An unexpected surprise

Has someone ever said to you, “I have bad news and I have good news?”

When this happens to me, I always say “give me the bad news first so I can end on the good news.”

This happened to me on Tuesday, November 7.

I was standing in the kitchen cooking supper when my husband came in and said, “I have some bad news and I have some good news.”

As usual, I said, “Give me the bad news first.”

“The bad news is we have puppies,” he said.

I promptly dropped the dish I was holding.

“What’s the good news,” I asked.

He answered, “We have puppies.”

How did that happen?

We adopted our dog six years ago and were told she was spayed.

This poor dog had been through enough.  She had been rescued from a puppy mill and she wasn’t even a pure breed dog.

Chloe had three (3) puppies.  Hubby had found one dead in the kennel, one puppy doing great, and a third puppy was struggling.

Now, Chloe likes being outside instead of being inside.  We tried over the years to keep her inside, but she wouldn’t have it.

We live on a farm and she is only loose when we are home.  And then, she is with us most of the time.  Otherwise, she has her own extremely large dog run and kennel area with plenty of shade, etc.

Because it is cold this time of year, we moved the truck out of the garage and moved Chloe and the two puppies inside.

At about 9:30 p.m., Chloe kicked the struggling pup out of the kennel.  Guess she knew something we humans didn’t know.

I took the puppy inside.  It was much smaller than the other pup. It really looked more the size of a newborn kitten than a newborn puppy.

All I had to feed the little thing was kitten formula.  Did I say, I was a cat person.

I sat with the puppy throughout the night, feeding it with an eyedropper.

About 5 a.m. on November 8, hubby came into the room where I had the puppy and told me to go get some rest and he would take over.

He got on the internet and found an article that said to keep the puppy with the momma.  Chloe wasn’t having it.  She continued to kick the little thing out of the kennel.

Needless to say, the puppy died about 10:30 a.m.

The puppy that was doing great is still going great.  It is now four (4) weeks old.  Its eyes are open and it scares itself when a loud bark comes out its mouth.

Here is our unexpected surprise. Two days old.

 

Age 3 weeks old.

 

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That Mouse Can Fly

That Mouse Can Fly
Author: Kim Holley
Publisher: Rowe Publishing
Publication Date: 30 June 2017 (ages 5 and up)
Genre: Children’s Illustrated/Imagination
Price: Paperback: $14.00
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About the Book: 
An adventurous and imaginative little boy spends the summer on his Grandparents’ farm. During a treasure hunting expedition, his mind takes over when his boots get stuck in the mud and he sees something fly past him that looks just like a beady-eyed furry little mouse. He begins to wonder, if it really was a mouse, and just where he has traveled?

Author Bio:
Kim Holley is the author of these additional children’s books: Rollie Pollie ReviewA Fish WishI Love Gloves, andMurphie and the Meerkat. Kim was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and currently lives in rural southeast Kansas. She has been writing personalized poetry for her family and friends for over 30 years. Kim began writing children’s short stories based on her grandchildren’s adventures as well as stories she’s developed on her own. 
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Holiday Book Gift Guide

A while back I put out a call to authors to be included in a Holiday Book Gift Guide that I was creating.

WOW! What a turn out.

I really did not expect too many to participate, but am so happy they did.

You can view the Holiday Book Gift Guide here:

Be sure to take some time to visit all the authors who participated.  Some have special sales going on until December 31.  Others are offering free chapter samples and others, if you sign up for their newsletter, will give a free copy of one of their books.

I ask everyone who is reading this post to please share on your social media sites.

Note-authors were NOT charged a fee to participate in the gift guide.  This was FREE for all who participated.  And if everyone promotes this guide, the cross-promotion has a huge wide potential.

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Housing Your Pet During the Holidays

Source: Dr. Susan Nelson, 785-532-5690, snelson@vet.k-state.edu

K-STATE VETERINARIAN SAYS WHEN FINDING ALTERNATIVE HOUSING FOR YOUR PET DURING THE HOLIDAYS, THERE ARE SEVERAL WAYS TO REDUCE YOUR PET’S STRESS

The holiday season can be a stressful time of year – even for your pet.

When you leave home for the holidays, it’s important to choose the best housing option to ensure your pet’s well-being, a Kansas State University veterinarian said.

“It can be very stressful for some pets to be away from their owners,” said Dr. Susan Nelson, assistant professor of clinical sciences at K-State. “This stress also may be intensified if the time away is spent in unfamiliar surroundings, so try to prepare in advance in order to make your pet’s holiday time as stress-free as possible.”

Nelson said the primary options for pet care are a kennel or a pet sitter. Kennels are a good option for sociable animals that don’t stress about leaving the house, and pet sitters are a good option for animals that are more at ease at home, especially cats. She said it’s important to consider your pet’s behavior before hiring a sitter.

“It’s best to know whether your pet will be OK staying at home by itself and if it would let a stranger into the home while it’s alone,” Nelson said.

Some territorial and aggressive dogs don’t respond well to a stranger in the home and won’t allow someone unfamiliar to enter. Additionally, Nelson said dogs with extreme separation anxiety are best not left at home alone but instead taken to a kennel if there are no other options.

“These are the dogs that when left alone bark all day or have accidents in the house,” she said. “They may exhibit destructive behavior and even injure themselves. Some pet sitters will watch your pet in their home so this may be a more suitable option for certain pets.”

To help pets adjust to temporary holiday housing, owners should help prepare their pet beforehand. If hiring a pet sitter, owners should schedule a greeting time when the sitter can meet and play with the pet.

“When the sitter comes to meet your pet, don’t be in the house so that you’ll find out how your pet will react to a

stranger without you there,” Nelson said.

If your pet isn’t used to you being gone, you should leave the pet alone at home for short periods of time to prepare for a longer absence. Nelson said owners shouldn’t emphasize leaving and greeting their pet when they return because this can reinforce its anxiety.

For pets going to the kennel, Nelson said owners can help their pet adjust to living in a smaller space by purchasing a crate for the home.

“You can get your pet used to the crate by having it stay in the crate a couple minutes at a time at the beginning and then slowly increasing that time,” she said. “It’s also helpful to feed pets when they’re in the crate so they get used to confinement during a low-stress time.”

To help ease your pet’s anxiety at the kennel, you can arrange play dates so your pet becomes used to being around other animals, Nelson said. Owners also can bring the animal’s favorite toy or something that smells like home, such as a T-shirt, to the kennel.

When choosing a pet sitter, Nelson suggests finding a family member, a friend or a professional. If hiring a professional pet sitter, pet owners should ask about the sitter’s training and experience, check for proof of insurance and ask for references. She also suggests that owners have professional sitters provide a written contract of their fees and services and ask what extra services they offer, like playing with the pet. If your pet has special needs or takes medication, make sure your pet sitter will be comfortable performing those tasks.

For kennels, Nelson said it’s important to reserve a spot early in the holiday season. When choosing a kennel, owners can visit the facility and see how it looks and smells. They also can see what kind of safety and security the kennel has, such as video surveillance, fire alarms, and sprinkler systems. She said owners should ask how often the animals will be let out of their cages and if extra services are offered, like more playtime. Nelson said it’s required by most kennels that your pet be updated on its vaccines and that you provide proof. Make sure you find out ahead of time which vaccines are required.

Whether you’re leaving your pet in the care of a sitter or a kennel, Nelson said owners should provide detailed instructions for the pet’s food and medications. They also should give the name of their pet’s veterinarian and what to do if the pet becomes ill. Nelson recommends owners write and sign a document that allows the caretaker to bring their pet in for care. She also said the owner should talk about how finances will be handled because most veterinarians will require payment at the time of service.

“With any animal, especially if it’s old or sick, the owner ought to talk about what to do in a worst-case scenario, such as if something catastrophic happens to the pet or if it dies,” she said. “Owners need to discuss these things we typically don’t like to think about but for which we should prepare.”

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Pets and the Holidays

Source: Dr. Susan Nelson, 785-532-5690, snelson@vet.k-state.edu

K-STATE VETERINARIAN SAYS HOSTS SHOULD CONSIDER HOW THEIR PET AND GUESTS WILL INTERACT AT GATHERINGS

Though you love your pet, keep in mind that your guests might not appreciate having your four-legged friend at holiday celebrations.

Dr. Susan Nelson, a veterinarian and assistant professor of clinical sciences at Kansas State University, said when having guests over for the holidays, you have to consider how your company will respond to your pets and how your pet will respond to strangers in the home.

“Not everyone likes animals, and some people are very fearful,” Nelson said. “You need to be considerate of those who may be afraid of or allergic to your pet.”

For your pet, particularly a shy animal, Nelson said it can be difficult for it to accept a crowd of people, especially with little time to prepare. Many pets would take weeks, months or even years to work through their timidity. While cats will typically hide if many people are visiting, Nelson said some dogs can get agitated with new people around.

“The considerate thing to do for your pet would be to put it in a room while you have people over,” she said.

This also is good for your pet’s safety, because a lot of traffic opens the chance that your pet could escape out the door. When putting your pet in a separate room, Nelson said you can give it a favorite toy or a blanket for comfort. You also can turn on the television or radio to muffle the noise from the party. For extreme phobias, you can talk to your veterinarian about anti-anxiety medications for your pet.

She said if a pet is used to a crate, it’s best to keep it there rather than letting it run around a room. Crates often give dogs a feeling of safety, she said. It’s also helpful to get the animal used to being in the room by itself before the party.

If there is no conflict with your guests, a friendly animal can stay around your visitors. But Nelson suggests at least putting your pet away when everyone begins eating, especially if it begs at the table.

Pet owners also should realize that pets often can get to food that is left out on coffee tables for guests.

“If your animal has food allergies, ask people not to feed it snacks,” Nelson said. “Too many tidbits also can lead to gastrointestinal upset and pancreatitis. Again, the best way to avoid that is to keep your party animal away from the action.”

 

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Winners of Spooktacular Giveaway are…

 

Winners are:

The Adventures of Holly Holstein: Patricia S.

The Kansas City Establishment: Mia

The Cat Who Could Read Backwards: Penny O.

Winners, be sure to send me your mailing addresses (cyannris@gmail.com).

Authors who are reading this blog post – remember that I am creating a Holiday Gift Magazine of books to send to my newsletter subscribers.  For more information visit the “Holiday Magazine” page.

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All Saints’ Day or Day of the Dead

Today is November 1st.

It depends on your beliefs on how you view this day: either All Saints Day or Day of the Dead.

You may want to light a candle for those who have passed away on All Saints’ Day..

 

 

 

 

Or maybe you celebrate the Day of the Dead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whichever way you choose, I hope you have a great day!

 

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Happy Halloween

If you celebrate Halloween, be safe.

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Holiday Book Magazine

Hop on over to my Page “Holiday Magazine” and see the information I need if you wish to have your book(s) listed in the 2017 Holiday Gift Magazine I will be sending to all my newsletter subscribers.

If you participate by having your book(s) in the magazine, I will give you a pdf file of the magazine to share with your newsletter subscribers.

This is a great way to promote your book(s) FREE of charge…well, you will need to spend a little bit of time getting me the information for the magazine then sending it out to your readers.

The more that participate the more circulation your books will have!

And, I will feature a book a day on this blog throughout the Holiday Season!

 

 

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St. John’s Bible

I work in Special Collections at Kansas State University.  A few years ago, someone donated a set of St. John’s Bible for the department to share with the community.

Docents take these large Bibles out to the community to allow folks to look and touch them.

You can watch a short video with Donald Jackson, Calligrapher, about the St. John’s Bible here.

There are several videos on YouTube about the St. John’s Bible project.

“In the Beginning – Creating the Saint John’s Bible”

And if you have time to watch a longer video with Father Eric Hollas.

Eric Hollas, O. S. B.: Text and Pen: The Legacy of Biblical Art and The Saint John’s Bible

“Donald Jackson  and his team of scribes and artists have combined ancient calligraphic techniques with computer technology to create on calf-skin vellum the first hand-written and hand-illuminated bible commissioned in over 500 years.”

Learn more at Saint John’s Bible.

 

 

 

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