Thankful for all the furry babies that have shared my life since I was a little girl. I’ve never been without a four-legged family member since my first kitty, Bootsie, I got from my grandmother’s farm out in Murphy. At that moment, my love affair with cats began. There have been quite a few. The one that stayed with me the longest, for essentially her whole 18-year-long life, was Princess Grace. There was Jinxie and Mickey and Cocoa, too, among others. And now I share my home with tuxedo twins, Oscar and Emmy, and my diabetic “Baby” (as my granddaughter and I call him, although he’s getting to be an old man), Spirit. They’ve all been with me a few years now. I really can’t imagine my home without a cat in it.
I’ve had some special dogs in my life, too, from Gomez and Snoopy to Caesar, Charlie Brown, and Dag, with a couple of adopted older dogs in between. But when it comes right down to it, if I “have” to make a choice, I’m definitely a cat person; their sometimes quirky personalities kind of suit me. I come from a family of animal lovers with several grandpuppies and grandkitties, too, and many of our pets have been rescued. I see my granddaughter, who’s not even 3 years old yet, also loving animals. That makes me happy. The cruelty that so many pets and stray animals suffer just overwhelms me sometimes, with sadness, anger, helplessness, and people who won’t spay or neuter their animals and just contribute to more and more homeless ones, well don’t get me started, so I think it’s important to raise a new generation of kids who grow up to love and respect the non-human creatures who share our lives and planet, who won’t accept animal cruelty or mistreatment . Anything we can do to make even one of these precious creature’s life better is a good thing, even though it’s never enough, and it makes me just want to hug my furry family tighter and hold them a little closer.
Oscar and Emmy
Every “pet” (that word doesn’t seem adequate or accurate because they’ve all been family members) I’ve ever had was (and is) special and I remember them all. They’ll always have a place in my heart, and if you love animals like I do, you’ll know exactly what I mean. #gratitude
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