by Naomi on May 18, 2009

in Inspiration

There is always someone worse off than you.



Quotes to consider:

“In order to keep a true perspective of one’s importance, everyone should have a dog that will worship him and a cat that will ignore him.” – unknown

“Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.” – unknown

“The tragic or the humorous is a matter of perspective” – Arnold Beisser

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Theodora Cooper September 5, 2009 at 8:47 pm

“Where’s the beef?” (The first thing that came into my mind) Next thing to mind, from one of the Psalms “The hungry shall eat and be satisfied, Those who seek the Lord shall praise Him;…Bless us, Lord and these Your gifts which we are about to receive.”
It is a lovely photo and I enjoyed the quotes; especially the one about the dog and the cat keeping a balance.


Naomi September 7, 2009 at 10:09 am

Hello Theodora & thanks so much for sharing your beautiful thoughts 🙂

I should perhaps explain that Joe wasn’t hard up for food – utterly adored, he lived the high-life on Iams catfood (sometimes fed to cheetah), tuna twice a day and titbits in between. He even had a particualr penchant for spanspek (sweet melon) and would saunter into the kitchen as soon as we sliced one open. Being a Wegie, though, his hunting instincts were finely honed!

Jina is just the same. One of our game ranger friends (Warren Pearson) witnessed her in action on Saturday evening, when she brought us a huge rat, plonking it on the carpet beside the dining-room table. Warren spent 7 years at the Londolozi game lodge, famous for its leopards. After watching many of their kills in the wild, he was quite excited to see his first ‘domestic’ one!

Our Belgian Shepherd, Tex, provides the balance of avid devotion…it’s impossible not to love them both madly 🙂


Theodora Cooper September 7, 2009 at 3:11 pm

I can see why Joe was adored. He was a gorgeous cat. It is wonderful that you live in a place where Jina is free to be outdoors and hunt. Wow! a rat is a big present.

We get mice and lizards from Sophia. Which is pretty good for being confined to house and patio (apartment complex rules). Sophia is very fast and a good huntress. She had to fend for herself the first weeks of her life on the streets in a very rough neighborhood. We rescued her from the animal shelter where she was on the edge of death. Now she is the Queen of the household. Unfortunately we are only allowed one pet; so we don’t have the balance that a nice dog like Tex would give us.

Because of her start in life, Sophia had serious trust issues & a temper and her health has always been bad. That is until we decided to try classical homeopathy, the least aggressive and invasive treatment we could find for our nervous cat. Now she is the picture of health, completely cured of serious kidney, liver and pancreas problems by homeopathic remedies such as phosphorous and bryonia. She is also much more trusting.


Naomi September 8, 2009 at 4:39 pm

Hello again, Theodora, & thank you for this special insight into your lovely Sophia! It’s so interesting to hear about her life there and I’m delighted that she is healthy and happy now (will file that info about the homeopathic treatments). I’m also impressed by her hunting prowess! Sophia’s tale brings to mind the 2 cats (Yin & Yang) in my first novel, which were rescued by one of the characters, and thread their way through the story.

Our animals are fabulously free here, although the tragedy is in the trade-off: Joe, Jesse & Zin-Zan (our other 3 Wegies) were all run over very young. I’ve often struggled with the choice of whether or not to keep them confined. It’s a profound question that sometimes extends to conservation issues too. Quality vs quantity of life? To make it tougher, Wegies are apparently one of the most recently domesticated breeds of cat, with incredibly adventurous spirits.

On a happy note, though, we’re sure that Jina has inherited an extra 24 lives, on top of her spare 8,since the others didn’t get the chance to use them 🙂


Theodora Cooper September 8, 2009 at 7:03 pm

We will be rooting for Jina in the peace of knowing she has the quality of life that freedom gives!

Everything in life has a price; so, where there is a choice, we may as well go for quality. In my humble opinion, you have made the right choice. Go Jina! 🙂


Naomi September 8, 2009 at 7:46 pm

Thank you for that uplifting message…special nuzzle to you from Jina!


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