Pensive Prattling by Shaki

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Caring Neighbors Help Lonely Pup

May 8th 2011 7:38 pm
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Dear Diary,
I have a very sad tale to tell that has a (so far) happy ending. My no-fur uncle's next-door neighbors moved out of their home, leaving behind a small pup who had spent his entire life outdoors. Neighbors in the area, including my no-fur uncle, had been feeding the pup, hoping that perhaps one of its owners would return for him. Sadly, that has not happened. My uncle went over and collected the pup, and took him to the vet. The little dog has an encrusted eye, which the vet treated, and the poor pup also has hook-worms, which is also being treated. The dog is in the care now of my uncle, who is going to have him groomed and will keep him (indoors!) until a good home is found. (I suspect that my uncle will wind up keeping the dog as a companion for his older pup.) One other cause for concern is that when my uncle called the local Humane Society they gave him the "run-around" with no suggestions of where to get help. Why do humans treat their pets like children treat their toys when they get bored with them? Perhaps a toy can be discarded, but surely not a loving pet!?! We thank God that there are people like these caring neighbors and a caring vet in our community and others like it, who are willing to step out of their comfort zone to come to the aid of one of our Creator's very deserving creatures.


My New Moniker!?!

April 6th 2011 12:48 pm
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Dear Diary,
I have a new my Mommy 'n' Daddy have given me. It's "Shaki Manypee!" ( Pronounced mini-pee.) Now, I don't know whether to be insulted or to brag. It's like this. We go for long walks in our nearby city park which is on the edge of the woods. We have lots 'n' lots of woodchucks (known around here as Whistle-Pigs), coyotes, Canada Geese, strange-looking ducks, raccoons, deer, 'n' more. I HAVE to sniff at all those wonderful sniffs. Just 'cause humans have a rinky-dink sniffer, doesn't mean I shouldn't enjoy all those neat aromas! Of course, I also need to let whatever creature I "sniffed out" know that I was there, I have to leave a few scents of my own in that particular spot. Makes sense, doesn't it??? We all know how you furs 'n' I leave our scent, hence the ManyPee name I've been given. Guess I'm bragging after all, LOL!


To All My Valentines

February 10th 2011 9:14 am
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To All My Valentines Out There
(A Friendship Poem)

Roses are Red,
Violets are Blue,
‘n’ I don’t know what
I’d do without you.

You brighten my day
with the games that we play.
You cheer me up
when I’m a very bored pup.

So Pals near and far,
Wherever, whoever you are,
I'm here to say,
"Happy Valentine's Day!"


My New Years Resolutions [This is VERY SERIOUS!!!]

January 4th 2011 8:27 am
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Dear Diary,
I found this on the Camp Bow-Wow site, made a few adjustments to fit "Yours Truly", 'n' here it is:

New Year’s Resolutions for Pups!

I will not eat deer poop.
I will not lick my human's face after eating deer poop.
I do not need to suddenly stand straight up when I'm lying under the coffee table.
My head does not belong in the refrigerator.
I will no longer be beholden to the sound of the can opener.
I will take time from busy schedule to stop and smell the behinds.
I will get a bite in on that freak who gives me that shot every year.
I will grow opposable thumb; break into pantry; and will decide for MYSELF how much food is “too” much.
January 1st: Kill the sock! Must kill the sock!
January 2nd - December 31: Relive victory over the sock.
The garbage collector is NOT stealing our stuff.
I will NOT chase the stick until I see it leave my owner’s hand.

I will NOT try to crash through the sliding glass door in order to chase the kitty staring at me from the opposite side!

I will welcome the UPS man because he DOES give treats.

I will ignore the postman in the Little White Truck because he does NOT give treats! {He is not worth my time 'n' energy!}


Giving Thanks

November 24th 2010 7:00 pm
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Giving Thanks

Thank you Lord for pawrents willing to share their bed.
Thank you for pawrents who keep me well-fed.
Thank you for children who pet me a lot,
And for a home rarely too cold or too hot.
Thank you for watching over me;
For blessing me with a loving family.
Thank you for those who look out for furs,
Who have no home or safe shelters.
Thank you for blessings too many to name,
For under our furs, we are all the same.
We all need love, comfort and care.
Happy thanksgiving to Furs everywhere!


Guess What Was Just In Our Yard?

July 18th 2010 5:50 pm
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Guess What Was Just In Our Yard? A big ol' 8-point Buck!! Yep, standing in our back yard under our apple tree. He's prob'ly gonna go call all of his ladies 'n' fawns to join him later for an apple feast. This happens every year when the apples get close to being ripe. The deer just stand up on their haunches 'n' chow down the apples! I tried my best to scare him, but since I can't bark, I'm not much of a threat, 'n' the pawrents will not let me out to chase him off. They're just no fun sometimes. He's one of what around here we call "city deer" 'cause they're not really afraid of much 'n' are almost tame. Mommy does not like them, 'cause they eat her plants if she doesn't "net" them up so the deer can't get to them. The ideal average # of deer per square mile here should be 19, but in our county it's around 60! And they're all HUNGRY!!!


I Don't Like Big Glass Things!

July 16th 2010 3:29 pm
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I am a deeply traumatized pup! I was traveling home from Florida with the pawrents, when we stopped overnight at a motel. (They never even asked ME!) Anyway, I'm not real good with changes in my routine 'n' I had already been taken to Mommy's place in Florida, then down to see her brother in Sarasota, where I was put in Doggy Jail, as I call it. Then back up to Mommy's Place, then a few days later, headed home, but over a 2-day period. Don't know why Daddy didn't want to drive until 1:00 A.M. I was fine with that. Noooo, they have to stay overnight in this room with a BIG GLASS THING in it, hanging from a wall. I walked by, 'n' uh oh, saw a VERY cute basenji looking at me. When I went closer to look at her, we bumped noses! I thought I'd go around the back of TGT to get better acquainted, but she disappeared. When I came back, there she was! Just staring at me again. Then the REALLY SCARY thing happened. Mommy jumped into that Glass Thing 'n' was right behind the cute l'il 'senji. How did she do that??? Then I hear her say my name, I look around, 'n' there she is again, right behind ME! I turn to look at TGT 'n' there's Mommy again, right behind that cute l'il 'senji. (Now, understand, she's really not quite as cute as I am, but I'm trying to be generous, ya know.) Then, horror of horrors, DADDY appears with that cute l'il senji (known from this point as CLS). How can he DO that? I look behind me, 'n' now he's there! Things were a bit better once the lights were all out, but I spent much of the night, going from bed to TGT to see if the CLS was still there. You know what? She did not get one wink of sleep! I hope to goodness that my pawrents NEVER stay at that place again!!!



February 15th 2010 8:59 am
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Our little community recently lost a wonderful lady who left us to get her angel's wings. I will not give her name out of respect for her family's privacy, but I will tell why she will be so sorely missed by both humans and furs. She was THE charter member of our town and county's Humane Society and Animal Rescue. Thanks to her efforts we have a very active Humane Society now. Numerous times this tiny but dedicated lady would approach abusive owners and remove their animals at great risk for her own safety. If there was a question about an animal's safety, be it pup, cat, ferret, bunny, or whatever might be involved, she would either be there herself, or would know the right person to contact. She saw that our county animal shelter was clean and safe for the animals, and pushed for adoption of all. GOODBYE MY SWEET LADY!


An Arctic to Arctic Vacation

January 12th 2010 9:19 am
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Dear Diary, we are finally home from our winter travels, or should I say "travails"? It was cold when we left West Virginia, just as cold when we got to Atlanta, where we stayed for several days with family. In fact, it was basically miserable weather-wise! Mommy bought some fleece-lined shoes for back up home in WV, but wound up wearing them in the not-so-sunny South! We left Atlanta 'n' headed for Mommy's family home in Florida, hoping for some nice, warmer weather. All we got there was lots of cold wind off the lake, 'n' threats of rain, sleet, FLURRIES (!) of all things! So much for my nice, leisurely walks along the lakefront. I did my business 'n' hurried right back to the house. THAT was on the GOOD days! Then it got dangerous, 'cause the arctic circle had apparently slipped it's moors 'n' became stranded in the deep South somewhere, blowing its cold air over Florida. The pawrents spent much of their vacation covering shrubs 'n' flowering plants. The deep-freeze has been devastating to all plant and citrus growers in Florida, as well as people that raise tropical fish 'n' other kinds of stock. Mommy says she remembers whole groves of citrus disappearing after these freezes, when she was growing up. So, it seems that that ol' Arctic circle weather is going to get you no matter how far you try to run away from it!
Now, to make matters worse, (or maybe it's Ol' Man Winter's sense of humor) the pawrents became ill on the way home to WV. First Daddy 'n' then Mommy, with it hitting them, one at a time, between Florida and North Carolina. All I did was sleep. I knew better than to mess with them. They were looking so pathetic 'n' were rather cranky. So....I'm just glad to be back in my own house, with my own toys, 'n' where we're s'posed to have arctic weather. Good ol' WVa! Happy New Year Y'all!!!


I'm Thankful for My Dogster Furiends!

November 26th 2009 5:02 pm
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Recently we have been asked in many of our groups to name something we are particularly thankful for. I thought 'n' thought about so many things I have in my life and in the life of my pawrents that make me thankful. However, one thing stood out above all the rest because of recent things going on in my family, and that is that I am truly thankful 'n' blessed for being a part of this entity called "Dogster". The prayers and warm vibes felt over the miles from one home to another when we are in need, truly are felt deep inside of us. Thank you for all your prayers during this time that my Daddy has been ill. We were so afraid he might have a recurrence of his cancer, but thanks to the Lord 'n' to all of your prayers, he is cancer free. However, he has a serious infection which was treated by surgery 'n' needs further treatment. His doctors call it the "Ohio Valley Crud". Apparently it's not so uncommon around here. Anyway, Mommy brought him home tonight, 'n' even though he's attached to an odd-looking contraption called an "oxygen machine", he'll soon be good as new. (Mommy's glad they got the Christmas tree up early, 'cause he's not s'posed to lift anything for several weeks!) You know, even though we had no turkey 'n' trimmings today, we still had a wonderful Thanksgiving 'n' now can look forward to a blessed 'n' Merry Christmas!

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