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Our Pets, Our Joy

by Heidi Sarna

Our beloved 9-year old Cavoodle Holly is our family’s happy pill. No matter what mood any of us might be in, Holly is a constant little beacon of cuteness and delight. Whether it's the way she carries her toy bone around the house like a cigar or the way she squeezes onto my office chair, wedging herself in the few inches of space between my thigh and the armrest, she makes us coo and smile like parents of a newborn human. Maybe it’s how she so adorably circles around and then settles down on piles of laundry, clean or dirty. She follows me around the house, barks for joy when I return home and endlessly cracks us up with her three-legged itching routine and dramatic sighing.


She’s entertainment and happy vibes all rolled into one cute furry ball. I’m not alone in feeling so attached to my pet.


Dobby Doddle

3-year-old rescue dog (left)

Human dad: Tuck Lentz

Funniest behavior: She needs to always kiss her person mom before bed, and if her water bowl is left empty, she will bring it out and drop it at the old man’s feet (mine!) in disgust. Most endearing trait: Dobby loves her people and is filled with joy every time she sees us. It could be 5 minutes or 5 hours apart, but to her it's always a joyous reunion. For me my pet is my buddy. She lays down outside the office door and reminds me when it is time to eat. If 5:01 hits and she has not received her scoop, her head is on my lap and her eyes are looking at me saying ‘hey hey...you missed something.....feed me old man...feed me.’


Figlet Piglet

Kitten (centre)

Human mother: Sue Piergallini

Funniest behavior: Hiding and pouncing on me. Most endearing trait: Licking my nose.

For me, my pet is silly laughter, love and stress relief.


Pepe

2-year-old male “Singapore Special” (right)

Human mom: Nicola Stephens

Funniest behavior: He loves a good bum rub. When you scratch him, he sticks his bum in the air, buries his head in the couch, and marches his legs at the same time.

Most endearing trait: He nudges me with his nose to get attention...or food, and it's quite cute.

For me, my pet is a constant source of entertainment and laughs.


Heidi had such a tremendous response to her request for pet photos, that we'll be sharing these over the next few issues...and if you've got a pet that you'd like featured, please email us a photo.


Travel writer & heritage buff Heidi Sarna is the co-founder of travel site QuirkyCruise.com about unusual and small-ship cruising; co-founder of Bike-A-Local Singapore, offering self-guided heritage-themed cycle rides based on the book Heidi co-wrote, “Secret Singapore” (March 2021).

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