As I was growing up, we lived in an apartment complex and did not have any pet. I don’t think my mom is fond of animals.

Her mother – my grandmother, however, always had cats around. She started feeding a few feral cats and ended up naming them and their kittens. I remember one of them had some Neurological disorder and, when he woke up from his nap, he had seizures and ran around banging his head. We had to ward him with a big blanket until he calmed down.

I now live with two dogs.IMG_6137 blr srp

When we first got our dogs, my husband did not allow them inside the house and left them outside. They were puppies, and I was worried about them being hurt by those feral cats that lived in the jungle. The first time we heard them fighting off those cats, my husband was proud of them, but my heart was pounding fast. The male soon turned into a killer hunter and a great guard dog.

When my husband became ill and could not spend a lot of time outside, we brought them inside the house. The male was so timid as he crossed the doorway. The female, though, stepped swiftly inside and acted as if it had always been her house.

IMG_0219 blr srpThey now sleep with me every night.

They were the reason I chose to stay in the jungle after my husband passed away. I got through many tough days and nights because they were with me. When I see his eyes glowing, looking at me, or hear her steady breathing, sleeping without a care in the world, my heart just throbs. They have given me plenty of love.

I haven’t perfected to be a patient, in-control and assertive pack leader yet but am making progress. So, please live well and stay safe, doggies!


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Menagerie.”
“Do you have animals in your life? If yes, what do they mean to you? If no, why have you opted not to?”


10 Comments Add yours

  1. What a wonderful post! And it’s true: you have great dogs. I know I could not manage without my pets either, and when I travel, they are what I miss most about not being home.

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  2. they sure have a lot to teach us

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  3. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this post. I sadly don’t have any pups in my own life right now (a bit of a challenge when traveling the world by sailboat although some people do it). Before I set sail I had a Jack Russell (Nelson) for 15 years and a Spitz (Winston) for 14 years before that. Best friends ever!

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  4. andysmerdon says:

    I love our dog 🙂

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  5. livingonchi says:

    Ah, you watch Cesar Milan don’t you? I want to kiss your doggies!

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  6. ❤ So beautiful that they have you and you have them. And I have yet to find out what kind of jungle you are talking about. I have a feeling it’s a proper one! 😮 My bestia, mutt called Fonzie, is a part of our small family even though he causes many grey hairs to my amore. He’s my friend and keeps me company while he works for the most of the day. I’m happy to have him too. Wishing you many happy moments.

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    1. nelkumi says:

      Wishing you the same! Thanks for visiting. 😊


  7. themofman says:

    They’re very beautiful.

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    1. nelkumi says:

      Thank you! 🐶🐶


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