• P - Pets

    You know ... when I did the letter G earlier in the month - I featured my grand child.  If you missed that post - click here.  And if you didn't miss that post, click here, anyway. My grand daughter is just that cute.

    No really - I'll wait ...

    And ... because I know you didn't go back -

    The picture doesn't do her justice!
    She is a seriously cute kid!

    P is for Pets

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    Why did I begin my P post with a picture of my grand child
     (other than the fact she was worth a second look?)

    My very first 'grandchildren' had 4 legs!  Pets are 'family' to me. I know that point of view is not universal to everyone!  But if you have pets you probably understand that it is the only way on earth to get complete and total unconditional love - without judgement or expectations or anything else that gets in the way of human interactions.

    For the elder citizen, that unconditional shared love is important to emotional and psychological health.

    Just the presence of a dog or a cat in an assisted living or nursing home raises the quality of life for the residents.  In my mom's assisted living home - they had a resident dog.  Some of the homes had birds and one resident was allowed to bring her cat with her.   On my initial tour of the facility, I knew the moment I saw how pets were integrated into the daily life, this place cared about more than just the physical well being of their residents. They were interested in the whole person.

    So ... here are my very first grand children.


    Meathead "Meaty" is gone now.  He was my son's first dog - and English Bull Dog.
    He lived until almost 12 - which is a long time for the breed.
    He was adored ... and he knew it!  He was well behaved and dignified in his later years.
    We called him 'The King' and he lived up to that title.  He is most certainly missed.


    Grimace was a Pug, my son's second dog, and he is also gone now.
    Grimace and Meathead were buds!  Grimace was a rescue.
    Over the years he became a bit confused about who his owner was.
    He LOVED his grandma so much that towards the end of his life
    he believed he belonged to me and was just visiting my son.
    We were soul mates - that dog and I - and I miss him so very much.


    Milo is a French Bulldog and he belongs to my daughter.  He is now the senior
    member of the collective family dogs and considers himself
    now to be 'The King.'  (Frenchies actually think they are born King.)
    Milo is now in his senior years.  His grandma loves him so dearly.
    We share some of the same medical conditions and are about the same relative age!
    And that age would be 'old.'
    Live long, dear Milo!


    Olivia (Livvy for short) is another rescue and is a mixed breed dog - Mountain Dog and  Hound.
    She had a rocky start in life, but she hit the jackpot in finding her 'forever' home when my son and
    daughter-in-law adopted her.  She is sweet, mild mannered and smart as a whip!
    Her vocabulary is amazing.  She is devoted beyond measure to my
    daughter-in-law who found her at the pound.  Grandma calls her "girl friend" cause she
    is just that special.
    Live long - dear Olivia


    Yep!  Another English Bull Dog.  What to say about Ragnar (Rags).  Firstly,
    this picture is young Rags.  He is all grown now, but I love this picture.  He, like all bulldogs, thinks he is King.
    He is fun, overly energetic, overly athletic, exceedingly crazed, ADHD kind of 'guy.'
    But he is loved loved loved for all his qualities - and he loves you back
    with big enthusiasitc sloppy kisses - which grandma isn't a big fan of -
    but she knows his heart is in a good place.
    This dog is smart as a whip too, and probably has a great vocabulary -
    but in typical bull dog fashion, he hears what you say and needs time to "think about it"
    before getting back to you on your 'request.'  Ha!
    Live long - dear Rags, but please, just slow down a little. Ha!  

    Just so you don't think that my kids have ALL the pets, here is a picture of my two boys - right, cats!  Since my grand dogs visit often and I walk them in the neighborhood, neighbors were surprise to discover I had cats ... not dogs!!

    Max and Wally

    Yes, they are brothers!
    Max (left) and Wally (Right)
    Max died 2 years ago from life long kidney disease - a condition we treated
    with every other day with subcutaneous fluids - for 9 long years.
    He was kind of a miracle kitty because of his long life span with that disease.
    Wally is still with us.  He is going on 12 years old and still going strong.
    Did he miss his brother when he died?
    Not one little bit - in fact - Wally blossomed as an only cat.
    More outgoing, friendly, loving and inquisitive.
    Guess he was glad to finally step out of his brother's shadow!
    Live long ... dear Wally!  

    Life without pets would be
     a poor quality of life for me at any age!
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