I was in the middle of getting my blog ready when my youngest daughter called to tell me they had to put one of their dogs to sleep. So I decided to dedicate this week’s blog to
and to all of our pets who add richness to our lives by just being.
Somehow, when I was in the second grade, I acquired a goldfish. I named it Marilyn. It didn’t last long, but that was my first pet. After that I tended to stick with dogs. We’ve had several over the years, my first being a little orange Pomeranian named
She was sweet and gentle and prone to seizures but she lived to a
ripe old age. Sheba
Gypsy was a legend in the neighborhood. She looked like a wolf, and didn’t much like other dogs. Our worst fear when Gypsy got loose was that she would get into a fight with someone else's dog but she tolerated
After that there was
smart as a whip and Muffin, who truth be told was a little unbalanced but we
loved her anyway. Her biggest quirk was
defending socks. If she got hold of one
she’d bear her fangs and just about kill anybody who tried to take it away from
her. We learned to distract her so somebody
could snatch the sock while her back was turned. With no sock, she turned back into a sweet,
lovable dog. Chelsea
they were all mutts. My mom is prone to Pomeranians and has had several, including
her present dog Molly, who is blind. My daughters all have dogs. None of us
have ever really owned a cat, although I did sort of adopt an old white cat for
several months. She looked tired and
ragged, and she never really trusted me, but I bought her cat food and put it
out for her every day. I missed her when she stopped coming around. Sheba
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Presently I don’t have any pets of my own, but there is a dog named Gypsy that I do wish was mine.
About two or three weeks ago she started to lose weight, lost interest in food and just started to decline. Tests showed a number of things wrong with her and they started her on antibiotics. I guess the medical testing just caught up to her. Quickly and with a vengeance.
"If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans." James Herriot