Archive for the ‘Pets’ Category

Here fishy, fishy…

Reading this article tonight made me feel sad about all the times I (and later when I was with my kids) caught a fish. I remember being told that fish don’t feel pain. Now fish, and many other animals these days, we know do feel pain. The first one’s I think of are elephants.

That said, the article is entitled “Do fish feel pain?” by Christian Cotroneo over at the Mother Nature Network.Definitely an eye-opening article about fish. To a degree, I also think the same thing with all the turtles I kept as pets (though at least they always escaped). At least I can say now, the kids and I no longer fish, so hopefully that’s something.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

Cat’s meow

So to say this has been a tough week would be an understatement. It started last Thursday and ended yesterday as my daughter and I said good-bye to our beloved Oreo. Even though I have said many times, I am much more of a dog person, I have cried many, many tears over the last few days.

Like many pet owners, Oreo was and still is, a beloved member of our family. As someone who is divorced, he has also provided much comfort to all my kids. While I have known this, as I’ve reflected on our life with Oreo over the last few days, I have only begun to find out how much.

Like I entitled my post tonight, he was truly the Cat’s Meow and unlike any of my previous pets, we will have his ashes here to remind us. We will also have many, many pictures, which I hope to soon make into a collage.

OreosThrone

Oreo, you will truly always be loved.

Sincerely-

   

Green Librarian

Candy the hamster

This morning wasn’t the best morning in our household. Candy the hamster passed away. She’s my daughter’s pet and unfortunately she was at her mom’s house this morning, so she doesn’t know yet. She was a beloved pet in our house. One of two, along with Oreo, our black and white cat.

While I know I will always have my favorite animals, to me they are all special. As I said to Candy this morning when I discovered she was gone, Sweet Dreams. We will miss you.

Sincerely-

  

Green Librarian

Kids & pets and emotional intelligence

I have to say that this article came along at just the right time. I’ve been reading the book A Country Called Childhood by Jay Griffiths and while she never uses the term emotional intelligence, her thinking is along the same lines.

The article is entitled “Kids Who Grow Up with Dogs and Cats Are More Emotionally Intelligent and Compassionate” by Starre Varten over at the Mother Nature Network.  Both are a good read.

Sincerely-

  

Green Librarian

After the trip

So after the trip, my daughter already had our next adventure all picked out.  We were going to go to their cousin’s house to pick up Lil’ Fluff (our new pet hamster).  Unfortunately without the chance to spend her first night with her best new pet, she was headed back to her mom’s house which in turn left me to care for Lil’ Fluff.

Fortunately for me, she’s doing fine and I even managed to find a book on hamsters over at the library today entitled (what else) Memoirs of a Hamster by Devin Scillian. Talk about a feeling of deja vu. Like us, this hamster also has a “pet” cat and from what I read, the book is a perfect fit. It might actually be a book worth buying.

Sleep tight Lil’ Fluff!

 

Green Librarian