The Wedding Series – Pets on Parade In The Wedding Party


Here Comes the (Reluctant) Bride (Cat)
No Animals Were Harmed During the Preparation of This Post

Out of curiosity, I decided to see how challenging it would be to dress our loyal and long-suffering -- and did I mention gorgeous -- cat, Mendy (short for Mendeley) in fancy bridal duds (veil and garter) -- to test his reactions as a potential member of a wedding party. This was just an experiment in connection with today's topic, but it resulted in Mendy's thorough disapproval, as noted by his expression in the portrait above; I'm not sure if that's because I dressed him as a bride (that's all that was handy from our daughter's childhood bridal teddy bear set) or just the whole idea of expecting him to engage in such a venture! I showed my gratitude for his (very brief) cooperation by bribing him with his favorite treats, and realized the only way I would have a prayer of luring Mendy down the aisle in an actual wedding would be to scatter catnip instead of rose petals. And, even then he might decide to roll around in it rather than proceed with dignity in the processional.

Summer Vacation Etiquette – Part 8: Airline Travel

Airline Travel Etiquette

Although airline travel has become increasingly complicated and challenging, it is also increaslingly popular  this summer and flights are crowded.  You can expect delays due to weather, equipment issues, flights backed up and other conditions. 

The formula to make your air travel as pleasant and efficient as possible is: preparation + good manners = successful air travel.  The following tips will help your travel to be safe and enjoyable:

Summer Vacation Etiquette – Part 4: Fourth of July Barbecue

Fourth of July Barbecue Etiquette

For many Americans, nothing says summer has arrived like a Fourth of July celebration.  Roughly two weeks following the summer solstice, The Fourth is a great marker for the seasonal passage.

There are many ways we Americans celebrate The Fourth.  Among the favorites is the barbecue; following are some etiquette guidelines to make them even more enjoyable:

Summer Vacation Etiquette – Part 1: The Beach

Don’t Forget to Pack Your Manners

Everyone looks forward to summer.  Regardless of whether you have plans to go away or not, the nature of summer seems to slow time and evoke a feeling of being on vacation if only on the weekends.  With its warm weather, sunshine and evenings fragrant with honeysuckle summer sets the stage for cookouts, picnics, trips to the beach, lighter clothing, relaxing evenings and a drift toward leisure time.  Summer is vacation time because for many it’s the most convenient time of year to take off time off from work.

Pet Protocol

In Memory of
Bogie 'Woof' Nelson
2003-2012

Etiquette, Ethics and Empathy for Our Animal Friends

This past weekend, my family and I lost a beloved pet.  We had to make the difficult decision to euthanize our adorable, funny and affectionate male cat, Bogie – AKA Woof -- whose progressive disease finally left him crippled, in chronic pain and unable to walk without great difficulty, despite his medications, home therapy and tons of TLC.  But, in the midst of our grief we had the most extraordinary experience.