that without me they and their “cats” would be up a tree.
My # 1 fan (at the present) is JOYCE K.* She alone has deluged CATNIPblog with cries for MORE FREDDIE! As a reward I have made her PRESIDENT.
Dear Joyce K., Newly Elected Freddie Fan Club President, Stellar human-being and Sender of treats.
I received your payment of one bag of Doggie Treats to join the Freddie Fan Club. The are quite tasty. Thank you. I have nominated you for president and duly elected you to that coveted office. Your official duties are as follows:
Increase Freddie Fan Club membership to 100. Prospective members should pay a bag of doggie treats directly to you. You will keep track of the inventory and disburse doggie treats on a regular basis (to be determined based on membership payments) to Freddie Parker Westerfield, object of all fans’ adoration.
Neatly frame and display my autographed picture for all the world to see.
Find recipes for doggie treats that are tasty.
Make the recipes for doggie treats every month and send them to Freddie Parker Westerfield, home-made doggie treat connoisseur.
Other duties to be determined, as needed, warranted or wanted by Freddie.
Freddie Parker Westerfield, CCT RET.
*Joyce is currently owned by several Canine Dogs. Her newest owner COOKIE Dog is probably my cousin. Joyce, please run DNA test.
(I originally posted this on CATNIPblog and wanted all you to know about Remi too.)
Lyn is Remi’s human. Because Remi is a very busy canine dog, helping Lyn (he even carries items to the laundry room and puts them in the hamper for her) and working at the senior center I asked Lyn to write this instead of Remi – who deserves some time off.
Herrrrrrrrrrrrre’s the “tail” of Remington Royce Glover by his human Lyn
“I had been “dogless” for a number of years due to my work schedule and life circumstances, but had always held on to my hope of one day having a therapy dog again. In 2008, I found myself in a place where I could seriously consider finding a puppy that I could bring into my life with that goal in mind.”
All Grown Up
“Since I used to be an animal trainer and behaviorist, I had a very good idea of what breeds I thought would be the best fit as my companion and the best possibility of being certified as a Therapy Dog. After months of searching and meeting lots of dogs, I was fortunate enough to find a woman who raised Goldendoodles (hybrid of Golden Retriever/Standard Poodle). After meeting lots of her dogs I found what I felt would be the perfect new addition to my life.”
“Remi actually picked me more than my picking him ( I thought I would prefer a female, but Remi had other ideas.) He stood out from all the other 18 puppies. I was so impressed with his focus on me, his responses and his wanting to interact and figure out what I was doing with him from the minute we met. Not to mention, he was absolutely adorable!!”
Remington Royce, 9 weeks old
“I brought Remi home when he was 9 weeks old and we began our life together. He has, from the very beginning, been the most loving and devoted dog I have ever had the privilege of spending time with.”
I named him
Remington Royce Glover
(Remington – inspired by Frederic Remington, one of my favorite sculptors/illustrators).
loyalperson with a true heart, a royce loves with their whole heart not letting anything back.
knows how to make people happy without knowing they’ve done so.
intelligent and a hard worker
great charm, usually having beautiful eyes and a heart stopping smile
the best thing that would happen to a person
He is amazingly smart, learns so quickly and absolutely loves everyone he meets.”
“In addition to all the basic obedience commands, Remi’s repertoire of behaviors include:
shake hands with his right paw
high-five with his left paw
bow to the Queen (me!)
do the hokey pokey (turns in a circle)
“stop, drop and roll”
He knows most of his toys (and there are many) by name and can pick them out if asked – Caterpillar, gator, teddy, squirrel, snakey, piggy . . . .”
“When I launder his toys, he waits in the laundry room and watches for me put them in the dryer. When the dryer buzzer sounds to let me know they’re dry, he runs back in and waits for me to open the door of the dryer so he can take them out.”
Remi & Catypillar
He is “toy” obsessed and will do anything for a stuffed toy. His favorite toy is his “caterpillar” which he carries everywhere, inside or out. He has an abundance of toys and knows most of them by name, but his “Catypillar” is definitely the one he prefers.
“Remi knows three of our neighbors by name and where they live. When we go outside, if I say, go see if “so and so” is home, Remi runs to their patio door and waits to see if they are there. They all love him and if they’re home, they open the door and let him in – they don’t let me in, but …….. (just kidding)”
“Spending time with him and watching him learn and grow into the wonderful boy he is has been so rewarding for me. As anyone who shares their life with animals can tell you, the unconditional love they offer is amazing. One of the best things about being with him and taking him anywhere is that no matter where we go or who we meet, he is always happy, smiling and excited to be there.”
“Whether we’re walking down the street, meeting children or visiting seniors at the care facility, people look at him and smile!! Watching people’s reactions to him is so heartwarming and satisfying. He just makes people happy – and in a world so filled with fear, stress, unhappiness and conflict, I think that is just a wonderful gift for him to give. I’m so proud of him and honored to be a part of it with him.”
Besides people, Remi has 3 cat siblings that he also loves –
playing with Dashiell, his favorite.
Remi is certified by the AKC as a “Canine Good Citizen” and a Certified Therapy Dog
“Remi and I currently go to visit a Senior Care Facility every Friday morning – he absolutely loves it and the feedback we receive is that the residents just love seeing him and the other two smaller dogs that accompany us with their owner. It is so gratifying to see the seniors “light up” and spend time with the dogs. So many of them tell us stories of the dogs/pets they used to have and recall such lovely memories.”
Remi and his “visiting buddy”, Paulie, at the Senior Center, waiting for one of their favorite people to get to them!
“One resident was very disparaging when we first visited. She had never been around dogs and had nothing good to say to us, but we’re slowly winning her over. She now walks by and comments that the dogs are “very cute”. She still won’t come too close and refuses our offers to have her pet them, but we’re optimistic that will happen!”
“We are hoping to find a way to work with disabled veterans who have served our country and offer them whatever help and joy we can by visiting them at their rehab facility – it’s an ongoing goal for us and one I hope I can find a way to make happen.”
“Watching him makes me want to follow his lead and try to focus on making others happy, rather than worrying about “stuff” in my life.”
“Thanks so much for giving me the opportunity to share my wonderful boy with others.
It means more to me than you know.”
Hugs and love,
Lyn & Remi
If you have a pet whose “tail” you would like to share (even if they don’t have a tail) email me at email@example.com. I have connections and editorial rights.
Freddie Parker Westerfield, Senior editor and correspondent for all things important
My Human has been very lax lately not posting on this MY FAVORITE BLOG but focusing her attention on CATNIPblog which we all know is dedicated to the wrong species. She has been a bit under the weather and using that for an excuse not to go to art classes, not to clean her office, not to eat properly, not to do anything she doesn’t want to do. HUMANS! I constantly have to remind her it’s time for treats and take her on walks.
My last CATNIPblog post was such an important one that I am referencing it here so all of you who do not have a canine to take care of you will go out and adopt one quickly.
Here’s an excerpt from my post and the salient information:
I take my human out for a walk as often as I can. She’s a bit delusional . . . she thinks she’s walking me. So I constantly have to find proof that she needs to quit patting herself on the back and pat me.
“In a study published in the journal BMC Public Health, dog owners on average walked 22 minutes more per day compared to people who didn’t own a dog.”
“If you look at studies on pet ownership, people who own pets seem to live longer than those who don’t own them,” . . .
Thank you for all your responses to my survey. I got treats for being supportive.
Peggy and my human are excited to launch their new blog CATNIP
I’m getting excited too cuz I’m being supportive and will get treats for my contest.
I keep asking them Why on earth name the new blog CATNIP and not FREDDIE?
According to humans, catnip makes you mellow. (What they don’t know is it drives cats wild with desire.) Peggy & Judy want to help you find your mellow but if it drives you wild with desire for more CATNIP they’ll be pleased.
Peggy and my human each worked for over 210 dog years as Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists. That’s a lot of years. They decided to share what they’ve learned and the tools they’ve taught rather than have all their stuff blindly dumped into a shredder after they’re gone.
So . . . continuing to be supportive . . . I’m sponsoring a contest to help them be successful bloggers, like me.
PLEASE SUBSCRIBE to CATNIP so Peggy and my human don’t think I’ve sabotaged them (as retired psychotherapists they are sometimes a bit paranoid).
It’s easy – just enter your e-mail address in the subscribe box at the top right hand corner of the CATNIPBLOG site.
Freddie Parker Westerfield, CCT RET
Freddie Parker Westerfield, Certified Canine Therapist, RET
P.S. I made them promise to have fun doing CATNIP. I know them . . . if it isn’t fun they won’t do it. So if you pay attention you’ll see some of their original drawings, stories, poems sneak on cat feet into the CATNIPblog.
P.P.S.S. Neither Peggy nor my human are very smart when it comes to technical stuff. Ronna Skinner, graphic designer extraordinaire (not to mention Peggy’s cousin-in-law) helped get the cats Peggy drew, safely perched onto the letters where they can play with “CATNIP” to their hearts content (and not bother me)
I’m trying to be very supportive, however, I think my human is sniffing catnip.
I was really glad she and her friend Peggy Arndt got together because Peggy gives me treats. I was glad when they told me they were collaborating on a new blog where they were going to share the materials and techniques they used to help clients when they were psychotherapists because as a retired Certified Canine Therapist I want everyone to know how to make themselves feel good.
Now I’m upset. They are calling the blog CATNIP because they think catnip makes you feel mellow. If that isn’t bad enough they are dedicating CATNIP to Peggy’s cat Maui.
Personally, I think catnip makes you crazy and the blog should be dedicated to me.
Maui (not Freddie)
Now that they are both retired they seem to not be doing much of anything except wandering around*. So they don’t go too far astray, I created a survey for them to help them be successful bloggers, like me.
Please fill out my survey for theirCATNIP blog!
(You can choose as many areas of interests as you want and when you’re done click “vote”)
Freddie Parker Westerfield, CCT, RET
*Thank you for your kind response to this most delicate matter.