This week my sister asked me if I wanted to take care of a kitten. At the moment, I don't have a pet (the wild semi-feral cat that I feed but won't ever come near me doesn't really count as a pet) and I have decided for the time being that it will stay that way until things settle down later this year. But I was torn. Of course I wanted the kitten, it was looking for a home. After a restless night I told my sister I couldn't take the kitten on.
It just made me think of the pets I have had - Otterley, Lily, Georgie, Ralphie - and the other animals I've been close to - Hattie. They each gave me a lot of trouble and a lot of joy. It's such a big deal taking on an animal. I certainly miss having one around.
Flicking through my box of snaps, I came across a couple of animal photos which I thought were cute. So here's a little tribute to pets of the world, the little beasts.
From my private collection.