Midsummer Tale For Animal Lovers
Especially Those Watching And Loving Birds
It’s about a hundred or so degrees today here in New Jersey, USA as well as many other states. It is the most notorious day of the summer, having the title as the hottest day of the year, so far. It’s got high temperature, high humidity, and worst of all, very high dew point. We all, are just stuck suffering.
With the kind of day today is, and the kind of day the next several are going to be, we hear all around us, about not only the serious warnings that people must heed, but we also are warned about the dangers our pets can face, when the weather is like this. The risk, is quite strong.
Mostly, the reference is to our cats and dogs. While I am a huge dog lover, I don’t however have a dog at the moment. I do own a cat; Truth be told, I’ll probably always own a cat of some kind. I am definitely a cat lover and a cat whisperer.
I have never been one to believe in the concept of “outside” cats. Not that I am not a sympathetic animal lover towards the feral cats of our cities and towns. I just don’t believe in it, if it can be helped.
A pet cat lives perfectly fine and happy indoors, and by never introducing them to the outside elements, they are not missing what they don’t even know. Keeping them indoors instantly subtracts so many risks and dangers.
But anyway, today is not about indoor and outdoor cats.
I am also an expert, and an absolute lover of birds. I have spent many years studying and admiring so many different types and species. I have come quite far in my bird hobby. Nowadays, I can hear tunes from at least a couple different birds, and can tell you what kind of bird is doing the singing, without as much as once glance.
I have created a literal homemade bird sanctuary in my back and front yards. Active from the pre dawn hours, up until the darkness of night takes over.
Getting back to the story I wanted to share, was a small story about those birds of mine. Wild, yet a bit adopted by yours truly.
We know the weather is hot, when a bird starts panting like a dog. It’s quite normal for a bird to do, as well. We know when a bird turns to panting, it’s a key sign, that the hot weather we’re facing, is at its definite worst.
Today, for the first time this summer, a little sparrow panted away.
So, with my Mom alongside of me (who also by the way just as huge an animal lover), we made that wonderful summer decision. It was time to turn the sprinkler on, just a tiny bit. No, not to water the grass. Not to water any plants either. Not for children to play in and around. At least not human ones.
It was on, for one purpose. Geared towards birds. It was time for birds to come flying down, catching the water drops as they were all through the air. And to also, allow less limber birds to bathe, splash, and play in the puddles now created, all around the dry ground where the sprinkler sits.
It’s a small, simple story. But it is one to enjoy, for all the many bird lovers. To know that at least a few birds today, were able to seek out relief, and find some joy, that was fresh, cool water, right from the house. Dancing, and splashing, getting the same things out of summer, that I did as a child.
Michael Patanella is a Trenton, New Jersey Author, Publisher, Columnist, Advocate, and Recovering Addict, covering topics of mental health, addiction, sobriety, mindfulness, self-help, faith, spirituality, Smart Recovery, social advocacy, and many other motivational topics. His articles, memoirs, and stories are geared towards being a voice for the voiceless. Helping others out there still struggling.