Category Archives: Critter Corner

Siamese Cats Give Tips for Relieving Stress at Work

Written by Evan Farr

Saki and Alley (Siamese Cats)

Critter Corner — Featuring Saki and Alley

Today we introduce our newest furry felines — Siamese cats Saki and Alley.  Saki and Alley are nine years old, and belong to Jeannie Caldwell, Director of Client Services here at the Farr Law Firm. Saki and Alley were litter mates and Jeannie adopted them when they were just four weeks old. They are very sweet and smart and love all the attention they get from staff and friendly clients at the firm.  Not only can they answer your questions, Saki is even able to say the word “mom” and Alley can open doors. We encourage you to visit us and meet these extraordinary critters!

Dear Saki and Alley,

What advice would you give someone who works at a desk all day?  I love what I do, but when I am sitting at my desk, I sometimes get a crick in the neck or pain in my back.  Besides hiring a personal masseuse or buying one of those really cool massage chairs and having them deliver it directly to my office, what do you suggest I do?

All my best,

I.M. Stiff

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Dear I.M.,

Our experience as pets at The Law Firm of Evan Farr has taught us a lot about easing the stress and aches and pains associated with a desk job.  For a change of scenery, we visit different offices throughout the day.  When we are not being petted by lawyers and happy clients, or happily accepting treats (we like the salmon variety), we are observing our extended family – the staff of the firm! These are some tips we would give you, or anyone who works at a desk all day:

  • S-t-r-e-t-c-h your body several times a day! While seated, stretch both arms over your head for 20-30 seconds. Close your door and march in place for 60 seconds. Remember…no cheating…get those knees up!
  • Get your paws moving during your lunch break!  Take a walk or take the steps instead of the elevator.
  • On the weekend or when you get home from work, take a cat nap or go to sleep early and you will feel great after a good night sleep!
  • Go home and pat your cat (or we hate to say it…dog). Animals (particularly cats) are a great way to relieve stress.
  • Take a deep breath and make today a purrfect day!

For some stress relief and to see some beautiful Siamese cats (and an adorable 6 month old bunny named Pancake (a.k.a Bun Bun), we encourage you to stop by The Law Firm of Evan Farr and pet us all.  We are soft, friendly, loving, and will return the favor with purrs and kisses.  Looking forward to seeing you in the waiting room!

Many Meows,

Saki and Alley

P.S. Those massage chairs are great for scratching!

 

Critter Corner: Gidget Chirps In

Written by Evan Farr

Dear Gidget:  I just read a story in the latest National Geographic about how certain fats in the blood of a python help its organs to double in size after eating a big meal to facilitate digestion. Apparently, it’s a healthy thing to have all that fat after all! So does this mean that I can now eat all the cheeseburgers I want?

Gidget’s Answer:  Not necessarily! Since parakeets can sometimes become dinner for pythons, I try to stay away, but this story grabbed my attention as well. Apparently, pythons have an extremely high level of fatty acids in their blood that assist with the massive increase of organ size immediately after a meal to help with digestion. What is most unusual to scientists is that despite the high levels of fat in the blood, the pythons are extremely healthy with no signs of heart disease, whereas humans with the same condition face serious cardiovascular problems. More research is being conducted to determine if the specific combination of lipids is providing healthy heart protection, something that could be very useful to you humans.  Read the full article on National Geographic’s website.

On the topic of fat for humans, much of mainstream medicine these days tells you humans that it’s the “types” of fat you eat that really matter. So-called “bad fats” supposedly increase your cholesterol and your risk of certain diseases, while so-called “good fats” have the opposite effect, protecting your heart and supporting overall health.  Click here for an article on “good fat v. bad fat.” On the other hand, there’s actually no real scientific proof that the so-called “bad fats” clog arteries and cause heart disease in you humans. Click here for a detailed article examining this lack of proof.

So, my bird-brain conclusion (not based on scientific research) is that you humans should eat all the cheeseburgers you want, as that helps keep you away from eating poultry.  After all, being a bird, some of my best friends are poultry.

Gidget is our token member of the aviary community and the beloved feathered friend of our Assistant Director of Client Services Grace Everitt. The lovely Gidget is an extremely vocal parakeet in shocking tones of turquoise, black and white. He enjoys watching “Friends” on television and has learned to mimic the sounds of the laugh track. His favorite thing in the world is the small mirror in his cage, where he spends hours looking at and talking to himself (or the other bird he is so confident is there.) Gidget along with Chancellor, Tiger Lilly and Sporty Sport is a regular contributor to our “Critter Corner!”

Critter Corner: Cold-Weather Tips

Written by Evan Farr

Brrrr! How about that cold snap that we Virginians had this week? It’s Chancellor here, reminding you to suit up your pups before you head out into the blustery weather. While some heavily furred dogs are well-suited to the cold weather, other short-haired or small breed dogs might suffer a bit more. If your dogs are outdoor dogs, make sure that they have a warm place to escape the elements such as a dog house or Igloo with a blanket or a heating pad on the ground. Check frequently that their drinking water hasn’t frozen over too–dehydration is just as much of a concern in the winter as in the summer!

Indoor puppies will be fine, of course, unless you’re a daily walker or jogger. In that case, consider investing in a functional, high quality doggie sweater or coat to keep Spot warm. It might take some searching (many of the sweaters on the market are meant for decorative purposes only, constructed of cheap materials and light fabrics) but in the end, it’s worth it.  If you have an older dog, be extra-aware of potential slip-and-falls on icy patches. Just like humans, older dogs have slower reflexes and more brittle bones, and can be seriously injured in the wintertime.

Stay warm, folks!

Chancellor, as his name suggests, is a dignified West Highland White Terrier (a “Westie”) and is the beloved pet of Evan Farr. Chancellor provides the primary entertainment at the Firm with his daily antics of “Crazy Dog”: running wildly up and down the hall, begging someone to stop drafting documents for a moment a play tag with him, and eventually collapsing in a heap under Evan’s desk for a well-earned nap. He does his due duty by protecting the Firm from the mailman, but is really just a soft, cuddly, smiley little furball. Chancellor, along with our office kitty Sporty Sport, the resident lizard Tiger Lilly and our chirper Gidget will be a regular contributor to our “Critter Corner!”

Introducing Critter Corner!

Written by Evan Farr

This week, we’re introducing a new feature of our blog: “Critter Corner!” Those of you who receive our weekly newsletters will already be familiar with the voices of our many critters at the Farr Law Firm, and we decided to share them on the blog as well. (If you aren’t receiving the newsletter and would like to, please make sure to sign up here. The Farr Law Firm newsletter goes out every Friday morning and features an informative article on estate planning or elder care, information about upcoming seminars, Critter Corner and more.)

The idea for “Critter Corner” came about between Sporty Sport (the resident kitty) lounging around on the front desk welcoming clients to the office, and Chancellor (the office dog) sitting at the feet of his faithful friend Evan during phone calls. The Farr Law Firm has always been pet friendly, and as any other pet owners  know, these little four-legged creatures are full of personality! Starting next week, one of our four office pets will chime in with their two cents on a number of issues in the “Critter Corner” of our blog.

Without further ado, allow me to introduce the “fur, feathers and four-legged things” of the Farr Law Firm!

Our first commentator is Chancellor. Chancellor, as his name suggests, is a dignified West Highland White Terrier (a “Westie”) and the beloved pet of Evan Farr. Chancellor provides the primary entertainment at the Firm with his daily antics of “Crazy Dog”:  running wildly up and down the hall, begging someone to stop drafting documents for a moment and play tag with him, and eventually collapsing in a heap next to Evan’s desk for a well-earned nap. He does his due duty by protecting the Firm from the mailman, but is really just a soft, cuddly, smiley little furball.

Also belonging to Evan is our next commentator, Tiger Lilly. The exotic and beautiful Tiger Lilly is an Australian Bearded Dragon, and the newest resident of the Farr Law Firm.  She is a calm, peaceful, and very docile young lady with beautiful tan patterned skin.  Despite being a reptile, and therefore cold-blooded, Tiger Lilly is “oddly cuddly” – when placed on one’s chest, she likes to climb up and press her face against one’s warm neck.  She loves to lie on her branch and bask in the warming glow of her sunlamp.  Life is good for Tiger Lilly. In fact, she is so lazy that she typically won’t eat unless you take her off her branch and plunk her down directly in front of her food bowl!

Next up we have our fantastic feline – Sporty Sport – a tuxedoed kitty of the finest variety, always in the Christmas spirit (he has one red eye and one green eye!) belonging to our Director of Client Services, Jeannie Caldwell. He was quite literally born in a barn but now thinks of himself as practically human. He eats with his hands, sits propped up on the couch like a human, and enjoys showers, baths and swimming.

Lastly (although probably not for long–the Farr Law Firm is continually growing!) we have our token member of the aviary community – Gidget – the beloved feathered friend of Grace Everitt-Benz , one of our Asset Protection Paralegals. The lovely Gidget is an extremely vocal parakeet in shocking tones of turquoise, black and white. He (yes, Gidget is a boy) enjoys watching “Friends” on television and has learned to mimic the sounds of the laugh track. His favorite thing in the world is the small mirror in his cage, where he spends hours looking at and talking to the other bird that he is so confident is there.

Stay tuned for the first installment of the Critter Corner!