Pets are humanizing. They remind us we have an obligation and responsibility to preserve and nurture and care for all life.~James Cromwell
Over the years, we’ve shared our home with a variety of pets. Each one has convinced me that a pet’s love is unconditional and generous. This is even true for our son’s hamster, appropriately named Hammy.
Now that we are living on the road, I have to content myself with “stealing” time with our friends’ pets and taking pictures of animals. My pet “collection” this week is drawn from images, old and new, taken over the past few years.
Last summer, I spotted these young women riding in London’s Hyde Park early one morning. They reminded me of my adolescent “horse phase” and how I’d read and re-read books like The Black Stallion and Misty of Chincoteague. I love the spirit and swiftness of these wonderful creatures.
Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.~Anatole France
Several years ago, I spotted this dog outside a restaurant on our trip to San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. I loved his protective stance and the bandana tied around his neck by his loving owner.
Animals are such agreeable friends they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms. ~George Eliot
This yellow finch was busy feeding at Meier Gardens in Grand Rapids, Michigan when I shot this image. His coloration and cheerful darting from a tree to the feeder caught my eye. He reminds me of the pet bird we had when I was little.
Cats are connoisseurs of comfort. – James Herriot
Animals can always find the most comfortable spot to take a nap. This adorable gray cat was napping on a quiet side street near Santo Spirito in Florence several months ago.
An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.~Martin Buber
My last image is the oldest. Our beautiful dog Max always looked for any excuse to jump into the water. When we lived on the shores of Lake Winnepesaukee in New Hampshire, he was in 7th heaven. You can tell by the look in his eyes he is hoping the game of catch will continue for a while.
Tina has given us a marvelous “excuse” this week to showcase our love of animals. Be sure to visit Tina’s blog to see her marvelous images and instructions for this week’s challenge. In your post, include a link to Tina’s original post. (Important note: Do not use links posted within the Reader because they are not working correctly.) Use the Lens-Artists tag to help us find you. For instructions on how to join us, click here.
Next week, it’s my turn to host Challenge #62, so please stop by! Tina, Ann-Christine, Amy, and I look forward to our photo conversation each week.