Here are the fantastic fill-ins our hosts bestowed upon us this week:
1. A law I would like to see passed is _________.
2. My favorite card game is _________.
3. With Summer unofficially here, _________.
4. A favorite Summer memory is _________.
And here are my answers:
1. A law I would like to see passed is one that is far more strict regarding animal abuse and neglect.
(I know some places already, finally, have some laws regarding this matter. But, many of them are vague, or simply contain so many ifs, ands, or buts that abusers are often let off the hook easily, with little to no penalization for their heinous crimes. The abuse and neglect and torture of an innocent victim, including dogs and cats and all animals, should be seen and treated as exactly what it is, and that is inhumane and sadistic. I would like to see laws on this that actually reflect that, and that follow through with justice for the victim.)
2. My favorite card game is solitaire.
(I'm not a big card game player, but I have always enjoyed me a nice game of solitaire. I learned to player euchre with my dad and his euchre-obsessed brothers, but those guys will play for blood, and that's just too messy for me. So, solitaire it is.)
3. With Summer unofficially here, that means it's grilling season!
(Let's be honest, I don't have much talent at a grill. But, my dad does. I love the evenings when we all get together, have us some supper off the grill, get the fire pit going after that, have us some s'mores, all that good stuff. On Memorial Day we did just that, and it was the perfect way to kick off summer. Astrid thought so, too, as she got her fair share of hamburger as well.)
4. A favorite Summer memory is going to the library bookmobile.
(When I was a kid, the local library would send their traveling bookmobile throughout town during the summer months. Some days, they wouldn't disclose its exact location, and then you could hunt for it and win a prize when you found it. I loved this. I miss those bookmobile-filled summers.)
All right, now we're moving on to Eddy. Today, she's showing off her utter lack of disinterest in the television.
Behind Eddy there is the television. She almost always turns her back to it. She'll sit in the window, sit on that there cat tree, face the fish tank, face the wall, face anything but the TV. This is the complete opposite of Thimble, who seems perfectly happy burning her eyeballs to get an up close and personal view of what's playing on the television. As active as she is, Eddy can't be bothered to have that same interest.
"Seriously, won't you turn that thing off already?" Sorry, Eddy, my bad.
Our Doodle of the Day:
Our Tip of the Day:Our cats and even our dogs descend from wild animals who are predators, who live in a vast world in which they can watch and lie in wait for prey. This is why it is important that our now domesticated kitties and pups be provided with means to use this instinct, lest they become bored or unhappy with an uneventful life. Mental stimulation such as this is one very important way in which a furbaby can exercise his or her mind and even body. Depending on your home and resources, there are a variety of ways that you can provide this type of mental stimulation for your kitty or pup. You can ensure that your furbaby has a nice window view, for example, where they can watch birds and squirrels and even other cats and dogs and people. Aside form going outdoors, this is one of the most natural ways to provide mental stimulation. Another way, though, especially for those furbabies who enjoy the concept of watching a screen, is by putting on enticing television shows or movies, such as those portraying birds and other wildlife. There are even games and interactive videos online specifically geared toward giving your furbabies something to do. Then again, even a fun screensaver can do the trick. And don't forget the option of a fish aquarium, even a small one with a fake fish, as this can also keep a kitty or even a pup distracted and happy. And for those who enjoy them, interactive toys that move and allow your furbaby to catch their prey are also great for allowing your furbaby to express their natural instincts in a more physical sense. Whether it be through Bird TV or Squirrel TV or Fish TV or a fun ol' toy, be sure to help keep your furbaby's mind and body active and happy!