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Monday, March 15, 2010

A cold, weekend visitors, pets and mortgages...etc

I have a cold. This is the first cold I have had in close on 2 years. I honestly can't remember the last time I had one. I remember having one when I was still nursing Ellen, she must have been only 5 or 6 months old, or younger. And I think maybe I had one soon thereafter, but not much later. Since hubby quit driving the school bus we have hardly been sick at all. Something to keep in mind on the positive side to potentially homeschooling Ellen.

This weekend we had visitors from Oklahoma. The son of one of hubby's friends who used to live in the area here. He and his girlfriend came by to chat a bit. I think he was showing her around his old stomping grounds. What a charming couple. He's in his early 20s and is on his way through veterinarian school, with the goal of becoming a large animal vet. This is a field that is sadly lacking...most of the money is with small animals, people's pets. If you happen to find a large animal vet in the area...good luck in getting him/her to come out and help. Usually they are so swamped they can't appear until after your critter has already croaked.

We got into a discussion about people their pets. Hubby mentioned that he'd heard they actually do dialysis for pets...among other things. And the young lady stated as how they even do organ transplants and such. Then the young man said he was rather incredulous about how people were willing to spend money on their pets; the pets became like family and folks would go to any lengths for them. He said one lady spent close on to $12,000 on a stray kitten she'd found. It ended up dying anyway. And someone else actually MORTGAGED their home to pay for vet costs for their pet! Crazy! If I ever get really attached to a pet, I hope I have the grace to let it go peacefully instead of try and extend its life for my own pleasure.

On the other hand there have been neighbors here who've told us to go ahead and shoot their pets if they other our cows. I thought that was kind of cold, not to mention inconsiterate. If it's their pet, shouldn't they be the ones to keep it out of trouble? And why should WE be the ones responsible for destroying their pet? It's really annoying.

OK. That's it for today. ha


jel said...

sorry ya got a cold! :(

if ya want see how some pets are treated watch
"Beverly Hills Chihuahua"

it will blow your mind!

take care

Anonymous said...

They want you to shoot their pets?! Now that is just weird. Feel better soon. :(

Frau Guten Tag said...

are you planning to homeschool Ellen?? I really want to homeschool Joseph, I'm hoping we can afford to do so.

You know, when I was single my cat was my world, my closest family. I know it sounds silly, but it's true. Since getting married & having a husband & stepkids & now my son our pets have really become far less important in my life. We could actually get rid of them completely & I wouldn't be bothered at all.

Sometimes I still miss having a cat, maybe it's just the fact that we only have dogs & I like cats better.

But little Joseph is in love with the dogs, so now I find myself trying to love them more for his sake. Although I bet he'd love a cat too, LOL!!