Pets Who Inspire

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I am often inspired not only by people but by animals as well. This week I want to share with you a human who uses her dog to inspire people.

I’d like you to meet Julie. She and I met about ten years ago when we worked together. She was someone with whom I felt an instant connection.  Even after we no longer worked together, we kept in touch.

What inspires me most about Julie is her spirit. She has a certain kind of joy and energy that lights up any room she walks into.

Although Julie has suffered her share of trials and tribulations, you would never know it to meet her. She always has a smile and a word of encouragement for anyone she meets.

One thing that strengthened our bond was our mutual love for animals. We’re always sharing funny stories about our pets.

Julie talked about writing a blog that tells of the adventures she has with her dog, Cocoa. She told me about the blogs that she followed and that she would really like to be able to inspire others. She also talked about the good she could do by spotlighting animal rescues and just bringing animal lovers together.

Good news! Julie recently pulled the trigger and started sharing her stories. Take a look at Julie and Cocoa’s fun here at CocoaBeanAdventures.com.

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I can’t imagine my life without animals. I have told my kids that if they ever have to put me in a home, to please find one that has a resident dog or cat or one that allows them to bring their dogs or cats to visit.

The two animals who currently let us live with them are our daughter’s cats, our grand kitties, Olivia and Cocoa (yes, another Cocoa).

Olivia and Cocoa came out of an abusive situation. Olivia dealt with the abuse by lashing out and fighting. When she first came to live with us, she was so angry, I was sure she might try to kill us in our sleep!

Cocoa was the opposite. She was extremely timid and found safety hiding behind the dryer. It took months for her to let us near her and even longer before we could touch her.

We allowed both of them to be who they were and did not push ourselves on them.  There were many days that I would just look at them and tell them they were good kitties and that I loved them so much.

Slowly they began to mellow until one day, Olivia allowed us to pet her without fear of losing a hand. And we were ecstatic on the day that Cocoa jumped into my husband’s lap. What a sweet sound to hear this little kitty purr for the first time!

Olivia still has an attitude but she has turned into a loving, gentle cat.

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And now Cocoa spends most evenings purring in my lap.

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(Cocoa loves being a lap cat even without a lap!)

These two kitties have taught me that patience plus love heals even the deepest wounds.

Who are the people and the animals who inspire you? What have they taught you?

One Response to Pets Who Inspire

  • You are so good to me my friend :). That day was so much fun!! You know how much my Daisy meant to me and how she saved my life. Daisy and Cocoa have taught and continue to teach me to LIVE LIFE!! Animals are amazing for sure!! Oh my goodness that picture of Olivia!!

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