Puppy Tales #1
One day in early June of this year, a dog appeared on our farm. He was near death. He was covered in ticks and we could see his ribs. He was a huge dog and we were worried he could have rabies or something else and we didn't know if he was dangerous or not.
We could tell he had been on his own for a long time.
Before we could decide what to do with him, he had eaten the food we put out for our cat and chewed up things our other puppy had left around. Not once, did he show any aggression towards us and soon he won us over.
Over the next couple of months he gained weight and strength. He played gently with our little pupppy and kept the foxes, racoons and other critters away from the guineas and chickens. He liked to wander in the woods and play in the pond. The dog we thought was old began acting like a huge overgrown puppy.
We fed him, loved him, gave him a name, treated him for ticks and worms and fixed up a shelter for him. He was smart and learned things quickly and when disciplined about something, he didn't repeat the error. He was a very good dog.
Then one day he stopped eating the dog food. He still ate other things. Then he started losing weight. Within a few days he died. He was a very good dog and we will miss him.
Why am I telling this sad story? Pets touch our lives. They need us and sometimes we need them. Bear appeared at a time when we needed him.
I created this page, partly, to remember Bear, partly to remember Spy, partly to help us appreciate the pets in our lives and the ones we've lost. I want to share helpful tips on pet care and hope that from our losses, something good will come about.
This is a homeschool website and I believe this page does fit on this site because some of the best lessons we learn are not in textbooks, not online, not in a classroom and not in the library. The best lessons are in the every day experiences, in the small successes, in the painful losses and in interactions with friends and family.
I think some people believe that because we homeshool our children we are sheltering them from reality. The truth is -the realities of life are present everywhere and even if we were trying to shelter them from reality, we could do not do so. The homeschoolers I know are involved in their churches and in their communities and if anything they see the world, the good and the bad, with wide, open eyes.
But back to puppy tales.....on this page I will share stories about our pets, things we learned in taking care of them and helpful hints on how to keep them healthy and safe.
PUPPY TALES Tip #1: Watch your puppies carefully, they like to chew things but also they like to swallow them too. This can be very dangerous for them so don't let them chew on rocks, plastic or anything sharp. Give them some chew toys to chew on.
I would like to encourage you to share your pet stories if you like. You don't have to write just about puppies, any pet story will be welcome. Homeschool moms this would be a great writing assignment. Even one paragraph would be great! Here are a few possible topics to start with....
I can't believe I'm saying this but we have a new addition to the family. Another puppy just followed us home one day. We named him Jake. Isn't he soooooo cute?
Pet and Puppy Tales ideas:
1. How to give your pet a bath
2. Favorite games with your pet
3. Hero pets and their story
4. How to give your pet medicine
5. The best thing about your pet
6. Trip to the Vet
7. Traveling with your pet
8. Favorite pet story
9. Happiest pet memory
10. Just tell us about your pets
11. Write a poem, tribute, or memorial to or about your pet
Come on, join in on the fun! I'm all ears!
Share your pet story here.
Pets touch our lives in many ways. Tell your favorite pet story in honor of your pet.
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