How to clean up after the animals we love – the good, the bad, and the ugly

water catHurricanes Harvey & Irma. Rescuing Stranded or Injured Pets

With all of the things happening in the news cycle these days, don’t you just want to scream “STOP THE WORLD. I WANT TO GET OFF!”? Recently, Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have been racking the southern part of our country. There are so many touching images coming out of these horrific events. I’ve recently been affected by the tender images of animal rescues I’ve seen online. These are from the Sandiego Tribune – see full article here: Sandiego Tribune 9/8/17

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A rescue helicopter hovers in the background as an elderly woman and her poodle use an air mattress to float above flood waters from Tropical Storm Harvey while waiting to be rescued from Scarsdale Boulevard in Houston, Texas, U.S. August 27, 2017.

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Isiah Courtney carries his dog Bruce through flood waters from Tropical Storm Harvey in Beaumont Place, Texas, U.S., on August 28, 2017.

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Belinda Penn holds her dogs Winston and Baxter after being rescued from their home as floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey rise Monday, Aug. 28, 2017.


Here in the Berberich House, we’ve had our own rescue going on.

You see, we own my husband’s home farm place outside of town. He goes there to work every day, as does my father-in-law. We have an awesome cat out there named Oscar. He is an orange short hair, about half grown, and soooo sweet. Well, Oscar happened to be hanging around the back tire of my husband’s pickup and, yep, you guessed it, he was run over. As a result, his pelvis was fractured. He has totally lost the use of his left-rear leg. The vet put him on “kennel healing”. This means an injured animal stays in a confined place for a period of time. Since the animal is not able to move around much, his injury can heal. Oscar needs to be on “kennel healing” for a month. At that time, the vet will re-X-ray and we can see how his injury is coming along. Here’s my sweet boy on his first day of kennel-healing:

Oscar is Making Me a Grouch

Even though he’s not running all over my house shedding, he’s still a bugger to clean up after. He’s a really sloppy (and not always the brightest) animal. He walks through the water in his dish, then walks through his litter. This somehow finds its way off of his feet onto my floor. He tips his dish of food over and since he’s a cat off of the farm, he doesn’t always understand this litter box concept. I feel like I am constantly sweeping, washing, and wiping up after this cat. So I thought I would pin a few Pinterest posts here regarding cleaning up after pets. I hope you find them interesting…I know I certainly do.

17 Tips for Keeping a Clean House With Pets

10 Pet-Hair Removal Hacks That Will Change Your Life

Top Ten Ways to Keep Your Home Clean When You Have Pets


“Humanity’s true moral test, its fundamental test, consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect humankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it.” -Milan Kundera


Seeing some of the heroic images coming out of these hurricane stricken areas restores my faith in humanity. For most of us, helping our fellow man…and animal…is the most rewarding feeling there is. My little Oscar does not understand what is happening to him right now, but when he is back on the farm running, walking, hunting, and napping, pain-free, all this sweeping, wiping, cleaning and hassle will be worth it. Thank you, Pinterest for getting me through.

Please consider giving to hurricane relief:

Red Cross Disaster Relief

Houston Humane Society

As always, until next time~ Keep it real and stay true to yourself.



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