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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: The Family Pet (05/15/08)

TITLE: My Extended Family
By Mildred Sheldon


My pets are my extended family. They may have fur and bark but that doesnít matter one bit to me. I love them just as if they were my children. They have an honored place in my household. Brutus, a Dachshund, Jack Russell mix, and Dynamite, a Chihuahua, Yorkie mix goes to the vets regularly. They get yearly vaccinations, teeth cleaned, heartworm treatment, nails trimmed and groomed. Some people would consider them spoiled pampered animals. To me they are more and hold a very special place in my heart.

Anyone who has any kind of creature that they consider a pet tends to treat them as if they are family. It doesnít matter if it is a cat, deodorized skunk, rat, mouse, gerbil, horse, chicken, pigeon, or even a snake we take care of them just as we take care of our own bodies. Pet owners are in a class of their own and if you are observant, you can see Gods love shining through their lives in the way they treat pets and people. If I werenít limited on words, I would love to tell you about all my pets throughout my life. Pets are so very special. They fill our lives with happiness and joy. Love of that nature comes from one place and one place only and that kind of love is from God.

I am sure you have noticed how some people treat their pets. It truly breaks my heart to see any animal mistreated. I do not judge people but you can pretty much tell if a person is loving, kind and gentle by the way they treat their pets. I apologize for getting on my high horse, but any animal that is tamed depend on their caretakers. Some people who are of this world mistreat their pets as well as their family. They like so many who live in the world are blinded by the devil. You see the devils perverted love in the way people treat not only their pets but also their family.

Through the years, I have had many pets and I loved them all. The strangest pet was a pigeon called Flopper. My aunt Mildred found him when he was a fledgling and raised him. I loved visiting her and my grandmother. I used to pet Flopper and make cooing noises just so he would imitate me. He would strut back and forth and if it pleased him, he would land on my shoulder or take dried corn from my hand. Although Flopper was a pet, he was not what I call tame. He would come and go as he pleased. My cousin and I spent many hours watching Flopper with his family. My uncle built pigeon houses above the garage and pigeons came and went regularly. One day Flopper disappeared and because we were so young, Aunt Mildred told us Flopper just flew away. We missed him and looked for him but being children, we soon forgot Flopper.

I thank God each day for my two furry friends. They keep me company and bring so much joy into my life. The older I become I cherish all the beautiful things God has put upon this earth and pets are just one of them. Pets in my opinion truly are extended family. Their love like Gods is unconditional. They look at us with so much love shining out of their eyes. Yes, I do consider my precious dogs as my extended family. Am I crazy? Well, if I am than I thank God because Brutus and Dynamiteís love like Godís is unconditional. I am so blessed and I thank God daily.

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Patty Wysong05/25/08
So many of us consider our pets part of the family, and you're so right: you can tell much about a person by how they treat their pets.
Joy Faire Stewart05/26/08
I enjoyed the voice in this piece. You can tell it comes from a tender loving heart. Good job!