Animal Friends

My Beloved Pets

As long as I can remember I’ve had animal friends of one sort or another. Growing up I had a dog, guinea pigs, parakeets, and ducks. Since then I’ve had cows, chickens, horses, cats, canaries and numerous wonderful dogs. I cannot imagine my life without my animal friends. They have comforted me throughout every phase of my life. They have given me unconditional love, incredible adventures and constant companionship. And yes, there’s also been deep sorrow at their passing, and challenges to overcome. They are incredible teachers when we pay attention.

Here are some photos taken over the years of my pets. As Temple Grandin says in her book, “Animals make us human.”

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” – Anatole France

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Dusty, the pony, Bluebell, Jasper and me in North Bend, OR