Our chickens, ducks and geese
Some helpful links and suggestions for your pets during the holidays
by Shel Silverstein
Tonight's my first night as a watchdog,
And here it is Christmas Eve.
The children are sleeping all cozy upstairs,
While I'm guardin' the stockin's and tree.
What's that now---footsteps on the rooftop?
Could it be a cat or a mouse?
Who's this down the chimney?
A thief with a beard--- And a big sack for robbin' the house?
I'm barkin', I'm growlin', I'm bitin' his butt.
He howls and jumps back in his sleigh.
I scare his strange horses, they leap in the air.
I've frightened the whole bunch away.
Now the house is all peaceful and quiet again.
The stockin's are safe as can be.
Won't the kiddies be glad when they wake up tomorrow
And see how I've guarded the tree!
"If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and
gratitude, then animals are better off
than a lot of humans."
Dr. James Herriot
If You Can
"There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face."
-- Ben Williams
"Cats are the ultimate narcissists. You can tell this because of all the time they spend on personal grooming. Dogs aren't like this. A dog's idea of personal grooming is to roll on a dead fish."
-- James Gorman
Dog vs. Cat
"Money will buy you a pretty good dog, but it won't buy the wag of his tail.."
-- Henry Wheeler Shaw
The Animals' Savior
Copyright Jim Willis 1999
I looked at all the caged animals in the shelter...the cast-offs of human society.
I saw in their eyes love and hope, fear and dread, sadness and betrayal.
And I was angry.
"God," I said, "this is terrible! Why don't you do something?"
God was silent for a moment and then He spoke softly.
"I have done something," He replied.
"I created You."
Do I Go Home Today?
The sadness of neglected pets
"He is my other eyes that can see above the clouds; my other ears that hear above the winds. He is the part of me that can reach out into the sea. He has told me a thousand times over that I am his reason for being; by the way he rests against my leg; by the way he thumps his tail at my smallest smile; by the way he shows his hurt when I leave without taking him. (I think it makes him sick with worry when he is not along to care for me.) When I am wrong, he is delighted to forgive. When I am angry, he clowns to make me smile. When I am happy, he is joy unbounded. When I am a fool, he ignores it. When I succeed, he brags. Without him, I am only another man. With him, I am all-powerful. He is loyalty itself. He has taught me the meaning of devotion. With him, I know a secret comfort and a private peace. He has brought me understanding where before I was ignorant. His head on my knee can heal my human hurts. His presence by my side is protection against my fears of dark and unknown things. He has promised to wait for me... whenever... wherever - in case I need him. And I expect I will - as I always have. He is just my dog."
-- Gene Hill
Poetry about the love of pets
A collection of poems that show the love that could be yours if you adopted a pet
"He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals."
-- Immanuel Kant
"The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creature that cannot."
-- Mark Twain, What Is Man?
"If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you; that is the principal difference between a dog and a man."
-- Mark Twain
"Who kicks a dog kicks his own soul towards hell."
Very Cute Pepsi Commerical!
"If your dog doesn't like someone you probably shouldn't either."
Learn more about spay/neuter, the unprecedented American Partnership for Pets program and how YOU can participate!
A cat sees us as the dogs...A cat sees himself as the human."
Although I don't currently have a cat, I took the quiz and with a score of 100 I got this neat button! Click on it to take the quiz yourself.
"If you yell at a cat, you're the one who is making a fool of yourself."
"Never try to outstubborn a cat."
-- Lazarus Long, "Time Enough for Love"
The Rules (cats version)
"If you want a kitten, start out asking for a horse."
Are you having a bad day?
"At night he [the cat] sleeps sprawled at the foot of my bed, where he snores reassuringly until about five in the morning. That's when he gets cuddly: with white paw - claws retracted - he pats my face until I open my eyes. The fact that I then throw him out and slam the door in his face doesn't bother him."
-- Cathryn Jakobson
Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things
we will not ourselves find peace.
Dr. Albert Schweitzer
Poison Prevention Tips
Terrier Club of America
Healthypets.com - Pet health products online
Dog and Kennel Magazine
Lucid Distributors - Library Of Pet Nutrition Links
AKC - American Kennel Club for Purebred Dogs
"If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men."
St. Francis of Assisi
"Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it."
-- Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, 1984
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