Monday, September 26, 2016

Pet News 22: Senior Pets Mirror Seniors

It’s been said that as children, we are taught to be adults. In fact, we yearn to be adults and forget about being a child. Then, when we’ve got the gray and can’t do much on our own, we want to return to that child who could do all those things we loved.

The same can be said about our pets. If you have an older dog like I do, you could attest to this.
My senior dog has always been a feisty girl. She could knock down a large German Shepherd during play and get him into trouble with a wink regardless of her small size. Then, she stopped playing, not because she didn’t want to… she still played fetch and ran and did everything. It was the amount of time doing play that decreased. She was now a ‘lady’ and behaved accordingly.

As the years passed, our fourteen-year-old began to revert to that puppy stage where you had to train ‘sit’ and ‘wait’ and such. Sometimes, she pretended not to listen. Her stubbornness had always been there, but now it was twofold. We had to start over again and take the time to play and train for at least five minutes a day so as not to tire her. It was strange to see her behavior change this way. We read books and found that it’s normal.

What’s not normal, is limping, crying out in pain, not eating, constipation, etc. or a recent behavior problem. So, if you see behavior that’s not normal, that’s when you take your pet to the vet. We had to take our senior dog because she started being lethargic. Thankfully, it was something we could prevent from happening by supplementing more vitamins in her diet. The love and affection never stopped, which is something that should never stop with our aging family.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Why I Write 11: Live Life Write Now

Last week, I completed the first draft to my fantasy novel about a different race protecting Earth, and I realized that after many years practicing the craft of writing, I have finally got to a place where I can write at different times in the day. Especially since my day job hours vary, I can always find a time to write. Of course, there are times I cannot fathom a sentence, but the muse is still there.

Getting into the querying process is probably the hardest thing about aspiring to be an author. The waiting and waiting for some kind of response to the novel queried really digs deeper and deeper into your soul. So, I keep writing. Hoping that the next one would be better.

I write because it’s part of who I am. I can have many days without writing. It has nothing to do with writer’s block (if you believe in it). It has to do with life. We’re here for a short time and the least I could do is enjoy it by creating characters and situations so others may find a break in their lives.

p.s check out my latest published poems:

            “Road Atlas” @
            “Youth” @

Monday, September 12, 2016

Quote 20

“Inventing is the mixing of brains and materials. The more brains you use, the less materials you need.”

--- Charles F. Kettering, U.S. scientist and engineer (1876-1958)

I like this quote because it says a lot about what we are capable of if we only let ourselves. For example, learning to compute in our heads without calculators or learning to play without having to turn on a video game.

Inventing has a lot to do with thinking about our world and what will be useful, not just remove tasks to free ourselves from actually doing the work. Vacuuming burns calories, but if we let robots do all the work, we won’t remember how to do the most basic of needs.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Labor Day Weekend!

Have a great Labor Day Weekend.
Be safe.

As always, feel free to peruse the site. Here are some suggestions:

or 2014’s Death as Metaphor 14

or 2015’s Short Stories 21: Follow that Man

or 2016’s Why I Write 10: News and Additions

Note: if you can’t find the post, type the title on the search bar within the blog and you’re there! Then, check out my twitter page for some friendly tips from WebMD and ASPCA for your pets.