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Tuesday, October 04, 2011

World Animal Day







Wikipedia:

"World Animal Day is celebrated each year on October 4. It started in Florence, Italy in 1931 at a convention of ecologists. On this day, animal life in all its forms is celebrated, and special events are planned on locations all over the globe. 4 October was originally chosen for World Animal Day because it is the feast day of Francis of Assisi, a nature lover and patron saint of animals and the environment. Numerous churches throughout the world observe the Sunday closest to 4 October with a Blessing for the Animals.

However, World Animal Day has now gone beyond being the celebration of a Christian saint and is today observed by animal-lovers of all beliefs, nationalities and backgrounds. Animal blessings are held in churches, synagogues, and by independent Animal Chaplains in parks and fields. Animal rescue shelters hold fundraising events and open days, wildlife groups organize information displays, schools undertake animal-related project work and individuals and groups of friends or co-workers donate to animal charities or pledge to sponsor a shelter animal."

Now I have one little 15 pound mutt named Disco - he was a rescue dog. They found him outside. He must have been abused. At first he was doing submissive peeing - he has stopped that now. But sadly doesn't know how to play. He is very serious. Very loving. He is my grandson's best friend. My husband's exercise companion. My daughter's second child. Teehee

We even had a play date for him



Write a small tribute to your pet. . .

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The adventure of life is to learn. The goal of life is to grow. The nature of life is to change. The challenge of life is to overcome. The essence of life is to care. The secret of life is to dare. The beauty of life is to give. The joy of life is to love!”

William Arthur Ward (1921-1994);
author, educator, motivational speaker

Animals and pets give us joy - but let's not forget the Lord gave us it all - everything.

48 comments:

Cheri said...

Great post.
I had no idea there was a World Animal Day.
We love our animals for sure.

Walking on Sunshine... said...

I didn't know there was a World Animal Day but I knew there were special days that some churches say special prayers for them. There was a church nearby on Saturday that held a special service in the park and prayed over the pets that people brought to the park. No pets for us, hubby is allergic, and secretively I'm happy! Hope your day is good!

Walking on Sunshine... said...

I didn't know there was a World Animal Day but I knew there were special days that some churches say special prayers for them. There was a church nearby on Saturday that held a special service in the park and prayed over the pets that people brought to the park. No pets for us, hubby is allergic, and secretively I'm happy! Hope your day is good!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I knew about World Animal Day but didn't realize it was today. A very sweet tribute to Disco!

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Years ago, two cats, Sarah and Abraham, had a special place in my home. They brought much companionship and delight.

Jill said...

Disco is so lucky to have you.

My Max is a recuse dog too. I'm sure he was abused in his prior "home." He's a good little guy.

I'm head over heels in love with my cat. He's the best!

Sandra said...

this is the first time ever of hearing about world animal day. good post and i did good for today because my sweeties are posted today. a big YEAHHHH for WAD... Disco and his playmate are so cute. so is grandson

dandelionfleur said...

Happy World Animal Day! The no texting and flying witch cracked me up! Have a great day, Chatty Crone!

Jeanie said...

It is "animal day" around here everyday as our dog, Dodger, seems to rule the roost. He is also a rescue dog who came to the pound as a stray. He will have been with us for two years soon and has brought us much joy.

Rhonda said...

Shame on me, the proud owner of a Mini Schnauzer, Abigail Joy Flower Rhodes....and I did not know there was an Animal Day.....loved your quotes for today...you have a new follower...please feel welcome to stop by my wee corner of the blog world and say hello:
http://joybug56-denimlace.blogspot.com/

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

I had no idea it was World Animal Day...You did a great post.

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

I didn't know it was World Animal Day. Thanks for the heads up, Sandie. I've had numerous pets I've loved over the years. Our kitty, Stormy, was rescued by my hubby and has lived with us now 2 years. Wonderful post!

Knitty said...

It is always amusing to see horses attend services at a nearby church for their annual blessing which took place this past weekend. They are from the hunt club and virtually never seen on the streets of suburbia.

I like the new look here and really enjoy the witchy cartoon.

SweetMarie said...

Yayyy for World Animal Day! You know I love all animals! We now have three doggies and two of them are rescues. They think it's WAD everyday, they're loved so much. So many other doggies never feel that kind of love...so sad.
Your Disco is lucky to have such a caring mommy and grandson to have such a caring grandma!

TexWisGirl said...

thanks for telling us about this celebration day. my life would be empty and pitiful and quite joyless without animals...

Remington said...

Happy World Animal Day, my friend....Beth said it's Animal Day EVERY DAY at our house....she is so silly!

Journeyin' Lady... said...

I also didn't know there was a World Animal Day - every day is a good day with animals. I think every dog,cat, even our goat a few years ago, have been rescue animals---and they are the best!
I LOVE your William A. Ward quote!

Sush said...

Hi Sandie,
I never knew there was a world animal day...I'm so short on time I'll have to save my tribute to my pets for another day, but as they don't have a calendar I think they won't mind! Great posting, great quotes!
Hugs~

Linda @ A La Carte said...

What a great day to celebrate our beloved pets. My Charlie is my furry child and you know how much I love him! He has given me 13 years of faithful companionship and I can never thank him enough. Thanks Sandie for a great post!
hugs, Linda

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Happy WA Day, Sandie!

I'm so happy you got that sweet pup for your dear grandson. They are the perfect pair of friends.

Okay, here is my tribute to my pets (all gone now):

To all the pets I have loved and lost, you brought me more joy and laughter and love than I can ever put into words. I hope you are running down Heaven's streets of gold having the time of your lives. I know you are, so that makes me happy.

XO,

Sheila

Sweet Tea said...

My sweet Kramer (who passed 2 yrs ago) was a rescue pup and my very best friend. He lived to be almost 16 and brought me companionship and love every day of his life...I still miss him.

Boudxy, our 1 yr old Schnauzzer/Terrior is Princess' dog/companion/baby/friend/ They are inseparable. He too, is a rescue dog. Rescue animals make the very best pets!

Susan said...

Oh my gosh, Sandie. I had no idea there was such a holiday. Check out my post today. ha haha Very timely. Take care, girlfriend, and have a wonderful "woof woof" day. Susan

Susan said...

p.s. OMG.I cannot believe I was able to actually leave a comment! Woo hoo. Thanks Google! Susan

blueviolet said...

This is wonderful. I didn't know there was such a day. I'm going to share it with my kids!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

I did not know all of this about October 4!! Thank you for the educational post! Disco is a lucky guy... I hope one day he can play with wild abandon!! blessings and hugs~ Tanna

Sharon said...

I had no idea that there was such a thing as Animal Day - however, I LOVE the idea.

Our animal friends deserve recognition for all the joy they bring to our lives. They are companions and cohorts, friends and furry comfort.

Today I will pay tribute to Bo, the dachshund that I grew up with, who spent many years being my best friend.

And of course, I'll give a very big *shout-out* to Marty, my dearest granddog. That beagle is so very dear to my heart. He makes me laugh, he makes me peaceful, he brings me comfort, he touches me deeply - he makes me honored to be loved by him, and so happy to love him back. He has taught me many things about the character of God - and about the purity of a loving relationship. Yup, Marty is my very special boy...

Happy Day to Disco! He's a buddy worth celebrating!

GOD BLESS - all of us - furry or feathered or scaled or winged. All of us created by the Creator...

Melanie said...

Lilly is a rescue dog and seems to be a lot like Disco. For a long time, she would run when I got the broom out to sweep the kitchen floor. She's better about that now. She was very serious when we got her too, but she is learning how to play. So sad to think what some animals go through. People can be so cruel.
Cute picture. Hope you're doing well. :)

Amish Stories said...

I thought id stop by your blog and say hello. And i hope your enjoying the beautiful fall weather that has begun. Richard from Amish Stories.

Eva Ason said...

Nice post - I didn't know it was world animal day today :) I love the pic of your GS with the dogs - very nice.
I use to have pets back home in Sweden, cats & dogs. I had a dog that was my running companion:) She dragged me around at times lol.

Enjoy your Day my friend!

Ginny said...

I just finished recording the story of St. Francis, this is the anniversary of his death, so it is the Feast Of St. Francis Day. Did you get Disco blessed? Maybe a blessing for happiness...that is so sad, it just doesn't seem right. Dogs are always happy!

Belle said...

I love the quote from Abraham Lincoln. I didn't know about World Animal Day, so thanks for the info. I think it is nice it started with Francis of Assisi who loved animals.

Ann said...

I didn't know there was a world animal day but Duke will be pleased when I tell him.. He's not a rescue dog just an overpriced pup with no papers.

Ann said...

oops, didn't finish that. Duke is an overpriced pup with no papers that I fell in love with the second I saw him :)

The Boston Lady said...

I didn't know about World Animal Day, but it couldn't be more fitting given what I will be doing tomorrow with a friend.

Her 19 year old Chihuahua is failing and she cannot face giving him the peace he deserves by herself. We go to the vet in the morning and I hope to spend the rest of the day reminding her what a part of our family he was over the years. My son (now married and would never admit this probably) used to sleep with this tiny tyrant when we babysat him and then begged for a little dog from Santa. My grown up daughter has known him practically all her life. My black cat Susie (RIP April) and Nicky (the Chihuahua) would have epic battles over who was boss when he would visit. All talk no action, but that talk was nasty!! Thanks for the chance to talk about little Nicky, with the huge personality! Ann

Starry Dawn said...

Good Morning, Sandie!!
What a lovely celebration and tribute to our dear animals worldwide you've posted this day!
I am glad they made a special day for animals. I am an animal lover and advocate. I live with 3 cats now, but I used to have 10. I used to be a cat breeder as well. I had a Cattery long ago. My daughter has 2 dogs, and I love them too. I used to ride horses when I was a young girl. I miss that!! I wish to live in a farm with lots of animals around me. Animals are my best friends, for they give so much of themselves, unconditional love, etc., and they ask little in return, our love and care for them.
Your dog, Disco is so cute. Your gorgeous grandson must spoil him as well. Lovely family, you got!!
Thank you for sharing this story with the world, Sandie!!
Thank you for bringing back the open window comments format!! It's the only way that I could post my comments in other people's blogs.
God bless you, my friend Sandie, and all your beloved ones!!
Thank you for posting heartfelt comments in my blogs!!
Love is the most important thing that makes the world go round...
Much Love in Christ,
Poet Starry Dawn.

Angela said...

What would we do without our animals! Mine make me laugh all the time. Disco is so cute! Macho Macho Man, He's got to be a Macho Man! lol That is Disco's theme song in my crazy head! roflol

Hugs,
Angela

Michaele said...

Everyday is farm animal day for me:)
Love the last quote.

Debbie said...

I didn't know there was a World Amimal Day. I learn something new every day! (Which goes along with at least one of your quotes, doesn't it?)

I love the picture of your grandson and Disco at the end.

Crystal Mary said...

Ahh St Francis loved the animals, and who can't? On telly last night we saw a church that had everyone bring in their pets to be blessed. It was amazing. I love my Monty and Mille, she lie a typicl girl runs circles around him. he is a little gentleman and gives into her. They are a comedy act to watch. Much love Crystal xx

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

You'd think I'd know it was World Animal Day with all the animals I have around here, but I didn't. I did know some churches were blessing animals this past Sunday, but I just didn't make the connection.

They're a lot of work, but I sure love having them!

Catherine said...

World Animal Day ~ sounds like a beautiful day to me!! :)
xo Catherine

Chicken Wrangler said...

EVERY DAY is ANIMAL DAY at OUR house!!!

Mevely317 said...

Bravo! I can't image a life without my "fur-daughter"!

Munir said...

Such nice inspirational words.
Thanks for the info. I did not know that it is Animal Day today. I love animals.
I have not written for a while. I had a strange sensation in my head. Worries about getting forget full have been haunting me. I have overcome them but still I am reading a lot about different medications I take so I understand what is going on with my head. Hope every thing is fine with you:)

Sue said...

This post reminded me that our dear Boo has been gone one year last week on Sept.29th and a day has not passed that we didn't miss him and say hello to his portrait in our entrance hall....I'm so happy that Disco brings your family and especially Andy so much happiness.....Dogs are very special "people"....

Carol............. said...

That witch on the pillar is hilarious!

Great information re: World Animal Day.

Disco's cute and there's nothing wrong with being on the mores serious side, LOL

That corgi :) said...

thanks for educating us about Wold Animal Day, Sandie; I didn't know there was such a day! But we did drive by a church the other day and they had a sign when they were going to bless animals (I think it was this past Sunday). Now I know where the custom came from.

Loved the witch's message as she has splattered against the pillar!

I think Disco is a great mix for your family; who knows, maybe he will learn how to play sometime!!

betty

Annesphamily said...

Stella was a rescued dog too! She is so loving but very camera shy! I think she belongs to the canine witness protection program. Disco is one adorable fellow! He is so loved. Anne