with sadness when get to that time.   I know that when my Tibbi Dog  has to go it is going to fill me with such sadness.  I tear up just thinking about it.  Reality is that she is nearly 16 years, and a big dog. We have been truly blessed by her long life and good health.  Her face is grey, her step is slower, she has old lady aches and pains.  Every day I pray before I go to work that she is still with us when we get home, because I see the puppy still living inside of her . . . she still plays with her toys, just for not as long at a time. She still frolics, before she realizes that that kinda hurts!  And she still puts her face into a semblance of a doggy smile when she’s getting attention.  But that day is coming and though I’ve been through it before, I dread going through it again.  I think we all probably feel the same.   It isn’t just dogs that we love and miss when they are gone.  Obviously there are cats too, but there are also rabbits, fish, turtles, ferrets, crabs, snakes, hamsters, gerbils, birds and a huge assortment of other animals.  All have different life spans, and as their people we will have to deal with their losses as they reach their time to go.  Today was intended to spend time cherishing the memory of our lost pets, and moving on.  We gave them a happy, safe and comfortable life and should take peace from that.  There are various ways to celebrate this one.  Spend a few minutes thinking over good memories of your pet while looking at pictures of them;   if your pet is buried somewhere, go visit their burial site;  contribute to an animal protection group;  volunteer at an animal shelter;  create a small memorial in a flower garden in your yard; or plant a tree or shrub as a living memorial.  No matter how you celebrate, or how much you miss them, know that their lives were blessed because you loved them, just as yours were blessed because they loved you.

National Hug Your Hound Day – Well, for those of us who were affected by the thought of losing our dogs, we have probably already celebrated this one, but just in case you needed another excuse to hug your dog, this is it.  The 2nd Sunday in September is National Hug Your Hound Day.  This day serves as a reminder – as if the GOOD pet owners needed one – to keep our four-legged friends happy, healthy and safe.  Another focus of this one is for the dogs who live in urban areas.  Wide open spaces and outdoors areas aren’t always available for city-dwelling dogs, but if you live in the city you can still enjoy parks, lakes and other areas where dogs are allowed, whether on or off leash.  Get them out into the fresh air and enjoying as much of nature as is available to you.  They deserve it, and so do you.

This Day In History

 1814 – Francis Scott-Key composed the lyrics to “The Star Spangled Banner”.

Food Celebrations of the Day

National Eat A Hoagie Day – You might know them as subs or grinders. But in 1992, the hoagie was declared the official sandwich of Philadelphia, which many consider its birthplace.







National Cream Filled Donut Day – Well, this is a dangerous food celebration for sure!  Here we are, being so well behaved with our weight loss program, and along comes something like this and well, we just HAVE to celebrate, right? Right???  Donuts are always lovely, but when you fill them with creamy goodness, that just makes them extra special.   The most popular cream filled donuts are chocolate or vanilla cream.  I’m betting though that just about any flavor would be delicious.  If you’re near a decent donut shop today, maybe stop in and get one and savor every bite.  Any treat needs to be savored for what it is and not rushed through.  Mmmmmm. . . .

Well, I have so much to do for the afternoon, and quite honestly, I’m later than I’d intended getting the day going.  Life wasn’t supposed to be on a schedule today, but there ARE things I need to do!  Best get to it! Have a wonderful day, and take some time to celebrate!  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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