Story: Father’s Day with dogs and cats

The weather was so gorgeous on Father’s Day this year–sunny, slight breeze, temps in the high 70s–that we spent the entire time outside.

The dogs were part of the celebrating, which, for them, included hanging out with the humans, watching out for stray food bits and protecting the yard from squirrels, deer and foxes. (Even though we have a fence, you never know…)

The cats stayed indoors enjoying the peace and quiet–until dinner time, at which point they complained loudly to any human who went in the house that their meals were late and the situation needed to be attended to immediately.

Such a card
A few years ago, I stopped buying cards–birthday cards, wedding cards, Valentine’s Day cards or Father’s Day cards. Instead, I find an appropriate photo among my thousands and make my own.

This is the card I gave my husband.


Happy Father's Day card: man with cat

Athena follows Brian around the kitchen meowing and mewling like a bereft kitten, until he picks her up and cuddles her. The funny thing is, it’s always the kitchen. Always when he’s busy. Never anywhere else.

Cats. I’ll never understand them. But that’s half the fun.

Here’s the card I made for my dad.

Father's Day card grandfather with dog

He says Tucker reminds him of his first dog, an Airedale named Ruby.

Sepia photo with young boy and Airedale dog

My dad as a young child with his first dog, Ruby

Father’s Day with dogs and cats
We hung out and just visited for awhile, relaxing in the shade of the umbrellas on our deck, telling stories and catching up.

Lilah keeps my Dad company

Lilah keeps my dad company.

It was Dad’s Choice for dinner, so we had take-out from our favorite local Chinese restaurant.

My son wasn’t in the mood for Chinese, so he cooked himself a couple of burgers. While he was grilling, I thought it was a good time to bring the dogs inside for their meal.  The noses get a little too interested when the beef comes out, and we’ve had a few incidents in the past with some sneaky steak-stealing pups.

While I got everyone’s food ready, the cats told me in no uncertain terms how displeased they were with the service in this establishment.

By the time the dogs finished and were ready to go back outside, the human food had arrived. And, even though we have a “no people food” policy in our house (except for healthy treats when appropriate), the dogs know that visitors bring opportunities. Especially Grandma and Grandpa.

Jasper thinks strategically. First he visits my mom, because she has a kind heart, and he’s sure she’ll offer him something from the table–something that we never do. But sometimes, when Mom isn’t looking, Grandma sneaks him a snack. So it’s always good to check in with Grandma.

Jasper hopes Grandma will feed him a table tidbit.

Jasper hopes Grandma will feed him a table tidbit.

When that doesn’t work, he tries my dad. While Grandpa won’t feed Jasper from the table, he’s not the neatest of eaters, and sometimes a stray bit falls like manna from heaven.

Grandpa says no table food.

Grandpa says no table food.

In the meantime, Lilah has a different strategy. Positioned by Grandpa’s feet under the table, she’s close enough to get any scraps that fall her way from either grandparent.

Best spot for a dog to hang out? Under the table.

You never know when something tasty might drop your way.

Before they left, the kids and I posed with my parents. A few of the pictures came out pretty good.

And then there’s the one that caught a little bit of almost-mischief taking place in the background.

While we pose for the camera, the dog tries for a burger from the grill.

While the humans are distracted, Lilah seizes the opportunity to check out the grill, hoping for a meaty treat.

In case it’s hard to see, here’s a close up.

Dog checks out the grill

A close up of the not-quite-crime.

Lilah would really love a burger.

All in all a happy Father’s Day. I hope all the fathers out there–of humans and other species–had a wonderful day.

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  1. Bethany says:

    What a fantastic day! Huxley says it is too bad that Lilah is not a collie or her nose would have been long enough to reach.

  2. Bailey says:

    Love the cards. What a great day to spend with family.

  3. Dawn says:

    Sounds like you all had a wonderful time! Maya and Pierson are like that when it comes to scraps. They don’t beg, but they know exactly where to position themselves if something falls. Smart.

  4. Mr. N will ignore food if it falls. He knows better than to try with us but strangers (not at home) are always an easy target to try and get food from.

  5. Kitties Blue says:

    What a lovely and heartwarming post. Wish we had family to celebrate with on special occasions. Kitties and woofies are such opportunists when it comes to food. We don’t serve people food to our cats, but they will try any means pawsible to get there paws on it. Hope you are feeling much better, Susan. Hugs, Janet

  6. Emma says:

    Sounds like a fabulous day!

  7. Sandy says:

    Glad you all had a great Father’s Day. Your cards are great and much more fun than a store bought card. And your dogs are too funny near your meal and the BBQ grill : )

  8. That looks like a wonderful Father’s Day!

  9. What a great Dad’s Day!

  10. What a wonderful way to spend father’s Day. You have a beautiful family. I love the photo of your dad with his dog. You are truly blessed to have them.

  11. It looks like you all had a great time celebrating Father’s Day. I love your card idea! I’ve always hated buying cards because they always just get thrown away. But making your own cards with photos is a wonderful idea! Oh, and we have had some meat-stealing go on in our house too – Sampson is a terrible food thief. He is surprisingly quick and sneaky. Usually we put him up in a different room during meal times because he will wait until you turn your head another direction or go to take a sip up your drink and then take advantage of your momentary lack-of-paying-attention and steal the food right off your plate. Cats… pure insanity. ;)

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