July 20: Animals: Pets or Not

Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays (Photo or Writing Challenge)

Featured Bloggers for WQW #26: Hearing

Thank you to those who linked.

IT’S EASY TO PLAY ALONG WITH #WQW

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

59 responses to “WQW #27: Agreeable Animal Amigos”

  1. […] in person invited me to a blogger meet-up when she was in town visiting. From left to right are Marsha, Janet, and Donna who all have their own blogs and I can’t wait to see them […]

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  2. July Story Chat Summary – Marsha Ingrao – Always Write Avatar

    […] #27 (Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays) – “Agreeable Animal Amigos” The only rule is to have at least one quote in your post about the topic. Remember a song […]

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Great post, Sadje. 🙂

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      1. Sadje Avatar

        Thanks Marsha

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          You’re welcome, my friend.

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          1. Sadje Avatar

            🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

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  3. Our animal friends – Keep it alive Avatar

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  4. Silent Sunday – Blessed be the Wild Things – Wide Eyed Wonderings Avatar

    […] Inspired by Writers’ Quote Wednesday – Animals – pets or not […]

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Gorgeous!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I loved reading this post, my friend. Even the sad times were purposeful and good times.

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  5. Terri Webster Schrandt Avatar

    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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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Hi my friend. We’ve been taking care of Scottsdale this week and I’ve been lazy. It’s been hard to even get my posts done. Great meeting with Carey and his business partner. What loves! I’m super excited.

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      1. Terri Webster Schrandt Avatar

        Oh great to hear about your meeting! It’s always good to take a wee break, Marsha. Your AirB&B is so worth your time and attention to get things just right!

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          So much to talk about at some point. 🙂

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  6. Pets – New2Writing Avatar

    […] Originally written in response to Marsha’s WQW #27: Agreeable Animal Amigos […]

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Great story and beautiful quotes and pictures too, KL. Thanks for sharing, KL. 🙂

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  7. WQW #27 {A Gal’s Best Friend} – Cath's Camera Avatar

    […] Marsha’s WQW, the topic is {Agreeable Animal […]

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      That first picture is priceless, Cath. 🙂

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  8. PPAC #56: Publically Going in Circles – Marsha Ingrao – Always Write Avatar

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  9. Aimer Boyz Avatar
    Aimer Boyz

    Wonderful shot of that duck. The colours are spectacular. The wallabies are pretty cute too 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      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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  10. Cee Neuner Avatar

    What cool photos you have for our inspiration this week. 😀 😀
    I actually created some new pick me ups for this week.
    https://ceenphotography.com/2022/07/21/wqw-27-pick-me-ups-agreeable-animal-amigos/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I can’t believe I didn’t comment on this link, Cee. I’m so far behind. I loved your post, so cute, especially the photogenic kitty. 🙂

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      1. Cee Neuner Avatar

        Glad you like Freddie 😀 😀

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          😍😍😍

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  11. WQW #27 & Pick Me Ups: Agreeable Animal Amigos – Cee's Photo Challenges Avatar

    […] is my entry for Marsha’s WQW (Writer’s Quotes Wednesday) #27. I’ve not created any Pick Me Ups for a long time and thought I’d take this opportunity […]

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  12. […] different. The middle one is actually off the wall, spotted during my recent visit to hang out with Marsha of AlwaysWrite in Prescott. For anyone in Arizona, we’re planning another blogging get-together on Sept. 15 […]

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks Lady Lee!

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  13. Kirstin Avatar

    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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    1. Marsha Avatar

      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.

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  14. Prior... Avatar

    Fun quotes with your personal touch and like that poem
    ☀️😊

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Yvette. It was written as a poem to teach kids a few things about guinea pigs as we studied them. Seems a little juvenile now, but we had a great time with the unit. 🙂

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      1. Prior... Avatar

        Oh it was so fun and reminds me of your wide range of talents and background 😉

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Awww, you are so kind, Yvette. Blogging and bloggers brings that out in all of us, doesn’t it?

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  15. Jodie Avatar
    Jodie

    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??
    XOXO
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      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.

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      1. Jodie Avatar
        Jodie

        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!!
        OXOX

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Yes, she’s such a great friend and she loves bringing people together.

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  16. bushboy Avatar

    A delightful post Marsha 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks BB. Animals are delightful, aren’t they? I even snuck in some Aussie animals.

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      1. bushboy Avatar

        A few Red-necked Wallabies never fail to delight 🙂

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          I agree with that. Especially with Joey going in and out at his leisure.

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  17. Aletta - nowathome Avatar

    I’ll join in with some dogs and cats!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Awesome!!!

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  19. sustainabilitea Avatar

    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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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Wow, you covered my whole post. I’m honored! I’m so excited for September 15th. Happy Wednesday to you too!

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  20. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

    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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    1. Marsha Avatar

      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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  21. Lisa at Micro of the Macro Avatar

    Oh, and my kitty, Izzy, makes me laugh dozens of times a day, just being her silly self! 🌞

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      They are so funny, aren’t they. Even grown, our cats get feisty sometimes and jump over each other, or stalk each other.

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  22. Lisa at Micro of the Macro Avatar

    Cute pics & quotes! And thanks for sharing our meet-up news, Marsha! 🌞

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks for initiating it! I’m looking forward to meeting you and getting better acquainted with your blog as well.

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