Playing With A Pet

Certainly one of life’s favorite simple pleasures is playing with a pet of some kind, depending on the type of pet you prefer. Although I’m allergic to cats, I think they’re super cute, so I’ve doodlewashed a little kitten for this post, who’d like to play with this ball of yarn, for those of you out there who can do so without sneezing. Kittens always seem to be up for a bit of play. My own pet, a tenacious basenji, will paw at me to get my attention, just as he’s doing now while I’m typing this. It’s less of an invitation to play and more of a provocation with a message of, “What you’re doing is stupid. Please stop that nonsense immediately and focus on me instead.” If you do so and attempt to play with him, he’ll look at you as though you’re crazy. Apparently, you were already playing a game and were just too dumb to realize it. He’ll soon just sneeze to express his displeasure with you and wander away to another room in the house. On some days, this inscrutable behavior really makes me wish I had a kitten.

But, of course, it’s my dog’s unique personality that ultimately makes him so interesting. And although I almost never understand the rules of the games he makes up, attempting to play them is still really fun. The connection with a pet is amazing. Without the benefit or distraction of babbling on about things, you’re forced to connect in much different ways. It’s such a soulful connection and one that works equally well with two humans, if they’re ever able to sit in silence together. Soon, after all the games have been exhausted you’ll still find Phineas the basenji curled up next to one or both of us. Despite our obvious shortcomings, he’s quick to forgive and happy to receive a bit of cuddling every now and then. And no matter how irritating he was in the moments prior, all is forgotten on our part as well. It’s a perfect circle of unconditional love.

There’s a lot to learn from the relationship between humans and animals. I’ve not even begun to understand all of it. A fact that Phineas will definitely concur with, based on his expressions. But I DO know that feeling love for the simplest of reasons is one of the most rewarding experiences in life. Those times that make us smile and feel a warmth and happiness that words just can’t express. There are always those milestone occasions. The ones with so many incredible things happening that it burns a full story into our memories. But I’m personally an even bigger fan of those tiny moments. The ones you almost miss if you’re not paying attention properly. These almost microscopic moments are the ones that stitch the very fabric of our happiness. A quilt of love that makes life far more amazing than it was, even just a tiny moment before. And so, I’ve just been told by my furry companion that it’s time to bid you farewell and focus on the very important matter of playing with a pet.

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  1. Sandra Strait 5 years ago

    Well, a basenji is probably the closest thing you could have to having both a cat and a dog in one animal. Love your cat – he has so much character!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks so much, Sandra! 😃💕 And totally true! A basenji is really the best of both worlds. And hypo-allergenic to boot! 😊hehe

  2. Sandra Gilbert 5 years ago

    Awwwww, the kitten looks so fuzzy. I love moments with my pets.

  3. Mary McDonough 5 years ago

    Great little happy face on that kitten. Enjoyed your blog. I find it amazing how the relationship between human and animal becomes so close. We are fortunate to have them in our lives.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 Yeah, it’s such a beautiful connection between humans and their pets.

  4. Susan Cuss 5 years ago

    Such a cute kitten! I love cats, but have a serious allergy to them, darn it all! Our dog, Cody, sadly left us some time ago, and I miss that connection. We’re hoping to welcome a new family member into our home and hearts next year. Enjoy your furries, Charlie! Pet them for me.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks, Susan! 😃💕 Yeah, cats do the same for me, but thrilled to hear that you’ll be welcoming a new furry friend next year! Yay!

  5. Samantha Martin 5 years ago

    super adorable wonderful work

  6. Meenakshi Goel 5 years ago

    So adorable 💕 loving how you captured ” Playing with a pet” – Yarn added beauty!!

  7. Jill Kuhn 5 years ago

    Love your sweet kitten, Charlie! ❤️ I had to take my cat to the vet today and luckily, he forgave me for “putting him through such trauma!” Sigh… Nothing serious thank goodness. Just a few hairballs and a small eye infection. Our furry children bring us much love! ❤️

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks, Jill! 😃💕 And ohhhh, so happy to hear that everything was fine. hehe… and, that you were forgiven. Phineas usually takes a good hour or so after to fully forgive us. LOL

  8. SnehLata Maheshwari 5 years ago

    Playing with the pet gave a super pleaser indeed. As my cat are wild but they every time romming near my house with there family ,newly born babies .they want milk thats all. But my dog as he is only three months had jealousy if i go near them. Every budy wants love n attention wether pet or human bings ,but people under stand there love instead of … others. Carlie beautiful kitten playing with thread boll.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks so much, Snehlata! 😃💕 And that’s so lovely that you have cats visiting you. Though, of course, the dog would not agree!! hehe Phineas would be super jealous as well!

  9. Laura Hale 5 years ago

    Your kitten’s expression says it all. Thank you Charlie for reminding us that the little things aren’t little after all.

  10. Thomas Blanchard 5 years ago

    Cute kitten! I’m thinking Phineas would show his displeasure that he was not featured with Duckie with his human doing something stupid 🙂 Enjoy the weekend. Cheers!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks, Tom! 😃💕 Lol… yeah, Phineas thought this post was stupid. He made that clear! haha Hope you have a great weekend as well!

  11. Jennifer McLean 5 years ago

    Well said Charlie. I think loving a pet makes us more human.

  12. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 5 years ago

    Animals are so wonderful. They give much love and ask for little in return. The senior residence where my mom lives has a pet therapy program that engages them in ways that people often can’t. It’s a wonderful place where dogs and cats mingle with the residents all day long, and there are birds, turtles, fish, guinea pigs, and rabbits as well. I’m sure that Phineas just wanted you to paint his portrait, not that kitten’s, even tho kitty is adorable too. Great post, Charlie.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks, Shari! 😃💕 Yeah… I’m pretty sure Phineas wasn’t pleased. But that pet therapy program sounds amazing! What a wonderful thing to have and such a great idea!

  13. Elizabeth Metz 5 years ago

    That kitten is adorable to the point of girly squealing. And I’m a confirmed dog person.

    (I’m hiding these words from Bella, the rescue pit bull, who is laying across my feet snorting in her sleep like only a good couch hippo can do. I should draw her more often.) <3

  14. Elizabeth Metz 5 years ago

    Best dog I’ve ever had — and that’s saying something, since I seem to attract only exceptional canines. 😀

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