S: The York Family Pets
BC: Our Furry Family Members
FC: Pawprints On Our Hearts | Pets | LOVE | Our Pets | We
1: Why own a dog? There's danger you know You can't own just one, the craving will grow There's no doubt they're addictive, wherein lies the danger While living with lots, you'll grow poorer and stranger. One dog is so funny, and two are no trouble The third one is easy, the fourth one's a honey The fifth's delightful, the sixth one's a breeze, You find you can live with a house full with ease. So how 'bout another? Would you really dare? They're really quite easy, but Lord, the hair. With dogs on the sofa, and dogs on the bed, And crates in the kitchen, It's no bother, you've said, They're really no trouble, their manners are great, What's just one more dog, and one more crate? The sofa is hairy, the windows are crusty, The floor is all footprints, the furniture is dusty, The housekeeping suffers, but what do you care? Who minds a few nose prints, and a little more hair. | So let's keep a puppy, you can always find room, And a little more time for the dust cloth and broom, There's hardly a limit to the dogs you can add, The thought of a cutback sure makes you sad. Each one is so special, so useful, so funny, The vet, the food bills grow larger, you owe money, Your folks never visit, few friends come to stay, Except other dog folks, who live the same way. Your lawn has now died, and your shrubs are dead too, But your weekends are busy, you're off with your crew, There's dog food and vitamins, and training and shots, And entries and motels which cost lots. Is it worth it you wonder? Are you caught in a trap? Then your favorite dog comes and climbs in your lap, His look says your special, and you know that you will Keep all of the critters, in spite of the bill
2: If you can start the day without caffeine. If you can get going without pep pills. If you can always be cheerful ignoring aches and pains. If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles. If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it. If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time. If you can overlook it when those you love take it out on you when through no fault of yours something goes wrong. If you can take criticism and blame without resentment. If you can ignore a friend's limited education and never correct him. If you can resist treating a rich friend better than a poor friend. If you can face the world without lies and deceit. If you can conquer tension without medical help. If you can relax without liquor. If you can sleep without the aid of drugs. .....Then you are probably the family dog!
3: If I Didn't Have a Dog... orCat...... I could walk around the yard barefoot in safety. My house could be carpeted instead of tiled and laminated. All flat surfaces, clothing, furniture, and cars would be free of hair. When the doorbell rings, it wouldn't sound like a kennel. When the doorbell rings, I could get to the door without wading through fuzzy bodies who beat me there. I could sit on the couch and my bed the way I wanted, with out taking into consideration how much space several fur bodies would need to get comfortable. I would have money, and no guilt to go on a real holiday. I would not be on a first-name basis with 6 veterinarians, as I put their yet unborn grandkids through university. The most used words in my vocabulary would not be: out, sit, down, come, no, stay, and leave it ALONE. My house would not be cordoned off into zones with baby gates or barriers. I would not talk 'baby talk'. 'Eat your din din'. 'Yummy yummy for the tummy'. My house would not look like a day care center, toys everywhere. My pockets would not contain things like poop bags, treats and an extra leash. I would no longer have to spell the words B-A-L-L, W-A-L-K, T-R-E-A-T, O-U-T, G-O, R-I-D-E, S-Q-U-I-R-R-E-L I would not have as many leaves INSIDE my house as outside. I would not look strangely at people who think having ONE dog/cat ties them down too much. I'd look forward to spring and the rainy season instead of dreading 'mud' season. I would not have to answer the question 'Why do you have so many animals?' from people who will never have the joy in their lives of knowing they are loved unconditionally by someone as close to an angel as they will ever get.
6: She left her paw prints on our hearts... | Ginny
8: Ginger was our first family dog, she grew up with us, and us with her. We will always miss our Ginny. She was a good dog.
10: Puppy Love
11: Our Reggie
13: Reggie goes by many names, "Boo, Regina, Reginald, Reggie~Roo, "THE BOO, Boo Boo Do... | ... and he answers to every one
15: A Dog's Life | Katy
16: Going to Michigan
18: Sooty | Catatude.
20: Here Kitty, Kitty | (Sooty is scared at the vets office)
21: Cats understand the importance of a nap. | Meow
22: Lady Bug
25: Home Is Where The Dog Is
26: Cats and dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole. - Bettina Eddie
27: Kenny the Beagle | After a years of neglect, Kenny finally found a family that loves him........
28: Binx BEFORE... | Binx Before...
29: Lucky Dog | BINX
30: Binx had double cataract surgery so he can see again
31: Binx as a foster kid
32: Dear God: Let me give you a list of just some of the things I must remember to be a good dog. 1. I will not eat the cats' food before they eat it, OR.. after they throw it up. 2. I will not roll on dead seagulls, fish, crabs, rotten squirrel poop, or a dead animal, just because I like the way they smells. 3. The Litter Box is not a cookie jar. REPEAT: The litter box is NOT a cookie jar! 4. The sofa is not a 'face towel'. 5. The garbage collector is not stealing our stuff. 6. I don't need to suddenly stand straight up when I'm under the coffee table. 7. I must shake the rainwater out of my fur before entering the house - not after. 8. I will not come in from outside, and immediately drag my butt on mom's clean carpet. 9. The cat is not a 'squeaky toy' so when I play with him and he makes that noise, it's usually not a good thing. 10. I will not growl at all dogs close to me whilst I'm dining, as I must remember I will get my share. 11. When mom grooms my paws, I won't act all ticklish, skid-dish or "sissy-fied". 12. I will not jump up and give my parents a "hug" after playing in the mud, just before they go to work. 13. I will resist the urge to stare lovingly into dad's eyes, with big sad dilated pupils, when he eats popcorn on the couch. 14. When mom gets her morning coffee, I must not jump on her lap just when she's sitting down holding it in her hand. 15. Video game cartridges & ipods are not pretty square chew toys.
33: 16. Wii remotes are not the next best thing in nylabone chews. 17. When mom or dad calls another dog other than myself, I will not come running too. 18. I will not stand under my parents feet while their cooking, that food may not fall after all. 19. When mom yells at her children, I will run to sulk with them and let them know I think I'm in trouble with them, we need to stick together. 20. I will try and give direct kisses on the mouth of my parents just like they do. I'm family too. 21. I will NOT think a poop free yard is an empty slate that must be filled immediately. 22. I will resist the urge to defecate as soon as I'm in a public place, or within view of the public.... 23. I will give mom & dad enough room on the bed to move their legs during the night. 24. Crying & whining when mom is getting our food ready, will not make her move any faster. 25. I will let the water finish dripping from my mouth, before I move away from the water bowl. 26. I will resist the tongue tasting of any alcoholic beverage when my parents are otherwise engaged in conversation, unawares of my doings. 27. I will remind the kids that pizza crust is not on my grain free diet. 28. A loaf of bread hanging over the edge of the counter, is not an open invitation to pull it down & eat the entire loaf. 29. I will resist the urge to find the new pair of shoes to comfort myself with, while the family is busy and not paying attention to me. 30. I will not bark until the cat across the street is actually in my yard, and not just sitting in his driveway on the other side of the cul-de-sac.
34: 31. I will not place my toys in the refrigerator every time mom opens the door, hoping she'll toss me a carrot. 32. I will wipe my paws on the doormat that is instructing me to do so when I enter the house. 33. I will not bark at every leaf that falls or airplane that flies overhead, as I know that I cannot tell them to leave our airspace alone! (or something like that) 34. I will sit still and be patient while mom cleans my ears as she's only looking out for my health and well-being. 35. I will sit still on the scale, so that my correct weight is noted, not the speed with which I can wiggle my tail. 36. I will not bring dead birds in the house and hide them behind the sofa. 37. I will not jump up on the dining room table and look for crumbs as soon as the humans are finished eating.
35: 38. I will not take a nap in the middle of the dining ...room table. 39. If I have to puke, I will not move away from the hard floors, to find the only piece of clean carpet to hurl on. 40. I will go potty outdoors, even if the grass is wet & water is falling from the sky, it will not hurt me. 41. I will remember that rain soaked grass will not melt or harm my paws. 42. Incessant, continual barking at a squirrel after it gets away from me, will not entice it to come back so I may destroy it. 43. And since I ALWAYS love my family, no matter what, please help them remember to always love me, even when I'm being myself.
36: "Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened.... Anatole France
37: "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." ~ Mahatma Gandhi
38: "A dog is the only thing on earth that will love you more than you love yourself. (Josh Billings) | "We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." ~ (Immanual Kant) "My goal in life is to be as good of a person my dog already thinks I am." (Annonymus) | "A cat is a puzzle for which there is no solution." ~ (Hazel Nicholson)
39: “Dogs come into our lives to teach us about love. They depart to teach us about loss. A new dog never replaces an old dog; it merely expands the heart. If you have loved many dogs, your heart is very big.” (by Erica Jong) The York Family hopes your heart is very big!