|Spazzy's picture for the 2014|
Christmas card...isn't he
handsome for 17?
So I'm dedicating this post to Spaz and his brother, Shadow. I've always loved animals, and I grew up with a house full of pets and a horse that resided in our friend's barn. That stable in Maryland was the site of many wonderful childhood memories, and it became the inspiration for the setting in my novel DIVINE FALL.
I managed somehow to have a dog, Bailey, throughout grad school, even though I had to live in a very undesirable apartment complex in order to have a dog with me. He became my husband's dog too when we married, and he moved with us to Cape Cod when I was pregnant. Once we had settled in to our new location and I'd had our son, I decided it was time to adopt more pets from the local shelter.
|Spazzy and Shadow on their|
first day in their forever home
Their personalities dictated their names. Shadow was loving but cautious, and it took him a little while longer to establish a friendship with Bailey. Spazzy was...spastic. He had no fear. He would jump right in my son's little play yard and gently play with the baby. In that instinctual way of animals, he seemed to understand he was dealing with another infant, and the claws never came out. Spazzy was also obsessed with straws, and he learned to fetch them when we threw them.
As they got older, though, they spent the majority of their time indoors...mostly on our laps or on our beds. Sadly, Shadow died at the age of 13. By that time we'd said goodbye to Bailey and rescued Winston and Sweetie, two dogs, via the Petfinder website.
|Otis and Spazzy, |
hoping for a treat
Spazzy and Shadow had wonderful kitty lives, and I take comfort in that. I can't even imagine all the adventures they had. And when I'm ready, I'll return to the shelter and pick out my new companion--and his or her companion--because two is better than one :)