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SoCS: Dog Collars, Feral Cats, and Classic Trek

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Today’s prompt: “collar.” Use it as a verb, a noun, or metaphorically. Bonus points for using it in all three ways! Enjoy!

Add a couple letters to collar and you get collards. Collards get better after they get cold in the ground. I wonder if it’s too late to plant them. They do take up a lot of room. I like them raw in salad or steamed lightly.

Before I started adding letters to collar, I thought about the dog collars handing in what used to be the dog room. We have no more dogs now. They’ve all crossed over the rainbow bridge. But their collars, at least three of them, still hand in the dog room with tags and leashes attached.

Dogs probably would prefer not to wear collars to bed. I used to take them off when we were in for the night. But if you only get out the collars when it’s time for outside or walks, then collars would be very good things!

The dog room might turn into a cat room if I bring home Mama Cat from the church. She’s been there for over 4 years and will go crazy if/when I trap her, but she misses her daughter Gray who is still missing. I worry about Mama who has become less feral in her loneliness. I bet she would really hate a collar. It’s going to be a process, taming this feral mama, but we’re making progress. I might trap her and bring her home at the end of September or early October when I’ll be home for a while. She will probably hate the smell of the dog room. But I hope she will grow to like being here. I’m getting ahead of myself. Time will tell.

I haven’t given up on Gray. Must think positive thoughts that she is safe and loved, somewhere out there. When I get depressed about Gray or politics, Star Trek helps. I believe there’s a Star Trek episode about collars.

That James Kirk. A shock collar won’t stop him from kissing a woman. Or knocking her gently on the chin so that she falls into his arms unconscious. He could’ve talked her into helping him….. But it all worked out. And nobody really got hurt.

I don’t think I would ever use a shock collar on a dog without testing it on myself. Since I wouldn’t want to test it on myself, I wouldn’t use it on a dog.

Remove your collars! Run free!

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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Christian, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again. I also paint angels.

31 thoughts on “SoCS: Dog Collars, Feral Cats, and Classic Trek

  1. Lovely post, we miss our dogs when they are gone they are our babies. Cats too but less so because they are so independent and willful Good Luck with Mamma and I hope Grey is okay. I like star trek too I am working through re runs of The Next Generation at the moment 💜

  2. I liked that , remove your collars, run free. You must be missing your dogs. Thank you for sharing.

  3. I hope Gray comes home safe and sound

  4. Good luck with your Momma cat and I hope that either Gray shows up or that she has found her way to food and shelter.
    Nice addition with the Star Trek episode. I know that one well!
    Happy Saturday, JoAnna! Hope you have a lovely day.

    • Thank you, Mary. I’ll take all the good luck we can get for these two. The collar episode is not one of my favorites, but it is kinda fun. I hope you and your family have a good weekend!

  5. A dog room with only the hanging tags and leashes: What emptiness and loss ❤
    Perhaps, if our restraining collars were made visible to us, as in the featured Star Trek episode, we would be able to remove them and run free.

    • Fortunately, the dog collars hand around the corner next to the door to the room, so I don’t notice them often, otherwise there would be more of a sense of loss. Thank you for understanding and for that insightful comment about our restraining collars. I’ll be pondering that one. There could be value in visualizing removing our collar of say…. guilt, past trauma…. Hmmm.

      • During my years of marriage, I loved wearing matching earrings and necklaces. After my husband left us, I stopped wearing necklaces without knowing why. One day, it occurred to me that I was free from his criticisms and restraints. Since those days, I have never worn a necklace–a symbol of a glorified collar.

  6. Like I said recently, I bet Gray has found a forever home. Why not give Mama Cat one?

    The image of the three collars hanging in the dog room is one of the sadder ones I can imagine. Then I remember “’tis better to have loved and lost and never to have loved at all.”

    • Thanks, John. I can always use a reminder of your bet that Gray is safe and loved. I’m planning to bring Mama to home at the end of Sept or Oct 1 after I’m done travelling for a while so I can help her settle in. I don’t see the dog collars often because they’re around a corner. But that saying about being better to have loved fits perfectly with our furry friends.

  7. Nice job with the prompt, JoAnna. We take our dog’s collar off when she’s in her crate. She got it stuck there once and we worry about that happening again. We’ve never used a shock collar. I don’t think I’d like to do that.

  8. I hate shock collars. I cannot imagine how frightening they would be to an animal.

    Great handling of the prompt. And you used a Star Trek video to boot!

  9. We have collars from our dogs who’ve passed over. There’s a tinge of sadness when I run across them but I can’t seem to get rid of them either. Our ladies have both passed the 8 yr old mark now and I have a hard time imagining losing either one.

  10. I hope too that Grey is ok.
    I loved post n specially the last line!

  11. I worry about stray animals too. I hope you are able to make a home Mama cat. It is so hard to have a pet go missing, even if it was a wild pet.

  12. Just the thought of shock collars is shocking. JoAnna, Gray is in my prayers. It is loving to take their collars off at night. ♥️♥️

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