Loving a pet is always difficult when it's that animal's time to die, and there are pets I feel like I still haven't recovered from losing in my life. So it's no wonder that when a pet that's become an Internet sensation dies we all feel it hard.
Throughout the year, I usually either buy my pets whatever treats are on sale or make my own with sweet potato, but during the magical month of December all of the beautifully packaged treats lure me in and I can't help but want to buy all the goodies for my fur babies, especially when it comes to the lovely offerings of Trader Joe's.
If you've ever spent any time around cats in boxes, you know how adorable they are, and it's one of the most fun things you'll ever get to witness. At my house, we often just put boxes or paper bags out for the cats to run into, slide around and jump in and out of. There is a cat in a box behind me this very moment. The box was supposed to be for books I'm getting rid of, but NOPE, now it is CAT BOX.
IKEA is relatively new where I live. I remember traveling and discovering the store, and everyone who lived nearby couldn't believe I'd never heard of it. This became a common theme in the area, which became akin to another planet to me, and where I once thought I'd love to live became a place I definitely didn't connect with. Still, I did admire the company itself and now that one has been built where I live, I do like to go now and then and check out what's new.
If you heard that it's against the law to have a guinea pig in Switzerland, you might think it's simply illegal to keep the rodents as pets. Not so: in fact, the law is rather sweet. You have to have at least two pigs because they get lonely without at least one friend! Guinea pigs are herd animals and happiest with other pigs.
Sometimes when the news is on a constant terror cycle (and when isn't it?), a good animal story or two can help us feel a bit better. I read this story about a "polite pig" named Nathaniel that just made me smile from ear to ear. It reminds me of Wilbur from Charlotte's Web.
Looking at animals with unusual markings, color variations and other unique features is so much fun. I love seeing cats with colors with split faces, cute designs on pet fur courtesy of nature alone and other fun variations. I even love dew claws, so long as they don't get in your pet's way; one of my dogs has them and removal would be dangerous for her, but luckily they don't hinder her at all and I think they are cute!
Independence Day is one of my least favorite holidays. Spending money on fireworks, which my partner enjoys, is such a wasteful and dangerous activity to me; you might as well set your money on fire. But since he loves it, I try to be supportive, even if to me celebrating would mean not singing about bombs and rockets but protesting the injustices that occur here every day. My partner does support me in doing that much more often than once a year, I must admit. But I also hate how the fireworks disturb the animals.
How well do your critters pose for family photos? My dogs, Australian cattle dog/ chocolate lab mixes who weigh about 50 pounds each, definitely don't sit still for photos--one much moreso than the other. All you have to do is look at them and they get too excited to do anything--likely because they hope they're going to get to go play outside, even if you're pointing a camera at them.
Big dogs are fabulous. Mine are 60 pounds each and while that's not nearly as large as many dogs, it's large enough where they sound like horses when they run through the house, their barking is scary enough to warn most people away and they're giant cuddle-pups who flop next to me and want to snuggle constantly. They do get gamier than smaller dogs, but I think that's just because of their sheer size and athleticism, and their poop is obviously something to contend with.