Sunday, October 30, 2011

Remembering my furry family members..

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


  1. What a warm and loving post. Happy el Dia de los Muertos to you and your family. Love the photos.

  2. I am positive that my pets have just gone before me to warm my napping bed...we can nap in Heaven right? Happy Halloween! Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

  3. Your post is a lovely remembrance of the universal love of pets and their unselfish devotion. Thank you so much for sharing your world today. I thought the pictures were fabulous.

  4. Oh, how intense your beautiful post. I am like you, my family pet members are the core of everything. I always include those gone in my El Dia post. What a beautiful post to remember. You are definitely my amiga. Great photos, God Bless You and St. Francis of Assisi has it right all the way. Have a wonderfulweek. Looking forward to your altar. Take care.

  5. oh pam,
    your are striking the heart cords of all of us who have loved unabashed a family pet.
    thank you for this purrrrfect offering of love and honor.
    you are the best!

  6. these photos rocket right to my heart! i know what you mean, every word i know what you mean.

    honestly, i think this is the one area that the "Creator" got wrong. humans should not outlive their dogs and cats, at least not by so much.

    that little dog jumping toward the bone is precious, pam. you are a jack-of-all-trades whisperer.


  7. I love you my Yobo. I love you a thousand times and then I love you more. How I admire you
    How lucky I am to have known you
    I will always stand beside you
    My friend

  8. This post just reaches out and squeezes my heart. What a perfect shrine. I can hardly bear to think of the ones that I have lost. Your photos are so bittersweet. What a wonderful bunch of guardians your family has had. Your Golden of course reminds me of my Maddie, who I still grieve for to this day. What a touching tribute, to create this in rememberance of your furry family that waits on the other side of that Rainbow Bridge.
    XOXO - Cindi

  9. Purr-fect! I have a little girl kitty who loves to play fetch.

  10. I second everyone before me! what a great tribute to our other"babies" we miss them all!

  11. Sniffle, sniff. Almost made me cry!

  12. What a lovely tribute and a fantastic idea for a shrine!

  13. Ah, yes! St. Francis is absolutely correct and wise in knowing that. I do miss those lovely creatures we've had as family members who don a coat of fur. Each one has a special place in my heart as yours do with you and your family.

  14. What a beautiful tribute Pam..I could feel every word with all the photos shared and your amazing shrine.I especially love the little wings on your furry family.Big Hugs,Cat

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  16. wiping tears now. thanks for the memories.

  17. I feel like you and St. Francis do about animals in heaven. I really love the symbolism of the rainbow bridge. How wonderful to see all those pets of yours and your children and grandchildren with them, too. I have photos of 3 of my dogs on my altar and need to get a copy of another one, too, from my son, her owner in her later years. Right now Mollie barks and I am alone reading all of our posts and comments and Mollie brings me such comfort when I'm alone, which is much of the time.

  18. Beautiful kids with your furry ones. Great pictures.

  19. oh pam, what a post.

    xxx for you
    xxx for the pets too.
    beautiful shrine. happy halloween eve.

  20. I can imagine the post your pets would write..."we had kids to sleep with and good food, lots of fun, and this lady who thinks she taught Cat to fetch. We humored her..."

    Happy Halloween, Pam. :~)

  21. This is awesome wonderful terrific inspired heartwarming.

    Yup. I like it

  22. Ah Pam,

    You would make St. Francis smile for sure....welcoming all the little ones into the great beyond.
    What a wonderful post, and an absolutely knock out piece of art! (as usual!)


  23. What a heartfelt and very beautiful post! I love your work! One thing I believe is that we WILL meet all of our pets again.... until then, they live on in our hearts and one LOVES like an animal....they give 1,000,000 %! I know it must be wonderful to be a pet in the Smallcomb Household!!! Look at all those gorgeous faces - human and animal!


    ♥ Robin ♥

  24. I believe. I have always believe that God would have animals in heaven, for what type of heaven would it be without them. I just hope my horses don't trample me when I arrive. **kisses** Deb

  25. The sweet memories! They will always be with us!!! I still miss my lab, sometimes I swear, I can hear his nails running across the wood floors. Great tribute!!!


    Happy Halloween!!!

  26. Oh such a wonderful post!!!
    And so true. Indeed heaven without animals would just be sky.....
    Such precious pictures and memories. Thanks for sharing them with us.
    And as always your art is lovely, you could nearly fool me. If someone would say it was Mexican I would have believed it.
    You make the day of the dead such a lively and loving event.

    Happy Halloween to you too ♥

  27. Aww, Pam. I love love love your shrine. And your post filled my heart. Happy Halloween. xoxoxo

  28. Oh Pam, I love this post! How very dear and much loved our furry family members are to us. They give and give and give to us and ask for so very little in return. Truly unconditionally.

    Adore all the pics of your handsome(!!!) brood and your dear (and also uber handsome) furry clan and your shrine is so wonderful.

    Thank you for sharing all of this with us.

    Happy Halloweenie and a happy day of remembering all those beloved souls.

    Sally xoxoxo

  29. Hi Pam!
    Your shrine is wonderful. I love that you made it a tribute to St. Francis. He has always been a favorite of mine. I have no pets, but I can't imagine this world without animals to love.
    I am so glad that I have come to know and understand the celebration of the Day of the Dead. I have always liked the art part of it, but never really understood the entire meaning behind it until recently. It is a beautiful celebration and has helped bring me peace and joy.
    Sending love to you, Skelly Girl!!
    ♥ audrey

  30. I love your pictures and the shrine! Happy belated Halloween :D

  31. Great shrine! I love all your pet photos! Pets are so amazing. There is nothing like the unconditional love they give us and it is always sad to deal with the passing of one!!!!

  32. That shrine is AWESOME , Pam!!! WHat a nice tribute!

  33. Awwwwwwwwwwwwwww...
    Thanks for posting this!
    I am looking forward to seeing my furry friends too.
    I hope they are all playing together and not driving St Francis nuts!

  34. Fabulous piece Pam!! I loved seeing all the pictures of your fur babies!



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