Last weekend, driving not far from home, we hit a kangaroo that hopped in front of us. There was no way to avoid it, it happened so quickly. The sound was sickening and when we stopped we were distressed to find that, not only was the mother kangaroo badly injured, but she was carrying a joey.
By the time we called Help for Wildlife the mother roo, badly injured and bleeding, had died. The baby joey was wrapped up and taken to a nearby vet but it died before it arrived. It was too small, so fragile and possibly had suffered from internal injuries.
It was such a distressing incident. Even though there was nothing we could have done to avoid it, it still shook us up. What happened stayed with me for hours afterwards and made me realise how fragile and fleeting life is.
It also made me look at my little patch of the world with new eyes and so I’m dedicating this post to those furry animals who bring me a measure of joy.
I think it’s important to focus on appreciating what we have around us – be they four legged or otherwise – and enjoy the unconditional love and joy they offer.
So here’s a close up and personal look at the furry friends in my life.
First and foremost, there’s Harry, my oh-so-lazy but still silly dog, who appears in many of my posts. My faithful, aging walking partner whose gentle nature and soulful eyes adds so much happiness to my days.
He picks up on my moods and is the ultimate stress relief when I’m having a blue day. He reminds me of a wise old sage in a dog’s body!
Harry, like all dogs, through his sheer presence manages to teach us so many important lessons about being present and enjoying the moment.
Lamborghini is growing bigger every day. Her bleating sometimes drives me nuts but she’s a little white pocket rocket of pure woolly innocence.
Every time I step outside I have to be careful I don’t trip over her. She’s constantly at my feet, following me around and runs beside me. She’s become my adoring shadow.
Three little guinea pigs do very little but still add a certain dynamic to the household with their chatter and funny ways.
The way they jump around their hutch and do gymnastics, run circles and squeak for their supper never fails to put a smile on my face.
At the back of our yard live our three girls. There are lots of foxes around so I can’t let them roam freely, but they still have a good life and provide us with fresh eggs.
And from the small to the big there’s Merlin, our Andalusian cross Quarter Horse.
A gentle giant of a beast. A reliable steed for my daughter, strong and dependable, trustworthy and steadfast. He’s also cheeky, smiles and has a character of his own.
Life would be dull without our animals. It would also be less complicated, less costly and less trouble when we travel. But the joys far outweigh any downsides.
Wishing you all a beautiful week ahead, filled with smiles, simple joys and pleasures. May we all appreciate what we have, right under our noses, close up and personal.
This is in response to Frank’s challenge over at Dutch goes the Photo – Close up.