First things first…

First things first…

English is not my first language, so please be patient with me and forgive my mistakes. I love the english language and follow english blogs from all over the world, the purpose of this blog is to keep in touch with non-german bloggers. Constructive criticism and feedback are always welcome of course!

Thanks for stopping by,

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Ten Things of Thankful, Week 15/2018

Ten Things of Thankful, Week 15/2018

Ten Things of Thankful

So I proudly join the TToT-community. Let’s see what I can contribute:

  • My new med really helps me to calm down with nearly no side effects (I can live with a dry mouth). Nothing I want to take forever, but it keeps me stable for now, and for that I am very grateful. Will re-evaluate with my psychiatrist in the second week of May.
  • Talked to my OT-Therapist, and we agreed to do another ten sessions. Will make a pillow this time, looking forward to it.
  • The weather got really hot this week. Today it cooled down to more spring like degrees, and we all can take a breather.
  • When I struggled to get my old clothes in the container of a charity organisation, a stranger helped me to put it in. He was very friendly and nice and just helped. I hope I will remember how grateful this made me feel when somebody else needs help.
  • Got on with my decluttering project. My favorite part: Sending things to my friend’s daughter. My friend told me, she really liked it. This made me happy, too!
  • Started to eat healthier this week. If there will be any weight loss, it will be an added bonus, but it’s a start. I blame my ongoing decluttering on this, if you start to change one thing, others will follow 🙂
  • Talked to my mother this morning. She is still feeling well after having spent five weeks in reconvalescent care earlier this year. This is a good thing.
  • Had fun participating in the “Caturday Art”-Bloghop. Started having fun with working on my photographs a week earlier, so this was just the next step.
  • My husband enjoyed going fishing, Jackie and I had some wonderful girl’s time together! Everybody was happy.
  • All our furbabies got their anti-tick-treatment. They don’t like it, but they don’t like ticks, either, so it’s a necessary evil.

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S is for SAMMY

S is for SAMMY

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My motto for this year’s A to Z is “Animals in my life – stuffed or alive”.

Of course, S is reserved for my heart cat, Sammy!

What still amazes me after living without her for more than half a year, is the amount of love she left behind.

I have to say a heartfelt “Thank you” to all those who helped me grieving. Nobody said: “It was just a cat! Get your sh*t together!” So many people comforted me, listened to me or just were there. And there was Jackie, who patiently stayed with me as long as I needed it.

My therapist, a very matter-of-fact man, told me, grieving for a pet can be as strong as grieving for another human being… At least this is true for me. And when the grief lessens, the love still stays. It is like a comfortable, yet light blanket.

At first I thought, I would never be able to love a pet again. But now I am back to my normal, pet loving self 😄. And back to my original mission: Adopt and save as many homeless pets as Sammy in this life as possible!

I think, Sammy would like this very much. I can imagine her looking me in the eye and purr: “Finally you get it!”

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Friendly Fill-Ins Week 102

Friendly Fill-Ins Week 102

It’s Friday and I again participate in the Friendly Fill-Ins, hosted by McGuffy’s Reader and 15andmeowing So here we go:

1. New smartphones are wonderful, but it always takes me a few hours to adjust everything to my liking.

2. I love to live on the countryside. Watching the nature go through the seasons has a very calming effect on me.

3. When I was a child, I loved to play outside. The weather wasn’t important for me. This surely was good for my immune system, I rarely fell ill. My poor mother always had a lot of dirty laundry, that’s for sure!
 
4. One day in May, I will be one year older. I hope the weather will be as nice as it is today. I love having my birthday in May, when everything is in full bloom and prepares for summer.
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R is for ROMANIAN STRAY DOGS

R is for ROMANIAN STRAY DOGS

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My motto for this year’s A to Z is “Animals in my life – stuffed or alive”.

As I mentioned before, both of our dogs are former strays from Romania, a country in South-East Europe. We didn’t look for dogs from this country, our heart made the decision.

The problem Romania has with stray dogs is not new. It can be traced back to the dramatic political changes that took place thirty years ago. As a result, the people moved from the countryside into the big cities and left their cats and dogs behind. The former pets reproduced rapidly and followed the humans into the towns, looking for food. The answer of the government was killing thousands and thousands of dogs. Only a small number of them is lucky and adopted into foreign countries.

“Our” shelter works together with organisations that brings dogs from Romania to Germany and takes dogs from them whenever they can, so other dogs can be rescued.

Janet (right) was very afraid of humans for years. But once she moved in with us, she soon relaxed. You wouldn’t believe today that she had such a hard time earlier in her life. She now is a very happy Lady that enjoys her remaining years in a loving family.

Sam (left) is another story. Even though he was broght to Germany as a puppy, he is clearly deeply traumatized. We try to help him and work with him every day on his problems, but obviously they are very hard to overcome. Good thing we are very stubborn and persistent, too! We knew about Sam’s problems before he came to live with us, but we hoped they would be settled in a matter of months. Well, seems we are talking about years, but giving him up is not an option. We see his good character traits, he is very loyal and really wants to please his humans. We believe in him, and we have celebrated so many small victories together, we won’t give up now.

But Janet and Sam show that problem of stray dogs still isn’t adressed properly in Romania. Simply killing them can’t be the solution – the problem was created by humans, after all. And sadly not all dogs can be rescued. I think TNR (Trap/Neuter/Return) programs work best here. This would reduce the number of strays and improve the situation in the long run.

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Q is for QUIXOTIC

Q is for QUIXOTIC

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My motto for this year’s A to Z is “Animals in my life – stuffed or alive”.

Yes, where animal protection is concerned, I am quixotic. I believe a world is possible in which animals are treated as the feeling, intelligent creatures they are.

Sadly, this is not the case right now. Instead I shed tears for every animal that dies in the shelter and was not given the chance to be a beloved and loving family member. I cry for every pet that has to leave its family because it just became a burden. I get upset when animals are exploited for profit.

And still a part inside of me refuses to give up and become cynic. How could I not? Our pets give me so much love. Pets are adopted from the shelter and live happily ever after. We adopted pets from the shelter ourselves. We got to know many people that fight the same fight.

So I go on with making the world a better place for humans and animals. Our home is our safe haven against a world of ignorance and neglect. The world is full of these small isles of happiness, and I hope they will continue to grow and make the word a better place.

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P is for PIPSY

P is for PIPSY

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My motto for this year’s A to Z is “Animals in my life – stuffed or alive”.

Ok, Pipsy is not a very special name for a bird. But I was six years old when I got my first budgie, so bear with me here 🙂

As I mentioned before, my parents were very reluctant where pets were concerned. But I insisted. We agreed on a budgie. He was a very cheerful, entertaining fella. Soon he was part of the family. He followed me everywhere, my mother loved to sing to him, and my father (always the teacher) taught him special whistles. None of my budgies (I had them until I was 25) learned to speak, though. But this didn’t matter. They always cheered me up and asked for nothing in return.

When my now husband and I moved into our first appartment, I brought a budgie with me, he had a cockatiel and two budgies. They brightened this small, dark place considerably.

But there is one outstanding memory. Germany isn’t famous for earthquakes, but they happen. I woke up on April 13th 1992, shortly after 3 a.m., feeling very confused, but I couldn’t put a finger on it. My sixth sense told me something was very wrong, but I didn’t know what. Then the budgie got mad in his cage next to my bed, I heard him flapping around. Now I was really worried. Then there was a strange noise, and then everything shook! We were very lucky, nothing happened to us. But I never will forget Pipsy’s psychic abilities.

Since this happened, I really pay attention to the behavior of my pets. They feel things and they are very clever, I am sure of that.

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