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WQW #27: Agreeable Animal Amigos

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Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays (Photo or Writing Challenge)

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Thank you to those who linked.


This weekly writing challenge runs from Wednesday through Tuesday at noon. All you need is a quote to go with your post. Write a poem, story, or memoir. Share photos and a story or no story. Just have fun with it and let the quote or quotes lead the way.

Topics for the year (subject to change) are listed on the WQW Page. Feel free to post weekly, or drop in from time to time – All are welcome. 

For More Ideas about Animals

Definition of Animals

“Animals are my friends … and I don’t eat my friends.”

–George Bernard Shaw

““Animals are such agreeable friends—they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.”

–George Eliot

Vacation Animals

Last Friday for PPAC, I did a throwback of several horse stories. Today will be a bit of a throwback on live animal stories and photos that are some of my favorites. This picture was taken during a trip to pick up a used trailer we had purchased from someone on the Oregon Coast. On the way back, towing the trailer, our truck broke down in the mountains-right in front of a trailer park. The turn of events turned into an Accidental Vacation. You can read about this encounter in Chapter Seven.

Take your time, Elmo. Pedestrians always have the right of way.”

Ducks are ubiquitous. I still like to take their pictures because they are such quack-ups. This vociferous duck lived in Delaware right on the river’s edge. He was out with his family picking up groceries from visitors like me who lounged on their patio/grocery store.

It’s not every day that an American gets to see a wallaby up close. When my blogging friend Carol and her husband took me to the Bunya Mountains in Queensland, the wallabies were as plentiful as the ducks on the lakes and rivers in the United States.

Mama wallaby with her joey
Joey going back into his mama’s pouch where he’s safe. Mama hasn’t had a free moment to have her nails done.
Chipmunks and squirrels are common in the United States. This well-educated chipmunk lived at Notre Dame University in Indiana.

Animals at Home

Pets add fluff (in the case of dogs and cats – not so much with pet turtles and goldfish) and interest to your life and a whole lot of work and worry. One of my favorite stories is how KalevAKA Puppy Girl came to live at our house. Her story was one of my first blog posts and had 9 likes. I was over the moon thrilled. Someone actually read my blog. 🙂

PG aged about 9 months with Mama Kitty supervising. Who could resist a face like that?

““Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”

― Groucho Marx, The Essential Groucho: Writings For By And About Groucho Marx
Nutter Butter and Moji, aged about 6 months can see their first home from the shade cover over my garden.

“Meow” means “woof” in cat.”

― George Carlin
My first drawings on the computer.

Piggles was my favorite guinea pig, given to me by one of my teacher colleagues. You see pictures of my pets from long ago, like Piggles in Sunday Stills: Pets Are Forever. I wrote this poem for her in in the early 1990s when I first started teaching as part of a science/math/language arts unit for my fourth graders. At the time this was a song, but I didn’t write down the music.

Cavia Porcellus

Cavia porcellus,
Cavia porcellus
What are you telling us? 
My cavia porcellus.

You flip, squeak, and hop,
Run around like a top,
Lie down quiet and stop,
A satisfied mop

Pull your food here and there.
Grow long teeth, nails and hair,
Chewing all but the air,
Hidden inside your lair.

Don't your jaws ever get sore?
My little herbivore?
Food you never store,
Always squealing, "More, more, more."

Walking up on your slope,
Nibbling on cantaloupe,
Your babies give up hope,
Of sharing - they'll cope.

©Marsha Ingrao circa 1991

Animals on the Streets

Janet Webb and I found this great sign as we looked for doors in downtown Prescott.

We are having another blogger meet-up if anyone happens to be passing through the Prescott area on September 15th. Let Janet of This That or the Other Thing, Lisa from Micro of the Macro, or I know if you are interested in meeting us for lunch.

“The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.”

― George Orwell, Animal Farm

What About Your Experiences?

Do you have a funny pet story or an unusual animal photo from a trip? There are 1,485 animal quotes from Goodreads, so it is super easy to find one that inspires you.

But Mom, this nice lady smells like coffee. I’d rather go to Starbucks than the vet’s.”

Ongoing on Always Write

  • On July 5th Story Chat proudly announced a new story, “Not a Proper Job” by another new (to us) author, Philip Cumberland AKA Fenlandphil’s Blog It’s had lots of likes so far but not too much chatter. Don’t be shy. Come on by.
  • PPAC #55 “Don’t Horse Around; Hold Your Horses – (Photographing Public Art Challenge) Your choice of art – no theme! Two more days to link.
  • Upcoming topics for WQW
    • July 27: Sun/ or Writer’s Choice/ or YOUR WOTY Review
    • August 3: Water: Rivers
    • August 10: Water: Lakes
    • August 17: Earth: Mountains, Rocks
  • For a list of past WQW posts visit my WQW Page

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  1. Wonderfully inspiring post, my friend! Your love for animals great and small, wild and domestic knows no bounds! I’m excited to link with this post tomorrow (road-trip traveling with pets). The pics of the wallabies are amazing and so cute to see your kitties as young’uns! By the way, I’m breaking up my road trip post into two (maybe 3 parts), so our AZ adventures will be highlighted next week for “desert or dessert?” We’re back home and enjoying the A/C. Been pretty busy! Hope all is well with you and see you in the blogosphere tomorrow!

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    • Thank you Aimer. There are so many things to take pictures of when you’re on vacation, but somehow, I always take pictures of ducks. Maybe it’s because they pose so nicely.

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  2. These are great Marsha. I’m going to work on my post tomorrow. I love the picture of the elk and your poem. Your quote from Animal Farm reminds me that I was going to read that book sometime. I think I have it on my kindle. I’ll have to look. I’ll come back and post my link hopefully by tomorrow night.

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    • I read that one in high school, but I don’t remember much about it. I should reread it. I do try to read classics as well as current books that are popular and bloggers’ books as well. I’m reading another Charles Dickens book on Kindle right now, David Copperfield. I just finished Great Expectations and before that The Bleak House. I also enjoyed The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins. That one is very suspenseful and written much like Dickens writes.


  3. Now this is one to make you smile. I swear, seeing animal photos is always a mood booster. I’m so excited I was invited to the blogger meet up…thank you, thank you, thank you. Is Lisa the other one on the group text??

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    • Yes, Lisa, and I included a link on my post if you want to visit her latest post. This is going to be such fun. Let me ask you a question – do you prefer an 1890 saloon or a view of the hills with the possibility of lobster nachos? Both are super favorites.


      • The view of the hills would always be a cool idea!!
        And I signed up for her blogs too. How fun to finally get to meet so many wonderful women. I’ll have to thank Terri again for the initial invite!!

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  4. What to comment on first?? With the quackers pun? The meet-up? The animal sightings, the copper pig…? The cats are so tiny in your photo! Made me laugh. And your poem is a winner too. Happy Wednesday. ❤️

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  5. Oh aren’t these the cutest Marsha and you pics with such precision in lighting and detail down to a strand of hair are impressive!
    Never mind waiting for the elk, deer, buck to pass… 😂😂😂
    Nutter butter and moji are sooooo cute and little.
    LOVE your poem!! 👏👏👏

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    • The kitties were adorable. And they loved being California cats. Here they are indoors always. Too many wild things. We could write a book-Where the Wild Things Are! Reading my poem now seems so babyish, but I was writing for a class of bilingual fourth graders.

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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