Pet post: Darby, turns one years old

I got the idea to blog about a pet from a blog who was giving out ideas on what to blog about – well, why I couldn’t figure this one out on my own, beats me.

My pet is a huge part of my life, writing-wise and otherwise. She recently turned one years old. We didn’t have cake.
baby darby

She is my foot-warmer in the winter, and my bed buddy all year around. She is not judgemental about what I write, if it is in need of edits, or even if it is the best writing I have ever done.

She doesn’t bother me when I write. No, not a single word. In fact, I am going to put her in a book one day. She deserves a place in the world where she can live forever.


There is a Buddhist quote that says, “When I look into the eyes of an animal, I do not see an animal. I see a living being. I see a friend. I feel a soul.”

That sums it up about as well as anything I could say about my little baby girl, Darby. She is kind, and considerate, warm, and friendly to me when I need it the most. She also helped my husband get through chemotherapy, and I am not kidding. She made his life so much better when it was at its worst.

(She DID whoop and holler at the g-kids when they came over, however. I think she was freaked out at the sight of small humans)

There are a few things I think pet owners have taught me:

  • 1. Adopt, don’t patronize puppy mills. *although I think Darby was a genuine product of a good breeder, it might have been a good idea to adopt a shelter dog, and next time I hope to.
  • 2. You can ask for ANY advice you need from your friends on social media if you need any about your pet.
  • 3. Being a pet owner is the most fun, and eventually one of the MOST difficult relationship in your life. Saying goodbye to a pet is the hardest thing I have ever had to do, but I found a lot of comfort in the friends I have online when my little dog, Tink passed over the Rainbow Bridge.

So, anyway, here are some images of Darby to celebrate her life with us at one year.

I hope they brighten your day. Please feel free to post images, or comments about your own little friend. They might brighten someone else’s day!

About master

Kim Smith is the author of the Shannon Wallace Mysteries, and the Mt. Moriah Series- plus, YA fantasy, and Bizarro fiction. All available on Amazon.

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