Animal stories and animal quotes - don´t know about you but I love them. There are educational animal stories, there are humorous stories and stories about how much our pets love us.
I am always watching animal programs on TV. When I was a child my favorite books were Gerald Durrell´s hilarious animal books. I also wrote down animal quotes when I heard them - especially the ones that were about loving animals.
I have always had pets. My first animal friends were guinea pigs. And then I tried my best to persuade my parents to get a dog. For some reason they did not seem to believe I would walk the dog three times a day, no matter how I promised I´d do it.
I did my best to brainwash them: I was good at drawing and left drawings of dogs I had made all over the place.
I ran to the library and borrowed all the dog books I could find. Left them lying around as well. Unfortunately I read so many books anyway my parents were quite used to my books lying around everywhere.
I tried the "everyone else has a dog!" and sulking in my room but even that didn´t do the trick. I remember my father commenting how nice and quiet it was when I wasn´t talking about dogs all the time. So no success there either.
The my mother told a friend´s cat had kittens and we could go and get one. At first I was disappointed, but with time I learned to love our cat so much I have had cats ever since.
I have commented occasionally that owning cats must be a subcategory to madness, but at least life is interesting with cats around!
I just have to remember to bolt everything into place. If I don´t, things fly (they seem to get airborne when cats are around - the more expensive an object is, the more it seems to enjoy flying.)
Also watering plants is no problem. During the years all the edible plants have disappeared through natural elimination. The cactuses that are left don´t seem to interest cats much. Nor do they need much water. So in that respect life is easier.
Changing furniture is nice too. Cats help in letting us know when it is time to change the sofa. Either when the fabric starts to look like Einstein´s hair that has been combed with cat paws, or when no amount of vacuuming helps in revealing the original color of the couch, thanks to the generous donation of cat hair. A soft sofa is nice, sure, but it sort of gets a bit embarrassing when all our guests leave the house with fur-trousers.
It would be nice to get flowers, but I do advice against anyone bringing them to me. It gets a bit tiring to walk around holding the flower vase all the time. If I put it down, the flowers meet their destiny. No matter what flower - it is considered a kitty snack.
I could go on and on. And maybe I will, in the from of stories. But maybe I should now let you enjoy these short animal stories!
(If you are a cat person, you might want to check out this site about the beautiful cat breeds of the world:
While building my website I came across a lovely site that also tells inspirational stories - your stories (also animal stories), in a visual form.
Tears of Joy Video
and check their pet video section. If you have anything to ask, I am sure Cathie will be more than happy to help. I´ve been corresponding with her and she is always very helpful and friendly.
(And no: I don´t get paid for recommending them. I recommend them because I like their service.)