Posts tagged "Pets"

Outdoor Fall Fun: Raking Leaves, Scooping Poop and Dog Wrestling?

Outdoor Fall Fun: Raking Leaves, Scooping Poop and Dog Wrestling?
On a warm fall day last week, I breathed in the intoxicating smell of burning leaves. With baby Gertrude snug in her crib for an afternoon nap, 6-year-old Raymond, 4-year-old Anne and I were free to explore the backyard. First, I needed to “clean up” the unpleasant piles of excrement in the grass before the... Read more »

Kids and Pets: A Cautionary Tail

Kids and Pets: A Cautionary Tail
I’ll admit it – I grew up in a zoo. We had dogs, birds, fish, hamsters, a cat, a snake and a box turtle. And it seemed like at some point,they all reproduced. I swore that my house would be different. I told everyone when I grew up and got my own house, I wasn’t... Read more »

Loving and Losing Cooper, King of All the Wild Things

Loving and Losing Cooper, King of All the Wild Things
Two weeks ago, I received a call from my mother informing me that she was bringing her dog, Cooper, back to the rescue shelter. Cooper came into our family on my birthday, February 8th in 2010.  My mom and her husband fell in love with the adorable puppy and adopted him.  They called me that... Read more »
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A Business Meeting, Maggots, and a Puppy: A Day in the Life of a Modern Day Mom

A Business Meeting, Maggots, and a Puppy: A Day in the Life of a Modern Day Mom
The horror which ensues in this post is enough to make anyone a.) second guess being a dog owner and  b.) question their sanity in the decision to have 2 children, be pregnant and have a puppy at the same time. The events below are completely true and have not been embellished. No one was... Read more »

Adoption: When your new little bundle of joy is hairy

Adoption: When your new little bundle of joy is hairy
The kids have been asking to get a kitten for months. “Mama. We love kittens. Let’s get a kitten,” they say, innocently blinking their blue eyes at me. From another room, my husband replies, “We will never get a cat. EVER.” Tears ensue and I hold my devastated children in my arms as they ask,... Read more »

One Mother Confesses her Dirty Little Secrets

Lightning trying to flee from his stinky dirty cage.  If only he would stop spitting out and flinging the food he refuses to eat, the cage would be a lot cleaner!
Forgive me, Fellow Mothers and Fathers, for I have sinned.  It has been too long since my last parental confession:  In the beginning before my first child was born, I was a great mom, a text book mom.  As I was unemployed during my first pregnancy, I had plenty of time to memorize both of... Read more »
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Backyard funeral: The story of a boy, his hamster and one family's backyard burial.

No, Brooks, your hamster is not hibernating. My husband knew the situation was not good the second he heard our youngest, Brooks, call down from his bedroom, “Dada, I think Rascal is hibernating.” Without hesitation and without me there to solve the crisis, my husband bolted up the stairs to Brooks’s bedroom. Brooks sat in... Read more »