This is National Pet Month ~ today is National Pet Day
Allow me please, to take a moment to speak of the many pets that have been part of my life: as a child growing up in the Midwest, as an adult with my own family and children, and now as a grand parent enjoying grand pets. It's impossible to think of life without pets.
In the growing up days, no photos remain, in rural farm country, cats wandered in and out randomly, most often heading back to their farms after a few days. Food and water bowls always sat beside the garage for all. Dogs, many strays or abandoned by city dwellers, chose to leave or stay. Those who stayed had a home for as long as they wanted, some healthy, others sadly not. The one who stayed, Nicholas, Nikki, arrived to find shelter in the garage on a bitterly cold and snowy Christmas morning. He grew healthy and strong, a good and loving little black and white beagle. Fifteen years was his stay with us, always remembered.
During my adult years, with my children there was Rainbow, the brilliant blue parakeet, who had to sit on my sons Cheerios bowl at breakfast time. Perry Mason, the escape artist hamster, lost forever somewhere in our home. Gucci, the orange striped cat and Baby, the mad Siamese kitten who didn't have a chance to grow up. A tankful of nameless fish, always tempting the cats. Emily, a sweet and playful hamster, who lived far beyond her years. Bear, the big old fluff of a dog, rescued on a roadside in the Shenandoah, who jumped our fence, ran off, never seen again. And Chantilly Lace ... with the pretty face and the little tail hanging down. Tilly, the baby beagle who could not survive the parvo virus when it swept through the metro DC area with a vengeance. Rescues. Hand me downs. Loved. Missed. Remembered. Next, the ones I can share with you ...
Angel Maggy (Mary Margaret), tortie Himalayan, an independent, elegant shy lady
Angel Zoey, blue point, snaggle-toof kitty clown, still a kitten at age fourteen
Florida Sunshine family pets, joyful, wonderful, full of energy and cuddles
Best brofur Pip ... sometimes in Florida, other times in Maryland, June slowly learning to accept this
amazing and wonderful boy as part of her life, I already have and love him so
Of course, I could add June here.
But she is here each and every day, so on this day
we'll let the other pets have the spotlight.
Most images previously posted as Art Gallery pictures.
we love your post!!! I was the one who tried to name a tankful of fishies... but it didn't work like expected ;O)ReplyDelete
Nice tribute to pets who have left. There are so many in most of our lives. We miss them but they are never forgotten.ReplyDelete
Neither The Hubby nor I grew up with pets, so we are beginners!ReplyDelete
However, we'll never be without a kitty now, I guarantee that.
pawfect tribute to your pets! I did not remebmer it was pet day but my pet is here every day... besides he thinks we are HIS pet. LOL.... they never leave our memory. my first was named Sticky Baby at my age 7 and to my best memory the count is at 33 since then, all dogsReplyDelete
There are so many precious babies in our past too. Love and miss them all.ReplyDelete
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Such sweet memories of all the pets of your life.ReplyDelete
You have been blessed with many beautiful souls during your life. XOReplyDelete
What sweet memories, your post made me cast my mind back to past pets. Happy National Pet Day!ReplyDelete
We remember Buddy and Topsie the parakeets, Speedy the turtle, Montezuma the iguana, Mr. Mike the lizard, Maddie cat, and of course Old Charisma, Miss Ginger, and Joey dog. We never forget our angels.ReplyDelete
Happy Pet Day!!ReplyDelete
Aren't we all so lucky to have known so many wonderful animals!
That's a gallery of sweeties fur sure!ReplyDelete
Happy National Pet Day. How wonderful to have such a long history with so many sweet pets.ReplyDelete
Incredible artwork as always. I feel as you do about the pets that have passed through our lives. Fortunately. they have left indelible pawprints on our hearts. As I go through all of my 3D pictures, there's both sadness and happiness, but mostly thankfulness that we had so much time together. Thanks for the suggestion.ReplyDelete
Happy National Pet Day to all our pets, both here on earth and at the Rainbow Bridge! Always remembered and always loved!ReplyDelete
Happy National Pet Day. Each and every one of them is so very special♥ReplyDelete
Happy Happy Nat'l Pet day to each and every furryReplyDelete
Oh wonderful tribute to your fur babies who have past ~ love them all ~ XoReplyDelete
Wishing you laughter and love in all your days,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)
They never, ever leave our hearts.ReplyDelete
What a beautiful way to remember all of your pets past and present. They leave pawprints on our hearts for sure. I can remember many of the pets I had as a child too. Here's to all of the pets out there!ReplyDelete
There are so many special pets, i tink when many of us get to the other side, we won't be able to go hug our loved ones first because the pets will crowd around and we'll have to stop for them first, then wade through.ReplyDelete
You have been blessed with a wonderful family of friends.ReplyDelete
This post made me tear up a bit...but its so full of love and happy memories, too...I am happy once again.ReplyDelete
I sometimes think back on the pets we had in my childhood home. Canaries, Parakeets, goldfish, dogs...but no kitties, alas...not till I got married! (Though we befriended some kitties that wandered and visited everyone in our locale.)
Such lovely pictures of the ones that came before.ReplyDelete
They always have a spot in your heart <3
Oh My Goodness, what a splendid walk down Past Pets Memory Lane. What wonderful memories. Made dad think back on all his old pals. So sweet!ReplyDelete
Thanks for including me Auntie!ReplyDelete