Don’t wait until it’s too late: Why you should microchip your pet now

Have you ever experienced the fear and anxiety of losing a pet? It’s a heart-wrenching feeling that no pet owner should have to endure. But what if there was a way to increase the chances of your furry friend being found and returned to you? That’s where microchipping comes in. In this article, we’ll explore why it’s crucial to microchip your pet now, before it’s too late. We’ll cover everything from the benefits of permanent identification to how microchipping saves you time and money. So, whether you’re a pet owner or considering adopting a pet, read on to discover why microchipping is a simple and essential step to ensure your pet’s safety.,

Microchipping ensures permanent identification

One of the biggest advantages of microchipping your pet is that it ensures permanent identification. Unlike collars and tags that can be lost or removed, microchips are tiny devices that are implanted under your pet’s skin, where they can’t be tampered with. Every microchip has a unique identification number that is registered with a national database, along with your contact information. This means that if your pet is ever lost or stolen, shelters and veterinarians can scan their microchip and quickly reunite them with you.

Not only does microchipping give you peace of mind knowing that your pet can be identified, but it also makes it easier for shelters and rescues to find homes for lost or abandoned animals. By providing permanent identification, you’re helping to reduce the number of animals that end up in shelters and increasing their chances of finding a happy home.

Microchipping is a quick and painless process that can be done by your veterinarian during a regular office visit. It only takes a few seconds to implant the microchip, and your pet won’t feel any pain. The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is typically placed between your pet’s shoulder blades.

Overall, microchipping your pet is a simple and essential step in ensuring their safety. It gives you peace of mind knowing that your pet can be identified if they ever get lost, and it helps shelters and rescues find homes for lost or abandoned animals. So, don’t wait until it’s too late – microchip your pet now.,

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This little cutie came to be mine because he was turned in as a stray. But he was too well behaved to not have been loved!

Microchipping is a quick and painless process

If you’re worried about the microchipping process being long and uncomfortable for your pet, you can rest easy. Microchipping is a quick and painless process that your veterinarian can complete during a regular office visit. The entire procedure takes no more than a few seconds, and your pet won’t feel any pain. The microchip itself is roughly the size of a grain of rice and is usually implanted between your pet’s shoulder blades.

Not only is the process quick and painless, but microchipping your pet is also an essential step in ensuring their safety. It provides peace of mind for pet owners knowing that if their furry friend ever gets lost, the microchip will help the shelter or rescue center identify them and reunite them with their owner.

Microchipping can also help shelters and rescues find homes for lost or abandoned animals. By identifying the pet’s owner through their microchip, the shelter can quickly contact them and return the animal to its rightful home.

If you want to save yourself time, money, and worry, microchipping is the way to go. And, since the process is so quick and easy, there’s no reason to delay. Microchip your pet today and have peace of mind knowing they are always identified and safe.,

Microchipping can save you time and money

Microchipping your pet doesn’t just benefit them, it can also save you time and money. Without a microchip, your lost pet could end up in a shelter, which could result in you being charged a fee to pick them up. These fees can add up quickly, especially if your pet is lost for an extended period of time.

However, with a microchip, your pet can be quickly identified and returned to you without any unnecessary fees or expenses. Additionally, if your pet is lost or stolen while you’re away, a microchip can save you the cost of hiring a search party or private investigator to locate them.

By microchipping your pet, you’re also saving yourself the hassle and stress of having to search for them on your own. You can rest easy knowing that your pet has a permanent identification that can easily be scanned if they ever become lost.

So, not only is microchipping a responsible and caring decision for your furry friend, but it can also save you time and money in the long run. The peace of mind that comes with knowing your pet is identified and safe is priceless.

Microchipping can increase your pet’s chances of being found, which we’ll explore next.,

Microchipping increases your pet’s chances of being found

When it comes to the safety and security of your fur baby, every precaution is worth taking. One of the most effective ways to ensure your pet’s safety is through the use of microchipping. But what exactly are the benefits of microchipping your pet? As we’ve discussed earlier in this article, microchipping can save you money and stress by providing a reliable way to identify your pet should they become lost or stolen. But did you know that it could also increase the chances of your pet being found?

Unlike collars and tags, microchips are permanent and cannot be removed or lost. This means that if your pet is found without a collar or identification tag, they can still be scanned and identified through their microchip. Due to this, microchipping can increase their chances of being reunited with you should they ever become lost or stolen.

Furthermore, microchips are a reliable source of information for animal shelters and veterinary clinics. In the event that your pet does become lost and is brought to a shelter or clinic, the microchip can provide vital information such as your contact details and any medical information your pet may require.

Investing in a microchip for your pet is a thoughtful and responsible decision that can provide you with peace of mind knowing that your pet is properly identified and safe. So don’t wait until it’s too late, ensure your pet’s safety by microchipping them today.,

In conclusion

Microchipping your pet is a simple and painless process that can provide you with peace of mind and ensure your furry friend’s safety. By opting to microchip your pet now rather than later, you are taking a proactive step that can save you time, money, and heartache. Remember, prevention is always better than cure, and microchipping is no exception. Don’t wait until it’s too late to microchip your pet; take action today and schedule an appointment with your veterinarian. Your furry friend’s life may depend on it. As the saying goes, “A collar and a tag can be removed, but a microchip is forever.”

A Letter to my 100 year old self -Enjoy the ride! #dailyprompt

Write a letter to your 100-year-old self.

I’m sitting here thinking about how I want the next part of my life to have played out. From my perspective, I’ve got a lot ahead of me. How was it like for you?

Did you keep moving as much as you could? I sit here and watch my husband struggle to do anything. Sometimes I wonder if he would have done better to have kept moving even after the Pandemic hit and they put him on Oxygen therapy. As it is, his weight has shot up and I really worry about losing him.

There’s an old saying about “Use it or Lose it.” Looking at him, I can tell you that if you didn’t use it, by the time you read this, you’ve already lost it.

Well I’m not much for writing letters so I’m going to stop for now. Enjoy the day!

Meal Prep for Country Cooks

Meal prep is something that many of us leave until the last moment. I’m not talking about taking the meat out of the freezer or refrigerator. I’m talking about chopping up all the vegetables that go in that soup, stew, one-pot meal. I’m talking celery, carrots, peppers, onions. (Onions are the worst in my humble opinion!)

Why not just buy it?

Before you jump up and tell me that you can just buy those items already chopped up, stop and think about it. What is cheaper, buying the already chopped up items and having to take what is available, or doing it yourself and including the items that your family likes? Last time I checked prices in the grocery store, it was cheaper to buy the produce in the produce section or at the produce market than to pay someone else to do all that chopping.

There are tons of books/pins/blogs that detail how to accomplish this. I love to look through these places for ideas. I don’t have a problem with the ideas they present, just the quantities!

It’s just my husband and myself, that’s it! I don’t need to cook a meal for more than 2 unless we are talking about soups. So what’s more convenient for me is ingredients that are prepped in such a way that I can simply measure out how much I need.

I don’t have time!

I got this idea the second time I bought a bag of celery stalks and part of them went bad before I could use them all. I grabbed a small cookie tray that would fit in my Side-by-side freezer and lined it with parchment paper. Then I grabbed my celery, cutting board and knife before starting to chop. 5 – 10 minutes later I had the tray filled with chopped celery. I popped it in the freezer and waited. About 2 hours later, I came back, and the celery was frozen enough that I could dump it from there into a freezer container. The pieces remained separated enough that I could easily just get what I needed out. I repeated this until I had all the celery done.

I took one large onion and cut it up using a mandolin slicer. It took maybe 5 minutes to do. This is going into the refrigerator for use. I’ll cut a few more up and freeze them to use later.

This is sliced Starfruit. A friend of mine has a tree in her backyard. She has started freezing the slices and then adding them to drinks instead of ice cubes.

Think about what you want to store the frozen vegetables in. I use a mixture of freezer bags and freezer containers. This makes it easier for me to see what is in the bags. Just remember to date the bags/containers so you know when you froze them.

My recipe calls for a different type of measurement!

Yeah, so do mine. My favorite cooking magazine, Cook’s Illustrated, once tackled this question. According to their tests, a small onion = 1/2 cup of diced onions, a medium onion = 1 cup, and a large onion = 2 cups!

Now, of course, you probably won’t only be dealing with just onions. Which led me to another website, Great website! Having found this, I plan to go back through my favorite recipes and make notes.

Now that I gave you some ideas, go forth and conquer! With all those vegetables already prepared, cooking becomes so much more enjoyable!

Sharing is Caring

We’ve all heard that little phrase at one point or another. The speaker could have been talking about our toys, our school supplies, or any number of other things that can be shared. Sharing is a good thing!

When it comes to blogs, sharing can be vital to our success as a blogger. After all, we want new readers to find and follow our blog. Relying on search engines isn’t going to get you very far.

Sharing isn’t going to replace searches but it can bring you more exposure. Across the bottom of most blog posts is a line of buttons that are a quick way to share the post. As a blogger, I include them but never really looked at the resulting stats.


The other day I took a look at my sharing stats. Imagine my surprise when I saw that my blog has been shared a whopping 10,000+ times on WhatsApp! So thank you folks, that’s an avenue of sharing I never thought of!

The Devil’s in the Details

What is about a book series that keeps you interested and coming back for more? Before you give me a quick answer, stop and think harder about it. Yes, the characters, the relationships, the action, all that will play a huge part in whether you read more than the first few chapters.

There’s been more than one highly rated book series that I’ve tried but just couldn’t keep interested in. Honestly, I’ve always wondered why I didn’t like the classics more than I do. I kept coming back to the question of “Why?”

Recently my husband and I started buying the complete series on DVD of several TV series that are no longer available any other way. It took watching a couple of the ones from the 1970’s for the reason to dawn on me.

When you contrast those shows with some of today’s shows, the sheer amount of detail just jumps out at you. Rather than using studio sets for the indoor shots, they would shoot in actual places. That gives you a much more realistic feeling.

In the same way, it’s the details of the story that makes it so much more enjoyable. It’s the difference between filming on the studio backlot where everything is carefully staged and filming on a city street.

So, if you’re the writer, please include the details! As a reader, we need to let the authors know we appreciate their efforts!

Taking a look back!

I was recently asked where I came up with the name “Reluctant Retiree.” In all honesty, it’s because I had to “retire” even though I didn’t want to.

My husband and I had just moved to Florida to be nearer to my father. Neither one of us were having any luck finding good jobs. We’d settled for delivering papers at night. When my husband had to go to the hospital for a problem he was having, the ER doctor set him up with an appointment for a Primary Care Doctor.

Imagine our surprise when the first words out of the doctor’s mouth were “Are you on Disability yet?” We had tried several times before to sign him up but never got anywhere. The doctor had him signed up for a VA pension within a month. The only catch? It was based on family need so I had to leave my job (retire) so we remained eligible.

Since the amount of the pension was enough to cover our bills, I reluctantly retired! My blog started as a way to share my favorite books with others.

So there you have it! The story behind the name!

Small Space Decorating – Outside Edition

Previously I’ve shown you how you can decorate your small home with simple things such as changing your dining table centerpieces. It can make a big difference in how your house/apartment looks.

But what about the outside of your home? I live in a single wide trailer in Florida so I have a small amount of space. It still takes some planning to change the looks outside.

Decorating your mailbox is one easy improvement you can make. The covers are relatively inexpensive and easy to use. If your mailbox is metal, there are magnets on the edge of the cover that hold it in place. If it’s plastic, there are small holes punched along the edge that you can use zip ties to secure it with.

As veterans, we always have an American flag out, but on the other side is a different story. Here I use large garden flags. I tend to change these with the seasons!

I have a number of the smaller flags that I use. Here are the three that I have out right now. The one on the left is positioned so that when I am backing in, I can use it as a guide for how far over I should be. If I’m doing it right, that flag will be just to the right of my car fender.

You can only go so far with flower pots so try adding colorful solar lights to add interest to your space.

Don’t forget the special appeal of garden statues! These come in all sizes and can also be changed to reflect the seasons.

That’s all I have for you now. Stick around to see what else I can find to decorate my space!

Special Decorations from Nature!

Friends of ours who live in a Double-Wide trailer choose to decorate their place by adding swags over the outside doorway. Imagine the surprise when they discovered the a pair of doves made a nest in the greenery and raised a family!

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