Category Challenge: Animals - I love them all!
I decided to join on on dawnwriter 's A-W Category Challenge at last. Animals is an easy one for me.
I grew up with dogs as pets all my life. We always had a dog in the house and I got my own little dog when I was 16 still living at home. Since, I have had many dogs and loads of cats as well as a few birds. I have loved every one of them as if they were humans. They were family. Right now, I have two cats and a dog. Molly is my wonderful little Yorkie that was shuffled between three owners before I adopted her when she was seven months old. I couldn't figure out what was wrong with her since no one wanted her and I prepared for a nippy. moody, disobedient pet.
It turns out that Molly is one of the most unique, sweet, loving, and gentle dogs I have ever owned or been around. She is a true lap dog and will curl up in my or my husband's lap and stay there for hours if we don't get up. She's so loving and so darn HAPPY! Everything to her is an adventure and everybody is a new friend.
I don't know what her life was like before we adopted her but the only thing that seems to really scare her is loud shouting. We never yell at her but if my husband is yelling up to me while I am upstairs, Molly thinks he is mad and she will run to me and jump on my lap. We now try not to raise our voices necessarily.
Animals - all of them - are wonderful creatures. I am not a fan of rodents at all but I would never kill one unless I had to. I have a friend who has seven pet mice. I am terrified of mice but I respect that she really adores them and cares deeply about them. But I beg her to leave them caged when I go there. lol. (Same goes for hamsters and gerbils.)
I have had many opportunities to feed and be near deer in the mountains and they are such beautiful animals. I even had one get into my motel room! That was mayhem but she got out of the sliding glass doors and all was well. Whew.
Animals have enriched my life since I was born, both domestic pets and wild ones. Even though I will have a near heart attack if I see a mouse in the house, I am still grateful for all animals and try to treat them all with kindness. I volunteer at the local shelter, donate to others, foster animals at times, and donate to many wildlife foundations.
The world without animals would be a much lonelier, less beautiful place.
You can read about the challenge here: A-W Category Challenge
Image Credit » Photo credit: My own copyright. This is Molly, my Yorkie