What is the silliest thing you ever did to/for/with your dog or cat (or bird or ferret or any other pet) ? We pet people who love our pets like crazy, often do crazy things with them, things others who don’t “get it” might roll their eyes at and scoff. Who cares? We’ve all seen pets dressed up in outlandish costumes, and anyone who’s ever seen “America’s Funniest Pets” on Animal Planet have watched cats playing ping pong or dogs water skiing.
My dog, Tramp, was my “first born,” a spaniel mix I adopted from the Humane Society back in 1992. On her first anniversary with us, which became her birthday, I had a real birthday party for her and invited my in-laws. Now you have to understand how this must have looked to them, country people from the old school who believed dogs belonged outside 24/7! A shocking revelation to me, who comes from a family of dog lovers whose pets are part of the family INSIDE and out.
I made a sheet cake cut into the shape of a bone, with icing and the words, “Happy Birthday Tramp!” I worked at a sign shop at the time and also made a banner with the same message I put on the wall. I had presents wrapped up with bows (toys and treats) and had a big candle ready. After we played our usual Rook card game and ate dinner, I dimmed the lights, got out the cake, sat Tramp on a spare chair AT the table, lit the candle and made everyone sing “Happy Birthday dear Tramp-E….” LOL. Now, I think I’m great at reading body language, and their bodies were screaming, “I can’t believe I’m sitting at a table with a dang mutt singing happy birthday to it!” They were never much for birthdays for their own kids and grandkids and not the type to even send a card to them, so this lavishing of attention on a dog really messed them up BIG TIME!
The Boss's Dad always thought I was a crazy Polish Yankee to begin with, and this scenario further proved it! I sent cards to them from the grandpup/s throughout the years to further polish my “crazy” image. And I never get embarrassed by such things, because I don’t give a you-know-what about what people think. I am never offended and don’t even understand the concept of being offended. I feel that if you are secure in yourself and your beliefs—about anything—then how can anyone else “offend” you?
The pictures above: The two doxies are pets of my friend, Carmen, for whom I’ve dog sat for in the past. That will be a whole blog entry by itself one day soon! They were both adopted from Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, a breed rescue group. Josie, left, is my “favorite,” but don’t spread it around or Lacey will get jealous. Carmen’s been having trouble signing on, but hopeful that will clear up and she can tell you more about her girls. She also fosters doxies for the group.
The beautiful tuxedo cat is Birdie, adopted from Cats Are Us by Ramona, who posts here as “birdie.” I actually KNOW this cat, because I volunteer for Cats Are Us and take pet pictures for their Petfinder Web site (someone else has taken over those duties while I am on night shift). I loved Coo-Coo-Bird (Birdie) because she looks so much like my Catfish. Before Tarzan became Catfish’s best bud, I had wanted to adopt Coo-Coo. I told The Boss about her and showed him her picture. I said, “Bubby needs a bride…” to which he said, “no one needs a bride.” LOL. I am so glad that she found a great home! And Cats Are Us is a great place to find a bride or any other type of cat you might want, as is the Humane Society or the county shelter. Last picture, Scooter posing in his Christmas reindeer hat.
So share all your foolishness with us! You know we’ll understand!
posted by Sandy at 1/22/2007 09:30:00 AM