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June 02, 2009

Hey Dog, Chill Out

While most people get it, some people still leave their dogs in the car on hot days.  Many people are still under the impression that if you crack the windows on your car that will be sufficient, but that is just not the case.  The website My Dog Is Cool, has some great resources to explain the dangers to other people. All it takes is a day with the ambient temperature to hit the low 80's to literally cook a dog sitting in a car. 

 

(Photo Courtesy of Sidereal on Flickr)

There are a lot of great PDF files that can be printed out as flyers to leave on offending cars or given out to increase awareness.  You wouldn't leave your infant in a hot car, so why would you do the same to a dog?

 

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June 01, 2009

Several Goodbyes

J.D. aka "JD Boo Boo" We will miss you. 

Last Saturday was a day of a lot of big changes.  J.D., our lovable cat and companion, passed on peacefully while surrounded by friends.  He has been a big part of my life since I met my wife, but he had been with her since 1995.  The cancer that took his life moved so fast.  Even with several rounds of chemotherapy and a fighting spirit didn't stop the growth of his Lymphoma.  Over the weekend I thought about all the good times and stories that center around that cat.  He could be full of piss and vinegar sometimes, but was a sweet soul, sometimes waking me up in the middle of the night as he was grooming my scalp with his sandpaper tongue. I really miss his trilling meow and all of his tomfoolery that usually involved him dry humping pillows.  What a character.  I will never forget him.

The other big change is that Mr. F, who was with our family for exactly one year and one day, has moved to a new home.  He had been struggling with the fact that he was not the only cat for several months.  His new home will allow him to be his lovable over-stuffed self.  I am going to miss him, but I am happy that he has a home that will give him more attention and love.

Rusty - RIP 

Rusty, my in-laws wonderful dog, unexpectedly passed away on May 9th.  She was a sweet girl and a frequent visitor at our house.  The house seems suddenly so much quieter.