I like to think of myself as a good pet owner. We feed them all the best food, treat them right, take them to the vet regularly and all around love our critters. That being said, our first day at our new home we lost our dog.
The day had been super hectic with lots of trips from the car into the house. At the end of the day we decided to treat ourselves to a meal out. When we returned home, we found our front door open (nothing missing, we somehow left it unlocked) and our beloved doggie gone. We were very worried, but remembered that he was microchipped and tagged. About 5 minutes later we remembered that we had recently changed our phone numbers and all of his information was to our old numbers. Panic ensued as we searched for him. It was dark and we live next to a large wooded area.
When it became too late to search anymore I looked for the local animal shelter. They have a fantastic website that allows you to file a missing or found animal report and they also post a daily video of the animals that came in that day. We did not see him on the found animal video, so I posted a lost report. Early the next morning I got a call from the shelter saying one of our new neighbors had filed found dog report. 2 minutes later we were meeting our new neighbors and getting our beloved doggie back.
We were very lucky. Most lost animals are not found so easily. We thought we had taken all the right steps to protect him, but somehow missed changing our phone numbers on his tag and microchip. Our whole family is very happy to have our dog back and will make sure to change his information when we change ours in the future. Remember, even the most well trained animals can disappear. Safeguard them so they can return home.
As I have said before, I have never been a huge fan of holidays. This is the first holiday season my daughters are old enough to enjoy. Nicole really enjoys holiday lights but gets a little nervous around all the “scary” decorations. Nadia is bomb proof and thinks the decorations are great fun.
Last night they had their first adventure in Trick or Treating. We first visited a friend early in the afternoon to ease them into ringing doorbells for candy. At first they both were hesitant but got the hang of it when candy made its appearance. We visited our friend for awhile then headed to my Mom’s neighborhood.
They may have learned a bad lesson when they rang Grandma’s doorbell and she gave them candy. I hope they don’t think this will happen every time we visit Grandma. We spend time visiting with Grandma and a few of her neighbors.
Nadia dressed as a parrot, her costume took a little getting used to as she dislikes things on her head. Once she discovered everyone thought she was super cute she consented to the hat.
Nicole originally was going to be a cow but she decided that her costume was not ok. She was then made into a kitty which she approved of. Nicole LOVES cats and starts every day with hugging at least one of her kitties.
Both girls had a lot of fun, but were worn out afterwards. I am glad we did the trick or treating early though as it got crowded in our neighborhood as the night wore on. I was surprised how many older (teenage) kids were trick or treating. I saw many high school age kids asking for candy, one even asked for money.
There seems to be a trend of neighbors distancing themselves from their neighbors. I have lived in my house for a year and have met my neighbor once when our sprinkler system was malfunctioning. At our prior residence we spoke to our neighbor once in three years when we accidentally received her mail. This seems to be the norm in most of the places I have lived.
My Mother moved to a house two years ago and her new neighbors, all of them on her block, are different than any I have ever lived near. They are all on very friendly terms, speak at least every week, and have their dogs play in large groups together. They gather to watch fights and tv shows and think nothing of helping each other with things. As they live on a dead end street, it is a perfect place to have block parties, which they frequently do.
|Nicole (left) and Nadia (right) with Grandma Judy
Saturday they had their annual Halloween block party. It started early for the youngsters, but continued well into the morning. There was marshmallow roasting over a raised fire pit, hot chocolate bar for the kiddies, slow roast pork sandwiches to die for, and drinks for the above 21 crowd. I was amazed when a 6 year old boy offered to roast marshmallows for my daughters.
|Nadia and neighbor Liz
Maybe it is just Las Vegas, however, it seems our society has lost its neighborly ways. You rarely see neighborhood parties or barbeques. Many neighbors don’t know who their neighbors are or even how many people live next to them. The block party was such a wonderful experience for my girls and I, I think I will try to become friends with my neighbors also.