When your Mom has passed on it’s always a little rough on Mother’s Day. Although as the years go by it does get easier. I am lucky to be able to still enjoy the love and kindness of my “other mom”, my mother-in-law, Shirley.
Shirley is at a point where she needs assistance with living and doesn’t get to go places as much as she used to. So her world involves a lot of reading and television. And the one subject that brings her much joy, as the title states, is her love of animals, in particularly dogs.
I’ve always known she loves dogs and have heard many, many, stories from her and my husband about the “extremely smart” dog, Skeet, they had when my husband was growing up. I think we all believe our childhood pet was the Best. One. Ever.
National Geographic and Animal Planet shows have given Shirley hours of pleasure along with many books on the subject of dogs. We have visited book stores and libraries to search for more and more books which she reads over & over (and she is a very fast reader!) .
A nice bonus is that the apartments she lives in sometimes brings in dogs to visit the residents. We have also arranged for a few “personal” dog visits to her room. I’ve seen first hand how much pleasure this brings her and lightens her spirits. Nothing beats petting a real live warm, furry dog and getting sloppy kisses & licks from a wet tongue!
So although I am and always will be a cat lover first, I definitely agree that dogs give you unlimited love and can bring much joy. I am so glad that Shirley still gets a taste of that joy!
Happy Mother’s Day!