Howdy, how're you going?
Well, winter is just around the corner and the cats and dogs of NZ are letting us know as sales have picked up - all it takes is a drop of a few degrees and our factory output jumps every year.
Cats will always seem a little hungrier than normal this time of year as their bodies are attuned to the weather change and start to bulk up their fur for insulation. Given that fur or hair is essentially protein, the amount of protein going in will always need to be lifted to compensate for this - so if your moggy is hanging around a little more than usual and seeming to be a bit of a guts, there’s a reason why.
Big excitement in my house last week: the rule of thumb is that there are to be no fires before May, and despite the fact that there were a couple of chilly April days the embargo was in place, but come the first of May it was all on for young and old.
To get to that point we have the annual picking-up-sticks fun which means the firewood has all been cut and stacked away. The peoples were ably assisted by the ever helpful quadruped who, upon realising it was time for collecting sticks, duly applied herself to the task of stick collection with vigour, joy and enthusiasm. This comes in 3 categories...