Monday, July 16, 2012

A Flower Dog Is Better Than A Flower Girl!

Hi everyone! Mama was telling us about this cool thing one of her friends invented. This isn't a sponsored review or a commercial break or anything... we just thought it was so cool, when we heard about it, that we wanted to tell our friends about it! 


Mama is in a Meetup group so she can make new friends because apparently hanging out with two dogs and a cat isn't enough! (LOL, just kidding, Mama... we know you have to hang out with humans every so often!) One person at the group, a lady named Sheryl, started telling Mama about a thing she and her husband invented. It is called a Pet Petal Pullcart! It was invented because, when Ms. Sheryl was planning her wedding, she wanted to have something even cooler than a flower girl... she wanted a flower dog! She already had her very own cute little dog that would be perfect for the part. But she wanted to figure out a way for her dog to toss flower petals along the aisle as she walked! This is a very hard trick for a dog to learn, especially since our fingers are tiny and round! 


So Sheryl and her husband made a little cart that can be attached to a dog's harness. When the dog walks, and pulls the cart, flower petals drop out of the cart!


There is one thing humans will have to do on their own. You have to teach your dog to walk down the aisle, instead of running around like a crazed raccoon with the cart! Ms. Sheryl's website says that this is a pretty easy trick to teach a dog. You start out by standing a little far away from your dog, showing them a treat, and having them walk towards you. (We two dogs already know how to do this, because Mama teaches us "sit-stay" with cheese or hotdog pieces all the time!) We think maybe the dog will run towards you down the aisle. If you want him to walk slowly, that might take more training! LOL! Or maybe the dog could just be trained to walk behind someone in front of him, and the human in front of him can be secretly holding a treat in their hand! 


We don't know if any of our friends' humans are getting married... but if they are, and they want you to be in the wedding, maybe they can order you one of these! They have to put in an order a long time before the wedding, because it needs to be custom built according to your weight. 


Isn't that so cool? When Ms. Sheryl told Mama about it, Mama used her cellphone to find the website right away, because she thought it was so cute! It almost makes Mama want to get married, just so we can all be in her wedding! 


(Lily and Sammy-Joe have an idea! We think Mama should order a cart anyway, for Trixie's size. Then, she can attach Trixie to it, and Trixie can take us for rides!)


Thanks for reading, friends! Be sure to tell your humans that you want to be in their next wedding!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Lily's Weird Day

Hi everyone! Lily here! You'll never guess what a weird day I had yesterday!
Mama dropped me off at my doggie daycare in the morning. I don't usually go to daycare, but Mama is going out of town pretty soon and I will be staying there for a week for boarding, so she wants me to get used to being there. 

So I was hanging out with some of the dogs, having fun, relaxing, etc. Then a lady came and picked me up. She took me to a different room.
AND SHE CUT OFF ALL MY FUR!

Well, not all of it, exactly, But a lot of it. She also shaved my butt area. Suddenly I felt so naked! 

I was so happy when Mama came to pick me up. I was sure she'd have a fit when she found out what the weird lady did to my fur! But instead, Mama was laughing and smiling and petting me! She kept saying how cute I was, and how I'd be so much cooler on the hot days. She also said something about how it would be way easier for her to wash the squirrel poop off of me when I roll around in it outside. She said maybe I wouldn't have to take so many baths! Which is kind of good, because the day before that Mama gave me two baths in a row, and she still called me stinky. 

Still, though. This is not something I ever imagined would happen to me!

I'll show you what I look like, if you promise not to laugh. (That means you, Sammy-Joe!)

Ready?
TA-DA!

Do you see the tiny ribbons in my hair? I think I look like I have no ears. But Mama keeps on saying how cute I look. What do you think? 


Monday, July 9, 2012

We Are Blessed!

Hi everyone! This is Lily! The other day Trixie told you that I was going to come here and tell you about something really cool that I did. Well, the church that our Mama sometimes goes to (when she can manage to get up early on a Sunday) has a Blessing Of The Animals service every summer. Everyone is allowed to bring their pets, and the service is all about animals!


So, Mama and I went to it. Mama wanted to bring everyone, but Sammy-Joe probably wouldn't like it, and Trixie gets kind of hyper around other dogs and its hard for Mama to handle us both by herself. I am lucky because I am the calmest and the most portable dog, so I went with Mama to represent all of the animals in our family.


The service was really cool! All of the songs were about animals, and all of the readings were about animals, and then we all said a special prayer together about blessing all of the animals in the world.


Also, during the service, dogs and cats didn't have to sit quietly or anything. We were all on leashes, but we could move around and sniff each other's butts, and try to get petted and everything. We were sitting next to a giant Alaskan Malamute who really loved sniffing me!


Here's me, right after the service. The reason Mama's hand is on me is because she only had her phone camera, which is really slow, and every time she'd try to take a picture of me I'd move at the last minute and make it blurry. So she was holding me still. You can see I was kind of annoyed.


Then, after the service, we got to walk around and talk to people and pets. I sniffed so many butts! Some people had dog treats that they passed out to us! I met a really nice lady who kept giving me lots of treats! I am usually shy around new people, but after she gave me a treat or two, I just jumped up on her and wagged my tail like we were best friends! She had two dogs. One was a chihuahua. The other was a mixed breed dog who didn't really like other dogs, but he liked me! 


One of the nicest parts was that there was a table where people could put photos of their pets who went to the Rainbow Bridge. Mama made this really nice picture of our family members at the Rainbow Bridge... Woody, Zip and Chopper.


Isn't it sweet? We think its funny that in one picture, the bird is eating the dog's bone, and in another picture, the dog is eating the bird's ball! Zip and Woody, who were Mama's pets when she was a little kid, were the best of friends. Unfortunately, both of them passed away very young, which broke my Mama's heart. Fortunately, she got Chopper right after that, which healed her heart a little! 


AND NOW FOR A LEARNING OPPORTUNITY!
Did you know that the Catholic religion actually has an official Blessing Of the Animals day? well, technically it's one of the Saint days, or Feast Days I think they're called. It's in honor of St. Francis of Assisi. St. Francis loved all animals. In fact, he referred to all animals as his brothers and sisters. He would even preach to them about God, and they would sit and listen! There are many stories about things St. Francis did for animals. 


In one story, he was sleeping in a cave (St. Francis lived much of his life in poverty, on purpose) and he gave up his bed to a donkey. 


In one story, someone asked St. Francis to free a rabbit from a trap. St. Francis freed the rabbit, and told him he should be more careful in the future. But instead of hopping away, the rabbit jumped up on St. Francis's lap and refused to leave!


Another story says that, whenever St. Francis was near by and saw fish being caught, he would free the fish and warn them to be more careful. When he went out in a boat, fish would gather around his boat and listen to his sermons, and not leave until he was done! 


A famous story tells about a wolf that was very hungry, and had been attacking and eating people in a village! Some people tried to kill the wolf, but he attacked them and ate them. Finally, St. Francis went out to talk with the wolf. He saw that the wolf was hungry, and asked him to make a pact. The people of the village would feed the wolf, and in exchange, he would not attack any people or animals in the village. He held out his hand to the wolf, and the wolf gave him his paw. From then on, the wolf and the people lived in harmony, and when the wolf finally died of old age, the people were sad because he'd become a member of the community. 


One more story talks about how St. Francis saw a little boy who had caught some doves in a cage, and was planning to sell them. St. Francis worried that the doves would be killed and eaten, or otherwise harmed. He spoke to the little boy about how sweet and gentle doves were, and how they were a symbol of peace. The little boy agreed to let the doves go. Then St. Francis began building nests around the monastery for doves to live in, so that they would be safe. 


St. Francis usually rode on his loyal donkey. At the end of St. Francis's life, when he was in his death bed, St. Francis thanked his donkey for carrying him and helping him. And his donkey wept. 


You see why St. Francis is Mama's favorite saint, even though she is not Catholic?


St. Francis's Feast Day is on October 4. He is the Patron Saint of Animals. Some Catholic churches, especially Franciscan churches, celebrate this day with a Blessing Of the Animals. At a traditional Catholic animal blessing, a friar says a special prayer for each pet, and then sprinkles the pet with holy water.


Since Mama is Unitarian Universalist, and the UU's march to the beat of our own drummer, our blessing was in July and St. Francis was not mentioned. Also nobody put water on me. Thank goodness! But Mama does say she wants to take us to a traditional blessing at a Catholic church this October. If you want to find one, you could Google Franciscan churches in your area, or just Google "blessing of the animals" and your state. AmericanCatholic.org has a website where you can search for a blessing, by town or state. But not all churches submit their info to the site, so if you don't see one in your area on that site, keep looking on your own! Maybe you could even arrange one at your own church, or at an animal rescue organization!


Well, I really wasn't planning on telling you all about St. Francis, but Mama thinks he's such a cool dude, and she thought we should share him with you. Even if you're not Catholic or even Christian, St. Francis is a great role model for people who love animals! 


That's it for now. By, friends! We love you! 

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Some Updates, and Raise Your Hand if Your Humans Like To Read!

Hi everyone! It's me, Trixie, updating the old bloggy-blog today. How is everyone?
Here in Illinois it is soooooooooo hot! We don't even like to be outside! Mama put a small blow-up swimming pool outside in the yard, in hopes that Lily and me would get in it to cool off. Lily went in it only if Mama was sitting in it, and then she just walked around. Me... I wasn't sure what to think of it! Gramma picked me up and put me in it, and it felt really weird and cold on my feet. I wasn't sure if I was allowed to get out, so I just stood there. I'm such an obedient dog! Maybe we will try the pool again next week. 


Sammy-Joe seems to have started eating a little more again. And his poops, we all noticed, are looking better. He's been a little ornery though, and has been hiding a lot. Personally, I think he's mad that Mama won't take him outside on his leash, because she thinks it is too hot for him!


OMG, did anyone hear those fireworks the other night? Lily and I hated it! They went on for days! Mama and Grampa took us for a walk that first night, and people in our neighborhood were shooting of fireworks. We were so scared! We kept trying to head back to the house, and Lily got Mama to pick her up and carry her most of the way. 
By the third day, the fireworks had stopped, and I was feeling brave again. But not Lily! Even though we couldn't hear fireworks any more, she was still scared to take a walk for a few nights! Mama had to carry her down the street, set her down to pee and poo, and then carry her back! Or else she would just plop her little fuzzy butt down and refuse to move! She's such a little baby. 


In other news, I wanted to ask you all if any of your humans like to read. You may know that our Mama likes to write. She found out that you can publish ebooks directly to Kindle, and they can be read by anyone who owns a Kindle! So Mama did that. She has one book called Skye Blue, and one book called What Some Call Heaven. A few people have already bought her books. Mama says more people would buy them if there were some reviews on their Amazon pages. So we had this idea!


If any of your humans like to read, tell them that we will send them a free copy of one of Mama's ebooks! We could send it as a Word, or PDF, and you could read it on your e-reader or your regular computer. Then, you could write a review on Amazon for the book! It doesn't have to be a long review. Just a few sentences. And you could use a fake name or something if you don't want Mama to know it was you who wrote it. But that way, more people would notice Mama's books and buy them for themselves on their Kindles!


If you would like to do this, please email us. Let us know which book you want to read. Here are your choices.


SKYE BLUE is about 305 pages long. It is about a girl named Skye who is being raised by her older brother, who rescued her from their abusive parents when she was little. Her older brother also has a drinking and drug problem, and doesn't take great care of Skye. The book is about Skye's adventures in  trying to keep up with and deal with her brother, whom she loves fiercely and never wants to be separated from, even though he has so many problems. This book has a lot of swearing in it, just to warn you. Mama was younger when she first wrote it, and in the settings where this book takes place, people do swear a lot. So if you hate foul language, you might not want this one!


WHAT SOME CALL HEAVEN is only about 75 pages and is an easier read. Like the other book, it also involves homeless people. In this book, a young girl shows up at a city homeless shelter, and introduces herself to everyone as an angel. The girl, and the things she talks about, don't match most of the people's ideas of angels and Heaven. Many people think the girl is crazy, or at least confused. They try to decide how they can help her, because they're pretty sure a girl like her won't last long on the streets! This book may not correspond entirely with your religious beliefs, no matter what religion you are... so if you do not like to read books that have ideas that are sort of different from your religion, you might not like this book. 


We hope you will read one of these books and review it for Mama on Amazon! If you don't, though, we understand... not everyone has an e-reader, and it can be kind of time-consuming to try to read it on a computer. 


That's it for today! But tomorrow or the next day, I think Lily is going to tell you about another one of her adventures!


Love, Trixie












Monday, July 2, 2012

Pawsitive Thoughts For Sammy-Joe



Hi everyone! It's me, Sammy-Joe, taking over the blog for a moment here. 


How are you? I am okay. Except my poops are really mushy. That doesn't bother me, but it bothers Mama and Gramma and Grampa for some reason! They also didn't like it when I puked all over the place. Plus, they noticed that I was losing a lot of weight. 


This is the part that doesn't make sense! All my life, they kept calling me a fat kitty, and even the vet said I needed to cut down on the treats! And now that I've dropped a few pounds, they say I am too skinny. 


So guess what Mama did? She took me to the V-E-T! 


The vet was really mean because he took some of my blood away. Now, how is that supposed to help me? 


Mama says the vet told her I have great blood and nothing is wrong with it. That was the good news. Then the vet told her she needed to switch my food, to a prescription brand that is gentle on my stomach. That is the bad news! I have been eating Meow Mix since I was a kitten! Mama bought it for me because she liked the cats in the commercials who sang, "Meow, meow, meow, meow!" Maybe she thought I would sing like that? Either way, I like my Meow Mix!


Mama started out by mixing a little of the new food in with my Meow Mix. That was okay. Then she started sneakily adding more and more of the new food. When it turned into almost all new food and barely any Meow Mix, I decided to boycott my food!


Then, this morning, I puked all over the place. Grampa saw it and he says I "projectile vomited!" 
Mama started saying I had to eat! She was getting really worried about me! Then she did something that was kind of nice. She took one of these cube thingies. It looks like a little tiny cube, but when you put it in hot water, it turns into chicken soup! Mama made some of that soup stuff. And then she poured some in my food! It smelled great and tasted great! So I started chowing down my food. 
The question is, AM I SICK? I don't know! I've been kind of tired lately. I have been losing lots of weight. Mama says my poops are looking better. (Why is she even looking at my poop?) But she doesn't like that I keep puking. 


So, I thought, just in case, I better ask all my friends out there for some pawsitive thoughts. I need to stay healthy so I can help take care of Mama!

Thanks, friends! Meanwhile, I hope you like the picture of me at the top of this post! Mama added on to my house. Now I have this little tunnel thing here. Grampa says he's going to throw it away, and he calls it a box. I say, if he does that, I will bite him! 

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