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Is CBD Right For Your Pet?

Is CBD Right For Your Pet?

This is one of the things that I’ve always had questions about ever since the first time I heard about giving your pets CBD oil.  While CBD oils have a proven track record with people for relieving pain, inflammation, anxiety, and many of the major problems with cancer in humans, their is very little research into it effectiveness or safety with animals.

I know people who have used CBD for pain and inflammation cause by severe arthritis, and for the pain caused by Crones Disease for a long time.  Recently, I met someone who is using CBD for a senior female cat with extreme hip problems.  This pet parent decided to try CBD after the cat had a severe reaction to another medication commonly given to pets for this problem.  So far the results have been promising.  Because this is a subject of interest, I plan on keeping up on this very closely.

The articles below are the most informative articles I’ve found on the topic.

We Gave Maple the Cat CBD for Seizures. Here’s What Happened
There’s a lot of conflicting information out there about treating pets with cannabidiol (CBD) oil.

The Science Behind Giving CBD & Cannabis to Cats and Dogs
A growing number of pet owners are using cannabis-derived products containing high doses of cannabidiol (CBD) and low or negligible doses of THC to alleviate pain, seizures, and other conditions. But what’s known about the science of cannabinoid medicine and pets?

This Totally Infuriates Me!

This Totally Infuriates Me!

I realize that this article is from 2016, and some of you may have seen it.  When I first saw it on another blog, the person posted one picture, very little information, and no source links.  I just saw that somebody reposted this on Facebook with a link to the article.  I reposted the entire article here because it was too irritating to try to read it on the site with advertising popping up and sliding out about every 7 or 8 seconds.

I find it so infuriating that anybody would ever do anything like this.  I literally fell into tears when I read this.  I won’t say what I would do to a B@$&@*D like this because I’m quite sure I would get in trouble if I did.

This Poor Cat Was Thrown Out onto the Street with All of His Stuff

When adopting a companion animal, there are some people who may not realize how ill-prepared they are to care for another living being until it is too late. Unfortunately, this does lead to hundreds of dogs and cats being abandoned each year. In fact, it is estimated that there are now approximately 70 million homeless dogs and cats in the U.S. alone! Sometimes they are dropped off at shelters but sometimes their owners are so ashamed that they simply dump the poor creature on the street.

That’s what appears to have been the case for a cat who was spotted on the side of a street in Brooklyn, New York this week. Found sitting next to a box of cat supplies and a litter box, the feline had clearly been abandoned.

The male cat was heard crying frantically by passersby and shortly after, the Flatbush Area Team for Cats, or “Fat Cats,” posted photos of the kitty on their Facebook page. It seems that a street sweeper actually scared the adorable boy away, and so, Fat Cats urged people to keep their eyes out for the cat.

Concerned Brookylnites literally took to the streets soon after the Facebook photos posted, and looked for the cat high and low. They even found another stray cat, while they were on the hunt. This second cat, Martin, is currently in their care and is also in need of a loving forever home.

Seeing as though so many people concerned over the well-being of an animal they do not even know personally really should restore our faith in humanity – even just a bit! Instead of focusing on the flagrant neglect and cruelty this cat’s owner demonstrated by dumping the helpless animal on the street without food or water, we choose to celebrate those which are trying to help this cat get the love he deserves! We hope from the bottom of our hearts that this little guy is found soon and learns that there are some kind humans out there!

UPDATE: After many days of searching, the kitty who was abandoned with his belongings in the street – now named Nostrand after the street he was abandoned on – finally turned up in the backyard of a cat rescuer named Karen.

FAT Cats updated with the following:
“We immediately brought him to get vetted, and screened for a microchip. No microchip, but we are happy to say he is a healthy 1 year old male, FeLV/FIV negative, who was treated for fleas.”
“If you would like to donate for his vetting and eventual neuter you can do so here. We are an all volunteer group, no donation is too small and we are so grateful for anything”!

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The source for this article: The Best Cat Page

Finally Getting Over The Flu

About 15 years ago, I had my first flu shot at the doctor’s office.  I ended up in the hospital with a severe case of the flu which quickly turned into pneumonia.  About 5 years ago, against my better judgment, I let a quack bamboozle me into having another flu shot.  Strangely enough, the doctor wouldn’t even let me leave the clinic until I had the shot.  I almost ended up in the hospital again two days later.  After that I swore never again.

About 4 days ago, I was visiting with a friend who told me that he had a bad sore throat.  The next morning, my throat felt like I was swallowing shards of broken glass.  My head and my chest were plugged, and I was achy all over.  Until the parade yesterday, I’ve been hiding out in my apartment hoping that this would pass quickly.

Thankfully, I’m finally starting to feel human again.  Breathing is still a little tough, but it’s getting better.

I had the purrfect little caregiver to watch over me.

The House on the Corner

This is the house on the corner directly across the street from Ivy Manor.  I have no idea of the history of this house.  One person told me that it used to be the mayor’s residence years ago.  Someone else told me the it used to be a funeral home.  And somebody else told me that Walt Disney even stayed in the house from time to time.  I’m not sure about that one, but it could be true.

The one thing I know for sure about this house is that it is a refuge for at least 20 stray cats that are going in and out of a basement window most of the day. Yesterday we confirmed this.

We found these little ones hiding in the brush on the side of the house.  A lady from the bar at the other end of the block came don to see what we were doing.  She ended up taking one of the kittens.  Someone else looked at the two darker ones and thought that they could be brother and sister.  His grandmother took both of them home with her.

It’s nice to see that the three kittens all have nice new forever homes.  Sorta made my whole day.

A Night on the Town for Two Birthday Boys

A Night on the Town for Two Birthday Boys

This is going to be a long one.  There’s been a lot going on.  So you might want to fill your coffee mug before you start reading.

It’s been a rough couple of days.  I had my apartment inspection yesterday and I passed.  I think they are getting the idea here that they are on the verge of a tenant revolt, so they are walking on egg shells.  The manager came in and didn’t say one solitary word to me.  I thought it was kinda funny how she came in and looked at Johnny sitting on the couch.  He just glared at her and growled the whole time she was here.  Most often my boy is a better judge of character than I am.  As they were leaving, the maintenance man pet Johnny.  The manager tried and he growled and swiped at her.  Good boy…

My friends Steve and Amy called last night to let me know that Pedro and Sammy are getting along famously.  Amy was working at the kitchen table and Pedro kept trying to swipe any small shiny item within in reach.  She’s already taken a ton of pictures.  Steve told one of his friends at the Grand Rapids Herald-Review about how they found Pedro, and it’s going to be a news story in the next couple of days.  Steve said that Amy wants to thank whoever it was who abandoned him in their car.  They have fallen in love with the little character.

Steve and Amy couldn’t make it over, but their son Riley came over later last night and took me out to dinner for pizza and Buffalo wings.  Riley and I both share the same birthday, May 31st.  Tomorrow I turn 57 and Riley turns 27.  He said that this was my first birthday present from the three of them.  It’s nice to know that somebody still remembers my birthday, even when I try to forget it.

To tell you a little bit more about Riley, he is a character to be sure.  Steve owns a company that since 911 has specialized in putting up security fences around airports and government facilities.  Amy was and is still one of the top female martial artists in the country.  She finally stopped competing when nobody had beaten her in over 12 years.  While Riley really does have his Dad’s business acumen, and a small portion of his mother’s martial arts ability, he went an entirely different route in life.  Riley trained to become a ballet dancer, and a very good one at that.  He has performed for Elton John and several other big names. He spent two years at the Royal Ballet in London, and may very well be performing with the New York Ballet next year.  He got me tickets to see Billy Elliot when it was in Chicago, and Steve flew me there to see it in his own private plane.  Next year, I could be watching Riley perform with the NYC ballet for my birthday.  I’m looking forward to it.

Riley stayed here until almost 4 in the morning and only left about 2 hours ago.  Needless to say, I didn’t sleep at all last night, and I barely slept the night before due to the inspection, but I’m still pumped.  Johnny and Daddy are going to be taking a little nap sometime today and probably pretty soon.

I just realized something yesterday.  I’m really losing weight which is something I’ve tried to do for a long time ago.  Just over 6 months ago, I weighed 239 pounds.  Yesterday I stepped on the scale which I had hidden in the bedroom to avoid any more personal disappointment.  I had to do a double take when it said that I was down to 216 pounds.  I grabbed my glasses to be sure that I was seeing it right.  I washed the top of my glass digital scale and I even changed the batteries just to be sure.  It still read 216 pounds.  So I’m happy about that.  Considering the things that I like to eat, I’m most certainly surprised, but I’ll take what I can get.

Another point on my birthday, Steve and Amy are going to take me to Duluth for another gift.  Everybody I know tells me that I’m hard to shop for.  I really don’t think so.  I’ve always told them that if they really want to buy me something, buy for Misty and Johnny.  I’m always open to gift cards from places like Petco or PetSmart, and I can’t say that there has ever been a time when I would turn my nose up at cash.  In the next week or two they are going to take me down to Petco in Duluth and we’re going to spoil Johnny rotten.  I’m looking forward to that.  And since I’m losing weight, I’m going to have to start getting some new clothes.  I’m sorta looking forward to that too.

More about dinner…

The place that we went to last night looked like a total dive.  As we drove up, there was a drunk passed out on the sidewalk in front of the place.  And when we got inside, there was actually a real honest to goodness bar fight going on.  I didn’t realize that I was going to get entertained so well.

We grabbed a seat way in the back of the place and Riley ordered.  I wasn’t really expecting to be so impressed.  The pizza was totally incredible and the Buffalo wings were absolutely divine.  We both left with takeout boxes, and it’s not too tough to figure out what I’ve been nibbling on for breakfast.

Today I have to say that there are a lot of things that I’m thankful for.

  • I’m thankful for good friends who remember my birthday even when I try not to.
  • I’m thankful for people not throwing me birthday parties.  I have one person who I’m sure will try.  I just like to have a quiet meal and spend time with friends.
  • I’m thankful to find out that I’m actually losing weight.  I’ll be thrilled to death when I get below 200 pounds.
  • I’m thankful that Pedro now has a great new forever home and will probably become as spoiled rotten as my Johnny.

One other thing.  Riley, Steve, and Amy all said that they like this theme on my blog the best.  I told them that I changed this theme out because of some problems that I was having.  This is the updated version and it is running flawlessly (knock on wood).  I told Riley that I couldn’t really afford the new version, so he whipped out his credit card and solved that problem for me.

Oh yeah, one other thing that I’m most thankful for, especially this morning…

I’m thankful for coffee which I will probably be drinking a lot of today.

Here’s hoping everybody has a great Thursday.  I plan on it.

Say Hi To Pedro

Say Hi To Pedro

My friends Steve and Amie were grocery shopping yesterday afternoon in Grand Rapids.  When they got to their car they got a bit of a surprise.  This little guy was in the front seat of their sunfire yellow 2019 Ford Mustang with those beautiful soft glove leather seats, and he was clawing away at the driver’s seat with a passion.  Somebody had apparently driven by and tossed him into the open car window.  They decided to take him home.

So far he has gotten along really well with their other cat Sammy.  Sammy is the mischievous one.

 

Like George Carlin Said

Like George Carlin Said

 

Imagine this.  You’re invited over to somebody’s home for dinner, drinks, and conversation.  Before you know it, you’re the only one in the room who isn’t totally glued to a smartphone.

Or better yet, the one who calls and asks, “Can I come over and hangout for a while?”  They come in and sit down and seconds later they are so engulfed in some fantasy game on their phone that you can’t get their attention even if you scream at them 3 or 4 times.

“There’s a scorpion crawling up your leg.”

“The room is on fire.”

“Aliens just landed out in front of the building.”

“A flock of turtles just flew out of my butt.”

“Johnny is holding a poker game in the bedroom.”

“Hey, look at that flying saucer hovering outside the window!”

THEY DIDN’T HEAR ONE SINGLE WORD YOU SAID!!!

Of course, there are a few situations that give me a good laugh.

A 10 year old sitting at a table in Subway glued to a $1,500 smartphone.  Another boy about the same age comes over to the table with their sandwiches.  He sits down and starts eating his own sandwich.  Then he starts eating the other kid’s sandwich.  He has just a tiny little nub of the sandwich left when the other boy finally looks up from his phone and asks “Aren’t they done with our sandwiches yet?”

And the one I’ve waited to see happen for years.

A kid is walking down the street glued to his phone.  He’s totally oblivious to everything that’s going on around him.  He walks right out in the middle of the street, and a guy in a pickup slams on his brakes and leans on his horn.  The kid doesn’t even look away from his phone.  Moments later the kid walks right into a sign post.  That’s one of those moments that I wished I had my camera out for.

Unless you’re talking about the same game that they are playing at the time, they couldn’t care less about anything you have to say.  I want to put a box beside my door with a sign on it that says “IF YOU WANT TO COME IN, DEPOSIT YOUR SMARTPHONE IN THE SLOT.  YOU’LL GET IT BACK BEFORE YOU LEAVE.”

Now for the really scary part of this rant.  A brief look into the future.

 

It scare the hell out of me to see what the next generation is going to be like.

Need I say more???

And who do we have to thank for this great invention gone terribly wrong?

 

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