DON’T BE AFRAID TO MAKE A FOOL OF YOURSELF!

Humans can be so silly sometimes.

We get so worried about making a fool of ourselves, or what others might think, that sometimes we miss out on having a truly great time.  This is something I LOVE about kids.  Before they grow up and are “taught” to stop being so foolish, kids can have so much fun doing the simplest and silliest things.  It is true happiness and a wonderful gift which we are all born with, but somehow lose as we age.  Animals have the gift that they NEVER lose this wonderful quality.

I had a very bad horse accident twenty years ago that put me in a coma.  I know it sounds horrible, but fortunately, I made a fantastic recovery.  (Although many would say I am crazy, as I have been riding again for many, many years, minus my recovery time. LOL).  It can be fairly common for people to become depressed, or aggravated from a head injury and from the following recovery, but for me, it was one of the happiest and most simple times of my life.  Part of that was because I had no sense of “embarrassment, so there was no, “Do I look funny? Should I have said that?  Does this outfit make me look weird?” I was just happy to be alive, happy to feel the sun on my back.  Just happy…  I look at my animals now and realize that they have that gift every day.   It was one of the greatest lessons I ever learned and one that my animals constantly remind me of when I forget.

One of my cats, Frack, is the best at reminding me to not worry about making a fool of myself. He is very clumsy, which is weird for a cat, but he doesn’t care.  I’ll see him, lying on the bed, or the steps, legs spread-wide open with his belly up like a hog, totally shameless and completely unbothered by the fact that he WILL fall.  He will land in a heap, making an utter fool of himself.  Still, he’s just so happy and comfortable that he can’t be bothered to realize that, although he is a cat, he has essentially NO ability to be “cat like” and agile! LOL

Every new event and situation is a potentially positive and a spectacular moment not to miss…

His total lack of awareness about his silliness allows him to be super comfy, relaxed and one of the most “chilled out and cool” creatures, people or humans, that I have ever known.  Because of this, every new event and situation is a potentially positive and a spectacular moment he will not miss.  True, we laugh at him lots because he does so much silly stuff.  However, he is also the happiest of us all, adapting to all situations. Truly, he will probably lead the most fulfilling life of us all!

So, here is to animals (and kids) and their loss of personal “worries”.

So, here is to animals and their loss of personal “worries” that keep the rest of us from truly enjoying things.  Each day we should all stop worrying or being embarrassed and just be more child-like.  Live life, adapt, have more fun and just ENJOY!

 

 

CATS and DOGS: TAKE NEW PATHS

“You never know if you don’t go.”  Isn’t that the truth?

All animals roam.  In herds, the tendency is to go the way of the crowd.  Certainly, this has some benefits.  Still, sometimes, you have to just “take the back streets” and explore.  This is a skill I learned most from dogs and cats.  I don’t know which species goes on little explorations more (since they are both always looking to find new and exciting trouble! LOL), but they each have taught me that wonderful skill.

Sometimes you just HAVE to get off the beaten path and find a new route.  Animals have helped teach me to always be open to the “other” forks in the road, the little dirt path, or even the road that isn’t even there yet…  Certainly, there have been some tough, rocky and unpleasant roads I have taken, but if I hadn’t taken those, thanks to my animals helping me to look that way, I would have missed out on the beautiful and amazing things that have come to me on the other side. The Road Not Taken, by Robert Frost, said it best:

“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,

I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference. ”

Thanks to my dogs and cats for teaching me this lesson. It sure has been fun so far…:-)

Great Pet Care Information: This Blog: PETFINDER.COM

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Looking for some help with adopting a dog, cat, horse, bird, rabbit, or some other new best friend? Not sure where to go, or where to start?

I’ve decided to help spread information about adoption, create awareness and just help get the word out, so I’ll feature a blog series that focuses on a different agency, organization, etc. to help spread the word.  I’ll review the site, give great tips and links for each and just try to help be a centralized location for all thing’s adoption. Keep coming back to learn more!

This blog focuses on PetFinder.com. A national site, it almost completely
consists of animal-care professionals and volunteers from local animal welfare organizations. They work to maintain active/accurate homeless pet lists.
As stated on their website, it is a, “searchable database of animals who need homes. It is also a directory of nearly 11,000 animal shelters and adoption organizations across the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Organizations maintain their own home pages and available-pet databases.’ The following blogs are some key pages which you will (hopefully) find helpful:

PetFinder.com – Pet-Adoption FAQs A great main page to head you in many helpful areas.

https://www.petfinder.com/pet-adoption/pet-adoption-information/pet-adoption-faqs/

PetFinder.com – Pet Care Page: Information on MANY species, tips on how to properly care for them and make their life the best:

https://www.petfinder.com/pet-care/ 

PetFinder: Adoption page: A super, centralized page on all things adoption. MANY different species education and in formation can be found here:

https://www.petfinder.com/pet-adoption/

PetFinder.com – Animal Shelters & Rescues for Pet Adoption page: This page educates on fostering animals, starting your own pet organization and volunteering at shelters  

https://www.petfinder.com/animal-shelters-and-rescues/

Petfinder.com – Helping Pets: A super page that gives all sorts of ways to help out animals.  Information on Petfinder Foundations, promoting adoptable pets, finding rescues and shelters to adopt, puppy mills and more!

https://www.petfinder.com/helping-pets/

Hopefully, this will help you to get some great information on PetFinder.com. Certainly, it is just one of the many, amazing organizations out there working to help care for and benefit adoptable animals. As mentioned, keep coming back to this site to get more wonderful information about ALL pets (horses, dogs, cats, reptiles, rabbits, birds…), how to better care for them and information on adoption.

PET WORLD: My Animal Rescue

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Before You Were Mine-A child’s view on pet adoption