Thursday, May 18, 2017

TToT - 5/19/17

Ten Things of Thankful

Welcome to Ten Things of Thankful!

We gather here each weekend to share our posts about the things we are thankful for in our lives, and sometimes just to report that we've survived a difficult week; when we start focusing on the positives and the silver linings, we are able see that life is good. We also encourage each other by sharing pieces of our own journey. The people who participate in TToT are a truly awesome bunch from all age groups and all walks of life; I hope you'll join us and invite your blog friends to do the same, everyone is welcome!

At Ten Things of Thankful we believe that there are many little things in our lives to be thankful for each day as well as the big things that stand out. Keep in mind that you are not required to list ten things if you can't come up with that many, nobody is keeping score, just do the best you can!  You'll find that once you get started, more things tend to pop into your head! There is no specific format required for your post, you are encouraged to do it your way. Variety makes it interesting!  :-)

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Please take a moment to answer the following questions in the comments section below. It's a fun way for us to get to know each other a little better.  Did you have a favorite pet when you were growing up?  Do you have pets now?

15 comments:

  1. With growing up on a farm, there were so many animals including so many stray cats that people dumped off and then found their way to our farm. I pretty much liked most of the animals. We had a very tame and gentle parakeet in the house. He didn't peck hard enough to bite. I enjoyed taking him out of the cage and putting him on my shoulder. We never were able to teach him to talk, but he carried on in parakeet language. :-) I still remember the softness and the smell of newborn farm animals, of discovering litters of kittens up among bales of hay in the barn, of feeding calves with a "suck it bucket" or bottle, wanting to take young bunnies out of their hutch so I could play with them, and the list could go on.
    At this point in our lives, we do not have a pet, but in recent years we always had a dog, and got very attached to them.

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    1. This is why I've always envied my cousin's life as farmkids, the times I visited meant a host of animals and newborns to enjoy! I am always amazed by the way house pets, birds included, want to be with us and do their best to communicate and interact with us. I'm not always sure I'd choose a human for my best friend, but I'm sure the fact that they are taken care of and treated kindly weights in. Once the children are grown, house pets take on a new role as "furkids" and we do become so very attached to them. They bring so much affection and entertainment to the home! :-)

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  2. We grew up with lots of pets of many kinds (including turtles and snakes), and i don't think i could pick one favorite.

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    1. Living in a more rural area gives way to all kinds of cool critters to have as pets, Mimi! Papa Bear grew up that way too. Turtles would be fun, and maybe if I grew up with snakes I would like them too. I like to look at them, but I don't like to be surprised by them!!

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  3. We lived in a house in North London and we three sisters had to sneak a kitten in . We kept him in the garage for ages, but eventually he was welcomed by our parents.
    Couldn't have a cat now as I get asthma quite badly when I go anywhere near one. It even stops me visiting family if they have one .

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    1. I loved that you managed to smuggle in a kitten and eventually your parents warmed up to it. We had a cat that would jump from behind the sofa and land on my father as he was resting after lunch. It didn't win her many points with Dad! But she did present us with a batch of kittens, teaching us about the miracle of life. Sadly, my older sister, one of Papa Bear's daughters, and a couple friends are very allergic to cats just as you are, there is no way they can breathe in my furry house of cats, but none live nearby so we are able to meet up if and when they are in the area.

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  4. When I was very small we lived on a farm and had outdoor cats, I loved them. When we got older and lived in town we had a cat, and then a Pomeranian... beautiful dogs, but very high strung. I like dogs, but cats are still my favorite; we have four of them ranging in age from 3 years to 13 years old.

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    1. My children would tell you that our cats get away with far more than they ever did growing up, and I'm sure that's true. They are a spoiled lot, and our house is quite "furry", but I wouldn't trade them for anything, so much love and laughter!

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  5. Didn't really have pets until high school, then the family had first one...then two...then three dogs. No pets living on my own until after I was married and now we have three cats. Rotten ones. Want any? :D

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    1. When I say "didn't really" I mean no four-legged pets. I had goldfish - George and Kiki. They were awesome. I also had a stuffed blue dog named George at some point. It seems George was a thing.

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    2. Funny how one often opens up the door to more being adopted, or in your case, all three come as a set... and I know you wouldn't even consider giving them away if someone offered to take them. Much like kids, they can be a royal pain, but we love them to the max! :-) We had goldfish as kids and tropical fish a bit later. When my daughter was small we had a chocolate descented skunk that was great fun to take on leash walks to the park!!

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  6. There was a family cat who came after I went to college (Tallulah). My love of a pet is my Grand dog - a white rescued poodle named Cobee.

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    1. Empty nest syndrome... that's how I ended up with mine :-) Your Grand dog Cobee is awesome, my heart just melted at the photo of him attentively standing watch over his new little human sister! She will grow up having him as a best friend! <3

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  7. When I was little we didn't really have pets. However, an elderly lady across the road became too unwell to care for her budgie so we took him in. That reinforced my love of birds :) I now have a dog (Cookie) and a cat (Charlie) who bring a lot of joy into the house and, on the whole, get on well with one another!

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    1. My daughter also adopted a bird from an elderly neighbor, she loves all kinds of critters, and has had quite an assortment in her home over the years. Cookie and Charlie are both adorable and I'm so glad they get along. Most often cats and dogs will if they are given time to get used to each other and weren't raised to be aggressive toward the other species. You have the best of both worlds. We would add a dog to our family of cats if we were retired and home all the time. Dogs require more time and attention and someone to take them out for exercise. I know Cookie loves her weekend walks with you!

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