A-Z: Mr. Peabody

Everyone knew that Mr. Peabody was living in the old car. It was obvious; all of the signs were there: the mess and the odor.

They tried to evict him for months, but he was an elusive old guy. He stayed in there,  eventually dying in that very car.

They found his little dead mouse body up against the blower motor fan blades.

~McGuffy Ann Morris

Written for a five-line fiction writing prompt, this tale is really a true story.  I named the little deer mouse Mr. Peabody, in part due to the musky smell that lingered in my car. We knew he was there by the little signs of decorating he was doing. I found bird seed in my trunk, though there had been no bird seed put there by us. My Kleenex box was suddenly a fluffy bed for someone very small. The foam under my seat was chewed into a small pile.

We did try to evict Mr. Peabody. I had the dashboard removed to clean out the vents. The car was detailed, twice. I also put repellents put into place. Mothballs, dryer sheets, and citrus-scented objects were put in the places that he frequented, to no avail…until nature took its course. When my air conditioner needed to be maintained and recharged, we found Mr. Peabody, just as my story says. He was then quietly laid to rest.


“My Writeful Heart”:
A= Acknowledgments
B= Believe
C= Camouflage
D= The Drought
E= Exist
F= Final Departure
G= The Guardian
H= The Horologist
I= Impasse
J= Joseph
K= Knowing
L= The Loan
M= Mirror
N= Number
O= Ozark


Easter Pets


I agree with The Easter Bunny. I disapprove of giving animals as gifts. I print this post this every year because it is important. If I can help spare one little life, it is worth repeating myself. Please read, and share this information with others.

Every year hundreds of baby bunnies, chicks and ducklings are bought as “novelty” Easter gifts. While much thought is put into the “surprise” factor, little is put into the long-term care and commitment. Consequently, the animals will suffer abuse or neglect. Many will be released into the wild, ultimately facing death.

It has been reported by the U.S. Humane Society that “within the initial weeks following Easter, 30% of these novelty Easter pets will die. Another 60-70% will be released or left at a shelter.” Most of those released or left at shelters are already ill or suffering.

Every Spring, shelters are inundated with bunnies, chicks, and ducklings that are dumped because the novelty has worn off. Little or no thought was put into their growth or care. They were purchased solely for human enjoyment, into homes not equipped for their needs.

Before purchasing any pet, do your research. Ask the right authority, go to the proper source. Read, go online, learn about the animal’s needs, proper care, and expected lifespan. See what is involved to keep the animal healthy. Know what the possible pitfalls are with the particular pet you are considering, such as the fact that chicks and ducklings are known to carry salmonella.

Following are some facts and links provided by the Humane Society of the United States. Please read, consider, and take this to heart. These are real live beings with beating hearts.

Average lifespan: 7-10 years
*Rabbits may not do well in a household with young children. They often do not like being lifted or held.
*Rabbits like to dig and need to chew.
*If you get multiple rabbits they should be spayed and neutered as soon as possible.
*Multiple rabbits will often fight.
*Weekly expenses can be in excess of $25.00 for food alone, per rabbit.
Research Sources:
House Rabbit… http://www.myhouserabbit.com
Bunny Basics… http://www.thebunnybasics.com
Rabbit.org… www.rabbit.org

Average lifespan: 8-15 years
*Ducks are very social animals, doing better kept in groups (a “paddling” or “brace” of ducks).
*Ducks need a lot of space and a shelter to keep them safe.
*Ducklings will need to be kept in an indoor pen/cage for the several weeks.
Research Sources:
Pet Duck Blog… http://www.petducksblog.com
Keeping Ducks… http://keeping-ducks.net

Average lifespan: 5-8 years
*Chickens naturally scratch, peck and dig. If housing is inadequate, they will cause damage.
*Many towns and cities have regulations concerning chickens, regarding them “livestock”.
*Health and zoning boards should be consulted.
*Chickens are noisy, but roosters are especially noisy!
Research Sources:
My Pet Chicken… http://www.mypetchicken.com
Backyard Chickens… http://www.backyardchickens.com

Please, do share animals with children. Educate yourself and children on animals and the various breeds and species. Visit them in natural habitats or ones created especially for them. Visit zoos, farms, and other places where you can do this in safety, for all involved. 

So, fill those Easter baskets with their favourite stuffed Easter toys. And, remember to include lots of books about those animals, too.  Love and knowledge can change the world.

The Fox & The Mouse

Relationships are based on how we feel about someone. But, for any relationship to work, we must first have an open heart. An open heart accepts even when it does not understand. An open heart celebrates differences in others, as well as shared common ground. Love flows easily from open hearts. I think this video illustrates that quite well. I hope you think so, too.

My Vet Care Team

I adore my veterinary team. We have been clients at this clinic for over twenty years. There are three regular vets and several technicians. Every one of the team cares about each animal they see, and that pet’s health. They have seen it all, know what to do, and they do it with heart. We can count on them, without question.
From birth through old age our vet team has been there. Through our many rescues and adoptions, they have advised us and helped us to provide the life that each pet has deserved. When the time came for some of them to cross over The Rainbow Bridge, our vet team was there to ease their way. They also comforted us. I can recall times when they cried with us as our pet left us to mourn and grieve. 

I am deeply grateful to our vet team for their constant care and their shared love for animals, including mine. I am thankful for everything they do in emergency situations and as routine care every day. I especially appreciate them doing it all with big hearts and a sense of humour

Day Twenty-Seven of my Giving Thanks series.

Animal Blessings

From very early childhood, I have had a mutual bond with animals. I always felt that I understood them and their needs. In return, they seemed to understand my intentions. I am very thankful for the special connection that I have always shared with them.

Animals are genuine in their emotion and their action. They have no ulterior motive. They have no hidden agenda. If they do not trust you or like you, they let you know. Yet, when an animal loves you, it is unconditional.

I have shared my heart and home with many animals. Some passed through, leaving footprints on my soul. Others stayed awhile, teaching me things about nature, life, and even myself. I am better for each and every one of these animals.

You can meet some of my animals on my Critters page and my Rainbow Bridge page. But, there are many more whose stories need to be told. I am working on those stories and will be sharing them in the coming year.

I am thankful to God for all of His creatures. I know He loves them; that is why He made so many kinds of them! That is also why I believe animals go to Heaven. Animals have added so much love, joy, and purpose to my life. They are blessings. I truly believe that they are an integral part of my journey. I am sincerely thankful for each and every one of them. 

Day Three of my Giving Thanks series.