I talk to my animals. A lot.
I love coming home – whether after several weeks or five minutes – and having my “babies” run to greet me. My dog smiles brightly as his tail wags a mile a minute. My two kittens purr loudly – one jumps right into my arms and climbs onto my shoulders while the other collapses at my feet waiting for me to pet him.
I’ve always had pets and can’t imagine life without them. The kind souls love you unconditionally, are grateful for every moment of your time, and have the uncanny ability to brighten the worst of days.
Beau. A huge, matted mess showed up on our front porch on my last day of third grade and refused to leave. We boarded him for a week while my parents were out of the country, got him groomed and de-ticked, spent a summer calling him “dog,” and eventually gave in and invited him to stay. We fell in love with him instantly. He’s gorgeous and has the most wonderful disposition. He hates vegetables and has never learned a single trick, other than “Smile, Beau!”
Sebastian. Often refered to as Mr. Straddle Pants (his favorite position, as you can see in the picture). My mom has been dying for a “cuddly gray kitten” for years and he finally showed up this past summer. Someone had found three kittens in an abandoned house and we offered to give two of them a good home. Sebastian is as affectionate as can be, loves playing fetch, exploring with his brother, grooming the dog, cuddling under the sheets, and racing to be the first to use the clean litter box.
Owen. Nickname: Monkey Boy. He loves climbing as high as he possibly can, in attempts to attack the ceiling fan. He comes flying from across the house when he hears a door open, in hopes of venturing outside; however, when he does get out, he just stands there, in awe of that vast new world. Owen is a risk-taking adventurer, but he balances it with heavy doses of affection. He enjoys sprawling across the keyboard (especially when someone is working), watching birds through the window, tackling and grooming his brother, eating and then knocking over houseplants, and climbing on people’s shoulders, heads, and backs.
I absolutely adore my pets! They can be naughty and troublesome at times – more often than not, but they are so easy to forgive. I know that having pets has enhanced and continues to enrich my life. Pets are loving, loyal, trusting, forgiving, and really have so much to offer their humans.
They never have anything to say, but maybe that’s exactly why we love them so much.