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WHAT IS AN ANIMAL THAT I AM GRATEFUL FOR? WHY?
I am grateful for any animal that is able to be a pet. Pets are amazing because they are “life long” companions that practice true unconditional love. Not only are they companions, we can also learn from them. Life (to me) is not about flashy things and working hard, life is about enjoying the moment/time w. friends and loved ones. It is as simple as meeting together and eating however we have creative thinking and tend to over use it in a ways that impact our wellbeing; such as over analyzing behaviors and making assumptions, etc. As human beings we produce a way of living based off of our emotions and our emotions are usually changing. Animals such as pets and wild animals remind me of the simple way of living. I am extremely grateful to have animals around me.
My wife and I had to put down our eleven-year old golden retriever this spring. For me, Honey was an embodiment of gentleness and patience, and she taught me to bring joy rather than competition my play. – On her passing, a friend wrote me, “It’s not logical, but every dog is the best there ever was.” He wrote it for my comfort, without irony. And I believe he’s right.
My sister’s Bichon Frise, Noel, who had to be put down today. She and Noel shared fifteen years of loving companionship and I’m so grateful for that.
My dog. He soothes me and many others who need it. He’s like a working dog that way.
My little guy Jack .
He was 15 yo ( westie ) and headed to the Rainbow bridge last December .
We had a great journey together .
He was my soul dog .
Still so painful at times yet I know he will be waiting for me at the bridge .
It’s what keeps me going ♥️
Wish you could meet Junebug, Hers is so naughty, she’s a tomboy and races through mud puddles after each bath. I says Hers because Hers is multifaceted. Hers is crazy at times and makes me chase Hers every night in a game of tag, I am 60ish and this can be exhausting. Such a character, Hers likes to pretend she is a wild pony, bucking and running wild for no good reason, always makes people laugh at us. She only weighs 7 lbs but thinks she is a bad axx, no matter how big the dog Hers will rule the yard, they just don’t know what to do with Hers. Have to give Hers credit where credit is due, she politely laughs at every bad joke I have ever told Hers. Mostly she just loves me, loves me because that is what doggies do.
I love cats. They’re everything rolled into one. Graceful, beautiful, ferocious, amusing, intelligent, loving, but can be a tad bit vengeful.
My gorgeous little Kelpie girl Bella (Bel), an Australian working dog. She was a rescue a couple of years ago and is doing a wonderful job with me. I am also very fond of The Beatles, the Eagles, and even Snoop Dog…
I am grateful for the cat who comes to visit my beloved sister. They both were curious about the other, the cat loved to be fed, and my sister loved to feed him, to see him, and slowly he allowed her to stroke him, and then off he was again. Slowly, they got accustomed to each other, and by now, they both take a nap on her sofa, the cat on a cushion next to her, purring in comfort, and my sister petting the cat, or both falling asleep. I was happy and grateful when my sister told me about it.
I am grateful for the birds that I see outside my balcony. I am grateful for their chittering songs. I am grateful for their presence.
I am grateful for all animals as I feel they teach us so much, if only/ as we learn and practice listening, attending, respecting, and learning to be in ‘right relation’ with the animals, who and how they are, their habitat and needs.
Dogs, cats, squirrels, raccoons, birds, occasional horses, sea otters and seals, spiders, wasps, bees, mosquitoes are most present on my path.
Thank you for this question and each thoughtful answer. I will pay more attention today with openness and curiosity!
Thank you, dear KC., for your kind and thoughtful reply. It teaches me, again. Thank you dearly.
There are so many animals for which I am grateful, and I would include in this insects, fish, microbes, birds, spiders. I’ve thought about this all morning and it is so difficult to choose one! But I decided to share a little frog that I found in my garden on the farm last year. The farm is a reclaimed farm, that until 2016 had been a traditional, rented field farm, that had alternated between GMO corn and GMO soy. When my friend purchased it the land was dead-dead! There were no insects, birds, animals, and even weeds were rare because of the glyphosate. It was brown and bald and dead. He has a satellite photo of it at the time, and it is 40 acres of brown. He imported lots of compost, aerial planted cover crops, and brought in animals for manure and bees to pollinate. He offered to me last year the former deadest spot on the farm, which he had topped with a few inches of compost in the previous two years, which had settled down to about 3 inches. And I grew during covid year when we could not get ANYTHING, not even compost or leaf mold or manure because it was shut down time. Just the seeds I already had and my own labor with the help of my friend and his wife, until they had their lovely baby in May. When in August I found this little frog hiding in the beans I was ecstatic.
You see, frogs are among the most fragile of our land animals, when it comes to pollution and chemicals. Frogs are sensitive to them, and they also need food – insects. The insects in turn need healthy microbial soil life. This little frog, to me, was symbolic of the success of reclaiming the land. I took a photo. If you would like to see him, please drop into the lounge under “connect” in the menu. I will put a photo of my crops that year, too.
I have a frog that hangs out on my bedroom window screen each night. Just yesterday, I saw 4 on my lanai screens. I love reading all your stories Holly, thank you.
Michele, that is so sweet! They must feel your gentle spirit. 😊
It is so rare that I see frogs, but at this time of year, at night, in fact this very moment, I can hear “tree frogs” peeping to each other in the trees!
I’m grateful for my dog, Ginger, who has only been in my life for about a year. She truly shows what unconditional love looks like. She has brought joy, laughter, and even frustration into our home, but I can no longer imagine life without her.
I am grateful for butterflies. They undergo change and metamorphosis. They may sometimes doubt whether they’ll ever shine and be as beautiful as others, but with the patience and their focus to survive, beauty and joy and are waiting for them. Butterflies inspire people, every person has different phases of life. we all have a moment to shine. and we are all beauty.
I have zebra butterflies that love my firebush:)
My beautiful, sweet, fun-loving tuxedo kitty, Mistletoes. She was such a joy. She went over rainbow bridge 2 months ago and I miss her terribly. I am grateful for how she blessed my life and loved unconditionally!
Guinea pig. My dear pet Brownie.
Dog. My dog Girl, from many years ago now. My granddog Roger, a rescue dog from Tijuana who is so loving and seems so grateful for his new improved life.
Squirrel. They run around the condo grounds.
That’s a start.
All birds from the great eagle to the tiny hummingbird. But Cardinals in particular as I love their distinctive song. My dad always had a fondness for them. He has been gone many years but they remind me of him and that we are all still connected.
Cardinal’s song, MemoPC? Fun! I remember cardinals well, but not their song. I can probably find it on the web. Thank you –
Cats. I have been blessed to have 3 very special kitties be members of my family. Punkie, Leo & our beloved Daisy, all resting & playing in the tall grasses in Napa, the wine country, now. They brought so much joy, love, purrs & scratches into my family. RIP, 😺😽😿❤️ Grateful for them & their unconditional love.
I am grateful for the bunnies that greet us in our back yard each morning. They and the birds remind us that though we have cultivated this beautiful yard, it is still a place that hosts the “wild” (not sure how wild they are). At night we hear coyotes that provide background music for our patio musings. And of course there is our faithful canine companion of 15 years – she has no idea she’s a dog. She is in charge of the house.
These wild things that we displace for the sake of a parking lot, the raccoons evicted from underneath the porch, the wasps that have spent the summer diligently building their nest beneath the eaves. We eradicate “pests” for our convenience and safety with very little regard for the niche of life and purpose that they have evolved to fill and, in doing so, we extinguish a hue from the spectrum of our spirit and destroy something wild within our own souls.
“It is not a turtle that crosses the road but rather a road that crosses the mountain”
I am grateful for my cat MIkan. He is so calm and relaxed all the time. He never seems to get upset and just hangs out in the sunlight all day. He makes me stop and appreciate the little things and teaches me to be just a little bit calmer each day.
Our little Jack who soldiers on and is a dear companion. The wildlife around us — from all the birds (finches, various woodpeckers including the magnificent pileated), to deer, rabbits, turkeys, and even the occasional visit from a black bear, reminding me always that there is and should be wildness in the world.
Our two Great Danes who graced our lives.. their lives were short but their memories remain always..
It goes without saying,
that my answer is ‘cats’,
but I love and appreciate all animals in Nature,
each having their own wisdom & grace to offer.
But cats have been the most available to me,
and the ones who have lived with me
have been so very interactive
that I can’t really call them ‘lesser beings’ . . .
they’ve loved me unconditionally,
shared themselves with me wholeheartedly,
tolerated me . . .
been wild with me.
tender with me,
and given their whole selves to sharing their lives with me.
All of the cats that have graced my life, especially our elderly Maple who is our last one.
I am grateful for all of them. While I have had many domestic animals in my life, I also have wildlife. I love animals because they are innocent. They do not hate, judge, or lie. The birdsong in the mornings are songs of praise, true ‘joy in the morning.’ And, then there was a cat named Henry. A story for another time. ♥️ I would be a better human being if I could only have animals in my life.
All the dogs and cats in my life as I was growing up, and horses as well. But right now, our dog Joy, because she is a joy….we love her, and she loves us. Life without her would be so sad….we are grateful for her every day, and the love she gives us…we are so lucky!
My golden lab, Millie…..a faithful friend who provides unconditional love and requires very little in return.
I can’t just pick one! There’s my cat, BC, who is my soul cat and has been thru so much with me. He’s a snuggly, tolerant little guy. And then there’s our dog, Ruger, who is big and goofy and protective and loves body surfing as much as I do. Birds singing in the morning. Dolphin playing in the waves. And my previous three cats, Moke (RIP), Buddy the Wonder Cat (RIP) and Vola the Vivacious, living her life with my ex. They all played a significant part in my life, and I am definitely grateful for them all.
my Beans. I miss him so much. It’s hard to believe it’s been 2 months now. Time keeps going. I will always be grateful for all the pets I grew up with, owned and loved, with all my heart.
It is such a loss isn’t it?
Birds. I just love them. The signing, nesting, caring, flying, soaring, migrating.
If you ever come to Florida I would love to show you my neighborhood wild peacocks. They’re amazing:)
Ooh, amazing, when I lived in Thailand (30 years until recently) I used to go to a temple across the river. It was full of birds and lots of them were wild peacocks. Albino ones too. They are amazing, especially in flight. I never thought of Florida having peacocks. I have learned something new. I’d love to see them with you one day.
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