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    Rabbit Midwife

    Tuesday, February 5, 2008, 12:59 PM [General]
    Posted By: AngelAnimals

    RABBIT MIDWIFE

    By Connie Whiteside

     

    When I was a child, my grandfather raised white rabbits for a hobby. After my grandfather passed away, the family left Gonzales, Texas and returned to our homes around the nation. My mom, dad, brother, and I lived in Michigan. My cousin and her parents lived in Shreveport, Louisiana. Each of us children was allowed to take a baby rabbit home with us.

     

    By the time we got back to Michigan, my brother's rabbit had died. Mine lived on and grew to be huge. My mom let the rabbit loose in the house during the day. She followed mom around like a dog would.

     

    The rabbit's cage was in the basement, but she soon learned how to unlock it. She would come upstairs to visit whenever she was in the mood. We also had a pregnant cat at the time who was half the size of the rabbit.

     

    One day, Mom heard a funny noise and went to investigate. Near the top of the basement stairs, she found the cat and rabbit. The cat held the rabbit by the scruff of the neck and was trying to take her downstairs!

     

    Mom picked up the cat and rabbit and carried them to the big box we had set up for the expectant mother cat and her brood. She placed the two furry friends in the box. The rabbit stayed cuddled up to the expectant mom until the first kitten was born.

     

    That cat wanted her furry friend with her for comfort in her time of need. Who says animals can't think?

     

    BIO:

    Connie Whiteside currently lives in Georgia but has lived all over the country. She has been an animal scavenger all of her life. As a child, through her teens and into adulthood, she has always brought home lost and unwanted critters, including a Capuchin monkey. Connie now has four dogs and five cats, all rescued. Friends bring her found angels all of the time. She usually takes them in, intending to find homes for them. The home she finds turns out to be hers. Connie also is the volunteer coordinator for the Meals on Wheels program in her county and fundraiser for a local senior center. To her, these seniors are more critters, but they have only have two legs.

     

    SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT:

     What unusual animal combinations have you seen forming friendships?
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    Taffy, A Sweet Treat

    Tuesday, February 5, 2008, 12:59 PM [General]
    Posted By: AngelAnimals

    TAFFY, A SWEET TREAT

    By Betty J. Rapin

     

    "Come see what I got!" said my daughter, Elaine. She was so excited she hung up the phone before I could say anything.

     

    With great anticipation I jumped into my car for the five-minute drive to her home. Thoughts raced through my mind of what gift her husband, Tom, could have given that brought such joy into her life.

     

    A puppy greeted me by racing to the door to see who I was, sniffing my scent - the grandma smell -- to familiarize for future reference. Elaine scooped the puppy up, snuggled her head to her, and said, "Taffy, say hello to Grandma."

     

    Then she handed the furry bundle of sweetness to me.

     

    Taffy was so named because her fur was a color of the candy with light beige and patches of white. A sheltie, Taffy immediately became eye candy for me and a sweetheart of a treat every time I saw her.

     

    Harold Klemp writes in his book, ANIMALS ARE SOUL TOO! "Until we see animals as Soul, we will miss much of what they have to teach us. Most of all, we'll miss the love."

     

    When Taffy died, I cried because I missed a fourteen-year kinship with my grand doggy.  But I was happy for the Soul who came to earth to share in my experiences, teaching me the meaning of unconditional love.

     

    Even though it is three years later, Taffy left behind memories that Elaine and I still enjoy talking about. A favorite of mine is the day my daughter was down in the laundry room.  Surrounded by different piles of sorted laundry, she heard something on the stairs. She

    looked up to see Taffy coming down the steps, carrying something in her teeth.

     

    It was the blanket from her dog bed.  Taffy came into the center of the piles of sorted clothing, clenching onto her blanket as she surveyed the different piles of colored and white laundry. It appeared as though she was deciding just where this item of clothing properly belonged.

     

    Taffy approached a pile of soiled laundry and dropped her blanket. Turning around, she proudly looked up into Elaine's eyes and gave a short bark as if to say, "Mom, would you wash my dirty blanket?"

     

    Elaine laughed.  "I guess you want the blanket washed."

     

    Taffy replied with a few short, soft barks, a tilt of her head, and a loving lick to Elaine's hand in a gesture of thanks.

     

    I believe that animals may not be human but they are Soul, just like you and I. Animals, like humans, chose the family they were adopted by, including the grandma.  I am appreciative for the many wonderful moments Taffy and I shared -- sweet moments to forever savor in the taste buds of my memory and heart.

     

    BIO:

    Betty is a minister and inspirational speaker who teaches adult education. She has been published in newspapers, magazines, and newsletters and is a contributing author to a book of poetry and the books, CONSCIOUS WOMEN/CONSCIOUS CAREERS

    and CONSCIOUS WOMEN CONSCIOUS MOTHERS.  Betty's first book on dreams will be published early in 2008.

     

    SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT:

     

    What grateful memories do you have of an Angel Animal who brought joy to your life -- a maybe a little extra laundry?

     
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    Taffy, A Sweet Treat

    Tuesday, February 5, 2008, 12:59 PM [General]
    Posted By: AngelAnimals

    TAFFY, A SWEET TREAT

    By Betty J. Rapin

     

    "Come see what I got!" said my daughter, Elaine. She was so excited she hung up the phone before I could say anything.

     

    With great anticipation I jumped into my car for the five-minute drive to her home. Thoughts raced through my mind of what gift her husband, Tom, could have given that brought such joy into her life.

     

    A puppy greeted me by racing to the door to see who I was, sniffing my scent - the grandma smell -- to familiarize for future reference. Elaine scooped the puppy up, snuggled her head to her, and said, "Taffy, say hello to Grandma."

     

    Then she handed the furry bundle of sweetness to me.

     

    Taffy was so named because her fur was a color of the candy with light beige and patches of white. A sheltie, Taffy immediately became eye candy for me and a sweetheart of a treat every time I saw her.

     

    Harold Klemp writes in his book, ANIMALS ARE SOUL TOO! "Until we see animals as Soul, we will miss much of what they have to teach us. Most of all, we'll miss the love."

     

    When Taffy died, I cried because I missed a fourteen-year kinship with my grand doggy.  But I was happy for the Soul who came to earth to share in my experiences, teaching me the meaning of unconditional love.

     

    Even though it is three years later, Taffy left behind memories that Elaine and I still enjoy talking about. A favorite of mine is the day my daughter was down in the laundry room.  Surrounded by different piles of sorted laundry, she heard something on the stairs. She

    looked up to see Taffy coming down the steps, carrying something in her teeth.

     

    It was the blanket from her dog bed.  Taffy came into the center of the piles of sorted clothing, clenching onto her blanket as she surveyed the different piles of colored and white laundry. It appeared as though she was deciding just where this item of clothing properly belonged.

     

    Taffy approached a pile of soiled laundry and dropped her blanket. Turning around, she proudly looked up into Elaine's eyes and gave a short bark as if to say, "Mom, would you wash my dirty blanket?"

     

    Elaine laughed.  "I guess you want the blanket washed."

     

    Taffy replied with a few short, soft barks, a tilt of her head, and a loving lick to Elaine's hand in a gesture of thanks.

     

    I believe that animals may not be human but they are Soul, just like you and I. Animals, like humans, chose the family they were adopted by, including the grandma.  I am appreciative for the many wonderful moments Taffy and I shared -- sweet moments to forever savor in the taste buds of my memory and heart.

     

    BIO:

    Betty is a minister and inspirational speaker who teaches adult education. She has been published in newspapers, magazines, and newsletters and is a contributing author to a book of poetry and the books, CONSCIOUS WOMEN/CONSCIOUS CAREERS

    and CONSCIOUS WOMEN CONSCIOUS MOTHERS.  Betty's first book on dreams will be published early in 2008.

     

    SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT:

     

    What grateful memories do you have of an Angel Animal who brought joy to your life -- a maybe a little extra laundry?

     
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