Today is National Pet Parents Day, but you don’t have to own a pet or even a dog to participate in this week’s Sunday Stills Photo Challenge.
Our pets give us comfort with their unconditional love in times of need and uncertainty.
If you have followed my blog very long, you know I have been a happy pet parent since my teen years. Like children, our pets need to be fed and nurtured, loved and bathed (depending on your pet), and involved in our daily lives. We are pet parents to two wonderful Spaniels, Aero and Brodie. Below is my top dog, Aero, who will be 10 years old this July. I think he likes me!
Over the years I have had a lovebird, a parakeet, two goldfish, three cats, two horses, and three other dogs. I even found some tadpoles when I was five years old that quickly grew into frogs. They didn’t really need a pet parent.
Being a pet parent is a big responsibility. I think dogs are needier than most, with cats running a close second. However, as a teen, I remember my parakeet needing a lot of attention.
As a pet parent, I take my parenting responsibilities seriously. Enjoy my photo essay!
I clothe them and make sure toys are close by,
I provide a safe shelter for sleeping or travel.
I encourage daily quiet time and contemplation.
They are the subjects of endless photography and art experiments.
Our dogs are lucky to go with us wherever we go! We are pretty lucky, too! They love road trips in the car. We go to the delta on weekends…
Of course they must play while we exercise.
They even went on a trip to the Grand Canyon! Lucky dogs!
All that fun makes us tired, Mom and Dad!
Time to kiss Brodie good night!
Not a pet parent? Are you a grand-pet-parent or temporarily looking after a pet during the pandemic? Perhaps the birds in your backyard feel like your pets, or you have a favorite animal you love to photograph? Be creative! I’m looking forward to what you will share as we celebrate National Pet Parents Day!
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