Love my kitty-cats

Lightning decided to let me take a lovely face shot.

Thunder only wanted to look outside by peaking through the lace curtains.

Kitty-Corner kitty cats: Lightning under the piano & Thunder lower left.

(Can not manage to teach my girls they should let me have the sun behind me when I take a photo, so I just shoot straight into the sun.)

Pet Remembrance Day 2014

Today being “Pet Remembrance Day 2014” was brought to my attention by “Under The Oaks… Captures. And A Few Words.”  Her lovely collage of pet photos made me want to dig around to see what pictures I could find.

Many of you know my husband and I share our home with two black cats, Thunder & Lightning.  I found their photos on a Humane Society website only a few days after our beloved Zoe left this world.bye bye zoe

We brought Zoe home from the very same Humane Society a few months after purchasing our first house (the house we are still in nearly 20 years later.)   She was 5 at the time and lived to a very ripe old age of 22 & 1/2.  And her passing was quiet and natural.  She will be in our hearts forever.

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Zoe is the first pet that  my husband and I shared.

There had been a long gap of living without pets for me until Zoe came along.

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At age 5 I moved in with an aunt and uncle, Erma & Billy,  and a cat named Timmy.

There may be a faded photo somewhere of Timmy, but what I do have is a painting, done on a plain piece of cardboard.  It hangs in my den/TV room.  It was painted by another aunt, Ethlyn.  

Timmy was my friend through most of my elementary school years.  He waited for the school bus with me.  He stayed upstairs in my room when I read and studied after school each day.

There were many cats and kittens on the farm with my parents in my earliest years.  But the pet I remember from that time the most is a border collie named Johnny.  A border collie is not likely to ever be an appropriate pet for me again given my lifestyle, but whenever I see a black and white border collie my memory goes back to Johnny and the great affection I felt for him.  Johnny 001  You can identify Johnny no doubt.  I am the little girl in the wagon.  The woman in the center of the photo is my Aunt Eth, who painted the picture of Timmy.  My dad stands at the left with my baby sister Merrillee, and my half-brother Ronnie is kneeling on the ground behind Johnny, the border collie.

Our pets tell the story of our lives don’t they.  My sister & I are the only ones from the photo still living in this realm.

I hope you have been fortunate enough to have a pet or pets in your life, and that you too are prompted to think back and reflect on what they have contributed to your life thus far.

THE RAVENOUSLY DISAPPEARING WOMAN has also written a post for Pet Remembrance Day.  I recommend it, just click on her blog title to view.

This Wednesday is the Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice 2012

So today, June 20, 2012,  is the longest day of the year and the North Pole is tipped toward the sun more than on any other day, while the South Pole is tipped away from the sun making it the shortest day of the year for the Southern Hemisphere.   Now the longest day of the year is not expected to be the hottest day of summer but the temperature predicted for an afternoon high today is well above my comfort zone.  It is going to be bad enough that I did make the effort of watering my poor little vegetable plants this morning.  Time will tell whether the plants or I wilt the most.  Actually I know the answer.  I am not going to wilt too much because I am going to indulge in spending most of the day in air conditioning.

My cats, Thunder and Lightning are taking today easy too.

Thunder has her head buried so nothing will disrupt her rest.
Lightening is enjoying the corner office chair while ‘her dad’ is not occupying it.

Wacky Wednesday # 15 – National Pet Day

Ah, I think it is obvious that I love my pets.  And the motto of National Pet Day is one I tend to agree with

ADOPT….DON’T SHOP!

National Pet Day was founded by  Celebrity Pet Lifestyle Expert & Animal Welfare Advocate “Colleen Paige” and is sponsored by – Animal Miracle Foundation + Network.

The pets I have had have never been purchased, as in coming from a breeder or pet shop.  I do have friends with purchased pets and I do not criticize them for that choice, or any of you reading this who have done likewise.  But there is something about walking into a shelter with so many caged animals and making the decision to take 1 or 2 of them  home with you that can not matched by a pedigreed pet I believe, that sense that you have saved them from that coped up life.  I also like to think that by loving them each day I help heal the rejection that they must have felt at being ‘turned in” to a shelter and “cast out” from another place.

My husband is closer to the cats in our lives than you can imagine.  Lightening, who has only been with us for about five weeks is already becoming his research supervisor — 

although even she sometimes finds the view out the window more interesting than his readings.  What she does like is watching YouTube over his shoulder.  I didn’t manage to snap a photo of that.