Amy . . .

What would you like to know? I am fun, but crazy. I have a most perfect husband, and 2 cats named Samson and Delilah. We are presently working on adopting a little girl from China and have a separate blog for that. I am a Christian and am working on a better relationship with him. I live in the Atlanta area and love sharing stories with people. I am also a pediatric nurse and I love it! I love to talk and meet new people and I love Disney Cruising

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Question of the Day

There is no blog of the day.. I hope you will head over and read Michaels blog

Question of the day: Why is losing a pet so hard? Tell me about your favorite pet!


annb said...

Losing a pet is like losing a member of the family! It creates an emptiness in the family because no longer is that sweet little pet there to greet you at the door, warn you when someone who doesn't belong at the house is there or to entertain you with their cute little antics. Loving a pet is so easy! They offer unconditional love! They give such dedication without asking much in return. I have a black Chinese Pug named China. She is a short, chubby, flat-faced dog that I find competely adorable! She's lazy, chances her own tail a lot and is sometimes irritable with the grandbabies, but I love her dearly. She's sneaky and thinks if I'm out of the room she can do whatever she pleases! She's not supposed to be on the furniture - she has her own little bed in the living room. As soon as I leave the room, she jumps up to lay on the couch! She's only five years old so I think she will be around for a while! She's an inside dog, although she loves to lay on the porch in the sunshine. She barks at everyone who comes in the door - even my husband! She's smart and even does a few tricks! I think I'll keep her!
I'm thankful that China is a part of our family!

debi said...

Why is it so hard? Because love is love.

I wish I could tell you about our favorite pet, but we lost him a few months back and I still have a tough time talking about it. Taco was the best cat (who thought he was a dog) ever...he was our youngest's very best friend in the whole entire world. And we all loved him so very much.

Thankful for the love of animals! And all the happiness they bring!

Shelly Kneupper Tucker said...

I agree with debi. Love just "is." All of my pets are "favorites." But, the hardest to lose was Harley(he was fast and had a loud motor). He was an orange and white Turkish Van, who loved everybody and liked to go swimming in my bathtub. Even professed cat haters fell in love with him. Cancer got him two years ago, and I still hear his purr in my head.
I'm thankful I have five other felines in good health who try hard to fill his shoes...only he didn't wear any.

Michelle said...

sorry to hear about the loss of a great pet. My MIL has lost a few cats throughout the years and it's very hard on her - they were her "babies." they become part of the family.

Kim said...

Boy, did this question ever hit home. We lost our 16 year old chihuahua, Coqui, Tuesday evening. She died in our arms after having a stroke. Michael heard her 'yelp' from her bed and when he looked, she was contorted and having trouble breathing. We held her for the next three hours as she slowly slipped away. She is now buried in the backyard. She was total love. One of the hardest things to watch this week is her 'sister', Rainbow, looking for her. Rainbow is only eight and has never known not having Coqui around. Our grief will wane, but the memories will be with us a lifetime.

Laughing Muse said...

We who choose to surround ourselves
with lives even more temporary than our own
live within a fragile circle, easily and often breached.
Unable to accept its awful gaps,
we still would live no other way.
We cherish memory as the only certain immortality,
never fully understanding the necessary plan.

-- Irving Townsend, in The Once Again Prince

TeaMouse said...

As I mentioned in Michael's blog - pets quickly become a part of the family and they soon take a special place in your heart. When you lose that special pet, their is an emptiness that remains from loving them so much.

I've had cats die on me as a child. One had distemper and I remember hearing her in the porch crying and crying. My parents just told me she was ill and not to worry. It was a terrible thing to hear and I never forgot it. I wished they would have taken her to the vet. Another of my cats 'Boots' was hit by a car and my friend came running to tell me before school - we both went to find her and I picked her up and carefully carried her home, and then we gave her a nice burial. It was hard to find her like that, but even at 10 I knew what we needed to do.

I don't quite know if I can say I have a favorite pet. I have had Ginger, an orange tabby cat for the past 11 years and she is the most affectionate cat I've ever had. She's got to have a morning and evening snuggle every day and whenever else she feels she needs it. On the flip side - she can't stand visitors and our kids. She really is a one person cat - but as I am her person she has quickly become one of my favorite pets of all time.

Just this past August we got Oliver, he's my first dog ever! I truly find that I am loving him to pieces. He's different from Ginger as he really needs to be with us all the time. He's my little shadow and every night he has snuggle time on the couch before bed and I love that special time of the day with him.

I am thankful for having these pets in my life - they are always there when you just need a little snuggle. Life just doesn't seem so bad with them around.

gail said...

They do become like members of your family.
We had a black lab that was just the best dog ever....he disappeared a few years ago and it was hard not knowing what happened. Hubby thinks because it was so close to hunting season that someone picked him up, he was a great hunting dog, companion, watch dog and friend.

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

To me, my pet is a part of my family. Just like a child or a sibling or a parent, and when they are no longer here, I grieve for them accordingly. Pets give love so unconditionally, it's hard not to love them so.

My favorite pet would have to be a toss-up between our last dog that we lost 3 1/2 years ago (Sally, half golden retriever) and my new baby boy that my husband got me for my birthday last fall. Beau, he's smart and lovable and fun and a very vocal dog. We love and adore him. Can't imagine my day without him. And if you doubt that, just check out my photoblog and you'll see countless photos of him. :)

Have a lovely day!

Anonymous said...

We haven't done too many pets since hubby and I have been married. My oldest dd raised a puppy for Guiding Eye's for the Blind and my youngest dd recently started raising Guinea Pigs. So, we have lost the Guiding Eyes dog (although not to death - thank god!) and 2 GPs. It was hard with each of them. I think because they really do become a part of the family. One GP died in my arms, and it was a favorite too - so it was hard.

I am thankful for a dinner out with hubby, his sister, and her husband. Nice conversation and no interruptions and now I'm ready for a hot bath and a good book.

For some reason Blogger is not letting me login (frustration)

DebD (Deb on the Run)

Indiana Amy said...

They become such a big part of your family and your everyday. I've noticed when my dog isn't here the house seems so quite. I love the sound of her toes tapping on the linoleum in the kitchen!

When I was a child I had a dog named McGee. McGee was a German Shepard Mix and so kind and loving to his family. He was such a great protector and friend! He actually saved me when I was about in 4th grade. I fell through the ice in a very deep pond and he reached off the pier, grabbed my jacket with his teeth and pulled me out! What a great dog! I miss him!

JennyMcB said...

I loved the poem that Laughing Muse posted and will have to copy it.

We had a dog for 16 years from kindergarten to my senior year, he was such a pain in the neck outside, but a character in the house. He was a part of our family and our lives, the constant friend. The same goes for my black lab that I got before we had kids. I can't answer the why, know that it is hard.

We now have cats and our first cat, Oreo died two years ago at the age of five, I still compare her to the two numbnuts that we have know. She was a total princess and was my cat! I still miss her and her attitude, if alive today, she would be laying right up next to me!

I am thankful for the numbnuts that we have now and the fun that they bring to our life.

Amy said...

I've had to say goodbye to several of my pets and it is so difficult. One year I even missed two days of high school because my kitty Angel had been beaten up by a group of dogs. It was horrible. Losing a pet is hard because they become an important member of your family. It truly is like losing one of your own.

Animals aren't considered pets in our family. They are a member of our family. The rule around here is that they get fed and watered before we do. We have learned that if you speak to them and train them just like you do your children, then they will pretty much behave the same way kids do!

We have a bulldog named Wensley. She loved to be held when she had her naps! She started sleeping with my husband and I then because we couldn't stand to hear her crying in her cage. Spoiled, I know. From early on we taught her many tricks and many phrases. I never knew dogs could be so smart. She is devoted to this family and is in love with my husband! If daddy is home that's where she is~always! I have competition~LOL! She goes with us every we go, except church. She even goes on vacations with us. She loves us and she knows without a doubt how much she is loved! I should write a post about her sometime.

I am so thankful that we have our precious Woo (nickname) and what true joy she has brought to this family.

gil said...

Animals become part of your family , often they are the first yo meet and greet you when get home the last person you say goodnight too and I wouldn't let anyone else sleep on my feet, they love you unconditionally and expect little in return

Karen said...

Ok, I sort of answered this in the other post, regarding Daisy, so I will tell you about another pet. When I was little, I had a poodle, Cuddles. Cuddles died in the winter of health problems, but I thought she froze to death in the cold. I kept telling my parents they killed her (I was 4).

Losing a pet is hard because they are extended family members. You can vent your problems and frustrations to them, and they just listen and snuggle up to you, offering comfort.

I am thankful for our new puppy, Bear, who keeps my kids entertained and exhausted in the afternoons!:-)