In the 30 years we've been married, there are only just a small few of those years that we didn't not have a pet of some sort. We've had quite a broad range of pets, thanks to the kids. Dogs, cats (at one time, we had 17 cats. All outside cats, thank you), fish, rabbits, and even an African aquatic frog. many many dogs, many cats.
So it was strange, yesterday when I got home from work. Tink didn't come out of my room (from napping all day) and greet me, as she always does. And that was sad. Its been over 20 years since we had no living pet in the house. We love our animals. Can't watch those ASPCA commercials on tv. why do they do that?? Isn't that exploiting those poor animals? Anyway, we change the channel when those come on. There was a time way back, before I got sick, that we dreamed of buying a big plot of land before we retired, and take in sick or hurt animals, and those nobody wanted, those that would die in the wild on their own. The three-legged dog, the blind cat, the abused pony. The Mr. and I both have huge hearts for animals. I told him we could turn it into a charity and take donations and have fund raisers for food and vet care expenses. Alas, God had another plan. :)
We both cried yesterday. Of the few things I've seen bring the Mr. to tears, one of them is losing a pet. A new normal. Do you know how tempting it is to get a puppy? But that's not a good idea. When I retire, we want to travel a little. Take a nice long vacation first of all, and go down to Panama City where the MIL lives and stay a whole week or longer if we want. No pets to kennel or beg somebody to care for while we're gone. It just makes life easier now. In that respect.
Secretly, though. In the letter I have left for his sister and her husband, I've requested that they get him a puppy when I'm gone. He loves animals, and I thought it would give him a reason to go on, something to care for and love, I figure it will be therapeutic for him. Won't he be surprised!!! I thought I'd even include a card for him. :) From me to you by way of their hands. I think its a great idea. :)
A new normal. I could get us a gold fish! :) We've had those too. Well it actually belonged to son #1, he won it at the school carnival. And then I accidentally killed it. It was an accident! I was spraying a baking sheet with non-stick spray to make cookies, then realized the fish bowl was in the line of fire. and I thought "oh shit. That can't be good." I looked over into the bowl and there was a thin film of oil on the water. I went to find another suitable bowl to put him in and by the time I got back, 5 minutes tops, he was a floater. just that quick. So I made the Mr. run to the pet store and get another one. I don't think the kiddo ever figured it out. anyway -
Its Friday - yay! I get to sleep in tomorrow. Yay! And I'm having lunch with 2 of my best friend-girls, Yay! So ya'll have a good weekend. Until next time,