It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Chapter 11, Page 13, Book 18

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

George Eliot

Today I’m thankful for Animals

Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.


For the better part of my life I’ve had some kind of pet in my life.   But now I just enjoy those cats and dogs of my children.  Animals are loving companions and brighten our lives in many ways.  

Sadly our animal shelters are full of people’s cast off pets. For one reason or another, they were no longer wanted.  I think if you have a pet, you have to be committed to caring for them the duration of their lives.  At this point I don’t feel I could give one all that they would need.

If you have ever visited one of these shelters, it almost breaks your heart.  I adopted one of my dogs from a shelter and the day I went, there were several volunteers out walking them, so they lined them up for me to take a look.  All the dogs looked at me, wagging their tails, just like they were saying, please take me home.  The one that stole my heart had been there several months. I could only take one, but wished I could take more.

They say that having an animal for companionship improves our health and well being. They can reduce our risk of heart disease and increase longevity by lowering our bless pressure. They improve our mental outlook by decreasing loneliness and anxiety. 

On my thankful list for today’

6517. for our sweet sugar AB, it’s her birthday
6518.  for kindness, always good
6519. for my family, they do make me happy

Animals are reliable, many full of love, true in their affections, predictable in their actions, grateful and loyal.  Difficult standard for people to live up to.

Alfred A. Montapert


I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Our pets are like family and make our lives a whole lot better.

jack69 said...

Yes, life would be less happy if we had no pets. Like you we enjoy the Granddogs and cats. Earlier this summer one of my pleasures was befriending a feral cat. I had lots of conversations with her. I sorta miss her, but she was meant to be wild or her nature was already 'turned that direction' she could not trust humans completely like the house pet can. But that is life and life is good.
Good thoughts lady.
Sherry & jack

NanaDiana said...

I can't stand going into the shelters because it just breaks my heart. I want to take each one of them home but I am in the same boat as you are right now. No more pets for us at this time of life-we are gone too much and I don't want to have an animal spend so much time in a boarding we are moving again soon...just hard to do all that and give full attention that a pet deserves.

Have a wonderful day- xo Diana

Chatty Crone said...

I am like you - I love dogs. They are so lovable and they just want to be with you and want nothing else from you. We got our little Disco from a rescue - it wasn't a pound but the people actually housed them for awhile. He is one of the love of our lives. TO me so much better than people at times!

betty said...

We keep debating about getting another dog. Maybe when hubby retires sometime next year. It does sadden me that so many people think pets are disposable and you can just get rid of them if you don't want them any more. People do have to seriously consider it all when getting a pet and I know there will always be those circumstances that are unforeseeable, but that's not often the case it seems.


Mevely317 said...

No greater love … no greater heartache. I'm so thankful God created dogs, and gave them His own name (backwards), hopefully to teach us the real meaning of unconditional love. The only pound/rescue I applaud is in Phoenix: MASH Unit. Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio is a huge animal advocate and when the old jail was condemned, instead of razing it, he convinced the city to allow its use to house unwanted dogs. The female inmates care for, and in some cases, train and rehabilitate these dogs. I understand it's a WIN-WIN, both for the inmates and the dogs.

Buttercup said...

I'd love to have a dog or cat, but as years have gone by I have grown more and more allergic. I had a cat at various times in my life and miss the companionship.

Rick Watson said...

Our critters are like family. I can’t imagine our home without our pups.