Spirit Animal

Spirit AnimalI’ve had the Spirit Animal Blog Award on my back-burner since May while I faffed about with perfected my Tibet series. Apologies Marcia! Anyway, here it is now, though, as is my wont, I haven’t quite stuck to all the rules.

1.) Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their page. Marcia Strykowski is a children’s author and librarian, but she blogs about all sorts of other things too – art, history, music and travel. Sometimes they combine – my favourite recent post is Girls Reading Books, a collection of artworks of (you’ve guessed) girls reading books. So many thanks to Marcia for choosing me, and please check out her blog.

2.) Post the award on your blog. Done!

3.) Write a short paragraph about yourself and what your blog means to you. I don’t want to write too much here because I’ve answered similar questions before. I’m a retired librarian and used to be responsible for buying children’s books, so you can see where Marcia and I find things in common. Basically, my blog serves as my travel diary. I want to look back when I’m 100 (why not have ambition?) and relive my adventures. Well, maybe not the Tibet one.

4.) If you could be an animal, what would it be? Although I would say I’m an animal lover, I’ve only had four pets in my life. Would you like to hear about them? Well, you’re going to anyway!

The budgie:

Boris the Budgie
Boris the Budgie
This is me, aged two. Look carefully on my shoulder and you will see Boris the Budgie. Don’t ask me why he was called Boris, he came already named. A few years later, he fell off his perch and we buried him in a shoebox in the garden. It was my first experience of death and I found the idea of burial very puzzling. Would I like to be a budgie? No, too bird-brained.

The dog:

Fast forward a few years, almost a decade probably, and we got a dog, Mandy, a beautiful Basset Hound. Beautiful, but daft as a brush. Would I like to be a dog? No, too many walkies in the rain.

The cats:

John and I have had two cats, Purdy (grey and white) and Sally (the black one). Cats are fascinating. Their brains are the size of walnuts yet can produce towering – and very different – personalities. There are tales to be told about both these cats! Maybe someday. When Sally died we decided not to replace her to leave us more free for travelling. I sometimes regret that, but eight years later we’re still holding firm. Would I like to be a cat? I think so! You know the saying, dogs have owners but cats have staff. I would be happy lolling around in the sun or on a comfy bed with a tame human to cater to my every need.

Back to the rules:

5.) Pick and notify ten nominees. I never do nominations. However, I like to give shout-outs to blogs that I enjoy on a similar theme. So for animal lovers:

Travels with Choppy. Choppy the dog is the star but she has recently acquired a feline sidekick, Schooner. You won’t believe the things they get up to! Sarah, their human, has a fertile imagination.

Zombie Flamingos. Great title! Emily lives in Victoria, BC, and blogs about all sorts of things. However, rarely does a post end without the most important thing of all: pictures of her kitties.

Brian, Ardbeg and Lily. I don’t have a dog, and don’t intend to get one, so why do I enjoy Alex’s blog about living with, and training, rescue dogs so much? The pictures, yes, but there’s also a lot of wisdom in it. Turns out getting the best from dogs can be very similar to getting the best from people.

So those are my answers. They’ve been fun to write because this is so different from my normal posts. Thanks once again to Marcia for the nomination.


36 thoughts on “Spirit Animal

  1. Liesbet August 29, 2016 / 12:59

    What do you mean, you wouldn’t want to be a dog? What if her owners take you all over the world to gallivant with them? πŸ™‚


    • Anabel Marsh August 29, 2016 / 14:53

      Ah well, that could be an advantage. But what if they let me in kennels instead? No fun!

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  2. helenmackinven August 29, 2016 / 12:59

    Love hearing about pets. I had a budgie too when I was child. It was called Joey – not very original and I think Boris sounds better.*whispers* I’m not a cat fan at all. Dogs for me win every time!

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  3. Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor August 29, 2016 / 14:50

    Yay! Blogs with cute cats and dogs to check out! Definitely beats working on things on my to do list πŸ™‚ I’d like to be a cat too in my next life.

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    • Anabel Marsh August 29, 2016 / 14:58

      Glad to have contributed to your procrastination policy!


  4. eschudel August 29, 2016 / 15:53

    Thanks for the shout-out! As you may have guessed, I also would like to be a cat. At least a cat with the life of one of our kitties. Especially today, ’cause it’s Monday…sigh. Have a good one!


    • Anabel Marsh August 30, 2016 / 03:27

      Thanks! You too. Mind you, I’m retired so Mondays don’t have the same effect on me.

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  5. philosophermouseofthehedge August 29, 2016 / 21:11

    Love the childhood picture. (and isn’t it amazing how cat maximize efficiency from their compact brains…if only humans did half as well. πŸ™‚ )
    Enjoyed the post


    • Anabel Marsh August 30, 2016 / 03:28

      Thank you! Cats are amazing creatures and walking works of art.


  6. Birgit August 30, 2016 / 01:42

    Michael wants to come back as a cat and I told him, knowing his luck, he would be on the mean streets eating out of garbage cans. I don’t think we come back as animals but if I had a choice, I would pick a wolf and if not a wild animal the it would be a dog. They are loyal, usually friendly, happy and just a pleasure to be around. Off to check some of these blogs


  7. Sarah Ferguson and Choppy August 30, 2016 / 03:27

    Many thanks for the shout out! And I think you should reconsider the world of the dog – Choppy has it pretty good around here and has a raincoat (or three – and booties) for bad weather. Plus, Schooner has been known to get a rain shower from the water bottle when he is particularly bad.


      • Sarah Ferguson and Choppy August 30, 2016 / 04:31

        It has been used between the time I wrote the original comment and when I am writing this one. Someone decided he should scratch up my office chair.


  8. hilarymb August 30, 2016 / 08:14

    Hi Anabel – well that was different … and I’d join you in the cat department … but fun to see and read – cheers Hilary


  9. Ann Coleman August 30, 2016 / 15:20

    A very interesting post! And I loved the photos of your past pets……


  10. Peta Kaplan September 2, 2016 / 00:14

    As an animal lover, I love this post!

    Especially the photo of you and your little bird, even though it had a sad ending.

    “Cats have staff”… That’s great. I do not like living without cats, they are just so much fun and so entertaining to have around. I have always lived with cats!



    Just two of many posts on animals on our blog.



    • Anabel Marsh September 2, 2016 / 01:02

      Thanks! I have checked out both your links. Fantastic photos. Some animals there I probably wouldn’t want to hug, but I did love Stubby.


  11. restlessjo September 4, 2016 / 07:53

    We had a little green Joey who met a similar fate, Anabel. Must be something about that era. Nobody had budgies anymore? 😦 Happy Sunday! πŸ™‚


  12. Jackie September 5, 2016 / 14:52

    I miss having cats, like you, but we decided that we wanted to travel more also.


    • Anabel Marsh September 5, 2016 / 15:06

      It makes total sense! We still cat sit occasionally for friends but the are down to their last cat (they had 5 when we first knew them) and I don’t think will replace him.


  13. Birgit September 5, 2016 / 15:51

    I thought I replied here…I love this post because of your pics especially when you were little. I don’t think we come back as animals but I was always drawn to the dog and the wolf. I love wolves and find them fascinating.


  14. inesephoto September 10, 2016 / 04:11

    Love your cats πŸ™‚ I cannot have pets for the same reason – I don’t have anyone who would care after my cat when I am away.


  15. jazzfeathers September 18, 2016 / 19:20

    And who wouldn’t like to be a cat? πŸ™‚
    Though Apache, who’s napping languidly on the bed next to me, points out that only very special individual can be cat, so he’s sorry, but he’s afraid tha’s not for anyone. But we allowed to keep dreaming πŸ˜‰


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