As I was growing up, we always had a family dog but it was never allowed in the house for any reason. I was raised on a farm so animals have always been in my life. However they have never been so much a part of my family until our family was beginning to leave home.
It is amazing how pets can give us hope and love that was needed when we ourselves did not know we needed it. Each of our pets have made a difference in our lives and have gained a place in the family. We have had pets come in out lives at times when we so desperately needed them. These are just a few examples of how pets have fulfilled our lives.
My husband and I only have two daughters. They are only two years apart in age and they have always been very close knit. They are not just sisters but they are best friends. We had just moved into a new home in a new community. Our oldest daughter left for college and our youngest daughter was totally lost without her.
I went up to the building one day and found two kittens that were not over a couple days old, trying to nurse their dead mama. I picked the kittens up and carried them in one hand to the house. I cleaned them up to get the smell of “death” off them and put them in a box. Our youngest daughter came home and just feel in love with them. She let them suck milk from her finger until we got a doll bottle for them to suck.
She raised both of them. One if them came up missing one day but we still have the one. She named her “Leeland”. It gave her something to love at a time when she was so lonely and lost. This cat still sleeps with her when she comes home to visit.
I was never alone. I was the oldest of a large family. I got married when I was 18 and left home. We were blessed with a daughter a little over a year later. I was totally lost when our youngest daughter left home for college. My husband got me a Siamese kitten. This kitten just fell in love with me as I did it from the first time we were introduced.
She became my constant companion. She would not make up with anyone else. She slept with me and kept me company. She seemed to know that I was a chatter box because she was always chattering with me. LOL I named her Cleopatra and to this day she is a one person cat. I call her “My little girl”.
My husband was called to night shift and it was a scary time in our community. There were beginning to be break ins and for a woman to be alone was not comfortable to say the least. I jumped at the least noise and was scared to death at night. One day, my husband and I went for a drive and stopped at a pet shop. I have no idea why we did it because we are not used to stopping at pet shops and we were not shopping for pets.
There was an Eskimo Spitz puppy there that caught my eye. It seemed to like me for some reason and I just fell in love with it. It has a price tag of $400. Wow I have never spent that much money on myself let alone a pet. It just whined and cried when I left him.
A few days later, our oldest daughter called and said that a breeder in her area had Eskimo Spitz puppies to give away. Evidently the Female had gotten with an unregistered Male and they could not sell the puppies. I knew right away that I wanted one.
I sent Victoria to look at them. She called and told me what they looked like. I had her to get the solid white one for me. She kept it until I could go down to pick it up. Haley wanted to name it but I wanted to do that so they just called him “Pup Pup”. LOL As soon as I saw him I knew his name was to be “Wiley”. He has been a blessing in our home. He is small enough for a house dog but has a big enough bark to scare intruders away. He proved that one night when someone tried to break in. I found out later that someone had been at the neighbors home and did break in on that same night. He loves to be near me. He lays at my feet when I am on the computer and he sleeps by my side at night. He licks me when I cry and never gets upset when I get cranky. He is so loving and loves me unconditionally. He is a constant companion just as Cleopatra is.
We have also been blessed with Parakeets that fill the house with their beautiful muisc. Meet Wykee and Ribbon
As you can see, pets have come into our lives for a reason. They just seem to be there when we need them. Our pets have become adopted into our family and fill a need that we did not know was even there until we were blessed with them.
Sometimes we need a companion in our lives who love us just the way we are. They love us even though we have shortcomings and often short fuses. They love us unconditionally and completely. Sometimes we need to be loved the way that only a pet can love us. I believe that Heavenly Father designed animals for our pleasure and he knew we would need them in our lives.