Our Pets Are So Important To Us – Celebrate the Furbabies In Our Lives This Month (and a few other celebrations for good measure)

Apr 5th

Humor Month – Joke of the Day

A man goes into a bar with his dog. He goes up to the bar and asks for a drink.

The bartender says “You can’t bring that dog in here!” The guy, without missing a beat, says “This is my seeing-eye dog.”

“Oh man,” the bartender says, “I’m sorry, here, the first one’s on me.” The man takes his drink and goes to a table near the door.

Another guy walks into the bar with a Chihuahua. The first guys sees him, stops him and says “You can’t bring that dog in here unless you tell him it’s a seeing-eye dog.”

The second man graciously thanks the first man and continues to the bar. He asks for a drink. The bartender says “Hey, you can’t bring that dog in here!”

The second man replies “This is my seeing-eye dog.” The bartender says, “No, I don’t think so. They do not have Chihuahuas as seeing-eye dogs.”

The man pauses for a half-second and replies “What??! They gave me a Chihuahua??!”

Go For Broke Day – Today is the day to take a gamble . . . and it doesn’t have to be a money gambling thing!  Going For Broke Day is a day for mustering up the courage to take a big risk that you’ve been nervous about taking before now.  It could be applying for a new job, a love relationship, initiating a big project, or maybe even an investment of some sort.  It’s hard to take that big first step on the road to achieving whatever it is you want, so today is for you.  Go For Broke and just take that risk!  It’s entirely up to you if its worth it though.

Hospital Admitting Clerks Day – How many of us have been to the ER in the middle of the night with a sick or injured kid?  I know my son was racking up frequent flier miles to our ER when he was growing up.  Felt like we were ALWAYS there!  The nurses and doctors all get the credit for a job well done in those situations in life where we find ourselves in that sterile environment with someone we love wearing a gown that is open in the back and waiting in a room that is just a few degrees too cold for the dress code.  What about those admitting clerks though?  In our hospital they wheel their computer into the cubicle you’re in and take all of your information right there so nobody is out sharing the snarf germs of others in the waiting area (nice right?), and in my experience they’ve all been sweet, helpful and kind.  They deserve some credit for doing their jobs, with all those sick and injured people all over the place, without losing their poise and sense of calm.  Next time you have to take care of someone you love in a less than ideal situation, make sure you appreciate the admitting clerk.  They are doing a good job!

National Walk to Work Day (different than National Walking Day) – The very first National Walk to Work Day was on April 2, 2004.  Obesity and sedentary lifestyles are growing at an alarming rate, so National Walk to Work Day was initiated to draw attention to the need to get out and exercise more.  On this day Americans are encouraged to walk to work.  I only wish I could!  For me to walk to work, even walking at 5 mph, I would take me just over 4 hours to get to the office – which would mean I’d  have to leave home at 3:30 in the morning – um  . . . not gonna happen.  A great alternative though is to find 30 minutes in your day, set a date for yourself on your calendar for a DAILY half hour walk.  It starts out for physical reasons, but honestly it translates into being relaxing and peaceful, and even captivating as you see  a variety of wild life along the way.  And a side benefit? Walking is FREE! In this economy that’s a big deal.  So lace up those walking shoes and hit the road!

Plan Your Epitaph Day – The usual reaction to this day is “ewwww, morbid!”  Well, yes, at fist maybe, but when you really stop to think about it, it’s all a part of life.  At some point we are going to die. Period. And when we do, wouldn’t it be nice to have a little control over what is being said, and by whom, on your gravestone?  Think about how awful it could be for your family if that cousin who’s always held a grudge has any input in what’s engraved for you.  So, perhaps it would be best if you took care of it yourself ahead of time!  People are actually getting into the planning act and taking care of a Lot of the things they should be doing ahead of time.  Maybe this holiday is the nudge you need to get the planning ball rolling.  After all, some day it really is going to happen, may as well have the input you’d like to have right from the start.

Sorry Charlie Day – Rejection stinks, doesn’t it?  Have you ever been rejected?  You’d be in a big minority if you haven’t.  Rejection hurts, and Sorry Charlie Day is for all of us who have had someone we care about turn their backs on us, and yet we survived it.  Take a moment to reflect on that rejection, then smile and realize that it happens to all of us once in awhile, then assess your current situation – you not only survived it, but I’m betting you’re better off for it.


I’ve lumped all the monthly celebrations together that focus on our pets.  I figured since we’re on the subject, why not!?

National Pet Month – We have an entire month dedicated to our snuggly, lovable little (or big) furbabies.  We all know though that having pets is a huge responsibility that must be taken seriously, and it’s probably safe to say that many pet owners think of their pets to be their four-legged children.  I know I do!  What is sad though is that there are thousands and thousands of unwanted animals across the United States that do not have families or forever homes where they are taken care of, loved on and snuggled.  The financial burden on some of the humane societies is staggering though, so this month is used to raise awareness about the shelters and encouraging people who have the time, space and money, to adopt a new family member and give one of these sweet animals a forever home.  Adopting one of the already available animals that are in shelters vs buying one from a breeder is an option to be thought about and considered seriously.  Here are the top 10 reasons to choose adoption if you’re in the market for adding a new furry member to your family. There are possibly hundreds of reasons, but the top 10 today will have to do.

10.  Adopted dogs and cats are one-of-a-kind.  Each shelter animal has a story that is unique to them.  They each have their own look and personality.  Though some full-breed animals are taken in by the humane society each year, most of them are mixes, some from several generations, so they have a look that is entirely their own.

9.  Adoptable dogs and cats come in every age, shape and size.  It doesn’t matter what you’re looking for, it’s likely your local shelter will have what you are looking for. If you want a small older dog, a large middle-aged dog, a young kitten or an older cat, or anything in between, you are sure to find what you want.  Maybe it’s the perfect lap cat, or an easily trainable jogging partner. 

8.  By adopting, you open a new space for more animals as they are brought in to the humane society.  Since so many animals are brought in each day.  Some of these animals never had a home, or were removed from one at one point.  Every one that is adopted opens up space for another who needs to be adopted as well.

7.  Meet Your Match – many shelters have a meet your match program where volunteers spend time with the animals at the shelter each week to learn more about their personality.  The Meet Your Match program was started by the ASPCA to help potential adopters to find the pet that best meets the family’s lifestyle.  If you want a free spirit, a goofball, a go-getter, or a couch potato, etc.  the shelter likely has one that meets that description and can help you find it.

6.  You can spend time with a pet before you adopt.  If you think you may have found just the right pet for your family, you can spend some time with him or her as you think best before making the decision to take them home.  It will differ in each shelter, but perhaps yours has a run you can take the dog out to, to see how they do and bond with them.  Maybe you can take a cat into a visiting room to spend quiet time with him or her.  The shelter wants to make sure you find a new pet that you are completely compatible with before you adopt.

5.  The option to adopt is less expensive than buying from a breeder.  Most shelters have a set fee for adopting animals.  For example you may be able to adopt a dog for $50, a puppy for $75, a cat for $20 and a kitten for $35.00.  You are going home with a great new pet, but your pet will be spayed or neutered, have a pre-registered microchip, age appropriate vaccinations and a one year city license. Maybe more! That package could cost 100s of dollars if purchased through a breeder or veterinarian.

4.  Wellness clinics – some shelters have wellness clinics that are open to the public.  I don’t think ours does, but the ones in the cities are likely to have something like that.  You can get your pet’s monthly flea and heartworm medications, yearly testing and vaccines, and more.

3.  You can be part of a growing trend to choose the adoption option.,  More and more people are choosing this option.  You will be a big part of a movement to end pet homelessness in your area.

2.  Unconditional love, day in and day out – A pet is there to celebrate all of your successes, a shoulder to cry on, a warm and comfy cuddle buddy on a cold night and a perfect welcoming committee to greet you at the door when you get home every day.  They love you no matter what.  All you need to do is provide them with the home they deserve.

1.  Adopting a pet means you are saving a life.  The shelters takes in 1000s of animals each year, and they do their best to adopt them out regardless of breed, temperament or condition when possible.  The capacity of these shelters is not without limit though – and the ones who aren’t adopted may very well be crossing over the rainbow bridge without ever having known the joy of being in a forever home.

14 years ago my family adopted a dog and a cat from shelters and some years later another cat who needed a home.  They have been the best pets I could ever ask for.  Many of you have seen pictures of my dog Tibbi – she came into our lives when she was about 10 weeks old and became an important family member to this day.  She gives unconditional love, she’s endured many tears when I had nobody else to turn to in times of great anxiety and stress, she protected me from people she felt I may be threatened by, she looked after my kids – keeping her watchful eye on them always, and she has provided much comic relief.  Same with my kitty – nothing like my big, furry cuddle cat to put a smile on my face.  My life wouldn’t feel complete without my furbabies.  This joy can be yours, all it takes is the decision to include one of these wonderful babies into your heart.  You could safe a life today, and in return get the best friend you’ve ever had.

Prevent Lyme In Dogs Month – Spring is here.  The birds are singing, the flowers are starting to bloom (looking out my window it’s pouring down rain!), and along with all of this come the ticks.  With ticks, come the potential for Lyme Disease for your dog.  There are several ways to prevent Lyme disease for your dog . . . avoid areas where there are ticks,  use a tick control product, and vaccinate our dog against Lyme Disease.  There’s a lot of detailed information about how to avoid areas where there are ticks, what those places are, and how to remove a tick if you find one on your pet.   The most important thing I’ve found though, was to use tick preventative medications on your dog.

Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month – I cannot begin to use verbiage strong enough to get through to anyone how much I detest a person who could abuse either a child or an animal.  The human garbage that could perpetuate the heinous crimes against innocent creatures deserves no compassion – in my opinion.  Yes, I know, God loves them.  That’s great.  I’ll leave that to Him. No matter how hard I try to follow the Bible’s instructions to love our enemies, that one hasn’t worked its way through my mind enough to be able to offer kindness and love to someone who perpetuates evil upon a little furry victim that did nothing to deserve it.  Animals have feelings! They have emotions! They hurt when you harm them! DUH!  They are just as much God’s creation as people are and they deserve to be treated kindly.  Animal control departments are severely understaffed, overworked and under funded.  One of the things you can do today to help prevent animal cruelty is to donate to your local animal control departments.  And be patient with them.  Each county likely doesn’t have that many officers and it’s very unfortunate, but there are a LOT of calls they need to make.  They can’t be everywhere at once.  If you see abuse or neglect, call your shelter, and/or your local law enforcement office. They may be able to help the animal in need.

Pet First Aid Awareness Month – How many us have taken first aid and CPR classes?  I’ve taken them many times knowing that we could save someones life by knowing the right information! Well, how many have taken a Pet First Aid Class?  Hm?  Not so many!  I was fortunate enough to be able to take a Pet First Aid Class a few years back at our local Naturally 4 Paws store.  I actually learned a LOT about pet CPR, bandaging up wounds, etc.  I highly recommend it to any pet owner.  It’s valuable information to have, and it could save your furbaby’s life some day.

Foods Celebrations Of The Day – We have TWO contenders for your taste buds today!

National Deep Dish Pizza Day – Deep dish pizza, also known as Chicago style pizza, is known for having a buttery crust with sides built up to as much as three inches tall.  The crust acts like a bowl to help hold in the ingredients.  This style of pizza was first developed in Chicago in 1943 by Pizzeria Uno’s founder Ike Sewell.  Not only is a deep dish pizza different from a traditional pizza because of the crust, but because it is heavy on the sauce, cheese and toppings.  It has become so popular that many pizza chains have developed their own recipes.  I personally prefer a thin crust pizza with crunchy cracker thin crust, but I can say with certainty that deep crust pizza is VERY filling and you don’t have to eat as much of it to make a meal.  I make my own pizza at home once in awhile on my handy dandy cast iron pizza pan.  I do have a cast iron pie pan though I need to try out, so who knows?  Maybe deep dish pizza will be on the menu tonight. I need to figure out what ingredients I’ll need and go from there! 

National Caramel Day – What do you get when you marry cream, brown sugar, corn syrup, water and butter – and bring it to a slow boil?  You get caramel sauce!  Oooey-gooey-delicious caramel sauce!  Caramel sauce is the star in many baked treats and is worth the wait to make your own.  Click on any of the links below to see what you can try for this celebration today! 

Caramel Squares
Stir-Fried Chicken with Chili-Caramel Sauce
1-2-3-4 Cake with Caramel Frosting
Easy Caramel Sauce
Banana Caramel Cake
The Best Caramel Brownies

We love our pets – that’s for sure – and the many pet related observances and holidays this months proves it.  Saving those furry lives is rewarding, and fills our own hearts with a happiness we may not have known before. God knew what He was doing when He gave us our pets!  Other than that, we can use the extra walking to take our dogs for a walk – or even cats are sometimes leash trained!  We can go for broke and walk an extra mile!  There’s a lot going on today so, pick a couple and go for it!  God Bless You  and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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