Birds of a feather stalk together
I’m betting like me, most of you also feed the birds. Pet lovers usually love animals of all kinds and help them out when they can.
Alice sent me this photo of her dog, Aimee and cat, Trouble, sharing the view of the bird diner, or it the cat’s case, bird dinner (at least that’s what he’s probably thinking!)
I go through tons of bird seed. I also make a peanut butter, lard and bird seed mixture I stuff into holes bored in a log. All together I have 5 feeding stations: two all sunflower, one a mix, a basket for year-round suet and the log.I can't stand to see the seed drop below even one hole in the huge feeders, so I always top them off. I feel badly if I see a little bird at a station with no seed available and the other perches all taken!
The Boss complains I waste seed (translation: money)feeding the squirrels, which is true, but they are hilarious to watch as they hang from toes and leap in the air from tree to feeder. I’m sure Alice’s dog and cat could vouch for the enjoyment one gets from watching creatures of all kinds visit the feeders.
Alice says, “This is Aimee, our princess doggie and Trouble, watching for birds and squirrels out the window. As you can see from the cat condo, it is a cat place. Aimee is so interested in squirrels that she actually jumped up there from the bed, across the nightstand and made about a foot and a half jump to reach the top of the chest of drawers. This is nothing for the cats. But Aimee used to be afraid of stairs and it took months to get her used to them. Now here she is on top of a 4 1/2 foot dresser. Trouble is baffled by the appearance of a dog in a cat place. Aimee did need assistance getting down.”
When Tarzan was in the wild, before he let us get near, I’d often see him crouched under a bush near the bird feeders, just WAITING for one to make a mistake. Now he has to be content to watch them from inside his cat fence. Poor baby, he has it so rough. LOL.
The other photo is of my friend Marie’s new dog, Roxy. She lost her only dog a few years ago, a little Westie, and it took her and her boss awhile until they were ready for a new arrival. Isn’t he the cutest? She adopted her from a Humane Society in Georgia. The wonders of Petfinder! Marie says that Roxy had puppies at one time and now she seems to hang on to a maternal instinct by carrying around little stuffed toys, just like Peanut carries his balls around. His toy balls, in case you thought of something else!
Off topic: a coworker mentioned her dog has been throwing up his food for a few weeks. She said he acts normal in all other respects, and was wondering what could be going on. She thought maybe she needed to change food, but I thought he might have eaten something he shouldn’t have. I suggested giving chicken and rice for awhile to settle his stomach. She said she’ll take him to the vet if it doesn’t stop, though there is no blood or anything else unusual about it. Any thoughts?
posted by Sandy at 2/01/2007 10:35:00 AM