Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday Four Fill-In #159

The "Follow Friday Four Fill-In" is hosted by Hilary at Feeling Beachie. Each week, she posts statement with blanks. Our mission, should we choose to accept, is to copy the statement and fill in the blanks on our blogs. Then link up to her blog for sharing. Hilary is always looking for co-hosts and more statements for us to fill in. Please visit her and let her know your suggestions!

The statements & My Answers:

1. I do not require a lot of material possessions. The things important to me are not physical or tangible "things". (I do not consider animals or my FurKids possessions.)

2. Sometimes I wonder if mankind will ever learn from history or mistakes made.

3. It is very unusual but I do not watch or read horror/paranormal movies or books. I have read some nonfiction ghost books that were of a historical nature (though rarely). I feel uncomfortable with anything "supernatural".

4. Is it illegal to keep secrets that may be questionable?

Feeling Beachie

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Pondering: "Hop"

I am joining Brenda at BYG Adventures  for her weekly "Pondering". This week she has us pondering the word "hop". Come join us!

The first things that come to my mind are bunnies and frogs. I always thought it was interesting that we refer to their movement as "hopping". When we are children, we are taught to "jump" with two feet, and "hop" on one foot. I cannot imagine a rabbit or a frog "hopping" on one foot! Well, can you? 

As a kid growing up in South Texas, I used to go out to the ditches and bayous when it rained. I would collect buckets of tadpoles. I would then lug these buckets home and scoop the tiny tadpoles into fish bowls. It was so amazing to watch them grow into frogs. When they completed their transformation, I would take the frogs back to where I found them as tadpoles and release them. I was very careful to make sure everyone made it back alive and uninjured.

It was also this same time period that I had pet rabbits. I had four bunnies: three males (Razzle Dazzle, Buck and Rusty) and a female (Cotton). Razzle Dazzle and Cotton were white rabbits. I must admit that they were kind of an “item”. There were baby bunnies (also called kittens, kits, or kindle) born more than once. Buck was a silvery-grey colour. Rusty was a natural (wild) brown.

I am glad that I was an older kid then (ages 10-13), because bunnies are a lot of work! I had four hutches in a row. I had to clean the hutches in the morning and evening. Cleaning involved the inside of each hutch, and then underneath the row of hutches. Rabbits eat a lot, thus creating a lot of rabbit waste and odor. After cleaning in and around the hutches, I would give the bunnies fresh water and food.  

Rabbits also need to chew, so must be offered something to chew on. Their incisors grow throughout their lives. Chewing can become a problem, especially if they are bored. There are things that can be offered to help keep their teeth trimmed while curbing destructive behavior. When I was a kid, I often had to be creative. I gave them things like paper towel rolls and chunks of wood or small branches.

Razz was a huge male (a buck). He was very dominant with the other rabbits, but gentle with people and other animals. Buck and Rusty hated being held, and would claw and bite anyone but me. Cotton (a doe) was always afraid. Her heart would race every time she was handled, which broke my heart. All four rabbits were grown when I adopted them. They were “rescues”. I still love rabbits, and have done quite a bit of newborn bunny rescue. I bottle feed orphans and later release them back into the wild. (That is Solo, an orphaned newborn Eastern Cottontail rescue, in my Blog Header.)

With Easter here I would like you to consider these things before adopting a bunny. They are a lot of work. They can be very messy, and they do have a strong odor (especially males). Their need for chewing is constant and can be very destructive. They can be difficult to get along with, for each other as well as for you to handle. Housing them can be challenging. Rabbits need a lot of room to get proper exercise. They can make excellent pets, but rabbits are living animals and require proper care. 

One final note: Please keep in mind that wild rabbits are active now that Spring is here. Rabbits will often create a nest in weeds or grassy areas. Check your yards and lawns, especially before you let pets outside or mow the grass. If you find them, consult with a wildlife rescue professional for assistance. Everyone will be better for it. 

Hoppy Easter!
Solo's release

Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation for Animals

A Guide for the Consumer
By Susan E. Davis

Physical therapy is not only for humans. It is actually beneficial to many animals. Whether the animal is a pampered pet or a working animal, there are many benefits to be gained. This book explains the needs and benefits of physical therapy.

Author Susan E. Davis is a licensed physical therapist. She has more than three decades of experience. She worked initially in human physical therapy, but then veterinary physical therapy became her specialty. She has worked in many settings, from homecare to zoos.

Physical therapy is used for a variety of reasons, treating the various stages of life, illness, injury, and age. Physical therapy can also prevent or treat injuries. This is especially helpful in those who are active or working, whether in a competitive arena or a working situation. It can strengthen or promote healing, depending upon the need and case.

In this book, you will learn about the history and evolution of physical therapy. You will also learn about the many methods available, and their particular benefits. There are natural (holistic) methods available. These types of therapy may include Reiki and acupuncture, as well as many other options. Traditional methods may involve splints, wraps, and the use of manipulation or equipment. The reader learns the differences in traction and strengthening, as well as how each one works.

Using actual case studies, you will learn how the type of physical therapy is prescribed. You will then see how it can be utilized properly. Each animal, like each human, is different in both need and capability. Only a qualified healthcare expert can diagnose and prescribe the appropriate method. However, an educated owner can help in maintenance and care of their pets. 

The book is easy to read and use. The author lists related topics and resources along with the appendix. I recommend this book to pet owners, and to those who work with animals. I have used physical therapy, and performed it on my pets. I can attest to its many benefits in healing and in prolonging quality of life. This is an essential volume to those who love the animals in their care.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Coffee Chat: How Am I Seen?

"I wonder how many people I've looked at all 
my life,  and never seen."~ John Steinbeck,
The Winter of Our Discontent

Every Tuesday, there is a Coffee Chat over at Rory Bore's place, Time Out for Mom. This week the topic of discussion is how others see us. For me, this is an expansion of last week's topic, "I Am Not...Your Interpretation of Me." 

I think we often react to life based upon our past, what works for us. For some that means we react according to the way we have been treated. For others it is what they can get away with in their treatment of others. 

I have sometimes been misunderstood by the way I react to difficult situations. I don't like conflict, so will usually hold things in. I retreat, withdraw to think things through until I can find a solution. There are times that I need space to find my strength, to work it out within myself. Once I come to terms with things, I will act accordingly. I wrote about this in a musing.

In kind, I respect others and their space. I don't put demands or ultimatums on people, because I know how uncomfortable that feels. It is a heavy burden. I cannot make choices for others, nor do I want to. I do not want them to make mine. If there is to be peace, acceptance is necessary. I am a believer of, “It is what it is.” I have learned to accept. 

When I have been misunderstood or judged, there were times that it left me upset. It felt like a violation of both trust and respect. I accept that uncomfortable fact because I have to. I was open and honest, yet I was not being accepted. 

I am not one who plays games. I shoot straight. I am honest because I choose to be. When I do act, it is with clear vision. I believe that I will be judged by God. It is Him I have to please in the end. Until then, I have to live with myself. I have to face myself every day. I make my decisions based upon that. 

Though I hope that you do, maybe you don't see this in me. I cannot be responsible for what you see, however. I can only be responsible for what I do. I cannot be responsible for how you react to me. I can only be responsible for my own actions. I hope that you take the time to see me as I am, not as you wish I were. I promise to take the time to see you, too. 

No...I am not perfect. I never said I was, and am the first to admit that. But, no one in this world is perfect; no one. I can accept that fact. Can you?

WW: A Cold Moon


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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A Makeover

Please notice the "new & improved" look of McGuffy's Reader! After some soul searching, I decided if I was to continue blogging, I needed to make some changes. To start with, I needed to update my blog design to reflect what is important to me. 

Fellow bloggers, Katie Isabella & her Mom referred me to Ann Adamus of Zoolatry, who does blog design and makeovers. She looked at McGuffy's Reader and immediately knew what needed to be done. She understood what and why I was wanting and needing to change. She got started immediately and worked quickly.

In addition to my wonderful new look, I plan to share more of what is important to me. I want to get back to the basics. There are memes that I want to join regularly. There are pictures, poetry, stories and musings that I would like to share. Consequently, though I will continue to do book reviews, I will be doing less of them. I really feel I need to make these changes. I want to get back into a comfortable and meaningful routine. 

Please visit Ann at Zoolatry. She made this much needed makeover very easy for me. She is very creative and knowledgeable in Photo-Art and design. She has great ideas and suggestions, too. Her logo can be found in my sidebar. 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday Four Fill In #158

The "Friday Fill-In" is hosted by Hilary at Feeling Beachie . Each week, she posts statement with blanks. Our mission, should we choose to accept, is to copy the statement and fill in the blanks on our blogs. Then link up to her blog for sharing. Hilary is always looking for co-hosts and more statements for us to fill in. Please visit her, and let her know your suggestions!

The Statements & My Answers:
1. Listening to music is my way to relax and refocus. I like many kinds, so choose what I "need". 
2. My favorite song is "Both Sides Now". I have many that I love, but this one has always been particularly special to me, going back to childhood.
3. I am nothing like the women who raised me.
4. One thing I wish I could do better is fix things. It would help in Bill's necessary absence, if something broke I could repair the leak under the kitchen sink! We fixed it when he got home.

Feeling Beachie