Mom’s Love of Animals Adds Much Joy

May 6, 2016

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!) .

Shirley and dog Jet

Shirley with a personal visit from “Jet”.

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!

Shirley, Richard and Georgia

Georgia, Shirley and Richard

 


A Story of Life As Told By Enzo, The Dog.

July 3, 2013

Don’t you love it when you read a book that totally captures you and you have trouble putting it down? This is the joy of reading.

Book cover for The Art of Racing in The Rain

I just finished the book, The Art of Racing in The Rain by Garth Stein. As this book was published in 2009 I’m a little “late to the game” as they say, but I believe this is a timeless novel. What makes it special is that it is narrated through the eyes of Enzo, a dog.

Yes, you all know I’m a cat person, but no one can help but fall in love with Enzo. With his humor and love he leads us through the life and dreams of his owner, Denny, making us both laugh and cry with his heartwarming insight.

Being a TV & video watching dog, he once viewed a documentary from Mongolia that said when a dog is finished with his lifetimes as a dog, his next incarnation will be as a man. So Enzo is trying to learn and remember as much as he can as he believes he will become a man in his next life and he wants to be ready.  Along the way he offers us many wise lessons that he has learned, such as “That which you manifest is before you”.  This is to remind us to take charge of our life and not to feel like we are a victim of circumstance or fate.

Denny is a race car driver and there are many references about racing, but it is woven into the storyline, never becoming a distraction. There seems to be a long coming movie in the works for 2014 starring Patrick Dempsey. He is a good choice for the main character and I hope the producers do justice to the book and not make it a Disney type movie.

This is such a wonderful book and I highly recommend reading it. (warning, you will need tissues at times, especially at the end).  It will affect you on many levels, least of all touching on our secret longing for our pets to have the ability to talk to us!