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Tuesday, July 03, 2007

The Best Thing About Pets?

Before today's topic (which I'm posting a bit early)I had to rant. As I'm at work tonight I learn the county commission is putting off voting on pet licensing. You'll all have to read the paper tomorrow about it, page A3. It's so pitiful the excuses the county mayor gave. Also,make sure to read my column in Living on the matter. I am so mad I am seeing red, so back to the topic:

What do you think is the best thing about having a pet?

Some might say for the companionship, so one isn't lonely. Or because the pet is an exercise buddy, keeping a dieter on track.

For me, it's the stress reduction. Studies prove that pets have a beneficial effect on blood pressure and other indicators of how stressed one is. Petting a dog or cat calms nerves and soothes all the stuff you had to put up with during the day from spouses, friends, coworkers, bosses, etc.

Let's face it. Life at time really sucks. We deal with traffic woes and businesses that jerk us around when we have a problem. You learn in life that the deserving don't always win, that life isn't fair, that some people around the world will receive what they shouldn't and that even if you are right you will sometimes lose. Some can accept the imbalance in the world more easily than others, but for those who need help coping, pets are great medicine, especially for those type-A personalities.

So, what is the best thing about pets in your life?

Picture above is my niece with one of the family cats, Sassy and dog, Bennie. Nothing is more relaxing than lying in bed on a day off with a few pets by your side. Yoga is also good for all stress that ails you, and you even have your up and down dog positions, as well as cat, cat lift and cat bow! My dogs love to join me by trying to hog the yoga mat! And don't forget boxing or kick boxing. One of the best workouts in the world to deal with stress. That is, if you have the time and energy for a workout! It should always be at the top of your "to do" list!

Tomorrow I'll definitely do a kick-boxing workout, and let my anger over this pet licensing issue subside. I'd be all for NO licensing if they'd just give Animal Control the money and manpower they deserve. Please call the county mayor and your commissioner about this matter!

posted by Sandy at 7/03/2007 10:01:00 PM


Blogger B said...

ok--I got a call from the paper today confirming that I wrote the letter to the editor and stating that they would try to get it in in the next three days. The lady said my name sounded made up "B. A. Story" but I told her that I always get that.
Go have a kick boxing field day SANDY--We're behind you on this issue, and we can always have a big protest or something. Feel better girl.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007 10:28:00 PM  
Blogger dragon said...

Happy Fourth of July everybody!!

Hope most pets made it though the fireworks last night without getting to upset. My sissy dog has been terrified for over a week now. It will be over soon.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007 8:40:00 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

Happy 4th of July everyone! To Dragon, my brother hope you had super duper 4th! We took our grandkids home after having them ofr three days and we are ready for vacation,ha.
Ok, people, a first here! Tonight the very first comercial for The Beast aired on ABC! It's with Rednecks of course but hey it's a start. The only bad thing about this is--- they will now probably raise the price of our good old cheap beer. Night Stalkers will be rejoicing all around!

As for the 4th explosions and noises, it is driving me nuts listening to the neighbors right now and I'm feeling sorry for the poor animals who are outside and scared ans no one to care about how they feel. Poor babies! Pray for thier safety.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007 8:58:00 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

So,aren't any of you going to answer my question? You don't want me to give you all an F in blogging!

Yes, pets help you relax and give companionship, when they ain't digging up the yard! Scooter dug a hole, I swear, a foot deep, right up against the house! If only we could get him to dig where we want to plant shrubs and trees!

Thursday, July 05, 2007 11:25:00 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

Well, hell, I didn't know we were going to get a grade!!! I'd have studied!!!! Geez, teach, go easy on us.

The best thing about pets for me is the total unconditional love they give. I can yell at them one minute for scratching on the couch, and next time I turn around they are rubbing on my leg and purring. They don't hold a grudge, they don't try to get back at you for some slight you do to them. They just love you, no matter what. And, as B has pointed out several times, they know when you are down and give you that extra boost of love and support that you need.

Friday, July 06, 2007 8:09:00 AM  
Blogger B said...

what she said...

Friday, July 06, 2007 8:31:00 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Stacey, the teacher's pet, gets an A+. Brett gets an F for copying off Stacy's paper. You will have to stay after school Brett, clean the blackboards and write 100 times, "I will not copy other students' work."

Glad to see your letter in the paper!

Friday, July 06, 2007 10:27:00 AM  
Blogger pearcehart said...

The best thing about pets is they make you laugh! Whether they intend to or not, sometimes they do the silliest things or get a "look" that one just has to laugh at.

Aimee, dog princess, gets a "look" when she shakes her head and all the fur on her head stands straight out and then she sees me watching and laughing and I swear, she grins.

Herbie and Scootie make me laugh when they chase each other around the house on top of the furniture at top speed without touching the floor.

Charlie makes me laugh when he's sleeping and barks in his sleep. He makes little high-pitched barks and I wish I knew what he was dreaming about!

All my fur babies make me laugh and it's a joy to live with them!

Friday, July 06, 2007 10:50:00 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Good point Alice. I truly believe laughter is the best medicine in so many ways! We can all add that to our list of why pets are great for us!

Friday, July 06, 2007 11:07:00 AM  
Blogger Stacey said...

Oh boy. Dragon will really rag on me now that I am the teacher's pet. LOL

And I also agree with Alice. There have been many times when I have told Sweetie that they are more fun to watch than any show on TV. We were working on the latest damn home improvement project outside on Wednesday, and I kept going "look, isn't that cute?" every 20 minutes over something the cats were doing. It's so much fun to see them being cats out in the yard now.

Friday, July 06, 2007 12:55:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Hand up in the air... My turn teacher, can I speak???? Can I can I??? LOL

I have mentioned before how Skeeter was my best friend that year (10 months) the Saint had to go TDY. He was right there for me when I had a crying moment of feeling sorry for myself. But hey, I had a huge ocean between me and my family and a dessert between me and the Saint. Skeeter was my only solitude in life during those horrible days for me. He gave me what I needed to survive those lonely days without my human best friend the Saint…

Now the Queen of Sheba keeps me laughing! There is not a day that she does not have me laughing at her clowning ways. And yes, she has unconditional love towards her mommy. After that little spanking (one stern swat on the butt) with the water bit at 4:00 in the morning, (a few weeks ago) later that morning she greeted me and was my shadow and filled my day with purrs and head butts as if to say, she was sorry that she made me spank her and that she still loved me!

Cheetah makes me feel VERY needed. She is the little titty baby that needs her mommy around at all times. There is nothing like the feeling of being needed and with this fur child, I know I am needed!

All the pets in my life past and present have had a way of making me feel better inside. They are indeed stress reducers in my eyes!

I wanna "A" teach!

Friday, July 06, 2007 1:18:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Well geesh teach, how can I andwer here now without sounding like I'm copying everyone else? I guess I'll just have suck it up and take my F like B and say I agree with what's been said. My kitty's ahve all always been my source of comfort when I need it. They come and love on me when I'm upset and they hang around me knowing they make me feel better. I spend a lot of time alone and they are so much company. They certainly provide entertainment when they play and they feel so soft and furry when I cuddle them. I too like the way hey forgive you so quickly when you get mad at them, they aren't grudge holders like people. They just make feel feel good all over through and through. I love them all so much!

Friday, July 06, 2007 1:45:00 PM  
Blogger B said...

Ok teach--you want it -you got it.
The best thing about my furry faced little matress testers? Take your pick from my observations and deep thoughts concerning Brett and Jeremy 's little band of heart bandits.
The best, would have to be that they teach me something new every day. My babies have taught me so much about self disipline and anger management.(MIRACLE!!) They also have taught Jeremy and I about the blame game--you know--who forgot to put all the ink pens in the pencil cup instead of spread out on the desk for Charlie to chew to bits. Doesn't matter who did it, just make sure it doesn't happen again because it could seriously hurt our oversized horse puppy. My babies have taught me more about my spiritual side, about faith and about unconditional love. And also about accepting things for more than their face value (like our chat about the ugly things in life and how they need love too). I have learned the power of loving something, and accepting love back from that something.I have seen God's miracles thru them and their needs, and thru his plan of putting us all together to be a family.
And that is what I think are the best things about the pets in my life--thank you for shopping walmart.

Friday, July 06, 2007 3:28:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

AS I was just typing, the clown Sheba found a large manila envelope lying on the floor. I swear she crawled in the thing! All but her butt was in it! That little butt sticking out was so funny. She had to shimmy out it backwards! I tell you, she is my clown that makes me laugh each day! The camera was downstairs so I did not get a shot of that one… I was glad the Saint was here to see it happen with me...

Friday, July 06, 2007 3:31:00 PM  
Blogger B said...

Rule of thumb--if you have a camera or paints and a easel or rock and chisel--they immediately stop being cute and go back to tearing crap up to throw you off the trail

Friday, July 06, 2007 4:06:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Brett, some of the things that you say just make me want to hug you!

Saturday, July 07, 2007 7:38:00 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

The best thing about pets is the way they great you at the door. It makes coming home the best thing. You know you are truly loved then!

Sunday, July 08, 2007 10:43:00 AM  

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Sandy Britt, an animal welfare advocate and volunteer with Clarksville rescue organizations, takes care of three dogs: Zoe, Scooter and Peanut; two cats: Catfish and Tarzan; and one husband, Glen, and according to him she takes care of them in that order.

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