Fur Babies Alarm Clock….

Those of us who are dog lovers, are familiar with our fur babies routines. Some of those routines include urging us humans to “get out of bed” in the morning, when we’re not quite ready to face the cruel world.

This poem is for dog lovers and for those who like to linger, just a few more minutes, in dreamland.

I give you, short and sweet,

“Fur Alarm Clock”

Dogs are like
An alarm clock
On the brain.

Soft tongue kisses
on a waking face.
Wimpers of joy sing,
While eight paws pace.

It’s time to rise,
you ‘lump on a log’!

Tick tock,
Tick tock.

Copyright Sheree K. Nielsen, December 2014

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Are we becoming more Dog-Friendly?

Sabrina (right) and her buddy Mosa (left) on a dog-friendly NC beach

Sabrina (right) and her buddy Mosa (left) on a dog-friendly NC beach

While dining on the patio of a dog-friendly Mexican restaurant in Wentzville, Missouri, last week, my husband and I met an American woman living in Munich, Germany.

She approached from another table, asking if she could pet our dogs.  We struck up a conversation on establishments that are dog friendly in the area – Home Depot, Rural King, Starbucks, dog parks, and other restaurants.

The mom of a canine companion she shared, “You know, in Munich, dogs are accepted everywhere. Servers even ask the owners if the dog needs anything, long before they are given a menu.”

The woman went on to say it’s not uncommon for servers to bring the dog a soup bone in a dish, accompanied by a bowl of water.  Dogs are even accepted in shopping malls in Munich.

I’ll probably be visiting Taubman Prestige Outlet Malls that opened in Chesterfield Valley this past tax-free weekend.  A ‘paw’ sticker on the window indicates stores are dog-friendly, and invites our canine friends to ‘come and browse’ alongside their human owners.

While on vacation in Sunset Beach, North Carolina, my husband and I discovered many places willing to allow Fido to hang out and relax. Even our beach rental house was dog-friendly.  Our furry friends ARE our children.  We experience life together.

 It just goes to show, times are changing.  It’s about time our pawed babies garner some social options to choose from.

Booksigning – Whispering Angels “Nurturing Paws Anthology”

Local contributing authors Sheree Nielsen, Linda O’Connell and Faye Adams will be on hand to sign copies of the “Nurturing Paws” Anthology, a book about how animals help people heal, and the joy they bring to our lives.

CHAMP Assistance Dogs, an organization Sheree volunteers for will be on hand to answer questions about their organization in conjunction with the event.

Come visit us!

Saturday October 1, 2011

Main Street Books

307 S Main St

St. Charles, MO

11a to 1p


Whispering Angel Books newest anthology "Nurturing Paws"

“Purrs, Paws and Cat Scratch Kisses”

My essay “Purrs, Paws and Cat Scratch Kisses” will be published shortly in the Nurturing Paws Anthology (Whispering Angel books).  Read about all the contributors on the Whispering Angels website