Today is Love Your Pet Day. Are you wondering what this has to do with reading? Well, you know me…I’m gonna tell you. Curling up with a good book and your favorite winter or summer beverage makes you feel good. However, according to a survey conducted by Woman’s World magazine, spending time with your pet will also make you feel great. In their survey of “10,000 pet owners,” people were asked how their pets had a positive influence on their own lifestyle. The top responses: “Pets make us feel happy and loved, offer companionship, eliminates stress and adds humor to our lives.” Incidentally, scientists have confirmed that dogs, cats, and horses reap the same benefits from being petted by their owners.
Today, I’d like to share comments and photos of not only my sweet little dog, but special fur babies that belong to a few of my friends. By the way, my friends are also talented authors. Take a moment to click on their pictures to visit their websites and preview their novels.
Meet my Baby Girl. She’s thirteen years old, and has been my loving companion for ten years. She sleeps at my feet when I’m writing. Baby Girl isn’t her real name; it’s the name I gave her when I rescued her from the animal control center. Her story is a sad one. Someone had thrown this gentle little dog in a trash dumpster. That same evil person had also kicked her so hard that they fractured her hip. Actually, because of the injury, she was considered unadoptable, but it was love at first sight. I wanted this little dog and offered to pay all medical bills, and even agreed to sign a document stating that I knew she was injured and wouldn’t return her due to her injury. Oh, I almost forgot to mention that I rescued Baby Girl one day before her kill date. She’s so special and means the world to me.
I agree with Flossie Benton Rogers when she says messengers and friends come when you need them. Flossie says that Marigold appeared at my front door, hungry and hurt, after the loss of my husband of forty-one years and the subsequent loss of our 14-year-old Bassett hound. Marigold was heaven sent. She is a sweet fur fae with a wild streak that emerges on occasional midnight runs through the house. She is quite a writing buddy and enjoys perching on the arm of my desk chair while I work. flossiebentonrogers.com/
Kathy Eddinger Smits shares that Corrin Castle (Corrin) is a feisty older lady who has been my equine partner for about 20 years. Retired from her job as a dressage horse, she grazes all day in a huge field, relaxes in a comfy stall with a cooling fan when it’s hot, and does exactly as she pleases.
She lives on a farm in Ocala. I live over an hour away, but I see her as often as possible. I’ve dreamed of owning a place with enough acreage to keep her at home, but I know she receives excellent daily care and considers herself the queen of the land.
When I walk into the barn, and she nickers for me, she brightens the day. Even after she gobbles down the apples and carrots I bring her, she hangs out with me, licking my hands and showing me the spots on her ears and under her chin where she wants to be rubbed. Before I leave, she often sticks out her nose for a kiss on her velvety muzzle.
The moments I spend with Corrin are peaceful. While she munches her hay, her wholesome aroma surrounds me, and time stands still. There’s nowhere I else I want to be and nothing more I want to do than savor those too-short visits with my best friend.
Jennifer Taylor shares this about her fur baby. My Great Dane Bridget is my good friend and constant companion. And she's the size of a human at 139 lbs. She's the perfect dog for a writer. I can say anything crazy and she's not fazed. She has a bladder the size of Alaska, enabling me to work for four hours at a time while she "works" as the world's biggest sofa spud. Then she grunts at me until we go outside, and she does her daily five-minute zoom, zipping around the yard at high speed. She is truly a gentle giant, great with grandkids but has a powerful bark when she needs to.
We have a daily morning ritual. My husband gets up at 4:30 every morning and lets her out of her nighttime crate. She grabs her stuffed gnome and comes up to the bedroom with my husband. He says, "take good care of mommy," and she gets on the bed. Snuggle time. When I was ill for a few days last week, I spent two days in bed. She didn't leave my side. The old girl really does take good care of her mommy. jennifertaylorwrites.com/
So, Dear Friends, as you can see, pets are important to our well-being and they enrich our lives in an infinite number of ways. They provide companionship, give us new purpose during career changes or retirement, and offer much-needed laughter and love at just the right moments. Pets are our best friends.
As always, take care, stay safe, and HAPPY READING!