Have you heard? Animal shelters around OK are full and struggling to find forever homes for dogs and cats. These animals may have been picked up as strays, discarded by owners who can no longer provide for them or surrendered to shelters for some reason, valid or not. Regardless, as an animal lover, I encourage everybody to help in whatever way they can.
I recently ordered a dog crate from Chewy and although the size fit the weight of my dog, it did not fit length-wise because she stretches out to sleep. When I contacted Chewy to return the crate, I was told to donate it where needed. I am now a Chewy fan for such a generous gesture. And the crate is going to the Claremore Animal Shelter, where I hope it will help a family take a dog home.
I am working on two books, and one is about a very lucky little duck. Watch for it this fall.
They’re wondrous blessings, too.
With paws and whiskers, wings and fins, They offer praise to you.
O Lord, you call us to embrace These creatures in our care.
May we show kindness, love and grace To all pets everywhere.*
*From Carolyn Winfrey Gillette’s hymn O God, Your Creatures Fill the Earth. email bcgillette@Comcast.net or go to http://www.carolynshmns.com for reprint permission
Readers, I remind time and time again of my love for animals. I pray that love is reflected by my spoken and written words and my actions. If you are an Oklahoma neighbor, please consider adopting your next pet. I am sad that the Claremore Animal Shelter had to euthanize many cats and kittens that were unclaimed and unwanted.
Another reminder, my home church, First United Methodist in Claremore, is hosting a Blessing of the Animals Service Sunday, Oct. 8, 3:30 p.m. in the downtown gazebo park. Take your pawed, feathered and finned friends to be blessed.
My illustrators, Mollee Cummins and Cheryl Proffitt, have joined me in completing another book for your readers. This one is about Canadian geese that live in Oklahoma. Watch for Allie’s Geese.
O God, Your Creatures Fill the Earth*
Friends and family already know I love everything about animals – having them, being around them, reading and writing about them.
I recently discovered a delightful hymn* about animals, and with the author’s permission, I am quoting it here, and will do so in future blogs.
O God, your creatures fill the earth with wonder and delight, And every living thing has worth and beauty in your sight. So playful dolphins dance and swim; Your sheep bow down and graze. Your songbirds share a morning hymn To offer you their praise.
I am currently working on a new illustrated book about God’s creatures. Just like my children’s story, Four Furry Friends, this one is based on a true story given to me by a friend. The title is Allie’s Geese, and it will be available in a few weeks.
Meanwhile, my friend Sandy Logan has a wonderful pair of books about a dear donkey, and is working on another in a planned series of five. For Oklahoma shoppers, her Micah and Micah’s Cross and my Four Furry Friends can be purchased at Boarding House Books in Claremore and Another Chapter Bookstore in Owasso. These stores are totally different yet both are fun shopping stops for readers of all ages and interests.
I wish you joy in reading. Best friends can be found in books.
*O God, Your Creatures Fill the Earth by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. She and her husband, Bruce are co-pastors. Contract her at bcgillette@Comcast.net for permission to use hymn in your church.
Attention Animal Lovers: I keep reading media stories about animal shelters being full and adoption fees being reduced to help empty the shelters. If you are ready to add a new four legged friend to your family, now is the time. The first one of you who contacts me with proof that you have adopted a pet will get an autographed copy of my book Four Furry Friends, shipped postpaid to your address. The book is a true story about four feral felines who have a lifelong friend to care for them. If you want to read it but aren’t ready for a furry friend of your own, the book is available at Amazon.com, or at Boardinghouse Books in Claremore. Happy reading and Happy Holidays.
I grew up as a singleton (That’s my kids’ name for an only child.) and probably would have been lonely and bored if I hadn’t found good friends between the pages of my favorite books. As a little girl, I loved stories about animals and my affection for furred or feathered critters continues.
Just recently I made a new feathered friend. Our neighbors have chickens. The birds have a mansion level chicken coop and the best of care. I simply get to enjoy the happy sounds of clucking hens. The chickens are allowed out briefly each afternoon to scratch for insects and run about the yard. When some found their way under the fence to our squirrel feeder, their owner put up a blockade. She didn’t want them robbing our feeder.
I asked her to let them come, as it was fun to watch them. Then, I couldn’t resist walking close, hoping I could just touch one, feel the fluffy feathers. My new friend comes under the fence and across the yard to meet me and allows me to stroke her feathers in exchange for a few kernels of corn. I’ve named her after a much-loved Little Golden Book, The Little Red Hen.
I’ve recently been thinking of another book I loved long ago. It was about a little terrier type dog that tried to guard pies cooling on a windowsill. There was a butterscotch pie in the plot. Does this sound familiar? If you can name the book and give me a tip about finding it, I’ll send you a copy of my book, Four Furry Friends.
I love to help animals in need.
There are some beautiful cats from Zoi’s Animal Rescue now waiting for new families at Claremore’s PetSense Store. A copy of my book, Four Furry Friends, will go home with each cat adopted this month. Stop by and meet the waiting cats.
If you want to know more about the book, send me your address and I’ll mail you a bookmark.