ANIMAL OBSESSION . . . . crazy?

two bunnies on a bench
two bunnies on a bench
two more bunnies on another bench
two more bunnies on another bench
three bunnies this time
three bunnies this time
After the bunnies come the birds.
After the bunnies come the birds.
sneaked in this bird in the corner of a painting of nasturtiams
sneaked in this bird in the corner of a painting of nasturtiams
The heroin and her dog in one of my novels.
The heroin and her dog in one of my novels.


I seem to have a thing for animals. All animals.

After I’d written three novels a friend commented on the animals that I slipped into my novels. I really hadn’t realized that I used animals a lot with my characters. Not THAT much. Just a little. I mean not crazy psycho or anything.

Let’s see: A black dog named Zapa and a white dog named Bo, an orange and green parrot, a monkey, a cool rabbit, a fish named Buddy, Monarch butterflies, a very nice duck, a cat named Sam, another cat with no name, four white homing pigeons and that might not be all. I can’t remember really because they are secondary or barely mentioned but always seem to be there. Really! Hmmm.

Then I started thinking about the furniture I used to paint. Mostly I painted lots of leaves, ivy and flowers but there were little mice and butterflies and birds and bunnies back then. Lots of them, you could say dozens of bunnies. All right, I was a bunny/bird painting fool.

Then I started thinking about the watercolors I paint, and yep, the birds are there too. If there is no bird you can bet there will be a nest with eggs.

I can’t remember a time in the past 40 years that I have not had a pet. How does anyone live without a pet? I couldn’t sleep in big fat Izzi was not crawling all over my pillow and head. I would be too comfortable if Sam was to move from the foot of the bed and I could actually straighten out my legs. I would probably never waken if they both didn’t sail off their six- foot tower and slam down on my stomach every morning. So cute!

I haul bags of corn and birdseed home from Wal-Mart so the squirrels and chipmunks have plenty of grub and the birds have seed. The chipmunks destroy the yard and the birds poop all over my car. It’s great!

I’m not sure what makes people like me. I know you are out there though, just exactly like me. It doesn’t run in families or anything because my kids think I’m really odd.

It has occurred to me over the years that there might be a couple of loose screws in my cranium. Oh, I don’t mean that people that love animals are nuts. But maybe, just maybe it’s because I’ve never been that comfortable around people. Oh, geeze I just admitted that on paper. Well it’s true. Always very shy, I rarely had any dates when I was young, and being around groups of people was a scary prospect for me. Now of course that I’m pretty old I really don’t give a crap what people think of me but I’m still more comfortable with my animals.

I don’t know, seems normal to me. :)


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Old Poolman 5 years ago from Rural Arizona

I too happen to be an animal lover. My first wife made the sad mistake of telling me "either the dog goes or I go". I sure hope she has had a good life wherever she went. I have three dogs who are always happy to see me, no matter what. No matter how bad my day, or how rotten my mood when I get home, there they sit waiting patiently for my arrival.

Animal lovers are special people you know. I can't understand anyone who doesn't like animals, and don't trust them either. Great hub.


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mslizzee 5 years ago from Buncombe County, NC Author

Hi Old Pool. You are up late. I have 2 cats now, they are the first cats I've ever owned. My last 2 animals were both big black dobermans and when they died it was so devastating to me I could never get another dog. This is really dumb because I'm now so attached to these silly little cats that it too will be devastating when they go.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

"I too happen to be an animal lover. My first wife made the sad mistake of telling me "either the dog goes or I go". I sure hope she has had a good life wherever she went."

LOL @ Mike! :-)


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Old Poolman 5 years ago from Rural Arizona

Will, I never did understand that situation. I had the dog long before we got married, but after the wedding things changed. Oh well, I found another wife so all ends well.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Animals only ask for food, water, a place to relieve themselves, a place to sleep, and being allowed to love you.

Only God will treat you better than that while asking for so little in return.


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Old Poolman 5 years ago from Rural Arizona

Great points Will, I never thought of it that way.


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mslizzee 5 years ago from Buncombe County, NC Author

Will and Old Pool you are both extreme animal lovers. I thought I was the only one that would dump a husband before I would dump my dog.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

I love animals also and I certainly don't think that you have overdone it in any way. To thine own self be true. Rated up an awesome.


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mslizzee 5 years ago from Buncombe County, NC Author

Why thank you Pamela 99. I feel better now.


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

CRAZY? ABSOLUTELY NOT MSLIZZEE!

Nothing has ever made me feel as good about life ~ than my animals. And I believe I have never been so "in love" as I am/have been with my animals.


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mslizzee 5 years ago from Buncombe County, NC Author

Thank you Sharyn. It's good to be told I'm not crazy!


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b. Malin 5 years ago

This was a Fun Hub to read Mslizzee, so light and airy...a nice Change of pace for you...And who doesn't Love Animals? They are such true little beings, large and small...some of my Favorite writings. Thanks for Sharing your Wonderful Thoughts!


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mslizzee 5 years ago from Buncombe County, NC Author

Thank you b. You are the sweetest hubber in the world!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi mslizzee, I'm an animal lover too and it's nice to meet you, this was a lovely read thank you.


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mslizzee 5 years ago from Buncombe County, NC Author

Thank you Movie, that is kind of you.


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KDee411 4 years ago from Bay Area, California

Thank you, that was so nice. Thank God for the animals, I'm down to a dog and a half now. My niece travels a lot so I do a lot of doggie sitting. My dog Dolly is very smart and obedient. she's half Border Collie and half Queensland Healer. The other one is a McNab, also a smartie. I also have 9 granddogs. But believe me I've had so many pets from horses to chickens to iguanas to birds. With 7 kids and 12 grandkids we've had a few animals. Love em all.

Thanks for following me, I'll need it. I told you, I'm not a writer, but some things need be told.

: )I'll have a hub tomorrow, but can't move the pictures from my iPad. Kay


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mslizzee 4 years ago from Buncombe County, NC Author

Thanks for visiting.

I'm not a writer but I keep trying and I'm on my 4th novel and you know what? I'm learning. I can actually see some improvement in my writing style.

So jump in:)

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