“Last Night” ~~ Author unknown

Vito 2003 - 2012

“Last Night”

I stood by your bed last night, I came to have a peep. 
I could see that you were crying, You found it hard to sleep.
I whined to you softly as you brushed away a tear,
“It’s me, I haven’t left you, I’m well, I’m fine, I’m here.” 

I was close to you at breakfast, I watched you pour the tea, 
You were thinking of the many times, your hands reached down to me. 
I was with you at the shops today, Your arms were getting sore.
I longed to take your parcels, I wish I could do more. 

I was with you at my grave today, You tend it with such care. 
I want to re-assure you, that I’m not lying there. 
I walked with you towards the house, as you fumbled for your key. 
I gently put my paw on you, I smiled and said ” it’s me.” 

You looked so very tired, and sank into a chair. 
I tried so hard to let you know, that I was standing there. 
It’s possible for me, to be so near you everyday.
To say to you with certainty, “I never went away.” 
You sat there very quietly, then smiled, I think you knew…
In the stillness of that evening, I was very close to you. 

The day is over… I smile and watch you yawning 
and say “good-night, God bless, I’ll see you in the morning.” 
And when the time is right for you to cross the brief divide, 
I’ll rush across to greet you and we’ll stand, side by side. 
I have so many things to show you, there is so much for you to see. 

Be patient, live your journey out…then come home to be with me.

~ Author unknown.

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How Green is Your Pet’s Lifestyle?

Green is the topic of the day, and it is not just the green of our money. The polar ice cap is melting, sea levels are rising, and glaciers are retreating. Whether you’re watching television, listening to the radio, or eavesdropping on someone’s conversation, you can expect to hear words like organic, eco-friendly, and sustainable bandied about. People are going green, and living a green life style is not just for the human members of our families.

The Three Rs

But what does “going green” mean? To some it boils down to the three ‘R’s: Reduce – finding ways to lessen the amount of trash we throw away; Reuse – finding ways to use things over and over again instead of throwing them away; Recycle – taking something old and turning it into something new. Things that are called echo-friendly are made with minimal or no effects on the environment. Organic products are grown and produced without chemicals or preservatives in a natural environment. These products are biodegradable and do not contain harmful pollutants.

It can all be a bit daunting and hard-core environmentalists can be intimidating. But every green choice we make can only help.

Recycle

The first, easy green choice you can make is in the recycle category. Adopt a recycled pet. Visit a shelter or contact one of the many rescue groups when the time has come for you to expand your family.

Eco-Friendly Poo Bags

Many communities are discouraging the use of plastic bags for carrying home groceries. And now we are also being discouraged from using them to pick up our pet waste. The plastic lingers in landfills for a long time, preserving it for future generations. Instead, use biodegradable or compostable pet waste bags.

Cat Litter

Cat litter presents another environmental conundrum. Most clumping litters use natural clay (sodium bentonite), which is strip minded — an earth destroying process. In addition, the dust kicked up by your cat, or you while performing daily scooping, contains silicon particles that are a known carcinogen.

Fortunately, there are now many non-clay alternatives. They fall into several categories: wood-based (pine, cedar), plant-based (wheat, corn, grass fibers), and paper-based (newsprint, recycled newspaper). Unlike clay, most of these litters are biodegradable. Consider disposing of the litter in a paper bag rather than plastic one. Otherwise, the soiled litter will be preserved right along side the dog feces in a landfill.

Flushable cat litters are controversial. Cat feces may contain Toxoplasma gondii, a parasite not filtered by most municipal sewage-treatment systems, thus being allowed to enter our water system. This parasite is harmful to marine wildlife.

Toys

When buying toys for your pets, purchase ones made from recycled material or sustainable fibers, such as hemp. A green alternative to purchasing new toys is to reuse (remember those ‘R’ words) items you already have. An empty plastic water bottle can make a fun toy your dogs and they love the crunchy noise. Old socks can be turned into tog-of-war toys and old blankets into pet bedding.

Cats and kittens have been known to have great fun with a pinecone. It’s hard enough to withstand playful abuse, but light enough to be tossed around. You can’t get much more natural than that.

Healthier Food Means a Healthier Environment

The pet food recall started people really thinking about healthier foods for their animals. But healthier made food is also healthier for the environment. Select food made with meats that are raised in sustainable, humane ways without the use of hormones or drugs.

Does your cat really need an electric powered water fountain or self-cleaning litter box Going green can seem overwhelming, but begin with small changes – it will help. What is your pet’s carbon paw print?

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