On this special Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day, I would like to call attention to my Rainbow Bridge page. There are cats, dogs, reptiles, birds, fish, and rodents. I have listed the critters that have crossed The Bridge in my adult life. They are listed in order of the date of their adoption. I will be adding pictures over time, as possible.
My first dog was Velvet. She was 15 when she crossed The Bridge. I was 25. She was buried in a formal pet cemetery. As I had engraved on Velvet's headstone, "Love surpasses death". This still rings true. My life has been blessed by many critters, and I believe I am better for it. I remember each and every one of them with love and gratitude, always.
Yesterday was National Dog Day. Stella got plenty of love and treats yesterday ...but, then again, she does every day. I recently posted this video on Facebook. As I always say, critters should be celebrated every day!
When Bill is on the road, we are in frequent contact. We also text and send emails of news, videos, and other things of interest. Bill is also a faithful follower of McGuffy's Reader. We talk on the phone often. He talks to the furkids, too.
Stella knows Dad's ringtone. If I am busy, she lets me know that Dad is calling. I will put Bill on speakerphone so Stella and Dad can talk to each other. They do. When they are done chatting, he will offer her a treat. She says, "Yes", as only dogs can do. I will then give her the treat. By that time, the cats have heard Dad and will line up for their treats, too.
So, we do celebrate our critters every day. We celebrate with them, too.
The minions have gone on to their forever homes. I am pleased to report that all is well with them. As for George...he was already Home. It was obvious that George belonged here, in our family. George and Stella bonded immediately. George would hug her legs and nose when she visited the minions. Grizelda accepted him without protest. Maggie wants to mother George as she did her original minions: Grizelda and Chloe Jo. Chloe Jo thinks that George is hers, just as Stella is her dog. When Bill saw how easily George fit into our family, he said that George has a forever home with us. I certainly cannot argue with that! We are blessed to have George in our family. All of us girls are happy to take care of him. And Bill finally has another guy on his side. We love happy endings. Don't you?
The minions are ten weeks old. They have come a long way. They have grown from tiny helpless newborn kittens into very healthy and strong, smart little cats. They amaze me, but I am also proud of them. They are little miracles, full of spirit and life.
Louis, Bindi, Riley, and George at one week old.
Bindi, Riley, Louis and George at ten weeks old.
Bindi is the cheerleader. She is very sweet and eager to be
part of any activity. She is fearless and very creative.
Bindi is both a princess and a class clown.
She loves to play, cuddle, and purr.
George is reserved and sensitive. He will let others
have their way, and then decide what he wants to do.
Never demanding or pushy, George is a gentleman.
He loves to cuddle, but is always ready to play, too.
Louis is a sweet guy. He can be very silly, too.
He especially loves to have his tummy rubbed.
Louis likes to get attention in any way that he can.
He is very animated. His charms are hard to resist.
Riley loves to be the centre of attention.
He is a quick thinker and filled with mischief.
Riley puts his full effort into everything he does,
whether it is eating, playing or cuddling.
The minions are ready to go out into the world. They will be leaving us today to join other families. I have taught them all of the basics. We have given them a healthy start and a firm foundation. They are ready to become part of a "forever" home*.
This is the very hardest part of rescue: letting go. It is truly bittersweet for me, but it is time.
We wish them all of the love & care that they absolutely deserve.
I was privileged to be part of their journey and blessed for them to be a part of mine. I love them dearly.
*One of the minions is already "Home". Can you guess who?
When I was younger, I always worked at jobs where I felt that I could make a difference. As a child, I was forever rescuing critters or pet sitting for neighbors. In my teens, I also sought babysitting jobs and began working in human health care positions. I continued to volunteer with animals and eventually felt the best fit for me was as a veterinary technician. I could incorporate my hobbies and skills.
I was paid as a veterinary assistant and technician. Later, I owned my own pet care/pet sitting business. However, the unpaid positions were just as fulfilling as the paid ones. Working with animals is very rewarding in any capacity. Teaching a puppy a new thing is as much fun for me as it is for the puppy. Teaching an old dog a new trick is exhilarating. Rehabilitating a stray cat who has been hit by a car is exciting. Seeing a critically ill animal respond to treatment is amazing. Helping animals live long, happy, healthy lives is something I feel very strongly about. There is no monetary value for that.
Fostering newborn kittens is something that I especially love to do. When I see these tiny little babies work so hard to survive, I am in awe. They are beginning life with nothing, no mother to provide their very basic needs. Yet, they fight to survive. Their inner strength humbles me. I feel privileged to be a part of their journey as their surrogate mother. It is extremely rewarding. The rewards are not monetary, however. They are the rewards of the heart and soul. I can make a difference. And so I do it...for them.
Summer is a busy time. Many people take this time off to travel, spend time with family, or catch up on things. I can certainly understand that. It has been busy here, too. There is so much to do. The minions are growing very fast, and will soon be on their way to their forever homes. They have been a blessing to us, adding a lot of love and fun to our home. It is truly a privilege to care for them. Bill just had a few days of home time, which is always precious to us. This time we were able to share it with family. Bill's sister and brother-in-law came for a visit. They live quite a distance from us, so we are not able to get together very often. Stella was very happy to have a guest, too, as they also brought their dog. It was a very nice visit for everyone. So, that is where I have been the last several days. Life gets busy, and some things cannot wait. Please know that even when I don't post, I try to read what you do. I enjoy your posts and the friend connections that I have here in the "Blogosphere". Thanks for being there. I appreciate it, and each of you. Hugs.
The "Follow Four Fill-In" is hosted by Hilary at Feeling Beachie. This meme is one of the first ones I joined, several years ago. Each week Hilary posts statements with blanks. Our mission, should we choose to accept, is to copy the statements and fill in the blanks on our blogs. Then link up to her blog for sharing. Hilary is always looking for co-hosts and more statements for us to fill in. Please visit her, and let her know your suggestions! This week’s co-host is Ellen of 15andMeowing.
The statements & My Answers:#224:
1. Common senseisn’tcommon anymore. Sometimes I don’t know whether to laugh or cry at the way things have gotten to be. I am sure you seen signs and notices that should be just common sense. We need to get back to basics in figuring things out for ourselves instead of relying on or blaming others.
2.When I think aboutthe critters we have shared our home with, I usually end up laughing. They have added so much fun ( and love) to our lives.
3. If I could be a famouscelebrity of any kind, I would beessentially the same person I am now. However, I would use my fame for animal advocacy and conservation. I wish more celebrities would use their powers of media exposure for good.
4. I drive a Ford Focus and wish it was completely paid for. I do love my car, though.