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Watch out for the ducks and geese!

September 22nd 2011 11:07 am
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Dear Diary,
I would like to put in a word of caution for Fur owners who habitually walk their pups in parks, city or private, especially if there is a concentrated population of ducks and/or geese, or for that matter, pigeons. Our park where I luv to walk is loaded with both the "quackers" and the "honkers."
There is a fungus spread by birds such as these, as well as chickens, etc., which can insidiously infiltrate your human's lungs and which also can show up elsewhere in the body. My Daddy, last year had to have lung surgery because of such an infection, and it looks as though it has shown up in him again. He was susceptible because he has a weakened immune system due to medicines he was and is required to take. If one has been or is being treated for cancer, has severe allergies, asthma, or is being treated for other infectious diseases, this can be very dangerous. From now on, Daddy will walk me elsewhere, 'n' Mommy will take me to the park. For me it's a win-win situation, but I am still concerned for my Daddy.


What a Doctor's Visit Can Mean!

August 17th 2011 1:54 pm
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Dear Diary,
I have an interesting tale to tell. It involves a dog, my no-fur Uncle, 'n' several "authorities." The story begins with a dog bite. My NFU was cleaning out debris by our lakefront here in Fla. While visiting with a neighbor, the neighbor's dog came over, 'n' my NFU being a dog-lover carefully put his hand down for the dog to sniff as most humans will do. Well, the dog bit his finger. After a few days my NFU went to the doctor as the finger was not healing, etc. On being informed as to what caused the injury, the doctor said he (the doctor) had to contact animal control or whomever in Fla. he's s'posed to contact in relation to animal bites. Come to find out, even if a dog has had all its shots, it still must be quarantined. This is law in Fla. This happened up here where we are, but my NFU by then was back home at his doctor's in Sarasota. Well, the dog catcher stopped by our house today as it was the address given by my NFU, and the neighbor's dog has been put in quarantine. The doctor said that having all the shots required of us pups, does not necessarily make our bites safe, esp. if the one bitten has an impaired immune system as my NFU has.
We are all saddened and stressed by this. In fact, if my NFU had known that by going to see the doctor this was going to be reported, he wouldn't have gone. As it turns out his finger was by that time, seriously infected and he is now on bed rest as a result. The pup in question was mauled by a gator 2 years ago 'n' also, he is kept crated much of the time outside, although he is generally well-treated and exercised. BTW, the dog in question was not on leash. Even out here in the country where we are at the moment at my Mom's Fla. family home, people walk their dogs on leash. Perhaps had the dog been on leash this wouldn't have happened. This is a cautionary tale for us doggies 'n' our humans. We pups should be on leash or fenced when outside, and humans must be extra careful when addressing a strange pup as he approaches, even if its owner is present.


Thoughts for the 4th of July

July 4th 2011 2:13 pm
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Dear Diary,
I am writing this today because it is the birthday of our nation. If it were not for what I am writing about here, it is a possibility that we might not be having the joyous celebrations in its honor. My pawrents just returned from a trip to France where they spent several days in the Normandy region. They were sad not to have had me with them as French families take their pups everywhere with them. But, this is not really what I want to relate to you. I want to let you know what they saw there and what they told me about their experience. They first went to a museum in St. Mere Eglise, one of the storied towns so affected during the D-Day landings. They said it was chilling to see a replica of the young soldier whose parachute got caught on the spire of the eglise, hanging on that same spire as though it had just happened. Likewise, visiting the American cemetery at Colleville Sur Mer is heart-warming, inspiring, sad, and makes one feel proud all at the same time. They were awed by the sheer effort and bravery it must have taken the Allied servicemen to land at the beaches....Utah, Omaha, and others....that can be viewed at Point du Hoc, and then climb those rocky cliffs under the relentless barrage of gunfire. July 4 is not just a time for celebrating with good food, family, and fireworks, but also a time to reflect on those long gone who guaranteed through perseverance and sacrifice that we may do so.


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!!!

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