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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

{pretty, happy, funny, real} ~ Saying Goodbye ~

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We have had our share of pets. 
There are several "rules" that each child must achieve prior to getting their own pet.
1.  He/she must be at least 8 years old.
2.  He/she must be have good personal hygiene.
3.  He/she must be able to keep his/her room clean & tidy.
4.  He/she must do extra work around the house in order to "pay" (credit) for pet supplies.

I have always told my children that they need to be able to take care of themselves, before they can take care of another living thing.  Having good stewardship is important.  Everything belongs to God...even His little creatures.  Good stewardship encourages good virtues.

Another rule is, each child must gain responsibility through (proving they can) properly take care of another living thing.  So we start small; for example, a fish, (or a frog - which started out as a science experiment - over 5 or 6 years ago!)...then they can work their way up to a larger animal; like a guinea pig, or hamster.  (No birds or snakes - I draw the line there).
 
 
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Each of my children have shown good responsibility.  Do I still have to nag remind them about their duties & responsibilities - you bet!
 
But they have all learned good lessons along the way...and I have had plenty of opportunity to work on my patience.  O:o)
 
 
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Can you guess which dog is the alpha?
(hint:  it's the one with the toy, and the perky ears)
 
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This last part is a little sad.  Do not continue reading if you are faint of heart.

Butterfly lost her pet of nearly six years.  Princess was a guinea pig that was entirely sweet and cuddly.  She never bit or behaved wild or badly.  Princess was the perfect little pet.
 
I think we will all miss this little friend...
 
 Earlier today, Princess came out of her little house and laid down on her side.  Her eyes looked different...tired.
 
So, Butterfly gave her a nice warm bath and stroked her soft, silky fur...which Princess always enjoys and purrs with approval.
 
Several hours later, Princess, again, looked "different"...tired.
 
We knew it was just a matter of time.
 
So Butterfly placed Princess on her lap and stroked her gently...
 
There were some tears...we knew.
 
 Princess became more and more relaxed.
 
Her little breaths quickened, and she faintly squeaked a few last times.
 
 
It is always sad to loose a pet.  Even if it is the smallest of God's creatures.
They bring comfort when days aren't going so great...and they make us laugh with their silly antics.
 
 







Siblings are always there to give love and support.


Goodbye little friend. 

Thank you, God, for giving us these little creatures that make us smile and amuse us; that give us fond memories and help teach us to care for others...in so many ways.

"Ask the birds, ask the beasts and they will teach you."
~ Job 12: 7-10

“All praise to you, Oh Lord, for all these brother and sister creatures.”
~ St. Francis of Assisi, Canticle of Creatures
St. Francis With Animals

“Blessed are you, Lord God, maker of all living creatures. You called forth fish in the sea, birds in the air and animals on the land. You inspired St. Francis to call all of them his brothers and sisters. May we always praise you for all your beauty in creation. Blessed are you, Lord our God, in all your creatures! Amen.”

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12 comments:

  1. Awe, that was so sad. I have never seen a blogpost about such a topic, but that is a good idea.

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  2. Oh, I pray for Butterfly's comfort.

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    1. Thank you so much for you prayers...they really are appreciated. Have a blessed day!

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  3. Oh my goodness...we have a couple of guinea pigs in our backyard. She looks like she was very loved.

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    1. Are your guinea pigs domesticated or are they wild?
      This gp was interesting because even if the cage was left open, she never ventured out. My daughter would take her outside to let her eat fresh clover & grass...but she would never run away. Now, when my son had his gb, Timothy Hay, (another story) he was an escape artist (and bit)!
      Thank you for visiting...

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  4. What lovely dogs you have. I love the labrador one. Never seen a white labrador.

    Sorry to hear about the guinea pig. It is so sad, especially for children, when a pet dies. One of our goldfish died recently. We found him floating at the top of the pond. Must have been at least 12years old.

    God bless you and your family.

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    1. Wow, twelve years is very impressive for a goldfish...I remember your story about how you found new fishes (many months later) in your pond - which sounds lovely!

      We adopted the white lab which was trained as a service dog - I had never seen a white lab, either. She has a wonderful temperament, but a bit clumsy.

      Blessings to you and yours, Victor.

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  5. Oh, how sad! I'm so sorry. My house has the exact same rules for kids and pets, but our age requirement is 13. Since my oldest has just turned 15 we haven't had much time to loose any pets. (only fish) But I don't look forward to the day my oldest looses her pet mice. She just LOVES them. I never thought I'd like mice, but they really are nice pets. Again, I'm sorry for your loss. I hope Butterfly's heart mends soon. God bless you all.

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    1. 13 is a good age...my oldest was ten when we allowed his first pet; now with my youngest (9 yrs) we allowed her to get a fish (at 8 yrs). She has been working hard to keep her room clean so that when she turns 10 she maybe, MAYBE, she will get a hamster. Maybe.
      God bless you and your family, Jennifer!

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  6. Your post was both sad and uplifting to read. After much reluctance, I allowed pets into the family a few years ago, and I haven't regretted it. They are God's creatures, and they teach us to be more caring and yes, more human. A pet's death is always a very sad event, but even that gives our children valuable lessons on gratitude and closure, and affirms their commitment to being stewards of God's creation. 'Hope all is well with Butterfly. Blessings...

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    1. Thank you, I was hesitant to post about this...but it happens. And you are entirely correct in that it gives our children valuable lessons in various ways. Thank you for your visit and comment - much appreciated!
      And yes! I had the same reluctance about pets...

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