Jen’s thoughts

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A Sense of Entitlement

Recently I read a blog post about lunch thieves written by Yuki Noguchi and posted on the NPR website. She asked manners consultant Jeanne Hamilton why people steal their co-workers’ lunches. The answer? Because of a sense of entitlement. A sense of entitlement. It’s the excuse we use for all sorts of bad behavior. It’s … Continue reading

Can a Pet Be ‘Too Happy?’

Recently Psychology Today published an article by Dr. Marc Bekoff entitled, “Can Animals Be Too Happy or Have Too Much Fun?“ He doesn’t have the answer, but does point to some compelling evidence that this may be the case. For instance, a lamb at play runs into a cactus and starts bleating. This could tip … Continue reading

Vet Visits for Worry Worts

Today Rumpy heads to the vet to have his teeth cleaned and the problem tooth removed. I’m so glad. And I’m worried. I always worry when there’s anesthesia involved. I worry about complications with the extraction. Or problems that might arise as he heals. What if he doesn’t come home? . . . Then I … Continue reading

Do We Enable Hoarders?

There’s something that’s been bothering me for a long time, but I haven’t been sure how to address it. I think the animal welfare community enables hoarders. The Animal Legal Defense Fund states that hoarding is the number one animal cruelty crisis facing companion animals in the US. And it’s also a crisis in other … Continue reading

At Sochi, Our Voices Were Heard

Many dog lovers are up at arms about the dog cull in Sochi. But the killing of animals has long been associated with major sporting events. Remember in 2012 when stray dogs were killed in Ukraine before the Euro 2012 Soccer Championship? Dogs were poisoned with bait food or killed by blowgun syringes loaded with … Continue reading

We’re On the Air!

Oh Dog! I am so excited! As I told you, Jen was interviewed for the Paws to Talk podcast, and that podcast is now LIVE! You  can download the podcast at the Paws to Talk website or on iTunes. If you ever wondered what the stingy cookie woman is really like, here’s your chance to … Continue reading

Crazy Cat Lady? I Don’t Think So.

I am bothered that many people think that a single woman who cares for more than one cat is to be identified as a Crazy Cat Lady. I am even more bothered that many of you think that’s cute and have chosen to embrace the title. And retailers have taken notice, for now they, too, … Continue reading

And the Day Comes……

And eventually the day comes when you realize that this is the new normal, so you’d better get used to it and move on. I’ve been offered a job in North Central Florida, so I’ll be nearby Jacksonville, Gainesville and Tallahassee. I’ve got to find us yet another place to live and then get packing. … Continue reading

Why Do I Bother Writing This Blog?

Sometimes I ask myself why I continue to write a blog dedicated to the welfare of animals. Aren’t there plenty of other groups and people doing the same that are at least getting paid to carry that message? Am I nothing more than a minnow swimming in the ocean? After all, if I were to … Continue reading

Much Ado About DeDe

I’m struggling with what to do about DeDe. You see, she still eats. She still wags her tail when she sees me. She still smiles. But she struggles to get up and down. Sometimes when she sleeps, she doesn’t wake when I get up, or even when I walk out of the room. She’s fallen … Continue reading

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All About Me!

Hi! My name is Rumpy, and I am an Alaskan Malamute. I used to live in Middle Tennessee, but now my family and I reside in southeast Alabama. I have this cool blog that I started in 2011. Here at rumpydog.com we talk about all things animal, with a focus on animal welfare and responsible animal companion guardianship. But we also like to throw in a heaping helping of cute! cute! cute! I mean, how could you look at me and not melt, right?

My story? Well, I was found on the side of a busy street. Jenny thought she would help me find my home, but nobody claimed me. So now I live with her. She's a pretty good ole' gal, but she is mighty stingy with the dog cookies. *sigh*

There are also some cats- they each have their own story. June Buggie is their chief spokesperson. He is 16 years old, crotchety, and not afraid to say what's on his mind.

All writings and photos are the copyright property of Jenny Threet (unless the writer is a guest blogger, in which case it is the property of that guest blogger) and may not be used without permission.

You can contact me at rumpydog@hotmail.com.


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