April 11th is National Pet Day. This is a day that celebrates the bond between pets of all kinds and their owners. The special day asks that people remember the numerous animals that are sitting in shelters and waiting to find their forever homes. Today is the perfect day to go adopt a pet, but if that is not possible, shelters still appreciate donations of food, toys, and even volunteer time.
Please enjoy the pictures below of a few local pets along with quotes about the significance of animals in our lives.
Otis Campbell Smith is a 6-year-old English Bulldog, owned by Jeff, Lisa, Jimi, and Jentri Smith.
“Until one has loved an animal a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” Anatole France
Jane Jewel Lloyd is a 3-year-old Hound mix. She was adopted in February 2015 by Malia Lloyd. Jane has recently taken up magic and has been working on her disappearing trick from the back yard.
“Dogs laugh, but they laugh with their tails.” Max Eastman
Sophie Mae is a 6-year-old Miniature Schnauzer, owned by Ben and Lindsey Ebert.
“It is much easier to show compassion to animals. They are never wicked.” Haile Selassie
Flash was a Basset Hound who passed away in March 2017. His owners were Eric, Marty, Henry, and Oscar Sandegren. Flash was a big guy who is greatly missed by his best friend Henry.
“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” Roger Caras
Lola is a female English Bulldog owned by Wapello County Supervisor Brian Morgan and his wife Jill. A little known fact, Lola is the actual owner and operator of Morgan’s Corner Bar and Grill.
“The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.” Andy Rooney
Romy Flower Lloyd is a 5-year-old Basset Hound mix, who was adopted in September 2011 by Malia Lloyd. She is the older sister of and partner in crime to Jane.
“An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.” Martin Buber
Helen was an 18-year-old cat who passed away in 2015. Her owners Jeff, Lisa, Jimi, and Jentri Smith were heartbroken after having had her since she was a kitten. Please notice Helen’s little brother Otis staring at her adoringly.
“I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.” Edgar Allan Poe
Oscar Maxwell is an 8-year-old Yorkshire Terrier. He is owned by Ben and Lindsey Ebert and is Sofie’s older brother.
“Dogs are better than human beings because they know but do not tell.” Emily Dickenson
Odealia Maybellene Smith was a female English Bulldog who passed away in September 2016. She was adopted in June 2012 by Jeff, Lisa, Jimi, and Jentri Smith after having been rescued off the streets of Ottumwa by the Ottumwa Police Department.
“I can’t imagine God not allowing my dog into Heaven.” Rick Warren
Annabelle is a Boston Terrier owned by Shirley Smith and her recently departed husband Norley.
“We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.” Immanuel Kant
Romy and Jane on one of their favorite walks. Although, they look innocent they can get themselves into trouble. Romy loves to steal loaves of bread off the kitchen counter and blame Jane. And then, of course, was the great shoe massacre of 2017.
“The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.” Charles de Gaulle
Pearlie Mae DuBois Smith is a 9-month-old French Bulldog. She is little sister to Otis and is owned by Jeff, Lisa, Jimi, and Jentri Smith.
“There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.” Bernard Williams
Sofie and Oscar are getting used to a big change in their lives. Owners Ben and Lindsey recently welcomed a baby girl to the family!
“No symphony orchestra ever played music like a two-year-old girl laughing with a puppy.” Bernard Williams
Pearlie Mae and Otis are the best of friends. Especially, when she gets to steal his treats and chew on his wrinkles.
“A house is not a home, until it has a dog.” Gerald Durrell
Otis loves to watch his favorite team.
“There is only one smartest dog in the world, and every boy has it.” Anonymous