#NorthupNews – Childhood Pets
On our Norns Triad Publications blog, I have feature called, Julie’s Jewels. I use it to share tidbits about my life, which I tie into book suggestions (because you know I love books), and I thought it might be fun to do something similar here. Hence, the birth of this new series, #NorthupNews. The cool thing about this feature is that my partners, Sahara Foley and Karen J. Mossman, are also doing a similar series on their blogs, which I will tie together on Norns Triad Publications. Hopefully, it is as interesting to you as it is for us.
We decided our first topic would be childhood pets. As animal-lovers, that only seemed natural.
I grew up with a houseful of pets. My mother seemed to be the local animal refuge. My sister carried on the tradition. I think the only reason I’m not overflowing with cats is because I have a sensible husband (whose allergy has increased with age, unfortunately).
One of my favorite memories is how my sister and I brought home our kitten, Fritzy. It started when we heard the pitiful cries of kittens in an old, abandoned garage. My brave big sister crawled inside to investigate, bringing out an adorable baby.
Little by little, I helped my sister smuggle Fritzy and his siblings into the house. She hid them in a drawer in our bedroom closet… until our mom quickly discovered them. My compassionate mother helped rescue their momma, bring her safely to her litter. Mom took them to the vet and nursed them all back to health before finding them loving homes.
As the kittens grew, I recall how our dog, Puppy, would bathe them. Of course, the mother cat was not having that and re-licked them to a shine. At least until our bunny got to them. Then our rabbit would bathe the kittens until the poor things were just about drenched from all their attention. This was the point Momma Cat said, “screw this!” She hauled her babies away and hide out, licking them back to appropriate cleanliness.
I had such joy from the animals in my life. They have taught me empathy, compassion, and that we are all more connected than we can imagine. My pets showed me they are capable of humor, thought, and love. I am forever grateful to, and for, them!