Our hosts always give us four fantastic fill-ins each week. Here are this week's:
1. Trust _________.
2. I would protest _________.
3. I have _________ since _________.
4. Right now, I _________.
I always try to keep my wits about me when filling in these fantastic fill-ins, but sometimes I fall short. I'll let you all be the judge of my answers.
1. "Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do." -Benjamin Spock
(Wise words, Dr. Spock.)
2. I would protest declawing.
(Do you want to hear a sad truth? My Angel Rosie was declawed, on all four paws, the poor girl. My parents had been told by a veterinarian when they got her back in the early '90s that declawing was the best way to reduce the scratching of humans and furniture. They didn't know any better back then. Rosie ended up with arthritis in every single one of her vertebrae due to her altered ambulation from the declawing. She still lived a happy, long life of 21 years. Nevertheless, I will never, ever declaw a cat. My parents learned the truth of the matter as well, and they now have 11 fully clawed cats, with a total of 198 claws that I trim for them every 2 weeks.)
3. I have loved books since I was a toddler.
(My dad read bedtime stories to my sister and me nearly every night even when we were just very, very little girls. I loved picking out books, hearing the stories, and then reading them myself when I learned to read. I have also been collecting books since childhood, and my collection may or may not have gotten completely out of hand.)
4. Right now, I am snuggled up next to Evan.
(I went very literal with this answer. But, it's the truth. My current location is the couch. That means my momma's boy Evan is snuggled up against me. He and I are both very happy.)
Our regular readers probably know what's next in this Friday post. And that is...Eddy!
In true Eddy style, this shot is blurry and far less than ideal in quality. But, it does gloriously show off her adorable snaggletooth, and that's a win if you ask this momma of Eddy.
Now, yesterday, Thimble shared a petting preference chart that we colored in just for her. We got the fun little chart from lovely Mudpie's blog.
Today, we have filled it in for Eddy.
Now, let's clarify one thing. This chart pretty much only applies to me, Eddy's mom. For anyone else—except maybe my sister, whom Eddy allows to be in her presence—all of the areas of her body are a big fat "NO!!" For me, though, Eddy loves head rubs, back rubs, and even (perhaps especially) belly rubs. It's pretty much just the legs and the tooshie that are typically a no-no.
We hope all of you friends of ours have a fabulous Friday!
Our Doodle of the Day:
Happy Groundhog Day!
Our Tip of the Day:
With February being Spay/Neuter Awareness Month, we are giving some tips on this significant topic over the next couple of days. Today, we have a few words on how a kitty or pup's health can benefit from being spayed or neutered. Just to give a couple of examples, spaying a female cat or dog can eliminate the risk of uterine cancer or infection, and can reduce the risk of mammary cancer. For male cats and dogs, neutering can eliminate the concern of testicular cancer and can reduce the risk of diseases of the prostate. Of course, pregnancy itself can be risky, so a spayed cat or dog is also free of unexpected pregnancy and the dangers that come with it. There are a great many other health benefits that can potentially result for having a cat or dog spayed or neutered. Due to their reduced risks of various diseases, spayed or neutered cats and dogs are sometimes more likely to live longer, healthier lives. So, of course, spay and neuter your pets! And, as we mentioned yesterday, also consider assisting with or donating to the neutering efforts of feral colonies, so that these furbabies can also live as healthy of lives as possible.