Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Pet Therapy...

My husband and I have made the decision that we are "small pet people".  I ADORE cats, dogs, horses...even squirrels make me happy.  But the cost of owning one has proven to be a bit too much for us.  So hamsters and fish it is!  We have 2 adorable Russian Dwarf Hamsters, named Mimzy and Lucas. And as of this morning we had a great little Beta fish named, Luna.  Luna passed away this morning...she has now joined Ladybug and Yogi in Fish Heaven.

Meet Mimzy...look at that face!

We also have about 5-10 cats that randomly visit our front porch daily.  Octavius, Fuji, Sammy, Jingles, Tiger, Lucy, Gerdy, Oogie and Mickey are just some of the cats that come over for some lovin'.  And lovin' they will receive.  They each have their own personality and they each enjoy being rubbed a different way.  Fuji likes his tailbone rubbed, whereas Octavius will ONLY approve of his neck being rubbed.  I love each of them and they bring a smile to my face every day.  Thanks to neighbours with outdoor cats, we get to enjoy a little "pet time" without the responsibility!  

Say "hello" to Fuji, Octavius and Jingles, sitting on our front porch

Animals are amazingly therapeutic.  They can lift your spirits instantaneously.   They will love you unconditionally and will "listen" as you cry.  They sense sadness and they are there to comfort you through rough patches.  These furry faces have helped lift me on several occasions.  And all the squirrels and robins that roamed my yard this past year...they'll never know how much happiness they've instilled during my most difficult days. 

The difference between friends and pets is that friends we allow into our company, pets we allow into our solitude.  ~Robert Brault

Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.  ~George Eliot

An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language.  ~Martin Buber

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