I have always loved animals, and for most of my life, have had 4-legged furry family members padding around. But right now, I don’t have any. That’s why I was so delighted to meet a few new furry friends this past week!
The first of these was Koda. He owns my friend and colleague, Andie, who has put together our book project. He is a classic mixed breed love bug, with Border collie, lab and shepherd mixed in. I had heard so much about this big, goofy hairball, so I was glad that she brought him along when we met up for me to get my author copies of our book. Unfortunately, he was too busy teaching all the sticks within a 6 foot radius who was boss, for me to get a photo of him! Maybe next time. Did you know, that he has his own book published too? I met a celebrity dog.
Then on Monday, I was invited to a back yard get together, and was enthusiastically greeted by the lively Skookum. When she realized I would play with her and give her attention, she hardly left my side! Skookum, I learned, had been a rescue dog. But honestly, when it comes to rescuing pets from shelters, sometimes I wonder who really rescues who? Most of my pets throughout my life have been rescues.
When we ventured indoors to eat, I discovered that there were also two cats in the household. It’s a good thing there were only two, because I was petting them simultaneously! I tried giving them pets separately, but in classic feline fashion, one would get jealous. So, I ended up with a cat head in each hand, rubbing cheeks and scratching chins. Heavenly!
I was officially labelled Skookum’s new “Auntie Jen”. A badge of honour, in my opinion! And now I’m also one of Koda’s new aunties too! It’s amazing how animals change our lives in so many ways! They teach us lessons we didn’t know we needed to learn. They love unconditionally. And they certainly entertain us with their antics!
Our book compilation which is officially being launched next Monday, June 22nd, has a pet section many great animal stories in it. I hope you will join us on launch day to purchase your copy! And if you’re feeling lonely, why not visit an animal shelter. Who knows, you may just meet your new best friend!
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