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I salute and wish to say “Happy Mother’s Day to all” because of a text message I received on Mother’s Day.

The trendy custom these days (when celebrating a national holiday) is to send a text message vs. a card through the mail. Text messages that blink, sing, play melodies and even speak with GIF animation (depending on which version phone you have). 

Some may view it as “impersonal” while others defend its ability to reach many more people than traditional Hallmark cards. If you ask me – I’m just happy to hear from people #donttakemuchtomakemesmile

But this post isn’t about that.


Among the text messages was one from someone (whom I’ve never met in person) who has a dog in her family. She wanted to wish me a Happy Mother’s day, and I in return sent her a celebratory message (yes I included dancing flowers!). She responded back that she wasn’t a Mother, it was just she and her dog.

For some reason that hurt my heart. Technology can be many things but it can’t seem to decipher tone and expression with a group of words, so you are forced to use your imagination.

I imagined the worst. Late into the morning and early afternoon I wondered if she actually felt that way OR if a PCP (political correct person) told her she wasn’t a mother with only a dog and not a child. 

Thoughts of all she does for her dog – loving him, caring for him with – 

  • food
  • water
  • walks
  • toys
  • treats
  • bed
  • heat when it’s cold 
  • air conditioning when it’s hot
  • vet visits when things aren’t good

reminded me of all that I do for Harley & Jaxson. Do I know the difference between them and Tiffany & Jamie? Of course I do! 

But I see the Boys with similar needs that I fulfill, and I associate myself as their pet parent. They rely on me, and I take care of them willingly – happily, lovingly…

When one’s happiness is your happiness – that’s love.


After church, I sat down with my coffee and western omelet and started opening my Mother’s Day cards. There was one from the hubby, and one from the Boys, a few from friends, family members, and one where I didn’t recognize the handwriting.

I laughed when I opened it – it was from the Boys…

Those hand drawn paw prints are just pawdorable!

Bewildered, I stared at the envelope and immediately remembered an old movie classic – Miracle on 34th Street and thought of my friend.

A charming tale of a kindly old man who worked in a department store as Santa. He caused quite a commotion when he claimed to be the real Kris Kringle. Forced to prove his sanity, he had to convince a court judge that he actually was Santa Claus. 

In this video clip his attorney uses the U.S. Postal Service as evidence supporting his claim based on this single fact –

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since the Post Office, a branch of the United States Government (at the time), has recognized this man (meaning Kris) to be Santa Claus, then the court will not dispute this conclusion.


I laughed out loud, because my Mother’s Day card from Harley & Jaxson came through the mail – so it must be so….

I love how my mystery mailer added an “S” to the end of the word dog…

Here’s hoping you had a wonderful Mother’s Day no matter what species you parent! (says my good friend Jeanne Taylor).


I still have no idea who went out of their way to send me a card from the Boys, but trust me when I say this – 

You made my day!

GOLDEN hugs and DOODLE kisses to all the Mother’s EVERY day for ALL that you do for those with two AND four legs.

When life gives you Monday, dip it in glitter and sparkle all day  ❤️

  • Doxie
    May 12, 2019

    You made my day, too. Thanks for all your insightful posts. We miss you and the boys.

    Hera’s mom

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 23, 2019

      Hey there Trixie!!!!! How are you my friend? I miss you so much, next time I’m in town – you’ve got to come out to my daughters house in Fairfax so we can get caught up!

  • Ducky's Mom
    May 13, 2019

    I absolutely love it! It would hurt my heart too if someone said she wasn’t a mother because she “only” had a dog, not a child. I feel the same way you do about calling myself a pet parent/dog mom. Sad for your friend.

    Happy Mother’s Day to You, “DoodleMom”!!

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 23, 2019

      I have long since adopted the title and I refer to it always and don’t care who’s offended. I am responsible for their food, water, shelter, vaccinations, bathroom breaks, love, attention, and so much more – if that’s not the definition of a parent then I don’t know what is. Said from one pet parent to another pet parent LOL #loveyougirl

  • Madison
    May 13, 2019

    How nice of the boys to send you a card. Mom has no real kids of the human kind, but we are her adopted babies, and her kids. She cares for us as she would babies that were human. We love her to the moon and back more than a bizillion times, and she feels the same way about us. It is all about love, right?

  • Monika, Sam & Elsa
    May 13, 2019

    Surprises like that are the best. Looks like you had a very lovely huMum’s Day.