ARE YOU THERE? How have your pets shown that they miss you when you are away?

ARE YOU THERE?

We attended a spiritual seminar this weekend in Minneapolis. For convenience, we decided to stay at a hotel downtown near the seminar. Allen drove back and forth on breaks to check on our pets including, our little cocker spaniel Leaf. 

Leaf’s history is one of being an abandoned dog who we adopted from an animal shelter. Abandonment remains his key issue in life. Knowing Leaf’s concern must be growing over the fact that he had not seen Linda for over a day, she gave Allen a sock she had worn. She said, “Give this to leaf and tell him I’m thinking about him.”

At home, Allen held the socks in his hand and presented them. “This was from Linda for you,” he said. Before Allen could even finish the sentence, Leaf grabbed the socks with his mouth and ran off. He plopped down on the living room carpet with the treasure in his paws. Then he sniffed the balled-up socks with Linda’s scent on them.

After sniffing to his heart’s content, he carefully placed himself on top of the socks to make sure they stayed with him. But eventually nature won out and Leaf left the living room and socks to eat his dinner. 

Allen placed the socks on the dog’s bed so he could have them that night. Before he left the house to return to the seminar, he found our cat Cuddles curled up on the dog’s bed, sleeping with the socks between her front paws.

How have your pets shown that they miss you when you are away?

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MY GOLDEN RETREIVER WANTS TO PLAY

Published in the Angel Animals Story of the Week Newsletter on October 23, 2011.

MY GOLDEN RETREIVER WANTS TO PLAY
By Kaylee (Fifth Grade Student)

I am a student from the school that Linda visited to talk to us about writing. I think Linda and Allen’s book is great, and you have inspired me to write more often. Thank you very much.

I told Linda and my class the story about my dog Max and how he ran into a soccer net and got all tangled up.

My dog has taught me something: That you should love dogs by what’s inside not just by how cute they look or what kind of breed they are. It’s what inside that counts

My other story about Max is kind of like the story from ANGEL ANIMALS when the lady’s cat told her to get some rest.

Max is a golden retriever and he needs a lot of exercise. Most of my weekends I sit and play video games or am working on the computer. Well, Max doesn’t like that. So he makes me go outside to get fresh air and to play.

One day, I was playing on my X-box, and Max started to bark. I said, “You need to go outside to potty.” He barked some more. So I grabbed his leash and hooked him up.

We went in my back yard, and he went to his favorite place. He sat down. I said, “Go potty.” Instead he started to run and he grabbed his ball and dropped it right in front of me. I threw it, and we played run, chase, and fetch for an hour.

I think Max sensed that I needed exercise.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT:

Is there an animal who wants you to go outside, get some exercise, and play?
Allen and Linda Anderson
Angel Animals – Where Pets Are Family
www.angelanimals.net

We’re sharing this story in honor of the release of our NEW book, ANIMALS AND THE KIDS WHO LOVE THEM. Visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/animalsandthekidswholovethem. The official release date is November 15, but it may be in bookstores this week, so be sure to look for it. The stories are incredible! So heartwarming and informative, too, about how children and animals connect with each other in such healing and creative ways.  -Allen and Linda Anderson

 

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