Queen Noel here: I think I told you that Mom was getting a new recliner. She waited 7 months for La-Z-boy to make the thing and when they delivered it, it was the wrong fabric. It is a cool chair though.
I don’t know why she cares about the fabric since she has to totally keep it covered because of us cats all the time?
They are going to make her a new one, but in the meantime, Mini Cooper and I have been having some major, knock-down, drag-out, catfights to see who gets to be in the driver’s seat. Thanks for buying us a really expensive chair you will never sit in Mom – We own every chair in the house and this one’s mine!
I cannot imagine a life without cats!
When you bring a new dog into the mix, you are never sure if the existing animals are going to accept it. And, we were concerned because Mr. Charles is 14 years old already and he doesn’t always feel the best.
But boy does he love Jolie. He even lets her lean on him! (And he doesn’t like anyone leaning on him.) I love that he gets a little prance in his step when he sees her coming and that he’s been coming for a walk with us in the mornings, which he hardly ever did.
Charles isn’t the only one that has taken to Jojo. Mini Cooper, who was always the other dog in the pack (even though she’s a cat), seems to never be far away. We could not have asked for a better transition for the new member. Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday.
Who’s your BFF?
I know that it has only been since July that Jolie has come to live with us, which in dog time is not long. This has been a very big change for a dog that lived 6-1/2 years in a cage with other dogs and only went out maybe once a day.
Jolie is very protective of her kennel. She especially does not want me to clean the mat or the blankets. Maybe she is afraid of losing them? Maybe there was only a cold floor in her previous one?
I gave her Louise’s sheepskin to keep her warm and she loves it. Lulu came with that sheepskin from her foster when she was a puppy and around here we pass things forward when we can.
Jolie has started to disappear into her kennel whenever she hears loud noises or voices. It is her safe space. But recently she puts herself to bed around 8:30 PM and just stays in there. I am so glad that she has a place she feels safe in, but sorry, baby, Mom’s gonna wash those smelly blankets.
What kind of mischief did you get into today?
Tonight starts the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah, the ‘head of the year.’ At this time of year, I become introspective and review the past year. With the loss of Nine, Sofie, and Louise, last spring, I felt a need to look deeper at what the Jewish scripture says about the spirit of the animals and where they go when they leave their earthly bodies. So, below are some ramblings and my pseudo investigation. The Zoo and I wish you peace and health for days to come.
L’shanah tovah tikatev v’taihatem “May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year”
Rosh Hashanah commemorates the creation of the world and marks the beginning of what the Jewish people call the ‘Days of Awe.’ These are 10-days when people are asked to look inward; to think about what they have done in the past year, both good and bad. This is a special time when you have the opportunity to ask for forgiveness, to make amends to anyone you may have hurt or wronged in any way. The ‘Days of Awe’ end with the Yom Kippur holiday, known as the ‘Day of Atonement.’
According to the first book of the written Torah, Genesis, God judges all humans and creatures during that 10-day period to decide if they will be inscribed in the Book of Life for another year. I am not sure exactly how the Great Spirit judges creatures, but the scripture says ‘all creatures’ are judged, so I guess they are. Mostly the Torah talks about how God doesn’t like people or animals killing (lifeblood) each other, but with creatures, since that is part of their nature when it comes to survival, I think that is kind of a difficult thing to interpret. Anyway…
What I really wanted to know is whether the Torah talked about where creatures go after they leave their earthly shells. I found support that animals go to heaven in the article called “Do Dogs Go To Heaven):
Chapter eleven and chapter sixty-five of the Prophet Isaiah each describe the new heaven and the new earth: he who dies at 100 will be considered a mere youth; the wolf and the lamb will feed together and the lion will eat straw like an ox. We don’t see that in this world, so it relates to the next. Animals will be there who will neither harm nor destroy.
Isaiah 11:6 “… the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. (NIV)
The way I read this, animals will be at peace in heaven.
This last year has taken many souls from the Zoo and their passings weighs heavy on us still. I know that everything has its season. I know it was just their time to move on. But, I find solace in the thought that their souls may be together, with all my departed, in a place of peace and eternal harmony.
May this new year bring health and happiness into your home and may you find renewal for the year to come.
I have moved from Mom’s recliner, which I took over for the last 2 years, onto the dining room chair, which I used to call mine before the recliner. Now I defend this chair with my life against interlopers, namely Mini Cooper. Mini has been spending time in the recliner now that I have relocated, but that will not last long. Mom’s new recliner, which V got her for her Medicare birthday LAST MARCH, is finally arriving (no furniture should take that long to be built and delivered) and I am sure that it is going to become my favorite spot for the next few years when I decide to vacate the dining room chair. Maybe I will share it with Mom if she is nice to me.
I cannot imagine a life without cats!
Charles here: This is the last picture that Mom took of us before she put the big green cover on the pool. We like to look at the pool but we don’t want to go in it. We are not really water dogs and even when invited we think it is scary. We do like to run around and chase the ducks and stuff that fly in and we love to dig in the dirt and make a mess in the bushes.
Hard to believe how fast seasons seem to move. When Mom opened the pool the end of May, Louise was still with us (she passed June 17). Now that we are closing the pool, she is gone and Jolie has come to stay. Change is on the wind as the light grows shorter and shorter each day.
Jolie is learning to love lying on the warm deck as much as I do. The Fall afternoon sun is awesome!
Happy AUTUMNAL EQUINOX everyone.
This week, in the Northern Hemisphere, autumn begins for real. It has been feeling like autumn for many days with the cool nights and the leaves falling to the ground. Thursday, September 22 the autumnal equinox* will make it really autumn even though to meteorologists, meteorological fall started on September 1. This is all very confusing but Mom says it is the bestest season of all 4 (Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring) and we are taking full advantage everyday.
*At this point, the Earth’s tilt is moving away from its maximum lean toward the Sun; its rays are aiming directly at the equator.