Thank you, Dirk, for directing me to the "Pets Corner."
Gosh, we've had so many over the years, but I will keep it short and sweet and focus on the pets my husband, children and I have had.
First, I must mention Nicki (aka Nickita, named after the Elton John song). She was a mixed German Shepherd and lived to be 15 1/2 years old. We lost her last June about this time. She and my youngest pretty much grew up together. Even when she was getting old, we kept saying she didn't want to die b/c she didn't want to miss out on anything.
I had the privilege of being with her when she died. Those of you on FB can probably see her in my pics there.
We also had a dog before Nicki named Lambie, which was a mixed lab and curly coated retriever. He was precious--after Paula was born, when she would cry, he'd come to get us.
We had a cat along with Lambie named Misty. He didn't like being supplanted by Paula. Once he got upset and tried to take a swipe at her bottom, but his claws got stuck in her pampers.
We also had a cat after Misty named Jesse. Jesse didn't like it when we moved, and she ran away. Of course, we had been in that home for about 10 years with her. She didn't like change very well.
Also, being homeschoolers, we've had a variety of pets that were either bought or found for observation.
We had some African water frogs which we later donated to the local college. The best thing about that was that one jumped out of the tank and crawled underneath the office door of one of the meanest profs in the Biolgy Dept.
We were heroes.
Paula also had two turtles, Darth James and Darth Anthony. Both girls contributed to the first turtle's name. After he ran away, my youngest (Paula) wanted St. Anthony (patron saint of lost things) to bring Darth James back. She even lit a candle in front of the St. Anthony statue at church to bring Darth James back. DH was skeptical, but then 2 days after Paula lit the candle, I found another turtle which she decided to name in honor of St. Anthony. But he ran away, and we thought perhaps St. Anthony didn't appreciate having a turtle named after him.
Currently we have our dog, Hunter (1 yr. old) and two rabbits, Snufkin (named after a character in "Finn Family Moomintroll") and Grigori (*not* named for Rasputin, but a character from "The Singing Tree")."
Love begins when the needs of someone else become more important than your own.