Today my sweet furbaby Maltese is 11 years old. Mali (pronounced "Molly") is such a wonderful companion - she is funny and and quirky and smart. I lost my loving cat Freddie 2 years ago - he was 19 years old. Mali and Freddie were great friends and she learned some things from him - like how to open an unlatched door with her paw, how to groom herself (especially her feet) and I swear she purrs when she's content - a low guttural sound that comes from her throat when she's eating something especially tasty, cuddling, or resting. She is beginning to show her age - she's a little overweight, has some dental issues and joint problems, but she still has her sweet puppy personality and I love her dearly. I am so grateful to have this wonderful little furry friend who loves me unconditionally.
I've always liked the following poem/essay:
Things We Could Learn From Dogs
Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride
Experience fresh air and wind in your face as pure ecstasy
When loved ones come home, run to greet them
When it's in your best interest, practice obedience
Let others know when they are invading your territory
Take naps and stretch before rising
Run, romp and play daily
Eat with gusto and enthusiasm
Never pretend to be something you're not
If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it
When someone is having a bad day, be quiet and sit close by
Avoid biting when a simple growl will do
When you're happy, dance around and wag your whole body
No matter how often you're scolded, don't pout- go back and make friends right away!
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