It will come as no shock to anyone who knows me that I LOVE animals.
I remember, when I was young, being devastated when Bambi’s mother died. I know everyone was -but for me- it was visceral.
If it was a movie with real people and animals, and an animal got hurt, I’d tell myself, “It’s only a movie. It’s only a movie.”
When I passed car accidents, I’d worry about animals being involved. To be clear, often more than I worried about the people.
I hated (and still hate) hunting for sport. Especially, big game. And most especially, poachers.
I get that some folks love hunting and respect the animals they’re hunting. They feel they’re helping Mother Nature with over-population of deer or wild turkey.
I still don’t like it.
About zoos and public aquariums and such… if they’ve built true-life habitats, are doing educational studies and training, and most importantly, treating the animals well, I am okay with them. To be clear, not thrilled, but okay.
My friend MB is an animal communicator. She thinks I am, too.
I mean sure, I talk to animals and always have. I remember walking to middle school (it was called Jr. High back then 😀) there was a dog in a backyard on the corner. Other kids would pass by and the dog would bark and growl. When I walked by, the dog stopped barking and jumped (like a pogo stick). Just like “Hi, hi, hi!!!!!”
The featured photo is of some of my favorite friends at a local floral garden. They live in a man-made stream and seem to be happy.
I couldn’t say the same for a tortoise I met at a nature reserve. He was behind glass in an aquarium. It was large, but felt too small to me. I asked him if he was okay. He said, “Yes, but…” and when I left, I said a little prayer that he could find a new home.
I love turtles.
It’s funny, because i used to think eagles were my spirit animal. Then, deer. I considered bees 🐝 because I love their little fuzzy bottoms. And, we kinda need them, you know, to live.
I adore cats. You know that. But are they my spirit animal?
I was searching for an animal oracle deck of cards. I saw lots, some beautiful, others comical, and finally chose a stunning deck (they’ll be delivered later this week!) and of course, this whole animal-thing has been on my mind.
Then, I ran across this photo and it was like *bam* it’s TURTLES! 🐢
Turtle is my spirit animal. Love it!
So yeah. a little woo woo today. I’m feeling stir-crazy, I guess. And also, thankful for my friend MB who taught me to be who I am.
So, I’m gonna be working on this for a while … ya know, since I’m a captivated audience… at home. 🤗
Do YOU have a thing for animals or a fave story to share? Tell us in the comments! The more, the merrier!