Heart-warming stories of adopted pets and the people who love them.
When I was seven I held a cat.
Think of that. A furry cat
A fluffy, puffy, stuffy cat
A silky, milky aristo-cat.
He’s been my friend since I was two
I saw him once and before he knew
Just what to think of a girl who’s two
I hugged him. What’s a cat to do?
We fumbled, tumbled, fell down splat,
One small girl and one large cat.
Seems gusto wasn’t quite enough
To navigate twelve pounds of fluff.
When I was three I chased a cat.
This fluffy, puffy, fraidy-cat
Behind the couch and down the hall
He’d hide and run. (I still was small).
With fur a-flounce and tail drooped long
(By now I’m four and pretty strong)
He’s on my lap in awkward sprawl,
For softer strokes and less cat maul.
I grew to five and just like that
I’d ride my bike to see my cat
My furry, fluffy, puffy chum
Perched on his ledge he’d see me come.
When I was six I went to school
(For a girl who’s six that’s just the rule)
And now this fluffy, puffy, cat
Looked out the window. He just sat
And thought about a girl like me
Who loved him once so ardently
And did he wonder where I’d been
And hope to see me once again?
When I was seven I hugged a cat
My favorite, fluffy, puffy, cat
And in my arms no twitch or stir
Just snuggle, nuzzle and soft purr.
I’m seven now.
Loved by a cat.
by Virginia Chapman Krebs, 2014
For Elizabeth Hirsch, age Seven
And Oscar Krebs, age 15
Pepper & Millie
Scott & I adopted our first "fur baby" in June of 2012 from the Willamette Humane Society. We were browsing, not really looking at any dog in particular when we came across Pepper's kennel. We were floored by her sweet nature and loving nuzzles. We brought her home and knew she was a perfect fit for our little family. She is a cuddle bug and loves to sleep under the covers with us. She made friends with my family's dog, Joy, a 16 year old Jack Russell terrier. When Joy passed away from old age, Pepper seemed lonely. We began our search for a new addition this September. We came back to Willamette Humane Society where we then found Millie. Millie is a rambunctious 6-month old puppy with a lot of energy but is just as loving and she is hyper. Pepper and Millie bonded from the beginning. They never like to leave each other's sides. They play tug-of-war, fetch, and wrestle with each other non-stop throughout the day. In both cases, we could not have asked for more perfect fur babies.
I got Marley from WHS in July of 2011 as an adult dog and she has been the most wonderful companion ever since! She is the mellowest dog ever and loves to be pet. I always joke that her quota for love and attention is infinite. She is fast friends with anyone who has a hand to pet her. She loves to go on hikes and explore, but always keeps an eye on me and doesn't wander far. The dog park is a favorite place, especially if she has the opportunity to chase squirrels. Marley is a constant joy and we are lucky we found each other!
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