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First pet

This is me at 3, with my first kitty, Butterscotch. My sister says the cat was hers, but as you can see Butterscotch and I loved each other. However, this kitty's life came to an abrupt end when my dad backed over him on the way to work one morning. He drove off unaware, until my mother called him at the office, sobbing, “Butterscotch is all over the driveway!”

I don't believe we talked to Dad for a week after that.

Do you remember your first pet?

A tasty book

So, I got “War Bonds: Love Stories From the Greatest Generation” off to the publisher by my September 1st deadline, and am now trying to catch up with the rest of my life!

You can see, Thor thinks War Bonds is a very tasty book, but then again Thor thinks just about everything is tasty. The only things he doesn't care for is bread and popcorn.

Is your pet a finicky eater?

CPD Blue: Protect Pets On 4th Of July

The Coeur d’Alene Police Animal Control Division is requesting citizens make plans for their pets on the 4th of July. Animal control deals with a large volume of dogs that become frightened by the noise of fireworks and run from their residence. This results in many more calls for service of dogs “running at large”. The dogs are put at risk of being hit by a car, fighting with other dogs, or possibly biting someone out of fear. Police Chief Wayne Longo asks citizens to “please use caution over the holiday weekend and be aware that due to the increase in calls for service our response will be prioritized but we will try and respond as we are available”/Sgt. Christie Wood, Coeur d'Alene Police Department news release. Full release here.

Question: How do you pretect your pets from being scared by fireworks on the Fourth of July?

Journal: Don’t Call Animals ‘Pets’

Item: Journal: Don't call your animals 'pets': Article calls for people to call 'pests' 'free-roaming' animals/KXLY

More Info: The Journal of Animal Ethics says calling the family dog a pet is simply derogatory. Instead, editors of the journal said owners should call their dogs and cats “companion animals.” According to the article, the term '”pets,' whilst technically correct in law, harks back to a previous age when animals were regarded as just that: property, machines or things to use without moral constraint.”

Question: Do you think it's derogatory to refer to your dog or cat as a “pet”?

Hot Cars Jeoparize Pets Inside

Even with the windows cracked, the temperature of the leather seat inside the Mercedes-Benz parked in the Value Village parking lot on East Sprague on Saturday afternoon climbed to more than 140 degrees. Down on the floor, where Olive, a Yorkshire terrier, was huddled beneath the foot pedals, an infrared gun gauged the temperature at a cooler 109 degrees. “It’s literally like cooking,” said Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Services Officer Ashley Brown, who was dispatched to rescue the dog. It’s a scene that’s all too familiar for animal control officers/Sara Leaming, SR. More here.

  • Cutlines: Animal Control Officer Ashley Brown climbs onto a car to try and unlock it through the sunroof to free a dog left in the car on a hot day Saturday along Sprague in Spokane Valley. (SR photo: Jesse Tinsley)

Question: Would you break a vehicle window to save an animal left inside?

Strange Offering

Milo’s favorite toy.

It may not look like much, but this is the remnant of my cat’s most precious toy. What was once a burlap fish stuffed with cotton and catnip, is now in shreds. But Milo adores it. I awakened to find it at the foot of our bed. Milo had left it during the night as a sign of his approval regarding our new piece of furniture.

How does your pet show approval?

EOB: Together Forever With Fido?

Item: Man’s best friend in death, too: Bill would let pets be buried with people/Rich Roesler, Eye On Olympia

More Info: On Monday, while many people had a day off, state Sen. Ken Jacobsen was facing a state Senate committee, trying to persuade his fellow lawmakers to let people be buried with their pets. He was absolutely serious. The idea came to him a couple of years ago, when his beloved 23-pound cat, Sam, died from cancer.  “I asked the kids to bury him in the backyard and I told them that when I’m ready to go, I’d like to take Sam with me,” said Jacobsen, 63. “Because he really was one of my best friends.”

Question: Would you want your favorite pet buried with you?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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