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QOTD: Topic – Pets

Published May 21, 2015 by lynn k scott

“Animals are reliable, many full of love, true in their affections, predictable in their actions, grateful and loyal. Difficult standards for people to live up to.” (Alfred A. Montapert)

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Open Letter to the Rehoming Pet Owner

Published May 21, 2015 by lynn k scott

Dear pet owner,

Having worked in rescue, been a foster mom to pit bull puppies, and rescued the two dogs I currently have, I have little sympathy for you and your “need” to rehome.

There is rarely an instance someone truly needs to get rid of a pet.  I get families split up and sometimes it’s hard to relocate to places that accept animals, esp. if you have a “vicious” dog. Which is a complete cop-out by the way…but that’s another blog post.

Facebook sale board admins should have some morals and ban all pet sales.  When you are charging a “rehoming fee” that is $50, or less, it does not ensure the animal is going to a good home.  That fee goes toward clearing your guilty conscience.

If you are charging $100, or more, that is selling the animal.  I’m not a huge fan of breeders.  However, if you are not licensed, keeping having litters of puppies or kittens and constantly posting you pet sales, NEWSFLASH:, you are a backyard breeder. With the shelters overflowing with animals, you have become part of the problem.

Common list of reasons why pets need to be rehomed:

  • Have to move
  • Baby on the way
  • Significant other doesn’t like pet
  • Too busy to give proper attention
  • Insurance doesn’t accept certain breed

I’m sorry.  The majority of those reasons are poor excuses.

Be honest; you don’t want the responsibility of a pet.  You are looking for a way out.

The posts that say, “Need to go to good home.  Must go today”, then have the nerve to say there’s a rehoming fee, resonates that money is more important than the life of the pet you promised to care for.  Oh you paid $250.00 for that puppy?  Bought a crate, toys and food?  Welcome to pet ownership.  Your first mistake was buying the pet.  The others are necessary supplies to properly care for your pet.  Do you really think I am going to pay a small fortune because you’re no longer willing to live up to your commitment to that animal?

Do not give animals as gifts.  They are not cute, temporary, play things.  They are living, breathing, faithful companions that cost money, require training (in many cases) and are not a disposable item when life gets too hectic and you are unable to properly manage your time.

Whether you agree or not, is irrelevant.  I believe pets are not commodities.  I believe in adopt; don’t shop.  I know there are some instances, caring pet-parents have to rehome.  This is addressed to the irresponsible pet owners who should be ashamed of their actions.  If people who lose everything in a house fire can find a way to keep their pets, surely you can do the same.

Dance with me Cupid

Published May 21, 2015 by lynn k scott

One of the best things about homeschooling, is the ability to be flexible.  Yesterday we chose dancing for our physical education. My daughter’s latest dancing habit is to move like she’s having a “fit”.  I can’t help but shake my head is utter disbelief when she does this.

I couldn’t help but think some structure would do her good and actually provide a nice workout for both of us.  I Googled an instructional video for the Cupid Shuffle.  It’s quite possible you’ve seen this dance at weddings, Quinceaneras, Debuts, etc., even if you don’t recognize the name.

Youtube is great for instructional videos.  We found a video that showed us how to do the dance.  I’ll let you choose the actual instructional video of your preference.  The video I linked will show you the actual dance with the music, performed by Cupid.

The Cupid Shuffle is a really simple line dance, using a hip-hop beat.  It allows for a little personalization when moving right to left and when walking it out.

My daughter and I pushed the sofa back, sent my older pup to spend time with dad (he won’t let me dance) and we started dancing.  It was a great bonding time, a good workout and fun!  I highly recommend doing something like this.  We are definitely set for our next wedding.  Look out line dancers; here we come!

A few things I learned from music…

Published May 19, 2015 by lynn k scott

Going back to a simpler time, the Beatles just wanna hold your hand.  I wonder if they knew Peter, Paul and Mary.  Seems they were friends with this boy Tommy who had a magic dragon named, Puff.  Of course, then you have Elvis who wants you to be his Teddy Bear and wants to know if you’ll wear his ring.

Don McLean reminded us of when the music died.  Norman Greenbaum took a different approach and had us looking for the spirit in the sky.

Years later, Cyndi Lauper taughter me girls Just Wanna Have Fun  To a newly turned teenager, that’s truth!  In all that fun, Bon Jovi doesn’t fail to remind that You Give Love A Bad Name but you can continue Living On A Prayer.  On the flip side, Joan Jett hates herself for loving you.

White Lion asks you to wait.  The Hooters are having a nervous night.  Glass Tiger doesn’t want you to forget them when they’re gone.  One Direction challenges you to steal my girl.

Journey always said, “don’t stop believing“.  Queen will rock you.  Bob Seger just wants his old time rock and roll.

I am just grateful all these artists have touched my life in some way.

This is the just the tip of my musical iceberg appreciation.

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