I live in Greenfield with my husband and cat. I work full time. Frugality and simplicity have been a part of my life long before they became popular and it has made life a lot less stressful. I love volunteering, home improvement/decorating, crafting and gardening.
It is frustrating to see the tiny paw prints in the snow and the strays looking for food or a warm place to lay down. I cannot understand why people toss their pets "away" when they don't want them anymore or can't "deal" with them. It is not that difficult to take them to a shelter for a chance at a better life. I know there are quite a few no kill cat shelters. I'm not sure about dogs. Pet owners need to be responsible - taking into consideration that pets need food, water, love and to be taken to the vet for yearly shots or when they are sick or need some other type of care - like teeth cleaning, etc.