Saturday, March 22, 2014

A Tribute to My Animal Loving Grandmother, Autumn Brown

When I woke up this morning my first thought was of Sophie and my second was of my grandmother, Autumn Brown, who showed me by her actions that pets were as important as people. 

I was proud of her for scooping cats from the side of the road and either immediately take them home or bring them to the shelter. 

She amused me when she routinely put table scraps in tin pie plates and then brought them to the woods for the raccoons to eat. I thought, "Why can't she let the raccoons find food on their own?", but this act of kindness made her happy and that was all that mattered.

When I launched my pet sitting business in 2004 with only one client, Ziggy, I thought of my grandmother and how she'd love to meet all of them.

She'd be so proud of me for being so emotional over the loss of my chance to adopt Sophie. In fact, she'd be the first person I would've  invited to my apartment to greet Sophie two nights ago. I'm positive she would've bought her blankets, toys, and treats because that was the kind of person she was. 

I also know that she influenced me to blog about pets because 

years ago she wrote about animals from as small as crickets to as large as dogs as well as nature and family in her self-published poetry book,'Thoughts to Treasure'.
I'm sure everyone who reads this has had someone who influenced you in some small way that pets need unconditional love just as we deserve and crave the same.


  1. I love this woman just from your writing about her. II understand why she would help the wlld-life at times when food was probably scarce. She sounds like she was my kind of lady. You are blessed to have known her. I see the apple does not fall far from the tree. Deb

  2. that was a beautiful tribute to a beautiful woman inside and out..............I see who you take after.............Love the name Autumn as well...............

  3. You were so blessed to have someone in your life like that. What an inspiration she is!

  4. What a wonderful tribute to Gram, April. I love it!


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