Inspired by Life and Fiction readers, please extend a very warm welcome to my friend Jill Kemerer! Jill has stopped by today to chat about a subject near and dear to many of our hearts — pets. While she’s here she’s generously offering a pet-inspired giveaway! Thanks so much for joining us today, Jill. – Becky
Every day when I log into Facebook, I can’t wait to see pictures of people’s pets. I have Pinterest boards for kitties, bunnies and other cute animals. Looking at them brings a smile to my face.
I recently read an article in Success magazine with a statistic that surprised me. In “The Science of Changing Other People,” Michelle Gielan and Shawn Anchor mention a study conducted about the effects of news on the brain. According to the article, “Just three minutes of negative news in the morning increases your chances of having a bad day by 27 percent.”
A 27% increase in having a bad day?
All because of negative news?
Let’s face it, disturbing and divisive news is everywhere. In our social media feeds, on our televisions, in magazines, articles and on the radio.
No wonder I’m drawn to puppies and kittens on Facebook!
I’ve always loved pets, though. We’ve had many pets through the years. When my husband and I were first married, I cried because we lived in a pet-free apartment. I missed my parents’ kitties. Two years later we were transferred to Toledo, Ohio. My hubby moved down six weeks before me because I was finishing my final semester of college. The day after I joined him, we bought the most adorable Himalayan kitten ever. Cookie was a sweetheart. She was a big old fluffball, and we were blessed to have her for fourteen years.
Naturally, when our children were young, they begged for a puppy. Daily. Our daughter, in particular, wanted a dog. We tried to appease our son and daughter with a pair of guinea pigs. Here’s a birthday celebration the kids put on for Domino. Snickers, sadly, died after we had him for two years. Domino went on to live to the ripe old age of eight.
While the kids loved the guinea pigs, the puppy fever only increased. I wasn’t as on board with a dog because, let’s face it, puppies are a lot of work. But almost eight years ago we took the plunge and brought a sassy, sweet miniature dachshund home. Sophie stole our hearts. She’s a fun little thing. Here she is at only a few months old.
Cookie was elderly when Sophie joined our family. Usually, Sophie would bark at the cat, and she’d hiss back. Here I am trying to love on both of them. I think it’s clear from the picture, I did NOT succeed.
For the past four years, we’ve been down to one pet. Just Sophie. She’s got enough personality and snuggliness (is that a word?) for the entire family. Sometimes I miss having a kitty around, but one pet is plenty for this period of our life.
I’d love to hear about your pets! What do you have? What was your favorite pet and why? Names? Pictures? Do share!
Thank you, Inspired by Life and Fiction—and Becky Wade in particular—for letting me be your guest today!
Congrats to Haley, who has won the below giveaway!
Jill Kemerer writes Christian fiction and nonfiction. She is a multi-published author of Christian romance novels for Harlequin Love Inspired. She resides in Ohio with her husband and two almost-grown children. Jill loves connecting with readers, so please visit her website, jillkemerer.com.
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