RETRO WEEK: Round Up the Livestock

As noted, I’m at the beach this week. So, I’m sharing a collection of my favorite posts from over the years. Today, we remember the animals.

Still at home…

Happy National Mutt Day, Nic
December 5, 2015
We don’t know what happened in Nic’s former life to make him so skittish or to cause him such separation anxiety and stress. We just know he’s a happy boy when he’s home and sleeping on the couch.

November 7, 2016
She’s a bundle of energy and love and still hasn’t quite learned to not jump. Whatever her native language is, “No” is apparently not part of the vocabulary.

His given name is Mordecai. And I don’t think he’s ever had his own post. Except for this:
Seriously? Like this cat needs anymore computer time
January 5, 2013
In the latest version of “wait, I don’t waste enough time on the Internet,” you can now set up a social network for your cat.

To be honest though, he does have an Instagram account.

Across the Rainbow Bridge…

April 30, 2021
She lived outside. She barked at the trash men. She barked at the mail man.

ABBY (Abigail Maria)
July 26, 2008
I hate this post
I had to go all the way back to the WordPress site to find the post about Abby.

SAM (Samuel Adams)
Bestest Puppy Ever
November 28, 2012
Sam was a big dog, and big dogs don’t get many years. Fourteen was old for a lab. But for us, it seems like we didn’t have him with us long enough.

Teddy, We hardly knew ye
June 19, 2013
Ted was able to walk with us to the Jeep. And in one final romp managed to eat a mouse before we got him in the vehicle.

Benny the cat was part of our family in the days before blogs, in the days when the Internet still went “squeeeee.” Benny probably deserves his own short story. Noted.

THINGS YOU SHOULD READ will return next week.


1856 – Booker T. Washington, African-American educator, essayist and historian (d. 1915)
1900 – Spencer Tracy, American actor (d. 1967)
1908 – Bette Davis, American actress (d. 1989)
1916 – Gregory Peck, American actor, political activist, and producer (d. 2003)
1920 – Arthur Hailey, English-Canadian soldier and author (d. 2004)
1933 – Frank Gorshin, American actor (d. 2005)
1937 – Colin Powell, American general and politician, 65th United States Secretary of State (d. 2021)


May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 15:5-6

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