PHOTO PROMPT -© Madison Woods

In the still dark night
to the light of the moon
I am transfixed here
in this desolate place.

In the still dark night
feelings of desolation
lead me to this isolated,
wooded lunar landscape.

Night bears witness to
my desperation, sadness,
my separation from life
and all I hold sacred.

Alone in this eerie wood
I contemplate my past,
coming to terms with
my present and future.

Silently, I stand with
my solitary absence
felt by no one near,
no one far and away.

The silent moon
stands witness to
my barrenness of
this still dark night of…



Gratitude for Animals – 30 Day Attitude of Gratitude Challenge Day 16


Tonight, I have chosen a quote that is about gratitude for animals. I have three rescues: Guinness, my dog; Cleo, my older cat; and Elvis Catstello, my younger cat. They provide friendship and companionship in varying degrees for me. I can’t imagine my life without them. 

The quote is from James Herriot, a British Vet and Surgeon as well as  a writer, who wrote a series of books of stories about animals and their owners and is best known for a compilation of his books,  All Creatures Great and Small.

The Quote…

The quote I chose this evening is:

“If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.” ~ James Harriot


The quote has two parts. First the phrase, If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, states compares the soul of humans to animals by describing the act of loving, being loyal, and showing gratitude that he sees in animals. 

I can speak from experience with fostering rescue dogs and cats while I volunteered at Florida Doggie Paws, Inc. in Florida, that all the animals that I cared for were very loving, loyal, obedient (some needed teaching), and showed gratitude for the care, treats, food, and affection that they received. Some were shy initially because of the environment of fear that they came from. Others were rambunctious from the start and very affectionate. Not one of the pets that I fostered was mean or aggressive. So, what James Herriot says is true. Animals do have souls.

The second part of the quote says, “then animals are better off than a lot of humans.” I think that James Herriot meant by this part of the quote was that animals are far better than humans at showing love, loyalty, and gratitude. So, those who believed that animals didn’t have souls would be hard pressed to prove it. 

We can show gratitude towards our pets and strive to be more open and loving, as well as loyal and thankful. The obedient part may be best shown through obedience to our Higher Power or God, as I call Him. I know that I strive to be loving, loyal, and showing gratitude for Guinness, Cleo, and Elvis. I recently did a blog pm my other blog, Susan’s Blog: The Inner Soul, titled 12 Things I Learned from My Dog. The post dealt with staying present in the moment, being loyal and loving unconditionally. You might like to check it out.

Gratitude List…

  1. My growing ability to love unconditionally modeled by my pets.
  2. My gift of compassion toward others and especially toward rescues.
  3. Each of my three pets, Guinness, Cleo, and Elvis Catstello.
  4. My experience gained while being a foster mommy for pets at Florida Doggie Paws.
  5. I am thankful each of the pets placed in my life from childhood on who have crossed the “Rainbow Bridge.”

Until tomorrow,