HAPPY 11-11-11! At 11:11 today make the ultimate wish! Anyway…now for the post…

Dear Optimists,

People always ask if animals have souls and debate over it. I’m not really an animal person (never liked dogs or cats…turtles are cool though so long as they’re ninjas) but I have to say I think they do.

I had a cat (don’t ever give someone a cat as a housewarming gift when they didn’t ask for one!) and as mean as she was, she always suddenly became cute and cuddly when I was sad. I always hear that dogs can do that, too. I’m not sure if this means they have a soul or not, but it makes me lean more towards yes than no.

Plus, who hasn’t seen that video of the dog that was hurt on a highway and the other dog runs out into traffic and slowly, carefully drags the hurt one off the road and to safety?

This has been a pointless post…



Guest Post Wednesday: Bonus workout

Dear Optimists,

My two year old has mastered the art of removing safety knobs off our doors.

Today, he popped the child lock off the front door and went outside, no pants, no underwear, and let both our dogs out.

Luckily his shirt was long so he didn’t expose himself.

One of our dogs, the 7 lb chihuahua, comes when called. The other dog, 85 lb boxer/lab mix, doesn’t.

My neighbor watched my half naked child and baby while I tried to catch my dog. Oh, did I mention I was in my pajamas, with no shoes or bra on.

Twenty minutes and one mile later the dog was caught. Then I got to walk home holding the dog’s collar, hot and sweaty, in my pjs.

On the plus side, I got a workout in without the kids.

Kathleen (of the lovely blog jakennicksmomma)


Dear Optimists,

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Thank you,
Nadia & Den.