Day 7 – Pet and animal!

12 Days of Blessings

“You can always tell about somebody by the way they put their hands on an animal.” Betty White


Connecting with creatures is a blessing.  Petting an animal can be very soothing.

“An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language.” ― Martin Buber

I didn’t know there were so many wonderful quotes about animals and people until we enjoyed our family painting project to beautify some local garbage cans.  I used these beautiful quotes to accompany colorful portraits of the many animals we had lost.  As the paint flowed, so did the memories.  By far the animal I have loved the most was my boxer, Vasha.  She was our “first baby” and she went everywhere with me.  Hiking, biking, swimming…she would follow me anywhere. 



Exploring the great outdoors with my faithful watch dog seemed so natural.  It was only after she was gone that I realized the security and level of companionship she had brought me, especially when I was stomping through the forest with my little ones.  This past summer we got each of our older boys a dog and it has been a sweet journey.  On one of our backpacking trips we quickly hiked out a day early as “Spot” was bitten in the face by a rattlesnake.  He survived…and in the end, we just thanked the Lord it wasn’t one of our boys.



A boy and his dog make a glorious pair;

No better friendship is found anywhere.   – Edgar Guest

Take some time to sooth your soul by connecting with an animal through touch today.  Be thankful for the animals you have or have had.