Monday, April 28, 2008

My own private zoo

As I was putting the finishing touches on the dog bed I was sewing, I looked around the room to find some extra batting and what did I see? One dog and three cats all sitting in a row, looking up at me. I smiled and told them how cute they looked standing there.

At that same moment, I heard the others. Yep, I heard four budgies and two Gouldian finches singing in unison. That's when I finally thought :"Oh my god we have our own zoo! To think we'll be getting two canaries this week!"

One year ago, all we had was our dog Leia. Now, we have a farm! I think it was a recent trip to an animal shelter that did it. A few months ago, a friend's dog had run away, and I was helping her out by going to various shelters in the region to see if we could find him. My heart broke when I saw the huge amount of abandoned animals there. All waiting. How could we, humans, be so irresponsible?

I immediately handed out donations to the non-kill shelters, and I convinced myself I was adopting.

So there I was, weeks later, taking in an abandoned pregnant cat called LuLu. She quickly gave us two new additions to the family (Ziggy and Xuxa). As if the cats and dog weren't enough, I also brought all these birds, whose owners couldn't take care of them anymore. We can afford it, I thought, so why not?

Now the house is full, but it's not any messier or any stinkier. It's simply happier. Plus I get the reward of having them keep me company while I'm busy sewing. All they really want in return, is that once in a while, I look down at them and tell them how cute they are.

The real reason for me posting this, is that it's extremely important that we all take care of our furry and feathered friends. Adopt from a shelter, or if you can't donate some time or money.
If you're an Etsy shopper, then I strongly suggest you take a peek at Etsy for animals. All proceeds of their sales goes to help shelters and other animal charities. Here is the link:
It's worth a look!


woolies said...

I love your zoo, we have one too.
4 dogs, 3 cats, 2 horses. With quite a few from rescues, or shelters. I want more....

Diane said...

So do I! there's never enough furry critters in a home!

ElegantSnobbery said...

I love your kitties!!! I love cats so much, but my husband wants to wait to get one, as my MIL is allergic. He got his dog, and now I want my cat... soon I hope!!