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10 Best Books for Kids About the Death of a Pet

When a pet dies, children sometimes don't know how to handle their sad feelings. Some don't understand what death means and don't understand that they will never see their beloved pet again. These 10 kids books will help to explain what has happened on a child's level and will help them understand the tough emotions they are facing. Includes both religious and non-religious books, cats, dogs, mice, and goldfish.

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you might have seen that my sweet kitty, Sammy, died two weeks ago. He was 16. Sammy was the third of our kitties to pass in about three years which makes it that much worse. They were all pretty old, but that also means that all three were part of the family for my kids’ entire lives.  Sammy was the best cat I ever had by far. He was very friendly and liked to be scratched and cuddled. He liked to be with me wherever I was. He sat on my lap … Read more

Loving and Losing and Gaining Even More

Last Wednesday, we had to put our beloved Zeus to sleep. He was almost 15. He predated my kids, my husband, and even my house. We had been together longer than anyone in my adult life. What’s more is that he died on December 30, two years to the day after I had to put his sister to sleep. To say I was sad that day is an understatement. I was devastated. I’d had a feeling he was sick, but had been living in denial for a few weeks. In the end, it turns out that he really was sick, … Read more

How to Save Money on Cat Care

I am delighted to be one of twenty bloggers featured in Arm & Hammer’s Switch & Save Challenge. During the next five months, I’ll be testing several Arm & Hammer products and sharing my experiences with you. We all know that children are expensive, but who would ever have thought that pets would cost almost as much? Mine surely do. They’re members of the family, though, and their expenses are not going away. Between specialty dry food (because one of my cats gets recurrent UTIs), specialty canned food (because my cats have stuck-up palettes), flea and tick treatments (because they … Read more

Arm & Hammer’s Double Duty Clumping Cat Litter and My Stinky Cats

I am delighted to be one of twenty bloggers featured in Arm & Hammer’s Switch & Save Challenge. During the next five months, I’ll be testing several Arm & Hammer products and sharing my experiences with you. For me, a home isn’t a home without pets. We have 4 cats, 1 turtle, 2 goldfish, and 7 5 4 3 hermit crabs. Like the people who live here, each of our cats has a unique personality. Zeus is a big baby, wanting to sit on my lap and knead me whenever I’ll let him. Molly is simultaneously antisocial and wanting to … Read more

Grace and Molly and Me

One of my cats doesn’t like me very much. Her name is Molly. Before I “rescued” Molly, she lived in a garage where men hung out. She likes men. And my mom. Just not me. She’d rather I hadn’t brought her home with me; I’m certain of it. Alas, I did. I thought I was doing something good and nice. She disagrees. She doesn’t like when I pet her, even though her fur is as soft a substance as I’ve ever touched. Sometimes, she’ll allow me one swipe before she bites me. Sometimes, she swipes me back and hisses. When … Read more