Taxidermy? Quite Possibly.

I have afriscocar beloved 12 year old Beagle/Chihuahua mix named Frisco. Conversations as of late with my sister have consisted of what we are going to do when this little guy crosses that rainbow bridge. While we probably are thinking prematurely as he still has a few more years ahead, since he is a crossbreed and stays indoors (both of which lengthen lifespan) it doesn’t hurt to think ahead. Named after my birth city San Francisco, Frisco has been my main lil guy through thick and thin.  Honestly, he has been the most consistent man in my life over the last 12 years. Sad, but true. Not so sad because his unconditional love is probably what has made me into the strong woman I am today. True story. When we first brought him home my sister also spent time with him by bringing him to her home for about a week as a puppy and then every now and then when he got older which has bonded the two of them.

Anyway, back to our conversation about what would become of him once he passed, although it makes me tear every time I even think about it. My sister and I have decided that we will have him for lack of a better word, stuffed. At first thought the only word that comes to mind when I think of taxidermy is morbid. Then I start to think about it a little more then all of the sudden it makes perfect sense. What better way than to preserve your long time family member. Then I think about it a little more and think how the same could never apply to humans, so why do it to a dog?

Well, we haven’t yet crossed that bridge, or rather he has not so perhaps we will have to wait and see if we go that route. In the meantime I am going to continue to cherish the time I do have left with him and not think about THAT day until it comes. Love you Frisco Baby.

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My Dog Makes People Happy, Really.

It’s been months since our beloved Angel passed away and we made the difficult decision to add another family member to our already crowded home of little monsters. After careful research of the breed and weighing all the pros and cons, we decided to add another boy to the brood.

Meet our new Siberian Husky, Miles Jacob.

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He has adapted to the tugs, pulls, pokes and the hands-on personalities of my little ones quite well. He is definitely a family dog as he enjoys spending time with ALL of the family members although the only alpha [fe]male in his life would be moi.

It wasn’t until Miles, that I realized that dogs truly make people happy. Let me clarify that statement a bit more. Previously, I was a bit of a skeptic about people absolutely needing a dog in their life to function. I still am a skeptic as I’ve seen people first hand try and work the system and claim that they need an emotional support animal, knowing that they are NOT in definite need. I’d like to simply leave that whole topic alone because that’s not where this post was heading.

What I noticed with Miles, and I’m not sure if it has anything to do with him being a husky, is that he gets a LOT of attention. With that attention comes strangers wanting to chat with us about him, wanting to take photos of and with him, and wanting to share their life stories about their own huskies or dog. True story. While we don’t mind all the attention he gets, what stands out the most is the way he can simply change someone’s demeanor from “leave me alone” to “oh my goodness you are adorable” while they smile from ear to ear.

I am the type of person that believes that a little bit of happiness can go a long way. By Miles’ fun loving personality making people smile, it in turn warms our hearts to know that he has created a brief moment of happiness for others as well.

Now here goes my shameless plug to follow him on Instagram just because he is adorable. @iheartmiles

Finding a Lost Pet – Helpful Tips

Angel & FriscoConsidering the recent tragedy, I thought I would post something that would be helpful for pet owners. Had I known some of this information, there may have been a different outcome. Some of these tips are from SLO Animal Services and I also added some of my own suggestions.

SEARCH THE NEIGHBORHOOD: By acting quickly, you may be able to locate your pet before he has the opportunity to wander too far from home. You can make a quick trip through the neighborhood in your car, but it is important to also canvas the area on foot. This will let you look more closely at areas you won’t see when driving by. If you take a regular path when walking your dog, follow this route. Otherwise, start close to home and work outward in increasingly large circles. Bring a leash or carrier and even some treats to help entice your animal back to you. Don’t forget to call out to your animal as you go – looking a little silly is a small price to pay for getting your pet back home safely. If you live very close to a freeway (as I do) there may be a chance they entered the highway. If so, I would definitely recommend getting on the highway to take a look, both directions. My dog was found only three exits north from where we live, so it’s a possibility. Please just make sure that you drive with extreme caution and look safely without posing a threat to other drivers.

PUT THE WORD OUT IMMEDIATELY: Talk with your neighbors and let them know your pet is missing. Bring along a recent photo and make sure that they have your phone number and address. Also, check with mail carriers, delivery personnel, and others who work in the area. Craigslist as well as many social networks such as Facebook and Instagram are able to get the word out immediately. Post something right away on Craigslist to let people know that you lost a pet and hopefully someone may help, even sightings are helpful. While you are searching the area, ASK PEOPLE who are out if they have seen your animal. Any amount of information that people can provide regarding a sighting can help your search.

CHECK LOCAL ANIMAL SHELTERS/VET HOSPITALS:  If someone has found your animal, they may bring them to the local animal shelter. Many places have hotlines that you can call to check. If your animal has been injured, he may have been brought to a veterinary facility. Contact the clinics in your area and provide them a description of your pet along with your phone number.

CONTACT THE POLICE DEPARTMENT: While this may seem like it’s overdoing it, it doesn’t hurt to let dispatch know that you are looking for an animal. Depending on your local police department, they may be able to let you know if someone has reported an animal that you may be looking for.

MAKE SURE YOUR INFORMATION IS UP-TO-DATE: Identification aids like microchips and license tags only work if your contact information is up to date. If your animal gets lost, contact Animal Services, your pet’s microchip registry, and any other pet recovery companies you have an account with to ensure that they have your most current address, phone numbers, and email address on file.

DON’T GIVE UP: If you don’t find your pet right away, keep at it. Many animals are reunited with their owners after several weeks or even months.

The most helpful piece of advice I would give anyone who has lost a pet is to ACT QUICKLY. Do not ever think that you are going overboard in your search because it is better to do all that you can do at that time, than look back and wish that you had done more. I would have asked more people who I came across if they had seen a dog pass by rather than just doing my drive around the neighborhood. The more people who are aware of your missing pet, the better your odds are of someone reporting something. I would never wish for anyone to receive tragic news like our family did and I hope that these tips can save just one pet from the same fate as our Angel.

 

When They Say Time Heals All Wounds…

…I’d like to know why time goes by slower than freakin’ molasses?!

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Let’s just say that the last two days have been dragging arse kinda like walking behind seniors on senior night at Hometown Buffet. No offense to seniors or Hometown because I love them both (well not-so-much Hometown but the kids love it).

It seems that the various stages of grief like to visit me randomly throughout the day. According to several online self-help grief websites, the numbers vary from 5 to 7, but nevertheless, they have been ever present. A not-so-welcome hello! to Denial, Anger, Disbelief, Bargaining and Acceptance. Well actually I don’t mind the visit from acceptance but I feel like a bouncing ball. Going back and forth with my emotions while at the drop of a hat (like when a memory of Angel pops in my mind) my smile fades and I become an inconsolable waterfall. Even driving around town makes my face turn sour just thinking about where he may have been running for hours and hours. I have decided that I need to focus on the good times, fun memories and most of all be positive. Rather than be sad that he’s gone, I am doing my best (though easier said than done) to be happy that he was a part of our lives and brought so much happiness these past three and a half years.

C’mon hourglass, run your course. Until then, positive thoughts and maybe a few woosahs here and there.

Our Angel from Above

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A beautiful sunset reserved for a few,
A breathtaking horizon brings life anew,
Caressed by nature’s touch,
You float through the land,
Touching our lives, with heavy hearts,
We reach for your hand,
A slight breeze whisks through the air,
As your face fades away,
We hold on tight to the memories,
That forever will stay,
The impression you left in our hearts it burns bright,
You are now amongst the stars and brighten the night,
The happiness you brought was by far the most pure,
Such unconditional love,
Stronger than one heart could endure,
Strength shall guide me through my days,
With cherished moments so content,
You were indeed my Angel,
Now I know you were heaven sent.

Love, Mommy