World Animal Day Blog Hop: A Celebration of Animals!

  • World Animal Day Blog Hop: October 4th 2012

World Animal Day Blog Hop: A Celebration of Animals!

World Animal Day Blog Hop: October 4th 2012When I was a kid, my mom, brother, sister, and I were allergic to dander, so our family never had a cat or dog.  We had birds and hamsters, as my own children did.  Small pets are great for teaching children responsibility, and, sure, we loved when the parakeet landed on our finger or the hamster climbed up our arm or hid in our pocket. But our birds and hamsters live only a few short years. They never slept in our bed and communication with small pets was distant, maybe because you don’t really look birds or hamsters in the eye, making them, for me, beloved friends, but hardly a substitute for a dog or a cat.

Because of my limited experience with pets, it was not until I was an adult that I truly understood the important role animals play in our lives. Maybe that’s the reason the old yellow Lab, Dog, in my novel, In Leah’s Wake, is such a key part of the story!

In Leah's Wake: Justine Tyler

Pets provide companionship, of course; while this is tremendously important for all of us-particularly those who are alone or shut in-animals are far more than just our best friends. Animals entertain us they provide food to nourish and sustain us, and give us materials for clothing and goods. They show us, through their behavior and our scientific research, what it means to be alive, part of a community or in a relationship (think of the experiment with the baby monkeys and wire ‘moms’), and with their own lives they give us the gift of health. Animals nurture us and restore our health and they teach us-children and adults-compassion. And in their gorgeous, ferocious, stunning being, give us beauty and joy.

Today, we celebrate animals!


 The World Animal Day Hop is being sponsored by Terri Giuliano Long and David M. Brown. Terri is the author of best-selling novel In Leah’s Wake, while David is the author of The Elencheran Chronicles.


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About the Author:

Terri Giuliano Long, a frequent guest blogger, with appearances on hundreds of blogs, is a contributing writer for IndieReader and also wrote for Her Circle eZine. She lives with her family on the East Coast. Her debut novel, In Leah’s Wake, winner of the Global eBook Award, Popular Fiction, and Indie Discovery Award, Literary Fiction, has sold over 130,000 copies worldwide.


  1. naturemummy October 3, 2012 at 7:19 pm - Reply

    Parakeets landing on your finger and hamsters in your pocket IS pretty special for a child. There was a girl in my university dorm that missed having pets so much she wound up with a pet hissing cockroach that she carried everywhere in her pocket. His name was Zeus, and he was often seen at the pub…

    • Terri Giuliano Long October 4, 2012 at 3:46 am - Reply

      Thank you so much for your comment – and for taking part! It was definitely a wonderful experience. I'm not sure I'd have enjoyed a hissing cockroach quite as much!

  2. JC Andrijeski October 3, 2012 at 9:09 pm - Reply

    Really lovely post, Terri! Thanks for sharing your experience…I really agree with you, too, about the role animals play in our lives. I hadn't thought about the community aspect, but I really think you're right.

  3. Suzie October 3, 2012 at 9:25 pm - Reply

    Hi Terri, Thanks for hosting this. I have 3 different post. Sorry. I could not just pick on type of pet.

    • Terri Giuliano Long October 4, 2012 at 5:48 am - Reply

      Thank you so much, Suzie – it's wonderful that you're so passionate and caring!

  4. Vikki October 3, 2012 at 10:26 pm - Reply

    Really enjoyed the BlogHop Terri!

    I've cried a few tears, and laughed a few times. Some LOVELY posts :)

    Thanks for organising honey xx

    • Terri Giuliano Long October 4, 2012 at 5:52 am - Reply

      Thank you so much, Vikki. I completely agree – people have written such amazing posts!

  5. David M Brown October 4, 2012 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Great post Terri.

    Animals such as cats and dogs became our family members, I seldom think of them as pets, such is their importance.

    It's a pleasure to be co-hosting this event with you :)

    • Terri Giuliano Long October 4, 2012 at 5:53 am - Reply

      Thank you, David – I've heard so much about your 'boys' that it's wonderful to share this event with you knowing all I do about them!

  6. jayedee October 4, 2012 at 3:50 am - Reply

    they do, indeed, sustain us, these furbabies or ours. i don't know what i'd without their presence in my life….

    stopping by via the blog hop! nice to meet you!

  7. Giacomo Giammatteo October 4, 2012 at 5:26 am - Reply

    Terri: Great post, and so true. Animals affect our lives in ways we don't even know, sometimes until after they're gone. And thanks for sponsoring this event. How wonderful!

    • Terri Giuliano Long October 4, 2012 at 5:54 am - Reply

      Thank you, Giacomo. Your post was incredibly moving – I can't thank you enough for sharing it!

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  9. Valerie Ormond October 4, 2012 at 7:47 am - Reply

    Thanks for hosting the blog hop and helping us all put to words some of our connections with animals. What would we do without them?

  10. Lauri Fern October 4, 2012 at 8:33 am - Reply

    Great post! You are quite right – animals play a huge role in our lives and it's important for children to have pets. Like you said, it teaches them so much.

  11. Angela D. October 4, 2012 at 8:45 am - Reply

    I had a great variety of pets as a kid too. When I was living on my own after college in the house my mom had moved out of I came home one day to find that she had left me a cat. What she didn't realize at the time was that it was a pregnant cat! That was a bit much :-)

    Thanks for hosting this hop. I'm finally able to sit down and visit some of the posts.

  12. Zoe Brooks October 4, 2012 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    Great post. Thanks for organizing the bloghop, it's been great fun.

  13. Kathy Thomas October 4, 2012 at 12:44 pm - Reply

    Love your post. Until recently I was rather outraged that people in this country spend more on pets than on kids….then I read about the positive health benefits from owning pets and finally realized that there are a large population of elderly truly alone in this world. Some of them haven't been touched, let alone hugged, in years. Pets bring them comfort, even joy and prolong their lives. Thank you so much for this wonderful hop.

    • Terri Giuliano Long October 5, 2012 at 12:09 pm - Reply

      That's a great point, Kathy! Pets can bring such comfort to people and quickly become part of the family. Thank you so much for stopping by!

  14. vickie johnstone October 4, 2012 at 1:10 pm - Reply

    Lovely post. We had parakeets – they're so cute and friendly. I love their little bright eyes and the way they hop. I also had a hamster called Gorby, so named because he was Russian. He was so small that he could squeeze through the bars of his cage though, so there were many hamster hunts!

    • Terri Giuliano Long October 5, 2012 at 12:18 pm - Reply

      Gorby sounds so cute, Vickie! Thank you so much for taking part – I really enjoyed your post!

  15. Amanda Taylor October 4, 2012 at 2:55 pm - Reply

    Wow, I couldn't imagine not being able to have what ever animals I wanted or really experiencing that connect with them as a small child. I've connected with animals before I did people (other than mom and dad)

    • Terri Giuliano Long October 5, 2012 at 12:24 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Amanda! I thought your post about the bees was fantastic!

  16. Elaine October 4, 2012 at 9:37 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the bloghop. I've really enjoyed reading about all the ways animals enrich our lives.

  17. Terri Giuliano Long October 5, 2012 at 11:59 am - Reply

    You too, Jayedee! Thank you so much for taking part!

  18. Terri Giuliano Long October 5, 2012 at 12:03 pm - Reply

    Thank you, Valerie! It's been wonderful to read everyone's posts and clear that animals are more than things we own. They are our friends and family!

  19. Terri Giuliano Long October 5, 2012 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much, Lauri! I loved your post!

  20. Terri Giuliano Long October 5, 2012 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    That does sound like a handful. Given the stories I've heard about Donna and David's fully grown cats, coping with multiple kittens must be hard work! Thank you so much for visiting, Angela!

  21. Kriss October 6, 2012 at 8:34 am - Reply

    Animals are extremely important. Our Asrielle is and has been the one "person" Geoff has been able to rely on for the last 18+ years. When I mentioned the post I was planning on writing he said "Give me the laptop and stop talking" LOL It was his story to tell, and he did it well. Thanks for having another grand hop Terri! Sorry I am so late but computer issues have hobbled me!

    • Terri Giuliano Long October 8, 2012 at 2:13 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much for commenting, Kriss! Geoff's post about Asrielle was wonderful. Thank you to you both for taking part!

  22. Lesley Beeton October 9, 2012 at 9:31 pm - Reply

    Thanks for hosting :-)

    I do think it's so important for children to have a pet (any kind) when growing up. It helps us care for something, bond, love, share x.

    Sorry it's taken so long to get round all the blogs. I've been travelling and just couldn't get access to some of the blogs to comment.

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