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

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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. 

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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.

 

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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.