|Yuma and Lucky|
I'm one of those readers who does not like it one little bit when authors kill off animals in their stories. Life is tough enough without reading about the death of critters. Just the way I am.
In February, Jordan Dane over at the Kill Zone wrote a post I fell in love with titled, What My Cat Has Taught Me About Writing. Just love it! So today I want to brainstorm thoughts with you about what your furry friends have taught you.
Yuma and Lucky are two of the four cats living at our house. Yep, four! All were rescued. Makes it hard on the one little dog we have. But all the animals that have walked, scampered, galloped, hopped, ran, scurried, and flew into my life have left their special little instructions for living in my heart and mind. Here are a few of the many things that critters (living and dead) have taught me.
- Life is short so you better climb trees for the best view you can get and run wild in the field kicking up your heels just for the fun of it.
- It's good to have friends, so play nice, share your food, go for a walk, and if cranky take a nap.
- Entertainment can be cheap. Chase a ball or a pink mouse.
- Therapy is free! Lay on the couch and tell me all about your day.
- Before crawling out of bed stretch, yawn, blink, sniff the air for food, and if you don't smell anything cooking go back to sleep.
- Greet family with exuberance when they come home.
- Never hold a grudge.
- If you run fast enough, jump high enough, or just wait to pounce, you'll probably catch that thing your chasing.
- Trust your instincts.
- You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometime, you just might find, you get what you need.
Okay. Your turn! I know there must be a lot of cat and dog lovers out there and probably multiple other critters in your lives. I never get tired of animal stories. So how many animals live with you? What have your animal friends taught you?