Mar 22, 2012

Our Pets...

Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a function....
The difference between friends and pets is that friends we allow into our company, pets we allow into our solitude. 

For those of us who have pets I can almost guarantee you feel the same as Arvid and I. I have always know what it is to be raised with a pet, but for him having Brutus in our lives was a brand new experience one which he, Arvid loves. Having a pet is sometimes as many have said even better than having kids. All they ask for you is love with those big eyes.

Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms

I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul

Brutus needs no introduction.  He is ours and we spoil him endlessly.  Brutus has become a calming effect in our lives.  Arvid says that he thinks having Brutus in our life will prolong it and has made it better than ever.  He asks for nothing and he gets everything...

In my family we have been fortunate to have been raised with a pet.  Today as grown ups we all have our own pet and as each would tell you it is one of the best experiences we have all experienced.  Never a bad moment with our pets. 
To err is human, to forgive, canine

My sister in Philadelphia and her family own a Golden Doodle named Tex (pictured above).  Tex is big, but he is one of the gentlest dogs I have encountered.  At time you don't even know he is around.  Among the naughtiest things Tex has done was to eat a piece of the wooden steps in their house and to chew up some of my parents' blinds.  We all have our days:)

A dog is the only thing on earth that will love you more than you love yourself

Thunder pictured above belonged to my sister and family living in Puerto Rico.  He is a Golden Retrieve and another very  loving and gentle dog.  When I think of Thunder I always have a smile.  His most mischievous thing was to escape from the backyard.  My sister had this electronic fence.  Thunder figured if he sprinted he could actually jump over it.  Which he did all the time.  He was once kidnapped, this brought the entire neighborhood rallying around for him.  he was found living in another luxury home being treated like a king, but he got back to his rightful home.

Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole

From the day Jaxen came into my sisters world he was a handful, but only in the best possible ways.  He was a baby when I first met him full of spunk and energy which to this day he still has.  Living in Florida he loved swimming in the pool in his backyard and chasing birds.  His favorite pass time was playing in the rain with his dada.  Living in Vermont he now loves to roll in the snow and swim in the lake in their backyard.  Jaxen like Thunder is a Golden Retriever with one beautiful color.

My little dog -- a heartbeat at my feet.

Dexter comes from Texas, and now lives with him family in Virginia.  He is one furry ball of energy and love.  When I first met him he jumped right on my lap and fell asleep.  Never moved.  He slept with me during the night and when I woke up early in the morning he gave me a peek as if to say "I'm not ready to get up."  It was 7am.  In Texas he loved to jump on the Trampoline with Gabsy, Riley and Lilly Vade.  This doggie has no fear.  He is the smallest of all but, boy probably can bark the most and scare anyone away.

Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet
Joey (above) belongs to a friend. I met him for the first time a few weeks ago and he was all over me.  Another ball of fur full of energy and play.  Like all the others he is pampered and spoilt.  As a pet owner I will say we spoil our pets more than we spoil ourselves and we love it!  Joey gets a trainer coming to his home once a week.  He will soon become international also.  He will be heading to Norway for 3 months...

A cat is a puzzle for which there is no solution

Mama D lives across the street from us.  She is still scared to come too close, but with each passing day she is getting friendlier and friendlier.  She knows I will give her treats everyday so she comes asking.  Brutus is a bit jealous when Arvid and I talk to her.  We have a very kind neighbor who feeds quite a few of the strays in the area.  I love kitties so I have also joined in the feeding of them.

Until one has loved an animal,  a part of one's soul remains unawakened...