A Cool Friday

April 5th, 2012 at 11:22 pm by under Weather, WTHI Blog

Friday morning will be frosty.  The temperature will rise to about 60 for the high, but that’s a few degrees below normal for this time of year.

Gary Bogue: Spring forward, fall back, pets don’t get it

Oakland Tribune November 4, 2008 | Gary Bogue Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.

– author unknown Dear Gary:

I wish my parrots could see the time displayed on the clock. I guess they didn’t get the memo! Yawn “…

Gayle “Parrot Nanny” Reece, Lafayette Dear Gayle:

I guess I should have warned everyone “… animals don’t get it when we humans do our silly changes from standard to daylight- saving time and back again.

If your pushy dog or cat has been getting fed at 6 a.m. every day when you get up to go to work, your pet is now going to expect to be fed at 5 a.m. because we set our clocks back an hour on Sunday. Remember?

If you can endure the scratching on your bedroom door, barking, yowling, or the sound of your favorite vase being tipped over downstairs, feed your pets at the new 6 a.m. as usual when you get up. They’ll get over it. website feed the king

Spring forward, fall back — whatever the reason or season, it means change, and dogs, cats, parrots and even pet king cobras hate change.

I’d probably get up an hour early and feed the king cobra.

Vinegar as a repellent — I tried the vinegar on a new pot of bulbs I planted and the squirrels thought it was a fresh salad bowl for them. So much for that theory. (Jean James, Livermore) — The vinegar works for the squirrels! They were digging my plants all up; had holes all over my garden. I did what you said to do, I put vinegar all around my garden and watched them and they did not dig where I put the vinegar. Thanks a lot. It saved my garden. (Ora Wheeler, San Lorenzo) — Five other readers sent notes saying the vinegar also kept squirrels and raccoons out of their gardens. One out of five ain’t bad! Is vinegar working or not working for anyone else? (Gary) Seen any lost cats?

– Oct. 24, Nancy’s 17-pound all-black neutered male cat, Joey, ran out of his pet sitter’s house on San Gabriel Drive, Concord. She’s done all the right things: ads, reward offered, lost report at Animal Services, daily visits to Martinez shelter, “Lost Cat” posters, search parties, hoping to find her best friend. Has anyone seen Joey?

– Poopsy slipped out the door on Halloween while her humans thought she was shut in the bedroom. She’s a small gray Persian cat, 12 years old, never been outside and not wearing a collar. She’s missing on Pippo Place in Brentwood. There’s a reward.

Please call Gary at the Times, 925-977-8582 if you’ve seen Joey or Poopsy. Thanks! in our site feed the king

A final note Gary: Ah, to live in the country in the middle of the city.

Strange thing happened. I was out in my front yard digging a trench to put a new lawn border in. I looked up and the resident lizard was on a pile of rocks barely a foot away watching intently.

Didn’t matter if I was still throwing rocks along the side. Even ran down between scoops and ate a bug or two in the trench. I would leave for a minute and when I came back, so did he. I guess he was supervising and making sure I didn’t mess his territory up too much. This went on for a long time.

Goes along with the coyote yelps I hear across the canal when the fire truck sirens go off. I’ve seen one, but it sounds like a family. I also listen for the flicker in the fall. He was back the first of October and, like you, I knew fall was here.

I also like to wake up in the morning and listen to the birds to hear which new ones are back. One of the many migrating “little brown birds” is back with his distinctive call. And the yellow finches are back and emptying the thistle feeder. Who says we don’t have seasons out here? (Pat in Antioch) Gary Bogue

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