Do you have animals in your life? If yes, what do they mean to you? If no, why have you opted not to?
Animals have always been an important part of my life. I grew up with a variety of dogs and cats in the house, and was around horses for many of my formative years.
In fact, I cannot imagine my life without them.
Well, I can, because for a few years during my first marriage to a man who didn’t particularly care for animals (that should have been my first clue) I lived without animals. No cats to purr in my ear. No dogs to wipe their wet noses on my business clothes. No horses to whinny at me when I walked into the barn.
Our home was spotless, pet hair-free and dull. I was miserable.
When my mother gave me a kitten, Oskar, for my 32nd birthday, my husband was mortified. When we moved into our new home and I rescued a kitten, (Princess ~ so named because she came home the weekend Princess Diana died) to be a companion for Oskar, that caused even more grief.
Needless to say the marriage ended (for a variety of reasons) and I got custody of my precious feline friends who kept my emotional head above water during a really turbulent time.
And that can be said of all the animals I’ve inn my life. Through thick and thin they are there … all they ask in return is that I give them love, feed their tummies and keep a roof over their heads. They are amazing companions.
I love them dearly for all they are to me and my new husband.
Interesting story about this one … when we were dating the animals were smitten. It wasn’t uncommon to see him park himself on the couch and immediately be surrounded in little animals. I couldn’t get anywhere near him. This was a sign to me that he was a keeper.
So now, we have a house sprinkled with dog and cat hair, and I smell of horses every single day.
I couldn’t be happier …
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©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2015