Thursday, May 3, 2012

The Pet Show

Have you ever been to a pet show? Up until recently, I never had...but I bet you’ve never been to one at a Nursing Home!!!??? Yup, for reals!

Let me first explain my relationship with pets in general. It has taken practically my whole life to decide how I feel about pets. I grew up with a dog, cat and rabbit that I loved. The dog got run over at the ripe age of 17. Heartbreaking for this 13 year old! The rabbit and cat had to be given away when we moved. (The cat disappeared after a month...I think she’s still out there looking for me, haha!) Surprisingly, even to me, it wasn’t as hard to get rid of these life-long companions as it would have been a few years earlier.

Where am I going with this? I’m rambling. Anyways, now we have a dog and cat. And I like ‘em. I really do. Most of the time. But I’m glad they aren’t my responsibility. I don’t think I would choose to have a pet. That is the conclusion I have made. They are a lot of work and money, and I’m not saying there isn’t some return (love and affection and companionship and all that mushy stuff) but life is a lot easier when you don’t have a pet to worry about. There are some days I’m trying to get housework done, help someone with school work, entertain a 5 month old and the dog will not quit whining at the door even though she just piddled two minutes ago. Hold on...I’m just the big sister in this house!!! At times like that, someone is about to be strangled and I’m pretty sure the dog would be first, lol!

Anyway (I’m still rambling...wrap this up, Nicole) I’m just saying that not having a pet seems like a great way to simplify your life and lifestyle. No buying dog food, no trips to the vet, no toys, leashes, or anything. No finding dog-sitters. No worrying about them running into the road. Peace of mind. Less hassle. I’m in!

I’ve probably made someone mad by saying all that, but please don’t take this to mean that I don’t think anyone should have pets. I think if you like pets you should. And I will come to your house and make of them and pet them and let them sit in my lap and give them treats. And then I will go home and leave you to deal with them. :)

Anyway, that's my take on pets. Now on to the pet show.

My brother took his dog, Sheba, to a pet show at the local nursing home my church goes to each month. The residents love seeing all the pets, and there were some really neat ones!

Here he is telling what makes Sheba special. When asked why she should get the prize, he said, "Because of her bandanna."

Rachel and Carrie provided some of the entertainment by singing animal-related songs. Like, “How much is that doggie in the window” and “Old MacDonald’s Farm.” Songs like that.

There was a fair amount of animals, especially for the small space they have to work in.

This dog won 1st prize. It is hard to tell from this pict, but he was huge!

This pict is blurry, but it gives you an idea of how big he is, compared to that little girl (who wasn't even intimidated!)

This dog's name was "Foxy," appropriately enough, and she won 2nd place.

There were other animals, too..

A really huge rabbit!

Guinea pigs
There was a cat, a hamster, more guinea pigs and more rabbits. It was fun to see all the animals, who did a really good job and behaved quite well!

Anyone else ever been to a pet show? Have you entered a pet?


  1. I agree with you about having pets! A dog is at the top of our list of pets, and as much as I know it would be great for the kids, I'm looking at expenses--food, shots, etc. But I think the hardest thing for me would be knowing that it will die someday! I grew up with 2 cats, and when I was 15, I stayed up into the wee hours of the morning to sit with one of them as he breathed his last breath. I just get too attached!!


    1. Yes, that is exactly what I'm talking about! Why bother getting so attached to something you know you can't keep forever/will die anyway?? Thanks for commenting!


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