El Dia de Los Muertos is a time to remember and honor loved ones who have passed. Among my loved ones are my furry family members. So when I thought about doing a shrine, St. Francis popped into my head.
Because, frankly, it wouldn't be Heaven without the animals that have given me such unfailing friendship and comfort over the years.So here is St. Francis. He is welcoming some beloved pets into Heaven.And here are pictures of some of the best friends my family has ever had:
We've had dogs who raised our kids, and who I could always count on to keep an eye on them. I always knew where the kids were in the yard. I'd call the dogs, and they would come from the kids' general direction. Over the years they put up with costuming, and being laid upon, and at times, the tears that come with growing up.We've had kitties that have put up with hugs, have happily slept with napping children, and who comforted us through life's bumpy bits. They purred their affection. They played with us. One even learned how to fetch.
Each and every one of our pets had a pure heart and loved us. They are missed.
"If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who deal likewise with their fellow men."
- St. Francis of Assisi