Some of you know, I love weird and wacky holidays. Who needs a writing prompt? On February 14th it was Pet Theft Awareness Day. February 20 was Love Your Pet Day – Yesterday, February 22 was Walking the Dog Day and today we have International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day.
February is one of those months most of us would rather not experience – especially if you live in Minnesota. We are in the midst of winter doldrums and cabin fever is a way of life not a fun trip up north. February is also the shortest, with only 28 days. It seems an unnecessary month except for the fact that my husband was born in this month.
Maybe folks are thinking more about getting outside with their pets – walking around the frozen lakes with them, loving them, being aware that there are those out there who want to steal them, and feeding them a luscious dog biscuit.
My dog isn’t especially fond of dog biscuits. He’d rather eat a roll of paper towels or toilet paper. I think he needs more fiber in his diet. He is, however, experiencing cabin fever. With each trip outside, he sniffs the air for unusual scents, searches out squirrels and cats. Recently a feral cat was asleep in the middle of our back yard. The dog saw him and took advantage of the opportunity to introduce himself in a most inappropriate way. He jumped on the sleeping cat, who naturally responded with hisses and screeching. A fight ensued without injury to either animal. It did result in a new desire to find and subdue anything new in our yard.
Our pets can give us much pleasure, unconditional love and cause us great anxiety and frustration as well, but we love them just the same. After all, there’s a day for that too.
My dog, Gage.