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Furry Friendships

Posted on Aug 5, 2010 by Lisa Ricard Claro   17 Comments | Posted in animals · bailey · cat · dog · friend · penny · rigby · tabby

I sat down to post about yesterday’s trip to the ER with my youngest daughter (appendicitis scare) and decided I’m still too emotionally spent to turn it into anything besides AARRGGGHHH! So the appendicitis-that-wasn’t story will have to wait a few days.

Instead, I’m writing about a topic that never fails to cheer me:  my furry buddies! If you know me or read my blog, you’ve seen pictures of the animals that share my space.  To make it easy for you, I posted photos of my furry beloveds. Aren’t they the coolest hairy kids ever?

Sitting here in my office with my gray kitty, Bailey, in my lap and my black Lab mix, Penny, stretched out at my feet, I considered how lucky I am to have been born with an “I-adore-animals” gene.  I know people who don’t care for animals (“Too much hair!” “Eww, slobber!”) and I can’t understand it.  So dogs and cats shed. . .big hairy deal.  Pull out your vacuum cleaner a little more often.  Slobber? Nothing a little soap and water can’t take care of.  Those things are a small price to pay for tail wags and purrs and unconditional love that reduces stress and eases heartache.

How do our dogs know when we need a wet nose pressed against our hand?  How do our cats know when we need a purring body curled up in our lap?  Pets know their humans.  These wonderful creatures read our moods and decipher our emotional needs like furry barometers.  Don’t believe me? Ask anyone who has an animal companion and they will tell you the same thing.

What do the furry friendships in your life mean to you? Do you have an animal companion who senses your moods? Who is your furry beloved?

Til next time –

17 Responses to "Furry Friendships"

  1. Comment by Ellie
    August 6, 2010 at 3:32 am  

    I don't have any pets at the moment, but we used to have my father-in-law's Jack Russell, called Sam. He was a sensitive little soul, though very stubborn!

  2. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    August 6, 2010 at 5:51 am  

    Hi Ellie – One of my neighbors had a Jack Russell. That pooch was the most energetic dog I have ever seen. It seemed that he bounced everywhere! LOL JR's are a very popular breed.

  3. Comment by anita
    August 6, 2010 at 2:31 pm  

    Isn't it great how our fuzzy buddies can soothe us and give us such a feeling of peace. I hope your daughter is completely perfect!

  4. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    August 6, 2010 at 5:10 pm  

    Hi Anita – Yep! Our hairy kids are the best blood pressure reducer ever. πŸ™‚ And, yep, my girl is feeling better. Thanks!

  5. Comment by K9friend
    August 6, 2010 at 7:12 pm  

    Love my fur kids! They are absolutely part of the family and a great source of love and comfort (plus occasional aggravation!)

  6. Comment by Lynn
    August 6, 2010 at 8:33 pm  

    Mr. Smeagol is the furry friend of our home – and the boss too! πŸ™‚ My daughter had appendicitis – an emergency one that caused her to be in the hospital 12 days. Apparently she had it a month or so prior but it was never detected despite her pain. Even when we were in the emergency room, they still questioned it. Go figure. So keep an eye on that daughter of yours.

  7. Comment by Karen Lange
    August 6, 2010 at 11:13 pm  

    Don't have a furry beloved now, my grandson is the fun and happy guy for us:) He is definitely not furry! But we did used to have a chocolate lab named Hershey that was special to us.Happy weekend,Karen

  8. Comment by irishoma
    August 6, 2010 at 11:31 pm  

    Hi Lisa,Glad it was not appendicitis, and I hope your daughter is better.Our furry friend is our black lab Harley. He is such a loyal dog–and smart, too.Donna V.

  9. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    August 7, 2010 at 7:57 am  

    Hi Pat – Yeah, I try to ignore the occasional aggravation part. πŸ˜›

  10. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    August 7, 2010 at 8:01 am  

    Hi Lynn – I love Smeagol's name. Tabitha has been meowing to post a Curious Cat, so I hope to hear from Smeagol soon. πŸ˜€ 12 days! Geez. I'm glad she is healthy now. Christy seems to be doing okay, and all of her labs and CT were neg. I'll keep an eye on her though, especially after your story and what Becky's son went through.

  11. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    August 7, 2010 at 8:03 am  

    Hi Karen – I'm envious of you for having a grandson…I have a grand-dog (the Dachshund crashed on top of my yellow Lab-mix in the pic up above) and I adore him, but *sigh* it isn't the same thing! One of these days I'll get the two-legged kind.

  12. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    August 7, 2010 at 8:06 am  

    Hi Donna – Has Harley ever been on your blog? I'd love to see him. Labs are such cool dogs. They sure love a good time, don't they?

  13. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    August 7, 2010 at 10:23 am  

    Hi Lisa, I really enjoyed this post. What nice looking furry kids you have there! I am glad that your girl did not end up having appendicitis.We have Sonny (black lab), Dana (sheepdog/terrier)and mange our outdoor cat.I am really enjoying the outside animals this week. 3 squirrels, lots of birds and a deer came to visit as out was out there reading on Thursday. She was within in 10 feet of me, and I was talking to her. That was neat.Have a great weekend!

  14. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    August 7, 2010 at 10:52 am  

    Hi Kathy! Thanks — We just got back from the dog park, so my two Lab furries need a bath! How do Sonny and Dana get along with the outdoor critters that come to visit? My Labs are squirrel and chipmunk chasers (the rodents outsmart the dogs every time). I don't know what they would think of deer!

  15. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    August 8, 2010 at 10:27 am  

    Sonny and Dana stay either in the fenced backyard or in the house, peering through the screen door. Sonny runs away. I don't think Dana would go far, but our road is either no cars or 60 miles and hour, so we just keep her away from it.

  16. Comment by BECKY
    August 11, 2010 at 9:59 am  

    Hi Lisa! I am kicking myself….and that is really hard to do on a "normal" day, but with my back out of whack (yeah, I'm a poet!), it's REALLY hard to kick myself! Why am I kicking myself, you ask? Because I didn't see this post of yours until right now, Wednesday morning! I'm sooooo sorry about the appendicitis scare with your daughter!! Yes, you know what my son, and our whole family went through. (I don't think I knew about Lynn's ordeal…) Anyway…you know I LOVE animals….especially dogs and I've been known to like some cats, too!! Tiger says, "Woof". Thanks for sharing the adorable pictures, too!

  17. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    August 12, 2010 at 5:57 am  

    Hi Becky – I'm sorry about your back :{ I hope you're feeling a bit better now. My daughter is fine, thank goodness. We don't want to repeat that scare. Give Tiger a scratch behind the ears for me…I know he is your favorite hairy buddy!

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