Before the Morning Sun

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I whisper into your fur

don’t worry,  I won’t let anything

bad happen to you.

Then it did.





This is my son’s new cat, Jeff.  He was rescued from the Humane Society in June.   While all the other cats purred and rubbed up against their cages, Jeff hid under his blanket.

Alex pointed to what looked to be an empty cage and said, “I want him.”

Jeff continued his antisocial behaviour by growling and hissing at us as we attempted to get to know him in the meet and greet room.

Still, Alex held firm.   “Jeff needs me and I need him.”

And he was right.  He saw something in this angry cat that we didn’t see.  Jeff, who he calls cat-bird because he makes bird noises, is the sweetest cat and has won us over.

(I added colored layering to the photograph to give it an artsy look.)

Oh Joy


My dogs find joy everywhere.  They easily get lost in a smell in the grass and leaves that drift in the breeze.   But a new toy-that has them prancing and dancing.

A few of my small joys:

Raw Sugar hand soap- smells great and feels even better.

Funky socks from the Paul Smith store in Las Vegas.

A walk in the park – a natural attitude adjuster.


socks and soap

and a walk in the park-

oh joy.

by, Susan Stone

Poem Prompt: breath in, breath out, then write

Writing prompt from Alex:

The breathing exercise (stole this from school).
Breath in and breath out.
Now, breath in, and write a sentence containing the word dog before you breath out (don’t think much about it).
Elaborate on the sentence to make a poem.



My Rescue Dog

Woof – see me.

Howl – hear me.

Whine – protect me.

Sigh – I’m home.

Susan Stone

Photographing Pets


Pigging out on Peanut Butter

This is Wilber.  One of the tricks when photographing  pets is to give them peanut butter.    If they are allowed peanut butter and like it, you are rewarded with fun facial expressions and tongue shots.


This image is  from my 2009 Wilber and Emily series.   Emily is now feeding babies of her own and last I heard, Wilber is tipping the scale to 275 pounds.