No matter how we as individual Americans feel about politics, the president, representatives, political parties, skirmishes and wars, we all have one thing in common…we live in a Country of freedoms paid for with the blood, sweat, limbs, and lives of those who were willing to put themselves in between us and those who would try to enslave us. Peace and Freedom, require a price that not all have the ability to give, but those who do, pay it for us all. The right to speak or write your opinion, to disagree with the president and say so, the right to own a gun or rifle, the right to worship the Lord the way you choose, or not too, the right to protest, the right to live the life you choose: these are just a few of the freedoms we take for granted each and every day. But for each, there was a price a soldier had to pay.
That’s right sissy. Each day that we write a post adding our opinions to this thing called the world wide web, we are exercising the rights a soldier bled and died for. America, is indeed the Greatest Country in the world. She has always stood for Liberty and Justice for all. The recent influx of muslim ideals has caused a real division in this Country.
Yep Raena, and we think peeps aren’t truly aware of the realities of what muslims actually believe. If they were, there would be a lot less division. Take a look at the countries ruled by Islam and Sharia law; they ARE NOT FREE!!! Women and Minorities, have NO rights. There is no other place on this planet where you will find the freedoms we have here in the United States of America. This is just the latest in a long line of peoples/ideals trying to enslave us. Those soldiers who fight and have fought often find/found themselves serving in Countries where they aren’t/weren’t allowed to exercise the basic freedoms they are/were fighting for. But, because they so believed in everybody’s right to freedom, they willingly left their families and homes not knowing if they would ever return. We are ashamed of how some have treated returning soldiers in the past. Again, we may not agree with the war, but we should always come together as a Country of free people and support those who are willing to put themselves between us and danger.
9/11 was a real wake up call to this Country. We go about our daily lives and give no thought to what’s going on in the rest of the world. And yet, every day American soldiers are somewhere in foreign lands fighting to keep us safe, to make life better for all. We don’t worry about bombs going off in our cities and towns, schools or churches. Unlike many countries, we don’t worry about soldiers or terrorists knocking down our doors and raping the women and children and killing the men. We protest without a fear of being executed. We do these things because of those soldiers, those men, women and animals, fathers, sons, brothers, mothers, daughters and sisters who put themselves on a wall and say, “Not on my watch.”
To those soldiers and their families, we say, THANK YOU!!! God Bless You!!! We support you, and we are praying for you. And for all those who never came home alive or the same and their families, we are so grateful for your service and sacrifice. We cherish the freedom every drop of blood gave us. We will Never Forget the price you paid. Again, THANK YOU!!!
We carefully and thoughtfully, and yes, tearfully chose the videos we’re sharin’ with you all today. We do hope you’ll take the few minutes required to watch them. And purrrrrrrrrrlease, remember to thank any soldier or vet you may meet at any time. You are living a free life they fought for.
GOD BLESS AMERICA
Till the next time…………………………………………Be Blest!!!
Dezi: Vibrant Blue
Raena: Navy Blue
Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses
Deztinee and RaenaBelle and mommy A
Raena, hurry up!!! We gotta write this post while the power’s on.
I’s comin’ sissy. I’s had to go to the pawdee box. Mommy wouldn’t have been very happy with me ifin she’d stepped in a piddle puddle; ‘specially ifin the power was off and she couldn’t see it. What’s up with the power anyways?
It’s the storms Raena.
Well I’s don’t know ‘bout you sissy, but I’s could do without that all these storms. And I’s fur sure don’t like it when the power goes off. It’s really dark…AND HOT!!!
Well Raena, me could do without the storms too. As fur the heat, it’s summer now. It’s only gonna get hotter.
Hotter than a 110°? I’s don’t know how it could be 110° and stormin’ at the same time. That was just crazy!!!
Yeah Raena, that baffled me a bit too. At least we were able to give mommy lots of extra cuddles fur her birthday. It may have been hot, and stormin’, and dark; ‘specially without the power. But, we really are blest kitties to have a luvvin’ home and mommy. While it was thunderin’ and lightnin’, and the rain and hail was fallin’, we were cuddled up safe and sound with mommy.
You’re right sissy. Mommy said she was so purroud of you fur not spendin’ the day UTB. She was also grateful, cuz she had thought the storms weren’t due till late last night and had already ordered mine’s birthday pizza awnty Anonymous sent me.
Uh, yeah. Me ain’t missin’ out on pizza Raena. Was that the furst pizza you’ve ever had?
Nope, I’s had some at your birthday last year sissy. I’s luvs pizza. Mommy got her some free breadsticks fur bein’ a part of the Pizza Hut birthday purrogram, so we all had somethin’ yummy to eat in the dark.
We sure did. We also wanna fank awnty Vonda and awnty Petal fur sendin’ mommy some green papers fur her birthday. Awnty Vonda told mommy, it was “whatever” money. She doesn’t get that kind of money very offen, so she’s gonna think long and hard ‘bout what to get with it.
We got a box too Dezi. We don’t know who sent it or why, but we sure were in some serious need of kitty litter. So we really purreciate the 3 bags of Garfield kitty litter we received. Fanky fank ya’, whoever you are.
Don’t furget to put some o’ dat litter in the other box too mommy.
We are Raena. We didn’t get to play with the box, cuz mommy tore it apart lookin’ fur anythin’ that said who sent it. We hadn’t mentioned to anypawdy that we were runnin’ really low, so we were all kind’a shocked when mommy opened the box. We have the bestest furiends in the Universe!!!
We sure do sissy. (Thunder claps outside and the power flashes off and back on again) Fanky fank the cats, the catputer saved our posty. We better wrap this up befur mommy or the weather shuts us down again.
Yep Raena, me has a date anywhere away from the windows. We really are blest to have so much. We wanna remind you all to take a minute today and everyday to give thanks fur the blessings in your lives. We will be skippin’ our regular Service Cat Monday posty tomorrow, as it’s Memorial day, and you all know how patriotic we are, and grateful fur all those who serve and have served our country to ensure our freedoms and safety. But don’t worry, we’ll be back to our regular schedule next week. We’re dealin’ with “Aggression” right now, and you don’t wanna miss it.
Mine’s selfie from the stroller
Mommy’s full of great tips and tricks, so we do hope everypawdy is enjoyin’ and/or learnin’ from our posty’s. Let’s link up with the Kitties Blue fur Sunday Selfies and finish eatin’ our brekky while we still have power sissy. We’ll be ‘round to visit, as soon as we can.
Till the next time……………………………………………….Be Blest!!!
Dezi: Vibrant Blue
Raena: Navy Blue
Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses
Deztinee and RaenaBelle
Hey, are ya’ll out there? It’s me, RaenaBelle, the Birthday girly. Are you ready to pawrty?? I’s know we’re late gettin’ mine’s pawrty posty out. Mommy’s havin’ some complications from her recent surgery that we’ll tell ya’ ‘bout in another posty, cuz today…it’s all ‘bout ME!!! Mommy and sissy said so. I’s such a blest kitty. I’s can’t hardly believe I’s been alive a whole year. And what a year it’s been. From a stinky dark corner cage to a furever home with a mommy who luvs and adores me, and the wide world of bloggin’. I’s could have never ‘magined how mine’s little life woulda turned out the day mommy came to save me.
I’s showed up and you all welcomed me with open arms. I’s blest to have furiends and awnties and uncles who luvs me. I’s even get to be a review kitty fur lots of great products. And I’s even got some purresents to celebrate mine’s big day. But befur we get to all the goodies, let me meow a meowsy big Fanky fank ya’ to awnty Vonda, awnty Anonymous, Chewy, and OMC awnty Ellen. Check out what she sent me. Don’t worry awnties, I’s sharin’. Mommy says I’s a propurr Southern Belle and have great manners…
Most of the time, Raena. Get it straight now, mommy says you have great manners, most of the time. Me knows we don’t always get along, but me really is glad that you’re me’s sisfur. Ifin me has to have one, me’s glad it’s you.
Aaaaaaw Fanky fank ya’ sissy. I’s luvs you too. And I’s wanna be just like you.
Yeah, yeah, get off me. Let’s get this pawrty started. Stay as long as ya’ want. We’ve got treats and noms, toys, and nip, and even some vine. The tunnel’s set up, and there’s nip mats and beds, blankets and pillows, so you can crash here ifin ya’ want. Just ‘member to use the boxes. Mommy’s not in the mood to be cleanin’ the floors. MOL She even put down some extra piddle pads fur any hurlin’ ya’ might need to do ifin ya’ purrtake a little too much.
We’ve got nip tea and cream. We know a few of ya’ are purrtial to that cream…Erin. There’s a fountain in every room, and mommy even left the faucet drippin’ fur those of ya’ who wanna get it uber furesh. Purrlease don’t play in the water…Purrseidon, but feel furee to play with your noms. Simon, you can check out the new puzzle toy. I’s had mommy put in some special treats just fur you. I’s just glad you all could come to mine’s pawrty. Fitz, Timmy, Einstein, Toby, Buddy, Buttons and Rumpy, mommy said ya’ll were stayin’ the weekend, so enjoy the nip and vine. Alberto, Ollie, it’s just like another play date. Kosmo, fanky fanks fur comin’ from so far. Snoops, Kommando, I’s glad ya’ll could be here too. Hey Valentine, glad you could make it. Oh My Cats, I’s so glad you’re all here. I’s gotta go make the rounds and see who all is here. And don’t worry mine’s Trout Towne Tabby furiends, we’ve got lots of fishies too.
We’ll be keepin’ the pawrty goin’ all weekend, so enjoy. We’re also linkin’ up with the Pet Parade, so don’t furget to stop by and link up yourself. Raena, let’s get off here and go play with all our furiends.
I’s right behind ya’ sissy. Fanks fur mine’s Birthday card, Pipo and Minko.
Till the next time…………………………………..Be Blest!!!
Raena: Navy Blue
Dezi: Vibrant Blue
Luvs and Hugs and Kitty Kisses
RaenaBelle and Deztinee
MeOW It’s Service Cat Monday…and we’re here. MOL We got a couple questions that have fairly short answers, so we’ll deal with those and then tell ya’ a story. How’s that sound? Me needs to get the business pawrt of this posty outta the way furst tho’. Trainin’ is all ‘bout Repetition and Rewards. As with all our Trainin’ posts, the followin’ will be written in human English fur translation and reader ease. Ifin you’ve missed any of the posts in this series, you can paw the links at the end of this or any Service Cat Monday post. As always, our Service Cat posts aren’t meant to be a step by step training manual but rather, tips, tricks and techniques mommy has successfully used in her many years of trainin’ 4 legged furries, purrticularly the feline species. Ifin ya’ have any questions or post suggestions, not limited to Service Cat training, purrlease feel furee to send us an e-mail, leave in the comment section, or paw on the contact us tab to send us a private message. WhMew That’s a lot of disclaimer stuffs. Anyways, let’s get to those questions.
Our sweet Persian furiend Valentine asked, “Which animal was the hardest to train?” This question was asked in response to last weeks’ post when we revealed that mommy has trained not only cats and dogs, but also pigs and horses. Mommy had to think long and hard on this one, as each animal is different, and the tasks she trained were different. When she got started in training, she was training dogs basic commands and tricks to make them more sociable and fit in with their humans better. You know, things like, stay, sit, down, roll over, high five, etc.. Mommy says every puppy/doggy can benefit from some basic training, and that dogs are generally the easiest to train, because they are so food motivated. Now, that doesn’t mean all dogs fit this category, but most do.
Cats/Kittens can be challenging, at least until you find their motivator, and remember, you’re the one in charge of training. MOL Mommy trained pot bellied pigs things like, sit, stay, come, roll over, use the litterbox and leash walking to name a few. Pigs are intelligent creatures and highly food motivated. As for horses, mommy’s job was to break them, and train them for rodeo roping, ranch herding, and racing. Different horses for different jobs of course. Mommy says horses are by far the largest animal she’s trained and the only animal that has thrown her into more than one barbed wire fence or muddy patch of ground. And while mommy’s specific techniques are seen as bordering on the looney side, they work, at least for her. Mommy says all animals respond to love and affection. She liked to spend a day or two brushing, talking to and singing to a horse before mounting them for the first time. During that day or two she would apply pressure to their backs, put on saddle blankets, bridles and reins. In the end, mommy says, no species was harder than the other, because the tasks trained varied from basic commands to extraordinary tasks.
Our second question came from our furiends at Eastside Cats. They wanted to know if mommy could get any tax relief or other financial benefits/deductions since Raena and me are Service Cats. In a word, NO. Because the ADA doesn’t recognize Cats as Service Animals, there is no financial help or deductions allowed. However, each State, can offer some benefits if they choose. And there are exceptions that exist under the Fair Housing Act, and the Air Carrier Access Act. Most of you are familiar with the clause that keeps landlords from refusing rentals to anyone claiming to have and need a Service Animal of any reasonable species. Mommy says, please, don’t ask to move your emotional support pony into a second story one bedroom apartment. Use some common sense. Landlords also aren’t allowed to charge any fees or make any unreasonable requests or cause undue financial or other hardship to the handler relating to the Service Animal(s).
And Airlines and other Public Transportation service providers can’t refuse to let a Service Animal accompany their handler while using their services. HUD and Rural Development allow the disabled person to submit receipts for the care and upkeep of said Service Animal(s) as a medical cost to be used in the formula to determine the amount of rent the disabled person must pay in a subsidized home. Mommy is able to take advantage of the benefits allowed under the Fair Housing Act. For every $30.00 spent on the Service Animal, $1.00 is deducted from the base rent. (ie; base rent is $400.00, you spend about $1500.00 a year on Service Animal, Your rent is lowered by about $4.00 a month.) It’s not a lot, but mommy says every little bit helps. Especially when we are her largest bill every month. Mommy’s not complaining, she says she wouldn’t have it any other way.
There are a few other benefits that handlers can sometimes take advantage of. Some VETs offer a small discount for Service Animals. This is not usually posted, so you should remember to ask if your VET offers such a discount. Some of the big Pet food companies will sponsor Service Animals by providing food and medical care for the Service life of a Service Animal. However, this is generally a benefit only available to those Service Animals recognized by the ADA, dogs; and the occasional “media darling”. We’ve heard about a few emotional support animals benefitting from this. Their handlers are ex-military. Please understand, we are grateful those Service men and women can benefit from this, we just wish it was an option for others as well.
Whmew!!! Me just thought these answers would be short and sweet. Me thinks we’ll skip the story fur now, and tell ya’ next week. We’re guessin’ most of ya’ are thinkin’ mommy and Raena haven’t been wheelchair training during mommy’s recovery. Well, ifin you’re thinkin’ that, you’d be wrong. Yep Wrong with a capital R…, or, a capital W…or, well whatever, you’d be wrong. ‘Member, trainin’ is all ‘bout Repetition, Repetition, Repetition. But trust me, you definitely wanna hear ‘bout Raena’s trainin’ over the last couple of days. MOL MOL MOL So, join us next week fur mommy’s loopy trainin’ sessions with Raena. And don’t furget to leave your questions, suggestions and comments fur us. And get caught up by pawin’ the links below or at the end of any Service Cat Monday posty.
Till the next time…………………………………….Be Blest!!!
Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses
Deztinee and RaenaBelle
When the Handler Dies Proper Training Methods Pt. 1 & Pt. 2
The Rest of the Story Raena & the Wheelchair Pt. 1, Pt. 2, Pt. 3
Stop Kitty’s Begging Calling Emergency Help Options Pt. 1
Hey, is anypawdy out there? It’s me, RaenaBelle. We sure do wanna fank you all fur your luv and suppurrt. Mommy says it may have been a year since Lexi left her, but it feels like yesfurday. Most of ya’ unnerstand dat feelin’; and we just want you to know, you’re not alone. Anyways, besides the blues, mommy’s also been feelin’ a little out of sorts and extra achy. At furst she just thought it was cuz of the crazy weather and her teeth purroblems. But she’s had a horse and a frog wagin’ war in her throat lately, and coughin’ too. Now I’s not know how a frog much less a horsey can fit in mommy’s throat, but she sure sounds funny when she talks.
Raena, don’t make fun of mommy. That’s not nice.
Come on sissy, you know she sounds funny. You said so yourself.
That’s different. Me was talkin’ to you in purr-ivate. Me wasn’t tellin’ the world.
Oh purrlease, you know we blab everythin’. Anyways, when we went to see mommy’s doctor yesfurday, he wasn’t sure he believed that mommy was sick. He thought she was just havin’ some allergy and sinus issues. So some lady came in and stole some of mommy’s bloods. You know, they didn’t shave her neck or nuffin’. They just stuck somethin’ in her finger and it was all over. Them VETs’ could learn a little somethin’ ’bout blood stealin’. You know, mommy be a redheaded white woman, but when they stuck her, she was a redheaded ghosty. I’s was meowin’ and goin’ crazy pants inside mine’s stroller. Mommy dropped her head ‘tween her knees and Doc came in and asked what all the fuss was ‘bout. He took one look at mommy and ran over and held her in the chair. After a hunnerd few minutes, mommy raised her head, and she was back to bein’ mine’s redheaded white mommy and not mine’s ghosty mommy. ‘Course, I’s had calmed down once Doc came in the room to help mommy, so I’s laid peacefully in the stroller lissenin’ to mommy and Doc talk.
They chatted ‘bout me and how things have changed fur the worse in medicine, and a little ‘bout pawlitics while waitin’ fur those blood test results. Furinally there was a knock on the door and the blood stealin’ thief appeared and handed Doc a piece of paper. He turned and looked at mommy and said, “How are you still walking around?” Seems mommy’s body be fightin’ the infection and sicks like crazy. So he faxed a script fur another antibiotic over to the furmacy and we all said our goodbyes and see ya’ laters. And with that mommy and me headed out to said furmacy to get mommy’s medicine.
Things were goin’ purretty good till we left the furmacy and got to the car. Mommy just missed the step off the curb and down we went. Yep, she was holdin’ on to the stroller, so I’s tumbled over too. Mommy says she was so embarrassed. There she lay on the pavement, with piddle pads flyin’ everywhere. (we keep a few in the bottom of the stroller, just in case) I’s don’t know ‘bout this embarrassin’, but it sure nuff was scary. Mommy recovered like any good kitty would. She looked ‘round and pulled herself up with the help of the car. Yes, of course she pulled me up too. And then we sashayed over to the car door to load up like nuffin’ ever happened.
When we got loaded in the car, mommy started cryin’ and ‘pawlogized fur lettin’ me fall. I’s was fine. I’s was just glad mommy was okay too. She’s a little extra bruised up, but all in all, she’s okay. After all that excitement, we headed straight fur home. Without even thinkin’, mommy popped her furst antibiotic dose in her mouth and swallowed it down. Then she went online to look it up. Seems, Cipro is used to treat serious infections; but it has some purretty scary side effects. So, we sure would purreciate any purrayers you can spare.
‘Member these cute little lettuce plants?
Now, do ya’ll wanna hear somethin’ cool? Mommy had her furst grown by her own hands salad this week. Yep, she was furinally able to harvest enuff leaves to make a salad. She said it was amazin’. But she also thinks she must be doin’ somethin’ wrong, cuz our garden doesn’t look or yield as much as the ones on the AeroGarden site.
Check out those salad leaves fresh from the AeroGarden
Yeah Raena, you’re right. But we did tell mommy that fur her furst time, she did a great job. Her lettuce pods have quite a few little baby sprouts that should eventually turn into more salad leaves. She’s been readin’ up and thinks her next growin’ venture should be Romaine. Most of the reviews talk ‘bout how quickly the Romaine grows.
I’s can’t wait sissy. I’s a really good helper. I’s tried to help mommy pick leaves fur her salad, but she kept shooin’ me away. I’s don’t know why she didn’t want mine’s help, do you?
Me doesn’t know Raena. Ya’ reckon it could have somethin’ to do with the fact that you tried to eat a few?
Who? Me? I’s was just makin’ sure they were ready, and not poison. You know, like a taste tester.
A taste tester? Yeah right. Whatever. Anyways, let’s wrap this up and go play.
Okay sissy. Furst we need to link up with Rascal, Rocco and their pawsum co-hosts fur the weekly Pet Parade. We’ll be ‘round to visit when we can. Ya’ know, we gotta wait on mommy to help us type. And we hope you all have a furtastic weekend.
Till the next time……………………………………….Be Blest!!!
Raena: Navy Blue
Dezi: Vibrant Blue
Luvs and Hugs and Kitty Kisses