HERBIE'S HINTS (named after my dad!)
Do you ever find yourself asking CAN PEOPLE CHANGE?
Both a downside and an upside of Facebook is people posting missing pets. It’s an upside that pet owners have the ability to get the word out about their missing pet and to see pets “reunited” with their family. It’s a downside that the pet is missing and sometimes not found.
When I see the missing cats I think of the two cats I had while growing up. When I was very little my dad used to say that I could have any kind of animal that I wanted except a cat. So when I was about 6 I found a tiny white kitten. I named her Snowflake. My dad wouldn’t let me keep her and she had to be re-homed.
Fast forward 25 years. We had a 4 –stall barn at our house. One day a cat walked into the barn and started hanging out, teasing but staying out of danger of the dogs. My dad made this 4-sided wooded box for the cat to hang out in while she was in the barn. Herbie went on to add cat food to the delivery of horse feed. As winter was approaching, he added a light bulb to the box to provide heat for the cat.
I think of my dad’s evolved feeling, thinking, and doing about cats. I know it is possible for people to change. They have to want to change. And then, like Herbie, “do” something that is observable, measurable evidence that change happened.