Monday, March 29, 2010

Living Things

From our Australian friends' adorable Cavoodle puppy to the little wallaby at the petting zoo, the animals I saw in Australia were beautiful. I fell in love with Dusty the puppy. She was soft as a teddy bear and bouncy, too. She rolled right over to have her tummy scratched and greeted us with a happy smile. Sometimes I want a puppy. I think I may just borrow one because I don't want to use up my "I want to take care of you" on a puppy when I am blessed with so many good family members to love. I do love to think about puppies.

When I was in the eighth grade, tending zinnia seedlings in the back of the classroom and talking to my friend Vickie instead of listening to Mr. Krook, she and I heard about the plight of the wallabies. I guess they had gotten out of control and were a problem so they were being killed. We wrote a letter to Australia (kind of like addressing a missive to the North Pole) and requested that a wallaby be sent to us. We discussed how we'd share the responsibility, where it would sleep, and YES I was kind of a weird kid. Yes. Wallabies are VERY sweet though, don't you think? The kangaroos that we saw were lazy. They simply stared at us as they reclined in the dirt. No boxing. No hopping. My camera's battery died so that's why I don't have a picture of the kangaroos or the huge crocodile we saw. The emu was funny, too. He trotted right up to us. He had a cute hair do.
I'm not big on zoos. Every time I go to the zoo I say to myself, "Oh, I forgot. I hate zoos." I love animals but I'd rather look at pictures of them in books or borrow a puppy.


Mrs Yappy Dog said...

I know what you mean about zoos, we aren't kean on them either but if they are well run they protect rare species and even help them to continue breeding and of course enable our children to be educated about animals they couldn't normally access. I think it's ok when they are run for these purposes.

MamaF said...

I love so much readin of your australian journey, the animals are lovely, but you're right about zoos :)

Have a wonderful and blessed day, daer friend !


renaissance said...

Yes zoos promote v. mixed feelings it's not nice to see wild creatures penned. But they do serve a purpose, bringing people into contact with animals they could never hope to see in reality, educational and of course the best have breeding programs for endangered species. Yes v. mixed feelings!

Kerri said...

I love animals too, and hate zoos as well! I know zoos do lots of good work saving endangered animals but it's so sad to see wild things in cages isn't it? I think you sound like such a cute kid planning on looking after wallabies! And the book you mentioned to me sounds very interesting, I shall keep an eye out for it x x

Charlotte, Cottontails said...

I'm just the same - hate zoos, love the animals.

Love the thing sitting in the tree - is that a wallaby? It looks incredibly, incredibly cuddly.


The dB family said...

Welcome home, Pom Pom!!! Marsupials are just the cutest! The girls have said that the would like a pet koala. They look so soft and sweet. I always wonder how the animals feel being locked up in a zoo.


Gumbo Lily said...

I want to know if you took a ride in the horse drawn coach?


Bradley Maston said...

I agree, wallabies look like they would make wonderful pets. Cute animals, glad they have someone to take care of them!

libbyquilter said...

welcome back Pom Pom~!!~ i missed you~!~

a Cavoodle~~!?!~ what is that?
i get the poodle part but not the Cav ? whatever it is i think it's adoreable~!!~ and like you, i'd like to have a puppy but not sure i have the proper levels (in reserve) of commitment at the current time . . . i'm enjoying hearing all about my Honduran grand-dog though~!!~


Pom Pom said...

LibbyQ, if you come back here to check . . . a cavoodle is a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel and a Poodle. VERY cute combo. I want a teddy bear dog like Dusty.

skippinginthemeadow said...

your photographs are wonderful!the zinnia's are stunning...pow!! so happy to have discovered your gorgeous blog :o)



The Artful Paper Doll said...

Hi Pom Pom,

Awww! I never get tired of looking at animals. I'm from San Diego where they have one of the largest zoos in the country. It takes an entire day to go through there and I never was big on them either for some reason. Although I never got tired of marveling at the flamingos located (or at least they were nearly 40 years ago . . . hahaha!) just inside the front entrance.

I wouldn't mind having a wallabie. They sure are cute to look at.

Thanks so much for popping by. Sending sparkly fairy magic to you and your creative muse for a blissfully perfect day!

Cheers! =D
~Kitty Kellie

wayside wanderer said...

What a cute Cavoodle! I want one!!!

Vicki said...

Hi, Pom Pom,
You certainly saw some interesting animals there on your trip. The koala is as cute as can be! I have always been fascinated with Australia. I watched a mini series on PBS, I think the name was "A Town Called Alice", and it is still one of my very favorite movies. Have a blessed Easter week! Vicki

Southern Charm said...

oh dear friend always leave the cutest comments on my blog!
Austrailia!!!!??? I have always wanted to go there!! Good for you!!

Heart Felt said...

Looks like you are having a wonderful time! xx

libbyquilter said...

it is a cute combo and i agree looks like a teddy bear~!~
who doesn't love a teddy bear~!?!~