Tuesday, March 13, 2007


"There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face." ~ Ben Williams

I've noticed that a lot of us bloggers have pets, ranging from cats and dogs to sheep, goats and horses. Animals are a part of our lives in many ways. I've also heard a lot of criticism about people treating their pets as humans. And, it is sad to think that we spend more on pet food than we give to the poor in this country. Still, most people I know have a healthy attitude toward their pets. They see them as pets, not children. They are a part of our lives, and a part of our families. I don't think God would have given them the ability to bond to us if He hadn't meant for us to love them. Many times, a pet is the only comfort that someone has.

Going through a lot of old photographs, I began to notice how many of the people and families had their pets in the picture with them. Most pictures seemed to show off some of their most prized possessions and obviously, the pets qualified! Hope you enjoy these two I've posted. These are poor mountain people who probably rarely had their pictures made and when the photographer came through, they often invited neighbors to come and be in their pictures.

Have a great day,


"This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118:24


  1. Rose Mary,
    How nice, look how the one family has a pet deer. Such nice old pictures.
    Wanted to tell you that I ordered the book about the Woman that went to Alaska to teach. I get a lot of my books used from either ALBRIS OR AMAZON. At this time I have six in my stack to read. I better pick up speed on that a bit.

  2. What neat pictures RoseMary!! I enjoy your blog so much!
    Have a great day!

  3. Nothing tells a story like a old photo, are they your family? I love the little deer, how sweet! I wish I had more old family photos.

  4. I never was a big animal lover till Clarence moved in!!
    He is a great companion to me!!

  5. Wonderful pictures! Looks like a very loving family. I especially like the fawn.

    Thanks for dropping by.......

  6. Oh thanks so much for sharing your old photos with us. They are both beautiful.

  7. Rosemary, I love the photos! And I do agree; pets are wonderful therapy for many people.

  8. I agree also that one of the reasons God has given us animals is to care for them and have them as pets. It is another good gift! Makes me think of the beginning-Adam and Eve- and how God gave them the garden and the animals to care for.
    I really have enjoyed viewing all your very unique old photographes! I never tire of them!

  9. Glad you all like the pictures. No, they are not anyone in my family (that I know of!) My great uncle was a photographer and the family ended up with boxes of unmarked pictures. I have quite a few with quilts in them that I will show you sometime. Most were just used as backdrops.
    I love the second picture--that little boy has a pretty good grip on that dog! Guess he was going to make sure he stayed there and got in the picture!

  10. I just love old vintage photos! Isn't there a verse in Proverbs that tells us you can judge a man's character by how he treats his beasts?

  11. I so loved the quotation by Ben Williams - how appropriate for your beautifully written post.

    Pets have indeed a therapeutic meaning within the family setting.

    Thank you so much for sharing.

  12. Ohhhh more old photos!!!!! And look at the hair bows on the girls in the first photo. Oh all of these are precious.

    Photography may well have come a long way, since then. But to me, there is something wonderful about these photos... which today's fancy stuff doesn't capture. Or something... I can't say it well. Maybe someone else can.