The Magic Of Pets

They reach out a paw, and touch our hearts

I have always loved animals. My entire life I grew up with pets in our home. Everything from goldfish to budgies, cats and dogs. Later I expanded to full-fledged aquariums and even reptiles.

I have been involved in many animal rescue groups and the local aquarium club, working my way up the ranks. I have written articles for these groups’ newsletters, and even adoption agreement contracts for the feral cat rescue I ran.

I married my love of photography with my love for animals, and found great joy in capturing the precious bond between people and their beloved pets. I helped the local Humane Society for many years, by taking pet photos at their annual fundraising event. Later, I expanded to action photos of dogs at particular events like agility, canine Frisbee sports and dock diving. I practiced at home, using my cats as my portrait subjects. Pets are still one of my favourite subjects to shoot and write about.

Many of us know that there is a special bond between ourselves and our “fur-babies”. It is well documented that having a pet to cuddle, stroke and talk to is soothing and has many health benefits. Our pets are our little furry, four-legged family members, and we cherish our time with them. It breaks our hearts every time we lose one. And yet, find room in our hearts to love another. That is the magic of animals. They take control of our hearts, our homes and world, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. We love them!

Hold My Paw

This article is dedicated to all the pets I’ve been honoured to share my life with.

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Published by jenmcnaughton

Born in Scotland, I moved to Canada in 1980 with my family. I was 10. I became homesick in my 20's, and longed for my beloved Scotland. Happily, I recently returned home for good! I am a photographer, freelance writer and bestselling author, and entrepreneur. I am an animal lover and advocate. My other hobbies include exploring, collecting sea glass, reading and music.

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