This week the prompt for I must confess is Pets. I must say, as much as I loved the month of mental health, it is great to be able to get back into writing to a prompt with Kirsty. Plus I love talking about animals, there is just something relaxing about them.
We have had Layla for over 12 months now. She is part of the family and I couldn’t imagine not having her around. We probably do all of the wrong things with her because she sleeps in my bed and spends most of her time indoors. She does love being outside though and we often take her out in our front yard so she can watch the world go by. Although there are times when she spends most of the time sitting on my lap.
Layla is so patient with Mr 5. People told us that getting a smaller dog would mean that she would be less tolerant of him, and would snap at him when she got frustrated. I usually replied that I tended to snap at him too when I was frustrated! However the reality couldn’t be further from the warnings we received. She puts up with him trying to wrestle with her, and as much as the fight some days, she does love curling up with him in bed.
She is a foxy terrier and has boundless amounts of energy, so for our sleep dodging, filled to the brim with energy boy, she is the perfect addition. They chase each other up and down the run in the back yard. I’m really not sure who has the most energy!
Layla has also been a great addition for my mental health. Some days it feels like I have two children, and I’m not sure who I yelled at more through out the day but I love the antics that they get up to. She so often pics up on my mood as well, and when I am really struggling she will often lay across my feet or curled up under my legs on the couch. It’s nice.
I am so glad that I made the decision to get a pet. They aren’t for everyone, but we love her to death.
Do you have any pets? Are they an important part of your family?
I have a black cat that really belongs to my daughter. The cat suffers from extreme anxiety so didn’t enjoy a new home when my daughter moved out. So she is staying with me ( and Iyes I was pleased she had to be returned) and my daughter has visitation rights 🙂 I have a dog that belongs to my son. My son is moving out in about a month and is taking the dog. I will miss both terribly and have told my son I want visitation rights and to mind the dog for a weekend every now and then. Pets are part of the family. Love them both.
My cats were always my babies before I had a real baby. I had a mini foxy terrier with my ex and I loved him so much. He certainly had a lot of energy! My ex took him though so I don’t even know if he still has him or if he gave him away. Hopefully he took care of him.
The neighbours cat is still very much deciding if he should adopt us. I’m convinced that he is auditioning half the street and the person with the best food wins but having said that he does seem to be spending the majority of his time with us at the moment.
I’m not normally an animal person so I’m surprised at the effect the cat has had on not just my family but myself.
Layla sounds gorgeous. We just adopted a fox terrier cross from an animal shelter. I’m pretty sure that whoever she previously lived with was like you! I think she’s used to being inside and on somebody’s lap all day. So she has to adjust to being an outside dog here. Although, I wouldn’t mind having her indoors as I’m more of an indoor person, but I’d probably forget to take her outside at intervals for toileting and then have to clean up her mess. Plus, Mr 10 would definitely have her in bed and I don’t want to deal with any issues with fleas or hair everywhere. I don’t really know why I’m being so precious about this when it’s already feral here, but logic isn’t my strong point!
Anyway, I’m glad Layla has been a comfort and a positive presence for you and Mr 5. xo
Layla sounds like the perfect companion for you and Dyllan. I think Evie and Mandie will be the same for us. We are still starting to get to know each other but so far, so good. I love they are both sitting at my feet having a sleep as I write this – I didn;t realise I was feeling a little lonely before they arrived. And I so agree about the mental health benefits!!!!
Our pets become a part of our families, don’t they. I must confess there was a time when I had babies as well as cats to went after, I just didn’t have the energy for both so hubster took on the looking after of the cats. Luckily they were pretty self-sufficient anyway. Now my kids are grown up I’m enjoying having a “furbaby” again.
I have 2 cats and getting them was the best decision ever. They have been so good for my mental health and helped me a couple of years ago after the end of my long-term relationship. I think I would have gone back to my ex (against my better judgement) had it not been for them. I know it sounds weird but I truly believe it. They are my family to the point where I once argued with my boss that I should be allowed to take carer’s leave if I have to take them to the vet. Especially given that unlike my colleagues with kids, I don’t take any carer’s leave! 😀