Pets are people, too!


You can judge the morality of a nation by the way the society treats its animals.  Mahatma Gandhi

Whoever thinks that animals have no feelings either has not spent any real time with them, or they view them as food. Every animal I’ve ever met has had a distinct personality. One of my cats, Isan, (the blue-eyed one) is such a sensitive cat that if I trip over him (because he swims around my ankles like a shark) he gets insulted! Then I have to spend hours apologizing to him! Mojo, the black cat, carried my shoes around the house and stacked them in interesting patterns. I called it his shoe art. He also played fetch and knocked on doors. When he balanced on a window ledge three stories from the ground all I had to tell him was that he was freaking me out and he’d come back in. Sometimes he liked freaking me out. He has passed now, after living with me for 16 years, and in three different countries.

I have stories for every pet who has ever graced me with their presence (at least that’s how cats see it). Each one touched my life. Each one taught me things. Each one has made me laugh hysterically. Each one showed me unconditional love–something that people could learn from them.

Not all of the pets in my new ‘Furry People’ photo album are still on this earth, but they’ll always be in my memories.

I think we should pay attention to the furry people, who are all around us. I wish that anyone who sees animal abuse would take immediate action. Whether or not I have a personal connection with them, when I see an animal being abused it rips my heart out and wounds my soul. We should treasure them, because they are with us for a very short time.


About Passages 23

Passages 23 is a photography partnership between Cindy A. Carl (color photography) and David L. White (black and white photography). The name stems from the life changes we all go through; passages/journeys from one phase to the next. We think our photographs reflect changes in nature, as well, and provide glimpses of the past and of what was. About Cindy: I’m a writer by day and a writer by night, and I squeeze my photography into the in-betweens. I’m originally from Easthampton, MA (USA). My stuff lives in storage (I keep thinking I’ll settle down), while I’ve restlessly lived and traveled throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. My writing reflects the philosophical and psychological quirks of the human experience. If you like humorous stories that screw with your mind–in a pleasant way, of course–then please check out my latest novel, Quest for a Dream. My photography focuses on lines and unusual perspectives. I’m an avid animal lover, and live with my two wonderful cats, Isan and Lucy, and yes, they travel with me. Oh, and, I’m the wordy one. About David: I’m just an old fart with a camera. View all posts by Passages 23

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