how nice to see the photograph from my youth traditionally rendered by my good friend EhsartemKing Vulture by Berlin-Steglitz
..........fast forward seventy years and you've captured Leo, Annet and me in our garden how nice to have a cherished friend remembering my birthday with such lovely imagery. I'm always so much happier after visiting with you Carole
Good friends make all our days better. yes indeed
5578 by Les-Piccolo
Buteo buteo by
Lucky Walt - gets to see hummers all year long *envy*
I subscribe to www.gocomics.com for images like this one by
Wiley Miller in his comic strip Non Sequitur
In the midst of sorrow
Jaq showed a slight dragging of his right hind leg after jumping for a ball Saturday morning. Around noon we took him to the emergency room where he was diagnosed with a herniated disk in his middle spine. By 5 PM he was paralyzed from the lower chest down. By 6 AM Sunday we had no choice but let our beloved Jaq go.
......................Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright;
the band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light,
and somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout;
but there is no joy in Mudville — since Jaq's joyful light's gone out.
I fear Mudville will forever be without JOY
without my beloved Jaq -
I don't believe unconditional love, between human adults - even love partners - is a healthy process. And it's not been the norm for me in my pet relationships, of which there have been many.
But when it does occur - it's magical.
The reason it's becoming abundantly clear that pet ownership increases the joy and length of life is because it's incredibly beneficial to feel you are a person of significance in the eyes of something that loves you back unconditionally.
Since I've decided - long before the loss of Jaq, too free myself from the responsibility of pet ownership - I fear it's a loss I'll feel for the rest of my life. Unless, of course, I change my views and again invest in the daring experiment of searching for unconditional love.