I must be getting old. How stupid is that statement? Of course I’m getting old, but it does beat the alternative.

The other day I was walking through my favorite spot, the mall, and I spotted something that made me do a double take. I spotted a collection of open-toe also known as peep-toe boots. As first I was confused. I just can’t imagine putting on boots with an open toe. I do understand that boots are now more fashionable than functional but the lack of a toe really surprised me.


The next day I took a look through the latest issue of Vogue and there they were, open toe boots. The boots really looked rather strange. I guess I’m not up on the latest fashion. I better hurry up and get with the program but I don’t think I’ll be buying what I hope will be a fleeting fashion.


So just when I thought I had seen something so strange as a toe-less boot I left the mall and I was driving up the street and I spotted a sign at a bird store. The sign clearly said “heated bird baths.”

What is that about? Is that why the birds no longer fly south for the winter? It seems like birds just stick around and stick out the cold weather. If people are providing heated bird baths I can see why. Let’s hope you can control the heat on these wild bird spas, we don’t want to end up with boiled Robins or fried Blue Jays.

Just in case you are interested in one of the bird hot tubs, I found a few that range from $75 to $79. You can even buy a bird bath de-icer. These are things I never thought about since I’m not a bird watcher.

I have one friend with a bird and the relationship that he has with the bird is similar to a father/child relationship. His current bird is new to his household after his last bird passed away. He bought the new bird at a specialty store and prior to bringing the bird home he would visit it each day until the bird was ready to move to his house. I was amazed at this process. It was just like bringing home a baby born premature. He is now so happy with the new bird that greets him as soon as he walks in the door each evening.

It seems like I have underestimated the feelings people have for birds. Recently I heard that there might be a tax credit of $3,500 for pet owners or people that adopt a pet from a shelter. I’ve done a little research on this and it’s not in effect but this bill may have a chance. The act is referred to as the HAPPY (Humanity and Pets Partnered Through the Years) Act and many hope this will give pet owners the break they deserve. Maybe it would encourage more people to adopt abandoned or neglected pets.

Wouldn’t it be great if us single people could finally list some dependents on our income tax return?

I’m going to keep my fingers crossed on this one. A pet would be nice. I’ll keep my eyes open and let you know when it’s a fact.

(E-mail the columnist at debbienorrell@aol.com.)

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