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Pet Storykeeping--Don't Lose Part of Your History

Updated on September 14, 2015
Purring Contented Cat
Purring Contented Cat

Pet Stories

If you enjoy scrapbooking or if you are writing your life story, don't forget your pets.  Stories about your pets yields insights into your family life.  Seeing pictures of your pets brings back memories of the time you had with them.  Your family story would not be complete without your pet's stories

Write about what kind of pets you have had. Write about how you got your pets, whether you rescued them from the pound or a shelter or if you found them as a stray. Write about why you got the pets, whether you had a cat to get rid of mice or a dog to herd cows or if it was for companionship. Write about how big you pets were, what color they were, and what breed they were. Write about certain traits that they had.

One of our cats liked to chase our dog when he was a puppy. The dog enjoyed it. He would run away from the cat, but then he would stop and look back to see if the cat were following him. One of our cats likes stainless steel scouring pads. He would steal one if it were left in the kitchen sink. Then he would play catch with it, tossing it high in the air over and over. Our other cat is very loving. She loves to purr. The picture here is of her in one of her happy purring moods. Recording your memories of your pets will add significantly to your life story.

Memorable Pets

When you write about the pets in your life you can start with the first pet in your life and continue up to the present time or you can start with the present and work backwards. You can start with the pet you've had the longest or the pet that you felt the closest to. Some of the animals in your life may have belonged to someone else such as a grandparent's dog or an uncle's horse or the neighbor's cat. Sometimes photos will remind you of stories. My husband had talked about having guinea pigs when he was young. I came across a photo of the two guinea pigs. It reminded me of why he said yes when we were offered a guinea pig.

So, when you scrapbook look for photos of pets and record the stories behind the photos.

Cute Pet Photos

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Cat Chasing Dog

Cat Chasing Dog
Cat Chasing Dog


Sharing your pet stories can be fun for family and friends who know your pets and for others who just love animals and enjoying reading about them. It is always heart-warming to hear of how a dog or a cat saved their owner. Maybe it was by barking or meowing or behaving differently which made the owner check out what was going on. Maybe it was getting someone else's attention so they could help the owner. I grew up watching Lassie and Rin Tin Tin and, of course, would have loved to have a dog that would save me or would get help for me if I were in trouble. A couple of months ago I tripped on my front porch and fell before I could open the front door. My dog was on the other side of the door and barked and whined for me to open the door. He knew I was in trouble. Although he couldn't help me other than make a lot of noise that maybe someone could hear and come to see what was wrong, it was nice to know he was concerned about what happened to me. He knew something was wrong, and he did the best he knew how to try to help me. Sharing the good things, the funny things, the silly things, the scary things can make others feel more connected with your pets.

You can send copies of photos of your pets. You can post photos of your pets online so family and friends can see them. You can create a blog and write about your pets and include photos. You could create a Squidoo lens about your pets.

Share your pet photos and bring a smile to someone else.

Fun Pet Rescue Videos

My daughter decided to foster a cat who had been at the Humane Society for a long time without being adopted. He was born with a neurological problem that affects his stability. He wobbles when he walks. It takes more skill for him to jump up on something. He has to plan what to do to be successful in his jump. Sometimes he doesn't make it all the way, yet he tries again. He is such a loving cat. He purrs very loudly. He is excited to see people. He loves being around people. She wanted a dog, but her heart went out to this cat that no one wanted to adopt. So he is definitely part of her story now.

Pet Guinea Pig
Pet Guinea Pig

Different Kinds of Pets

Most of the pets in my life have been cats and dogs, but many other animals can make good pets. Growing up on a farm I had animals around me each day. I didn't consider the chickens, cows, pigs or even the horses as pets. Having animals in my life did make me look at things differently than I would have without them.

I wanted my daughters to have the benefits of being around animals even though they didn't live on a farm; so, I bought an aquarium and two or three fish. They enjoyed watching the fish and they learned the importance of feeding the fish each day.

My husband had a couple of guinea pigs as a boy, so when we were offered a guinea pig he wanted to have the guinea pig as much as our youngest daughter did. I had never had such a pet, and I wasn't sure how to best take care of it. Again feeding the guinea pig was an important learning experience. Cleaning up after the guinea pig was another story. It seemed I usually got the job of cleaning up after the pets.

The hardest pet that lived in our house was my stepson's iguana. I really didn't know how to care for an iguana. He left the iguana with us for a week unexpectedly and didn't give us information on how to care for the iguana. I guess we almost killed it with too much kindness by turning the heat up too high for it. An animal that you can't cuddle and pet just doesn't seem like a pet.

Write down your memories of all the animals in your life. Even though some of them were not pets they still are a part of your life story.

Pet Photos from the Past

Happy Sitting Dog
Happy Sitting Dog

Well-trained Pets Stay Around Longer

Getting a pet is a big committment. Young animals have many things to learn to become good pets. Cats are easier to live with even if they are not well-trained. They can be difficult to train, but sometimes you can train a cat to do certain things especially if they see a benefit. Our big male cat has been trained to sit before he gets soft cat food. But I haven't succeeded in training him in some other ways I would like to like not fighting with the dog and not ripping open a bag of dry cat food when he is hungry.

Our dog was being aggressive and I studied to find out how to help prevent the aggression. I learned a lot of things that helped him. Going for walks would be a real test for me as he constantly pulled on the leash during the whole walk. He would pull the leash out of my hands running after dogs or cats while we were walking. He wouldn't even sit still long enough to get his leash on and sometimes ended up not going on a walk. Making him sit and be quiet before I put on the leash helped. Then going out the door before him helped. Then pulling back on him and making him walk with me helped. Then learning to push him down on his side gently but firmly if he started to pull towards another dog or cat helped. Now I really enjoy my walks with him. He walks right along side me without much pulling. He may whine when he sees a dog he wants to go over to, but he hasn't gotten away from me in a long time. Learning how to train a dog is very valuable. You can enjoy your time on walks with him. Every day life is much easier when your dog is trained. When our dog pulled away to ran across the street to see another dog, I would worry that a car might hit him. I worried that the other dog might not be friendly and would end up fighting with him. I worried that he could hurt a smaller dog or a cat. Now I enjoy the walks with him. I look forward to the time we spend walking.

Funny Pet Video

Funny Pet Video

Preserving Your Pets' Stories

Have you preserved any of your pets' stories?

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      PR-Sammi 9 years ago

      Your scrapbook idea is great and goes hand in hand with our 10 year Internet Time Capsule for pets as a way for people to honour their cherished family pets but also share them with the world.

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      Boomoir 9 years ago

      I am so pleased you are preserving your family's story, and the stories of your pets, too. I collect family stories for preservation on my website and would love to hear from you. Fine lens, thank you.

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      grannysage 7 years ago

      What a great idea. I've already written about my current cats, but have never thought about writing about my childhood friends. Their stories deserve to be told as well. Lensrolling this to White Cats Can't Jump.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 7 years ago

      5* I love the idea of pet stories being part of the family history.

      I did a lens about The Princess and the Pauper and I am so glad I did, especially since the Princess is no longer with us

      this is lensrolled to P and P and i am your fan!

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      spunkyduckling 7 years ago

      Thank you for sharing. I love scrap booking and the idea of pet preservation is fantastic!

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      Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

      I think it is a wonderful idea to record and share pet stories.

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      awakeningwellness 6 years ago

      Pets are family so their stories should be recorded just like anyone elses...nice lens!

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      PatriciaJoy 6 years ago from Michigan

      What an excellent idea! I had never thought of this. Thank you for the reminder to write the stories of such an important part of my family.

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      Vicki Green 5 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      I have many memorable pet stories, some of which I've incorporated into Squidoo pages about my pets. It is and excellent idea to create scrapbooks and stories about our pets. Lots of great tips!

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      GRM 4 years ago

      Pets really are an integral part of our family, and should certainly be part of our stories! Great lens.

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      Maria Burgess 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Does having 13 black cats cancel out the bad luck factor? I love your lens! It is a great idea to keep track of our fur baby's stories, too. Some of our pets that have passed on have some very funny and touching stories to highlight their lives! Thanks for sharing!

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      JenaleeMortensen 4 years ago

      @MBurgess: I don't think black cats are bad luck, but one cat surviving was good luck. We enjoyed her companionship and we were glad that she survived. Thanks for commenting.

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      Aibrean82 4 years ago

      We used to have a horse who was very happy and energetic. He loved jumping and running and was quite mischievous when he had an experienced rider on his back. And when grooming him he would sometimes push us with his head or drop hay in our hair. I swear that horse had a sense of humor! However, as soon as he had a kid or someone who was a little scared of horses next to him, he suddenly turned into the kindest, mildest-tempered, loveliest horse the world has ever seen! Sadly he has now passed, and I miss him every day!

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      JenaleeMortensen 4 years ago

      @Aibrean82: What a wonderful story about your horse. Thank you for sharing such a fun memory of your horse. Your horse was an important part of your life story.

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