Poem: Cats and Dogs Of Our Journey

Katie (1980 - 1996)
Katie (1980 - 1996) | Source

Katie


Daddy's girl was she,

Carved out her territory,

Barely room for me!


Accepted mid age,

From a pal with allergies,

Katie the Tabby.


Jake (1981 - 1998)
Jake (1981 - 1998) | Source

Jake


Even keeled, white Jake,

With one blue eye and one green,

Came along with Kate!



Loved his Mom and Dad,

A whole bunch of cats and dogs,

And we loved him too!


Ninny (1987 - 2004)
Ninny (1987 - 2004) | Source

Ninny


Oh rescued wildcat,

With your brown, black, orange swirls,

Sad eyes brought you home.


Seventeen years old,

Without much time for others,

Feisty cat, Ninny.

Alvin (1994 - 2009)
Alvin (1994 - 2009) | Source

Alvin


Southern gentleman,

Black Lab and full of loving,

Dignified and true.


What a special dog,

Intuitive and gentle,

No other, Alvin!

Scottie (1993- 2009)
Scottie (1993- 2009) | Source

Scottie


Golden Scottie boy,

With a runaway Mamma,

Quickly made a name,


Part cat and part dog,

Such a well adjusted guy,

A sweet smile maker!


Aunt Baby  (2004-2014)
Aunt Baby (2004-2014) | Source

Aunt Baby


Yellow puppy Lab,

Beautiful, kind and giving,

Raised from just a kid,


Today such wisdom,

Mingled with fun and play,

Wonder dog, Baby.



I feel I have been blessed with the most beautiful fur babies ever in this Mother's eyes! I will always love each of them for the fun we shared, their unique personalities, the lessons learned from each and their unconditional love! These little ditties are dedicated to each one of my kids!

© Maria Jordan (revised May, 2014)

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marcoujor 3 months ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Thanks for such a lovely comment, dear Billrrrr...I absolutely 'talk to the animals' and they talk back (in their adoggable ways).

My mom's name is 'Sammie" and my pup Aunt Baby was the best therapist when she died in 2010.

Have a peaceful day and take good care.


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Billrrrr 3 months ago from Cape Cod

Reading this was like being in a museum with some of the planet's bravest, strongest and most intelligent creatures. I loved it. If I were to tell you of the conversations that I've had with the two dogs and one dozen cats that I have been lucky enough to share space with over the last 60 years or so; you would probably think I'm certified - but since I have read your poems and studied the photos, I don't believe you would look askance at me. Instead you might comment... "yes, I too have sometimes read the mind of my furry friends. We converse, even if it's not vocalized."

My most memorable time was at the turn of the century when I became an 'orphan' - at the age of 57. When my Mom died, I was adrift and am not sure that I would ever had gotten back on course if it were not for my Rot-Shep friend, Samantha. The dog took on the Mama role in ways nobody but another dog and cat person would understand.

I meant only to mete out a well earned compliment and ended up droning on. Sorry. Hubpages is lucky to have you here. - as are its members.


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marcoujor 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Ah, Peg, wish I had a crystal ball...I know who I want to see next in our menagerie...we shall see if the other half is as convinced...?!

It is always so lovely when you stop by. Thanks, dear friend!


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Back to take a look at these lovely family members who shared your life and your love. What a beautiful tribute to the wonderful fur kids you've taken in over the years. Awesome poem. Love, Peg


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marcoujor 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Thanks, Joe, this has to be one of my very favorite "oldies but goodies"!


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joedolphin88 2 years ago from north miami FL

Such a cute poem about our little best friends.


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Good morning and Happy Thanksgiving to all,

Thanks to Daisy Mariposa for sharing this beloved older piece dedicated to sweet furry critters. Thanks also for your kind birthday wishes.

Audrey, Annie and Bridgette ... I think you are a beautiful trio and wish you a peaceful day. Thank you for your gentle and sweet friendship.

Thank you FlourishAnyway, how lovely that you stopped by. Nice to meet you.

Thanks, Suzette, you always bring a smile. I wish you a lovely day.

Paula, Thanks for being my pal, which makes me feel like a lucky ole gal.

Peaceful, joyful day to all. Hugs, Maria


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

"Happy....Happy.....Happy Birthday, Miss Maria! You deserve to have a day filled with fun, friendship and fantasies!

Your fur babies are precious. I'm sure they adore their Mama!!


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM

Beautiful family, each and every one. Loved the haiku! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!


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FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

I loved seeing your animals here and celebrating their personalities with you.


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

First of all, a very Happy Birthday to you sweet lady. I've come back to visit this "feel good" tribute to your babies. They are so precious. Like you, my fur babies are the most important, loving sweethearts in all the world. Big hugs from Me, Annie (my cat) and Bridgette (my dog.) Voted across (not funny) and sharing.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

Maria,

What a beautiful collection of poems! What wonderful memories your "family" has contributed to your life.

Happy Birthday on November 27, 2013...and in the years which follow.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Dear Peggy,

From the warm and sentimental tone of your comment, I know you completely understand the love of our furry friends over the years.

Thank you for stopping by and the votes as well. Hugs, Maria


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Maria,

Nice little odes to each of your "babies" as they came along to enrich your lives. We have our assortment of dogs and cats also that have shared many of their years with us at different times of our lives. Each and every one has their own distinctive personalities and characters as you have nicely shown describing yours. Enjoyed this look at your beloved four legged family members. Thanks! Many up votes!


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Dear KDB,

A million thanks for visiting this sentimental favorite. I know you are a beautiful person from your comment alone. Aunt Baby sends Missy a big sloppy kiss!

Look forward to checking out your writing soon. Hugs, Maria


KDuBarry03 4 years ago

This is an absolute great dedication and tribute to your long line of pets and adopted family :) Aunt Baby looks a lot like my Malinois, Missy.

I'm definitely voting this up and sharing. Great Job, Marcoujor!


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Dear Sista and Tony,

Thanks for your beautiful wishes and sloppy kisses, both of which are happily accepted!

Despite missing all of our fur babies who have left us for now, they have added such joy and richness to our world. Our dear Aunt Baby just celebrated her 8th birthday earlier in the month, such a honey! I know she and Tony would be fast friends...as we are!

Have a beautiful day & SYS. Love, Maria


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

What a kind heart to take in those lovelies whose parents had allergies. Each pair of these warm eyes hold such deep and meaningful glances. Completely irresistible. I'm sad for your many losses over the years and know how difficult it is to lose a precious member of the family.

This is a lovely tribute to those special ones who are no longer with us here. One day we will see them again. Aunt Baby carries with her all their knowledge and memories. Tony sends a big sloppy kiss to her and you both. Lots of love to you, sista.

Peg


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Dear Stessily,

Thank you for discovering this lesser read poem and for your heartfelt remarks.

These fur angels have seen me through the good times and the bad, really over the last 25 years of my life.

You are correct in that each has been so unique, bringing their own special personalities and gifts along with their unconditional love. Hugs, mar.


stessily 4 years ago

Mar, Beautiful photos and expressive poems really highlight the individuality and unique gifts of each of your fur angels.

Thank you for sharing them. They are clearly happy and peaceful and love being alive. Surrounded by such love, you are always "Walking on Sunshine."

Kind regards, Stessily


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Kamalesh,

How lovely to see you and thank you for your kind words. Our pets are truly our best friends!

May you have a beautiful weekend, mar.


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Kamalesh050 5 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India

Enjoyed the hub, it's Beautiful. Your pets are so lovely and I can well imagine how comfortable and happy they are with you.

My Best Wishes to you,

Kamalesh


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Hi Lyn,

How fabulous to see you! I am so glad you love this as I thought you might. Thanks for the incentive; I will see what I can come up with, as my "subjects" are so cool to write about!

Have a good weekend and take good care, mar.


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Thanks for your wonderful comments, prasetio30.

It's great meeting you, and hope you have a good weekend, mar.


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

I love cat but I don't have dog. This was beautiful hub about your cat and god. Thanks for writing and share with us. Rated up. Cheers...

Prasetio


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Dear Kathy,

I have missed you but I hope all has gone well with you and your move, with all of your kitties. Thank you for your beautiful comments! I had a feeling this would be your cup of tea! Have a purrfect weekend, mar!


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

stars439,

Your comments forever make me smile. Thank you so much for stopping by, and I hope that you have a most beautiful weekend with your family. Peace, mar.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

Hi my dear frined! Ohhhhh...I LOVE this one! You know how much I do! Such lovely, warm and wonderful words for your babies...who all have meant so much to you and filled your home with love and your heart with happiness. I thought, today, "I want to look up Marcoujor and see what she's been writing..." and here is this beautiful piece. So YOU! What a much greater and wonderful world this is because YOU are in it. Bless and thank you! It goes w/out saying...UP AWESOME BEAUTIFUL!!!!!! Your friend, Kathy


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

A wonderful hub. Your love for animals is such a beautiful presence in your writing. How wonderful the quality of lives they must have. God Bless You Precious heart.


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

I feel very VOCAL about my affection for you, dear friend!! Your comments are truly beautiful and heartfelt, and I thank you so very much.

I hope you day is going very well, mar.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Every bit of love, carried in your own precious heart, is evident with the reading of this hub. Each of your adorable children, both cats and dogs, show their own personality in the photos, followed by a personal discription. The love just flows! And so does my love for you!!! Rated up, useful, awesome and beautiful.


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Thanks, Dr Ope! I always enjoy when you stop by, mar.


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Dr.Ope 5 years ago

Marcoujor, it has been a while, but I see that you are still at it with your furry family. As usual AWESOME!


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

What a wonderful compliment, Ashantina. Thank you very much!

I think you would thoroughly enjoy NF when you get an opportunity. Your writing is awesome and creative, and there are many nice folks in the community.

Take it easy and talk to you soon, mar.


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Sharyn,

Mission accomplished, if you have spent quality time cuddling with your fur babies! I always love to see your sweet comments.

Hope all is well & you had a good weekend, mar.


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Thank you for your insightful comments, which I agree with very much, Alicia C. I appreciate you stopping by and sharing about your experiences as well.

I think you would enjoy NF when you have an opportunity to check it out. Have a good night, mar.


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Ashantina 5 years ago

...I feel like I knew these furry family members of yours by your vivid words :) and aunt baby looks like such a beautiful soul.

Also thank you for the link you sent about Novelty Fiction, I may try my hand at writing stories again. Take care precious lady, hugs.


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Oh, I loved this journey that you shared Mar. Makes me want to go cuddle with all my animals :) Have a beautiful day!

Sharyn


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AliciaC 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I loved seeing all your fur babies. This hub is a beautiful tribute to them. I also have much loved fur babies who have passed on, as well as present ones. It's a great shame that dogs and cats don't live as long as humans, but they do leave us with lovely memories! Thanks also for the information about Novelty Fiction.


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Now, be careful!! What would Hyphen have to say about 12 cats and 12 dogs?? I'm just sayin...??

Thank you ever so much for stopping by, and take it easy, mar!


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

I'm delighted you stopped by, shy!

I always appreciate your kind comments and am glad you have the NF info when you are ready to check it out.

Have a great weekend, mar.


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Thanks, Will. I am always thrilled when you stop by, and I know how special your animals are in your life.

Take good care, mar.


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

I couldn't agree with you more, marellen!

I'm glad you have your orange kitty as your faithful companion as well.

Hope you have a relaxing weekend, mar.


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Hi Dexter,

Thank you so very much for your kind feedback. I very much appreciate you stopping by.

Have a good evening, mar.


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

It's great to see you Movie Master!

I will agree that Mr Jake was one cool dude.

Hope all is well and take care, mar.


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

My Dear Uma,

You have a beautiful heart, and I am so honored by your lovely feedback. I am so glad you were able to stop in and see my "family"!

Have a terrific weekend, mar.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

They are all so precious and lovely. It makes me want a dozen cats and a dozen dogs. This is a great tribute.


shygirl2 5 years ago

Thanks mar, for including me in your darling hub of fur babies. : ) Just wanted you to know, I appreciate the link you shared, plus I have written it down to check into. Thank you so much for thinking of me and being a wonderful hubber friend! : )


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

We have (had) the same basic animal family, with a yellow and black lab, and various cats, including stray and feral rescues.

Nice Hub!


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

Marcoujor! What a beautiful hub. Thanks for sharing a part of your life and your love with us!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi marcoujor, thanks for introducing us to your family, Jake was my favourite! lovely hub and voted up


Uma 5 years ago

Mar, thank YOU for being the greatest friend and guide. I am so very fortunate to have met you on NF, I cannot express my joy and gratitude...words just fail me. As I read you hub, I had tears of joy as well as loss. Now that I see Katie, Jake, Ninny, Alvin and Scottie are no more with us, I feel choked. But I know they were fortunate to have had you as their guardian...you were the best mama for them. I am proud of you and wish Aunt Baby a very, very long life. Wishing you the very best in your life...Uma


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Eiddwen,

Your love of animals is so evident in your beautiful writings. It is an honor to receive your feedback and I thank you. NF would be a great experience for you.

Have a peaceful day, mar.


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

linc sossage,

It is always a pleasure when you stop by! It does sound as if you are quite the animal lover as well.

I will certainly try not to keep you waiting very long for another Hub installment! Take it easy, mar!


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Hi Car51,

I am delighted that you enjoyed both the snipets and the photos about my pets! This was a fun trip down memory lane for me, so it is heartening when others feel positively as well.

Hope you have a good week, mar.


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

kittythedreamer,

What a sweet comment! Yes, Aunt Baby is a very special little lady for sure. I do appreciate you stopping by.

Hope you have a lovely day, mar.


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

epigramman,

I don't think that I have met a more nurturing friend in this Hub community, and I say this from the bottom of my heart.

You have a way of writing the kindest comments to everyone. You extend yourself and try to get people to meet each other/ read each other's work. You keep us smiling, laughing, thinking, frightened, so many other emotions with your awesome work...... and you ask us thought provoking questions so we can all get to know each other better. And, now, you are spreading my writing to FB, which has always intimidated me a bit-- but I am so grateful for your support and kindness!

I guess it's my turn to say if any of my friends have not yet discovered the joys of my friend, epigramman, you are missing out on someone very special indeed!

Have a restful day if you worked last night, mar.


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Lovely Fennel,

I am so glad you saw this, as we were definitely on the same wavelength! Chai Cat and Katie are sisters from a former life. I never stood a chance with her, clearly feeling disdain from the moment she laid eyes on me.

Now MY precious Ninny abhorred her Pappa, except when he was on meal duty, of course! Cats can be fickle pickles, yet Jake and Scottie were so good with all.

We feel so blessed with the two coolest Labs, now Baby being my world! I'm glad you enjoyed and thanks, mar.


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Alastar,

They say you tell a true gentleman by the way he speaks to a lady and the way he feels about animals...? You, sir, are a true gentleman, and I would have known you were from the South anyway!

Take it easy and thank you, mar.


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

nightbear,

It is wonderful to hear from you and thank you so much for your heartfelt words. Our animals have displayed such loyalty through the years, still very alive in memories.

Hope you are having a good week, mar.


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

My Dear Sunnie,

You have sharp assessment skills, even in your retirement! These animals gave and received love in great abundance.

Thank you for being the first to stop by! Have a beautiful walk today, mar.


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Hi marcojour,

I loved this one and I vote all the way up.I am a sucker for anything to do with animals and I really enjoyed this one.

Take care

Eiddwen.

Thanks also for the reference to novelty fiction.

Take care

Eiddwen.


linc sossage 5 years ago

Mar-

Thank you for another beautiful Hub. Your words bring all of your 'furbabies' to life. I feel as though I know them as well as my own special creatures. looking forward to your next Hub!


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Car51 5 years ago

What a fun uplifting hub! Thanks for sharing your pet menagerie through your delightful words and cheerful photos!


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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether

Voted up and beautiful, marcojour! Absolutely lovely...and almost made me cry. They all seem like very special pets...aunt baby is precious! Great job.


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epigramman 5 years ago

...well here is another beautiful hub by you my dear sweet friend which must be shared on my FACEBOOK page with a direct link back here so hopefully more people can see what a lovely person and writer you truly are ...... love this one but then again you know how much I love my cats - they are my life!!!!! And you are spreading love into this life to your lucky readers, friends and fans!


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Fennelseed 5 years ago from Australia

Mmm, did you notice the same glint in the eyes, your dear Katie and our Chai Cat. Definitely man-eaters!!!

Your pets are adorable, oh what a darling in Ninny and I long to reach out and pat Aunt Baby.

Thank you for the introductions.

Warm wishes

Fennelseed


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Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

Mar, me heart swelled here and thank you I needed that today. What a wonderful family of friends you've had and have. The only stronger love than the one you have for them, is the one we who know you have for you. XO


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nightbear 5 years ago from Michiagn, USA

I absolutely loved meeting your family. You have had a lot of sadness in recent years. but you stay on the path of animal love and loyalty. Good for you.


Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Ahhh such sweet animals who I have no doubt are deeply loved. Thank you for such a wonderfl hub.

Sunnie

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