Furryth-of-July 2017

July 2, 2017

Dear my sweetest of furr-balls,

Happy Furryth-of-July’s!!!

As the 241st anniversary of the United States of America Independence Day is upon us I cannot but reflect on all those who have fought and sacrificed for our ‘Independence’. First, and foremost, I am so proud of my immediate family members that proudly served our country.

Lynn, Gene, Carl and Leonard (left to right in the photo below), you have all earned our nation’s utmost respect and have served our country so honorably. God Bless you all.

Now imagine that you are a little baby and it’s your very first Independence Day, 4th of July, celebration. This will be the case for both Gracie, our 8-month-old puppy, and Bleu, our 3-month-old kitten. I’m sure we all will have a delicious holiday as Brandee always has some nice meal planned even as something as BBQ becomes a special event and it’s always scrumptious.

The 2017 version of the Neal Furryth-of-July will be represented by Jack, Gracie and Bleu. We are so blessed to have them as a part of our current family.

However, it’s important that we remember the past as well.

Two such lovely furry ladies that I love so much are Misty and Bella.  Misty was a neighborhood ally-cat that found her way into our home (literally) at about age 20-years and we whole-heartedly welcomed her as our own.  Bella, of course, was our tiny baby for nearly 15 beautiful years and she still is, and will always be, the most precious baby for me personally.  I miss you Baby Furr.

So, for this Furryth-of-July, from the Neal furry family, we want to wish everyone a wonderful and safe Independence Day. Certainly, go enjoy your time at BBQ’s, parties or other events, but please give some time to reflect on those who have made our special day, exceptionally great.

Love,

Kevin

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Struggle to adjust without Bella

June 25th, 2017

Dear Sweet Baby Bella,

It’s been two months since you went to Pet Heaven at Rainbow Bridge and our missing you is more painful than ever. We love you.

As you know we have two new additions to the family with Bleu and Gracie, and we love them dearly, but there just isn’t a strong bond with them yet; to be very honest. At least for me personally. I feel this awful guilt and something just isn’t natural at this point. Maybe, over time, we will feel more comfortable together. I just don’t know.

Your bub, Jack, seems to be of the same opinion based on his body language. He seems somewhat withdrawn and stubborn recently. It could be from the summer heat and desire to lounge around in the air-conditioned house, but I truly feel that he misses you as badly as I do. It’s truly painful.

Jack and I spend so many private, special moments together and that’s really wonderful. I sneak him food and give him lots of extra special attention. I talk with him and try to explain things as best as I can. He is such a perfect guy that we cannot love him enough.

Sweet Bella, I’m going to change my Facebook logo today from your beautiful picture today and I feel an awful guilt about doing-so but I hope you can understand. I will rotate images of your beauty in your great honor just as I have with Misty.

Love,

Daddy

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Life in the Neal house has certainly been different since Bella went to Pet Heaven on 4/27/17. Honestly, there is an impossible-to-fill void in our hearts for her.  We are doing our best but our lovely daughter of 15 glorious years is dearly missed.

Bella

Brandee, Jack and I miss our sweetest Bella like you can’t believe. This past month without her feels like it’s been 30 years, instead of 30 days. She was such a great part of our lives for 15 wonderful years that it will take time to adjust, but it’s difficult; to say the least.

It’s really hard to express just how much Bella meant to our family. She was the center of our universe. Bella provided our family such great love and comfort that we miss so badly. We can only hope that we provided such comfort in reciprocity.

We love you baby and are so happy that you are enjoying your time in Pet Heaven at Rainbow Bridge until we meet again.

 

BBQ

Brandee and I kicked off the Summer ’17 BBQ season with a fun-filled event at our home.  We invited some of our close friends and family over for hamburgers, hot dogs and fun.  We all had a lot of fun socializing and watching all the crazy activity going on.  It was a crazy mix of first’s because it was the first time a group of strangers were in the house with our new kitten and new puppy.

 

Jackson

While Jack seems physically healthy, I get a clear feeling that he has become more distant for some reason.  I think part of this is mourning for his beloved sissy, Bella, as maybe he’s still waiting for her to come home and doesn’t understand that she went to Pet Heaven.  Or, and I hate to say it but I’m thinking it none-the-less, the guilt of two new sisters.  Of course, these two new sissies are in no means a replacement for Jack’s beautiful sister but I can share his agony and it’s tough to adjust.

Jack is our best buddy so Brandee and I are doing extra special things to spoil our perfect son.

 

Gracie and Bleu

Our recently adopted 8-month old chiweenie puppy, Gracie, and our 7-week old kitten, Bleu, continue to live their carefree lives as naïve children, which has brought some sense of levity to our home that is badly needed right now.  They have provided a nice distraction as we all adjust together as one big family.

Gracie and Jack seem to be getting along much better as the day’s go by. They play together for hours each day which is certainly good for both of them.  However, weighing out at barely 2 ½ pounds, Bleu, has already taken control of the household.  Jack and Bleu rarely have direct contact, although he does protect Bleu when Gracie gets a bit rough in her playing.  On the other hand, Gracie (puppy) and Bleu (kitten) play with each other nearly non-stop and it’s really funny to witness.  Even though Gracie is small, Bleu is even much smaller at something like a 7:1 ratio, yet Bleu dictates the fight (i.e. play action).

 

Business

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Bella Letter to Heaven, 06/05/2017

Hey Baby,

Mom, Bubby and I miss you a ton!

We are trying to move-on as a family but it’s just not there without you right now. It’s very difficult.

As you know we adopted two sissies a few weeks ago and I’m glad to provide them a home. Yet, I have to be honest that no matter how much love they bring to this household, they cannot fill the emptiness you left.

I feel so sick for Bubby, in particular. He is not the same person since you left. It’s very painful to experience and Mommy and I give him extra special attention. There is no way that we can replace your loviness for him so we just try to do our best.

 

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We love you with all our heart and please send sweet dreams.

Love,

Daddy

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Hand of Doom – Memorial Day

There is a song by the band Black Sabbath that I’ve always enjoyed because it had a cool jam, but I never really paid attention to the lyrics; honestly, until recently. This song is called “Hand of Doom” from the Black Sabbath Paranoid album.

I write this note, in particular on this Memorial Day, for two reasons. First, heavy metal bands, for the most part are terribly misunderstood. For example, Ozzy Osbourne is NOT the devil, nor anti-Christ or Lucifer. In fact, Ozzy is a nice family orientated person who deeply cares about people and society. Gene Simmons is another ‘fake news’ fabrication. This guy, Gene, who was supposedly the “Devil” but is anything but. It turns out that Gene is actually an educated family man as evidenced in his reality show Gene’s Family Jewels.

Secondly, this particular song entitled ‘Hand of Doom’ and its lyrics are completely anti-drug. Read them for yourself! The lyrics tell a story of sad destruction and an awful death if you use drugs. Hand of Doom is a story about terrible drug addiction in our armed forces and the song identifies the consequences of continuing this behavior.

Anyhow, back to the topic of Hand of Doom, it’s a disturbing (yet honest) reflection on the times during those years of late-60’s and early-70’s. The Wikipedia description is perfect below:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hand_of_Doom_(Black_Sabbath_song)

“The song was conceived after the band had observed a growing number of US soldiers arriving in England in the late 1960s from the Vietnam War with severe drug addictions.[1] It’s about them taking drugs to forget the atrocities of war, only to see it catch up on them and slowly destroy them from the inside.”

Share this song if you feel compelled:  https://youtu.be/p1Y9oOusoQs

 

Hand of Doom

Black Sabbath

Whatcha gonna do?
Time’s caught up with you
Now you wait your turn
You know there’s no return

Take your written rules
You join the other fools
Turn to something new
Now it’s killing you

First it was the bomb
Vietnam napalm
Disillusioning
You push the needle in

From life you escape
Reality’s that way
Colours in your mind
Satisfy your time

Oh you, you know you must be blind
To do something like this
To take the sleep that you don’t know
You’re giving death a kiss, oh, little fool now

Your mind is full of pleasure
Your body’s looking ill
To you it’s shallow leisure
So drop the acid pill,

Don’t stop to think now

You’re having a good time baby
But that won’t last
Your mind’s all full of things
You’re living too fast

Go out enjoy yourself
Don’t bottle it in
You need…

 

Love,

Kevin

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