Tag: Animals


Emotion For Our Pets Helps Explain Human Health Spending

Harriet exploring on the shores of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. Photo: Christopher Pollard

In almost every year since the 1960s, health care spending has grown at least as fast as the overall economy, and often much faster. Strange as it may sound, how we care for our pets offers some answers.

Source: How Emotion Over Pet Care Helps Explain Human Health Spending – The New York Times

Make the New Year Yours

Best wishes to you and yours for an outstanding & healthy 2017.

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.”
― T.S. Eliot

Go forth and kick some ass, take names, get shit done, try something new, be passionate and make this New Year yours – peacefully and with class of course.

RIP Kitty Girl

Karlie folding my shirts. Minneapolis, Minnesota. July 2, 2013 (posted December 7, 2016).

My Karlie cat passed away this morning at home.

I was at her side, giving her pet pets, letting her know that she’s a brave and amazing little girl.

Karlie follows her buddy Edward who passed away 6 months ago to this day. I like to think that they’re chilling together once again.

Thank you one and all for your kind words when I shared Karlie’s prognosis last Thursday.

Edward and Karlie getting comfortable during our first few months together. November 2, 2011

Five years ago these cats needed a home when their previous human passed away, a Gulf War veteran who lost his own battle due to PTSD.

I’m grateful that folks like you reached out to see if I would take these critters in. While the Karlie & Edward chapter of my life has ended, I’m fortunate for the experience because they gave me immeasurable joy.

Sweet dreams Kitty Girl.