Two pictures of childhood pets. The first is of my dog Trixie – MY dog! That’s right little brother she was mine. She was some kind of beagle/dachshund mix and the sweetest dog on earth. Look at those eyes. I’m certain what I read in those eyes were love, love, love. Obviously she was tolerant too, because she’s sitting there ridiculously dressed up by me. She was a belly scratching dog. Every time you got near her she would lay down, roll over and present her belly for a good belly rubbing. I don’t even remember how we acquired her, except I seem to remember a lot of pet swapping between our home and my grandparent’s farm. So, maybe she got passed to us by my grandparents. Loved that dog!
The other picture is of my pet duck. Mine is the one with the most black on it. My neighborhood girl friend went to visit relatives and came home with three baby ducks; one for her, one for me, and one for our other friend. My parents really, really tried, but who can turn away a cute fuzzy duckling? Only the cruelest people on earth that’s who……I wonder if I used that line on them? Duck, that was his name, lived in an old shopping cart out in our shed when he was little. Then when all the ducks got big enough they lived in the one friend’s backyard and their pond was an old metal fishing boat. Two of the ducks met with a tragic end, and the other got shipped off to a farm a couple of years later. By then we were all in the full swing of adolescence and really had lost interest in spending time with our ducks. That last phrase made me giggle a little – spending time with our ducks.
I once had a big, fluffy, black cat named Pooky. I would have sworn to you that we had telepathic communication with each other, or else I was part cat too. Because it sincerely felt like we could read each other’s minds (okay, I guess I should only speak for myself). When he was in at night he always slept on my bed with me. There were other pets over the years, but these three were the ones that really became a part of me. Just my personal opinion, but I think every kid should have a pet at least once during their childhood. Especially the kind that radiate unconditional love! How about you, did you have a special pet as a kid or were your parent’s the cruelest people on earth?
Oooohhh, ooooohh I almost forgot to tell you about a couple of interesting things. If you like challenges here are a couple: Dottie Angel Challenge, for one whole year buy nothing unless it is handmade or secondhand. NaBloPoMo, blog every day for a month. You can participate with any starting date even if it is in the middle of the month, but unfortunately it is too late to participate in the full month of November which is their free-for-all giveaway month. I have a few obligations in the next couple of weeks, but after that I double dog dare you to participate in some kind of challenge – doesn’t have to be these! And that makes the perfect segue into tomorrow’s post about FEAR.