Happy National Pet Day!

“Long story short, we love our pets. We could not live without our pets. They bring us joy, understanding, and unconditional love. I would love to hear your stories – funny, heartbreaking, adorable, or otherwise. What’s your favourite pet moment?”


In this day and age every day is “National [something] Day”, and I find myself getting lost in all of the hashtags. Don’t get me wrong, I really do enjoy celebrating holidays – our favorite in this house is a tie between Christmas and Halloween. We go all out: decorating the house, painting the windows, making fun food concoctions to suit whichever holiday is nearby.

It’s hard to give credence to any special day when we are celebrating something EVERY DAY! For this reason, I like to pick and choose. For instance, while today (April 11) is:
National Barbershop Quartet Day
National Cheese Fondue Day
National Eight Track Day
National Submarine Day
National Pet Day
And as much as we enjoy cheese fondue in this house, I’m not sure it needs a day of celebration in its honor…

So my choice of all of the above is National Pet Day. Why pets? That’s easy – love.

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Growing up we had a number of pets, not all of whom I have pictures to go with. Each of these pets brought something unique and unforgettable into my life and I am forever grateful.

There was Bhakti who passed on shortly after we moved to Alberta.

Happy National Pet Day!

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Next there was Starlight, who came to us as a kitten and lived happily on the Falun farm for her entire 12 years.

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Next was Kita, who gave us a litter of 11 puppies, one of which we kept and named Orion. Unfortunately all of my Kita and Orion photos are locked in the vault.

When I was 10, my mom finally decided that I was old enough for the responsibility of having my own pet. Enter Simon. We were driving by Stevens Strawberries one day and saw the sign for free kittens. Thus began my love affair with my lovely Siamese boy. He lived a long, happy life with us and left us on Christmas Eve night – out with a bang!

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Mr.Jacob was the next to enter our lives.

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After meeting the man of my dreams and deciding to spend my life with him, I decided it was time to re-enter the world of pet-hood. Since we lived in an apartment, we couldn’t have cats or dogs, so when we discovered Zim and Zane, it had to be fate. Their names were so great that we decided not to change them! We’ve now had our chinchillas for 3 years!

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We also found love with Eva, my in-laws’ beautiful puppy who just has so much character! She made meeting the parents a much easier transition!

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Next we have Spirit, our first puppy. Finding Spirit was a touch of fate. It was meant to be, which is why it was so heartbreaking when we lost him in a tragic accident. It took several months before I was able to say his name without breaking into tears. As difficult as it is to say, I believe that this accident was another touch of fate. Spirit came into our lives to teach us about unconditional love and the importance of living in the moment and appreciating everything we have. We still miss this guy, but he lives on through Nimbus.

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Getting another puppy was a difficult decision. Is it too soon? Are we responsible enough to have a puppy? Will it all end in tragedy again? This was a lot for an overly emotional pregnant lady to take into consideration. I lasted two months. Linkyn puppy is my savior. He brought that unconditional love back into my life. He made me exercise, he got me outside, he gave me happiness and play. He cuddled me while I mourned the loss of our Spirit, and he helped to make it better.

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When Link was only four months old, we got the call from Spirit’s family, who had had another litter of pups. Part of our original plan was for Spirit to have a brother from another litter, so we had asked to be notified when this happened. We did not expect the call so soon, but it seemed like fate was calling on us once again. Nimbus has been the happiest addition to our family yet. My soulmate came up with his name as a tribute to Spirit. The meaning of Nimbus is the opening in between the clouds where the sun shines through, and this is exactly who Nimbus is.

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If you’re wondering why there aren’t any puppy pictures of Nimbus by himself, it’s because Link wouldn’t let him out of his sight. He became big brother/dad the moment that we brought Nimbus home, and they go everywhere/do everything together. It makes a mom very happy, I must say.

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We also can’t forget Nimbus and Link’s cousin-puppies, who bring us all so much joy – Sadie and Otis! 🙂

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Long story short, we love our pets. We could not live without our pets. They bring us joy, understanding, and unconditional love. I would love to hear your stories – funny, heartbreaking, adorable, or otherwise. What’s your favourite pet moment?

-Alison

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3 Comments

  1. Cheryl | | Reply

    This “holiday” has become more and more popular each year. Half my Facebook was filled with pet pics on this day 🙂

    • kissygluvvym | | Reply

      It is one of the better ones isn’t it? There are so many cute pets out there!

  2. Darlene W | | Reply

    Our dog Jessie, is a rescued dog, she was abused and left out in the cold with nothing to eat or drink. It took her a very long time to know that someone actually loved her. Proud to say she has been part of our family for the past 8 years. Everyday with Jessie is a holiday to us

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