All the Animals We Love

All the Animals We Love

It doesn’t matter whether you have an animal in your life at this moment or have in the past, or never even lived with an animal. We may have a preference for the cat, or the dog, or even a horse, a ferret, guinea pig, or fish; we just love them.

They make us laugh, and feel loved. They teach us compassion and discipline. They keep us humble. They make us proud. We spend time talking about them, and talking to them. Sometimes, we talk to our animals nicer than we talk to each other. We play games with them and play videos for them. We (not all of us) make our animals wear clothes and hats and costumes. When they die, we mourn.

We convince ourselves of the particular mood our animals may be in at any given time.  Are they just a reflection of our own feelings?  Too deep for me today, but I know others have pondered this question.

Reindeer Jackson

Reindeer Jackson

The minute I saw this Facebook photo, the idea for this post was born. This beagle face belongs to Jackson who belongs to David, a very good friend of mine. Jackson has a ‘brother’ named Buckingham. David rescued them both, and for that, I love David even more. But probably not as much as Jack and Buck love him.

Buckingham and Jackson

Buckingham and Jackson

 

 

 

 

 

My buddy Greg and his wife, Elizabeth also adopted a new puppy.

This is Daisy.

This is Daisy.

They brought Daisy into their home after a family member passed away and Daisy spent several months shuttled around different homes. Daisy has been accepted by their other other two dogs, Jackie and Maggie.

Aqua Dogs Jackie and Maggie!

Aqua Dogs Jackie and Maggie!

Sam

Sam

Four years ago, my sister and brother-in-law brought home a beautiful German Shepherd puppy.

Sam came from a long line of Shepherd royalty, and he knows it!

This large (very large) dog is described by my sister as a “nonchalant goofball”. Sam is a master of many skills, too. He’s big, but agile enough to climb a ladder. He picks up his toys and puts them in the toy basket. He holds a treat on the top of his long nose,

Firedog Sam

Firedog Sam

waiting for my sister’s command, even tho he can’t control the little drool while being patient.

My niece and her husband live with a Rottweiler mix named Wally, and often visit Sam to play. Wally also enjoys wearing glasses and wigs, or anything my niece Leigh would like him to wear!

Wally!!!

Wally!!!

Wally.

Wally.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baby Gertrude

Baby Gertrude

Gertrude is my ‘grand dog’. Yes, I said it.  Lindsay and Sam brought Gertrude home 3 years ago and this was the first time I saw her. Since then, she’s become the neighborhood ambassador, has claimed title as star of the Spooky Pooch Parade and (almost) the star of their wedding last year.

Gertrude in costume

Engagement photo

Engagement photo

 

Gertrude walked down the aisle!

Gertrude walked down the aisle!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our other two daughters collectively house 6 cats and two dogs. It’s always fun visiting them in KC!

Fiona

Fiona

Lana and Violet

Lana and Violet

 

 

 

 

 

 

When Roger and I met over 10 years ago, I was living with Thor, a 5 lb. Maltese. She spent the

Thor still healthy and guarding the party beer!

Thor still healthy and guarding the party beer!

last many years of her life completely blind and deaf. But, that didn’t keep her from knowing when we sat on the couch, in our robes, with our Sunday morning coffee.

She bounced up Roger’s leg until he scooped her up, where she curled around his lap and went to sleep. Toward the end of her 14 year life, she preferred to be warm and close to us at all times.

Thor was happy in the bag on Roger's shoulder!

Thor was happy in the bag on Roger’s shoulder!

 

In early 2010, Roger and I adopted Sunday. She was a feral cat brought in from the streets at the tender age of (approx.) 8 weeks.  We were happy to bring her into our home on a chilly Sunday in March. While she’s

Sunday loves the laptop

Sunday loves the laptop

still a bit skittish at times, she is a funny, sweet and loud (when she’s hungry) cat who clearly runs the house.

Sunday in a weak moment of cuteness.

Sunday in a weak moment of cuteness.

 

 

 

Me and Sunday.

Me and Sunday.

 

Enjoy these photos of other animals we have known and loved.

Northern California family dog, Cinders!

Northern California family dog, Cinders!

Cow friends!

Cow friends!

Roger and pony

Roger and his horse buddy!

 

 

 

 

 

Eat for Your Life, and the Lives of all Animals!

2 replies
  1. Beth Custer
    Beth Custer says:

    I love this post. Reading it made me miss my cat, Lucy, who is currently enjoying the country life at my mother’s house. She wouldn’t make a good city cat, so we thought she would be happier down south. She recently befriended a possum!

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