Us natural animal lovers (by natural, I mean losing your mind at your 1st birthday party because your mom let your cousins beat up your giraffe pinata) forget sometimes that not everyone sees the world the same way we do! We see an opportunity to rearrange our life around our pets, while our family members and guests see an inconvenience. Amy L Peterson’s narrative, “Something Furry Underfoot“, allows us a peek at what its like to make daily sacrifices for our beloved pets because she married someone who can’t help but want everything furry and cute on planet Earth.
What I love most about this book is that it truly captures the way we naturally interact with our pets. Each day, we try to discover what they like, and don’t like, and we try to create a routine that satisfies their needs, and sometimes our own. Every pet owner has made some adjustment in their life that accommodates their pet, but sacrifices some sort of space or decoration in their home. For example, when Rocky our German Shepherd-Lab mix was getting elderly, my mom (who I never thought would redecorate her house for a dog) decided to spread carpets over all the tile and wood flooring to make it easier for Rocky to get around. If someone came over, they might ask why the carpet was awkwardly angled in the middle of the kitchen, and the answer was that is was for Rocky.
I truly think that the daily sacrifices we make for our pets, whether that be strewing odd carpets about, or waking up at 5:30am to make sure all creatures are taken care of before you go to work, they are tiny gestures compares to the love and companionship animals can bring us.
Amy takes us through the trials and tribulations that occur with each new species that enters her life. Trust me, I thought I was a pet person who has owned several different types of animals in my lifetime, but The Peterson Family has almost all of us beat. As we learn more and more about the Peterson household, we are chronologically taken through their array of pets. In their many years of marriage they have owned everything from frogs to hedgehogs (and their babies), to ferrets and ducks. With each new pet Amy and Mark (her husband) find out that we, as humans, have the ability to find joy with many different types of animals. Two pets in this story truly stuck with me: Chunky and Bumpkin. Chunky was their ferret that broke his back, only to recover due to Amy and Mark’s persistence and encouragement. Chunky in exchange of the big vet bills and time consumption followed them around with big and endearing eyes each day. He followed them around just like any other domestic animal, and when his time was up, Amy and Mark were devastated. Bumpkin was their pet duck that truly brought them joy. They decided that it was her chirping that made her so endearing, and her ability to settle into their daily routine. Once again, they were devastated when they realized that Bumpkin, unlike their other pets, would outgrow their home and they needed to find her a new one.
These two stories among MANY others were wonderful accounts of the relationships we have with our pets, and how important they are in our lives. Amy and Mark made it their mission to spoil each and every one of their beloved creatures, and they did a wonderful job. Please check out Amy’s book available online at Amazon, I promise you it will provide you a laugh or two, and maybe a tear in the end.
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