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Tickle Paw Tuesday: Goodbye to Summer

This week’s Tickle Paw Tuesday installment is a sweet send off to summer with a video that features two adorable ferrets playing in their pool. We hope you’ve had a fun and safe summer! We, like the ferrets in this video, have just about squeezed all we can out of this summer. Are you looking forward to some cooler months ahead as we “fall” back into autumn?

Happy Tuesday!

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Tickle Paw Tuesday: Comforting Canines

This week’s Tickle Paw Tuesday installment is brought to you by the current pain I am experiencing after my crown lengthening procedure today. All I wanted to do was go home, bury my face in my cat’s purring side, and mentally erase the last hour of my life. This is my version of cat therapy. I declare, if someone can/has invented silent dentistry tools, they should win a “World’s Most Awesome Person” award. However, my discomfort isn’t what I want you to remember about today.

I want to tip my hat to those people and dogs who visit hospitals and nursing home facilities with the sole purpose of spreading their love and support to those who are ill, in recovery, or who are residents of a long-term care facility. These sweet therapy dogs and their amazing human counterparts can do so much for those who are frightened, sick, or lonely. Cheers to Caring Canines Therapy Dogs of Florida; we wish you years of continued success as you spread that unconditional love we all need so very much. The video highlights how easy and mutually beneficial the transference of love and comfort can be.

Happy Tuesday! Be gentle with one another.

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Tickle Paw Tuesday: Paper Pups to Copy Cut and Fold

husky dog cut out

 

This week’s Tickle Paw Tuesday installment is part craft and remembrance—two of my favorite combinations.

I recently ran across Hiroshi Hayakawa’s book, “Paper Pups – 35 Dogs to Copy, Cut & Fold” and couldn’t wait to see what I could do with the enclosed templates, particularly the Siberian Husky. The book contains a wide variety of breeds, including a few accessories like a dog house and dog sweater. This paper crafting book combines origami (paper folding) and kirigami (paper cutting) to create three-dimensional dogs

You’ll need only to score, fold, and cut the print outs you make of the templates in the book. You are free to color and personalize the dogs as you see fit. You can try it out with some free projects available online at Lark Crafts. You can create a Chow Chow, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Schnauzer, Puli, Saint Bernard, long-hair Yorkshire Terrier, Dalmatian puppy, or the Basset Hound hat and pipe accessory set.

The book is beautifully laid out, and thanks to the text and illustrations, one shouldn’t feel too overwhelmed to start the craft. There are beginner templates to start with, but the Siberian Husky is an intermediate template. I struggled with a few folding lines, but I eventually got it.

These paper crafts are not only great crafts to engage children in (with adult supervision), but they make a wonderful project to help one memorialize a pet. I certainly enjoyed making this little pooch. The time it takes to make one certainly provided me with the quiet concentration necessary to sit and reminisce about Tristan, our beloved Siberian Husky. The 21st of July was the three year anniversary of his death.

This pencil colored miniature version does not do justice to the real deal, but he certainly makes me smile as wonderful memories are brought to the forefront of my mind. That is time well spent, I’d say.

Happy Tuesday!

husky dog in wheelchair

 

coloring husky dog origami template

tools for origami

 

husky origami

 

paper pups book

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Tickle Paw Tuesday: Kitten Play Time

This week’s Tickle Paw Tuesday installment gets you right in the middle of kitten play time in Cat World at Best Friends Animal Society. You’ve got no excuse to virtually love these kittens, even those with allergies can safely participate. How can you resist watching kittens tumble over one another and chase their favorite toys? Yeah, I can’t think of a better way to put a smile on my face in under two minutes, either.

Happy Tuesday!

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Tickle Paw Tuesday: Rescued Beagles Have Their First Day In the Sun

If the summer heat and stress of life has you down, this video featuring seven beagle dogs being able to enjoy grass and sunshine for the first time in their lives is sure to bring a breeze of joy to your face. These beautiful four year old dogs have lived their entire lives in laboratory cages, being used as test subjects. The Beagle Freedom Project secured the freedom of the dogs, and the television crew from ABC affiliate WJLA tagged along to record this momentous occasion.

Good luck, sweet pups, may your futures never give rise to remembrances of your past. Kudos to the Beagle Freedom Project and all of the foster families who have stepped up to take in these dogs.

Made our Tuesday ten times brighter just knowing these pups are able to have their day in the sun.

Happy Tuesday!

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Tickle Paw Tuesday: Firefighters Save Lives

This week’s Tickle Paw Tuesday installment highlights the bravery of firefighters who help those who are in need of a hero, especially our animal friends who may find themselves unable to escape their burning surroundings. Find out if your local fire station is outfitted with pet oxygen masks, if not, this would be a wonderful fundraising effort for a school, rescue, or community group. Your fire department can request one kit donation from Invisible Fence through their Project Breathe Pet Oxygen Mask Donation Program.

Our thoughts are with the families of the nineteen firefighters who died fighting a wildfire in Arizona on Sunday.

As we near July 4th, please be careful with your celebrations, including cookouts, fireworks, and parties. Remember that your pets don’t understand what all the fuss is about and the loud noises and unfamiliar people coming in and out may be too much to handle. Keep your pets safe and give them a stress-free environment.

Have a wonderful and safe holiday!

Happy Tuesday!

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Tickle Paw Tuesday: Puppy Explorer Conquers Flower

This week’s selection for Tickle Paw Tuesday is a video that captures a keeshond puppy investigating and overcoming a newly perceived threat – a dandelion. These silly moments our dogs experience are very important lessons that help to promote confidence as they explore and learn about the world around them. This method of paws-on learning teaches them the consequences of their actions. The pup in this video doesn’t seem to mind the flavor of that fuzzy foe, but another puppy might just learn that the flower not only tastes bad, but it sticks on your nose!!! The horror!

One summer we took the boys to Texas for a vacation. Just prior to heading back to Illinois, we stopped by a friend’s house for a visit. The dogs were taken off their leashes and allowed to play untethered on the 200-acre property. They didn’t know what to do with themselves or their new found freedom.  We were surprised when they opted to stay at our sides. However, Frosty couldn’t contain himself when he saw something running in the distance.

Our Frosty didn’t understand why his two brothers went running in the opposite direction when they saw the unknown beast. Frosty decided he must be the brave one and followed the trail of the stranger. He yelped in surprise when he found himself sprayed by the “beastly” skunk who wasn’t fond of being chased by a dog. A bath in a pond did not help his smelly situation, and his brothers did not look fondly at him during the 18 hour drive back home. I don’t know why Tristan and Grandbury didn’t follow suit and chase after Frosty. Perhaps they had a previous experience with a skunk, or maybe they had a healthier relationship with fearing the unknown.

Yes, sometimes a pup, even one outside the “puppy stage” must learn the consequences of his actions. Keep them safe as they learn, and remember that some experiences are best left unknown.

Happy Tuesday!

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Tickle Paw Tuesday: Make Me the Man My Dog Thinks I Am

This week’s Tickle Paw Tuesday post features the beautiful ode, “Make Me the Man My Dog Thinks I Am” by award-winning songwriter Jimmy Scott. Dogs do think their humans are super, as the song states,  “I don’t know what he sees when he looks up at me, but he must think my name’s Superman.” This sweet song and accompanying shots of lovely dogs will certainly have you humming a happy tune.

“My goal in life is to be as good of a person my dog already thinks I am.”  ~Author Unknown

Happy Tuesday!

 

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Tickle Paw Tuesday: Attention Seeking Cats

Winni, a cat, seeks attention.

This week’s installment of Tickle Paw Tuesday is from theoatmeal.com and highlights the hilarious attempts cats make at capturing out attention away from all those human activities we invest time in, especially the internet. Don’t let your cat turn to destruction, go give him some loving! June 4th is Hug Your Cat Day!

Winni is doing her floor show that consists of purring and stretching and flipping all around on her back. It will get your attention.

Happy Tuesday!

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Tickle Paw Tuesday: Dog Found in Tornado Rubble

This week’s Tickle Paw Tuesday installment features Oklahoma tornado survivor Barbara Garcia discovering her dog alive among the debris of her fallen home. Her joy at seeing him is so touching, and we are so happy that they can be reunited again. Thankfully, Ms. Garcia had him contained in the house with her when the storm hit. On all accounts, he is one lucky pup.  As his amazed momma in the video says, “Bless your little bitty heart.”

Our hearts go out to all who have had their worlds torn apart by the recent horrific storms in Texas and Oklahoma. Our personal ties to the areas devastated by the tornadoes makes us well aware of the work that lies ahead for the people of these communities. We rescued our beloved Grandbury from Granbury, Texas, and as a native Texan, I’ve spent many summers visiting family just outside Oklahoma City.

Have you gotten your emergency disaster relief kit compiled? We encourage you to take some time and prepare for the unexpected. We hope you never need to use it, but should you need it, you’ll be ever so thankful you have something to hold onto in the wake of a disaster.

Happy Tuesday.