National Pet Day

I can’t recall a time when I lived without a furry friend.  Most of my life I have had more than one at the same time.

Currently I have the honor of two wonderful furry friends, both long term residents who allow us to share our home with them.

My toy poodle, Ceileigh, has been with us for nearly 12 years now.  Coed, our Main Coon Cat who is bigger than the poodle, has been with us for over 4 years.

There is just something about the unconditional love of a pet.  They know when you need some loving and make it their goal to sit on your lap or interrupt what you are doing whether you want them to or not.  And in the end, they are right life is so much better after a cuddling session.  In my case both of my animals can fit on my lap so life is good.  Although Coed, when stretched out on my legs, occupies all the real estate there is.  His body is 36 inches long from shoulder to rear-end, so he has to rest his head on my tummy and his tail falls down over my feet.  Ceileigh on the other hand only needs the space from my hips to my knees.  Life gets interesting when they both want to be on my lap together.

Both animals run to the door to greet us when we get home.  The dog is a bit livelier dancing on her back feet and whining, then giving kisses all over your face when you bend to unzip your boots.  The cat sits back a few steps, trying to pretend he is not really interested by looking away or licking a paw, but don’t walk by him or he will weave in between your legs until you near trip or bend over and give him a scratch.  And don’t be fooled by his sitting and being quiet for a few minutes, he is a Main Coon after all, and he can certainly can use his voice when he wants, just ask the birds that land in the yard outside our living room windows.  He lets them know whose property they are on!

I would be lost without either of them in my life.  The love, the calm, the joy, the laughter they bring make our house more of a home.

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About Linda O'Toole

Women's Fiction Author
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