oh what fleeting moments I should capture, oh what memories I should still possess

pets are people, too

This is my old dog Topaz, looking through the space where the screen used to be (a screen that she knocked out, by the way). What I see is a dog that my roommate and I loved dearly, who we thought was the most beautiful dog in the world, even if no one else saw what we did. What I think is that our pets are members of our family.


Sometimes we do choose

the members of our family.


6 responses

  1. Mind Margins

    Couldn’t agree more. I was never a dog person until we adopted our two dogs two years ago. They have been great teachers, in their own way, and they are absolutely members of the family. My grown kids tell me they’ve now been replaced by the dogs. I told them they never should have left my nest empty.

    January 5, 2012 at 9:28 am

    • So true, all of it. Especially the part where your kids got replaced. Haha, just kidding. But, I kind of felt replaced when my parents got a little dog and they loved it so much. And I was in my late 30’s.

      I was never a big animal person, dog or cat, until my roommate and I started adopting pets. We ended up with two cats and two dogs, all either adopted or saved. We thought Topaz was so beautiful, and she clearly was unique (Dalmation/Husky mix). It was years and years after she died when I found out that other people thought she was ugly.

      January 6, 2012 at 1:52 am

  2. Pets are members of the family. I mourn the passing of the old ones who have died and rejoice over the new kitten who has joined the clan. I think those who don’t understand this are missing part of their humanity. I am sad for them.

    January 5, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    • I can understand the reasons why some people are just not animal people, but I do think that they are missing out on something big. Something wonderful. I love Louis so much, and I will mourn him when he’s gone. I worry about it all the time. I think about Topaz from time to time, and I feel that wave of sadness and regret all over again each time.

      Right now, I don’t know if I could replace Louis when he’s gone, but I’m thinking that I will have to. I just don’t think I could be without a pet again.

      January 6, 2012 at 1:57 am

  3. Jacque M

    I was never (as an adult) someone who thought that pets should be accorded the place of a family member. I was even somewhat (okay a whole lot) dismissive and even made fun of people who held pets in that high regard…until our beloved Misty became our child and Louis became our grandchild. I had forgotted how hard it is to loose a dear friend and companion and while I don’t believe her loss could really compare to the loss of a child, it came close. Pets are so forgiving and so totally wonderful. I would pick Misty up and hold her close up to my head and tell my husband, “see how close our hair color is, isn’t she just like me”. I know I was foolish, but happily foolish. Pets allow you to be this way.

    Ususally we have to check with Michelle to make sure Louis misses us and make sure she brings him around to visit often enough. Also, I too thought, Topaz was beautiful and even though I didn’t want to hurt Michelle’s feelings, Topaz loved me best. Who else but a grandmother would allow Topaz to pee all over my lap?

    January 5, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    • I don’t think you were very happy about that at the time, but you were nice about it.

      I never really understood that either, until I had Louis. I loved Topaz, but she was a large, outdoor dog, and I didn’t really become as close to her as Louis. What I really learned the most from her and Chelsea is how unique each animal is and how much personality they have. Chelsea was as dumb as a rock, but Topaz was so intelligent. It sounds weird, but I wish I had known her better. Really, I wish I had given her more time and affection after I moved to the country. That is a deep regret that I have.

      January 6, 2012 at 2:02 am

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