National Pet Day

Happy National Pet Day!!  This is a day established in 2005 to encourage people to adopt animals from shelters.  I want to note that there also special days throughout the year celebrating individual types of pets too, including cats (in October), dogs and guinea pigs (both in August), and birds (in May).  But in the US we spent over 70 billion dollars on our pets last year, so I’m betting that we can’t celebrate our fur babies (or feathered/scaled babies) too much.

The specific message today is such a good one.  There are so many lost animals that are just looking for a forever family.  We adopted our kitties from a local rescue group and they had been through so much before they ever reached our home.  They were pretty scrawny, in spite of the care of their wonderful foster mother (she only had them for a few days). Both have now put on weight and have soft, beautiful coats.  Our little Mia spent the first few days hiding under our couch and while she and Max are still pretty skittish when it comes to change, they have fallen into routines that includes lots of petting and cuddling.  In the few short months we’ve had them they have already added so much happiness and laughter to our home

I like to think that pets are the gifts we give ourselves.  WebMD cites how beneficial pets are to our health and that studies show they play key roles in easing stress and depression as well as improving fitness and blood pressure.  They accept us in spite of our faults and will generally listen without judgment no matter how many times we’ve told the story.

So for National Pet Day, if you have the ability and inclination, I hope you will consider adding the joy of a shelter pet to your heart and home.


The Sweet Joy of Pets…

We had a very special visitor at one of our church events recently- Joy, the comfort dog.  She is a specially trained golden retriever who is part of a local ministry sponsored by Lutheran Church Charities and it was such a treat to meet her.

I was amazed at how well trained she was.  She had kids, including really little ones, groping all over her and she was so chill. We had ice cream at the end of class and Joy didn’t react at all (her trainers shared that she never gets treats; only gets her dog food). My angel dog, Shelby, would have been in a frenzy trying to get a “taste” of everyone’s dish.

I know spending the evening with her had a great effect on my mood and maybe this is why I like to feature dogs on my cards. They just make people smile and feel good. I’m following Joy now on Facebook, getting to see how much love she shares with the community by visiting hospitals and airports, and I am enjoying all the positivity she adds to my feed.

Of course, cats shouldn’t be forgotten as they also bring a lot of joy.  After we lost our dog, Shelby, last year we had planned on an extended period with no pets.  But our house just felt empty and lifeless. We welcomed Max and Mia the day after Christmas- kittens we adopted from a local rescue group and they have certainly added a lot of happiness to our lives.  We definitely have to count our family as Team Dog and Team Cat and I love to feature both in my projects.

Mia and Max in their “glamour shots” from the rescue’s website
Shelby…sweet angel dog we loved for twelve years