For Valentine’s Day this year, my honey and I are going to see the re-make of Dr. Doolittle, and I can’t wait.
Dave and I love animals of all kinds, including our beloved Boxer, Rocky, who we enjoyed for eleven glorious years;
Our wonderful rescue, Blue, who has been such a blessing to us—and such a comfort to me after my mom died;
Our pet rat, Stuart, whom Dave found in the bushes near the Pinellas Trail and for whom he built a two-level house (Yes, a rat—they’re so smart and affectionate and make wonderful pocket pets. I was dubious at first, until we took him to the vet to have him checked out, and they gushed over him);
Maggie, my mom’s rescue kitty who provided such wonderful company for Mom (I’ll add Maggie’s picture as soon as I can find one);
Sammie, the squirrel on the Pinellas Trail whom I befriended via daily cashews during my morning run;
And Gus, the chameleon who often visited with me during morning coffee on the porch (Sorry, no pic of Gus that I can find. He was little and whatever color he was leaning against.).
Dave will tell you that I talk to lizards who pause on the edge of our pool, bunnies who hop through our grass, honey bees that settle on my shoulder—and the occasional dragonfly who decides to light on my toe.
And he’s as much of a Doolittle as I—since Stuart had a new home as soon as Dave spotted him, as did the parakeet who landed on his shoulder at work and from then on only loved Dave.
And there are gopher tortoises who owe their lives to him, too—since Dave often stops along the road to aid them to the other side, and lovingly place greens at the mouths of the holes they dig in our yard.
The emphasis on Valentine’s Day is on a romantic kind of love. But the truth is there’s plenty of love to go around—with family, friends, and the wonderful pets and creatures God gives us to enjoy.
How about you? Are you a Doolittle too?
Do you have plans with someone you love on this lovable day? Human, furry, or other animal options apply. 😉
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