Today I am thankful for Peanut, Peaches and Snuggles . . .
Peanut - a fluffy white poodle. She is almost 12 years old. I got her when she was 6 weeks old. She isn't a shelter or a rescue dog - although I believe VERY strongly in that. I am allergic to well almost every dog and many other animals, but not pure poodles. She is sweet and loving and has put up with a lot of kids and animals through the years!
Peaches - she is the sweetest dog I have ever known. She is 9 years old. She is not the brightest, unfortunately, she probably came from a puppy mill where her family was breed and in-breed to maintain the cute, apricot colored sweet dog - another reason that I believe in rescue dogs! But she was truly a god-send and I am so thankful to have her. I got her when she was 6 months old from a pet shop and in some ways I feel that I rescued her -but I know for sure - she rescued me.
Snuggles - she is a grey tabby that was rescued at barely 6 weeks old from the side of the road. I really didn't need or want another pet - especially a cat - but she is so sweet and well despite everyone else's efforts she has chosen me.
Now that I am by my self every other weekend, they are great company. They all sleep in my room every night - Peaches and Snuggles in the bed with me. That can sometimes be interesting but it nice to have someone to snuggle with :)
I love all three and I am very thankful for them. But it is Peaches that has a special place in my heart. When Andrew died, somehow she mourned him right along side of me. Maybe it was that he was here most of the day from the time she came to live with us. Maybe it was that they had their own personal routine. Maybe it was that she knew how much pain I was in and somehow sensed that I needed her. Whatever the reason, I don't think I could have made it without her - especially that first year.
Pets are part of the family. I have 3 sons and had four additional foster sons. So today I am thankful for my "daughters" Peanut, Peaches and Snuggles.