Seven pets, past and present.
Cotton is the first pet my family ever had. She was a mutt that we got from the pound. She was all white and had one eye that was blue and one eye that was brown.
|She sort of looked like this...|
|...with eyes like this.|
Next came Domino. She was also a mutt we got from the pound.
|She sort of looked like this, and was definitely as naughty as this.|
Penny is the cat that I got to name.
|She was so pretty and elegant|
|Notice her bald spot|
Sphynx was a kitten from Penny's first litter of kittens.
When I was in about 8th grade, our family got a little dog that was 3/4 Lhasa Apso and 1/4 Toy Poodle. He basically looked like a teeny Golden Retriever puppy that would never grow up.
|He wasn't quite this white and you could see his eyes|
A couple years ago all Rex asked for for Christmas was a dog. That's all he wanted. That's all any of us wanted for him. He and Nina didn't really remember any of the other pets we'd had and we wanted them to know the love that animals can bring to you as a kid. My mom was hesitant because of the training and commitment it would mean. Plus, she knew how hard it is to lose a pet, but with the encouragement and begging of my dad and my siblings and me, she caved. After we had opened all of our Christmas presents and Rex hadn't seen a dog, he was trying his hardest not to seem disappointed. He was smiling and saying how great everything was, but you could tell he had hoped he'd have a dog more than any of those other presents combined. Then there was a ring at the doorbell. We told Rex to answer it. When he opened the door there was a little black puppy, all alone with a big bow on her collar and a note attached to it. He immediately started crying and asking whose puppy that was. He picked it up as we tried reading it to him but were all crying too much to get anything out. Finally, Joel was able to get through the note telling Rex that the puppy was his. Rex named her Dahlia Noel (and later Gasol) Nelson. She's a little brat, but she's also a sweetheart.
|On Christmas the day we got her|
|Thinking she's human|
Last but not least is my baby, Nemo.
|Nemo's family before I became his family|
|Nemo's first birthday|
So, on this Seventh day of Christmas, I'm truly grateful for:
Seven Pets, Past and Present,
Five Nieces and Nephews,
Four Middle School Friends, Four High School Friends and Four China Friends,
Three Brothers, Three Sisters and Three Siblings-in-Law,
Two Loving Parents
One Promised King. Savior of the World.