While visiting my family, I’m getting to know my niece and nephews a bit better, along with their various animals.
There are reptiles, amphibians, birds, a hamster named Frosting, a couple dogs and a few cats. When I go into the house each morning I pick fresh thistle greens for the tortoise, and he along with the other reptiles, birds, hamster and dogs respond with gratitude. It’s as if they’re thinking “Hey, these nice people we live with feed us, love us, provide a warm home and take care of us. We’re so happy to have such wonderful owners.” The cats, on the other hand, strut around as if to say, “Hey, these people we live with feed us, love us, provide us with a warm home and take care of us. We have a good staff working for us!”
Seriously, I can say any foolish thing to the dogs and they’ll give me a look that says, “You’re right! I never would have thought of that!” That’s about the time Bif, the tortoise, retreats to his shell.
Winston is the lazy dog. This dog is so lazy at times, that when Dad was watering the garden yesterday he never lifted a leg to help him. I get the feeling this dog waddles from the living room to the kitchen and forgets why he walked in there.
I find the pets, and their behaviors entertaining. May your surroundings provide a multitude of reasons to smile and feel joy.