This morning I’d thought I’d share some pictures and insights on those wonderful animals who share our lives. And of course, I would like to hear about your animals. How many you have, what kind — does anyone have an unusual pet? Like a skunk or something like that? By the way, I’ve heard that they make great pets.
Let’s start with Princess Sierra. This was a recent picture taken earlier this year — in June — notice that there is a tiarra hanging over her head. We did not touch up the picture or put it there and in all the pictures that we took of her, there is is, right there. At first I didn’t know what it was, but when I showed it to my brother-in-law, he of course, said — it’s a tiarra, of course. Princess Sierra is not only a calico, she was originally my daughter’s cat, who grew to love going outside so much that my daughter had to leave her with us — because my daughter can have only indoor pets. She is, indeed, a princess and we appropriately treat her as such. Sierra was also one of my characters in a back book, THE PRINCESS AND THE WOLF.
This is Sammy, our black and white kitty. Sammy got bit about 6-7 years ago and developed feline aids and so he is our kitty who tends to be a little sick. Though he no longer has feline aids, he does have a condition of the mouth called stomititis that we are finding just doesn’t seem to go away. However, he is doing well and has become one of our most wonderful house cats.
And here we have Kali, whom I call our California bound kitty. Originally I found her in Florida, and when I discovered that she had been abandoned by her family, I brought her home with me. Unfortunately for both her and Sierra, it seems to be best to have only one calico per household. To this day, they still play games (not so great games) with each other. Maybe in another few years…
And here’s Midnight Thunder — named after another book, NIGHT THUNDER’S BRIDE. He was found by my brother-in-law while my husband and I were on tour — and he was found at night — at the time I was touring with the book, NIGHT THUNDER’S BRIDE and so we named him in honor of that book. Midnight is quite a lady’s man — visiting the neighborhood women one by one each day. He is one of the most popular cats in our neighborhood. He and Kali, however, are official boyfriend and girlfriend.
We have many other pets, Puffin — our kitchen cat (she is pure white and stays in the kitchen most of the time). Squeeky, who is my husband’s cat (she is all black) — they (my husband and Squeeky) were together when my husband and I first met each other. And then there’s Bear, who was named because he so resembles a bear. Bear is our only full-time outside cat. He was my brother-in-law’s cat, who now lives with us. Bear is also a black and white kitty, although he has long hair.
In addition we also have three dogs, Bandit, who is 14, going on 15. And two new pups, Prancing Wolf and Yoda — both of whom we adopted having met them on the Blackfeet reservation this past July. We also seem to have acquired a few opossums.
So now comes the time when I would like to invite you to tell me about your pets, what they mean to you and how much they enhance your life (as I’m sure they do).
I would leave you, however, with this beautiful shot from one of our earlier trips to the Blackfeet reservation in Montana. The horses are not ours, but rather a friend’s whose father kept and raised horses.
Looking forward to hearing from you today.