Posted in Animals and conservation, Family life

Happy Birthday to my two best friends


Two of my best friends share birthdays today. Sadly, one of them is no longer with us. My dear dog, Boss would have turned ten today. She nearly made it and we could have tried for that benchmark, but it would have been cruel.

Nearly 10-year-old Boss.
Nearly 10-year-old Boss.

It’s weird without her. I wake up most days and look down beside the bed where she used to lay. I come from home from work and am greeted by Mahli and it always hits me that Boss isn’t there to lick my legs and wag her tail.

I have to tell you, Boss, whatever dimension you’re in, that you brought me great joy and comfort. Your unconditional love and loyalty, you’re happiness at the minor things (bones, visits, water, pats), the way you cared for Mahli, the way you’d follow me around the house, the delight you gave Blake and all the tiny things that made you the wonderful dog you were – I appreciate. I’m greatful I shared your full life, and though we have Mahli, you know there will never be another dog like you.

Happy 10th Birthday Boss.

And to my other best friend, Sue Ashby. I wish, on this very special 50th Birthday all the joy and happiness you deserve. I want you to look after yourself and spend more ME time. Your boys are old enough now for you to take a bit of your time back. They really won’t mind because they know you how important it is for you to be happy, healthy and chilled. You’ve had a tough year and things can only get better from here. I wish for you wonderful times of boundless joyfulness and things that make YOU blissful.

Chris, Leanne, Bevil, Me, John and Sue, sharing a fun night out in Tallebudgera.
Chris, Leanne, Bevil, Me, John and Sue, sharing a fun night out in Tallebudgera.

Happy 50th Birthday Sue.

Posted in Animals and conservation, Health and fitness

A cat with no balance


Cats may have nine lives but my niece, Darci’s cat is really pushing his luck.

Texas the kitten
Texas as a kitten

Have you heard of a cat with no balance? I was about to comment on Texas (the cat) and how he seems to love his scratching post tree, when he rolled over on his back, looked at me, stretched and rolled straight off the tree, smacking the wall and landing on the floor. He got up looking perplexed and shook himself off.

I was trying not to laugh but Texas was okay. I say, “Did you see that, Texas just fell right off there.”

My sister then says, “He seems to have no balance. He’s doing stuff like that all the time.” Apparently he will be sunning himself and fall off window ledges, down the stairs and while playing, but isn’t wobbly on his feet when he walks and loves to play. Let’s just hope he doesn’t get outside and climb a real tree.

I wondered if he had an ear infection or something but they assure me it’s just him. He’s the cutest little cat – don’t you think?

Sorry, Texas (and family) but I do prefer dogs. You can’t take a cat out for a run like a dog and cats definitely love themselves more than you.

For health and fitness I’ll go a dog anytime. Health wise I’ve got to say I didn’t think I was allergic to cats but after the visit I sneezed all the way home, had an itchy nose and runny eyes. My hubby, so brightly said, “It’s the cat.” Yep, I think so. Two Sudafed and I’m all good today.

Another point Mahli doesn’t make me sneeze. Though when I do sneeze abruptly she jumps in freight. Nearly as funny as Texas falling of her tree.

Seriously though, if you have a cat and have the balance problem thing, let me know in case there’s something Darci needs to know for Texas.

I love pets!
I love pets!