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SoCS: For the Love of Pets


Today’s prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “a picture from wherever.” When you sit down to write your post, find a picture, whether in a magazine, newspaper, or even product packaging. Write whatever thought or emotion the picture provokes. Enjoy!

My daughter who is 29 has not lived here for years but sometimes magazines, like People, get delivered here for her that she did not order and does not want. I don’t want them either, but sometimes I flip through them. This ad at the back of the magazine stood out to me:

Can you imagine being in a domestic violence situation and not feeling you can escape because you can’t take your dog or cat with you? I don’t want to think about it too much, but this is a project I can get behind. Pets are family.

You can read more about The Purple Leash Project here.

I think if you donate, you get a purple leash. I don’t really need another leash, though I do like the color purple. I have a bunch of leashes along with collars, and other tools that a highly reactive dog needs. I never thought I’d want to try an “e collar,” but after David and I having injuries from Marley’s lunges, we’ve accepted this recommendation from the trainer.

We’ve made progress. Last night I walked Marley to the park by myself. On the way back, we saw a cat on the other side of the street. Marley was intensely interested. I could feel the tension in his body. My job is to stay calm and confident and to remember to use all my tools. He responded well to a firm, “LEAVE IT!” along with a collar vibration. The collar vibe goes to 100. He responds to 10 to 15 in the backyard but needs at least 20 to 30 on neighborhood walks depending on the situation. In time, we should be able to reduce these levels. It’s like a tens machine. I’m learning to be vigilant and avoid high risk situations. Without this tool, I don’t think we’d be able to safely walk in the neighborhood. Marley has pulled me down more than once, and David’s hand is still healing after surgery and ongoing PT after one of Marley’s lunges.

Speaking of healing, David is feeling better after eight days of covid. He still tires easily but is doing a little more every day. Miraculously, I have had two negative home tests and seem to have been spared any significant symptoms. We’ve been keeping our distance and, though we’re living in the same house, have missed close contact. I especially miss hugs which are about to resume. Marley has been getting more hugs lately since I’ve tested negative. I still don’t get right in his face yet.

Last week, I had stopped Marley from bringing his ancient, tattered ball in the house three times before going to get my phone to take this video. Each time he would drop the ball then pick it back up when I opened the door. The ball did not stay in the house.

And let’s not forget Mama Cat on her side of the house…


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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, 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 as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

28 thoughts on “SoCS: For the Love of Pets

  1. Wonderful share and project to get involved with.. And Well done to the excellent progress with Marley and Cats LOL…
    Sending vibrational thoughts of healing for your hubby in his recovery too JoAnna.. Lots of love your way ❤

  2. I am sorry you are experiencing Covid in your home. My husband was secluded for 20 days back in February and it was hard. I was thankful I was spared. The advertisement is something I never considered. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Domestic violence and abuse is terrible. It is hard to imagine the lives of such people and what must be their thoughts. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Glad to hear that David is feeling better.

  5. I am sorry to hear your hubby’s had covid. My whole family had it in March and it made Greg and I pretty sick. It took over three weeks for us to recover. I am glad you are getting your pet trained. It will definitely pay you to do so.

    • Thank you, Roberta. I’m glad you and your family have recovered. Training Marley is a lot of work, but hopefully it is keeping my mind a little sharper.

  6. The pets look very cute. Sorry you have covid in your family. I think it is getting more contagious these days. We’re still wearing out masks when out among the public.

  7. The Purple Leah project seems to have a point

  8. Sorry to hear about Covid coming into your home. Glad you’re husband is on the mend and glad you’ve been spared. Your doggy is adorable. I would have caved to that face. Of course he can bring in that ball. lol

    • Thank you, Jill. It is hard to say no to Marley sometimes. He’s such a sweetheart in the house. I reminded him he has plenty of toys in the house.

  9. I’m pleased you are making progress with Marley; and am prompted to send you this link

    • Thanks, Derrick. I have realized the “Leave it,” is strange when referring to a person, so I’m glad you had a sense of humor about being called, “it.” Our new trainer uses the word, “off,” but Marley knows, “leave it,” so well, I’m sticking with it for now. Sometimes “No” works, too, so I could try that.

  10. JoAnna, I am sorry to hear that your husband has had covid, and glad he is recovering. Many of my family members have had covid, including Robert and me. My older daughter in Texas had it, but none of her three roommates became infected. May you dodge the bullet, too! ❤ The pets, though they have been a challenge, seem to be doing well!

  11. Pets can be such a joy. Unconditional love which is unparalleled to any.

    Please take care, and take care from Covid, dear Joanna. We got it last month too.

  12. Nice

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