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Do I really need to be this aware?


As I’ve noted here before, there seems to be an “awareness” month, week or day for just about everything. But even these gave me pause (no pun intended). In an an e-mail I received today, totally unrelated to pets, I learned about these three this month. One is over, but it’s not too late to mark the others.

• International Pooper Scooper Week (4/1-4/7).
Not to be confused with…
• National Scoop the Poop Week (4/24-4/30)

And my ultimate favorite: National Hairball Awareness Day (4/30).

Now, in my house, it’s Hairball Awareness Day more days than I care to experience. But seriously, when you Google the phrase, you get something like 8,000 hits. What the?? And I found this, last year in a Washington, D.C. museum. “See outstanding examples of nine human and animal hairballs from the museum’s collection and learn about how they occur….A presentation and hands-on activity to mark National Hairball Awareness Day will be held at noon.”

Hands-on activity? Gee, what a treat. As Cup would say, “ackk…”

This entry was posted on Thursday, April 29th, 2010 at 11:28 am by Laurel Babcock. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
Category: Animal behavior, Animal weirdness, Cats



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For most animal lovers, pets are members of the family. They carry around pictures in their wallets and schedule vacations with pets in mind. This blog takes a look into the world of a pet owner: the good, the bad and the just plain obsessive.

About the author
Laurel Babcock is the Community Life editor for The Journal News, Express Publications and LoHud.com. She grew up with a beloved mutt and was surrounded by dogs into young adulthood. She liked cats enough, but didn't really think of them as true pets. That changed when her brother brought an abandoned 4-week-old kitty into the family, dooming us all. Laurel currently serves as staff for two completely adored cats, Stanley and Cup, both girls.


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