Do You Have Animals In Your Life?

Do you have animals in your life? If yes, what do they mean to you? If no, why have you opted not to?

I currently do not have any animals that I raise as my own. Unless you count the house lizards, mosquitoes that come into the apartment or the doves that we feed grain and water to on the balcony. My sister has a pug named Burfi but i don’t see him often enough.

I’ve had a puppy, half Pomeranian-half Alsatian named Lassie but she died 4 days later as she had a worm infection and she also knocked down a can of petrol and lapped it up. I was 12 years old and she broke my heart when that happened. A few months later a mom cat dropped off her 4 kittens in a carton of old clothes in a store room of ours as she sneaked in through a slightly open window. She must have given birth to them there or perhaps sneaked them in to protect them from the rain. My sister and I kept them and feed them milk through an ink filler and they were with us for a few days. 2 weeks later the mom cat took the kittens away. So the next year we got two kittens – Lollipop who was a mostly white with brown spots female and her brother Chocolate who was a mostly brown with some white patches male – and we had them for 3 and 5 years each. They were quite fun to have around and it was so funny how each night my dad placed them outside the front door and the next morning, I would wake up to find that the two had sneaked in somehow and found their way into my bed.

Lollipop died when I was 16 and Chocolate a few months later. Then ofcourse when I was 18 I got Shawny, my Golden Retriever and best friend ever. I’ve never been the same after she died 11 years later and I still miss her every day. I think about her everyday and you can read about her in this blog, where I have a page dedicated to her. What a good friend she was! I don’t believe in an afterlife but if I am wrong and there is one, I’m sure that she’d be the first to greet me with plenty of licks and puppy kisses. She has a starring role in my dreams where Shawny and I travel in a spaceship and fight off the evil aliens.

And Junior, named Shawny Junior, who belongs to my sister, brother-in-law and their kids. I raised Junior for a year until she went to my sister’s then new house in Chalakudy but Junior will always have a special place in my heart. So I consider her to be mine as well. I’d want all these pets to be with me at all times. Junior got stolen from their house when they were away.

Since September of 2006 I live in a small apartment and pets are not allowed in this building – except for birds and fish in a tank. I hope that some day I will move to a nicer place and be able to get a dog and a couple of kittens too. Cause I’m a dog & cat guy and as painful as it has been to bury my pets when they died, I think I need to have cats & dogs in my life. Someday again, I hope!

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