Paws and Passages

Today is a bit of a sad day in our household as we said goodbye to Nicky, a beloved member of our family for over 22 years. Nicky moved to Virginia with us in 1998 when he was not much more than a kitten. This long-haired Polydactyl outlived five other members of our fur family — two of his companions that moved here with us, and three that were adopted over the past 20 years. Amazing!

Pets are such an important part of our lives, aren’t they? They truly become members of the family providing companionship and comfort, and a lot of special memories. This blog could be filled with harrowing stories of Nicky using up his “nine lives” with his crazy antics over the years. Oh, the tales he could tell!

But beyond companionship and comfort, there are so many stories about how rescued and adopted animals actually saved their owners from lives of loneliness, isolation and despair. And there is nothing quite like the bond created when a service animal enters a home. They bring peace and healing to lives that were previously broken or damaged by violence, illness or crisis. These highly-trained animals open the door to normal living again.

Heaven-Sent Love

With all the millions of animals in this world seeking homes, somehow we always find our perfect match. Although the Bible never mentions pets, the Lord must know how much we love them. He also knows how much it hurts when they leave us.

So, on behalf of all the grateful pet owners reading this, let’s take this opportunity to thank God for Nicky, and all the pets who have wandered into our lives and captured our hearts. Thank you, Lord, for every purr and meow, bark and tail wag. Our lives have been blessed and enriched by our fur families’ unconditional love and steadfast presence.

In almost 37 years of marriage, we have always had at least one cat in our home. We are going to have some pet-free time now. (I wonder how long that will last?) Meanwhile we are going to enjoy our daughter’s two “grand-bunnies” that reside in our basement. Max and Charlie will be getting an extra dose of cuddles today. 💕

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